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Month: April 2017

Julie Evers Awarded $1500 Elijah Moore Scholarship

During @Explore St. Louis’ 10th Annual High School Culinary Cook Off, South Tech’s Lindbergh senior Julie Evers became a multi-scholarship winner.

Evers was South Tech’s captain during the competition and led the team to a 2nd place finish, earning her a $500 scholarship. Evers was also awarded the Elijah Moore Culinary Leadership Award along with a $1,500 scholarship to Forest Park Community College in recognition of her leadership and expertise in the kitchen. Additionally, she was given a culinary knife set valued at $305 and is required for use in her post-secondary courses. Evers is already enrolled at Forest Park where she will complete her Culinary Arts education. She plans to begin a career in catering and event planning after graduating from college.

Evers joined South Tech specifically to pursue her culinary interests. She attended the Explore St. Louis Cook Off last year, but this was her first year of participation. Her role as captain required her to keep her team on task and on time. “Our number one priority was following safety and sanitation practices,” she said. Evers enjoyed the opportunity to get creative as the contest required teams to produce an appetizer, salad, and main course while incorporating secret ingredients that were revealed just before the contest began. Artichokes were one of the required additions and South Tech’s team quickly pickled them in red wine and apple cider vinegar along with carrots, peppers and onions. These were drizzled with a mixed berry vinaigrette that paired with them well. “They were so bright and colorful,” said Evers, who was pleased with the results of her team’s efforts.

Congratulations to the South Tech Culinary team and to Julie!

Out of 109 competitors from South Tech, and hundreds more from across the state, a record of 21 students have qualified for the 2017 Skills USA National Championships.

April 13th and 14th, State Technical College of Missouri hosted this year’s State Competitions during which students in career and technical (CTE) majors in both high school and post-secondary education came together to work, learn, and compete in a wide variety of skilled trade contests.

Governor Greitens addressed the competitors Friday morning, stating that what students are learning through CTE is essential to the state of Missouri’s prosperity. CTE allows students to develop work ethic, responsibility, and creative problem solving skills along with the variety of specialized skills related to their career focused course of study. “We have to have a trained, excited, and capable work force,” Greitens said, “and the work that you guys are doing at SkillsUSA represents the very work we need to be promoting throughout the state of Missouri.” Greitens also acknowledged the mentors and teachers in attendance for their important work.

The SkillsUSA 53rd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference SkillsUSA will be held in Louisville, Ky., June 19-23, 2017. More than 16,000 people, including students, teachers and business partners, are expected to participate in the weeklong event. South Tech’s list of 1st place winners who qualified for National Championships are:

  • SEAN GIBSON BAYLESS Dental Assisting
  • JASON T NEIER LADUE Welding Fabrication A
  • JOEL BESCH LINDBERGH Welding Fabrication A
  • ANTHONY TRUONG LINDBERGH Related Technical Math
  • JARED JACQUOT MEHLVILLE Welding Fabrication A
  • ALEX JUELFS MEHLVILLE Welding Sculpture
  • MARK WITTE PARKWAY NORTH Automated Manufacturing A
  • MICHAEL STEPPIG HOME SCHOOL Automated Manufacturing A
  • CALEB HARTER HOME SCHOOL Automated Manufacturing A
  • CHRISTOPHER MOORE WEBSTER GROVES Information Technology Services

Additionally, two South Tech students campaigned for state officer – Amanda Ohlau and Hailey Williams, both juniors from Rockwood Summit. To qualify as a candidate, these students became experts on the SkillsUSA organization and its mission. They were required to pass a variety of qualifying exams, develop their own mission focused campaign materials, draft and deliver speeches to voting delegates and SkillsUSA advisors, and host “Meet the Candidates” sessions during the state conference. Sally Difani, South Tech’s SkillsUSA co-lead and College and Career counselor said, “Both girls did an outstanding job!” Amanda Ohlau was elected and will serve on the state board in the coming school year.

South Tech is proud of all of its competitors and SkillsUSA members and recognizes their outstanding drive for excellence.

