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Month: November 2016

Seniors See Possibilities at Boeing

The Electronics and Robotics Engineering, and Precision Machining seniors took a field trip to The Boeing Company located near the airport. A presentation was made to the students regarding a program called Assembly Pre-Employment Training that Boeing has developed in partnership with Workforce Solutions Group and the St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley. Students can apply for the 10-week assembly program or the four-week composite mechanic training program once accepted there is no cost to the student. Students that complete the program successfully, obtains specific WorkKeys Assessment scores will be guaranteed a job interview with the Boeing Company. Once the student is hired at Boeing, they will receive benefits and become eligible for tuition reimbursement after one year. For more information please go to www.stlcc.edu/boeing.

The second part of the day included a tour of the Prolog room and experience with the hands-on virtual reality headsets. The day was concluded with a tour of several of the labs were structures are tested. These tests determine the maintenance schedule for aircraft and relay important information regarding the life expectancy of the tested object.

Through this day, students learned about the variety of job possibilities available globally through Boeing. Boeing is an aerospace leader and builds commercial aircraft, defense space and security systems and more. This day got many students excited about the possibilities after high school and working on top-secret, really cool stuff!

The South Tech Flock

Those who frequent the South Tech campus have likely noticed the Veterinary Assistant’s assorted flock of fowls milling around their building. The Veterinary Assistant Program is the proud owner of several different species of chickens, including Frizzles, Polish Cresteds, and Laced Wyandottes; and their large Americana Rooster named Buckbeak.buckbeak1

However, the birds that get the most attention are the three large, white and black, Royal Palm Turkeys. The turkey flock consists of two hens, Jive and Gobbriella, and a tom, Friar Turk. This species of turkey was bred not for meat production, but for their ornamental appeal, and that is exactly the purpose they serve at South Tech. Safe to say many people have stopped by the program to ask about the large white birds that follow them up to the door and have such curious personalities. Friar Turk, with his beautiful plumage and bright red and blue face, has been named the unofficial South Tech mascot by many!

turkey2The South Tech flock is not merely for show though; they have been a great educational tool to aid in teaching students the proper handling and husbandry for farm fowl. An “Urban Chicken Movement” has spread throughout the country and these birds are being viewed more as pets, than dinner. These birds have helped bring together several of the programs as well. Construction and masonry helped build their coop and yard, and culinary regularly feeds them their extra food scraps. Keeping the flock healthy and happy has certainly been a group effort.

Next time you are taking a walk around the South Tech campus and see these beautiful birds feel free to stop into the Veterinary Assistant Program and ask about our birds and their care!

Dental Science Students Give Back

Dental Science Students Give BackOn Friday, October 28th, the biannual Give Kids A Smile clinic was held at SLU’s Center for Advanced Dental Education for its 30th time. For those of you not familiar with this event, it is truly a life-changing experience.

Dental professionals from around the region gather together and volunteer their time and skills to provide free dental care to children in need. The seniors from the Dental Science program were able to contribute to this fall’s successful clinic.

The students assisted dentists while they provided free restorative care to hundreds of children. The volunteers were able to provide over $300,000 worth of dental care to over 350 kids. What an accomplishment!

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