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Month: May 2017

I-CAR Hosts Tech Students at Third Annual Job Fair

In early May, students in our transportation majors were invited to attend a job fair sponsored by the St. Louis I-CAR Committee in conjunction with the Collision Repair Education Foundation at the Enterprise Leasing facility in St. Charles. South Tech majors were asked to join as several employers gathered at the event sought to meet with potential applicants. Students from Ranken Technical College, Lewis & Clark Career Center, and North Tech High School were also invited to attend.

This was I-CAR’s third job fair and each has been more successful than the last. This fall, Gateway Motorsports Park will host the 4th event during the NHRA Nationals there. “We are very fortunate to have an industry that supportive of our school and its students,” said Ken Neuman, instructor of South Tech’s Auto Body program.

Ameren Skilled Craft Participants Tour Sioux Power Plant

Ameren Skilled Craft Education Program participants were treated to a tour of the Sioux Power Plant in West Alton, Missouri on April 24th. Students toured all levels of the plant including the cyclone boiler, the emissions scrubber system, coal reserves and conveyers, and the computer control centers which run and monitor the plant. They were also treated to a luncheon and meetings with managers from the plant who answered questions and shared an overview of the plant’s functions.

Two North Tech graduates, George Bazzle (2016, Electrical Trades) and Charles Rowe (2016, Precision Machining), who were recently hired by Ameren to work at the Sioux plant joined the students during lunch and shared their experiences. All Ameren plant employees begin as laborers earning approximately $17 an hour. With overtime, Bazzle and Rowe will earn around $55,000 in their first year with the utility provider. Both emphasized the importance of starting good habits now because punctuality is critical to a successful career with Ameren. Opportunities to move upward are frequent and Bazzle and Rowe encouraged students to always be working towards their next goals. Ambitious and responsible employees can move into apprenticeships with higher pay and specialized training.

During May, Ameren will be sending representatives from their Human Resources department to North and South Tech to administer their pre-employment exam to our Skilled Craft Education Program participants. This is a big advantage for our students due to the volume of applicants Ameren experiences when openings are posted.

To learn more about the Skilled Craft Education Program, click here.

South Tech Culinary Alumnus Excels at Oaklawn

Cooking 75,000 pounds of corned beef in 54 days may sound daunting to some, but not Will Green. The 2013 South Tech Culinary Arts graduate recently became the Executive Sous Chef of Oaklawn Jockey Club in Hot Springs, Arkansas and prepping for the racing season is just one of his many duties in this exciting and demanding job.

In his new role, Green supervises 8 dining rooms, 7 kitchens, and 29 concession stands in support of Oaklawn’s operations. In addition to hosting racing season, Oaklawn is a year-round racing and gaming entertainment complex with a casino, gaming rooms, private dining and parties, and special marketing events. Executive Sous Chef’s report directly to the Executive Chef and supervise all aspects of dining. They manage staff, place food and beverage orders, plan menus, and ensure all health and safety standards are met. Green is prepared, as he has been training for this responsibility since he was in high school.

After graduation from South Tech, Green studied at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. His training there included a select internship at Walt Disney World’s Five Diamond Award winning restaurant, Victoria & Albert’s in the Grand Floridian Resort. “My Disney experience was incredible! I learned so much more than I could have ever hoped! I really learned a lot of discipline and a lot of great skills and techniques while I was there,” said Green. He also met my wife, Lauren, while interning and they returned to the resort to marry last year.

After graduating from college, Green returned to St. Louis and worked for Truffles in Ladue, but transferred to Oaklawn in June of 2015 to be closer to his fiancé. Green started as a Kitchen Manager for Oaklawn’s main production kitchen and quickly rose through the ranks.

Green loves the challenges of his job and appreciates that everyday he has something new to manage. “I am very fortunate to get to work with an amazing team. I work under an amazing Executive Chef who is an encyclopedia of knowledge. He has taught me so much about leading a staff and managing a large number of people,” said Green. He credits the “awesome team of supervisors that work under us” for keeping the operation running smoothly.

Green appreciates the generous company that has allowed him to embrace such a demanding and critical role early in his career. “I’m very fortunate to work for an incredible company for a great family that fosters an environment for career growth and learning,” he said.

Learn more about the great opportunities in South Tech’s Culinary Arts major here: http://southtechnical.org/programs/

South Tech Honors Students at Annual Tops at Tech Banquet

South Tech honored students during our annual Tops at Tech Banquet on Thursday, April 27th at Andre’s West in Fenton, Missouri. Each instructor selected one student to represent their major based on their performance, dedication, and enthusiasm. Families joined their students and teachers for the evening event, hosted by principal Jacob Lohse. Award recipients were:


  • Electronics & Robotics – Anthony Truong, Lindbergh, Missouri Institute of Science and Technology
  • Precision Machining – Caleb Harter, Home School, Western Kentucky University
  • Welding – Harrison Dye, Eureka, Missouri Welding Institute
  • MAKES – Alex Bird, Webster Groves, Continuing Studies at South Tech


  • Graphic Design – Tristan Kottemann, Affton, St. Louis Community College
  • Cisco Networking Academy – Maxxwell Diebold, Maplewood-Richmond Heights, Southeast Missouri State
  • Web & Computer Programming – Maxwell Buckel, Oakville, Missouri Institute of Science and Technology


  • Carpentry – Barrett Province, Parkway South, St. Louis Community College
  • Electrical Trades – Sean Goody, Mehlville, Beginning Career in Field
  • HVAC – Ethan Portray, Home School, Ranken Technical College
  • General Construction – Connor Lange, Mehlville, Apprenticeship with Hamtil Construction
  • Construction Methods & Materials – Thomas Williams, Eureka, Considering Trade Schools and Employment


  • Cosmetology – Madison Kuennen, Lindbergh, Continuing Studies at South Tech
  • Cosmetology – Allison Lawton, Lindbergh, Fontbonne University
  • Culinary Arts – Julie Evers, Lindbergh, St. Louis Community College
  • Culinary Arts – Sierra Plummer, Valley Park, St. Louis Community College
  • Early Childhood Education – Abby Hobold, Mehlville, Truman State University


  • Dental Sciences – Inna Solomakhina, Marquette, St. Louis Community College
  • Health Sciences – Alexandra Heveroh, Oakville, Bradley University
  • Health Sciences – Morgan Harter, Home School, Southeast Missouri State
  • Pharmacy Sciences – Lakelus Corbin, Kirkwood, St. Louis Community College
  • Pre-Professional Health Sciences Academy – MacKenna Morgan, St. Louis Community College and continued work as a PCT at St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Veterinary Assistant – Joseph Vanlieshout, Oakville, St. Louis Community College
  • Veterinary Assistant – Alexis Koch, Mehlville, St. Louis Community College


  • Emergency Medical Technician – Chase Rogers, Marquette, University of Southern Florida
  • Firefighting – Austin Menning, Oakville, Continuing Studies at South Tech
  • Law Enforcement – Ethan Morris, Mehlville, University of Missouri – St. Louis


  • Auto Body – Branden Speckman, Parkway South, Plans to open his own business
  • Auto Technology – Anthony Howell, Mehlville, Ranken Technical College
  • Auto Technology – Eric VonFeldt, Rockwood Summit, State Technical College
  • Motorcycle & Small Engine Tech – Brian Rolwes, Marquette, Beginning Career in Field
South Tech also recognized outstanding staff members during the event. Sally DiFani, College and Career counselor and SkillsUSA Co-Lead Sponsor was awarded teacher of the year for the second time since joining our staff. And our new Attendance Secretary, Sarah McManus, earned the staff member of the year award.

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