Tri-Rivers Senior Portfolio Pick-Up Days—May 29-June 9

Click Here: Portfolio Pick up Days Flyer

Tri-Rivers Senior Recognition has always been a wonderful evening of celebration held at the historic Marion Palace Theatre. This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, things will have to happen differently. Like our Seniors, all of us at Tri-Rivers are sad to forgo this tradition.
However, most important to us is the safety and well-being of our students, their families, our staff and community members. We have been recognizing our Seniors on our Social Media and reaching out to them in different ways. 

Although we are not planning a ceremony, we are going to hold 

Senior Portfolio Pick-Up Days, 

May 29-June 9 in the Tri-Rivers Auditorium, on the west side of our building. 

There will be designated time slots for each program.

 In order to keep our students and staff safe, these guidelines must be followed.

Safety Guidelines for Portfolio Pickup Days

Note: We are requiring masks to be worn by all who attend the Pickup Days

Seniors will need to…
…Arrive during their program’s designated time period:
Friday, May 29, 2020, 10:30am to 12:30pm—Criminal Justice
Monday, June 1, 9am to Noon—Welding

Monday, June 1, 1pm to 3:30pm—Health Careers Academy
Tuesday, June 2, 9am to 10:30am—Culinary Arts
Tuesday, June 2, 11am to 12:30pm—Ag & Industrial Power
Tuesday, June 2, 1pm to 1:30pm—Advanced Machining
Tuesday, June 2, 2pm to 2:30pm—VISION
Tuesday, June 2, 3 to 5pm—Engineering Technologies
Wednesday, June 3, 9am-11:30am—Automotive Technology
Wednesday, June 3, Noon-3pm—CNET
Thursday, June 4, 9am to 11am—Cosmetology
Thursday, June 4, 11am to Noon—Esthetics
Thursday, June 4,  3pm to 5:30pm—Construction Trades Academy
Monday, June 8, 9am to 10:30am—Vet Science
Monday, June 8, 11am—Teacher Academy
Tuesday, June 9, 12:30pm to 3:30pm—Interactive Media

…Park in the West Parking Lot outside of the Auditorium.

…Remain in their vehicles until our Student Resource Officer, Deputy Layne, directs them to enter the Auditorium thru the West Auditorium Doors. Masks must be worn. Hand sanitizer will be provided. Temperatures will be taken.

…Students will enter one at time. Seniors may bring one adult with them into the Auditorium to be their “photographer” to take a photo of them with their portfolio/awards in front of the Tri-Rivers backdrop, if they wish to do that.  When the Senior exits, there will be another backdrop outside in the parking lot for a family photo (Limit 4 members with Senior).

What is Portfolio Pickup Day?
…An opportunity to connect with your Career Tech Instructor and Principal Solis. (No physical contact, but lots of waves and well wishing!)
…A time to pick up a bag of goodies (the bags will be on a table with your name), including:

• Your Portfolio, which contains important certificates, honors, competencies, résumés
• A keepsake T-shirt
• A keepsake program/newsletter
• Awards
• Messages from Staff
• And more!

Again, please know that we would have loved to have had Senior Recognition 2020 at The Palace, but with the safety measures in place, that is not possible. Know that we miss you, we love you and you will always be part of the Tri-Rivers Family! 

We are also working hard to create a memorable video filled with messages, awards, special moments & more!  It will debut Thursday, May 28 at 7pm on our social media, our website and YouTube channel. 

Dial in to join April 15th Board Meeting

Tri-Rivers Board of Education will hold the April 15, 2020 meeting as a phone conference meeting due to the Coronavirus—Covid-19, restrictions barring gatherings. Tri-Rivers School Building is closed. 

Dial in number and ID/Password for board meeting on the 15th at 6:30
+1 929 205 6099 US
Meeting ID: 971 8257 5333
Password: 642696

Tip411 added to our website

Tri-Rivers has added a link to Tip 411 to the bottom of our home page.

Students can report information about potential violence, drugs, bullying, and other issues by clicking Tip411.

Public Safety is a Partnership!

