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Family, Career and Community Leaders Regional Competition

Culinary and Early Childhood Education students from South Tech participated in Region 5 STAR Events in January. The Culinary Event was hosted at South Tech on Tuesday, January 23, while the other events and the Regional Officer election were held at Concordia Lutheran Church in Bourbon, Missouri on Wednesday, January 24. The Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and social issues through Family Consumer Sciences education. STAR Events, (Students Taking Action with Recognition) is a FCCLA Program of competitive events designed to recognize individuals and chapters for their proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills and occupational preparation.

Gold Medal Winners from the Regional contests advance to State competition and possibly on to national competition. Destiny Quick helped with coaching the contestants and served as our voting delegate for the Regional Officer election. The following students from South Tech competed:

  • Alexis Cheney (Senior, PM ECE), Chapter Service Project, Gold Medal (Lexi asked students to bring items to donate for children in foster care. Students who made donations were treated to a Birthday Party event at South Tech.)
  • Ahmed Barrow (Junior,AM ECE) Focus on Children, Silver Medal (Ahmed taught the preschool children using a puppet show and activity how to use polite,sharing words when asking for a toy or to telling someone to wait their turn.)
  • Catherine Grzywa (Senior, PM CUL), Culinary Arts, Gold Medal
  • Cameron Harrison (Senior, PM CUL),, Culinary Arts, Gold Medal
  • Hadley “Shae” McNeill (Senior, PM CUL), , Culinary Arts, Gold Medal

The three person Culinary Team prepared a full meal using skills in planning, safe and sanitary food preparation, and presentation of the food.

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/.

More Than 260 Students Attend Career Fair In Greater St. Louis Area

This article first appeared on People and Parts. You can view the original article here.

Planned as annual event, some students hired on the spot.

Automotive and collision repair students in the St. Louis area pondering their postgraduate employment were recently shown just how much their skills are needed. The St. Louis I-CAR Committee held its first career fair, the “Cars, Careers, & Celebrities Expo,” which it plans to be an annual event, April 28 at Enterprise Holdings’ global headquarters.

More than 260 students – from Lewis and Clark Career Center, North Tech High School, South Tech High School, and Ranken Technical College – brought their resumes to the eight-hour event, where they could talk with recruiters from more than 30 companies, some of whom offered them jobs on the spot. A variety of segments in the automotive aftermarket was represented, including equipment, paint, and paintless dent repair.

“Today has been incredible,” said Kurt Barks, CEO of Complete Auto Body. “I believe we have four solid applicants that we can use who will take our job offers.”

Barks said his business, which also includes mechanical repair, will be able to hire two for each discipline. The event will allow his business to hire students while in high school, he said, allowing them to work at a higher level and pay rate after graduating because they will more quickly gain experience, seniority and obtain their Motor Vehicle Inspection license, he said.

Committee member Gene Slattery, CEO of Automotive Technology Inc., said that unique among the career fairs being held in the country by I-CAR’s Collision Repair Education Foundation (CREF), the St. Louis committee sought the participation of mechanical students, who made up about half of those in attendance, because there is also demand for them in a collision repair shop.

Brandon Eckenrode, director of development for CREF, said the foundation held 10 similar career fairs in the country. But compared to CREF-organized fairs, the St. Louis committee was able to attract more than twice as many vendors and about 30 percent more students, he said.

“This local group was able to reach out to people they know and do business with,” he said. “So we’re trying to mimic what they’ve done here.”

Ken Neuman, Auto Body instructor at South Technical High School, said his students are coached through the guidance counselor’s office toward the end of the school year on how to participate in a job interview, but the career fair allowed them to put those skills to the test.

Recruiters were not disappointed.

“I go to a lot of job fairs, and these are probably the most disciplined students I’ve seen,” said Dan Lovekamp, director of training at the Auffenberg Dealer Group, who was at the fair with Recruiter Beth Schumacher. “They’re polite, they ask good questions, and they’re engaged.”

Lovekamp said he was impressed by the students’ respectful and professional introductions and their genuine interest shown.

“They say, ‘This is the kind of job I’m looking for. Do you have that to offer?’ They’re right on target. And they thank us for being here. And that doesn’t happen.”

In addition to door prizes awarded throughout the day, lunch, and refreshments were provided by Enterprise, which recognizes how critical the nationwide staffing shortage is to it and its business partners.

“The insurance replacement industry is a critical part of our business mix,” said Dan Friedman, Enterprise’s assistant vice president of the Collision Industry/Strategic Sales Insurance Replacement Division. “Being able to find enough skilled technicians to work in shops is arguably the most critical issue facing the industry. We do everything we can to support efforts and initiatives to address that concern.”

The inaugural event led up to the committee’s main event, the Sept. 23 Gateway Automotive and Collision Career Fair, held at Gateway Motorsport Park in Madison, Ill., from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. That will coincide with qualifying for the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, and is expected to draw more recruiters and students from a wider geographic area. The committee is picking up the tab for students and instructors to participate in the day’s activities, Slattery said.

“We’re looking for 50 vendors at that program, and we’re going to be in a 1,500-person tent right on the starting line of the drag strip,” he said.

For a sponsor information packet, contact committee members Keith Hoeferlin, at Keith.J.Hoeferlin@ehi.com, or Kevin Haller, at kevin@schaeferautobody.com.

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.”

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.
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.

South Tech students brought home 26 medals in the hands-on part of the SkillsUSA competitions earlier this month. Most of them will be representing Tech at the state competitions in April. Great job everyone!

Gold Medals:

  • Max Buckel: Computer Programming
  • Josh Schaeffer: Internetworking
  • Ethan Schrunk: Web Design
  • Minh Trang: Web Design
  • Ethan Morris: Customer Service
  • Joseph Venable: First Aid/CPR
  • Joel Biesch: Welding Fabrication Team
  • Jared Jacquot: Welding Fabrication Team
  • Lloyd Peal: Welding Fabrication Team
  • Caleb Harter Automated Manufacturing Team
  • Michael Steppig: Automative Manufacturing Team
  • Marke Witte: Automated Manufacturing Team
  • Kennan Kolenda: CNC Milling Specialist

Silver Medals:

  • Robert Fox: Web Design
  • Trevor Sirles: Web Design
  • Christopher Moore: Information Technology Services
  • Kenneth Sweet: Computer Programming
  • Stephanie Swink: Advertising Design
  • Harrison Dye: Welding
  • Zachary Wilson Welding
  • Caleb Halbrook: Automated Manufacturing Team
  • Quentin Randell: Automated Manufacturing Team

Bronze Medals:

  • Alianna McCormick: Computer Programming
  • Crystal Price: Customer Service
  • Cameron Hood: Collision Repair Technology
  • Ethan Portray: HVAC

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