FAFSA Workshop at TRCC-Oct 4, 6-8pm


A FAFSA/Financial Aid Workshop will be held in
Tri-Rivers’ Auditorium, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, 6-8pm.
Need more information? Contact TRCC School Counselor
Kirstin Large—

This is an opportunity to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with assistance from financial aid professionals. Many two and four-year colleges and universities throughout the U.S. require or strongly encourage filling out the FAFSA. The information you provide on this form becomes the basis for determining eligibility for federal and state grants, work study programs, some scholarships, and subsidized & unsubsidized student loans. 

The first hour of the workshop will be an informational session about financial aid. The second hour, if you bring all the necessary documents, will be used as a work session to complete the FAFSA with help from our representative from OSU.

College is not free. Students are charged tuition, fees, and room & board and must pay for books and supplies.  The total cost to attend college is referred to as the cost of education or the student budget.  While it is understood that paying for college can be a significant burden, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that college costs are paid.

Financial aid is help to pay for college!

Bring all of the following documents which pertain to you, your spouse and/or your parents for the FAFSA Completion session:

What Information/Documents Will I Need to Complete the 2023-2024 FAFSA?

• FSA IDs – Both the student and one parent each need to create their own unique Federal Student Aid (FSA) username and password at www.fsaid.ed.gov at least three days prior to completing the FAFSA. – Please do this before you come to the meeting if you plan to fill the FAFSA out during the meeting.

• 2021 Student and Parent Federal Tax Returns (if they were filed)

• 2021 Student and Parent W2s (unless self-employed)

• A listing of any other types of untaxed income or benefits received in 2021

• Documentation from you and/or your parent’s case worker with the total amount of TANF received for 2021

• Supplemental Social Security Disability received in 2021

• The total amount of child support paid and/or received in 2021

• The total amount of Federal Work Study received in 2021 (for current college students)

• Bank statements

• Investment records

• Student and parental Social Security numbers

**There may be other nights taking place at the home schools as well.  If you cannot attend the meeting at TRCC listed above, please contact the guidance office at your home school to see if they are holding a FAFSA night.**

How to finish the FAFSA in 5 Steps: Finishing FAFSA iin 5 Steps

Why is FAFSA so important? FAFSAFirst

This is one of the most important events to attend if your
student plans to attend college for the 2023-2024 School Year.
Many colleges and scholarships REQUIRE a completed FAFSA.
This is a must for grants, work study programs, federal loans and scholarships.



Students from Ohio State Marion start classes at TRCC

Eighteen students from The Ohio State University Marion started classes today at Tri-Rivers Adult Education as part of our partnership for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology program. We appreciate our education neighbors and partners.

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Safer Ohio School Tip Line

What Parents Need to Know

  • Information submitted to the tip line can be done anonymously.
  • The tip line accepts both calls and texts 24 hours a day.
  • The tip line does not cost your school anything to utilize.
  • Calls or texts to 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) are answered by analysts within Ohio Homeland Security.  If action is needed, the analysts immediately forward information to local school officials, law enforcement agencies and the Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC) for action and follow up.
  • Contact your school or district directly about policies they have for notification to parents about tips received.
  • Information submitted to tip lines is not a public record under Ohio law.

Do you need help now?

Text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor within 5 minutes.

Any person may need help in coping with a stressful situation. Reach out by text to communicate with someone trained to listen and respond in a method that is private, secure and confidential.

The Crisis Text Line is a free, confidential service available 24/7 via text on mobile devices.

Throughout Ohio, you can text the keyword “4hope” to 741 741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor. Data usage while texting Crisis Text Line is free and the number will not appear on a phone bill with the mobile service carrier. People of all ages can use Crisis Text Line.

For more information about the Crisis Text Line and for supporting resources, please visit the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services website.


988 Lifeline

Ohioans experiencing suicidal crisis, mental health or addiction-related distress can now call 988, an easy-to-remember three-digit number to access free, 24/7, confidential support for themselves or loved ones.

The Lifeline provides live crisis phone services in English and Spanish and uses Language Line Solutions to provide translation services in over 250 additional languages for people who call 988. The 988 dialing code will also be available nationwide for text or chat (English only).

Transition Fair set for Sept. 29

Tri-Rivers to host Transitions Night for Individuals with Disabilities

Tri-Rivers is hosting its first Annual 2022 Transition Night for individuals with disabilities and their families, Thursday, Sept. 29, 5:30-7:30pm at the Career Center. The event, which is FREE and open to the public, will feature more than 47 representatives with informational booths focusing on Vocational, Educational and Independent Living resources. 

“We had an amazing response from area agencies, educational institutions, businesses, employment services and independent living advocates,” said Jamie Bando, Tri-Rivers Vocational Special Education Coordinator. “There will be so much information and guidance providing at this event. It is truly a gathering of tremendous resources all in one place. We hope families will take advantage of it.”