What is tip411? It’s a 100% anonymous app that allows you to send tips to public safety officials about crime, drugs, bullying, suspicious activity and more.

Our local law enforcement utilizes tip411, a popular crime-fighting too that has been used successfully to reduce crime and drug use in over 1,500 communities across the U.S.
We know that people may sometimes be afraid to call police with information, but when using tip411, the system removes all of your identifying information.

Snow Days Invite for Construction

Construction Trades Invites Employers to Snow Days

Join Construction Trades Academy for their Annual Snow Days at Tri-Rivers Career Center, Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 8:15am to 2:45pm. Lunch on us!

Employers, this is a great opportunity to meet Construction Trades students and observe what they have learned and to see their AMAZING lab.

You can even hold a preliminary interview, if interested.

Please RSVP to Instructor David Willey, 740-389-8535 or

We hope you will take the time to stop by and meet the next generation of the professional Construction Trades workforce.

Construction Days Dec 17 in Construction Trades



Drug Free Hire Me Rally in downtown Marion Ohio

TRCC’s Drug Free. Hire Me! Rally  draws over 600 teens to downtown Marion

Drug Free Hire Me Rally dance contest in downtown Marion OhioThe first ever Drug Free. Hire Me!™ rally—a Tri-Rivers Career Center Initiative—drew more than 600 students to Founders Park in downtown Marion, Ohio, on a cool but sunny October 24th.  The teens, holding Drug Free. Hire Me!™ signs, have pledged to live drug-free lifestyles. This event was a high-energy celebration of their commitment. It included student-led contests, county and city proclamations, interactive games, and impactful speeches.

“This rally and the students’ willingness to be drug tested and become role models and productive citizens, makes a statement about our area,” said event organizer, Ellen Messenger, director of communications for Tri-Rivers. “Marion and all of Ohio has been hard hit by the opiate crisis; we want to break the stigma and let everyone know that’s not who we are and that’s not what our future is about. These students are the change agents.”

Andrew Chwalik, co-owner and operator of Topped Ice Cream in downtown Marion, and the keynote speaker for the event, said it best when he told the teens:

“We all live in a connected world and every single one of us here will be making an impact. We are the future of this world and of this state, this city and this community. We are the ones making the change; making the future that we want to see. It is important that every one of you understands that. It starts right now. Make those positive decisions so that you can make our world a better place for all of us and our children and our children’s children.”

Chwalik armed the students with four ways to battle peer pressure:

• Find your values. Live a healthy lifestyle. Stick to your values for the rest of your life.
• Surround yourself with good people.
Build your army of supporters. If you ever need support when making a big decision, reference your army of supporters. Let them mentor you so you can avoid negative peer pressure.
Practice your courage. Get out of your comfort zone. Do something that helps build your courage.

Tri-Rivers’ 300 plus students, who belong to the Career Center’s Drug Free. Hire Me!™ club, were joined by students in Teen Institute clubs from Marion City, Pleasant, Elgin, River Valley, and Ridgedale schools, as well as students from Cardington-Lincoln in Morrow County.

Max Russell leads a contest at the Drug Free Hire Me Rally in downtown Marion OH

“We started our Drug Free. Hire Me!™ club three years ago to encourage students to choose drug-free lifestyles in order to be prepared for employment and healthy productive lives. It is exciting to see all of these area students here today,” said Chuck Speelman, superintendent for Tri-Rivers.

Marion Mayor Scott Schertzer said, “It is imperative that an organized approach for a drug-free lifestyle is provided and encouraged for our high school students.”

County Commissioner Kerr Murray agreed, “As parents, educators, mentors, employers, healthcare professionals, law enforcement officials, faith and community leaders, we need to support drug prevention programs.”

Messenger said this event was made possible by tremendous community support and a cadre of volunteers. Sponsors included the Marion Community Foundation and OhioHealth. Partners included: Tri-Rivers Career Center, Teen Institute, OhioMeansJobs-Marion, City of Marion, Downtown Marion, County of Marion, Marion City Police Department/MPACT and area schools.

B.J. Gruber, police lieutenant/public information office/MPACT coordinator told the students he was proud of all of them for taking this step.”

