15Dec Marion Tech New Downtown Location Set to Open in 2020 by Wendy Weichenthal (Marion) Marion Technical College is excited to open its new location in downtown Marion. This will provide new classroom space, a small business incubator for entrepreneurs and more opportunities for local residents to get to next. “Marion Tech is thrilled for the new space and new ways to serve people and companies in Downtown Marion,” said Dr. Ryan McCall, president of Marion Tech. The Marion Technical College Downtown will hold classes for the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy as well as Aspire classes for those studying to get their General Education Equivalency (GED) certificate. The site will also offer custom classes for local employees as well as a Pearson testing site for those getting certifications. Small businesses just getting started will be able to rent office space at an affordable price as well as get expert advice in the Innovation Center on the second floor. “Downtown Marion, Inc. highly anticipates the arrival of the Marion Tech Innovation Center. We view MTC as a long-time community partner and understand that the intuitive behind the Innovation Center will be an additional force driving Marion’s economy in the right direction,” said Clarissa Myers, Board Manager with Downtown Marion. “Having both the Innovation Center and the MarionMade! program located in the central hub of our community speaks to the diverse culture we are working to create in downtown Marion.” This new opportunity is a win for entrepreneurs, the college and the community. “What a great opportunity to get to hang a shingle in Downtown Marion,” said Michael Augenstein, Director of Workforce Solutions for Marion Tech. “There are so many new members of downtown, from OhioHealth to the new Corner Market to new restaurants. Everything that goes down there makes it more vibrant.” Mike Augenstein The Forge small business classes and competition will be held at the new location. This series of free classes for entrepreneurs and start-up companies culminates in a “Shark Tank”-style competition. Past participants include Attaboys, Ability Vending, the Explore-It-Torium, Jordan Energy Alternative, the Main Squeeze, Painless Fleet Maintenance and the Sweada Mae Art Café among others. The new incubator builds on that outreach to local entrepreneurs. The founders of Attaboys and the founder of The Art Center proudly declare they are MarionMade! MarionMade! will also be housed there to promote local people, products, places and programs. In addition, Marion Tech hopes the new site will make it more convenient and more welcoming for those unfamiliar with the Marion Campus. “Marion Tech has served local students for 50 years. This is a new way to reach and serve people who may be the first in their families to attend college,” McCall said. Dr. Ryan McCall The central location provides great networking for local businesses and leaders. “If you need to get to next and it involves short-term credentials, taking a test to get a credential, or a custom training for a company or individual that is really targeted to your specific needs, that’s what workforce solutions does,” Augenstein said. “This is a great time to upskill your workers. It helps show you are invested in them and their career success which improves retention.” Mike Augenstein and Danielle Smith Marion Tech professors can offer custom training for a company’s specific needs. Danielle Smith, workforce solutions assistant, and Mira McConnaughey, a student worker, will be based in the new location. For more information, visit www.mtc.edu.