“I spent the first 10 years after graduation making air conditioning filters and working on government contracts. I got my next job because they only wanted to hire Ranken graduates. My career lasted for 43 years - thanks, Ranken!”
ST. LOUIS, MO., July 02, 2013 – Recently, Ranken Technical College received an award from the DeSales Community Housing Corporation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting investment in Fox Park and Tower Grove East neighborhoods in St. Louis. The organization’s Better Neighborhoods Award, which recognizes organizations and individuals that make St. Louis a better place to live, was presented to Ranken Community Development Corporation (RCDC) for work on its most recent development, Samuel Moore, Sr. Estates, in the nearby Lewis Place neighborhood.
“When we started the Ranken Community Development Corporation we had two major goals in mind; first to create the best possible learning environment for our construction division students and second to revitalize the neighborhood surrounding the College,” said John Wood, Ranken’s vice president for student success. “With over fifty homes completed and sold in our community, I am proud to say that we continue to improve on both of these worthy goals. We are thrilled that DeSales has honored us with this prestigious award.”
The program purchases vacant lots from the St. Louis City Land Reutilization Authority and builds high quality two-story residences on the property. Students and faculty members from architecture, carpentry, plumbing, electrical and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration use their skills to build these houses. This gives students the hands-on experience in construction and renovation that they will use when they enter the workforce. Each home has 1,500-1,800 square feet, three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and well-sized garages. Once completed, they are sold and proceeds are used to build more homes and involve future students in home building projects.
Since the fall of 2010, RCDC has participated in an Energy Star home inspection by Applied Science Energy Ratings. The purpose of the inspection is to benchmark how energy efficient the home is and allow RCDC to learn how to build more energy-efficient homes. RCDC recently received its most impressive Home Energy Rating System (HERS®) Index rating of 51 on a scale from 140 (least efficient) to 40 (most efficient), with 100 being the typical rating for new homes.
A procession of alumni dressed in white and gold led the 2013 class dressed in red and black regalia on May 11 when Ranken Technical College honored their graduates at the Chaifetz Arena. Graduates from 1963 and earlier were gathered to share in the honor and relive their Ranken experience from years earlier. During an annual celebration, fifty and seventy five year graduates were dressed in gold caps and gowns and received a pin and certificate commemorating their anniversary. Classmates were joined together, many for the first time since leaving campus. Tom Giovanni, a 1962 graduate, postponed his celebration so that he could be honored along with his grandson John Tindall, who graduated from the electrical program. Tom walked on stage along with his grandson when he was called for his diploma. Bruno Corradi celebrated his 79th year as a Ranken alumnus by wearing white celebrating as a Diamond graduate, a 75-year anniversary color. Bruno turns 98 this year.
Tom Gieseking, an Automotive Maintenance Technology alumnus, who graduated in 1984, delivered the commencement address, providing advice about making the right choices.
Graduates who participated in the event are: Bruno A. Corradi 1934 Industrial Electricity/Electronics
Dean H. Alinder 1962 Automotive Maintenance Thomas C. Giovanni 1962 Automotive Maintenance Don F. Hardin 1963 Industrial Electricity/Electronics Robert (Bob) Heine 1951 Industrial Electricity/Electronics Charles (Terry) Jackson 1963 Machine Shop William (Bill) James 1963 Mechanical Drafting Jack Kuchar 1963 Electrical Bruce Markwardt 1963 Machine Shop David M. Murguia 1963 Plumbing Dennis J. Murphy 1963 Electrical Urban (Irv) Naeger 1963 Industrial Electricity/Electronics Ralph C. Neubert 1963 Plumbing Dennis A. Newman 1963 Plumbing Richard D. Nichols 1963 Industrial Electricity/Electronics Roy E. Nottingham 1963 Automotive Maintenance Walter M. Pumfrey 1963 Machine Shop Melvin L. Sutton 1963 Machine Shop Clarence J. Vohsen Jr. 1963 Electrical James E. Wilton 1963 Machine Shop Robert A. Zagar 1963 Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Heating
Lucian C. Haney, on record as Ranken's oldest living alumnus, passed away at the age of 97. Lu, a 1936 graduate of the Refrigeration program, participated in a 75-year Diamond anniversary celebration of his graduation in 2011. When he attended Ranken, Lu lived in one of the boarding houses surrounding campus at that time, and paid $2 a week and $.25 a meal. He was one of the first graduates of the first refrigeration class started in 1934.
