Monday, November 21, 2011

Ag Day a Success

Despite the rain and cold, Ag Day 2011 was a resounding success. Ag Day has become an annual tradition at the career center and grows each year. Instructor Larry Henneke initiated the event in an effort to showcase agriculture programs for not only his students, but all high school students. 

This wasn't your typical college fair, where post-secondary schools send a representative 
to set up a table and meet with interested students in the commons; rather, the schools brought in livestock and equipment as well as representatives to showcase their programs. In addition, agriculture leaders in the community brought animals and equipment which gave students hands-on interaction.

Truman State University brought horses, Mizzou's Dairy Farm brought a cow that students could milk, Linn State Technical College brought heavy machinery, and Lincoln University brought goats.  Kee Groshong and Stanley Lynn both brought antique tractors, Caroline Sicht brought cattle, and Sydentstrickers loaned a tractor.  Ag students manned the grill and sold hamburger meals to raise funds for future events.

Take a look below for some pictures from the Ag Day:

Friday, November 18, 2011

Army Medical Semi Arrives at CACC

Check out pictures of CACC students exploring the Army Medical Semi Truck!
Sophomore Grant Gould tries on an army medic uniform.

Junior Lauren Schimke comes to the aid of a simulated soldier.
Junior Kaleb Williams-Gadson checks out potential military careers.
Sophomore Hunter Blume controls a simulator on the semi. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

UPDATE! After Re-Count, FFA Team Wins Nationals

To err is human, they say. Thankfully for FFA's Environmental/Natural Resources Team, sometimes those errors are found and corrected.  After carefully recalculating scores from last month's National Convention trip to Indianapolis, instructor Larry Henneke received word from officials that one of his teams was mistakenly given second place when they had actually taken first.  All four team members: Sarah Darr, Cooper Martin, Thomas Pekkala, and Kelly Wilsdorf will now each receive $1,000 scholarships toward their post-secondary education in addition to the title of National Champions.  Congratulations on a job well-done! 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

National Merit Program Recognizes CACC Students

Both current and former Columbia Area Career Center students were named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program this month.  Of the 21 students to earn the recognition in Columbia Public Schools, six are current CACC students and 12 have taken Career Center classes during their high school careers.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation oversees the annual program that honors academically talented students based on state and national criteria.  Last year, nearly 1.5 million high school juniors took the PSAT as a preliminary screening for the program. Only 34,000 students earned a Letter of Commendation--that's less than one percent of high school seniors in the country.

Here's a list of our current CACC students:
Austin Allen
CACC course: Floral/Plant Design and Greenhouse Production
CACC instructor: Sherie Rodekohr
Richard Flinn
CACC course: Laser Technology
CACC instructor: Rick Shanks
 Husam Abudl-Kafi
CACC course: AP Computer Science A
CACC instructor:  Nat Graham
Abigail Thompson
CACC course: 21st Century Life Science
CACC instructor: Christine Roberson
Jeanne Quinn
CACC course: Floral/Plant Design
CACC instructor: Sherie Rodekohr

Amy Vinyard
CACC Course: 21st Century Life Science
CACC instructor: Christine Roberson