Ameren Skilled Craft Education Program Participants Visit HQ

North and South Tech students who participate in the Ameren Skilled Craft Education Program recently toured the company’s downtown headquarters. The visit in one of many opportunities these students are given as they learn about exciting and rewarding careers within our local utility industry.

The day at Ameren began with a kick-off chat and breakfast snacks hosted by Vanessa Jones, Ameren’s Manager of Human Resources (HR) Service and Employee Relations, followed by a generous welcome from Ameren President, Michael Moehn.

Students then toured the Emergency Operations Center, an impressive room which houses the full network of power supply in the Ameren service region. The center is used daily to isolate incidents and ensure limited impact to Ameren customers when outages arise. Students also learned about the various ways in which Ameren powers their plants using coal, solar, wind, and hydro energy. Tours continued with a visit to the roof to see 3 types of solar panels with which Ameren tests power supply as a consumer. Because using solar power can be challenging in the Midwest, Ameren uses these panels to gauge effective practices of solar power generation integration. Finally, students visited an Ameren substation near headquarters where they watched a demonstration of the gear and equipment used to keep Ameren workers safe.

During a lunch provided to students, Jim Williams, Senior Director of Power Operations, shared his thoughts on why the program is so important to Ameren and took questions from the students about the job opportunities within the division. Senior HR Services Client Consultant Jessica Godwin said the purpose of the event and talks is to help students see that the utility industry is an interesting and rapidly changing one. She feels the program’s mission is to give students a good feeling about how to go about joining the Ameren workforce. Ms. Godwin assists the Skilled Craft Program along with fellow HR Consultant Curtrena Turner.

The visit concluded with a power line demonstration, a viewing of solar vehicles, a power transmission demonstration by Supervising Engineer Terry Grass, and a Q&A session with Ms. Jones, Gary Weisenborn, Director of Power Operations Technical Training, and Ray Simms, the Skilled Craft Education Program Coordinator.

The Ameren program was launched in 2007 as a partnership between the Power Generation division of Ameren and North and South Technical High Schools. Recognizing the excellent career and technical education (CTE) offerings at Tech and the growing need for skilled craft workers, Ameren mentors groups of students annually in the Electrical Trades, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, Welding, Precision Machining, General Construction, and Carpentry majors to prepare them for potential employment.

The program immerses students into the many professions that make up the labor force of Ameren’s power plants. Students are guided by seasoned pros, get hands on experience with the tools and equipment used daily, are taught interviewing and resume writing skills, and are tutored for the Ameren pre-employment exam. Students are recommended by their CTE instructor to participate in the Ameren program based on superior performance in the classroom. In addition to the tour of Ameren HQ, students will also visit and tour one of Ameren’s power plants later in April.

Since the program began, 56 North and South Technical High School students have been hired by Ameren. The utility company offers generous tuition reimbursement, apprenticeship opportunities, and other opportunities for advancement. Entry-level laborers earn an average of $50,000 per year.

To learn more about the opportunities provided to students at Tech, call 314-989-7400 to reach South Tech and 314-989-7600 to reach North Tech.

Health Sciences Academy Gets a Glimpse of Life in the ER

Students in the Pre-Professional Health Sciences class were invited by Jennifer Irvin, Health Educator, BJC School Outreach and Youth Development, to tour the Barnes Jewish Hospital Campus. They were able to see the main pharmacy that supplies the hospital with medications, and learn how the medications travel from the pharmacy to the patient floors.

Students were then given a behind the scenes tour of the pediatric Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital. During the tour, students learned about trauma, teamwork, communication, and the hi-tech equipment used to treat pediatric patients.

After a visit to the Family Resource Center, which aids families in researching illnesses or developmental stages, the students headed to “Big Barnes” emergency department. Students were welcomed by the Clinical Nurse Educator, Nora where the PPHSA students were able to watch first responders arriving in the ambulance bay and learn about mass disaster planning and precautions at the hospital.

