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News for Marion Regional Career Center


Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Regional Career Center is now a Microsoft Imagine Academy, able to provide students with real-world technology skills needed to thrive in the 21st Century economy.

MRCC joins an exclusive group of programs certified as Microsoft Imagine Academies, a group that includes only about 15,000 school programs in the world.

“We’re committed to providing our students with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills so they can pursue higher education and secure jobs that contribute to the economy and their communities,” said Travis Hueston, MRCC’s Microsoft Imagine Academy instructor. “Our membership in the Microsoft Imagine Academy program enables us to provide a road map to technology proficiency and industry-recognized Microsoft Certification credentials, keeping pace with what today’s employers are looking for and setting our students up for future success. Not only will this program provide our students with more than $35,000 worth of free computer certifications, but it will also include another $25,000 worth of IT software upgrades for the Academy.”

MRCC’s Microsoft Imagine Academy is open to all participating schools in Grant County. Interested students should contact their counselor or the Marion Regional Career Center at (765) 664-9091.

Microsoft Imagine Academy is a comprehensive program that supports ongoing technology education for students, teachers, and other education professionals spanning computer basics to high-level programming, along with cloud and infrastructure management using Microsoft technologies. 

“Microsoft is committed to empowering students and teachers around the world to reach their full potential,” said Alison Cunard, general manager for Microsoft Learning Experience. “By combining education and cutting-edge technology, the Microsoft Imagine Academy helps enable success and prosperity in an evolving global economy.”

At MRCC, Microsoft Imagine Academy will provide 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. The Academy fits into MRCC’s already robust IT education options, as the career center offers every IT pathway the state Department of Education allows. Students in MRCC’s IT pathway programs can earn 9 to 12 dual college credits, depending on which pathway they choose.

MRCC’s membership in the Microsoft Imagine Academy was made possible at no additional cost to the school corporation thanks to a grant from Microsoft, facilitated by the Indiana Department of Education.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News
YOU are invited to the Giant Challenge, coming up Friday through Sunday, July 22-24!


This is a great event that brings alumni back and community members out to support and celebrate the Marion Giants of yesterday, today, and tomorrow! Proceeds support Marion Community Schools athletics and arts programs. It's an event you don't want to miss.

Online registration options are closed at this point, but you can still sign up or buy spectator passes at the gate!
  • Are you an MHS alum who would like to participate in the friendly athletes vs. alumni competitions? You can register at the events! Click here for more information.
  • Do you just want to watch the athletes vs. alumni games? A weekend spectator pass is only $10 per adult! (Students high school and younger get in free.) You can pay at the gate for any event. This pass gets you into any sporting event all weekend. Want to check out the full weekend schedule? Click here. 
  • Are you interested in participating the Giant Pride Run/Walk? Come out to the MHS stadium / track Saturday, July 23! Registration / check-in is from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Race starts at 8:30. Click here to view course details.
  • Do you want to participate in Lights Out Bowling with pro bowler and MHS alum Ronnie Russell? Be at Crest Lanes at 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 22! (MHS alum Sammy Miles will be providing live music that night!)
  • Don't miss the Walton Center Choral Reunion show! (Broadway star and MHS alum Jim Walton will be there, along with dozens of choral alumni. You don't want to miss this!) Buy $10 tickets at the door at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24 at MHS's Walton Performing Arts Center.

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees will accept applications for a vacant Board position for District III. 

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be a registered voter
  • Must have resided in the school corporation for at least one year.
  • Reside in District III (includes Center and Washington townships outside the civil city of Marion but within the boundaries of the Marion Community Schools district - precincts: Center 10, 11, 15, 20, 24, parts of Washington 3 and 4)
Term: Ends December 31, 2016

Application Process:
  • Submit a letter of interest and resume or background information (include your contact information)  to:
Marion Community Schools
Office of the Superintendent
750 W. 26th St.
Marion, IN   46953
  • Please respond by Friday, August 5, 2016. 

All applicants will be reviewed by the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees.  

Contact person:
Mrs. Patty Barney (pbarney@marion.k12.in.us)
Marion High School District Offices
750 W. 26th St.
Marion, IN  46953-2327
(765) 662-2546 ext. 125
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Regional Career Center would like to welcome Julie Willmert, an MHS alumna, to our staff!

Willmert, a registered nurse, is joining us as preceptor for our health careers program, an important role engaged with our students and community businesses and agencies where our students are doing clinical rotations. 

She will also serve as a liaison for the Grow Nurses program, a partnership between Indiana Wesleyan University, Ivy Tech, and MRCC that aims to help recruit and train the next generation of nurses.

Willmert will also be the athletic trainer for the Giants athletics department. (Click here to learn more about her role with the Giants.)

"Julie is coming home to her Giant roots and will be a wonderful asset to our MCS family," MHS Principal Keith Burke said. "She will bring professionalism and knowledge to our athletic programs and Career Center. We are excited for Julie to join us."

Willmert has a bachelor's degree in nursing and in athletic training from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has served as nurse manager at Life Center Medical Clinic in Wabash for several years, along with serving as the athletic trainer for Mississinewa High School. 
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News On June 22, the Marion Community Schools Board of School Trustees officially approved our new name, Marion Regional Career Center.


With the closure of the Tucker facility, we are taking on a new identity, which represents expanded opportunities for students from Marion High School and the surrounding county schools. A portion of the Marion High School campus is being remodeled to accommodate our career-tech education programs. We are excited about the possibilities this location offers for more MHS students to get involved with our programs, which are expanding in the coming years to include new programs including aviation, HVAC, and more.

Also coming soon: Giant Bistro

Our restaurant run by the culinary arts program will also have a new home and a new name. The Giant Bistro will be taking over a vacant restaurant on the Bypass, the former K Bistro, 2201 S. Western Ave. This location only blocks away from the high school will offer greater opportunities for community partnerships (such as catering for The Refinery nearby, an ongoing relationship that will only grow stronger with the easier logistics), as well as a much more visible and easily accessible location, right amidst other restaurants and businesses on one of the city's major thoroughfares. The Giant Bistro will open to the public in October.

We are looking forward to the new opportunities that all of these changes bring for our students and staff, along with the community!