Tri-Rivers Career Center


Tri-Rivers Career Center helps high school students and adults reach their career goals. With hands-on training, passionate instructors, and state of the art labs and facilities, Tri-Rivers Career Center is redefining career technologies. Career tech programs are being recognized across the country as a smarter pathway to success. With a constant eye on their students’ future, Tri-Rivers encourages all students to leave their programs with an “E”: Enrolled, Enlisted, or Employed.
Since opening its doors over 40 years ago, programs have been optimized to best meet the needs of industry. This ability to react and meet the ever-changing needs of industries has drawn a new range of employers and companies to the community. By producing hard working, knowledgeable, and experienced graduates, Tri-Rivers is growing the Marion economy, enriching the lives of not only those who attend Tri-Rivers, but of the entire community.

With a hands on approach to a well-rounded education, Tri-Rivers offers three pathways for high school students to earn their diploma. In addition, students gain a leg up by earning industry specific certifications before even graduating high school. For adult education and training, most certifications are designed to be completed in one year, paving a quicker path to better employment. Adult Education Director Richard George reiterates, “Our school mission is to educate students in an engaging environment for tomorrow’s opportunities in the workforce and community. Our students give back to the community as they serve in our local health care system, public safety services, and skilled trades.”
Recently, Tri-Rivers introduced the Adult Diploma Welding Program, giving adults 22 years of age and older who do not have a GED or High School diploma the opportunity to earn a high school diploma by successfully completing the program.
Tri-Rivers’ cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant career and technical education (CTE) prepares youth and adults for high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers in established and emerging industries. With a wide variety of programs such as veterinary science, criminal justice, robotics/engineering, and more, Tri-Rivers offers clear pathways to industry certifications, postsecondary certificates, and advancements.
Engineering Technologies/RAMTEC graduate Scott Gould reflects on his experience, “I started building my future at Tri-Rivers RAMTEC (Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Center). As one of the first high school students in the nation to earn a FANUC certification, I got a jumpstart on my career.” Scott went on to continue his education with Marion Technical College and secure a promising career at Honda.

With over 560 high school students and hundreds of adult education students, every program at Tri-Rivers has community service projects and leadership opportunities. Tri-Rivers encourages its high school students to remain active in their home schools by participating in music, athletics, and more.

Alivia Young Christian graduated in 2012 after majoring in Tri-Rivers Health Care Professionals (now Health Careers Academy). As a high school student, she was a member of SkillsUSA, National Technical Honor Society, an Ambassador and Teen Board member, as well as a Director’s Award recipient. During her Senior year, she was also dual enrolled in Marion Technical College. She completed her Associate’s degree at Marion Tech and received her RN in June of 2016. Alivia then started working at Marion General Hospital in July of 2016. She started on a medical floor for 9 months, and just recently accepted a position in the ICU. Alivia exemplifies the Tri-Rivers slogan, “A School Where You are ALLOWED to, INSPIRED, and EXPECTED to BE AMAZING!”

To explore the possibilities offered through career programs at Tri-Rivers, or to simply find more information, call the Director of Communications, Ellen Messenger, at 740-272-6015 or or visit, or

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