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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News By Myla Townsend

Marion High School’s state-of-the-art planetarium will put on a special show that explores weather and climate, along with the local night sky in spring and summer.

The public is invited to MHS for “Supermoons and Seasons”. The show will last approximately one hour. Showings will be as follows:
  • 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, March 2
  • 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, March  3
Admission is free, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-seated basis. Come early for a spot on the day of the show. Doors will open about 30 minutes before each showing. Enter MHS through Door 22 at the front of the building. MHS is located at 750 W. 26th St.

The planetarium at MHS was renovated in fall 2012. It boasts state-of-the-art LED cove lighting; 5.1 surround sound system with JBL cinema series speakers that push 2400 watts of power; a Digitarium Kappa projector that broadcasts full dome shows; and seating for 54.

Marion Community Schools is pleased to be able to present this special show to the public and share our exceptional facilities with the community in this way.This is a great opportunity for a special experience with the family, right here in Marion!
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Three students from the Cybersecurity and Information Technology Academy at Marion Regional Career Center were among the top scorers in the state during the recent qualifying round for a global 2018 Microsoft Office Specialist competition.

Damon Nacke, a Marion High School junior, earned second place in Microsoft PowerPoint
Travis Kroft, an MHS senior, earned third Place in Microsoft PowerPoint
John Rye, an MHS junior, earned third place in Microsoft Word

MRCC congratulates these students and expresses gratitude to their instructor, Dr. Travis Hueston, for his work to provide our students with opportunities every day!

The Microsoft Office Specialist competition presented by Certiport tests student’s skills on Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (both 2013 and 2016 versions). Students between the ages of 13 and 22 can compete. Students at MRCC took the exams in their class in December, during the Fall Qualifier testing period.

There are two state qualifier testing periods for the Microsoft Office Specialist competition, one in the fall and in the spring. First place students in each category in each qualifier round, 12 students in all from each state, are invited to compete in the national championships. The top three in each category at that level earn monetary prizes, and the first place competitor advances to the world championship level competition.

MRCC is a certified Microsoft Imagine Academy, providing 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.

Enrollment in the MRCC Cybersecurity and Information Technology Academy is open to all juniors and seniors at participating schools in Grant County. Interested students should contact their school’s counselor, or call Nate McNeely at MRCC at 765-664-9091.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Regional Career Center’s award-winning Cybersecurity and Information Technology Academy is pleased to announce it is now an official EC-Council Accredited Training Center partner.

The collaboration is aimed at providing the highest quality industry-recognized cybersecurity training and certification credentials to students such as Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), Certified Network Defender (CND) and several others. These career-focused credentials cover a broad scope of hands-on cybersecurity education so students can achieve the highest quality skills and credentials, differentiating themselves to employers looking to hire.

EC-Council has been a global leader in cybersecurity skills development and certification since 2001, working with top level private and public sector organizations, many of which are Fortune 500 companies across the world. EC-Council certified professionals have become some of the most sought-after professionals by organizations worldwide.

Students enrolled in the program can now qualify for opportunities to earn industry recognized certifications, also accessing study plans, projects, and community forums while gaining the assistance of cybersecurity experts from across the globe. Upon completion of the course, students can take the certification exam and proceed directly into careers in the highly lucrative cybersecurity industry, or continue their education at a college or university. Students will also earn high school and college credit for taking the course.

“There is a scary talent shortage and a lack of awareness in the cybersecurity field today,” said MRCC instructor Dr. Travis Hueston. “Cybercrime is far more aggressive than it has ever been, and individuals, companies, and organizations of all sizes are falling prey to it. Cybercriminals are using advanced technology to launch sophisticated attacks and inflict huge financial and reputational damage to organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies, to government agencies, and even schools. This partnership with EC-Council will help MRCC to establish itself as one of Indiana’s top trusted sources for cybersecurity education at the secondary level. Marion High School is one of the only high schools with this designation in the state.”

MRCC Director Mike Ripperger said expanding students’ career options is always in the forefront of their efforts, with an eye toward employer needs now and in the future.

“We are thrilled to become and accredited training center in cyber security and look forward to expanding our student’s knowledge and their ability to become employable in the field after graduation or continue their education at a secondary institution, while at the same time earning traditional high school and college dual credit,” Ripperger said.

Wesley Alvarez, director of academics for the EC-Council, welcomed MRCC.

“We are pleased to welcome the Marion Regional Career Center as an EC-Council ATC Partner within the State of Indiana, he said. “Their partnerships and articulation efforts with local colleges and universities to accept credit for EC-Council courses is key to encouraging students to pursue cybersecurity focused concentrations and degrees in higher education. We look forward to supporting the development of these skills and abilities most commonly used in today’s cybersecurity workforce, at the high school level.”

The Marion Regional Career Center Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy is open to all of our participating schools in the county. Students who are interested should contact their counselor or Nate McNeely at MRCC, 765-664-9091.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Due to the cancellation of classes on January 30 and 31 because of dangerous wind chill temperatures, the last day for students will now be on Tuesday, May 28. Please make a note on your calendars!

(Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day, so there will be no classes that day.)

These are the second and third make-up days added to the year due to weather-related closures. (MCS was closed on Nov. 15, 3018, due to icy roads.) Any more cancellations will result in more days being added to the end of the school year. We will continue to advise families if more make-up days are needed.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The latest issue of our new MRCC newsletter, Monthly Memo, is now available! 

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