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Observations
from Chapter President, Mark Bockerstett  
The New Year is upon us and with it comes all the resolutions that we commit to make ourselves healthier, wealthier and wiser. Sometimes we are able to put these resolutions into action and sometimes they are forgotten in the blink of an eye.

One resolution I hope you make (and keep!) is to commit to using the new benefit of the NTMA-U portal available to all members of the St. Louis chapter (members, associate members and educational members). The Board of Directors voted unanimously last fall to purchase the portal and provide complimentary access available to all members to use as a tool to train our workforce.

I can personally attest to NTMA-U's success to train new workers, as I have had a new employee complete the entire program. Now he is using his gained knowledge every day in the shop. This young man has a bright future ahead of him in the industry and will no doubt prosper and make both his life and mine healthier, wealthier and wiser.

Best regards,


January 10 - Chapter Meeting: Workforce Development & optional Apprenticeship Workshop - hurry to sign up - deadline is NOW - click here for full details!
February 7 - Chapter Meeting: Danger Gone - Electrical Safety
March 7 - Chapter Meeting:
Metrics and Measuring Performance
April 22 - BotsStL Competition
April 28 - Workforce Development Sporting Clays Competition
May 16 - Plant Tour: Davlan Engineering
June 5 - Workforce Development Golf Tournament une 8 - Emerging Leaders Breakfast & Learn:Preparing for the Next Level of Leadership
July 21-22 - StL/KC Joint Meeting (Branson, MO)
NTMA-U - St. Louis Chapter offers it FREE to all members!
Let us assist you with employee training through
St. Louis' new NTMA-U Portal
Train your employees free with NTMA-U online training.
Check out NTMA-U course descriptions
or contact Sally at the Chapter office to set up a brief preview module. 
 
We invite you to see the power of NTMA-U. Created through hours of research and input from industry professionals, NTMA-U offers online top-notch classroom learning to supplement your hands-on training. The best part: you/your employees can access it from anywhere, anytime. In addition to apprentice training modules, NTMA-U offers mechanical aptitude tests and screening tools to assure you have the right person for the job before you add them to your team. Interested in trying it out? If you'd like to review user-friendly NTMA-U, email the StL Chapter office for a free review/overview module.

Single modules - offer subject-specific training to bring knowledge and skill to the next level. Courses can help with apprenticeship training and, when completed, satisfy DOL apprenticeship educational requirements.

The Chapter's Board of Directors made the decision that this investment will help St. Louis member companies with your critical workforce development challenges. St. Louis is one of a handful of Chapters who are providing this free or discounted to their members.

The school/team rosters are complete; planning and BOTS-building is underway for the April 22 inaugural competition. BotsStL coordinator Nick Berilla can plug you in if you'd like to hear how you can be involved as a sponsor, volunteer, judge, etc.  Be a part of "Cool!" on April 22 at the inaugural BotsStL Competition!
This is Workforce Development - in action! on steroids!
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Scholarships: Success stories - and more to come!
$65k+ in scholarships have been awarded by the St. Louis Chapter - and after some digging, we have learned that most scholarship recipients have made the investments good - with careers on shop floors, in supervisory/management roles and even in one recipient's founding his own precision mfg. company.

2017 Scholarships will look at a mix of high school and currently enrolled students. The simple application packet has been posted on the Chapter Website or is available by email request. Do you have an employee, a son/daughter of an employee, a neighbor or friend who might be interested in $upport of their precision mfg. training?

Funding for scholarships comes from golf and sporting clays workforce development fundraisers. If you have questions contact Scholarship Chair John Lindbloom.
 
3rd Meeting of Emerging Leaders  
A new sub-group of the Chapter has formed - for tomorrow's leaders in manufacturing 

3nd event - Breakfast & Learn
Thursday, March 2
Financial Statement & Margin Analysis 101
Speaker: Steve Albart, Enterprise Bank
7:15 - 9:30 a.m. at Enterprise Bank in Creve Coeur

Who should attend/join the St. Louis EL Group?
NTMA members and associate members' emerging company leaders - managers and supervisors who will benefit from learning together and developing peer-to-peer networking.

Registration details will be sent out shortly. If you have an emerging leader in your company who should be included in EL communications, please contact the office .
St. Louis Chapter STEPPING TO THE PLATE!

From David Brown, Engineering and Industrial Technology Instructor and Curriculum Coordinator at Fort Zumwalt South High School:

"This NTMA chapter has put new life into our metals program. So many have stepped up to help us with donations of metal and supplies. From all of us at Fort Zumwalt - Thank you NTMA!"

         

 
 
St. Louis Chapter supports The Backstoppers ! Nearly $3000 was collected at the holiday party and donated to this incredible organization that assists families of the region's fallen and injured First Responders. You can still make a donation online - be sure to put NTMA in the comments section so that identifies your donation as part of the NTMA project.

Do you have news or updates?
We'd like to share your company news with YOUR Chapter and others.

Sally Safranski, Chapter Executive
(314) 378-1293