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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News It's that time of year again: The Marion Community Schools annual holiday cards are now available to order!

The artwork featured on the three cards was created by Marion Community Schools students, and the cards themselves will be printed by Marion Regional Career Center's print shop.

If your family, organization, or business is looking for a holiday card with a local flair — and a local impact — make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to get your order in for these special cards! 

Each set of 20 cards and envelopes is $6.25. Proceeds from the sale of these cards go to help MCS students in need. We hope you'll consider purchasing. It's an easy way to brighten someone's day and make a real difference in our community!

Orders are due by Monday, Nov. 26. Please return your completed order form, along with check or cash, to Patty Barney or Amy Clark in the district office at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St. Our office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. (NOTE: The office will be closed for Thanksgiving Break on Nov. 22 and 23.)

Those who order will be notified when cards are available for pickup in early December.  

Marion Community Schools thanks all the young artists whose were chosen as finalists for the 2017 cards, and their art teachers, Tashema Davis, Andrew Luttrull, and Hannah Fox.

Winning artists:
  • Jazzmyne Nuncio, third grade, Allen Elementary
  • Shaylee Vermilion, eighth grade, McCulloch Junior High School
  • Sarah Ault, 12th, Marion High School
  • Kaelynn Ellis, third grade, Allen
  • Halo Riddle, second grade, Allen
  • Aliya Cruz, fourth grade, Riverview
  • Cora Topping, third grade, Riverview
  • Nevaeh Copeland, fifth grade, Justice
  • Andrew Hancock, sixth grade, Justice
  • Rebecca Harris, sixth grade, Justice
  • Emily Wilkes, fifth grade, Justice
  • Deissy Gunyon, seventh grade, McCulloch
  • Elijah Maki, seventh grade, McCulloch
  • Adolfo Marin, eighth grade, McCulloch
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
Marion Regional Career Center's Culinary Arts students have a special offer for you for the holidays: pumpkin roll!

Order this special treat for your holiday gathering or any special meal!

Cost is $7 each.

>> Order deadline is Nov. 16. 

Call 667-6254 to place your order or stop by the Giant Bistro 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

~ or ~

Stop by the Marion Regional Career Center office at Marion High School 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All items will be available for pickup at the Giant Bistro, 2201 S. Western Ave., from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20.
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!

Check it out:
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.