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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Justice Intermediate School is grateful to be the recipient of a grant from Pizza Hut’s The Literacy Project.

With the help of First Book, Pizza Hut is enabling access to books and educational resources, empowering teachers, and inspiring young readers. The program provides free age-appropriate and culturally relevant books children in areas with a high level of need.

“Justice Intermediate School was honored to be chosen for this program,” said Justice librarian Kari Persinger. “We were able to purchase over 120 books for our library! We are committed to our literacy program, so those will be an invaluable resource for our students. Thank you so much to Pizza Hut and their amazing customers who contributed!”

Pizza Hut has been committed to nurturing kids’ love of reading through the BOOK IT! Program since 1984. Now, they’ve partnered with First Book to expand their reach even further. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 175 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low income families in more than 30 countries.

The Literacy Project aims to transform the lives of 100 million people in 10 years. Pizza Hut customers have the option to add a donation to First Book very time the order in the restaurant or online. The funds raised from each Pizza Hut location then goes to local educators to purchase books and resources form First Book Marketplace.

Justice Intermediate was recently granted $840 to spend in the First Book Marketplace. Marion Community Schools is grateful for this gift that will help us continue to expand opportunities for local students.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The well-being and safety of every one of our precious students is our top priority.

We are aware of inaccurate and unfair accusations being spread on social media regarding an incident on Friday, Sept. 14, at McCulloch Junior High School. Our professional educators who witnessed this incident have the facts. We have faith in them and are confident that they acted responsibly and appropriately, and with care for our student.

We are of course saddened that this student was injured; however, no adult touched this student. This was an unfortunate accident.

Every single day the well being and safety of all of our students, our staff, and all stakeholders of Marion Community Schools is our top priority.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Regional Career Center’s Cyber Security and Technology Academy is pleased to announce a partnership with Afena Federal Credit Union to offer students real-life work experience. 

Students in the program have been selected to serve internships at Afena’s north and south citywide locations to provide assistance in several different areas ranging from technology to accounting. 

“With every new school year comes the promise of a new beginning: new academic subjects, new teachers, new classmates, new friends, and, of course, new opportunities to learn, grow, and develop,” said Dr. Travis Hueston, instructor for the MRCC Cyber Security and Technology Academy. “This is just another example of our commitment to providing our students the opportunity to serve the community in which they live and work, while at the same time providing students with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills so that they can pursue jobs that contribute to the economy.”

This is the second year Afena has offered an internship to a high school student, and the results were fantastic for the credit union, the student and the school last year.

“Mr. Hueston does an amazing job with his students, working hard to prepare them for real world experiences,” Karen Madry, president and chief executive officer of Afena, said. “We believe this is a natural fit, and we will continue to build upon the lessons they have been taught through the MRCC program.”

Afena hopes this partnership will provide the students with the experience they need to succeed as they journey beyond high school. In addition, they hope to open students’ eyes to the career opportunities that exist in Marion.

“We are fortunate to have this opportunity to work with an eager group of students who want to showcase their talents” Madry said.

MRCC Director Mike Ripperger said this opportunity is in full alignment with the career center’s mission.

“One of MRCC’s goals is to offer every student an opportunity to earn real-life work experience. Partnering with Afena gives our students a chance to earn that experience” he said. “Afena joins many other citywide sites as an internship host to the students at Marion Regional Career Center.”

MRCC's excellent career prep and advanced college opportunities are one of the reasons Marion High School is a state leader in college and career readiness. MRCC programs are available to students from schools around the county as well. Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should contact their high school counselor or Mr. Nate McNeely for more information at (765) 664-9091.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The first issue of our new MRCC newsletter, Monthly Memo, is now available! 

This month's newsletter features our Culinary Arts program and the Giant Bistro. Check it out:
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News With a generous donation of service from the Amazon Web Services Education Program, students in the Marion Regional Career Center’s Information Technology Academy class will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on learning environment using Amazon Web Services. Career-based learning opportunities include artificial intelligence, cloud computing, big data, machine learning, website building, and serverless computing.

“This is just another example of the dedication of the Marion Regional Career Center and specifically this program to challenge our students and to prepare them for the information technology workforce after graduation,” said Travis Hueston, program coordinator. “Technology is changing at a rate that is tough to keep up with. We strive to allow the students to learn and interact with this changing technology as part of our ongoing effort to provide our students real-world experience.”

Hueston, Indiana’s 2018 National ACT College and Career Readiness Award winner, said that students in the program can earn up to 12 college credits per year and can have the opportunity to earn numerous certifications in areas ranging from computer programming to ethical hacking.

MRCC's excellent career prep and advanced college opportunities are one of the reasons Marion High School is a state leader in college and career readiness. MRCC programs are available to students from schools around the county as well. Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should contact their high school counselor or Mr. Nate McNeely for more information at (765) 664-9091.