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NCCET Presents Workforce Program Award to Ranken Technical College


The National Council for Continuing Education & Training (NCCET), an organization for leaders in workforce, community, and economic development, has honored Ranken Technical College with its Exemplary Program Award.

Ranken was chosen as a result of its Workforce Education Alliance Program in Perryville, Mo.

In 2017, industry leaders from the Perryville area met with Ranken to propose a partnership in which Ranken would develop and operate a satellite site locally and assist in developing a skilled trained workforce for the region. By 2018, with the direct support of local industries and local governmental agencies, Ranken opened a full-service campus in Perryville that provided hands-on instruction in areas such as welding, robotics, process control, industrial technologies information technology, diesel technology and commercial driver’s license (CDL).

As an integral part of the course offerings at the site, an Industrial Engineering Technology (IET) Apprenticeship program was specifically tailored to local industry needs. The foundation of the instruction is the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Industrial Technology Maintenance (ITM) curricula. Embedded within an Associate’s Degree program, students receive instruction in eight core areas, including mechanical and electrical systems, welding, hydraulics and piping; students are then offered a variety of advanced topics of instructions depending upon interest or needs of the sponsoring industry (e.g. pneumatics, process control). After four weeks of training, the students transition to a paid internship, giving them a deeper understanding through real-world experience. The IET program has been officially registered by the U.S. Department of Labor as an apprenticeship. At the conclusion of a two-year (five semester) period, these continuing education students earn an associate’s degree (with over 90 credit hours) and a minimum of eight recognized industry certifications.

“The Workforce Education Alliance Program in Perryville was established at the behest of private employers and the community in response to a critical talent shortage,” said Ranken President Stan Shoun. “The Program has proven to be of high value to the manufacturing sector regionally, and Ranken believes it can be adapted by any college with a specific workforce need and a robust partnership.”

Ranken Technical College is a private, non-profit, degree-granting institution of higher learning whose primary mission is to provide the comprehensive education and training necessary to prepare students for employment and advancement in a variety of technical fields. For more information, visit https://ranken.edu/

Photo Above: Ranken IET Instructor Mark Malcinski (on the left) receives the NCCET award from NCCET President-Elect Howard Drake (on the right).

Edward L. Monser Pledges $2.5 Million to Ranken Technical College


School receives largest personal donation in its history

Ranken Technical College has announced a $2.5 million donation from Edward L. Monser that will support the construction of MFG Inc., its 26,000 square foot center for microenterprises and high tech manufacturing.

The pledge is the school’s largest personal donation since Ranken was founded in 1907.

Monser recently retired as President of Emerson after a distinguished 30-plus year career with the global technology and engineering company. He is also a former high school and vocational teacher whose passion for learning, skills development and preparing youth for work has been reflected by his corporate and personal commitment to Ranken. In addition to supporting Ranken’s efforts through innumerable corporate donations, scholarships and partnerships through the years, Monser generously donated his own time and talents to the school. He is a 17-year member of the Ranken Board of Trustees (nine years of which he served as Board Chairman), and he continues to be an active Board member, benefactor and advocate.


MFG Inc. is a private-public initiative that is partially funded by a $2.35 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. It came about as a result of the increased demand Ranken saw for programs from both students and industry partners. Under construction on the east side of the Ranken campus, MFG Inc. will enable Ranken students to split their time between classroom study and real-world learning, while earning a salary as they complete their studies. The new facility will provide a real industrial environment that will serve 100-150 students, while also producing $4 million to $5 million in goods and services every year for the participating companies. The new building will be operational by 2019.

“This very generous gift from Mr. Monser is crucial to the MFG Inc. initiative which will serve as a model for the region and state,” said Ranken President Stan Shoun. “Throughout the years, he has greatly contributed to the region’s economy and to the professional development of Ranken students. This is another outstanding example of his dedication to ensuring that we maintain the skilled workforce necessary for our region’s future success.”

“I am proud to contribute to Ranken’s transformational approach to education,” said Monser. “Manufacturing is vital to our region and our nation, and we must ensure our workers have the right skills to succeed in an industry that is increasingly powered by advanced technology. The microenterprise model achieves that goal and benefits all parties involved.”

Ranken Technical College is a private, non-profit, degree-granting institution of higher learning whose primary mission is to provide the comprehensive education and training necessary to prepare students for employment and advancement in a variety of technical fields. For more information, visit https://ranken.edu/

Home Builders Association Donates $10,000 to Ranken Technical College


On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2016 HBA President Kim Hibbs of Hibbs Homes (left) presented a $10,000 donation to Kari Davidson, director of major gifts for Ranken Technical College.

The donation will be used to support Ranken Technical College’s neighborhood revitalization and home building program, RCDC (Ranken Community Development Corporation). The RCDC was founded in 1994 to revitalize North City and give Ranken students real-world experience in building permanent homes. Carpentry, HVAC/refrigeration, plumbing, architectural technology, electrical and industrial technology students spend a portion of their second year building the homes and gaining valuable experience. Program participants are currently completing their 61st home. Ranken homes are sold as single-family, affordable housing and receive a ten-year real estate tax abatement from the City of St. Louis.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.