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Palace Theatre participating in statewide survey

MARION – Sixteen performing arts centers and venues from around the state of Ohio, including the Marion Palace Theatre, are joining forces to survey the consumer confidence of their audiences amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Venues designed to bring together large gatherings of people to experience a live performance are being hit especially hard by the pandemic. Their doors were among the first to close and will most likely be the last to reopen as bans on large gatherings are still in place throughout the state.

The survey is designed to gauge when audiences will be comfortable coming back to theaters and venues to enjoy live entertainment again, whether it be a concert, Broadway show or family entertainment.  

Surveys are being distributed via email and social media to existing customers of each venue. More information on the Marion Palace Theatre can be found at marionpalace.org.

Dozen Harding Students Graduate from Marion Tech

MARION – A dozen Harding High School students are graduating with college degrees through Marion Technical College’s Graduate Pathways to Success (GPS) Program at no cost to them or to their families. Each student earned a degree worth between $10,915 and $12,580, for a total of $138,565 in tuition at MTC.

They are: Haleigh Billups, Associate of Arts; Ian Bonsel, Associate of Arts; Nicholas Caserta, Engineering Technology – Robotics & Automation; Skyler Honaker, Engineering Technology – Robotics & Automation; Miguel Jaimes Fernandez, Associate of Arts;  Madilynn Motes, Associate of Arts; Seth Mullins, Engineering Technology – Robotics & Automation; Chase Plotner, Engineering Technology – Robotics & Automation; Jaden Smith, Associate of Arts; Richard Payton Spiegel, Engineering Technology – Robotics & Automation; Alexus Toombs, Associate of Arts; and Janae Williams, Associate of Arts.

This innovate partnership with Harding High School focused on putting qualified students on the path to an associate degree by high school graduation. Students received additional supports including transportation from Harding to the Marion campus and mentoring.

Altogether, 33 Harding students participated in the program. Together, they earned 1,246 college credit hours for a savings of $230,510 at MTC. As these credits transfer to other universities who charge double the cost per credit hour or more, students can easily save more than half a million dollars in tuition at a state college or university.

The GPS program was started with a grant from the Marion Community Foundation. A $350,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education helped expand the program. It clearly has changed lives. It is being expanded to other schools.

Summer online classes start June 1. Summer enrollment is up as students seek to get a jump start on college, earn credits to transfer, or save money and stay close to home. For any students who want to see what it is like to take a class online, a free sample class is available on www.mtc.edu. For more about any MTC program, call 740-389-4636 or email enroll@mtc.edu.

Street closing through Thursday

MARION – Pearl St. between Bellefontaine Ave. and Columbia St. is closed until Thursday at 5:00 pm. Crews are working on a sewer issue at this location.

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