“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!”
Eric is fulfilling his dream and paving the way for others - he is a Fund for Ranken donor. Join Eric this year and every year in the annual campaign. Please return the Fund for Ranken letter in your mailbox with a gift designation.
“I was happy to give to Ranken as a student, and even now as a graduate, I donate to show my gratitude for all that my education has done for me. I give every year, so Ranken can continue to help others achieve their goals and instill positive, professional values like it did for me. Ranken helped me be the person I am today, and I'm honored to do my part in return.”
Eric Struckmann (Industrial Technology 2007, Electrical Maintenance 2011)
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
For more than 10 years, Ranken has been supporting robotics teams in local schools by providing resources such as lab time, machining and welding parts, donation of materials and student mentors. One such team is a FIRST robotics team from University City High School. Barb Bragg, Ranken’s STEM pathway development coordinator, used some of her grant money to help pay for some of the required materials for the team’s robot and much of the work was performed by students in the welding and machining microenterprises. The team competed this past weekend at The St. Louis Regional competition held at the Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University.
"We were really impressed by this team," said Vince Hotlmann, faculty project manager. "The adult mentors hardly intervened. The students came on campus, communicated their needs and stayed in the afternoon and evening to watch much of the work being performed. They asked a lot of questions and made decisions and changes as needed. It was a tremendous learning experience for the students."
Ranken students who supported the team included Cameron Monarch, Andrew Geldermann, Nicolas Goris and Benjamin Doty. Faculty and staff supporters included Jeffery Scott, Gary Young, Ben Wohldmann, Corey Blair, Paul Buneta, Brandon McLain, Tyler Blank, Vince Holtmann, Barbara Bragg and Don Pohl.
Ranken, along with Emerson, was also a founding sponsor of the FIRST Robotics Team 931 from Gateway STEM High School in 2001 and continues to support the team with the purchase of materials as well as the welding and machining of parts. Several faculty members and one machining student graciously donated their time, even coming in on a holiday to help complete the project. Supporters included Gary Young, Ben Wohldmann, Paul Buneta, Nicolas Goris (student), Barbara Bragg and Vince Holtmann.
"The parts Ranken made for us were right on and crucial for us to finish the robot on time," said Frank Dressel, coach for Team 931. "The keyway you broached in the coupling is vital to our Frisbee shooter working reliably and the rollers are key to our pole climbing mechanism. The parts Gary and Nick made for us on their day off was the only way we could have got the hanging mechanism working by the deadline."
Team 931 also competed at the St. Louis Regional competition this past weekend and proudly displayed Ranken’s logo on their robot as well as in the pit area. Thank you to all of our faculty, staff and students who put so much time and effort into maintaining our partnership with these local schools and potential future Ranken students.
Bill Fennewald, Ranken INEET 1965 graduate is the next guest speaker for the Alumni Entrepreneur Workshop series scheduled for February 27 at 11:00 a.m. in the Staley Auditorium. Recognized as the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus, Bill started working with his father at Fennewald Pump LLC, became president/CEO and now, 50+ years later, is still an integral part of the business plan's success.
Join Bill as he shares his work ethic, work skills and tips for building a successful business with family and for family.
Every year, Ranken students and faculty are encouraged to participate in the RankCAN competition, which showcases their technical skills and creativity, as well as benefiting local food pantries. This year the them for RankCAN is “Company Logos.” Groups can choose any company logo to re-create using canned and boxed food, and two winners will be chosen – one based on overall design, the other based on number of food items collected (highest student-to-food ratio.) The use of technology from technical programs is strongly encouraged in sculptures. Faculty are encouraged to allow class time and resources for the can build, if possible.
All technical programs as well as student organizations are strongly encouraged to form a team. Winners will receive a dress down day, RankCAN T-shirts, and a pizza party. The faculty team advisor will win a $50 restaurant gift card at the restaurant of their choice. Voting will be done online through Ranken’s Facebook page. The food collected will benefit two local church food pantries, a community group, and Ranken students in need of food.
The official dates for RankCAN activities are:
November 1 - December 3 - Food collection period
November 5 - December 3 - RankCAN sculpture building period
November 7th - Last day to register a team
December 4 - Facebook voting begins
December 7th @ 12:00 noon - Facebook voting ends.
December 8th - Winners announced through email
December 10 - Tear down sculptures & box up food for pantries
To enter, teams must register by Wednesday, November 7th.
The use of technology will be accepted and encouraged in the displays. Unless the technology is meant to be visual, the devices installed for operation should be covered by food products.
Sculptures must remain standing throughout judging.
It is not necessary for all collected food items to be used in the sculptures.
Food donation items can include any canned or boxed food item
All labels and packaging must be intact (cannot be removed or altered for the contest) Packaging may be covered in another material (ex: construction paper, foil) but all covering must be removed prior to donation.
Voting is open to the general public, students are encouraged to lobby their friends and family to “like” their sculpture’s photo on Ranken’s Facebook page.
The photo with the most “likes” as of December 7th at noon will be the winner for design.
When the winner is designated, the marketing office will contact their faculty adviser to determine the optimum date for a dress-down day, as well as t-shirt sizes for ordering.
On the dress-down day, students must wear their RankCAN competition winner shirts.
See LaTrina to be assigned a space for your sculpture building
Ranken wouldn’t be the institution that it is today without help from generous contributions. From January 1, 2012 to June 30, 2012, the alumni, faculty, corporations and friends below gifted $1,000 or more for programs, equipment and scholarships. Any gift of any size is welcomed. We couldn't do it without you - thank you!
For each ticket purchased, a donation will be made to Ranken's Alumni Association Scholarship Fund by the Blues organization. This season give a gift of education by having fun with the Blues! Discounted tickets are available for these game nights only:
Tuesday, October 23 - Chicago
Saturday, November 17 - Nashville
Thursday, November 29 - Columbus
Wednesday, December 12 - Minnesota
Saturday, December 29 - Philadelphia
Sunday, January 13 - Montreal
Friday, January 18 - Vancouver
Sunday, February 10 - Detroit
Tuesday, March 12 - Edmonton
Thursday, March 28 - Los Angeles
Anyone with questions should contact the Alumni Relations office (314) 286-4895.
Photo: The Carpenter's Union facility will be the home of Ranken's new location in Wentzville, Mo.
In May of this year, Ranken’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approved development of a new location in Wentzville, Mo. Though an exact physical address was not known at the time, the College recently announced that the Carpenter’s Union stepped in and volunteered their facility located on Parr Road off of Highway 40 in Wentzville. The space includes a large lobby area, several classrooms, a boardroom, a considerable amount of shop space, offices and a large space for meetings and events.
The College has been working closely with the City of Wentzville, industry and potential students to get feedback about what courses should be offered at the new location.
"We are working with Wentzville’s Economic Development Group and the Chamber of Commerce to study the local area and tailor our course offerings to the region’s needs," said Ranken President Stan Shoun. "Through focus groups and conversations with local employers, we will customize our curriculum to help attract and train the students those employers need."
This week it was announced that beginning in June 2013 day courses in Automotive Maintenance Technology and Network Systems Management would be offered as well as evening courses in Automotive, Information Technology and a web-blended BSAM program. Tentative course offerings for fall 2013 would include Advanced Manufacturing and a program exclusive to Ranken, Mechanical, Electrical, Piping and Design. Adding a diesel program to the new location is also in consideration.
"We are tremendously excited about this opportunity," continued Shoun. "Wentzville is poised for economic growth and we definitely want to be a partner in that growth."
You can follow all of the latest news on the new location on the new Facebook page at Ranken Technical College Wentzville.