We have a few new opportunities for members, as well as some that we haven’t mentioned in a while, so I wanted to put them all together in one spot for you, and include timelines so you don’t accidentally miss something
Video Series Interviews
We will be working with students from the CAPS Program at Four Rivers Career Center to develop video interviews with our members about the impact of the Chamber in their business, and in the community as a whole. Other videos will focus on educating the community on the Chamber's purpose, history, and outlook.
This is a great way to feature your business as well as your involvement in the Chamber! We will post these to our Facebook and YouTube accounts and tag you on Facebook.
Timeline: Work will begin on these projects later this month, so we appreciate your response by Feb. 20!
To participate, please complete the appropriate form:
Sat., Sept. 11
8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Mercy Clinic – Mid Rivers
4525 Mid Rivers Mall Drive
Cottleville, MO 63376
Sat., Sept. 18
8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Mercy Pharmacy Clayton-Clarkson
15945 Clayton Road
Clarkson Valley, MO 63011
Sat., Sept 25
8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Mercy Pharmacy – Jefferson
1400 U.S. Highway 61
Crystal City, MO 63028
Sat., Oct. 2
8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Mercy Pharmacy – Patients First
901 Patients First Drive
Washington, MO 63090
For more photos and details on Gov. Parson's visit:
School District of Washington article
Photos from Gov. Parson Flickr
Inaugural Class of Youth Registered Apprentices from Four Rivers Career Center - Many Chamber Businesses Participating!
At this time, FRCC offers seven (7) different apprenticeship study programs: Automotive Technology, Machine Tool, Welding, Collision Repair, Carpenter, Engineering, Information Technology. There are currently 24 Premier Business Partners certified to employ apprentices from Four Rivers Career Center. Chamber Members taking advantage of the training program include Modern Auto Company, Riechers Tire and Auto, Straatmann Toyota, School District of Washington, KJ Unnerstall Construction, GH Tool & Mold, Riechers Truck Bodies, and Sahm Welding and Fabrication.
The Signing Day ceremony was the culmination of many efforts and milestones leading up to this ceremony:
- 1998 – Four Rivers Career Center is the first CTE in the nation to establish an Adult Registered Apprenticeship program
- June 28, 2020 – Department of Labor officially approves Four Rivers Career Center Youth Registered Apprenticeship program standards as a nationally recognized intermediary.
- June 2020 – FRCC YRA program is one of six programs chosen by TransPORTS-DOL to partner with, and the only youth program in the nation they chose to help establish.
- 2020 – Subsidiaries of the DOL-Office of Apprenticeship, TransPORTS, IWSI America, and Urban Institute seek out FRCC to help establish Youth Registered Apprenticeship programs across the nation.
Four Rivers Career Center prides itself in authentic experiences for their students, bridging the gap between education and career success. Recognized as a premier Career and Technical Education Center FRCC offers students the ability to connect their passions to their career path. FRCC services ten high schools and spans St. Charles, Gasconade, Warren, Franklin, Crawford, and St. Louis Counties.
"Five years ago, the charge was to change the face of Four Rivers," said FRCC Director Andy Robinson. "Prior to that, we were vo-tech - we were the school students would go to that weren't successful in academic educational areas. I trust my staff, I trust the teachers that are making it happen, I trust what they do every day in the classroom to make it real. They take our students and they find their passions and they push them out into the real world. They understand that their program of study may be to go to a 4 year university, to a 2-year community college, or to a trade school, or just go straight to work and get involved. We find every kid where they're at and we push them along. In order to represent that, we needed an apprenticeship program."
The program has great potential to keep growing, developing an effective pipeline for a highly skilled, sustainable workforce. Four Rivers Career Center is setting a high standard to qualify as Youth Registered Apprentices through aptitude, academic performance, and work ethic. Students must meet a number of requirements to qualify for the program, maintaining a minimum 2.5 GPA and 95 percent attendance rate, and they must be at least 16 years of age. "Today we're celebrating 33 students," Robinson said. "We call them gold standard students because they are our guarantee. We want to push out high quality students.
We've got another 500 kids in the wings - we just couldn't get to them all, but we will. It just takes time and effort, and building more relationships in our community."
Cynthia Walker was hired as the Apprenticeship Coordinator and has been impressed with the way the community has embraced the apprenticeship model. "I'm amazed at the achievements we can make when we all work together as a team. The vision of YRA has been a long held initiative for our administration, school board, employers, and our local/state officials, with a purpose to bolster our economy and fill the needed workforce skills gap. Our FRCC Director, Andy Robinson, has helped put feet to that vision and provided the initiative for the community relationships, the leadership, as well as the many provisions to move this chapter of career and technical education forward."
Governor Mike Parson and Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe, both supporters of apprenticeship and other programs to help narrow the skills gap, were unable to attend the ceremony due to scheduling conflicts. Gov. Parson has plans to visit FRCC for a tour in the future, and Lt. Gov. Kehoe provided a video address for the ceremony, stating, "CTE (Career & Technical Education) students are a vital resource to Missouri's thriving economy today, tomorrow, and the future because our state needs a strong skilled, and highly motivated workforce to compete in the world's marketplace."
His words about the students, however, were a highlight of the day, and proof that Four Rivers Career Center is living and fulfilling its mission to provide a quality education with real life experiences and opportunities to achieve a higher standard of living for a diverse student population using authentic hands-on learning modeled by knowledgeable and caring instructors.
