“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)
Use RANKEN as the promo code to recieve tickets at a discounted price for 10 home games for tickets purchased online only. A small portion of your ticket price will be donated to the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund by the Blues organization. Taxes and handling fee will be assessed as usual.
Games available for discounts are:
Saturday, February 23 - Columbus
Friday, March 1 - Edmonton
Tuesday, March 12 - San Jose
Thursday, March 28 - Los Angeles
Sunday, April 14 - Chicago (11:30 a.m. televised)
Friday, April 19 - Dallas
Thursday, April 25 - Calgary
All games start at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Go Blues!
Robert Raymond Ruth always had a knack for fixing things and started his career as an airplane mechanic. After discharge from the military, he enrolled in the (at that time) David Ranken Jr. School of Mechanical Trades' automotive classes. Upon his graduation as an automotive mechanic in 1942, he went to work for local auto dealerships before joining Ranken as a full-time instructor in the automotive division. Ruth was remembered by former student Mike Hecht (AMT 1975-1977), "Mr. Ruth always asked us why. It wasn't enough that the motor was broke or not running right and we were trying to fix it. He always challenged us to think about why it broke. I have a great respect for him. He will always be Mr. Ruth to me."
Listening to Reverand Bill Myers give Bob's eulogy it was obvious that he was a spiritual and kind man. He had a thorough knowledge and recall of the Bible and could quote for any encounter. Stories were told of the many strangers Bob had helped who were stranded on the road with car problems. How he always carried his tool boxes, how they were organized and how his lab coat weighed more than he did with pockets filled with tools.
It was noted by many that Bob had a knack for automotive repair. Ruth could look at exhaust smoke from a car and diagnose a problem or he could hear the sound of an engine and diagnose its misfire. Bob had a great gift for mechanics and shared that gift and love of automobiles with each one of his many automotive students. Even though Mr. Ruth has passed now, his generous spirit and automotive aptitude lives on with many students whose lives he touched from 1964 to 1990. Mr. Ruth was honored with an award in 2007 as one of Ranken's Top 100 alumni in celebration of the school's centennial year, and he was also honored with a 50-year Ranken service award from President Ben Ernst. Long after his retirement, he could be found on campus, giving an invocation at an alumni meeting or graduation ceremony. Reverand Myers referred to Ruth as a "Ranken Jedi Knight" for his automotive aptitude since he went far beyond being "Ranken Material."
A Robert R. Ruth Memorial Scholarship has been created for a student enrolled in the automotive maintenance program for the 2012-1013 term who demonstrates financial need. Anyone interested in donating to this fund in honor of Mr. Ruth may send their checks to Rose Crawford, Development Office, 4431 Finney Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63113.
Mr. Ruth's wife, Jean, preceded him in death. Surviving are his two sons, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
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: Members of MVTAP present a scholarship check to JD Chesser (front row middle).
On Tuesday, September 11 members of the Metro Vocational and Technical School Assistance Program (MVTAP) met in the College’s CARSTAR classroom in the Rodenheiser building and presented their annual scholarships to two Ranken Automotive Collision students.
MVTAP was started in 2004 with the mission to professionally advise and assist vocational-technical collision programs in the Metropolitan St. Louis area. The program is currently made up of 20 members who are all associated with AASP-Missouri, local body shops, insurance companies or collision suppliers or vendors. MVTAP strives to collect and distribute donations (such as scholarships) with the intention of raising the quality of education and training for students to better prepare them to enter the collision repair industry. MVTAP provides $6,000 in scholarships each year to students graduating from North and South Technical high schools and Lewis and Clark Career Center. The scholarships can be used at any post-secondary technical school but are matched if the student chooses to attend Ranken.
During the meeting, first semester ACR student James (JD) Chesser, a graduate of Lewis and Clark, was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from MVTAP and will receive the same amount for the spring 2013 semester. Ranken will match both of the scholarships provided by MVTAP and has also awarded Chesser $4,500 in scholarships for his excellent outcomes at the district, state and national SkillsUSA competitions.
Mike Smith, a first-semester ACR student from South Technical High School was also awarded a scholarship during the meeting in the amount of $750. Like Chesser, Smith will receive this amount again in January and Ranken will match both scholarships. Smith also received $1,000 from the College for his performance during the SkillsUSA competitions.
Along with providing scholarships, MVTAP offers support by providing financial assistance to Skills USA membership dues for students, assisting with the Regional SkillsUSA competition held at Ranken, sponsoring Ranken’s annual car show and serving on the high schools’ advisory boards to guide to programs with expertise in the industry and by suggesting equipment needs and curriculum. MVTAP host an annual Golf Tournament to help raise funds to support their program’s mission.
