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David Willey selected as National ‘Lifechanger of the Year’ winner

David Willey, our Construction Trades Academy (CTA) instructor at Tri-Rivers Career Center, has been chosen as a Grand Prize Finalist for the 2022-23 LifeChanger of the Year Program. He received a $5,000 prize, which will be awarded as a $2,500 individual prize and a $2,500 donation to his school.

Willey was surprised with his award Thursday, April 6, 2023 during a school assembly with more than100 students and faculty members in attendance. The award was presented to him by National Life Group representative Tony Khoury and Tri-Rivers Career Center Superintendent Charles Speelman.

Willey joined Tri-Rivers Career Center during the 2017-18 school year after working as a commercial carpenter and foreman. He had a successful career, but felt a calling to share his knowledge and inspire the next generation of carpenters.

Under Willey’s leadership, the CTA program has grown from around 20 students in the Level 1 and 2 programs to more than 100 students in the Construction Trades 10 (preconstruction), Level 1, and Level 2 programs. 

Willey utilizes tradesmen he knows from the field to provide specialized training such as Computer Aided Drafting (CAD). 

Willey believes every student deserves multiple chances to succeed. He guides and supports his students through difficult situations. Willey holds them accountable and teaches them to learn from good and bad experiences. He helps them to grow personally and in their chosen career paths. 

“David Willey has not only built the best construction program in Ohio, but he has built strong young men and women,” said Speelman. “We—students, staff, administrators, community members— couldn’t be more thankful that he chose to leave his very lucrative career to become a teacher. What he has done and continues to do is priceless.”

LifeChanger of the Year is a national program sponsored by National Life Group that annually recognizes and rewards K-12 educators and school employees who make a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence, and leadership. 

Each year, the LifeChanger of the Year program receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

To be considered for an award, nominees must be K-12 school or district employees who make a positive difference in the lives of students.  Award winners are selected based on the following criteria:

 Make a positive impact in the lives of students

 Enhance their school or district’s atmosphere, culture and pride

 Demonstrate exemplary leadership at the school and/or district level

 Possess a proven record of professional excellence

 Show commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning

 Adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards

 To learn more, visit,
CONTACT: Matt Kane     978-852-0087

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National School Breakfast Week, March 6-10

Students Can “Dig In” to Healthy Breakfast Options at School

National School Breakfast Week Campaign Focuses on Benefits of School Breakfast

To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, Tri-Rivers Career Center will celebrate National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) during March 6-10, 2023. The NSBW campaign theme, “DIG IN to School Breakfast,” reminds the entire school community that healthy breakfast options available at school provide an energizing start to the day for students.

U.S. Department of Agriculture data show that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. The School Breakfast Program serves more than 14 million students every day.

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. Fortunately, Tri-Rivers offer nutritious school breakfasts, complete with fruit and low-fat or fat-free milk, to ensure students are fueled for learning every school day.

Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to:

· Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math

· Score higher on standardized tests

· Have better concentration and memory

· Be more alert

· Maintain a healthy weight

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is a great way to ensure students are nourished and ready to learn,” said Angela Branam, Cafeteria Manager for Tri-Rivers.  “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the nutritious and delicious choices we offer.”


Clemons-Keller joins Tri-Rivers’ team

Kathleen Clemons-Keller has joined the Tri-Rivers Career Center Team as the College and Career Readiness Coordinator. This position was made possible through Ohio’s Fair School Funding Plan that set aside funds for career awareness and exploration for grades K-12. 

Clemons-Keller in her new position collaborates with Elementary, Middle and High School School Counselors and throughout the Career Tech Planning District to develop and implement a K-12 aligned college and career readiness program.

Prior to coming to Tri-Rivers, Clemons-Keller worked at The Ohio State University Marion starting in 2008. Her last position at OSU was working for the Office of Student Life, Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to that, she worked for Marion City Schools.

She is very familiar with area schools. She graduated from Harding High School. During her junior and senior years, she attended Tri-Rivers in the General Office Secretary program. 

February Lunch Menu

2023 Seniors: Important Dates/Info

Seniors, please check back to this page as we continually add information and more details.

A Letter From the Executive Director of Operations, Mrs. Kristina Lucas:

March 2, 2023

Parent/Guardians of Tri-Rivers senior students:

We are thankful for our parental support at Tri-Rivers Career Center, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your son/daughter’s educational journey. Even through some of the most trying school years, your student has succeeded. With that being said, Tri-Rivers Career Center will be recognizing our successful seniors at a Ceremony Thursday, May 18th, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.
at the Marion Coliseum
located on the Marion County Fairgrounds: 220 E. Fairground St. Marion, Ohio 43302. All senior completers will be recognized for their accomplishments that evening.

This event is a celebration of their achievements and successes while attending Tri-Rivers. Many of our students have set goals that will move them way beyond the walls of TRCC and for that we are honored and privileged to celebrate them.

We will hold a Senior Meeting with our current Senior students during their lunches at TRCC on Wednesday, April 5th. We will review the important dates and answer questions regarding the ceremony and end of the year events. All of our Senior information will be posted on the Tri-Rivers website and will be announced on our Morning News.

FAQ’s-Frequently Asked Questions:

What should students wear?  Students should dress formally. Males should wear a shirt with a collar, dress shirt and/or tie, and dress pants. Females are encouraged to wear dresses or skirts of appropriate length, or dress pants. We ask that ALL students refrain from wearing t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants and tennis shoes. For safety reasons NO flip flops or high heels.
All students will be asked to wear their Home-School purchased Josten’s gowns during the ceremony. No caps or tassels at the TRCC ceremony-students may wear their NTHS/NHS cords. If students are homeschooled or they do not intend to participate at their home school graduation but are interested in walking at Tri-Rivers Senior Recognition – please send them to Mrs. Rhonda Irey in the SRC by Friday, April 28th to place a hold on a robe for the event.

What time does the event start?  The event starts promptly at 7:00 pm. We are asking that all students arrive by 6:00 pm to prepare for the line-up and seating arrangements. We ask that all parents attending remain at the event until the last student crosses the stage. This minimizes the distraction from our students that deserve to be recognized properly.

How long does the event last? The event itself typically lasts about 90 minutes. Please be prepared to stay inside the Coliseum until all students are released. We have many students that have worked hard to be recognized and we would like to make sure we honor them.

Are pictures available? Yes. We plan to have photographers take candids throughout the event and take individual photos of each senior as they exit the stage. We will post these on our social media for parents.

How many guests may attend? At this time we are allowing each senior to bring as many family/friend members as they would like. Tickets are not necessary for entry into this event.

What if I have a family member with Handicap Accessible needs?  We will have handicap accessible parking and seating available. The seating is limited so we ask that only one other person from your family sit with them so that we have room for others with needs and our seniors.

May I take pictures? Yes, we just ask that you wait until after the ceremony to take pictures with your student.

Again, this is a celebration to recognize our seniors and we want to honor their accomplishments at TRCC. Each student that walks across the stage deserves to have their name and accomplishments heard by all. As a reminder, please keep all cell phones and devices on mute until the ceremony is completed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me via email


Kristina Lucas

Kristina M. Lucas


Checklist of important dates:



Seniors, please check back to this page as we continually add information and more details.

What’s Your E? Enrolled. Enlisted. Employed. From below:

What’s Your E Poster Form 2023 PDF
What’s Your E Poster Form 2023 Word