Johnson stated, "I wish I was as confident and talented in high school as what I've seen today. And it's not just the apprentices. The kids that gave us tours... They were very sure of what they wanted to do and how they wanted to prepare themselves for the workforce, for becoming productive, contributing members of society, forging their own path to the middle class. It inspires me, and it gives me hope for the future."
Learn more here, or contact Cynthia Walker, Apprenticeship Coordinator for additional details!
Featured Artists include:
Watercolors by Jim Peters
Oils & Sculptures by Ron Emig
Bead Roller Metal Art by Andy McCoy
Tammi Elbert Photography
Ceramics - Gaye Ann Hutton
John Pils Art
Artist - David Arnold
Plein Air Artist - Mike Phelps
Jewelry by Vicki LaRue
Originals by Ron Ferkol
Baskets by Laura Klaus
Succulents by Katie Smith
Photographer Toni Cavin
Blacksmith Pat McCarty
Larry Pogue Sculptures
Exit 11 started as a shared workspace with an on-site coffeehouse in the Washington Business Center at 1351 Jefferson Street. Soon, a two-sided drive-thru coffee location was added just a block away, followed by a Union location, and now the newest drive thru off Rabbit Trail. For addresses and hours, visit www.exit-11.com/locations.
The Exit 11 Menu includes coffee (fresh, cold brew, or iced!), Frozen Drinks, Teas & Cocoa, Espresso (Hot or Iced), Pastries and other breakfast items. Drinks can get an extra pump of deliciousness with a variety of syrups, including Scottie's Organic House-Made flavors (Bourbon Vanilla, Spanish Vanilla, Hazelnut, Coconut, Cinnamon Dulce, or Louisiana molasses blend), and for those that like to brew their own, Scottie's Whole Bean Coffee is available by the bag,
Bank of Franklin County has unveiled its plans for the construction of their new flagship retail location at 5702 Highway 100, Washington, MO, the current site of their Rabbit Trail branch.
The 3,500 square foot branch will seamlessly integrate cutting-edge, intuitive branch technology, a modernized workspace to increase accessibility to personal bankers, as well as other amenities and design elements to ensure this model is comfortable for both tech-savvy and traditional banking customers alike.
“Our mission has always been to evolve the bank to meet the needs of the community and our customers. I do not envision a time when people will not want to talk face-to-face to a banking professional regarding big financial decisions – we feel this smart branch is the perfect union of personal customer attention and efficient technology.”
Robert D. Dobsch, President and CEO
- Next-generation wireless technology which will enable employees to provide on-the-spot assistance anywhere in the lobby and deliver a more personal level customer service;
- Two, handicap-accessible, digital tech bars which will enable employees to offer one-on-one assistance and tutorials on customers’ personal devices when setting up internet or mobile banking personal features;
- Interactive Teller Machines (ITM) in the two-lane drive up to allow remote connection to a human banker, and are able to complete nearly every transaction you are accustomed to at a traditional teller line including cashing a check down to the penny;
- A walk-up ITM on the exterior of the building to serve customers who wish to quickly and conveniently transact business without having to enter the lobby;
- Teller Cash Machines that can dispense cash allowing our universal bankers to process transactions more quickly; and
- Dedicated rooms equipped with built-in teleconferencing capabilities which will allow our universal bankers to provide face-to-face service to customers who prefer a remote option.
"Our goal is to more than deliver on our 'same great bank, next-generation branch' tagline that we introduced last year when we started the remodel of several of our other branches. Creating a unified, seamless experience across our banking channels, whether it is online, mobile, or in-person, is our top priority. No matter how you choose to bank with us, your service experience will be consistent."
Becky Buhr, Sr. VP of Finance and Retail Sales Manager
Once completed, the two-story, 15,000 square foot structure will include a retail banking center and two smaller rental units on the first floor. The bank will occupy 75% of the building with backroom operations claiming space on the second floor.
“With 5 locations and total assets now approaching $300 million, we have long since outgrown our existing facilities here in Washington. We plan to continue to grow, and this new facility is a key part of the plan. At the same time, we are extremely proud of what we have accomplished in the past 20 years, and this further solidifies our commitment to our customers and the communities in Franklin and surrounding counties.”
Mike Radetic, Board Director
While the future impact the pandemic will have on our communities is uncertain, the bank eagerly looks forward to being able to reopen their lobbies and welcome their customers back.
“We look forward to extending a warm welcome to our new neighbors and customers, and thank those who have been with us for the 20 years we’ve been operating in your neighborhoods.”
Jane Glastetter, CFO
For more information about Bank of Franklin County please visit www.bankfc.com
Four Rivers Career Center prides itself in authentic experiences for their students, bridging the gap between education and career success. Recognized as a premier Career and Technical Education Center we are excited to offer our students the ability to connect their passions to their career path. FRCC services ten high schools and spans St. Charles, Gasconade, Warren, Franklin, Crawford, and St. Louis Counties.
Washington is an ideal location for an apprenticeship program based on our civic leadership, ability to attract and promote long standing businesses, and equip students for the future workforce through our excellence in education. In our first quarter we have been able to connect with fifteen employers for our students. We anticipate a goal of twenty apprentices to sign their commitment with the Department of Labor and their employers. Leaders representing our community, apprentice's parents, our instructors alongside our elected officials will be there to celebrate these students' achievement.
More information on the Apprenticeship Program at Four Rivers Career Center can be found here.
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