Gibson Technical Center Newsletter

Spring 2022

Note from the Director's Desk

As you will see in this newsletter, spring is an exciting time at GTC! Students have been preparing to take their Industry Certification tests in each program. Health Tech students are busy attending their clinical visits at local health care agencies and EMT students are attending “ambulance ride alongs” which are required before students their certification test. Our Automotive and Collision Repair students have also been studying for their ASE certification exams. One of the most rewarding things to do as a Director at the end of the year is to hand out Industry Certifications that will benefit our students for years to come.

Our students organizations have also been very busy with state competitions. Our EMT program continues to excel and be very successful. This year they again brought home 1st, 2nd, 3rd 4th and 5th place finishes in various categories of state competitions. Our SkillsUSA group is also competing in state competitions after doing very well in the Southwest District competitions. As this school year winds down, we want to wish all of our seniors good luck in their pursuit to become college and career ready. You will see in this newsletter we have a large number of students continuing their education in the field they studied at Gibson Tech!

In case you have note heard, the Reeds Spring School District bond was approved last week. A big portion of this bond will go towards building a new career center! We will have more updates in the future as the designs are being completed. This new construction will impact students from our consortium for many years to come. Thank you Reeds Spring voters!

Nick Thieman

Director- Gibson Tech

Bond Issue Update

We are excited to announce that the Reeds Spring voters passed the bond on April 5th with 75% approval! With the passing of the bond issue the Reeds Spring R-IV School District will begin construction of a brand new career center! The new career and technical center will add 30,000 additional square feet. This will give our students more room to work and will include updated industry equipment. There’s also room to add new programs. We hope to break ground soon!

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Health Occupations

Spring is a busy time of the year for the Health Technology students. We are currently in the middle of our 100 hours of on the job training at Shepherd of the Hills Living Center in Branson. We spend our entire class time together three days a week taking care of the residents at the facility. These students have grown and learned so much since we began the practicum in January. It is exciting to see how the students in this wonderful program of study are preparing for a career in the healthcare field.

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Health Technology is a one year exploratory program for students interested in learning about the healthcare industry as a possible career option. During the year students explore and research many different healthcare careers and health systems in order to develop a broad understanding of the various opportunities students may have after the completion of this program. The students complete the following units of study: Infection control, safety, medical terminology, and legal, ethical, and cultural issues.

During the first semester, most of the Certified Nurse Assistant skills are introduced and practiced on lab mannequins or on fellow students as they prepare to begin on the job training at Shepherd of the Hills Living Center the second semester.

The students, during their time at Shepherd of the Hills Living Center, are comfortable caring for the elderly, building positive relationships and providing hands-on care such as bathing, checking vital signs, assisting transferring residents from chair to chair.

We will continue our on the job training until late April. The students will take the last month of school preparing for the state CNA written and the hands-on practicum exam. For those who pass the exam they will graduate high school with a diploma and a CNA certification.

Collision Repair

The Collision Repair Program at GTC has had a record setting year on multiple fronts. One, the program has experienced tremendous growth this year with record enrollments in Mr. Stobers’ career as the program’s instructor. Secondly, they are also on the downhill slide of finishing not one, but two major restorations.

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One of the restorations is a 1951 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe and the other is a 1993 Mustang GT convertible. Several students have learned and utilized key collision repair skills including metal repair, body filler finishing, surface prep, refinishing skills, and final detailing. Both projects have been refinished and are in the process of final assembly and detailing.

Other student projects include collision repair on a Toyota 4 Runner, a Dodge Ram bed, and our latest custom golf cart project nicknamed “The Tony the Tiger.” These projects have all been great learning experiences for our students to learn key skills required in the collision repair industry. We want to thank and congratulate every student who has worked so hard this year to achieve amazing results!

Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts is a two year program for juniors and seniors. Over the course of two years students will explore the following cooking techniques: Savory (cooking) and baking. Students spend time in the classroom learning the science behind cooking and then go to the kitchen to get hands-on experience on what they learned in the classroom.

During the course of two years students not only learn how to cook, they are learning how to price out items and how to calculate costs and menu prices. We also focus on life skills like interviewing and communication skills. All students will leave the program with a professional resume they can build on throughout their careers.

Students learn kitchen safety and sanitation. This year many students received their ServSafe Manager industry recognized credential. Students that plan on furthering their education can use these certifications to test out of college classes.

Most recently students have been busy baking. We have made cookies, cakes, pastries and breads. Students made and sold King Cakes for Mardi Gras. We will finish our unit with a "Nailed It" competition. The spring is a fun time of the year when students use the skills they learned to do competitions in class. We will do a "Chopped" and a food truck war before the year ends.

The students that are in SkillsUSA have stayed busy practicing for the baking and culinary competitions. The hard work paid off and we took third place in both of the competitions.

Alumni Spotlight: Chris Jenkins

We are featuring our very own Chris Jenkins for our alumni spotlight. Mr. Jenkins is our Marine Technology instructor who has committed his entire professional career to the marine industry. His story begins with his time as a student at Gibson Tech. The 1981 graduate of Forsyth High School excelled in the Small Engine/Marine Technology Program at GTC. He placed first in the 1981 State SkillsUSA competition based on the skills he learned in his program of study. Mr. Jenkins attributes much of his success as a student to his GTC instructor Scotty Chamberlin.

Mr. Jenkins has always been willing to learn new things and this willingness brought him directly into industry when he began working at the Port of Kimberling right out of high school. As the years passed so did his rise up the marine technology career ladder. He spent 23 years as a technician at Walt’s Boats and Motors. He made the transition from technician to business owner as the proprietor of Premier Marine in Kimberling City.