Prior to attending Ranken, Lu worked in a shoe factory nailing heels to women's shoes. After his graduation in 1936, he took his first refrigeration job at Quality Dairy in 1937 paying $14 a week. He was referred to the dairy by his Ranken instructor and all of his classmates were also able to go to work after graduation. He later moved to Pevely Dairy in 1938 making $21 a week with every other Sunday off. He worked on milk boxes and ice cream cabinets. He paid $10 to join the Steamfitter's Union, which later became the Pipefitter's Union and became a service technician. After becoming a union fitter, he received $6 a day but had to work around the clock and rotate call on weekends. He remained a member of the Plumbing and Pipefitter's Union Local #562 and retired after 40 years. Lu continued his membership in Local #562 after his retirement for a total of 75 years in the union.
Surviving Lu is his wife, Eileen, four children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Steven Ule, Lu's son-in-law, is a 1992 Electrical alumnus and his grandson, Zach Ule, Steve's son, is a student in automotive set to graduate in 2013.
Its that time of year where all seniors and faculty start counting the days in celebration of graduation. All December 2011, May 2012 and August 2012 seniors are eligible to walk in the May exercise held at the Chaifetz on the St. Louis University campus. To celebrate, seniors pick up their caps and gowns, have light refreshments, and are provided with information about the alumni association, continuing education, class rings, and Bachelor programs.
250 seniors participated in the celbration event. Class pictures were taken and attendance prizes awarded. Thanks to Herff Jones for providing a $25.00 gas card, a scrapbook portfolio, book and book bag. Other prizes include tickets donated by the Gateway Grizzlies, St. Louis Renaissance Faire tickets and alumni polo shirts and other alumni items.The day was all about seniors and good wishes for a bright future!
This year, veterans are being honored with red, white, and blue chords like the traditional chords for Magna, Summa and Cum Laude grade point averages. Thanks to other Ranken departments Career Services, Trio Services, BSAM, Lois Ingram's photography class and Herff Jones for joining in and making this day EXTRA special for the graduates!
Pictures of the event and class pictures will be posted on Flickr.
Over the weekend of March 30 - April 1, Ranken students who placed first or second in the Regional SkillsUSA competition had the opportunity to go to Linn State in Linn, Mo. to compete in the Missouri State competition. As in the past, Ranken students fared very well and 10 of them will be moving on to the National competition to be held in Kansas City, Mo. the weekend of June 25 -26.
Congratulations to all of our students who competed and to the first place finishers who will be moving on. Thank you to all of the faculty and staff who made the trip to Linn State to participate and support our students!
Bryan Sohn 2nd place
Alexander Carter 5th place
Architectural Drafting Technical Information
Bryan Sohn 2nd place
Alexander Carter 5th place
Automated Manufacturing Technical Information
Ian Wille 1st place
Blaine Mescher 2nd place
Jeremy Franklin 3rd place
Scott Martin 4th place
Nick Goris 5th place
Ghreg Wellmaker 6th place
Automated Manufacturing Technology (Teams)
Scott Martin 1st place
Jeremy Franklin 4th place
Automotive Refinishing Technology
Katie Beck 1st place
Shawn Brummet 9th place
Automotive Service Technical Information
Lucas Klinkhardt 1st place
Josh Myers 3rd place
Automotive Service Technology
Josh Myers 1st place
Lucas Klinkhardt 2nd place
Ryan Faust 1st place
Joseph Len 5th place
Carpentry Technical Information
Joseph Len 2nd place
Ryan Faust 5th place
CNC Milling Technology
Matthew Warnecke 1st place
Jared Cheatham 4th place
CNC Turning Technology
Andy Schaefer 2nd place
Aaron Farrington 3rd place
Collision Repair Technology
Stephen Hayn 2nd place
Ben McLean 7th place
Chris Duwa 3rd place
Jeffrey Thompson 4th place
Precision Machining Technology
Nick Moutrie 5th place
Robert Bindrim 6th place
Welding Fabrications (Team)
Tyler Doerr 1st place
(Blue indicates moving on to the National competition.)