At the end of our visit, students and instructors were able to observe an outgoing flight from the helipad.

South Tech Networking Team Advances to FBLA National Competition

Four members of the South Tech’s Missouri Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)– Phi Beta Lambda Chapter recently traveled to Springfield, MO for the FBLA State Leadership Conference. The conference featured dynamic workshops, innovative keynotes, and professional networking opportunities with Fortune 500 companies for middle school through college students.

Maxwell Buckel, Max Diebold, Zack Jackson, and Corey Watkins enjoyed the new activities this year. Competitors could visit X Academy, an in-depth focused workshop designed to help uncover a student’s true leadership potential, GooseChase, a digital scavenger hunt, and Leadership Labyrinth, escape rooms geared around leadership.

Over 5,000 students and advisers came together for the event, with over 150 business education related contests running during the event; contest topics range from accounting to website design, marketing to mobile application development.

South Tech’s competitors brought home top honors:

  • Maxwell Buckel – 6th place for Coding and Programming
  • Maxx Diebold, Zack Jackson, and Corey Watkins – 3rd place for Network Design Team

Diebold, Jackson, and Watkins qualified to compete in Anaheim, CA this summer in the FBLA National Competition.

Missouri FBLA-PBL, a chartered member of National FBLA-PBL, is a registered 501(c)3. Their mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Missouri FBLA-PBL membership exceeds 15,500, making it the second largest state chapter of the organization in the nation and the second largest CTSO in Missouri. More information about FBLA is available at http://missourifbla.org/.

Welders Dominate the Competition in Houston, Texas
On Saturday, April 1 South Tech Welding Students Jason Neier, and Natalia Reyland headed to Houston, Texas to compete at the Tulsa Welding School (Houston Campus) High School Senior Welding Competition.
  • Out of nearly 200 welding competitors Jason Neier placed 1st overall receiving a full tuition paid scholarship to attend Tulsa Welding School, a new Lincoln Electric Welding helmet, a new Lincoln mig welder and a nice welding gear prize package worth a total value of $19,100!
  • Natalia Reyland placed 5th overall receiving two $500 scholarships, a new cutting torch outfit, and a new Lincoln Electric Welding helmet worth a total value of $1,600!
Congratulations to both of these outstanding students.
Halilovic Secures Scholarship

Haris Halilovic, South Tech Ambassador and Health Sciences senior from Lindbergh, recently accepted a $285 scholarship from Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. Each year, the South Tech Ambassador team hosts a blood drive with Mississippi Valley and shares scholarships with their partners. Halilovic earned this honor based on his outstanding academic performance in his Tech major, his school citizenship, and his commitment to the Ambassador program.

Halilovic joined South Tech his junior year, due in part to the prompting of his mother who had formerly worked for the school. He followed through and chose the Health Sciences program based on his desire to help others and his love of interacting with people. Halilovic’s experience at Tech has helped him plan a bright, solid plan for his future. He is already enrolled at Meramec where he plans to use his A+ scholarship funds to complete his first two years of college. He hopes to then gain employment locally before pursuing his BSN because so many hospitals now offer tuition benefits. Eventually, he would like to pursue further education and become a nurse practitioner.

Of his clinical experiences at St. Anthony’s and Delmar Gardens, Halilovic felt they helped him discover areas of medical care that fit his talents best. He enjoyed working with the Alzheimer’s patients at Delmar, but also loved the challenge of having new patients each day at St. Anthony’s. In both facilities, he said “I felt like I made the day a little better for them.” Congratulations Haris, we are sure your patients would agree!

Culinary Arts Students Enjoy Lamb Feast
The South Tech Culinary Arts students recently enjoyed lamb chops, stew, and ground lamb thanks to a generous grant from the Missouri Sheep Merchandising Council which promotes American lamb. The grant, totaling $250, was used to teach the students about preparing lamb, including lessons on the various cuts and cooking methods used to prepare it. The Sheep Council hopes to promote lamb consumption and share this unique learning opportunity with young people studying culinary careers.
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