After seven years as a business owner he started his journey into the world of education as an instructor at Gibson Technical Center. It is awesome how his career has gone full circle from student to instructor. He brings many years of experience to the Marine Technology program. After six years as an educator he truly appreciates when a student’s light shines after he/she has struggled with concepts taught in class and they finally are able to master the skills. His proudest moments are when his students follow his footsteps and begin his/her career in the marine industry. Mr. Jenkins, Thanks for all you do to support students at GTC.

GTC Salutes Our Retirees

It’s hard to believe we have reached the spring portion of the school year. What is even harder to believe is three members of our beloved staff will begin the retirement chapter of their lives. There are no words to express our gratitude for these valued members of the GTC staff. The level of appreciation for Steve Davis, Ron Caudill, and Keith Cook (pictured from left to right) cannot be measured. All three have left GTC a better place now than it was when they each began their individual tenure. All three have left an indelible mark on the students who have walked these great halls.

Steve Davis has served as a paraprofessional at GTC for the last 19 years. In his time at GTC, he has always been there to answer the call in times of need. Through the years, he has always gravitated to students who need the most help. He does not believe in challenges when it comes to students, he looks at challenging situations as opportunities. Through this mindset, he has built positive relationships with so many students. Especially with students who have not had a lot of positive experiences in school. He has embraced the strong comradery of the GTC staff and will miss them tremendously. He is looking forward to sleeping in and traveling with his wife without being on a set schedule. When he looks back on his time at GTC he said, “It’s been fun and I will miss it.” Mr. Davis, your work at GTC has been a cornerstone to the building’s success over the years. We may fill your position in the fall, but you will never be replaced.

Ron Caudill began his career as the Automotive Technology instructor at Gibson Technical Center in 1993. During the last 28 years Mr. Caudill has been a beacon of positivity for all of the students and staff who have had the pleasure of crossing paths with him. He was in the Collision Repair program at GTC when he was a student at Branson High School. Because of his experience as a student, he has been one of the industry's biggest advocates for Career and Technical Education. During his time at GTC he has built a reputation as a trusted person in the automotive industry. He prides himself on being a detail oriented person who makes sure all vehicles that leave his shop are repaired and safe to drive. He has taken great pride in all of the students who were in his program and have been successful in the automotive industry. He is looking forward to spending time with his family and friends. Because of Mr. Caudill, GTC has been a great place to learn and a great place to work during his time here.

Keith Cook has been our evening custodian for the last five years. Before his time at GTC he spent five years in the same position at the Reeds Spring Primary School. In his time at GTC, he always makes sure to say hello to every member of the staff and he is always able to bring a smile to everyone’s face through his kind hearted demeanor. He truly appreciates how the students are focused in their programs of study and he is always excited to know these kids will be able to take what they learn in preparation for whatever life has in store for them. He has a great respect for the dedication the staff has for all students who walk through our doors. He is looking forward to spending more time working in his yard and finding more time to fish. Mr. Cook you have made a difference to so many people and you will be greatly missed.

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GTC Students Continuing their Training and Education

Congratulations to the following students who have committed to attend the following institutions in the fall to continue their training and education:

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APEX Welding Academy

Jarrod Eaton (Reeds Spring), Zachary Gonzalez (Branson), and Jordan Ware (Blue Eye)

Arkansas Elite Welding Academy

Hunter Sifford (Reeds Spring)

College of the Ozarks

Darren Gillen

MidAmerica Nazarene University

Evan Gross

Missouri Southern State University

Caleb Sharp (Reeds Spring)

Missouri State University

Morgan Chellios (Reeds Spring)

Missouri Welding Institute

Kellen Campbell (Reeds Spring) and Madison Stewart (Spokane)


Blue Eye: Lillian Berry, Ashlee Bohner Samantha Horton, Daniel Jones, and Ivie Robb Branson: Chance Moore and Cailen Lasiter Forsyth: Kyle Spradling and Hayden Edwards Hollister: Grant Muttillo and Lucas Linn Hurley: Rachel Hood Reeds Spring: Kelsy Fitzwater Alexis Harris, Natalie Moore, Kyra Pros, Trenton Sullivan, Jade Watson, and Larisa Wyatt

Southeast Missouri State University

Ashleigh Gregg (Reeds Spring)

State Fair Community College

Roman Ray (Blue Eye)

State Technical College of Missouri

Blue Eye: Jacob Bumpus Chadwick: Orville Booher and Eli Dunn Reeds Spring: Jake McCracken, Conner Norris, and Jett Phipps Spokane: Tristan Wooten

Sullivan University

Elizabeth Adams (Branson) and Alexis Litel (Blue Eye)

Universal Technical Institute

Ely Davis (Reeds Spring) and Kylee Reiser (Branson)

University of Arizona

Nicole Yendes

University of Arkansas

Alexis Baskins (Reeds Spring)

We're Building a House!

In September the Construction Program began construction on a new house on Craig Street in Reeds Spring. This will be the fourth house Mr. Young and his students have built in his time at Gibson Technical Center. 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.

Did You Know?

  • The average age of today's skilled tradesperson is 56. There is a need of 10 million new skilled workers when these men and women retire.

  • 83% of companies report a moderate to serious shortage of skilled workers. 69% of these companies expect the shortage to worsen in the next three to five years.

  • 86% of Americans polled believe tradespeople are important to our country's prosperity and standard of living.

  • 52% of U.S. employers are in need of technicians, skilled trade workers, production operators, and laborers. They are struggling to fill these positions.

Source: SkillsUSA

Gibson Technical Center

386 West State Highway 76

Reeds Spring, Missouri 65737