This year Special School District has adopted a new process for completing registration paperwork required for new and returning students and their families. This year paperwork for South Technical High School will be submitted online using our Parent Portal through Tyler SIS. If you have not used the Parent Portal before for Special School District or have forgotten your username or password, Parents and Guardians please complete the Parent Portal Access Form at www.southtechnical.org/Portal to receive your username and password.
Step by step directions for Online Registration can be found here. Even if you have completed this paperwork for your sending district (Mehlville, Rockwood, Parkway, etc.) we still need parents to complete this paperwork for Tech. In addition to Online Registration, the Parent Portal allows parents and guardians access to their student’s attendance record, class schedule, school schedule, and lunch balance.
Online Registration should only take 10-15 minutes to complete.
Registration does not have to be completed in one sitting. Your progress is saved as you go.
The Parent Portal works on most internet enabled devices including desktops, laptops, tablets, and Smart Phones.
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.
South Tech students excelled in this week’s SkillsUSA competitions held in Jefferson City, Columbia, and Linn, MO, bringing home 39 medals. Several students, including five who competed nationally last year, are eligible to advance to the national competitions which will be held in Louisville, KY in June. SkillsUSA sponsor, Sally Difani, was thrilled with our students’ accomplishments, but even more so with their character and dedication. “All of our students represented their instructors and our school admirably. We should all be proud of what our students accomplished this week,” she said.
Congratulations to our students, their instructors, and all of our SkillsUSA sponsors. A complete list of the winners is below. Photos from the competition can be viewed here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/XseqLI0jIuuPjmyH3. We will continue to add photos to the gallery as they are made available. This is TECH!
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 September 5, 1967, South Tech welcomed its first class of 400 students to campus on West Watson Road in Sunset Hills. The Special School District Board of Education stated a simple, but challenging goal for their newly established Technical Division: “make available to the youth and adults of St. Louis County a program of vocational technical education second to none in America.” Fifty years later, South Tech continues to strive toward this goal and enjoys a long list of successful, happy graduates. To honor 50 years of service to the community and its students, Sunset Hills Mayor Patricia A. Fribis shared a proclamation declaring April 24, 2018 “South Technical High School Day”. Principal Jake Lohse was awarded the proclamation at a recent Sunset Hills City Council meeting.
South and North Tech High Schools were developed using grants from the Vocational Act of 1963 which aimed to ensure that new and expanded vocational and technical education opportunities were available to students and remained in harmony with the needs of industry. The act’s language about meeting the “needs of industry” required flexibility and a commitment to providing education that remained relevant. The resulting variety of program offerings over the decades reflects of our ever changing labor force.
In the 1967-1968 school year, South Tech offered the following courses: Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Appliance Service, Auto Mechanics, Body & Fender Repair, Business & Office Education, Commercial Art, Electronic Data Processing, Fitter-Welder, Industrial Electronics, Offset-Lithography, Radio-TV Service, and Sheet Metal. Juniors and seniors attended for the full day and took social studies, physical education and English classes along with their technical courses. Since the high school was comprehensive, students also participated in a variety of extracurricular activities including prom, sports, student council, and other clubs. South Tech continued offering a full day program until 2008.
Tech today continues developing dynamic courses for students to prepare them for in-demand career opportunities both regionally and nationally. Programs like Pharmacy Sciences and Design & Entrepreneurship have been added in response to increased regional interest in these fields. Dramatically increased demand from the construction industry inspired a recent restructuring of our construction programs to allow more exploration during the junior year. Students can become more familiar with fields like carpentry and electrical trades and learn about job opportunities with those programs’ industry partners before choosing an advanced core class their senior year. Echoes of 1968’s Electronic Data Processing are present in the complex and challenging curricula of our CISCO Networking Academy and Web & Computer Programming. Industrial Electronics has evolved into an Electronics & Robotics Engineering course, preparing students for high-level university study. Demands in medical science inspired the development of courses in Health Sciences, Dental Sciences, and Veterinary Assistant. South Tech also began training students for public safety careers in Law Enforcement and Firefighting and Emergency Medical Technician, sending countless numbers of students to respective academies after graduation to join the forces of those who serve to protect. And human service programs like Early Childhood Education, Culinary Arts, and Cosmetology have given students opportunities to earn certifications, licensure and college credit in creative and exciting careers.Unlike the programs offered in 1968, many of today’s skilled trade and technical fields require post-secondary education. Choosing to attend a university or college, technical college, or community college is a common next step for most of our students. Over the years, many of career fields have added certifications (IRC’s) to the credentials they require for employment. South Tech has incorporated these exams into our curriculum, giving students a jump start as many search for part-time employment and internships as they begin their post-secondary studies. Programs that give students career opportunities immediately after high school graduation, including several apprenticeship programs, also remain among our offerings. Because Tech is focused on preparing and inspiring students, there are no limits on where they can go after completing one of our programs.
