April 29, 2024 Ranken Ribbon-Cutting, Ashland, MO
Excerpt from Story by Roger McKinney, Columbia Daily Tribune

ASHLAND — Described as a collaboration among education, government and industry officials on Friday hyped Ranken Technical College’s new Workforce Development Center as a boon for students and a boon for students and employers.

The college, in a new, 20,000-square-foot building at 975 Perry Ave., is conducting a soft opening and on Friday held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening.

The private, not-for-profit college is based in St. Louis.

Tim Roth, superintendent of the Southern Boone School District, said he was encouraged by the opening.’

“The stories of success, the innovative ideas and the shared vision for workforce development remind us that when we work together we can accomplish incredible things,” Roth said. “Our students will now have access to cutting-edge training, real-world experiences, and the support they need to embark on successful careers.”

“The first meetings about the idea happened in 2015, said Dave Westhoff, a member of the fundraising committee, after the event.

“I thought that there’s a good chance for this,” Westhoff said even in the beginning.

A pandemic didn’t slow the project much, officials said at the time.

Another early promoter, Bill Lloyd, spoke during the ceremony.

“It took persistence, effort, and a lot of people pitching in,” Lloyd said.

The effort is designed to create a pipeline of skilled workers in central Missouri, Lloyd said.

“This mission from this point on is not only to create that pipeline, but to ensure its longevity,” he said.

This is another option for students who may not want or need a four-year degree, said Ranken President Don Pohl.

“We learn by doing,” Pohl said. “We allow students to have that real work experience that’s so important for them to learn.”

“It works with high schools to find students aiming to enter the workforce,” Pohl said. “It also advances the skill sets of current workers through training. It also customizes training for industry.”

More information about the dedication.

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April 29, 2024 Ranken Ribbon-Cutting, Ashland, MO
Excerpt from Story by Roger McKinney, Columbia Daily Tribune

ASHLAND — Described as a collaboration among education, government and industry officials on Friday hyped Ranken Technical College’s new Workforce Development Center as a boon for students and a boon for students and employers.

The college, in a new, 20,000-square-foot building at 975 Perry Ave., is conducting a soft opening and on Friday held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening.

The private, not-for-profit college is based in St. Louis.

Tim Roth, superintendent of the Southern Boone School District, said he was encouraged by the opening.’

“The stories of success, the innovative ideas and the shared vision for workforce development remind us that when we work together we can accomplish incredible things,” Roth said. “Our students will now have access to cutting-edge training, real-world experiences, and the support they need to embark on successful careers.”

“The first meetings about the idea happened in 2015, said Dave Westhoff, a member of the fundraising committee, after the event.

“I thought that there’s a good chance for this,” Westhoff said even in the beginning.

A pandemic didn’t slow the project much, officials said at the time.

Another early promoter, Bill Lloyd, spoke during the ceremony.

“It took persistence, effort, and a lot of people pitching in,” Lloyd said.

The effort is designed to create a pipeline of skilled workers in central Missouri, Lloyd said.

“This mission from this point on is not only to create that pipeline, but to ensure its longevity,” he said.

This is another option for students who may not want or need a four-year degree, said Ranken President Don Pohl.

“We learn by doing,” Pohl said. “We allow students to have that real work experience that’s so important for them to learn.”

“It works with high schools to find students aiming to enter the workforce,” Pohl said. “It also advances the skill sets of current workers through training. It also customizes training for industry.”

More information about the dedication.

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