“I’ve been in Marion almost 15 years and have never been more proud in participating in an event than I was in the Drug Free Rally,” said Ron Meade, Workforce Development & Supportive Services Administrator, Marion County Job and Family Services.

“For us as students, this event allowed us to take pride in being drug free and to show everyone who we are and that we are taking responsibility for our actions,” said Kristina Lee, a Tri-Rivers Construction Trades Academy/Criminal Justice student and one of the three emcees for the event, along with Max Russell in Tri-Rivers’ RAMTEC Engineering Technologies and Andrew Schoppelrei, in Computer Networking Electronics Technologies.

Chwalik thanked the teens for being the change and “starting your journey to make our world a better place. Your story starts now and this is chapter one. Go!”


More event photos on facebook.

The Marion Mayor Scott Schertzer and Kristina Lee at the Drug Free Rally

Veterans Day Services for Marion Area Veterans

Veterans! Service Day For Those Who Served Friday, Nov 8

Veterans have given so much for us; it is time that we give back.

To thank veterans of Marion and surrounding communities, Tri-Rivers Career Center will be providing complimentary services to Veterans furnished by our students in their career labs.

In order to accommodate Veterans attending the event, we ask that appointments or  reservations be made in advance for each of the services you wish to receive.

To schedule an appointment please contact: Amy Holloway at 740-389-8598.


FREE Services Available for Veterans include:

•  By reservation: A Soup & Salad Bar lunch provided by our Culinary Arts students in CC Bistro serving from 10:30am-1pm.

•  By appointment: A Wash, Wax & Vacuum vehicle service provided by our Auto Technology students, vehicle drop off between 8-9am, vehicle pick-up 2:15pm.

• By appointment: Esthetics 2 will be doing services 1st/2nd period (8:30-9:00am appointment times) Manicures, Hand/Arm massages & Gel polish application. Cosmetology 1 will be doing scalp treatments with Essential oils or haircuts. AM lab 9:09 start

• By Appointment: Cosmetology 2 will be doing services 7th-10th period (12:15-1:15pm appointment times) Haircuts, Styles, Scalp Massage, Manicures, Pedicures & Basic Facial Esthetics I will be doing Hand and foot Treatments for Veterans. PM lab 12:15pm start

• By Appointment: Servicing Lawn Equipment including: Lawn mowers, Chain saws, Weed Eaters, Snow blowers and Power washers by our Ag & Industrial Power students. Drop off from 8-10:30am and pick up from 12-2pm.

• By appointment: Pet Grooming provided by our Veterinary Science students, 8:30am drop off 2pm pick-up. Pet to be groomed must be up to date on vaccinations—distemper, rabies, bordetella. For pet grooming, please contact: Carrie Heimlich directly at: 740-389-8565

• Portraits taken by our Interactive Media students from 9am- 2pm.

• Health Careers Academy— Free cholesterol checks & Vital Sign readings

• By appointment: Exercise Science & Sports Medicine—wellness coaching session on the effects of stress and how to cope: the importance of mediation and the diaphragm breath.

All Veterans in attendance will be entered into a raffle for a prize built by our Construction Trades students

Tri-Rivers is a TechCred training provider. Photo taken in RAMTEC

$$$ Available From the State of Ohio to Upskill Your Workforce through TechCred

Through TechCred, businesses can identify the specific qualifications they need and employees they want to upskill toward a more advanced position. In partnership with a training provider, the employer can apply online at TechCred.Ohio.Gov. The state will reimburse up to $2,000 of training upon completion of a credential.
An initial list of eligible credentials is provided, but employers can request a credential be added to the eligible list by submitting an application for TechCred to be reviewed by a panel of stakeholders.
The online application period runs October 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019. TechCred is a competitive, merit-based program. 
TechCred fulfills a commitment made by Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted to fund the completion of 10,000 microdegrees each year in order to aid in closing the skills gap for growing technology jobs.

No matter your industry, technology is having an impact on the future of your business and the nature of your work. Ohio’s TechCred program gives businesses the chance to upskill current or future employees to help them qualify for a better job in today’s tech-infused economy.