South Tech’s next 50 years look even more promising. As the national conversation about K-12 education shifts focus to include a more concentrated effort on producing career-ready graduates, South Tech’s career and technical education electives will play an important role in preparing our region’s students for the career opportunities of the future. South Tech’s commitment today remains as it was in its inaugural year. As stated by the school’s first principal, Homer Horton, “The South (County) Technical High School expands the realm of educational opportunities for the youth of St. Louis County and provided better prepared young employees for business and industry.”
Our Construction Innovations and Welding juniors are being sought by area employers. Representatives from several St. Louis construction-related contracting and design firms presented to our students last week and shared comprehensive presentations about the opportunities available.
Industry partners in attendance were AMF Electric, Mosby Building Arts, ABF Security, the Independent Electrical Contractors, and Roeslein Engineering, Fabricators & Design. All emphasized that jobs are available and they are eager to hire young, talented, and ambitious new employees. South Tech students were able to ask questions and meet with the representatives after their presentations.
Barclay Hirth, COI and Electrical Trades instructor and organizer of the event, said he was pleased with the level of engagement and the interest among students. Creating opportunities for our students to meet directly with employers is a key contribution our teachers provide to enhance instruction. Students appreciate meeting with mentoring employees, human resource professionals, and others from their program’s related industries. We are always ready to meet with new companies who would like to join our schools as industry partners. If you or your company would like to explore a partnership with Tech, please contact Kevin Andert, our Manager of College and Career Readiness, at 989-8256 or KGAndert@ssdmo.org.
Auto Body students were given a 4 shop tour of St. Louis last month which included a visit to the Classic Car Studio (CCS), the filming location of the program “Speed is the New Black” which airs on Velocity. Owner of CCS, Noah Alexander, showed the students around the entire shop and allowed them to get up close views of some of the vehicle restorations that have been featured on the show.
Giving this kind of access and attention to our students reinforces one of the goals Alexander had for “Speed”. He was asked by the online publication Hagerty what he hoped audiences would take away from show when it premiered in 2017 and he replied, “This is an industry where it’s hard to find people who are good with their hands and who can create and build things—and finding these people gets harder every year. Part of the reason for this, I think, is that the education system doesn’t really provide a lot of opportunities for kids who might be inclined toward these kinds of skills. I know when I was in school I never knew that this was something I could be doing. I figured I would be in a cubicle somewhere selling life insurance, or maybe I’d be a doctor or a lawyer. I just knew that if I didn’t have some kind of corporate future, I’d be a nobody. I really want to inform another generation of kids that they can do this. Let’s show kids what’s possible. If they want to go to college, great. If not, that’s fine, too. They can go become a skilled craftsman or a tradesperson or an entrepreneur. They can do really well at those things in life.”
Students also toured two Schaefer Collision Centers and Central Auto Body and discovered South Tech grads at both locations. At Schaefer, students were hosted by 2014 graduates Bradley Beckham and Kyle Neely. Both have been employed by Schaefer for several years. Additionally, Neely hosts his own Facebook site called “Blue Collar Kyle” in which he does demo videos and hosts discussions on auto body repair.
Central Auto Body is owned by South Tech graduate Chris Becker who gave our students lots of information about upcoming needs in industry and opportunities for our students.
Fast Cheese is still under construction, but will soon be ready to destroy! Precision Machining juniors Lili Rodriguez, Lauryn Giesler, and Matthew Haugsness are hard at work preparing their bot, named Fast Cheese, for competition in BotsSTL on April 21 at Ft. Zumwalt South High School.
BotSTL is a program to boost interest in and exposure to manufacturing careers sponsored by the National Tooling & Machining Association. This STEM-focused, project-based learning competition encourages confidence, teamwork, problem solving and creativity. Local manufacturing firms provide support and mentorship to student teams throughout the competition. Cultivating interest in manufacturing makes good sense for our region as St. Louis employs well over 100,000 people in the industry and opportunities and demand are expected to grow.
STROCO Manufacturing, Inc. is supporting South Tech’s team. STROCO manufactures and assembles metal products for the aerospace industry and high precision industries. South Tech’s instructors, Bob Arcipowski (Precision Machining) and Albie Mitchell (Design & Entrepreneurship), are also helping other student teams in the area prepare for the competition.
Our three-student team was drawn to compete due to South Tech’s 3rd place win in last year’s inaugural BotsSTL competition. As they construct and program their robot, they must meet weight limits while ensuring their robot will withstand the competition. Rather than designing to complete a task, Fast Cheese must instead be built to fight other robots and survive their attacks. Additionally, our students will be able to network with representatives from industry.
We are looking forward to the competition results and wish our team the best of luck!
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