Tri-Rivers renewal levy on November ballot

Staff Report

MARION — Tri-Rivers Career Center is on the ballot Nov. 7 for a 1.3 mill renewal levy. This levy was originally passed in 1997.

“Our renewal levy is no new taxes for the areas we serve,” according to Jim McFarland, board president.

“Passage of the levy would maintain current programs and training that prepares area students for the work force, apprenticeships, and to enter college or the military,” McFarland said.

“To compete in this economy we must continue to offer cutting-edge programs for 21st-century careers,” Superintendent Chuck Speelman said. “With the renewal of 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, Speelman said.. “Nearly 90 percent of Tri-Rivers high school graduates go on to get a job, go to college, enter the military or get an apprenticeship upon completing their programs.”

“Tri-Rivers works directly with local businesses and corporations like Union Tank Car, Nucor, Whirlpool and Honda 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 Renewal Levy, which is no new taxes, costs the owner of a $100,000 market value home $1.76 a month.

Tri-Rivers training for high school students includes programs in the areas of Agriculture, Arts & Communications, Human Services, Construction, Healthcare, Public Safety and Law Enforcement, Engineering, Business, Industrial Manufacturing, and Transportation. Adult Education programs include Industrial Maintenance, Welding, Nursing, Paramedic, EMT, Robotics, PLC and Hydraulics.

Tri-Rivers campus is located at 2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Road. Their training center RAMTEC, also on the campus, provides workforce training for high school and adult students.

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