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ACT names MRCC teacher Indiana's College and Career Readiness K-12 Champion

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Regional Career Center instructor Travis Hueston, who leads MRCC’s information technology program, has been named Indiana's ACT College and Career Readiness Champion.

 
ACT College and Career Readiness Champions personify the mission of ACT through intentional actions that create an atmosphere and culture that promotes college and career readiness for all. The ACT College and Career Readiness K-12 Champion is an individual who has created or led a program that positively impacts their organization and community through improved readiness for college and career opportunities.
 
“I am pleased, honored, and humbled to accept this award and to represent MRCC and my students" Hueston said. "A very special thanks to Dr. Kris Condon for the nomination and to the ACT for selecting me, and an enormous salute to all of this year’s nominees across the country who have made incredible contributions to college and career readiness.”

Hueston has applied academic strategies to his curriculum that are key to preparing students for future courses and career readiness. 

“Mr. Hueston has single-handedly crafted and deployed a program that is an exception model for other career and technical education programs to follow, in addition to students learning about hardware and software they are also learning communication skills, responsibility and goal-setting,” said Dr. Condon, a member of the programs IT advisory board.
 
Mike Ripperger, director of MRCC, also noted the positive impact Hueston's students are having on the school and community.

"Mr. Hueston is an outstanding teacher who cares for our students and does a great job of training our students and then providing them with real world experiences," Ripperger said. "MRCC students complete internship experiences at different buildings inside Marion Community Schools and at the Marion Public Library.”
 
Many of Hueston’s students are deployed as support technicians within the Marion school district. This saves the district's IT department valuable time and resources and provides the students with invaluable professional experience. In addition, the program recently began public tech assistance hours in partnership with Marion Public Library.
 
MRCC's IT program is part of the IBM Academic Initiative, and it is a Microsoft Imagine Academy.
 
Marion Community Schools congratulates Hueston on this recognition! We are grateful for community partnerships, and for our outstanding faculty members and the opportunities they work hard to provide to our students. 

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 sending schools around the county as well. Anyone interested in taking MRCC classes should talk to their high school counselor or call MRCC for more information, 664-9091.



The MRCC IT class visits the Amazon Distribution Center. Mr. Hueston is sixth from the right.