What is TechCred?
The program funds up to 20,000 technology-focused credentials over the next two years.
For a credential to qualify, the credential:
• Must be short-term, less than one year to complete
• Must be technology-focused
• Must be industry-recognized

What’s in it for employers?
Employers know that hiring tech talent is expensive. TechCred helps employers offset the training costs of taking their dedicated
workforce and making them their top tech talent.

How do businesses get started?
1. Identify skills needs and employees
2. Partner with an education or training provider, like Tri-Rivers!
3. Apply online: TechCred.Ohio.Gov
4. Enroll employees in the program
5. Submit proof of completion of credentials
6. Receive reimbursement for completed credentials
Enrollment ends Oct. 31, 2019
Training can be scheduled during the next 18 months.

Tri-Rivers/RAMTEC is a TechCred training provider!

Check out our technology-focused credentials below. Several more manufacturing, healthcare and business credentials are pending!
This is an AMAZING opportunity for companies.

FANUC – Handling, Tool, Operation and Programming
Description: This course covers the tasks that an
operator, technician, engineer or programmer will need to setup, record and/or troubleshoot programs on a FANUC Robot
Cost : $1,936.00—Hours: 62 hours—30 hours online (prerequisite) and 32 hours in class.

FANUC – 2D iRVision Operation and Programming
Description: This course covers the basic tasks of procedures required for an operator, engineer or programmer to set up a vision process, vision application, and vision hardware.
Prerequisites: Handling, Tool, Operation and
Cost: $1935.00—Hours 32 hours in class

Description: Our introduction to Basic Programming and Material Handling with the DX 100 controller. In this course you will learn robotic safety, powering up and down, jogging robot with coordinate systems, modifying points, motion type and sped, how to recover from alarms and errors, copying, cutting and pasting instructions, inserting call and jump statements, inputs and outputs, monitoring variables, creating and working with user frames, defining and using position variables and programming SFTON and SFTOF instruction
Cost: $1900.00—Hours: 32 hours in class

HYDRAULICS—Parker Hydraulics
Description: This course is meant for the maintenance technician that needs hands on exposure to hydraulics pneumatic system found in the modern manufacturing facility. Student hands on labs are meant to expose the students to various problems and design consideration in the hydraulic systems through frequent hands on labs.
Cost: $1000.00—Hours: 32 hours in class

If you have questions about these programs
or about TechCred, contact
Holly Ramey in RAMTEC at 740-389-8590.

It all starts with FAFSA

Tri-Rivers Financial Aid information and FAFSA Completion Session

Tri-Rivers Career Center Financial Aid Information and FAFSA Completion Session is Thursday, October 17, 2019, 6-8 pm at Tri-Rivers.

Ohio State University and Marion Technical College reps will be speaking on college financial planning, including an overview of all potential sources of financial aid available statewide and nationally for students attending any two or four year college or university. This portion of the event is open to students from all TRCC grades and their parents or guardians.

After the conclusion of the information session, we will help seniors and their parent/s and/or guardians actually complete and submit the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal and State Aid (FAFSA).

Bring all of the following documents/information you may have available for you and your parents/guardians for the FAFSA Completion session:

• 2018 Student and Parent Federal Tax Returns
• 2018 Student and Parent W2s (unless self-employed)
• A listing of any other types of untaxed income or benefits received in 2018
• Documentation from you and/or your parent’s case worker with the total amount of TANF received for 2018
• Supplemental Social Security Disability received in 2018
• The total amount of child support paid and/or received in 2018
• The total amount of Federal Work Study received in 2018 (for current college students)
• Bank statements
• Investment records
• Student and parental Social Security numbers
• FSA ID – Both the student and one parent each need to create their own Federal Student Aid username and password at at least three days prior to the event. If you are unable to do so, do not worry, we can help you complete and submit the FAFSA, and you will just need to sign the FAFSA with your FSA IDs later. This will be explained at the workshop.

For More Information, Contact:
Mrs. Kirstin Large: • 740-389-8582