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Author: Kathleen Saunders

Welding Program Earns Emerson Grant

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.

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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