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Over 400 attend State Tech Family Day

Over 400 family members gathered at State Technical College of Missouri for the 5th Annual Family Day on Friday, September 24.  Parents, grandparents, siblings and even children of students had the opportunity to spend the day with their “favorite” student.

Scott Rhoads, an Automotive Collision Technology student of Barnett, Missouri, brought his elementary school aged children to spend the day with him.  Rhoads and his fellow automotive collision students gave Rhoads’ son, Scott, and his daughter, Destiny, a hands-on experience while visiting by having them help Rhoads buff fenders.  

“It’s been a great day,” said Rhoads.  “I’ve really enjoyed having them here with me.”

Doris Worthington, grandmother of John Westermann, a Medium/Heavy Truck Technology student from Troy, Missouri, also enjoyed the time she spent with her grandson on campus.   

Taking a break from the busy day of activity, Worthington rested in a break area while her grandson attended a class.  “I’m really wiped out,” said Worthington.  “I think we have been everywhere on this campus today. “

Although tired, Worthington enjoyed being with her grandson.   “I really enjoyed the tour of the campus,” said Worthington.  “I didn’t realize how big this campus is and that the college had so many different types of technical programs. “

Worthington laughed.  “It’s no wonder I’m tired.”

After a day of shadowing his son, Steve Nienaber, from St. Louis, MO was also a little wiped out.   Nienaber finished his day watching his son, Tyler, an Automotive Collision Technology student, learn about the application of paint in the paint booth.

While watching Tyler, Nienaber stated that his son would sleep here if the instructor would let him.   According to Nienaber, his son has always had an interest in repairing cars.   “It’s amazing to watch him,” commented Nienaber.  “He’s learning at a different level than he has in the past and his instructor, even the college, is so committed to him learning.   I am very impressed.”

With more than 35 programs, State Technical College of Missouri is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission.   STC has campuses in Linn, Mexico and Jefferson City.  STC prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning.    

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