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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion Regional Career Center is pleased to announce that a new Cyber Hacking Forensic Investigator Certification Program for high school students in the Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy.

The pilot program will allow students to learn the investigation techniques needed to detect hacking attacks and properly extract the evidence need to report the crime while at the same time conducting audits to prevent future incidents from occurring. 

“By 2022 there will be a shortfall of 3.5 million individuals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to prepare for and respond to the new cybersecurity world,” said Dr. Travis Hueston, instructor of the Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy at MRCC. “There is a hacker attack every 39 seconds in the United States. By providing this program in conjunction with our Ethical Hacking Program, we have the ability to offer every student this real-life work experience. To my knowledge, we are the only school in the state to offer such a well-rounded program to high school students.”

MRCC Director Mike Ripperger said they are pleased to be able to offer such a high-quality program to students in Marion and Grant County.

“The Cyber Security and Information Technology Academy continues to provide opportunities for students to excel in areas that are proven to be experiencing job growth, which will prepare them for the workforce after graduation,” Ripperger said. “Dr. Hueston and I continually work with our state partners to create an IT Curriculum Pathway that can be implemented throughout the state of Indiana.”

MRCC’s excellent career prep and advanced college opportunities are one of the reasons why students attend the Marion Regional Career Center. 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 MRCC Student Support and Community Specialist Nate McNeely for more information at (765) 664-9091.
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 IT Academy. Check it out:
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Power of She: Knowing Your Worth youth conference is coming up, and all Marion girls first grade through 12th grade are invited.


The Power of She is all about being confident, kind, and strong! This free local event will include fun activities, food, and more, and there's even a special part for moms. The Power of She will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at McCulloch Junior High School on Oct. 20. For more information and to register, click here to visit the Amara House online. 

You can also register day-of at the event. There will be a registration packet that will need to be completed by a parent or guardian.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School Key Club is starting a Caring Closet to help students who find themselves in need. Many of us take the basics for granted, but going without them is a reality for too many. The Key Club wants to help fill those gaps!

The service-focused student organization aims to have the Caring Closet open by Nov. 5, and will accept donations throughout the school year to keep it running. Donations will be accepted during school / office hours. Marion High School students and staff can drop donations off with Ms. Vermilion, Key Club sponsor, in Room 2-46. Anyone outside the school who would like to help, including MCS staffers, families, and community members, can drop donations off at the District Office at MHS, inside Door 22 to the west of the main entrance.

Requested donations include personal care items and shelf-stable foods. Click here for a list of specific suggested items.

Key Club is an international, student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership. It’s core values also include caring and inclusiveness. At Marion High School, the Key Club takes on projects each year to make a positive impact on their school and their community. For more information about how you can help support our students’ efforts, please contact club sponsor Marsha Vermilion, mvermilion@marion.k12.in.us, or call her at the school, 664-9051.

Marion Community Schools and Marion High School are proud of our students’ compassion and activism in support of fellow students and their families. Learning goes beyond the classroom, and this is just one example of the opportunities offered at MCS for students to grow into real-world, life-ready Giants, ready to make a difference in the world.
Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News The Marion High School JROTC Raider team dominated the competition over the weekend as the first Indiana team ever to win the Fort Knox Regional Raider Challenge.



Senior Audrey Dickerson, captain of the MHS Raiders team, accepts the first place trophy at Fort Knox Regional Raider Invitational in Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 22. The Giants are the first team from Indiana to ever win the competition.
 

Saturday’s invitational was the first competition of the season for the Giants, who competed against the best teams from Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana and earned first place overall.

“What a tremendous way for us to start the season,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the team’s coach.  “These results validate the hard work the cadets are putting in during practice. These Raider competitions are designed to test the physical strength and endurance of the cadets, and their ability to work as a member of a team. Saying the cadets become fatigued during the various events is an understatement. They are pushed to their physical limits and then asked to do even more.”



The Marion High School JROTC Raiders tackle the grueling task of rapidly moving 50 tires of various sizes 200 yards during the Fort Knox Regional Raider Challenge in Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 22. 


The MHS Raiders also earned a first place finish during the 2-mile run and a third place finish on the obstacle course. Consistently placing in the top four in all events pushed them into first place for the competition base on their overall point total.

“I was so proud of my team and how we worked together during each event,” said senior Audrey Dickerson, Raider team captain. “I have to admit I was really surprised when they announced that we were the overall winner. That was so exciting.”



Marion senior DJ Smith negotiates an obstacle during the Fort Knox Regional Raider Challenge in Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 22.
 

Farlow is expecting big things for the team this season.

“This is a strong team with some experienced Raiders,” he said. “They were last year’s state champions and placed in the top 10 during the National Championship. So they know what it takes to win. I am looking forward to seeing how well they do the rest of our season.”

Next up for the Raiders is the competition hosted by Blackford High School on Oct. 6, where they will compete against several teams from Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.