During @Explore St. Louis’ 10th Annual High School Culinary Cook Off, South Tech’s Lindbergh senior Julie Evers became a multi-scholarship winner.
Evers was South Tech’s captain during the competition and led the team to a 2nd place finish, earning her a $500 scholarship. Evers was also awarded the Elijah Moore Culinary Leadership Award along with a $1,500 scholarship to Forest Park Community College in recognition of her leadership and expertise in the kitchen. Additionally, she was given a culinary knife set valued at $305 and is required for use in her post-secondary courses. Evers is already enrolled at Forest Park where she will complete her Culinary Arts education. She plans to begin a career in catering and event planning after graduating from college.
Evers joined South Tech specifically to pursue her culinary interests. She attended the Explore St. Louis Cook Off last year, but this was her first year of participation. Her role as captain required her to keep her team on task and on time. “Our number one priority was following safety and sanitation practices,” she said. Evers enjoyed the opportunity to get creative as the contest required teams to produce an appetizer, salad, and main course while incorporating secret ingredients that were revealed just before the contest began. Artichokes were one of the required additions and South Tech’s team quickly pickled them in red wine and apple cider vinegar along with carrots, peppers and onions. These were drizzled with a mixed berry vinaigrette that paired with them well. “They were so bright and colorful,” said Evers, who was pleased with the results of her team’s efforts.
Congratulations to the South Tech Culinary team and to Julie!
North and South Tech students who participate in the Ameren Skilled Craft Education Program recently toured the company’s downtown headquarters. The visit in one of many opportunities these students are given as they learn about exciting and rewarding careers within our local utility industry.
The day at Ameren began with a kick-off chat and breakfast snacks hosted by Vanessa Jones, Ameren’s Manager of Human Resources (HR) Service and Employee Relations, followed by a generous welcome from Ameren President, Michael Moehn.
Students then toured the Emergency Operations Center, an impressive room which houses the full network of power supply in the Ameren service region. The center is used daily to isolate incidents and ensure limited impact to Ameren customers when outages arise. Students also learned about the various ways in which Ameren powers their plants using coal, solar, wind, and hydro energy. Tours continued with a visit to the roof to see 3 types of solar panels with which Ameren tests power supply as a consumer. Because using solar power can be challenging in the Midwest, Ameren uses these panels to gauge effective practices of solar power generation integration. Finally, students visited an Ameren substation near headquarters where they watched a demonstration of the gear and equipment used to keep Ameren workers safe.
During a lunch provided to students, Jim Williams, Senior Director of Power Operations, shared his thoughts on why the program is so important to Ameren and took questions from the students about the job opportunities within the division. Senior HR Services Client Consultant Jessica Godwin said the purpose of the event and talks is to help students see that the utility industry is an interesting and rapidly changing one. She feels the program’s mission is to give students a good feeling about how to go about joining the Ameren workforce. Ms. Godwin assists the Skilled Craft Program along with fellow HR Consultant Curtrena Turner.
The visit concluded with a power line demonstration, a viewing of solar vehicles, a power transmission demonstration by Supervising Engineer Terry Grass, and a Q&A session with Ms. Jones, Gary Weisenborn, Director of Power Operations Technical Training, and Ray Simms, the Skilled Craft Education Program Coordinator.
The Ameren program was launched in 2007 as a partnership between the Power Generation division of Ameren and North and South Technical High Schools. Recognizing the excellent career and technical education (CTE) offerings at Tech and the growing need for skilled craft workers, Ameren mentors groups of students annually in the Electrical Trades, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, Welding, Precision Machining, General Construction, and Carpentry majors to prepare them for potential employment.
The program immerses students into the many professions that make up the labor force of Ameren’s power plants. Students are guided by seasoned pros, get hands on experience with the tools and equipment used daily, are taught interviewing and resume writing skills, and are tutored for the Ameren pre-employment exam. Students are recommended by their CTE instructor to participate in the Ameren program based on superior performance in the classroom. In addition to the tour of Ameren HQ, students will also visit and tour one of Ameren’s power plants later in April.
Since the program began, 56 North and South Technical High School students have been hired by Ameren. The utility company offers generous tuition reimbursement, apprenticeship opportunities, and other opportunities for advancement. Entry-level laborers earn an average of $50,000 per year.
To learn more about the opportunities provided to students at Tech, call 314-989-7400 to reach South Tech and 314-989-7600 to reach North Tech.
On Tuesday, February 28th, two members of South Tech’s Ambassador Team were recognized for their excellent leadership skills by the SSD Board of Education. Alianna McCormick, a senior from Lafayette High School and Allison Lawton, a senior at Lindbergh High School, were chosen from several applicants to receive this honor.
Allison and Alianna serve as Lead Ambassadors, a select group of students chosen by a panel of judges to represent their major due to their classroom performance, leadership skills, and dedication to volunteerism. Both of these young women excel at South Tech and their home high schools.
Alianna, a Web and Computer Programming major, is involved in several clubs including the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), SkillsUSA, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology Association (NCWIT). She has won honors in programming and computing, and recently competed in exams in business calculus and journalism through FBLA.
As an ambassador, Alianna enjoyed working with our 8th grade visitors each fall and seeing their reactions to what our students do every day at Tech. She credits South Tech with helping her narrow her college major focus and after graduation plans to pursue a computer science degree. “This school has given me guidance that I know not all colleges can provide,” she said. She also feels her experience here has helped her get “ahead of the curve”.
Allison, a Cosmetology major, dedicates most of her extracurricular time to children. She is a camp counselor, she teaches and participates in dance, and has completed 50 hours of tutoring through Lindbergh’s Early Childhood Education department. She has remained in Renaissance, an honor given to high-achieving students with excellent GPAs, attendance, and conduct, every semester she has been in high school. She is also a Presidential Award recipient.
“Being an ambassador was a very special part of my South Tech experience,” Allison said. Her fondest memories include the annual BBQ and getting to know students from so many other majors. She will be attending Fontbonne University and majoring in special education, while utilizing her cosmetology license to work part-time while she is in school.
Congratulations to Allison and Alianna!