Ranken Technical College

Professional Grade

St. Louis, MO   |  ranken.edu

Mission

Ranken Technical College is a private, nonprofit, 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.

Ruling year info

1935

President

Mr. Stanley H. Shoun

Main address

4431 Finney Ave

St. Louis, MO 63113 USA

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Formerly known as

David Ranken Jr. School of Mechanical Trades

EIN

43-0471057

NTEE code info

Vocational Technical (B30)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The St. Louis MO-IL bi-state region has consistently mirrored the nationwide trend by demonstrating a significant gap in the middle-skill range. Positions that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a 4-year degree, constitute 53% of the local labor market, but only 46% of job seekers. Many of these middle-skilled fields are STEM or building trade related, and critical to overall economic growth and prosperity. Employers need trained, job-ready candidates both to fill vacancies produced by retirement and meet growing demand.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Associate of Science or Technology

Automotive; Construction; Electrical; Information Technology; Manufacturing

Population(s) Served

Applied Management or Architecture Technology

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - 10 Year Accreditation 2008

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Since its establishment in 1907, Ranken Technical College has prepared new generations of skilled workers in technical trades by providing affordable, hands-on education. Ranken helps our students find challenging employment in their specialized fields and successfully advance into lifetime careers. Today, the College has an enrollment of approximately 1,300 full-time day students and 600 evening/continuing education students in five technical divisions: Automotive, Construction, Industrial Electricity and Electronics, Information Technology and Manufacturing. Ranken offers associate's degrees in eighteen technical fields, certifications in twenty-two fields, and bachelor's degrees in the fields of Architectural Technology and Applied Management.

Ranken Technical College ensures a steady supply of skilled workers, and over the next several years intends to align our efforts even more closely with private industry, expanding the reach and depth of services and effectively transitioning a diverse student body into the technical workplace.

Ranken Technical College relies on our proven formula for student success, summarizes by the following guiding principles:

-To provide education in current and lead-edge technology that develops critical thinking and problem solving skills.

-To incorporate general education into all programs to provide students with business and life skills along with an appreciation for and ability to continue the learning process.

-To instill within students the work ethic attributes in demand by industry, including honesty, ethical standards, dependability, industriousness, commitment to quality, professionalism, teamwork, and safety consciousness.

-To provide continuing education and customized workforce training in various technical occupations.

Ranken also places a high priority on building and maintaining relationships with private industry. We work closely with leading construction, manufacturing, IT, automotive and other employers. The partnerships create advisory committees with direct input into curriculum modification and make paid work experiences available to our students, giving them the opportunity to gain familiarity with state-of-the-art equipment while earning wages and connecting with potential jobs.

Finally, affordable access is a founding principle of our institution. With reasonable tuition costs, dual enrollment options for high-schoolers, a diverse array of scholarships, and flexible / on-line continuing education for adult members of the workforce, Ranken ensures that a quality technical education is within every student's reach.

Ranken Technical College's main City of St. Louis campus extends across 18 acres, with ten major buildings devoted to classroom, work lab, meeting, and administrative space. Over the last decade, Ranken established its first Residence Hall, providing on-site accommodations for 250 students, and a new Technology Center to provide suitable space for such fields of study as Fabrication and Welding and Industrial Technology.

All facilities are provided with the latest, state-of-the-art equipment that students will encounter as part of the workforce. Class sizes are kept at 20 or less so that all students can immediately access the equipment, and instructors can provide individualized attention.

Since 2010, we have also established a number of on-campus Microenterprises. Partnering with leading companies such as Emerson and bioMérieux, Ranken offers students manufacturing internships, producing actual products and components, learning industry processes, developing leadership skills and earning wages for 20 hours of work each week.

Ranken's Student Success Center provides a library, online databases, study aids, counseling and tutoring, and test/certification stations. Ranken is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, helping ease the transfer of relevant credit-hours to and from our institution.

Ranken has also built an endowment with an estimated net worth of $70 million; this fund helps ensure a strong, renewable basis for student scholarships.

Ranken Technical College continues to graduate 700-800 students annually; as mentioned 96% or more find employment within six months. The percentage of students who identify as minority is currently c. 34%. 5% of our students are female, but in terms of headcount their number has substantially increased over the last several years and Ranken continues to encourage young women to consider technical careers.

Ranken is strategically expanding its regional reach. In 2013, a state-of-the-art satellite campus opened in Wentzville, Mo. (enrolling 130 students its first year); another satellite location in Perryville, Mo. (82 miles south of St. Louis) was established in 2017 to meet local employer demand.

Our annual Summer Adventure Academies have proven to be a valuable offering for middle and high-schoolers across our region. Dozens of informal STEM activites are offered each year, giving participants enjoyable learning experiences, team-building, interaction with Ranken faculty, industry experts, and secondary teachers involved in STEM, and exposure to career paths in various technical industries. Each program encourages students to design, create, think and work through hands-on activities. In 2017, 434 students enrolled (a new record high), including many from public schools; corporate and private sponsorships ensure that no potential participant is turned away due to financial circumstances.

Plans are in process for a new training center & incubator, Manufacturing, Inc. Ranken Technical College, in partnership with City of St. Louis and broad private industry support, will build and operate a 26,000 square foot facility near our main campus to expand upon our microenterprise concept and capacity. Six dedicated work-cells will allow for fully functional production facilities to be established by a variety of committed companies of all sizes, employing hundreds of students to grow the regional workforce and overall production capacity. Manufacturing, Inc will serve a secondary purpose as a center of community engagement, with public STEM demonstrations.

Ranken owns numerous nearby properties in St. Louis through the Ranken Community Development Corporation (RCDC). Over the next decade, a strategic effort will be made to replicate and expand upon the Manufacturing, Inc. concept to create a corridor of specialized training centers that will serve as hubs – bringing together businesses of all sizes, employers, community stakeholders and students.

Financials

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Ranken Technical College

Board of directors
as of 5/23/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. J. Jeffrey Pitts

A-B InBev (ret.)

Term: 2017 - 2019

Blanche Touhill

University of Missouri-St. Louis (ret.)

Edward Monser, IV

Emerson

Robert Staley

Emerson

Dennis Donnelly

Bryan Cave

Michael Adorjan

Adven Capital Partners

Randy Fusz

Lou Fusz Automotive Network

Pamela Jackson

Emerson

David Schepers

Ameren

Bruno Schmitter

Hydromat, Inc.

Scott Wittkop

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

Thomas Gieseking

Enterprise Holdings

Lanny Lamont

Davlan Engineering Inc.

Michael McMillan

Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis

Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge

Lambert-St. Louis

Steve Moss

Nooter/Eriksen Inc. (ret.)

Phil Evans

Hussman Corporation

Timothy Goodson

Laclede Gas Company/Spire

Tammy Livers

Graybar Corporation

Art McCoy, PhD

Jennings School District

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes