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Month: March 2017

Automotive and Collision Division Receives Donation

South Technical High School’s Automotive and Collision Department receives generous I-CAR St. Louis donation in recognition of their Gateway Motorsports Park and Enterprise Rent-A-Car job fairs in 2016 – which generated $25,000 from employer sponsors. Employer sponsors partnered with I-CAR St. Louis to purchase job fair tables and conduct interviews of automotive and collision students from participating schools.

I-CAR is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the information, knowledge, and skills required to perform complete, safe and quality repairs. I-CAR’s focus is to provide everyone involved in collision repair with access to high-quality, industry-recognized training solutions and support ongoing conversations in the industry on issues that impact collision repair.

Funds raised from the Gateway Motorsports Park and Enterprise Rent-A-Car job fairs helped technical schools support their automotive and collision programs. North and South Technical High School received $4,000 each for their program and Lewis and Clark Career Center received $4,000 for their program. Rolla Technical Institute and Lake Area Career Center in Camdenton each received $4,500 respectfully. Each school may use funds to purchase equipment from the Collision Repair Education Foundation.

South Technical High School campus was presented with their check on March 22nd at 2:30 p.m. The donation has been used to purchase supplies and tools for their automotive and collision department.

For more information contact Gene Slattery at 314-422-7885 or at gene@automotivetechnology.com

South Tech’s Ambassadors Recognized by Board

On Tuesday, February 28th, two members of South Tech’s Ambassador Team were recognized for their excellent leadership skills by the SSD Board of Education. Alianna McCormick, a senior from Lafayette High School and Allison Lawton, a senior at Lindbergh High School, were chosen from several applicants to receive this honor.

Allison and Alianna serve as Lead Ambassadors, a select group of students chosen by a panel of judges to represent their major due to their classroom performance, leadership skills, and dedication to volunteerism. Both of these young women excel at South Tech and their home high schools.

Alianna, a Web and Computer Programming major, is involved in several clubs including the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), SkillsUSA, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology Association (NCWIT). She has won honors in programming and computing, and recently competed in exams in business calculus and journalism through FBLA.

As an ambassador, Alianna enjoyed working with our 8th grade visitors each fall and seeing their reactions to what our students do every day at Tech. She credits South Tech with helping her narrow her college major focus and after graduation plans to pursue a computer science degree. “This school has given me guidance that I know not all colleges can provide,” she said. She also feels her experience here has helped her get “ahead of the curve”.

Allison, a Cosmetology major, dedicates most of her extracurricular time to children. She is a camp counselor, she teaches and participates in dance, and has completed 50 hours of tutoring through Lindbergh’s Early Childhood Education department. She has remained in Renaissance, an honor given to high-achieving students with excellent GPAs, attendance, and conduct, every semester she has been in high school. She is also a Presidential Award recipient.

“Being an ambassador was a very special part of my South Tech experience,” Allison said. Her fondest memories include the annual BBQ and getting to know students from so many other majors. She will be attending Fontbonne University and majoring in special education, while utilizing her cosmetology license to work part-time while she is in school.

Congratulations to Allison and Alianna!

Cardinal Canine Visits Law Enforcement

South Tech Law Enforcement students learned about canine units on March 20th when Officer Mike Cognasso and his partner, Police Canine Young, visited our campus.

Young, who is a specially trained Vapor Wake detection canine and part of St. Louis Cardinals Security Team, demonstrated his skills for students by following the scent trail of an object hidden within our conference room. Students were able to see Young catch the scent, follow its movement around the room, and then sit at attention once he had discovered its location. “You watch for the shift in his behavior,” said Cognasso as he described to the students how Young indicates when he has discovered the trail.

Officer Cognasso jokingly described himself as Young’s “driver” because they share their vehicle as partners. Young also lives with Cognasso and has his own “office” in their home which holds his kennel. Young is 4 years old, a Labrador Retriever, and was trained at Auburn University, a school which specializes in Vapor Wake detection. This training teaches dogs how to detect body worn explosives on a moving target.

Students enjoyed both the demonstration and Young’s “off-duty” personality as he is quite playful and full of energy. Thanks to the St. Louis City Police Department, Officer Cognasso, and Young for taking the time to visit South Tech!

South Tech Student to be Honored

When it comes to leadership and individuality, there are few students as forward-thinking as Leila Hodge, who will be honored on April 26, 2017, at the State Capitol for her outstanding accomplishments as the State Female Award Winner of the 2017 Breaking Traditions Award. Only nine secondary and post-secondary students in the entire state will be recognized for their achievements related to nontraditional career paths. Leila will receive scholarship offers from many Missouri colleges, as a result.

Educators and employers known to be outstanding in their fields and contributions toward nontraditional career paths will also receive recognition for their accomplishments during the event. According to MO DESE, “Nontraditional career paths are in occupations or fields of work in which one gender comprises less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in that occupation or field. Since 1994, Missouri Breaking Traditions Awards have honored outstanding students who have chosen specific career and technical education programs based on their interests and have not let their gender influence their career decisions.” (Source: https://dese.mo.gov/communications/news-releases/missouri-honors-2016-breaking-traditions-winners).

It is the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s primary goal for college and career readiness to achieve the Top 10 by 20 Initiative, which has a goal of achieving education performance to rank among the top 10 nationwide by 2020. Congratulations to Leila Hodge and her South Tech teacher, Mrs. Sheree Borcherding, for their accomplishments that will contribute toward this goal.

“It is wonderful to see Missourians who are passionate about pursuing the field of their choice,” said Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “These winners set an example for future generations to follow.”

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