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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.

SkillsUSA State Championship Results

On March 31st and April 1st South Tech SkillsUSA students put their CTE skills to the test in the annual Missouri SkillsUSA State Championships held at State Technical College in Linn, MO. With 92 students competing, 42 medals were earned in a wide variety of categories from hands on skills, leadership, and written contests with 8 gold, 25 silver, and 9 bronze. Scholarship money to State Technical College was awarded for all 3 levels of medals. Four students will now go on to the National Championships in Louisville, KY in June. These students are:

  • Jillian Bardenheier – Gold Medal in Cosmetology
  • Kiersten Green – Gold Medal in Customer Service
  • Amber Longwell – Gold Medal in Automotive Refinishing
  • Alex Juelfs – Gold Medal in Welding Sculpture

See below for a list of all medal winners and respective contests.

2016 Missouri SkillsUSA State Championship Medal Winners
Lashaun Hymes Action Skills Silver
Grant Gegel Automated Manufacturing Silver
Justin Gilbert Automated Manufacturing Silver
Ricky Hochecker Automated Manufacturing Silver
Amber Longwell ** Automotive Refinishing Gold
Allison Taylor Basic Health Care Silver
Connor Lange Building Repair Gold
Jacob Lichtenstein Chapter Business Procedure Silver
Kaleb Nixon Chapter Business Procedure Silver
Isaiah Reyland Chapter Business Procedure Silver
Joseph Venable Chapter Business Procedure Silver
Patrick Way Chapter Business Procedure Silver
Antoine Wooldridge Chapter Business Procedure Silver
Innocent Niyibizi Computer Programming Silver
Jillian Bardenheier ** Cosmetology Gold
Alana Beal Career Pathways Silver
Claudia Swyres Career Pathways Silver
Jocelyn Wilson Career Pathways Silver
Employment Application Process Silver
Camille Durr Culinary Arts Technical Information Gold
Kiersten Green ** Customer Service Gold
Adam Nischwitz Electronics Technical Information Silver
James Beiser Electronics Technology Bronze
Sam Whanger Firefighting Bronze
Jesse McClanahan Internetworking Silver
Steven Eddy Mobile Electronics Installation Silver
Matthew Coffman Power Equipment Technical Information Bronze
Patrick Wooten Power Equipment Technical Information Gold
Anthony Truong Related Technical Math Silver
Michael Brown Web Design Bronze
Kenneth Sweet Web Design Bronze
Maxwell Buckel Web Design Silver
Alianna McCormick Web Design Silver
Alec May Welding Bronze
Alexander Clark Welding Fabrication Bronze
Maxx Holtwick Welding Fabrication Bronze
Jared Jacquot Welding Fabrication Bronze
Alexander Juelfs ** Welding Sculpture Gold
Cody Sehie Welding Sculpture Silver
Mavrick Alexander Welding Technical Information Silver
Alan Carlson Welding Technical Information Silver
Erica Mutzbauer Welding Technical Information Gold

** indicates students going on to Nationals in Louisville, KY in June

Success in the New Economy

The article “Success in the New Economy” by Kevin Fleming first appeared on CareerCruising.com. You can view the original article here.

Countless articles in the media site a correlation between higher degrees and higher income. This perceived higher earnings for having a 4-year degree has fueled a “college for all” philosophy; causing educators and parents to encourage going to the university – any university – to major in anything – in pursuit of future job security, social mobility, and financial prosperity. But with rising education costs and the oversaturation of some academic majors in the workforce, many of us know that that the university-bound pathway isn’t for everyone…at least not immediately after high school.

We know that only a quarter of those that initially enroll will complete a bachelor’s degree; and for many their career exploration process begins after graduation. It is here that many discover that their degree may not have prepared them for the world of work. They may be highly educated, but not every degree is direct preparation for employment (like my philosophy degree). This misalignment between degrees and job skills causes half of university graduates to be under-employed in what are called gray-collar jobs; taking positions that do not require the education they have received, at a cost that is more than they can afford. All while the income for the top individuals in a wide variety of skilled jobs that require an industry credential or 2-year degree is far higher than the average income for many occupations that claim to require a 4-year degree; and each of these technicians are in very high skilled areas that are in great demand. Well-intentioned attempts to send more and more students straight to the university will not change the types of jobs that dominate our economy, nor will a “college-for-all” mentality mask these labor market realities. This message needs to be significantly broadened to include career exploration and “a post-high school credential for all.”

Since new and emerging occupations in every industry now require a combination of academic knowledge and technical ability, we need to ensure that we’re guiding students towards careers and not just to the university. The Career Cruising products are excellent examples of tools that help to identify personally appropriate career pathways and educational alternatives for people of all ages. Alas, not everyone uses Career Cruising. So how else can we ensure each student’s success – regardless which path they take – and how do we communicate this message to our fellow educators, counselors, and parents?

In collaboration with Citrus College in Southern California, a motion graphics video was developed to explain the importance of self-exploration, career exploration, and why educational institutions and parents should be promoting alternatives to career-success other than solely baccalaureate achievement. This popular video, “Success in the New Economy: How prospective college students can gain a competitive advantage,” discusses the real workforce demands and the best role for career & technical education in preparing students for high-wage, in-demand jobs. You may view this video at http://vimeo.com/67277269. I encourage you to share this video and continue to educate others around you about the realities of today’s labor market. Thanks to companies like Career Cruising, and as a result of your personal passion for all students to succeed, the career & technical education revolution is spreading far and wide in schools across America. Keep up the great work; we owe it to our students, and to ourselves.

About Kevin Fleming

Passionate to help all students fulfill their potential, Kevin is Dean of Instruction for Career & Technical Education at Norco College (CA), serves as the Principle Investigator for the National Center for Supply Chain Technology Education, and is managing partner for Telos Educational Services.
6 Students Place at Welding Competition

On April 15th  the South Tech Welding Technology students competed at Midwest Technical Institute in Springfield, IL at the annual High School welding competition. This competition was divided into two flights (A and B) based on experience.  South Tech had 6 students who placed, earning trophies and 4 students also earning cash prizes totaling 1,350. Congratulations to the Welding students and their teacher, Adam Holt.

  • Alec May placed 1st overall (flight A) receiving a $500 cash prize and a trophy.
  • Vincent Indelicato placed 1st overall (flight B) receiving a $500 cash prize and a trophy.
  • Connor Chambliss placed 2nd overall (flight A) receiving a $250 cash prize and a trophy.
  • Alex Poertner placed 3rd overall (flight A) receiving a $100 cash prize and a trophy.
  • Maxx Holtwick placed 5th overall (flight A) receiving a trophy.
  • Erica Mutzbauer placed 8th overall (flight A) receiving a trophy.

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