According to Shelly Jones, president of WAC, “Mr. Pohl's presentation gave statistics and information regarding students graduating and the job market they are entering. It was interesting to learn about the opportunities as they relate to the collision industry and automotive as a whole.”
Ranken Department Chair Robert Callanan also attended WAC’s meeting and “talked about the automotive programs available to students, how Ranken works with employers, and the success rate of students while in school and after graduation,” Jones said.
WAC hopes to obtain a video of the presentation to show at their table during industry events. Jones stated, “It is full of statistics and information that we feel would be beneficial to students, parents and educators.”
Ranken provided dinner for members and guests during WAC’s meeting. Jones shared, “As in previous meetings, we had new people attend to learn about WAC and our mission. Some visitors were particularly interested in learning how WAC promotes jobs in automotive/collision to young females.”
Jones added, “We also had discussions on upcoming events and approaches to engaging students, parents and educators that are not familiar with the industry. These open discussions always lead to new and creative ideas.”
WAC’s next meeting will be held on Aug. 21 at 12 p.m. and will be hosted by Gold Sponsor Firestone who will provide lunch. The meeting will be held at Firestone located at 6211 Chippewa St. in St. Louis. Jones noted, “We are really excited about our guest speaker. Ashley Gregory, director of school engagement at Project Lead The Way Inc. She is going to tell us about PLTW and correlate their events and activities to WAC’s mission. She said that there are things they do that would benefit us (WAC and our members) to participate in or know about.”