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Month: October 2017

Auto Body Students attend I-CAR and Collision Repair Job Fair

Gateway Motorsports Park recently hosted a job fair for over 1000 students from Missouri and Illinois interested in turning their passion for cars into rewarding careers. Over 30 employers were in attendance, ready to meet and interview eager automotive enthusiasts. The St. Louis I-CAR Committee and the Collision Repair Education Foundation sponsored the fair and our students attended for the second year in a row.

Gateway hosted the NHRA Midwest National Drag Races during the event, which gave students the opportunity to walk through the pit areas and experience the powerful impact of these high-performance vehicles. Instructor Ken Neuman felt it was an ideal place to bring potential employees and employers together as he said they were “surrounded by automotive nirvana!”

“In our big adult world, we all have to make a living. Our jobs can be a daily grind of drudgery or something we love to do,” said Neuman, “We have been so very fortunate to have opportunities like this become available for our students. These events are for their benefit…we are already looking forward to next year’s event and the continued support from the automotive industry in our area.”

Engineering Students Two-Time Winners of Gateway Robotics Challenge

The South Tech Electronics and Robotics Engineering FIRST Robotics Team 1658 competed at the Gateway Robotics Challenge on October 7th at Hazelwood Central High School. Our students bested 31 teams from Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky to win the challenge for the second year running.

The Gateway Robotics Challenge is an off-season FIRST robotics competition event where teams are invited to compete using their previous season’s robots. The event was played using the 2017 FIRST “Steamworks” game rules on an official FRC playing field. This event gives new students the opportunity to experience an FRC competition as they prepare for competitions later in the season.

The South Tech “Tech Heads” aligned with “The Lutheran Roboteers” from Lutheran High School in St. Charles, Missouri and with Rosati-Kain High School in St. Louis to win the tournament.

“Our students competed with grace and professionalism. I was very proud of how they handled the pressure of this competition. They are very excited about the upcoming FIRST Robotics Season which begins in January 2018,” said Electronics and Robotics Engineering instructor Mr. Rola. Congratulations South Tech Engineering FIRST Robotics Team 1658!

AGC Missouri Kicks off BuildMO Week with Tech

North Tech hosted a press conference this week for the Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO) to celebrate BuildMO Week, Oct. 2-6, a weeklong celebration of the construction industry in Missouri.

Leonard Toenjes, CAE, president, AGC of Missouri, spoke about the economic impact of construction on Missouri’s economy and welcomed St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger; Thomas P. Schneider, Mayor, City of Florissant; and Tom Heeger, Co-Chair, St. Louis Construction Cooperative.

Toenjes noted that construction is a major driver of Missouri’s economy, employing more than 118,700 in August (seasonally adjusted) persons throughout the state.

In 2016, U.S. GDP totaled $18.6 trillion; construction contributed $784 billion (4.2 percent). In Missouri, construction contributed $11 billion (3.7 percent) of the state’s GDP of $301 billion. Construction wages and salaries in 2016 totaled $408 billion in the U.S., including $7.0 billion in Missouri. The U.S. had 682,000 construction firms in 2015, of which 92 percent employed fewer than 20 workers. Missouri had 13,000 construction firms in 2015, of which 91 percent were small (fewer than 20 employees.) SOURCE: AGC of America: State of Missouri Economic Report, Sept. 26, 2017

Toenjes also noted that a “perfect storm is forming in our industry.” He said that, due to retirements, demographics and the 2008 downturn in the economy, a shortage of trained construction workers has reached critical levels in Missouri and throughout the country. Results from a recent workforce survey by AGC of America indicate the shortage threatens to hold back the entire U.S. economy.

“Seventy-one percent of Missouri contractors recently surveyed noted they are having difficulty filling some hourly craft positions and 20 percent report they are having difficulty filling some salaried field positions,” noted Toenjes. “Forty-one percent report they are having difficulty filling some office salaried positions.”

“This is why the career and technical education programs provided at North Technical High School and other schools throughout our state are so important,” added Toenjes. “The hiring situation is very favorable right now for students trained in the trades. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, construction and extraction employment is projected to grow 10 percent between 2014 and 2024. And, according to new data released last week by the AGC of America, in 2016, annual pay of all construction workers in the U.S. averaged $58,600, 10 percent more than the average for all private sector employees. Construction workers’ pay in Missouri averaged $56,000, 20 percent more than all private sector employees in the state.

“Construction is an excellent career path for today’s young people,” added Toenjes. “New technologies like Building Information Modeling, drones, innovative building methods and new materials are transforming the way we design and build everything. The sky’s the limit for a young person entering our industry today.”

North and South Technical High Schools recently updated their construction curriculum to ensure that students see many career paths in the industry during their first year. By rotating through immersive, real-world projects in four core areas of carpentry, construction trades, electrical trades, and HVAC, North Technical students choose their second-year curriculum with focus and purpose.  South Tech also offers a Floor Layers Middle Apprenticeship option in the second year.

“The Construction Innovations structure at North and South Tech allows students to maintain interest in the first year of the Construction Trades Programs by exposing them to nine-week bursts of interesting projects and equipment function,” said Dr. David Baker, Assistant Superintendent of College and Career Readiness for Special School District. “These are 16- and 17- year-old young men and women and we must gain their interest in the field before we can prepare them to move forward as part of the construction workforce.  The program is dependent upon the strength of our instructors and their sincere interest in student success and competence in their respective fields is what ensures program success.”

BuildMO Week activities began yesterday with a news conference at Ozarks Technical Community College in Springfield, MO, with officials announcing the establishment of a new AGCMO student chapter at OTC. Additional AGCMO networking and training events also are scheduled throughout the week. Students from North Technical High School’s Culinary Program provided refreshments for the St. Louis kickoff event.

To view the results of AGCMO workforce survey, click here: AGC Workforce Survey (https://www.agc.org/sites/default/files/Files/Communications/2017_Workforce_Survey_Missouri.pdf

To learn more about AGCMO, click here: https://www.agcmo.org/.

Information in this posting provided by the AGC of Missouri.

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