October & November 2021 Lunch Menu

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Construction Trades receives Community Service Award

Area Agency on Aging honors the Tri-Rivers Construction Trades Academy as the winner of the 2021 Community Service Award



The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. selected Tri-Rivers Construction Trades Academy as their 2021 Community Service Award recipient.  The Academy was honored on Wednesday, September 15, at a ceremony hosted in the Construction Academy lab at Tri-Rivers Career Center.  Several individuals joined for the recognition, including Martin Dzugan, Director of CTE & Student Pathways of Tri-Rivers; Steve Badertscher, Director of the Marion Senior Center; and Steve Renick, Marion Senior Center Board President. A proclamation by State Senators Matt Huffman and Bill Reineke was also given to the Construction Trades Academy.

Nominated by Badertscher, Tri-Rivers Construction Trades Academy stepped in to create the dream of building an activity pavilion at the Marion Senior Center.  A team of 106 students and four instructors constructed a 32×50 ft activity pavilion for the Marion Senior Center. David Willey, an instructor from the Tri-Rivers Construction Trades Academy, championed and embraced the vision of this project to promote an active lifestyle for seniors. 

“We are grateful and thankful for the efforts led by the Academy to help our center and the community. This award is long overdue and well-deserved because this group of students, led by Willey and his experienced team of instructors, are dedicated to projects to enhance their community,” said Badertscher.  Tri-Rivers Construction Trades Academy has also built projects for Habitat for Humanity, Marion Tall Grass Trails, the Village of Prospect, and River Valley schools over the past year.

“I have always instilled the value of giving back to others and the community. We appreciate this award and the opportunity to serve others,” said Willey. Many students remarked that they not only learn the planning and labor of construction projects, but they also learn leadership and client interaction skills.

Each year the Area Agency on Aging honors an organization, agency, service club, business, or media outlet that is making a difference in their communities on behalf of senior citizens.

There is only one award recipient selected from the Agency’s nine-county service area (Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot. The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario, provides leadership, collaboration, coordination and services to older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers & resource networks that support individual choice, independence, and dignity.

Pictured left to right in photo: Eric Willey, Tri-Rivers Construction Academy instructor; Steve Renick, Marion Senior Center Board President, and Marlene Renick; Jacob Fields and Kaimin Damron, Tri-Rivers Construction Academy seniors; David Willey, Tri-Rivers Construction Academy instructor; Jeremiah Pickens, Tri-Rivers Construction Academy senior; Nicole Williams, VP of Outreach and Development at Area Agency on Aging; Steve Badertscher, Director of Marion Senior Center

Tri-Rivers places a 1.3 mill RENEWAL Levy—No New Taxes—on the Nov. ballot

Passage of Tri Rivers’s Renewal Levy Will Maintain Vital Training for Today’s Jobs

Tri-Rivers Career Center is seeking approval of the renewal of a 1.3 mill levy on the November 2021 ballot. “The passage of this renewal levy is essential to the continued operations of the Career Center as well as providing necessary funds for general maintenance and necessary upgrades, according to Tri-Rivers Treasurer, Tammi Cowell. “It is a renewal, which means NO NEW TAXES for the communities we serve.”

“Tri-Rivers has been training skilled professionals since 1976. To continue to compete in this economy we must continue to offer cutting-edge programs for 21st-century careers,” Superintendent Chuck Speelman explained.  “With this levy, Tri-Rivers can maintain quality programs and facilities, ensuring our students have the latest training, equipment and skills necessary to meet the needs of area employers.”

Tri-Rivers has a proven track record where more than 90 percent of their graduates go on to enter the local workforce, enlist in the military, continue on-the-job training in apprenticeship programs and/or continue their educations in two-year, or four-year colleges. “Tri-Rivers’ students are required to know “What’s My E”  after graduation—Are they Enrolling in additional education? Enlisting in the military? Seeking Employment in their field? Our students have a plan; they are ready for graduation,” said Speelman.

Along with providing skills training for high school students, Tri-Rivers also provides training for adults, including training Paramedics, Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Industrial Maintenance Techs, and Robotics Techs. “Our LPN to RN program has been ranked 1st out of the 96 nursing programs statewide for RegisteredNursing™ in 3 of the last 5 years,” said Adult Director Richard George.

George said Tri-Rivers Adult Education also an Adult High School Diploma program that provides free job training and a new pathway for adults, age 20 and older, to earn their high school diploma, while gaining skills and a certification in welding. “This program is life-changing for the participants.”

Tri-Rivers works directly with local businesses and corporations like Honda and Whirlpool to help provide training and meet the demands of today’s job market,” said Speelman. “It is with the community’s support that we will be able to stay on that path, making sure our students are ready for the ever-changing employment landscape.”

“Tri Rivers provides great value to the communities it serves,” said Board President Glenna Plotts. “With the passage of this renewal levy, we can continue to make a real difference by producing work-ready graduates for real jobs in Marion, Morrow and Union counties.

The passage of this renewal levy—at no additional costs to taxpayers—will provide financial stability and resources necessary to achieve student success, said Cowell. “When students are successful and graduate high school with a plan for success, we all win as a community. With a diploma, a skilled trade, a career passport, and industry-recognized credentials, our Tri-Rivers graduates are ready to become productive members of their communities. I cannot think of a better investment than the skills training of our area youth and adults.”

