Missouri Tech has enjoyed over 75 years of success in preparing students for careers in technology. It all began in 1932 when Charles J. Schwartz, a college professor of Electrical Engineering at Washington University, founded Missouri Technical School to teach a few of his students a mysterious new field of study called “radio.” Professor Schwartz believed strongly in the importance of hands-on learning and based his course structure on a combination of theory and practical lab application.
As technology advanced, the school also progressed, developing courses in television during the 1940s and computer technology during the 1980s. Today the school continues to update and refine its programs to prepare its students for technical positions that are currently in demand.
In 1987 the Dodge family took over Missouri Tech and Paul Dodge became president. Prior to Missouri Tech, Paul had spent over 20 years supervising and training employees in computer science. Paul lent his expertise to practical technical training, expanding Missouri Tech’s program offerings and developing a rigorous engineering curriculum.
After almost twenty-five years of dedication and service to Missouri Tech, President Paul Dodge passed away on January 12, 2011. Paul strongly believed that those willing to apply the principles of the Five A’s could overcome any adversity and maximize their potential.
Serving by his side as Vice President for over 20 years was his wife, Cynthia Dodge, who transitioned smoothly into the role of President. Combining her knowledge of the business, her decades of experience, and her passion for Missouri Tech’s student’s professional growth, she shares Paul’s vision with the motto, “We aren’t successful until you are!”