MRCC now offers Microsoft Imagine Academy training, certifications

Posted on Aug. 09 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Regional Career Center is now a Microsoft Imagine Academy, able to provide students with real-world technology skills needed to thrive in the 21st Century economy.

MRCC joins an exclusive group of programs certified as Microsoft Imagine Academies, a group that includes only about 15,000 school programs in the world.

“We’re committed to providing our students with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills so they can pursue higher education and secure jobs that contribute to the economy and their communities,” said Travis Hueston, MRCC’s Microsoft Imagine Academy instructor. “Our membership in the Microsoft Imagine Academy program enables us to provide a road map to technology proficiency and industry-recognized Microsoft Certification credentials, keeping pace with what today’s employers are looking for and setting our students up for future success. Not only will this program provide our students with more than $35,000 worth of free computer certifications, but it will also include another $25,000 worth of IT software upgrades for the Academy.”

MRCC’s Microsoft Imagine Academy is open to all participating schools in Grant County. Interested students should contact their counselor or the Marion Regional Career Center at (765) 664-9091.

Microsoft Imagine Academy is a comprehensive program that supports ongoing technology education for students, teachers, and other education professionals spanning computer basics to high-level programming, along with cloud and infrastructure management using Microsoft technologies. 

“Microsoft is committed to empowering students and teachers around the world to reach their full potential,” said Alison Cunard, general manager for Microsoft Learning Experience. “By combining education and cutting-edge technology, the Microsoft Imagine Academy helps enable success and prosperity in an evolving global economy.”

At MRCC, Microsoft Imagine Academy will provide a convenient and flexible learning environment where students can get hands-on experience with the latest technology to gain a competitive edge in today’s job market or the next step in their academics. The Academy fits into MRCC’s already robust IT education options, as the career center offers every IT pathway the state Department of Education allows. Students in MRCC’s IT pathway programs can earn 9 to 12 dual college credits, depending on which pathway they choose.

MRCC’s membership in the Microsoft Imagine Academy was made possible at no additional cost to the school corporation thanks to a grant from Microsoft, facilitated by the Indiana Department of Education.

MHS, IWU grad Willmert joins Health Careers staff

Posted on Jul. 15 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
Marion Regional Career Center would like to welcome Julie Willmert, an MHS alumna, to our staff!

Willmert, a registered nurse, is joining us as preceptor for our health careers program, an important role engaged with our students and community businesses and agencies where our students are doing clinical rotations. 

She will also serve as a liaison for the Grow Nurses program, a partnership between Indiana Wesleyan University, Ivy Tech, and MRCC that aims to help recruit and train the next generation of nurses.

Willmert will also be the athletic trainer for the Giants athletics department. (Click here to learn more about her role with the Giants.)

"Julie is coming home to her Giant roots and will be a wonderful asset to our MCS family," MHS Principal Keith Burke said. "She will bring professionalism and knowledge to our athletic programs and Career Center. We are excited for Julie to join us."

Willmert has a bachelor's degree in nursing and in athletic training from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has served as nurse manager at Life Center Medical Clinic in Wabash for several years, along with serving as the athletic trainer for Mississinewa High School. 

Welcome to the NEW Marion Regional Career Center!

Posted on Jun. 23 2016 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
On June 22, the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees officially approved our new name, Marion Regional Career Center.


With the closure of the Tucker facility, we are taking on a new identity, which represents expanded opportunities for students from Marion High School and the surrounding county schools. A portion of the Marion High School campus is being remodeled to accommodate our career-tech education programs. We are excited about the possibilities this location offers for more MHS students to get involved with our programs, which are expanding in the coming years to include new programs including aviation, HVAC, and more.

Also coming soon: Giant Bistro

Our restaurant run by the culinary arts program will also have a new home and a new name. The Giant Bistro will be taking over a vacant restaurant on the Bypass, the former K Bistro, 2201 S. Western Ave. This location only blocks away from the high school will offer greater opportunities for community partnerships (such as catering for The Refinery nearby, an ongoing relationship that will only grow stronger with the easier logistics), as well as a much more visible and easily accessible location, right amidst other restaurants and businesses on one of the city's major thoroughfares. The Giant Bistro will open to the public in October.

We are looking forward to the new opportunities that all of these changes bring for our students and staff, along with the community!

MRCC Dual Credit

Dual Credit at Marion Regional Career Center


What is dual credit?
Dual credit is the term given to courses in which high school students have the opportunity to earn both high school and college credits simultaneously. Dual credit courses are taught by high school faculty, adjunct college faculty or college faculty either at the high school, at the college or university, or sometimes through online courses or distance education. Dual credit is offered by both state and independent (private, regionally accredited) colleges and universities.

What MRCC classes offer dual credit?
All of them! MRCC offers 35+ hours of college credit through Ivy Tech and Vincennes University dual credit agreements.

How do I sign up?
Ivy Tech: Students completed online applications at the beginning of the school year and have been fulfilling requirements all year.
Vincennes: Teachers  passed out paper applications in class at the beginning of the school year.

Have more questions?
Ask your teacher or contact the MRCC office

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