Masking Update

Parents & Students: Update on Masking.

You should have received a text message Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. If you did not, please read this important update. Keeping our students and staff safe and at school is our priority. Thank you, Superintendent Charles Speelman. 9.3.2021

Please read the letter for details. 

September Lunch Menu

Tri-Rivers’ Food Service strives to provide healthy meals.

A healthy diet is essential for good health and nutrition. It protects you against many chronic noncommunicable diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Eating a variety of foods and consuming less salt, sugars and saturated and industrially-produced trans-fats, are essential for healthy diet.

September 2021 -Meal Menu—printable pdf


Free Meals for Students in 2021-2022 School Year
The Ohio Department of Education received approval to offer free breakfast and free lunch to all students attending schools on the national school lunch program through the entire 2021-2022 school year. This opportunity continues the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Ohio Department of Education’s dedication to meeting the needs of the whole child during the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.10tv.com/article/news/Students in Ohio public schools eligible for freel lunch for 2021-22 academic year


Happy retirement, Obra Horn!

Happy Retirement, Mr. Horn! We thank you for 40 years of dedication to Tri-Rivers,
your students, the staff and the community. We will miss you!

● My son, Kyle, and my grandson, Karson, drag race. My granddaughters Taylor and Lily are drag racing with us this year.
● Flipping Houses
● I love to do tournament bass fishing.

● Elaine-wife taught math and the computer lab here at TRCC, Jeni Reely (Ed) daughter, Kyle (Meagan) son, Edward, Austin and Taylor Reely; Karson and Lily Horn grandchildren
● Jeni and Kyle attended TRCC Pre-school
● Edward attended TRCC’s RAMTEC program
● Austin will be attending TRCC next year in the RAMTEC program

Retirement Plans
I will be doing whatever I want to do each day. Spend time with my grandchildren, watching them do sports like football, baseball, t-ball, and gymnastics. Enjoy my lake house in South Carolina. I will also keep in touch with my former students and colleagues.

Words of Wisdom to colleagues
Ensure that as instructors and academic teachers appreciate your students, none of us have a job without them. We are a team when recruiting students because without students; there is no TRCC.

Favorite Quotes
● Give a student a fish, and you feed them for a day. Teach a student to weld, and you feed that student for a lifetime.
● Earl Pitts says, “Everyone of us is the best in the world at something you just have to figure out what that something is.”

• Ohio State University Award for Excellence in Workforce Development

Educational/Job Background
● Attended Harding High School, Instructors: Junior Instructor Franklin Dyer and Senior Instructor Herman Myers
● Attended Harding’s Vocational Welding Program
● Career Technical Instructor Training, the University of Toledo Ohio with Paul Hubaker
● AWS Certifications

Career Highlights
● Mentoring our current welding instructors, Levi Retterer and Dakota Elswick
● Watching many of my students buy a home for their family
● Having welding family members return to the lab to give back to the younger students
● I stress giving back to the trade to all of my students.

Message to your Tri-Rivers Friends
Remember, our students are the best parents have to send us. They are all five-star recruits, so treat them with kindness and help them find their something. Best wishes always, and thank you for helping me enjoy the last 40 years at TRCC.

Doug Shawver—Tri-Rivers Outstanding Alumni 2020-2021

Doug Shawver graduated from Tri-Rivers’ Building Trades program in 1990. He is now a general Carpenter Foreman with the George J Igel Company in Columbus.

While working for George Igel, he received the 2011 BX Craftsmanship Award for the cast-in-place concrete stairs added to the north and south sides of Cunz Hall at The Ohio State University. He has also earned countless training certificates during his career.

He is also president of the Board of Public Affairs in LaRue and volunteer on many projects in and around LaRue.

Doug is so talented and a true Tri-Rivers’ success story. He comes highly recommended! His skill is respected and sought after in his field.

He is also a great supporter of Tri-Rivers in general and has been a supporter of the Construction Trades Academy since the beginning.

Doug always says that Tri-Rivers changed his life forever in a good positive way.  He said, “If it wasn’t for Tri-Rivers, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Gwyn (Trihaft) McKinniss—Outstanding Alumni 2020-2021

Gwyn Trihaft McKinniss, who graduated in 1979, is so deserving of a Tri-Rivers Outstanding Alumni Award.

She has been a legal secretary for 30 years performing all aspects of Law Office Administration, including bookkeeping, accounting, document preparation, tax preparation, case management, client consultation and confidentiality.

She has been the Administrative Assistant for Marion County Family Court for four years and the Fiscal Officer since 2013.

Gwyn manages a budget which exceeds $3 million dollars for a multi-jurisdiction court, including a juvenile detention center. She is responsible for supervising all payroll, withholding, expenditure and benefits management for employees including maintenance of confidential personnel files.

She supervises fiscal employees and conducts evaluations and coordinates all aspects of court finances with county departments, including the Marion County Commissioners, Auditor and Treasurer. She also oversees court income and expenditures and manages grant, reclaim and general funds for court activities.

We thank Judge Fragale for nominating Gwen. She is amazing! We are so proud of her success!


Pictured above with Judge Fragale and Tammi Cowell.