New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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WestPoint Pepperell safe place
A safety milestone was achieved recently at the WestPoint Pepperell Mission Valley Plant and a celebration was held Jan. 7 honoring the employee's accomplishment.
The plant, which manufactures woven apparel goods, completed one million consecutive work hours without a lost time accident. The goal was realized Dec. 17 and took seven months to reach according to Henry Garza, safety director at the facility.
The plant employs 750 employees working three shifts 24 hours a day.
“WestPoint prides itself in having a safe place to work for all employees,” Garza said. “Everyone strives for safety conciousness to prevent accidents,” he noted adding that when an employee Is injured and can not return to their next scheduled shift, the string of accident free hours is broken.
The plant has achieved the coal before. Garza said, but not in the past several years. “Our employees are our largest assent. They are more Important to us than Just losses In com-pensations or production time,” Garza stated.
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Fewer N B area high school students headed for college
By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer
Local high school students are bucking a statewide trend by continuing their education beyond high school. School officials say those students are making their plans early. Representatives from New Braunfels, Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools saki about 50-55 percent of the students from those schools go on to college. That figures compares to a national average of 52 percent of high school students who pursue some form of higher education, according to national education officials.
information from a state association of college admission counselors states that the percentage of high school students in Texas planning to go to college Is decreasing.
Nan Massingill, Trinity University’s associate director of admissions, said high school students across the state are less interested in going to college to than students a few years ago.
“We are acutely aware of the dwindling numbers of the college-bound high school graduates and the dwindling numbers of high school students who are prepared for college." Massingill. president-elect of the Texas Association of College Admissions Counselors, saki.
“We are trying to reach students early on when they are making up their minds about college,” she saki, adding that programs such as TACACs College Information Hotline is aimed as much at students in the eighth and ninth grades as older high school students. She saki the information offered by the hotline will help students plan the courses they should take during high school and assist them with financial planning for college.
Will Krieg, Canyon principal, saki he has not noticed any decline in the number of students preparing for college. “I don’t know if there has been a decline, but what is happening is we’ve had more kids go to technical school who may have been going to college before.” he said.
Klieg added that several students are bypassing the four-year colleges in favor of more Job-oriented training, such as in the field of computers “I think kids aren’t stopping their education.’’ he said. “Some of them may be choosing different forms, that’s all."
Norval Skov. NBHS counselor, said about 55 percent of the roughly 300 seniors at NBHS are planning to attend
college. “Of course, that many won’t graduate, but that’s about how many will start out.” he said.
Joe Rogers, Smithson Valley principal, said Thursday that about 50-55 percent of the 170 seniors at the school are planning to attend a college of some kind “We have a few more who are going on to TST1 (Texas State Technical Institute) or some other technical school,” he said
Rogers said that before privacy acts restricted colleges from revealing students' grades, school officials kept track of graduates Now, he said, school officials have no way of knowing how successful their graduates are or what percentage finish college.
NBHS’s counselor said the number of students who have taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test and the American College Test has been Increasing In the past few years. Eighty students took the SAT test as Juniors last year. Skov said that number is a significant increase over previous years
“I know that we had some pretty good ACT scores and SAT scores and we had a few kids that had to take one (rf them over again because they didn t get the grade they wanted.” Rogers said about Smithson Valley students Rogers said he thinks the new advanced placement English classes being offered at SVHS have helped students in their college work. Nine Smithson Valley graduates qualified (or advanced placement in college English classes. The students were part of a group of 13 SVHS graduates who tested for advanced placement “We Just started (advanced placement) English last year and it's going real well.” Rogers said. He added that the high school Is trying to expand the advanced placement classes to math and sciences but. because of small class sizes, has not been successful Klieg said the number of Canyon High School students taking advanced classes is on the rise He and BUI Brown. Comal Independent School District superintendent, agreed that students shied away from taking advanced courses the first year after House BUI 72 was in effect but that trend reversed “I think really the drop the first year was because students were worried that they wouldn’t be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities," Krieg said. “I think it was fear more than anything else. Now they’re realizing that they can handle (the classes»
McKenna Hospital employees of year, quarter are recognized
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ministrative side She said she likes it that way. As a notary public, she occasionally has reason to see a patient But, as a rule, Fey said she stays in the administration depar-tartment. In her position, the secretary said she has developed tremendous respect for nurses, particularly those nurses in charge.
As secretary. Fey’s job goes far beyond the usual typing and fUing. She handles payroll and keeps track of nurses' inservice She records minutes at head nurse and supervisors’ meeting and she updates and revises policy when needed After five and one half years in the position. Fey said she continues to enjoy her work
Sandy Biety. staff technologist, has been named Employee of the Quarter at the hospital Biety. who has been at the hospital almost three years, gives X-rays and administers mammography tests A native of Omaha, Neb., Biety said she takes a lot of ribbing from the hospital staff about being a Yankee. But she says she's gotten pretty used to Texas life, especially the mild winters and slower pace
"It s a real challenging job to do the same thing every day.” she said. “But you can never know what the day is going to be Uke. Every day is different ... I do everything during the day.” said Betty, a 13-year veteran of radiologic technology Biety has worked with computed tomography and all types of radiology work. “I ve kind (rf made the full circle.” she said “On the whole. I don't think there’s anything else I would rather do ”
McKenna Memorial Hospital recognizes two employees for accomplishments in 1986.
A secretary of the director of nurses at McKenna Memorial Hospital, Roselyn Fey has her hands full. But during her busy schedule, the friendly secretary found time to win the Employee of the Year title at the hospital.
Fey is rather modest about her work which includes handling paperwork for the entire nursing department which consists of more than IOO full- and part-time nurses. She works directly with Marie Norton, director of nursing at McKenna, and also with the head nurses and nursing supervisors at the hospital.
“I just like working here with the people,” she said. “I enjoy what I’m doing.”
Fey sees the side of the hospital that most people don’t, the ad-
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