Bando said there will be two breakout sessions that evening covering important topics. At 6pm Lars Olsen from Alluvial Private Wealth will present on the topics of Guardianship, Social Security, and Estate Planning. A 6:30pm Jen Montag, from Marion Technical College, will discuss Accommodations in College (Disability Servivces). 

The more booths participants visit, the more chances they get to win amazing door prizes—a Spa Experience at TRCC’s Total Reflections Saon, a Picnic Table Built by TRCC’s Construction Trades, Season Pass to “Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights,” a Diaper Bag of Goodies, a Car Wash-n-Wax by Trcc’s Auto Tech, a Wooden Bench by TRCC’s Construction Trades, a Lavender Plant from TRCC’s C.E.I., an OSU Gift Basket, a MTC Gift Basket, additional Gifts Cards, and More!!!

The more than 47 booths at the event include: See the list in the flyer below.

The event is co-sponsored by these schools: Elgin, Marion Harding, Pleasant, River Valley, Ridgedale, North Union, Mt. Gilead, Cardington and Highland.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Mrs. Bando at 740-389-8581 or . 

2022-23—Covid Policy

Until we get further guidance from the Ohio Department of Health or Marion Public Health, we will ask any student who tests positive for Covid to isolate for 5 days and then return to school on day 6 if there is symptom improvement and they are fever-free.  Students will wear a mask on day 6 thru 10 if when return to school.

Tri-Rivers joins Ohio Technical Centers statewide campaign

Tri-Rivers Career Center—Adult Education—joins Ohio Technical Centers’ “Fast Track” Campaign Statewide effort designed to grow awareness of adult programs that close the gap between workplace demands and talent pool competencies.

Ohio’s adult and continuing education programs, operating at 51 locations throughout the state, are now collectively known as the Ohio Technical Centers (OTCs). To build awareness of the new brand and, most importantly, the upskilling opportunities available to adults statewide, Tri-Rivers Career Center is joining the “Fast Track” Campaign effort. The Ohio Technical Centers, with the new slogan, “Your Fast Track to Success,” are the state’s educational providers offering adult learners the training and credentials for the most in-demand jobs and a direct path to employability.

“The Ohio Technical Centers and their programming are catalysts providing immediacy and impact for adults of all ages throughout the state. This is especially critical as Ohio’s economy has more opportunities than ever for a skilled workforce to meet the growing demand all over Ohio,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner.

“It seems like every day I value even more that our state’s 51 Ohio Technical Centers serve as pathways for adults to quality employment. In addition, many programs are free or low-cost options equipping them with the skills they need to enter a career or to further their postsecondary education,” Gardner said.


The “Fast Track” Campaign will raise awareness of the various programs available throughout the state, including at Tri-Rivers. These include workforce training programs that award industry credentials, licenses, or certifications and provide a direct pathway to employment. Ohio Technical Centers also offer free services through Ohio’s ASPIRE program, which focuses on individuals who need assistance acquiring the skills to succeed in postsecondary education, training and employment. In addition, Ohio’s Adult Diploma Program, available through the Ohio Technical Centers, provides free job training for adults aged 20 and above to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and industry credentials.

“Our Adult Education programs at Tri-Rivers have been built through active partnerships with local employers to ensure they get what they need from their local workforce,” said Dr. Charles Speelman, superintendent for Tri-Rivers.

“ Through strong partnerships with local business and industry,Tri-Rivers-Adult Education continues to meet the workforce demands of the moment by responding rapidly through customized training programs and other services for adults,” said Dr. Speelman.

All Ohio Technical Centers programs are approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, national accrediting agencies, and specific third-party credentials. In 2021, the Ohio Department of Higher Education reported that 71% of those enrolled in a technical program received a credential, certificate, state license or passed a technical assessment upon completion, and 90% of those completing a technical program found employment.


Ohio Technical Centers (OTCs), a division of the Ohio Association of Career-Technical Superintendents, are an association of 51 independently operated career technical centers offering educational programs to adults specific to local needs, improving the job skills and professional competencies of Ohio’s workforce.

These Centers close the gap between urgent, in-demand workplace expectations and worker marketability through accredited programs in skilled trades and credentialed careers and ongoing interaction with local employers. In addition, Ohio Technical Centers facilitate and encourage professional development through a range of customizable services for students, employers, and the broader community. The result is a refreshed, competent, and adaptable talent pool eager to apply their education immediately and for the longer term.

Tri-Rivers offers adult students quality full-time and part-time programs, including LPN to RN, PN (LPN Training Program), Patient Care Technician, Paramedicine, EMT, Welding, Industrial Maintenance, Robotics Training (FANUC, Yaskawa Motoman, Universal), Precision Machining, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), Hydraulics, the Adult Diploma Program and more. Visit tririvers.com, ramtecohio.com and tririversnursing.com for details. Call 740-389-4682 for health care programs and 740-389-8590 for skilled trades programs.

To learn more about all of the Ohio Technical Centers (OTCs)  visit ohiotechnicalcenters.com