Joseph Puglisi graduated from Ranken’s Precision Machining Technology program in 2008. While working on his degree, Joe served an internship with Seyer Industries, an Aerospace company located in Saint Peters, Missouri.

Joe tells us, “Ranken not only impacted my conviction and career readiness, but that of my entire family. I am a third-generation graduate of Ranken’s machining program. I have seen the successes that my family and my classmates have had after graduation. When the school reached out to me with an instructor position, I jumped at the opportunity.” Joe’s grandfathers, Santo Puglisi and Melvin Staat, his great uncles, Rosario Puglisi and Joe Puglisi, and his cousins Dan Smith and Joe Puglisi also graduated from Ranken Technical College.

Brian Austwick, former precision machining instructor, explains “Joe was a good student with a strong work ethic. I remember him being very polite and respectful.”

When asked about his favorite memories while attending Ranken, Joe shared “Winning gold medals at both the district and state SkillsUSA championships in Automated Manufacturing were proud accomplishments.” He also represented the college at the SkillsUSA National Convention. His all-time favorite memory, however, was Turkey Bowling in the hallway just outside of the machining department. The students would set up ten bowling pins and roll a frozen turkey down the hall ramp in hopes of making a strike.

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