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Category: Spotlight

Alumnus Naton Smith Excels at TSU

Alumnus Naton Smith Excels at TSU

Naton Smith is making his mark at Tennessee State University.  In his first semester, he has excelled in the Honor’s College by maintaining a 3.81 grade point average while participating in the Men’s Center, intramural basketball, and developing his own clothing line.  Smith plans to study physical therapy after completing his undergraduate studies.  TSU recently published a profile on Smith, spotlighting him as one of their stand out students.  The profile can be seen here:

During a quick Q & A with Smith, who graduated near the top of his class, the busy freshman shared some memories about his experiences at North Tech and how they prepared him for the rigor of college coursework at TSU.

North Tech:  How many years did you attend North Tech and what were your CTE courses?

Smith:  I attended North Tech for three years:  One year of Sophomore Career Exploration, one year of Business, and one year of Pre-Professional Health Sciences Academy (PPHSA).

North Tech:  How did your classes prepare you for college?

Smith:  North Tech prepared me to the fullest for my college courses, especially my PPHSA class and anatomy class.  Both gave me a jump start on my college science classes.

North Tech:  How did you determine your college major?

Smith:  I determined my major because I wanted to be close to sports.  I played soccer, basketball, and baseball in high school.  In addition, I competed in track.  So I wanted a major that would keep me close to sports.

North Tech:  What are some of your best memories of North Tech?

Smith:  1) Senior Night of Basketball, 2) Winning Prom King, 3) Getting a gold card in Renaissance

Cooper Takes Talents to the U.S. Navy

Cooper Takes Talents to the U.S. Navy

North Tech’s list of successful alumni is full of students who have accomplished some amazing things. Sometimes, students have to take on tough challenges beyond the work we require of them in their programs in order to reach their goals. Takala Cooper has overcome significant barriers with the help of her North Tech family and NPower.

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Hotel Management Students Job Shadow at LHM Hotels

LHM Hotels hosted our Hospitality and Hotel Management students last week for a full day of shadowing in their Westport Plaza properties. Managers in 6 departments at the Sheraton Westport Plaza, Sheraton Westport Chalet, and the Doubletree by Hilton St. Louis spent up to an hour showing our students the inner workings of their day to day operations. Students were able to shadow Front Desk Operations, Housekeeping, Food & Beverage, Events, Sales, and Human Resources. At the end of the day, students were invited to observe the weekly operations meeting in which the coming week’s business is discussed and coordinated.

Jim Grant, Human Resources Director for LHM and an advisory board member for North Tech’s program, made this visit possible. “We enjoyed being able to host the students as well as giving them the opportunity to shadow our managers in hopes of encouraging future hotel leaders,” he said. LHM owns 19 hotels in the St. Louis market, meaning our students have several options to consider. “This is a great local opportunity for our students with excellent job growth opportunities in the future,” said program instructor Chris Palladino.

Lexee Johnson, a Hospitality and Hotel Management student, enjoyed the experience saying “I felt like it really helped us gain more insight about the different departments of the hotel.” Student Adryanna Newsome may have found her department of interest through the visit noting that she most enjoyed shadowing the front desk operations. “What I liked most about what I observed is the front desk agents’ relationships with the guests. The front desk agents were able to joke, entertain, and please the guests just by sharing common opinions or interests,” she said.

Palladino plans to continue incorporating immersion activities like this into the curriculum. The hospitality industry includes event planning and event marketing, both of which are also incorporated into daily hotel operations. This was evident to Johnson when she noted the collaboration required among departments during the operations meeting. “I really enjoyed being able to sit in on the operations meeting as well. It was really neat to see how all of the different areas of the hotel were pulling together to make events as perfect for their guests as possible,” she said.

Students interested in applying for the Hospitality and Hotel Management program can do so here:

North Tech Students Travel to SkillsUSA State Competitions

North Tech recently took 27 qualifying students to compete at the SkillsUSA State Competitions in Linn, Missouri. April 13th and 14th, State Technical College of Missouri hosted this year’s competitions during which students in career and technical (CTE) majors in both high school and post-secondary education came together to work, learn, and compete in a wide variety of skilled trade contests.

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A Partnership with an Eye on the Future

A Partnership with an Eye on the Future

The Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri (HBA), through the launch of their first student chapter, has partnered with North Technical High School in Florissant and South Technical High School in Sunset Hills to enrich the lives of students interested in the trades by offering them first-hand exposure to the world of home building.

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MSD Features North Tech in Award Winning Video

Last year, North Tech High School was featured in a video produced by MSD titled “MSD: DIL North County Tech”. The video has just been recognized nationally by winning a Telly Award, a sought after honor for producers of non-broadcast videos and local, regional, and cable television commercials.

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