Tri-Rivers to look to replacement levy for operational cost

Staff report

The Tri-Rivers Career Center has placed a 1.3 mill replacement levy on the Nov. 8 ballot that will fund day-to-day operations. Passage of the levy would maintain current programs and training that prepare students for the work force and college.

“To compete in this economy we must continue to offer cutting-edge programs for 21st-century careers,” Superintendent Chuck Speelman explained. “With this levy, Tri-Rivers can maintain quality programs and facilities, ensuring our students have the latest training, equipment and skills necessary to meet the needs of area employers.”

Tri-Rivers has a proven track record where graduates go on to enter the local workforce and college. Nearly 90 percent of Tri-Rivers students go on to get a job, go to college, enter the military or get an apprenticeship upon completing the program.

“Tri-Rivers works directly with local businesses and corporations like Honda and Whirlpool to help provide training and meet the demands of today’s job market,” added Speelman. “It is with the community’s support that we will be able to stay on that path, making sure our students are ready for the ever-changing employment landscape.”

The Tri Rivers replacement levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 market value home $3.79 a month.

“Tri Rivers provides great value to the community,” added Board President Jim McFarland.

“For pennies a day, we can continue to make a real difference by producing work ready graduates for real jobs here in our area.”

Staff report