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News for Marion Regional Career Center


Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Regional Career Center is pleased to report its highest enrollment since 2014. MRCC is currently serving 334 students from seven schools in the surrounding area. The students are spread throughout 20-plus program areas in career and technical education.

MRCC Student and Community Specialist Nate McNeely attributed the growth to MRCC’s commitment to its students.

“We are committed to continually enhancing the student experience through the development of skills and partnerships in high-demand career areas,” McNeely said.

MRCC has added multiple programs since the move from the Tucker building to Marion High School (starting in the 2016-17 school year).

“I believe a major reason for the growth in our classes is our teachers,” MRCC Director Mike Ripperger added. “Our teachers are consistently going above and beyond to make sure they are providing the best possible learning environment for all students, and several of them are doing so while still working in their field.”

Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should contact their high school counselor or McNeely for more information at (765) 664-9091.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Regional Career Center is pleased to announce that a new Cyber Hacking Forensic Investigator Certification Program for high school students in the Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy.

The pilot program will allow students to learn the investigation techniques needed to detect hacking attacks and properly extract the evidence need to report the crime while at the same time conducting audits to prevent future incidents from occurring. 

“By 2022 there will be a shortfall of 3.5 million individuals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to prepare for and respond to the new cybersecurity world,” said Dr. Travis Hueston, instructor of the Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy at MRCC. “There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds in the United States. By providing this program in conjunction with our Ethical Hacking Program, we have the ability to offer every student this real-life work experience. To my knowledge, we are the only school in the state to offer such a well-rounded program to high school students.”

MRCC Director Mike Ripperger said they are pleased to be able to offer such a high-quality program to students in Marion and Grant County.

“The Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy continues to provide opportunities for students to excel in areas that are proven to be experiencing job growth, which will prepare them for the workforce after graduation,” Ripperger said. “Dr. Hueston and I continually work with our state partners to create an IT Curriculum Pathway that can be implemented throughout the state of Indiana.”

MRCC’s excellent career prep and advanced college opportunities are one of the reasons why students attend the Marion Regional Career Center. MRCC programs are available to students from schools around the county as well. Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should contact their high school counselor or MRCC Student Support and Community Specialist Nate McNeely for more information at (765) 664-9091.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The latest issue of our new MRCC newsletter, Monthly Memo, is now available! 

This month's newsletter features our IT Academy. Check it out:
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Regional Career Center’s Cyber Security and Technology Academy is pleased to announce a partnership with Afena Federal Credit Union to offer students real-life work experience. 

Students in the program have been selected to serve internships at Afena’s north and south citywide locations to provide assistance in several different areas ranging from technology to accounting. 

“With every new school year comes the promise of a new beginning: new academic subjects, new teachers, new classmates, new friends, and, of course, new opportunities to learn, grow, and develop,” said Dr. Travis Hueston, instructor for the MRCC Cyber Security and Technology Academy. “This is just another example of our commitment to providing our students the opportunity to serve the community in which they live and work, while at the same time providing students with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills so that they can pursue jobs that contribute to the economy.”

This is the second year Afena has offered an internship to a high school student, and the results were fantastic for the credit union, the student and the school last year.

“Mr. Hueston does an amazing job with his students, working hard to prepare them for real world experiences,” Karen Madry, president and chief executive officer of Afena, said. “We believe this is a natural fit, and we will continue to build upon the lessons they have been taught through the MRCC program.”

Afena hopes this partnership will provide the students with the experience they need to succeed as they journey beyond high school. In addition, they hope to open students’ eyes to the career opportunities that exist in Marion.

“We are fortunate to have this opportunity to work with an eager group of students who want to showcase their talents” Madry said.

MRCC Director Mike Ripperger said this opportunity is in full alignment with the career center’s mission.

“One of MRCC’s goals is to offer every student an opportunity to earn real-life work experience. Partnering with Afena gives our students a chance to earn that experience” he said. “Afena joins many other citywide sites as an internship host to the students at Marion Regional Career Center.”

MRCC's excellent career prep and advanced college opportunities are one of the reasons Marion High School is a state leader in college and career readiness. MRCC programs are available to students from schools around the county as well. Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should contact their high school counselor or Mr. Nate McNeely for more information at (765) 664-9091.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The first issue of our new MRCC newsletter, Monthly Memo, is now available! 

This month's newsletter features our Culinary Arts program and the Giant Bistro. Check it out: