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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News When students in the aviation operations class at Marion Regional Career Center went down to Indianapolis last month for the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Aerospace and Defense breakfast, little did they realize the additional opportunity that would come their way. A month later, students were sitting in the cockpit of the KC-135 full motion simulator at Grissom Air Reserve Base, in full control of flying (virtually) in the Hawaiian Islands.

Grissom Air Base is home to the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 434th Air Refueling Wing, which specializes in mid-air refueling. The simulator helps them with training. The aviation operations class visited the base on Nov. 13.



Marion Regional Career Center aviation operations students Emma Jacobs, Landon Bouslog, and Nick Lee pause for a photo while inside the KC-135 full motion simulator at Grissom Air Reserve Base on Nov. 13, 2018.
 


The KC-135 full motion simulator at Grissom Air Reserve Base looks nothing like an airplane from the outside, but inside, the flight simulator allows members of the U.S. Air Force Reserve’s 434th Air Refueling Wing to train for the challenging task of mid-air refueling. 
 

“Going to Grissom allowed me to broaden my horizon on job opportunities in aviation,” said Emma Jacobs, a student in MRCC’s aviation operations class “Being able to fly as the boom operator and be captain in a KC-135 simulator was a great experience. I loved learning about the operations and steps it takes to preform those tasks.”

Aviation is one of the hottest career fields for high school students, with an estimated need for 637,000 commercial aircraft pilots and 648,000 technicians in the coming years, according to a recent Boeing jobs outlook report. This does not include the air traffic control, dispatchers and other related careers.

“Providing our high school students with opportunities to be part of a high demand, high wage job market is exciting!” said Scott Simpson, who teaches the aviation operations class. “When I talk with teachers and other professionals and explain what we are doing at Marion Regional Career Center, they are amazed and almost in disbelief that a high school career center is offering this type of curriculum to students.”

Nick Lee, another member of the class, summarized the visit this way: “Going to Grissom Air Force Base was something that I will never forget. This was an exhilarating experience that I will keep with me forever.”
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The latest issue of our new MRCC newsletter, Monthly Memo, is now available! 

This month's newsletter features our Graphic Arts Program and MRCC Print Shop. Did you know you can order customized items from the Print Shop? They make great holiday gifts!

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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Regional Career Center is pleased to report its highest enrollment since 2014. MRCC is currently serving 334 students from seven schools in the surrounding area. The students are spread throughout 20-plus program areas in career and technical education.

MRCC Student and Community Specialist Nate McNeely attributed the growth to MRCC’s commitment to its students.

“We are committed to continually enhancing the student experience through the development of skills and partnerships in high-demand career areas,” McNeely said.

MRCC has added multiple programs since the move from the Tucker building to Marion High School (starting in the 2016-17 school year).

“I believe a major reason for the growth in our classes is our teachers,” MRCC Director Mike Ripperger added. “Our teachers are consistently going above and beyond to make sure they are providing the best possible learning environment for all students, and several of them are doing so while still working in their field.”

Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should contact their high school counselor or McNeely for more information at (765) 664-9091.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Regional Career Center is pleased to announce that a new Cyber Hacking Forensic Investigator Certification Program for high school students in the Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy.

The pilot program will allow students to learn the investigation techniques needed to detect hacking attacks and properly extract the evidence need to report the crime while at the same time conducting audits to prevent future incidents from occurring. 

“By 2022 there will be a shortfall of 3.5 million individuals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to prepare for and respond to the new cybersecurity world,” said Dr. Travis Hueston, instructor of the Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy at MRCC. “There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds in the United States. By providing this program in conjunction with our Ethical Hacking Program, we have the ability to offer every student this real-life work experience. To my knowledge, we are the only school in the state to offer such a well-rounded program to high school students.”

MRCC Director Mike Ripperger said they are pleased to be able to offer such a high-quality program to students in Marion and Grant County.

“The Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy continues to provide opportunities for students to excel in areas that are proven to be experiencing job growth, which will prepare them for the workforce after graduation,” Ripperger said. “Dr. Hueston and I continually work with our state partners to create an IT Curriculum Pathway that can be implemented throughout the state of Indiana.”

MRCC’s excellent career prep and advanced college opportunities are one of the reasons why students attend the Marion Regional Career Center. MRCC programs are available to students from schools around the county as well. Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should contact their high school counselor or MRCC Student Support and Community Specialist Nate McNeely for more information at (765) 664-9091.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The latest issue of our new MRCC newsletter, Monthly Memo, is now available! 

This month's newsletter features our IT Academy. Check it out: