Gibson Technical Center Newsletter

Fall 2022

Note from the Director's Desk

Greetings everyone. I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself, as I have recently joined the Gibson Tech family. My name is Brian Moler and I will be serving this year as Co-Director along with Mr. Thieman for this school year, as I prepare to take over upon his retirement. I have been with the Reeds Spring School District for the past 15 of my 26 years in education. I came to Reeds Spring as the head football coach and spent the last 8 years as the assistant principal of the high school. I am lucky enough to be married to a wonderful 1st grade teacher and have 3 kids who are all proud graduates of Reeds Spring High School.

I have had the pleasure of witnessing your students gain valuable skills and knowledge in the various programs throughout the building while getting to know them as they participate in our student advisories and other organizations. In addition to the tons of great things currently going on at GTC, we are getting ready to break ground on our new facility. The new building will enable us to not only expand the number of students that will be able to benefit from everything Gibson Tech has to offer, but also allow us to add additional programs for students to explore possible careers.

Brian Moler

Co-Director- Gibson Tech

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Spotlight on Automotive Technology

The automotive technology program at GTC is off to a great start of the 2022-2023 school year. The program has an enrollment of 68 students who range in automotive experience from never turning a wrench to students who are able to complete basic repairs. Every student is in different places in regards to his/her knowledge of the automotive industry. It is amazing how each individual student has grown in terms of their progress from the beginning of the year to the end of the first quarter. Mr. Lasiter is impressed by how “the students listen, learn and apply his/her knowledge safely while they complete repairs with a great attitude. Mr. Sears and Mr. Lasiter embrace the challenge of finding new ways to convert experiences into consumable and interesting lessons to an incredibly diverse group of students.

Students who complete this two year program of study have an opportunity to earn a two year Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification in Engine Performance, Maintenance/Light Repair, Steering and Suspension, Electrical and Brakes. Additionally, students who complete the program can earn up to 16 hours of articulated credit from Ozarks Technical College (OTC).

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GTC Adds New State of the Art Equipment

Gibson Technical Center students have the opportunity to work with some of the newest state-of-the-art equipment in all of our programs. This school year, through Federal grants and district funds, GTC was able to purchase three new items that will prepare our students to have successful careers in their related fields.

First we’d like to introduce you to the newest member of our EMT program, H.A.L. HAL is marketed as the world’s most advanced patient simulator on the market. HAL can be programmed to simulate many neurological voluntary and involuntary human conditions. With lifelike accuracy, HAL can be programmed to prepare students for patients who experience all kinds of respiratory conditions and even distress. Dozens of common cardiovascular and digestive simulations can be programmed into HAL to prepare students to accurately assess and stabilize patients who are in immediate need of medical attention. With HAL’s 1.2 liter blood reservoir, he can be programmed to replicate many situations where students have to stop the flow of blood from many types of trauma that will happen when he/she begins working as an EMT upon completion of our one year program.

The automotive technology program purchased two Autel Maxim IM 608 all-in-one automotive diagnostic scan tool devices. These scan tools can quickly diagnose all modules for the majority of American, Asian and European makes and models. The scan tool can program most computer modules that the cars of today have and assists all computer modules to communicate with each other. One of the best features is the device's ability to test or troubleshoot individual components of a vehicle without having to take the car/truck out for a test drive. This type of device is usually found in major car dealerships in the United States.

The Construction Technology program received a huge lift with the recent purchase of the Yale 50MX forklift. With this purchase students in our program will have an opportunity to receive a Forklift Operators Certification that will assist students to stand out as he/she pursues employment in many different career paths. The Yale 50MX is marketed as the “perfect combination of power, speed and low fuel consumption.” The 42 inch forks have the ability to lift and move loads of over 5,000 pounds. The mast has the capacity to lift loads over 12 feet in the air.

Staff Spotlight: Cindy Propst

Our staff spotlight is on our administrative assistant/placement coordinator, Ms. Cindy Propst. Ms. Propst is in her 35th year serving students and staff at GTC. In her time at GTC she has seen how Career and Technical Education has evolved on a national level and how these changes have made GTC a valued part of the Reeds Spring R-IV School District. She embraces how GTC provides opportunities for students to reinvent themselves in classroom environments with instructors that bring real-world experiences to solve real-world problems. Ms. Propst loves watching how the students are able to blossom in the classrooms and in labs that are always changing to meet the needs of students, and industry. She appreciates how the GTC staff is smaller compared to traditional high schools. According to Ms. Propst, “The best part about working at GTC is nothing stays the same and each day provides new opportunities to work with a team of professionals who are equally committed to preparing kids for the future.” She also loves how the GTC staff is like a family in regards to the amount of time everyone spends together outside of the classroom.

GTC Morning Student Advisory

The GTC student advisors are a group of students who represent every program. They play a vital role in facilitating service projects, GTC open house, career week, sophomore tours in the spring, and serve as a voice for all GTC students.

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The morning student advisors standing from left to right: Dawson Bethell (Computer Technology/Hollister), Michael Gillen (Construction/Forsyth), Chance Goodsell (Marine Technology/Forsyth), Michael Collins (Collision Repair/Hollister), Cyrus Burdick (Culinary Arts/Branson), and Calen Faucett (Auto Technology I/Crane). Seated from left to right: Julian Dulin (Health Technology/Branson), Emma Forester (Printing Technology/Blue Eye), Jacie Foster (EMT/Crane), Meagan George (Early Childhood Careers/Branson), Angel Hammond (Auto Technology II/Hollister), and Conner Diehl (Welding/Branson)

GTC Afternoon Student Advisory

The GTC student advisors plan and organize the following service projects throughout the year: Holiday Food Drive, Coat Drive, Trunk or Treat, and Highway Cleanup.

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The afternoon student advisors standing from left to right: Cliff Goss (Computer Technology/Reeds Spring), Tristen Chambers (Auto Technology II/Reeds Spring), Eddie Stellick (Culinary Arts/Galena), Ethan Rogers (Marine Technology/Reeds Spring), Dan Fliflet (Auto Technology I/Reeds Spring), and Cameron Sartin (Construction/Galena). Seated from left to right: Addison Stull (Health Technology/Reeds Spring), Chastity Schafer (EMT/Reeds Spring), Ally Moore (Early Childhood Careers/Reeds Spring), Olivia Cambell (Collision Repair/Reeds Spring), and Lily Vesely (Printing Technology/Spokane).

Spotlight on Marine Technology

As we transition to autumn the temperatures are dropping, our Marine Technology students have been learning and performing engine off season winterization procedures. This annual service is imperative when temperatures drop below 32 degrees for a period of 24 to 36 hours because it prevents water-cooled engines from major freeze damage. Second year students will add to their winterization training from last year when they will spend a day with a Certified Marine Technician from some of the local dealers from the Table Rock Lake Area where they will sharpen their winterization skills as they receive real-life on-the-job training.

On September 28 all first year students completed the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Safe Boating Course. Now all 27 students in Marine Technology program hold a Missouri Boaters License. All second year students will have an opportunity to earn their Yamaha University introduction to Outboard Systems certificate.

SkillsUSA Gives Back to the Community

GTC students in SkillsUSA have been very busy giving back to the community through community service projects. On Saturday, October 8 students worked with Sleep in Heavenly Peace in Kimberling City, Missouri helping construct beds for children The students precut, sanded, and branded enough materials for the construction of 23 beds. Sleep in Heavenly Peace provides beds for kids who do not have a proper place to sleep at night. This organization strongly believes a bed is a basic need for the proper physical, emotional, and mental support all children need.

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On October 27 the members completed their second service project of the year at Convoy of Hope in Springfield, Missouri. The members helped pack over 7,000 hygiene kits to be used during times of emergency. "Convoy of Hope is a faith-based organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children's feeding initiatives, community outreach, and disaster response." This organization does this by "Changing lives through kindness."

It's great how students from 11 different schools from three different counties come together at GTC to make a positive impact, not just in the communities GTC serves, but far beyond.

EMT Program Receives $5,000 Grant

Our EMT Instructor and HOSA Sponsor, Lacey Williams, just received a $5,000 Helping Hands Grant from the Skaggs Foundation. The "Helping Hands Grants are available to any non-profit organization serving Stone and/or Taney County for a specific health and wellness related purpose or program." The Skaggs Family Foundation's "philanthropic vision is predicated on the unshakable conviction that empowered people can shape a better society for everyone. Our foundation awards highly targeted grants that are focused on making a meaningful, enduring difference, both incremental and transformational changes for individuals and communities."

Students Preston Blubaugh and Angel Dowdy were able to attend the awards presentation with Mrs. Lacey Williams.

Mrs. Williams is excited to use the grant in support of her 28 EMT students as they prepare for HOSA competitions and upcoming leadership conferences. HOSA’s mission is to prepare students to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration, and experience. Students in the GTC HOSA chapter routinely compete at the state, national and even international levels. This grant will go a long way in not only preparing these students for competitions, but it will help prepare these students for life after high school.

2021-2022 Gibson Technical Center House Project

We're Building a House!

In September 2021 the Construction Program began construction on a new house on Craig Street in Reeds Spring, Missouri. This will be the fourth house Mr. Young and his students have built in his time at Gibson Technical Center. Students this year will be installing siding, a deck, windows, and completing all of the work on the interior of the house. Mr. Young, proudly explains, "We're off to a great start to the new school year. The second year students have been positive role models for the first year students who are doing a great job learning new skills they will be able to use for the rest of their lives." The home should be ready to put on the market by the end of the current school year. This is one more example of how GTC is preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow. We will keep you up-to-date on the progress of the students as they mark their legacy at GTC. Click on the video link above to see the progress the students made during the 2021-2022 school year.

Did You Know?

  • About 77% from in-demand industries report hiring an employee because of the knowledge and skills gained from their CTE experience.

  • CTE associate degrees can pay $10,000 more per year than associate degrees in other fields and can even pay more than bachelor's degrees, while limiting student debt.

  • 74% of employers report a persistent mismatch between the skills they need and the skills untrained workers have.


Gibson Technical Center

386 West State Highway 76

Reeds Spring, Missouri 65737