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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.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Due to the weather, all after-school activities have been canceled for Wednesday, Feb. 24, at all Marion Community Schools buildings.

At this point Marion Community Schools is not dismissing early, but we continue to monitor weather and road conditions and will certainly advise you if that changes.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Tucker Career and Technology Center would like to remind local businesses and Indiana colleges considering participating in its upcoming College and Career Fair that the deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 26, to be listed in promotional materials.

This free event is an excellent marketing opportunity for businesses and colleges. Participating organizations will be given free booth space to promote their various opportunities.

TCTC offers students the opportunity to earn advanced college credits and industry-based certifications, and also facilitates internships and assists students with their post-secondary planning. Our programs include culinary arts, early childhood education, visual arts, health careers, construction and drafting, public safety, information technology, and more.

If your business or college is interested in having a representative at the event, which is set for 9:30 am.. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, please contact Valerie Janowski-Human, You can also reach her by phone at Tucker, 664-9091 x. 142.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Marion Giants will face the Mississinewa Indians on the court. However, the teams are teaming together to compete against a much tougher opponent: cancer.

Fans will have the opportunity during the game to become part of the Be the Match Registry. A simple, quick, and painless cheek swab is all that's needed. This is not a donation (like during a blood drive), but simply a way to add yourself to the list of potential bone marrow donors.

Every year more than 10,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia or lymphoma, and their best option for a cure is a bone marrow transplant. But 70 percent of those people will NOT find a matching donor in their family. That's where the Be the Match Registry comes in. YOU could save a life. We hope you'll consider participating in this important donor registry drive at the Giants game next Tuesday.

This Be the Match Registry donor drive is in honor of former Butler basketball star Andrew Smith, who recently lost his battle with leukemia, and his family in Grant County. Jim and Nedra Sutter, longtime supporters of Marion basketball and Marion Community Schools, are Andrew's grandparents.

>> Read more about the donor drive and the Sutter family at
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Check out this great report from WIWU-TV's Crossroads about the Tucker Bistro!


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