Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
LUCASVILLE — The Scioto County Career Technical Center (SciotoTech) in Lucasville announced Friday that Marquita Riepenhoff has been hired as the Director of Post-Secondary Education.
Already the human resources and public relations manager at SciotoTech, Riepenhoff was asked to fill-in temporarily when Director of Post-Secondary Education Sara Deaterla accepted a new job at Ohio Connections online school program three-weeks ago. Her last day was Feb. 1.
“I had worked with adult education for the last 10 years. Part of my responsibilities have been in adult education. So when Sara turned in her resignation, I started thinking about the fact that I would really like to work in adult ed,” Riepenhoff said. “I find it challenging and I feel very passionate about what we do. So I thought that this would give me an opportunity to expand what I’m doing, and it’s always exciting to have the opportunity to move up and have more responsibilities and make a difference in what we’re doing here.”
On Friday, SciotoTech Superintendent Stan Jennings announced Riepenhoff has been hired as the permanent Director and would step aside from her responsibilities in human resources and public relations.
“We had a process we went through and we had more than one good candidate from inside the district. What made the difference with Marquita was the fact that she has a long-standing relationship with the post-secondary side. For the last eight years she’s had her interests district wide, so she has a lot of understanding of what’s going on in the department,” Jennings said.
Originally from Portsmouth, Riepenhoff she studied accounting at the Scioto County Community College (now called Shawnee State University). She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Health Care Management from Shawnee State University in the 1990s. That led her to a job at the Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, and then later moved to a position with Hill View in Portsmouth while she completed her Master’s Degree in non-profit management, philanthropy and development.
Also while working at HillView, Riepenhoff began volunteering at Wheelersburg Elementary which led to a year of substitute teaching that brought her to education. When a grant writing and public relations job opened at the Scioto County Joint Vocational School (now SciotoTech) nearly 10-years ago, Riepenhoff was hired.
Now in her new title as Post-Secondary Director, she said she was excited to work more closely with students and staff and more more personally involved with the process.
The school will not rush to fill the vacancy Riepenhoff leaves in human resources and public relations, and will instead take its time to see where they have the most need. In the meantime, Jennings said Riepenhoff has been, and will remain, a valuable asset to the district.
“She’s a strong individual, and many of the things she’s taking from her old position she may continue in the new position. We’re not clear what they will be. The public relations thing, obviously, we’ll still be working closely with that. Most of the HR stuff she’ll still have a direction to, but there’s a lot of the paperwork that she just clearly will not be able to carry over,” Jennings said.
Riepenhoff will be available to meet the community during the SciotoTech Open House, Thursday, Feb. 21, from 6-8 p.m. During the open house, classroom labs will open for viewing, instructors and staff will be available to answer questions, and a chili dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m.
For more information about SciotoTech programs, visit them online at www.sciototech.org.
Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 287, or firstname.lastname@example.org.