Mike Edwards (1990 HVAC) spoke to 40 or more students and faculty during the February Alumni Entrepreneur Workshop on campus. Mike had much to tell 'from the heart' and first-hand experience. Students kept him even longer with questions about the HVACR field.
Mike is pictured here with Chris Brueggeman (L) depatment head and Kevin Joyce (R) HVACR faculty.
Anyone interested in volunteering for the Alumni Entrepreneur Workshop please contact Kathy Fern. We are looking for graduates who own their own businesses and can relate the path of that success. The next workshop will be held on campus in September.
Mike Edwards, Jr. a 1990 HVAC alumnus will be featured in the next Alumni Entrepreneur Workshop on campus in the Gray 108/109 room Wednesday, February 8 at 11:30 a.m. Mike is the owner of King Air Conditioning and Bush Refrigeration in Godfrey, Ill.
Along with his wife, Karen, Mike started King Air after years as a service technician. Hear how Mike made decisions to move on, start his own business, and add a second. Mike's son, Bret, works in the family business and is a student in HVACR.
This session is open to all students, faculty and alumni. Join us!
Recognizing a need for housing in the community it serves, Ranken established the Ranken Community Development Corporation (RCDC) in April 1994. The program combines the technical skills of its students and faculty with the need for affordable housing, enhancing North St. Louis City's neighborhoods.
Through the RCDC and their required curriculum, students receive hands-on experience in the construction and renovation of single-family homes. The non-profit organization has built more than 50 homes to date. For each house, students and faculty members from Architecture, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical and HVACR use their skills to build houses in the neighborhoods surrounding the College. Once the houses are completed, they are sold at affordable prices. Proceeds are then used to build more homes and involve future students in home building projects.
The program has evolved over the past 17 years and has had to grow and change along with advancements in construction and technology. Just as most business and industries are looking at ways to become more "green," RCDC continues to look for more environmentally-friendly building techniques.
The program has started participating in Energy Star home inspections by Applied Science Energy Ratings (ASERusa) in order to learn how to build more energy efficient homes.
"We started participating in these inspections for many reasons," said John Wood, vice president for student success. "One is that in the long run it saves our future home owners money to heat and cool their home. It is also a great learning tool for our students who will be able to go out into the work force with this knowledge and potentially teach their employer these new building techniques. Overall, it's just the right thing to do."
This past year, RCDC has continued to stay up-to-date on the latest energy efficient building techniques. The program has started using advanced framing techniques that involves two-foot framing centers, which minimizes material usage and waste. On one of the homes being built this year, RCDC used a product called the Superior Walls System, which are precast concrete walls made with steel rebar, making them stronger than traditional foundations. The walls, which come pre-insulated and include features like built-in accesses for wiring and small plumbing, stud facing for easy drywall installation and custom openings for windows and doors, are more energy efficient, sustainable and environmentally-friendly. RCDC has also started using the ZIP System roof sheathing and wall sheathing, which are structural panels with built-in protective overlays that eliminate the need for housewrap or felt forever. Siding and roof covering can be installed directly on top of the panels.
In recognition of their innovation and the use of cutting-edge technology, Ranken's RCDC program was recently awarded the 2012 Outstanding Technical Program Award from the American Technical Education Association (ATEA). The award will be presented at their National Conference on Technical Education held in Biloxi, Mississippi at the end of March.
ATEA promotes the advancement of postsecondary technical education and the intent of this award is to recognize an outstanding technical program at a postsecondary technical education institution anywhere in the U.S.
Congratulations to all of our students, staff and faculty who have made this award possible!
Alumni and students are invited to participate in the national Rebuilding Day sponsored by St. Louis' Rebuilding Together organization. This day of giving back to the community by repairing, rebuilding and upgrading homes of the elderly, handicapped and low income in the St. Louis area will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Groups all over the country will be joining together to help others on this national day of service. This is the 3rd year for Ranken's involvement in this event and is a fun day supporting a good cause. Only a helping attitude, 25 workers and a house captain are required. Personal tools are a plus! Join us as we assist a homeowner near the Ranken campus and continue support of our neighbors.