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~Welcome to the December Newsletter~


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Basic Flight

Business Technology

Child Care Careers

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Construction Technology

Culinary Arts

Digital Media

Electrical Trades


Graphic Arts

Health Occupations


Industrial Systems Technician


Machine Tool Technology


Practical Nursing

Pre-Engineering by Project Lead the Way


*Wood Design and Manufacturing

*this month's program spotlight



Students enrolling in Welding I receive approximately 450 hours of intense welding instruction by a certified welding instructor in Oxyacetylene Welding and Cutting, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal Arc Welding and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding based on guidelines set forth by the American Welding Society and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. This instruction will start students on the path for a successful future in the field of welding. Welding II solidifies everything learned in Welding I and allows time for more in-depth training. By demonstrating advanced levels of skill performance, the student can complete Welding II as a qualified welder.


1. We concentrate on the three main welding processes: SMAW, GMAW, GTAW. We also do some metal fabrication and small projects.

2.The main struggles my students have coming into my classes are needing more practice with measuring and fractional math. You have to have these skills to be a successful welder.

3. The class has very good placement with paid internships for second-year students and local full time employment after graduation.

Student SpotLight: Johnathan Niederkorn

What high school are you from? I am a senior at Chaffee High School.

What made you choose this program? My dad is a farmer and I help him out. I grew up around welding and it's something that I enjoy. My older brother, Caleb, took the welding program at the CTC after he graduated from high school in 2014. That's how I found out about the program here.

What are your plans after high school? I am going to work on the farm and look into other opportunities, such as lineman school.

What have you learned that has made a difference to you? I used to rush through the welds. When I first started last year, Mr. Bradshaw would look at my weld and make me redo it. He has taught me to slow down and take my time...and now my work is up to his and my expectations.

What advice do you have for a student considering being a student at the CTC? Come here to learn a trade and something you'll use your whole life. I can actually apply everything I'm learning to the real-world and I use what I'm learning at the CTC on a regular basis.

What is one thing about you that would surprise people? I build demolition cars and race them in the area fairs.

College Credit earned in Welding through Mineral Area:

Year One:

Orientation to Welding

Welding Print Read

Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Plasma Arc Cutting and Carbon Arc Gouging

Other Cutting Processes

Occupational Leadership Development I

Year Two:

Advanced Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Flux Cored Arc Welding

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

Metallurgy and Heat Treating

AWS Sense Program

Preparation for Employment

Occupational Leadership II

*only applies to high school students

*must complete both years of the program to receive credit

Design and Wood Manufacturing

This course will allow students to learn the components of cabinet design and production decisions of wood manufacturing. Students will be exposed to cabinet design through sketching, drawings, working drawings, computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) software. Students will also learn how to make production decisions to include the following: cutting, surfacing, forming, assembling and finishing a wood manufactured product. In the process of the manufacturing students will use stationary power machines, hand powered tools and hand tools which are an integral part of the manufacturing process. This course will prepare students for entry level employment in the cabinet manufacturing industry.


1. This program is designed to help students develop skills regarding components of design, designing decisions, and production decisions.

2. This program is structured as a problem-solving approach to producing cabinetry and furniture. Students will also learn the manufacturing processes: machining, assembly with the use of stationary power machines, hand power tools, and hand tools used in the cabinetmaking industry.

3. This program will prepare students for entry level employment in the cabinetmaking manufacturing industry. Students will have the opportunity to learn the values of the cabinetmaking industry.


What high school are you from? I am a senior at Notre Dame High School.

What made you choose this program? I have a cousin who builds cabinets on the side. Being around him when he was building cabinets made me realize I had an interest in it. I was really excited when Mrs. Mueth told me the CTC had a cabinetmaking class.

What are your plans after high school? I am going to work full time.

What have you learned that has made a difference to you? Mr. Eckley has taught me different strategies to build cabinets. Since I took this program last year also, I now know the different ways to do things and can compare and contrast what is good and bad about the different methods.

What advice do you have for a student considering being a student at the CTC? You will be expected to learn a lot more than what you think. You may start the program not knowing anything, but will leave with so much more knowledge. You have to work hard to be a successful student here.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy hunting, fishing, and being outside.

What is one thing about you that would surprise people? I have bad luck with vehicles. I was hit by a car when I was 7 years old and I wrapped by car around a tree last March. I walked away with only a few scratches and bruises.

College Credit earned in Design and Wood Manufacturing through Mineral Area:

Year One:

Introduction to Cabinetmaking

Power Tools and Equipment

Equipment Set-Up and Operation

Project Design

Cabinetry Construction I

Cabinetry Finishing

Occupational Leadership Development I

Year Two:

Cabinetmaking Systems

Computerized Equipment

Cabinetry Construction II

Laminates and Veneers


Preparation for Employment

Occupational Leadership II

*only applies to high school students

*must complete both years of the program to receive credit

Check out what's been happening at the CTC this semester!

On October 25th, we held a College and Career Fair.

Students rotated through four stations: 1.)speaker from their specific industry in their classroom 2.) military presentation 3.)colleges and businesses set up booths in the multi-purpose room 4.) financial aid presentation. One student stated, "It was really great to hear advice from someone in the field I am going into." Another student added, "The College and Career Fair was great. I didn't know a lot of those businesses in this area were hiring."

On December 7th, half of our students went through Mock Interviews. (The other half will go through mock interviews in the spring.)

Each student completed a job application, participated in one 15-minute interview and received feedback from their interviewer on how they could improve or strengthen their interviewing skills. Our students put a lot of effort into dressing appropriately for their field, practicing soft skills (i.e., solid handshakes, greetings, making direct eye contact), showcasing their skills and demonstrating confidence.

We want to send a VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to all of the business, industry and agency partners who took time away from their day to provide our students with an AUTHENTIC interviewing experience!! We couldn't have done this without your help & support:

Job - Corps. - James Boyer
Mondi Group - Birdie LeGrand
Probation & Parole - Neil Aycock
Workforce Development System - June O'Dell & Karl Karlskinki
Department of Mental Health - Donald Harris
Vocational Rehab - Janet Childers
Army Recruitment Center - SGT. Garrett Ehrmann
City of Cape Girardeau - Lori Meyer
Pepsi - Alan Schoen
CTC Respiratory Therapy Program - Pete Darnell
Buzzi Unicem USA - Stan Essner
Southeast Pediatrics - Mandi Presser
MERS Goodwill - Mike Berry
Big Brothers Big Sisters - Ashley Seiler
Cape Chamber - Shad Burner
Better Business Bureau - Joey Keys
CTC Medical Assistant - Emily Lanpher

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