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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Regional Career Center instructor Travis Hueston, who leads MRCC’s information technology program, has been nominated as an ACT College and Career Readiness Champion.
 
ACT College and Career Readiness Champions personify the mission of ACT through intentional actions that create an atmosphere and culture that promotes college and career readiness for all. The ACT College and Career Readiness K-12 Champion is an individual who has created or led a program that positively impacts their organization and community through improved readiness for college and career opportunities.
 
“During the past few years, Mr. Hueston designed, developed, and implemented a new information technology program at MRCC,” said Dr. Kristine Condon, a senior member of the IT program’s advisory board. “The curriculum is mapped to specific third-party credentials, such as Microsoft Office Specialist and related products. During the first week of class alone, nearly 30 high school juniors and seniors build and maintain their own computers, network servers, install and maintain hardware and software, and begin the process of earning third-party credentials.” 
 
Even beyond the hands-on work, though, the students are getting a head start on college. Through a dual credit partnership with Vincennes University, students who complete the program can earn fully transferable college credit.
 
“In addition,” Condon noted, “Mr. Hueston has developed and maintained meaningful partnerships with area businesses and industries, which provides students with hands-on internship experience and professional soft skill development.”
 
Many of Hueston’s students are deployed as support technicians within the Marion school district. This saves the district's IT department valuable time and resources and provides the students with invaluable professional experience. In addition, the program recently began public tech assistance hours in partnership with Marion Public Library.
 
“These applied academic strategies are key tools to preparing students for upper-division and career readiness,” Condon said. “In addition to teaching students about hardware and software logistics, this next generation of IT professionals is developing business-appropriate communications skills and learning the attributes of responsibility, goal-setting, and collaboration with colleagues, customers, and the public. Mr. Hueston has single-handedly crafted and deployed a program that is an exceptional model for other career and technical education programs to follow.”

MRCC's IT program is part of the IBM Academic Initiative, and it is a Microsoft Imagine Academy.
 
Marion Community Schools congratulates Hueston on this recognition! We are grateful for community partnerships, and for our outstanding faculty members and the opportunities they work hard to provide to our students. ACT is set to announce the College and Career Readiness Champions by April 2.

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 sending schools around the county as well. Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should talk to their high school counselor or call MRCC for more information, 664-9091.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
Marion Regional Career Center's Culinary Arts students have a special offer for you for Valentine's Day: Order special treats to share (or to enjoy yourself)!
Your choices:
  • Red velvet cupcakes, $1 each
  • Chocolate covered strawberries, which come in sets of 5, $5 per set
>> Order deadline is Feb. 9. Call 664-9091 (the MRCC office) to place your order, or if you are collecting orders from a group (at your workplace or organization) you can click here to download a form to fill out and turn in by Feb. 9.

All items will be available for pickup at the Giant Bistro, 2201 S. Western Ave., on Feb. 14.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
Marion Regional Career Center’s Information Technology Academy is pleased to announce a partnership with Marion Public Library to offer technology assistance to the Marion community.
The MRCC Technical Assistance Center (TAC) will open on Thursday, Jan. 11. Student technology specialists will be available inside Marion Public Library on Thursdays and Fridays during the school year, from 9 to 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. (In the event of inclement weather, student technology specialists may not be available.)

“We’re committed to providing our students the opportunity to serve the communities 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,” said Travis Hueston, IT Academy instructor at Marion Regional Career Center. “Our partnership with Marion Public Library allows students to provide library patrons and community members with technical assistance and support on electronic devices such as computers, tablets, cellular phones, and printers, while at the same time earning high school and college credit through our dual credit agreement with Vincennes University.”

Students will also be on hand to provide instruction on using such equipment, as well as many software titles including Microsoft Office. The TAC also hopes to provide equipment repair and hardware services in the near future.

“One of MRCC’s goals is to offer every student an opportunity to earn real-life work experience. Partnering with Marion Public Library gives our IT students a chance to earn that experience, plus provide our community another place to receive help with their computer needs,” MRCC Director Mike Ripperger said.

Marion Regional Career Center’s Information Technology Academy is open to students from all participating schools in the county. Students who are interested should contact their counselor, or alternately reach out to Nate McNeely at MRCC, 765-664-9091, or email him at nmcneely@marion.k12.in.us.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Dec. 8, 2017

Marion Community Schools invites you to an afternoon of music and art featuring our outstanding fine arts faculty.

Arts in Action, a concert and art show, is set for 3 p.m. Jan. 21, 2018, at the Walton Performing Arts Center at Marion High School. Admission is free, and this event is open to the public.

All eight MCS music teachers will be performing solos, and then will join for a combined piece at the end of the concert. MCS art teachers will have their own personal work out on display as people are going in to be seated for the concert.

We hope to see you there!

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion High School senior Andrea Persinger earned a first-place finish last weekend at the Business Professionals of America Regional Leadership Contest.

Andrea competed in three categories at the competition, held Dec.9 at the Heartland Career Center in Wabash. She was the top finisher in the Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications category, earning a spot in the upcoming state level competition. She also competed in two other categories, Human Resource Management and Administrative Support Concepts.


For the spreadsheet competition, Andrea had to complete four jobs, including various formatting, formulas, and charts. Club sponsor Cathy Griffin said she was impressed with Andrea’s commitment to learning something new. She had never used the Excel spreadsheet program before beginning preparations this fall for the competition.

She now continues on to the state level conference and competition, set for March 11-13 at the Downtown Marriot in Indianapolis.  

The BPA club is back at Marion High School for the first time in at least a decade. In future years members will be able to work toward eligibility for BPA scholarships. The club also gives a head start to anyone who is interested in a career in business. BPA touches on a wide variety of related skills, from management, to accounting, to human resources, office systems and procedures, various computer skills, entrepreneurship, and more. The BPA competitions also include team contests, so as the club grows there will be more opportunities to earn recognition.

Any student who is interested in joining should contact Griffin at cgriffin@marion.k12.in.us, call 662-2546 x. 143, or visit her in the Marion Community Schools Business Office at Marion High School.