Tri-Rivers Career Center believes in the future

Guest Column by Chuck Speelman, Tri-Rivers Superintendent

April 22, 2014

As the 2013-2014 school year draws to a close, once again I’m reminded of the message I shared with the TRCC Staff seven years ago when I became superintendent of the Career Center: ”It’s amazing how much can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit.” This is a quote from John Wooden, former UCLA basketball coach, and it certainly fits the transformation we have seen at Tri-Rivers.

This transformation has been made possible because of a quality caring staff and invaluable partnerships with area schools, business/industry, colleges, chambers of commerce, political leaders—local, state and national—and numerous individuals and groups who bring their talents and expertise to the table. All involved care about the economic recovery of this area, providing students with a pathway to success and they BELIEVE IN TRI-RIVERS and BELIEVE IN THE FUTURE.

I also salute the high school and adult students who choose to come to Tri-Rivers to get a headstart on their careers. They are eager for adventure and thrive with hands-on experiences and leadership opportunities.


Tri-Rivers has a proud history with many high-achieving graduates. A great percentage of our students train here and stay in Marion, Morrow and Union counties following their graduation and to acquire additional training or schooling. They are contributors and leaders in our communities. Our graduates are literally everywhere—serving, protecting and assisting you!


The needs of our area businesses and industries have changed. We are working hard every day to meet those needs.

Keeping a promise to move at the speed of business, this year RAMTEC is up and running. Three classes of adult students have already earned their FANUC Certifications, along with several high school TRCC Engineering students—making them the first high school students in the nation to receive the highly sought after Fanuc industrial robotics certification.

Along with opening RAMTEC, we are the first and only Career Center in the nation to be designated an AMTEC certification site. AMTEC is a collaboration of community and technical colleges and industry partners seeking to better prepare highly skilled technicians and manufacturing engineers to work in the automobile and related manufacturing industries.


At Tri-Rivers we believe students should think about their role in the community. They should strive to make a difference—look at complex problems and seek solutions that best benefit the communities in which they live.

By listening to our communities and identifying our major resources, we know there are four pillars or areas where we need to concentrate our training efforts in order to meet local employment needs and build stronger communities.

The Four Pillars include:

1. Manufacturing

We truly believe manufacturing is alive and well in Ohio. There is a great need for the training/certifications that RAMTEC provides, including welding, robotics, precision machining. RAMTEC will continue to grow and meet these training needs.

Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor said she liked what she saw when she toured RAMTEC. “This is fantastic, and I suppose if the governor had a model of what he was looking for, it’s something like this.”

2. Healthcare

Our emphasis on quality healthcare and related services programs will continue. Everyone of us needs or will need the assistance of highly trained healthcare worker at some point in our lives. When that point comes we all want the best-trained, most caring individual for our friends, family or ourselves.

As the only LPN to RN transition program at a Career Center in the State of Ohio, we will continue to look for ways to serve our communities in these areas.

3. Agriculture

Agriculture is still Ohio’s top industry, contributing $105 billion to Ohio’s economy according to the Ohio Farm Bureau data. There are 75,700 farms in the state with approximately 670 in Marion; 860 in Morrow and 900 in Union County. We recognize Agriculture is important to this area along with the other related industries.

We are proud of our Vet Science program that was developed after meeting with area veterinarians and reaching agreements with colleges. We also have an excellent Ag & Industrial Power program. And we are currently looking at the development of an Ag Academy that would include additional programs such as Food Science.

4. Human Services

The final pillar includes all of our programs that teach skills that meet the needs of our population, such as Cosmetology, Early Childhood Education, Public Safety Services officer training and more.


I am humbled to work with a talented staff. Many of our highly trained instructors teach students the skills to make them successful in their chosen field of study. They do it because they are passionate and caring individuals that want to make a difference.

From our instructors to our support staff, there is a common goal of teaching students to be life-long learners and contributing citizens.

Time and time again, I witness graduates coming back to visit instructors and support staff. Once you are part of the Tri-Rivers Family, you are always part of it.

Tri-Rivers is here to serve you.

We live by our slogan: A School Where You are ALLOWED to, INSPIRED to, and EXPECTED to be AMAZING!!

Best Regards

Chuck Speelman, Superintendent