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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: http://northtechnical.org/application/.

North Tech Students are Champions at Work

North Tech Students are Champions at Work

North Tech students did a great job competing in this week’s SkillsUSA competitions held in Jefferson City, Columbia, and Linn, MO.  Students competed in both hands-on and leadership contests.  Naomi Saldana won first place in the technical information contest in cosmetology and several of our students earned top 10 honors.

SkillsUSA sponsor, Jeff Chandler, was very impressed by our competitors saying, “I could not be more proud of the outstanding group of students that represented North Technical High School at the Skills USA State Competition.  Our students exemplified every quality that the organization promotes.  Thanks again to all of them for being such strong ambassadors for North Tech!”

Congratulations to our students, their instructors, and all of our SkillsUSA sponsors. A complete list of the winners is below. Photos from the competition can be viewed here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/XseqLI0jIuuPjmyH3. We will continue to add photos to the gallery as they are made available. This is TECH!

SkillsUSA Leadership & Hands-On Contest Results

Vincent Brown Carpentry 3
Erick Hernandez Team Works 11
Naomi Saldana Cosmetology 3 Cosemtology Tech Info 1
William Conner Diesel Equipment Technology 13
Jack Dietrich Diesel Equipment Technology 14
Matt Ledbetter Diesel Equipment Technology 17
Kobe Dozier Team Works 11
Romello Baldwin Firefighting 7
Joanna Gilliland T-Shirt Design 3
Ryan Maniaci Building Repair Technology 4
Keishawn Outlaw Team Works 11
Christopher Pierce Team Works 11
Breanna Fry Nurse Assisting Tech Info 20
Maleah Lucas Nurse Assisting 7 Nurse Assisting Tech Info 23
Dieynaba Sam Nurse Assisting Tech Info 27
Kane Balsamo CNC Milling 8
Hillary Fadojutimi Automated Manufacturing 5
Matthew Martin CNC Tech 4
Carlos Moreland Automated Manufacturing 5
Kanaan Sullivan Automated Manufacturing 5
Ciara Brothers Web Design 4
Deja Taylor-Jackson Web Design 4
David Weeden Job Interview 16
Anthony Brooks Criminal Justice 14
Kenneth Kaiser Criminal Justice 12
Samantha Tiemann Criminal Justice 10
Dejah Moore Crime Scene Investigation 11
Ramiah Mcjames Crime Scene Investigation 11
Alyssa Robinson Crime Scene Investigation 11
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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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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FBLA Medalists Heading to State

FBLA Medalists Heading to State

North Tech students won several awards during this month’s Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) District Competitions. Many will be heading to the State Competitions in Springfield, which will be held April 8th through April 10th.

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Students Tour BJC Site at Alton Memorial with The Korte Company

Several students from our Construction and Welding programs were invited to visit a Korte Construction job site this week.  Jason Weiss, Client Services Manager for The Korte Company, gave the students a personal tour of BJC’s Alton Memorial Hospital project.  The 2-story, 42,000 square foot building is an addition to Medical Building “B” on the Alton campus and construction began in April of 2017.

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