When it comes to welding technical education to lifelong careers, it’s hard to find anyone more qualified than Mr. Adam Holt, Welding instructor and Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award winner. Mr. Holt and his South Tech class were presented with the $5,000 award by Emerson’s Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Mr. Dave Rabe, on Wednesday, May 16th.
Emerson Electric honors 100 educators each year in the St. Louis area with the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. Those educators are offered a unique opportunity to apply for Emerson’s Gold Star Grants through a highly competitive process.
Mr. Rabe addressed the Welding class when he presented the award. He explained that Emerson Electric selects award recipients who have demonstrated a commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills in their curricula and instruction.
Mr. Holt credits his students for having earned the award. He stated, “The reason I am able to win awards like this is because I have such great students. My students come here and work hard every day.”
The funds from the grant will be used to purchase a handheld plasma cutter and welding machine. These state-of-the-art tools will enable the South Tech Welding students to better prepare for college and career readiness leading to high-demand and lucrative welding careers.
Following the award, the students were treated to a cake reception in honor of their teacher, Mr. Holt. The students are excited to be on the cutting edge of technology and are looking forward to a bright future, thanks to Mr. Holt and his Emerson Gold Star Grant award.
On Thursday, April 26, students from North and South Tech Home Builders Association of Greater St. Louis (HBA) student chapter competed in “Competition in a Box,” a one-day event designed to introduce students to the home building industry. The event was held at Payne Family Homes and included opportunities to network with representatives from industry, a catered lunch, and generous gift bags for each participant.
The competition is designed in a “trivia” format and involves complex questions about blueprints and construction methods. The HBA’s goal for the student chapter is to connect members with students to provide job shadowing, internships, and opportunities after graduation. The hope is that this will create a pipeline of talent for the industry while providing high-paying jobs for graduates.
North Tech brought 3 teams of competitors: Team 1: Jessica Myers, Maurice Hall, and Keyshawn Outlaw; Team 2: Cedric Perry, Donovan Shivers, and Desmond Lee; Team 3: Pereze Dodd, Vandeja Keller, and Kobe Dozier. South Tech brought 2 teams: Team 1: Jordan Ware, Chris Rousan, and Joe Peck; Team 2: Joe Lynch, Brycen Williams, and Logan Sheehan. Four Rivers Career Center also brought a team. Students who were interested in Construction Management were invited to compete, but all have a variety of pathways they plan to pursue after graduation. Some are already enrolled in college courses in Construction Management, some are planning to begin college this fall, and others are interested in joining the Carpenter’s Union or going straight to work. All are leaving high school with the skills and industry recognized credentials sought by the prospective employers who co-hosted the competition.
Atlas 46, DeWalt Tools, Home Depot and St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council sponsored prizes for the winners. Other sponsors included ABF Security (breakfast), Spire (lunch) and Associated Bank (beverages). Members of the HBA’s Professional Women in Building Council donated gift cards and items for participating students.
The competition’s first place winner was Four Rivers and South Tech’s two teams each placed second and third. Both North and South Tech students volunteered to participate in this challenging competition and impressed sponsors and industry representatives.