To apply for the scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:
Academics (Maintain 80% or B average in shop class. Maintain 70% or C average in academic classes)
Reliability (able to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner
Dependability (maintain 80% attendance in both shop and academic classes
Leadership (the ability to influence others in a positive manner
Teamwork (the ability to work toward a common goal by supporting / encouraging others)
Work ethics (act ethically and honestly in all business practices
Pride in their Work (having a positive attitude in completing a quality repair job)
Member of Skills U.S.A. (in good standing)
Recommendation from shop instructor or school principal.
500 word essay on why they want to be a collision repair technician.
Photo: Members of MVTAP present a scholarship check to Mike Smith (front row middle)
Pictured L-R: Brent Piel (Red Bud Industries) and Steven Roy
As part of the celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2009, Red Bud Industries in Red Bud, Ill., established a $5,000 annual scholarship to Ranken Technical College. The goal of the scholarship is to help the company remain a leader in their industry by helping the next generation of local students gain the skills necessary to build world class equipment for a global economy.
The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has been accepted for admission to Ranken and first preference is given to students who graduate from Red Bud High School or Christ Our Savior Lutheran High School in Evansville, Ill. Awardees must be enrolled full-time in one of the following degree programs: Control Systems Technology, Electrical Systems Design Technology, Electrical Automation Technology, Industrial Technology or Precision Machining Technology. Selection is based on class rank, grades, ACT/SAT scores, high school activities and community involvement.
On August 15, Red Bud Industries presented the 2011 scholarship to Steven Roy of Red Bud, Ill. Roy graduated from Red Bud High School in May 2012 and began Ranken’s Control Systems Technology program this fall.
This summer Ranken has eleven young new faces on campus working as interns through the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grant. With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the ATE program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation’s economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and employers to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. Another goal is articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective teachers that focus on technological education. The program also invites proposals focusing on research to advance the knowledge base related to technician education.
Ranken was awarded the $900,000 grant in September 2011 which was part of a $1.9 million package to create an "educational pipeline" to careers in technical fields. This grant combines with the College’s new $1 million scholarship fund, which will be used to ensure St. Louis city students have access to an education at the College.
"There is a significant need for highly-skilled technical workers in this region," said Ranken president, Stan Shoun. "We have to make sure that we are graduating enough students with the right skills to meet the needs of employers." In order to do that, Shoun says the school has to do three key things. "We have to provide a great technical education, we have to make sure that education remains accessible to all types of students, and we also have to get these kids interested in a technical career at a young age. This grant and scholarship fund will help students learn more about the lucrative, secure careers that are available."
Other programs included in the grant are Ranken’s Summer Adventure Academies, workshops for educators, support for local robotics leagues,
SkillsUSA, Dual Enrollment, microenterprises and a new TRiO Mentorship program.
The interns, who are all high school graduates who will start classes at Ranken in the fall, are working in various areas around campus depending on their major. They are paid an hourly wage through the grant and are required to complete 150 hours of service in their assigned area this summer.
Some of the students were identified and selected based on their performance during SkillsUSA. Other students were selected by the individual department.
Andy Alderman, HVACR Lewis & Clark
Zach Engelmeyer, PMT South Tech
Tyler Laird, EAT Alton HS
Willie Greer, PMT Collinsville HS
Brandon Kutrip, PMT South Tech
Nickolas Setchfield-Lenox, PMT South Tech
James Chesser, ACR Lewis & Clark
STEM Pathways Office
Marin Dunn, IT Notre Dame HS
Robert Gamache, HVACR South Tech
Michael Johnson, CRP South Tech
Mike Tomaszewski, HVACR Collinsville HS
Three of the interns placed during various levels of the SkillsUSA competition and were awarded Ranken scholarships:
James Chesser - Received $1,500 for placing first in Automotive Refinishing at districts, $2,000 for placing first at State and another $3,000 for placing second at the National competition.
Robert Gamache - Received $1,500 for placing first in HVACR at districts.
Nickolas Setchfield-Lexon - Received $1,000 for placing second in Precision Machining Technology at districts.
Ranken students, alumni and staff participated in Rebuilding Together (RT) working to upgrade a home on Euclid just West of the Ranken campus. Led by alumnus, Nick Wiltse (INT 2011) 30 volunteers painted, trimmed, cleaned and installed cabinets for two elderly women who met the guidelines for the Rebuilding Together project.
Joining Team Ranken were members of a Christian fraternity fellowship group who assisted with a home in South City. Members of each group worked to fulfill scholarship and grant service hours or out of kindness to others. Through corporate sponsorship and private donations, 50 homes requiring over 1,200 volunteers were serviced in the St. Louis area. RT will hold two more service days in July and September.
Thanks to all the volunteers who gave up their Saturday to help in this project. We hope you will join us again next year!