02May Hundreds set to graduate on May 11 by Wendy Weichenthal Marion, Ohio – On May 11, hundreds of Marion Technical College students will walk across the Marion Palace Theatre stage at 10 a.m. to collect their diplomas. More than 300 associate degrees are being awarded to students to help them get to next. This is one of the largest graduating class in the last five years. “These students have worked hard,” said Dr. Ryan McCall, president of MTC. “These degrees lead to careers and transfer opportunities. We are proud to help all of these students get to next. Most of our graduates remain in our local community to work and raise families.” Jean Obenour, MTC graduate, local business owner, and keynote speaker Keynote speaker Jean Obenour is a graduate of MTC. She is the owner of Custom Professional Accounting of Marion for 25 years. She is active in our local community, active in a number of local organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors of the MTC Foundation. Obenour remembers taking one class at a time toward her Associate of Applied Business in Business Management while she was a working mother. “I had understanding professors who let me step out when I had morning sickness. I took one class at a time as a working mother. It took me six years to complete my degree. But the important thing was to keep moving forward toward your goal. MTC gave me a great foundation to build my business,” Obenour shared. Carrie Piliero, student speaker and 2019 MTC graduate Carrie Piliero, student speaker, is a working mother of two children from Columbus. She is graduating with an Associate of Applied Science degree to become an occupational therapy assistant. She has already been offered a job. “It took me a while to figure out my passion. Occupational therapy is perfect for me. Helping people has always been a part of what I wanted to do,” Piliero said. With a full-time job, college, and two children, Piliero said, “I’m pretty good on no sleep.” Piliero said she was able to complete her program in two years in part because of the support of family, friends, and the faculty and staff at MTC. “My teachers and advisors have been amazingly supportive. They truly cared about our success. They believed in us and that made a difference,” Piliero said. The MTC Board of Trustees, faculty and staff will present these graduates with their awards at the Palace Theatre in Marion at 10 a.m. Advance tickets are required. 2018 graduate Amanda Sivey with her father, faculty member Russ Sivey. Since opening its doors 47 years ago, more than 50,000 local residents have walked through the doors to learn new skills, earn new certifications and degrees, and open up new career and educational opportunities. For more, call (740) 389-4636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.