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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools periodically brings in educational programs for students aimed at helping them stay safe.

One such program is the Cyber Safety program, which provides young people with age-appropriate information to empower them to take control of their own information and image during online interactions.

Marion students in grades 3 through 12 will hear a special presentation from a youth educator working with the Indiana State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. This presentation will focus on ways to protect your children during their online interactions through any web-connected devices. Topics will include age-appropriate information regarding protecting personal and private information online; cyber bullying; and inappropriate content and interactions.

The TCTC student session is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 29.

parent information session will also be offered at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, in the Marion High School cafeteria. If you have concerns or questions, we encourage you to attend this information session, or to contact your building principal. 

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News UPDATE: All phone service has been restored. Thanks for your patience!

Phones are out at several of our schools this morning (Thursday, March 10). We apologize for any inconvenience. Feel free to call the district office at 662-2546, and we will help you!

Phones are out at all of our buildings except McCulloch Junior High and the district office. Time of restoration is unknown at this point.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Link Tucker Career & Tech Center's construction trades program was featured recently in the Chronicle-Tribune!

The front-page article featured the family who has moved into the home built by Tucker students, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and some local contractors and sponsors. We're so proud of the students in this program and the work they are doing to provide quality affordable housing for local families! 

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Several area schools, businesses and organizations will be on hand at Tucker Career and Technology Center's College and Career Fair on Wednesday, March 30. 

Whether you're a high school student or non-traditional student trying to find the best fit for your post-secondary education, or you're a job-seeker on the hunt for a new position or a new career field, you don't want to miss this opportunity!

This free event is a great opportunity for all Grant County students, families, and other community members to get a chance to speak with representatives from a number of businesses and post-secondary schools from around the area. We hope to see you at our College and Career Fair between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, here at TCTC, 107 S. Pennsylvania St.

Here's a look at the organizations set to be at TCTC for the event:



>> BUSINESSES / SCHOOLS: There is still time to reserve your spot! Contact Valerie at today!

Tucker Career and Technology Center
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Tucker Career and Technology Center will receive $99,000 from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development as part of the Skill UP Indiana initiative. The funds will be used to purchase new equipment to be used in welding classes and Tucker's new HVAC and industrial maintenance programs.

TCTC joined together with several other career centers in the northeast Indiana region, along with Northeast Indiana Works, to form the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership to apply for the grant. The state offered $11 million in grants this year to community partnerships to develop training and education programs that align to employer needs. The Northeast Indiana group was one of 13 applicants to receive funding this year.

The Northeast partnership was awarded $1.345 million. About $500,000 of that will go to the career/tech ed schools to develop and upgrade programs. Here in Marion, most of the funds will be used for a new vent system for the welding lab class, which is a significant expense, about $70,000. It will also go to purchase a virtual welding simulator, as well as provide for electrical systems in the new location for the classes, on the campus of Marion High School.

The grant required proposals for industry-led training and education programs geared toward in-demand skills, with the goal of improving local economies. Tucker's new HVAC and industrial maintenance programs are in line with skilled trades needed in the region, and students who complete the programs will have the opportunity to earn recognized industry certifications. 

“In a nutshell, I will tell you that we selected those (CTE) programs based on jobs we knew that were in high demand and that paid a good wage,” Gary Gatman, executive vice president of strategic initiatives for Northeast Indiana Works, told the Wabash Plain-Dealer. “So we wanted to create talent where there was opportunity for people to go to work and make a good living … . We really selected those five occupations because data said those were in-demand and employers confirmed that, yes, they are struggling to find talent in those areas.”

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership included MCS's Tucker Career and Tech Center and the Grant's Got Talent Initiative here in Marion, as well as the Adams-Wells Manufacturing Alliance, the Gateway Coalition, the Noble County Manufacturing and Education Alliance, and the Industrial Guild of Steuben County. The other career/tech ed centers involved are Heartland Career Center in Wabash, Fort Wayne Community Schools' Career Academy at Anthis, the Area 18 Career and Technical Education Cooperative, and the Impact Institute.

Marion Community Schools is proud to be among the Skill UP Indiana grant recipients, and we look forward to continuing the growth and evolution of our CTE programs to meet the needs of the workforce today and tomorrow.