Thursday, March 21, 2013

March "I Can" Award winners announced

Columbia Area Career Center held its "I Can" Club Award Ceremony at  Reynolds Alumni Center on the MU campus, March 14, 2013  The “I Can" Club award recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding cooperation, self-motivation, preparedness, positive attitude, dependability and persistence which truly exemplifies the Career Center Expectations. The award is sponsored by our Partner-In-Education, MU Administrative Services. Congratulations to the “I Can" Club Winners.

Hickman High School
Adrianna Bias
Justin Brown
Ashton Day
Collin Deters
Reagan Duncan
Brandi Dye
Allison Frappier
Adele Fritz
Ben Guillory
Natalie Heath
Rachel Kim
Olivia Klenke
Margret Leuchtmann
Eilish Matthews
Raven Meyers
Karla Morales
Jacob Muchow
Donald Nowlin
Nicole  O'Bryan
Eugene Patrick
Bailey Peters
Chalice Richardson
Amanda Schlater
Haylea Stoker
Erika Storvick
Alyssa  Strawn
Austin  Wallace
Colby White
Jolisa White
Blake Wisniewski
John Ryan Wood
Caleb Wright

Rock Bridge High School
Carson Banks
Josh Bappe
Olivia Bartolacci
Amanda Bouchey
Chandler Bramstedt
Alain Chen
Erin Concannon
Whitney Cravens
John Daylor
Joshua Evans
Elexis Ferguson-Cooper
Jordan  Forrest
Grant   Gould
Monica Greenlief
Joseph Gu
Amanda Hendren
Kate Hulen
Riley Johnson
Sanja Kalendar
Mark Kammerich
Jordyn  Kendall
Rachel Kirchhofer
Luke Kruse
Trevor Mandy
Brad Meister
Josie Miller
Clara Phillips
Lacey Reller
Sergio  Rice
Blake Richardson
Emma Robinson
Emily Smith
Justin Smith
Gracie  Strawn
Paul Van Hove
Hayden Veach
Luke Waltman
Crystalyn Wyatt

West Junior High School
Kaitlyn Atkins

Christian Fellowship
Elizabeth Cundiff

Tolton Catholic High School
Connor McCarty
Lane Reddick

Hallsville High School
Tabatha Cooley
Justin Crum
Trenton Rice
Maranda Whipple

Laura Estabrooks named Breaking Traditions State Educator Winner

Laura Estabrooks is surprised by CACC Director, Linda Rawlings
The Breaking Traditions Awards are an annual recognition of outstanding nontraditional career education students and the educators and employers who support them. Non-traditional students are defined as those studying for careers that are traditionally chosen by the opposite gender.

Congratulations to  Laura Estabrooks who won the State Educator Breaking Traditions Award! Laura was nominated by Kate Harline, a senior in Geospatial Technology.  In the Trade and Industry programs of Geospatial Information Systems and Information Technology, female students and educators are considered non-traditional—since the program has a male population of 75 percent or more.

In addition to Laura winning the State Educator award, a student in the Practical Nursing program, Trevor Cavness, won the State Postsecondary/Adult Breaking Traditions Award. Trevor graduated from the Practical Nursing program last week and passed the State Board of Nursing (NCLEX) test this week!

Seldom does an institution have two award winners! Plus…eight secondary students also received Honorable Mention.

  • Kelly Wilsdorf-Horticulture-nominated by Sherie Rodekohr
  • Kelsey Ward-Wildlife Conservation/Forestry nominated by Larry Henneke
  • Kaitlyn Fisher-Firefighting & Public Safety nominated by Bobby Horn
  • Monica Greenlief-Photonics/Taser Technology nominated by Rick Shanks
  • Nellie Boyd-Certified Welding nominated by Bill Irvin
  • Ashton Day-Broadcast Journalism nominated by Joe Wittman
  • Hayden Veach-Teaching Professions nominated by Gina Greenplate

Laura and Trevor will be honored May 3 at the 2013 Breaking Traditions Awards Ceremony and Reception at the Missouri State Capitol.
Janet Bagby, Laura Estabrooks, Linda Rawlings and GIS students

Paula Fox, Trever Cavness, Linda Rawlings, Janet Bagby and Jim Sharrock
Read the Columbia Daily Tribune article.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Jeff Rayl-Central Missouri ACF Chef of the Year

Congratulations to CACC Culinary instructor Jeff Rayl for being awarded  "Chef of the Year" by the American Culinary Federation Central Missouri Chapter. Jeff has served as coordinator of the ACF Apprenticeship program for the past 15 years, where he oversees students from Johnson County Community College Culinary Arts program who are involved in internships at approved job sites in Columbia.
Rayl has been an instructor at CACC for 15 years, teaching Culinary I & II.
The banquet was held at Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark.

Chef Pliska awards Jeff Rayl Chef of the Year

CACC Students receive NCWIT Information Technology Award

 Najeebah Hussain, Shelby Richardson, Kristen Buster, Samantha Ding, Breta Phillips and Laura Estabrooks (front)  Brad Mann, Nat Graham, Patrick Sasser and Bob Allee (back)             

Columbia Area Career Center students Kristen Buster (Graphic Design/Web Design), Najeebah Hussain (Computer Programming), Shelby Richardson (Geospatial Information Systems) and Michelle Zhuang (Computer Programming) have received the 2013 Missouri and Kansas NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. The award, sponsored by Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) recognizes young high school women for their computing-related achievements and interests in an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology. Congratulations to these award recipients! We are proud that four of our own students received this prestigious award.

Nominated for the award by their instructors, they are four of only 15 young women to receive the award throughout high schools across the Missouri and Kansas region.  They were selected for their demonstrated outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology and computing, solid leadership ability, excellent academic history and plans for post-secondary education.

Robert Allee, Columbia Area Career Center Computer Aided Design instructor, was named the NCWIT 2013 Missouri & Kansas Educator Award Recipient.  The award recognizes educators for their efforts to promote gender equity in computing by helping to encourage young women to continue exploring their interest in computing and technology.  Columbia Area Career Center Computer Aided Design students Samantha Ding, Natalie Heath, Katherine Hurdle, Jessica Murphey, and Kendall Overton; and Civil Engineering and Architecture student Breta Phillips also received recognition for their outstanding computer-related accomplishments. Read full article.

Shelby Richardson, Kristen Buster, Keynote Speaker, Alicia Dwyer Cianciolo, and Michelle Zhuang

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Culinary participates in Global Village

Cuisine from around the world was showcased at Rock Bridge High School's annual Global Village. Students from Chef Rayl's, Chef Harlan's and Chef Risner's Culinary I classes selected a country to research the food, culture and history in order to  prepare  a dish for 350 people to sample. Additionally they created brochures and displays to present their findings. Patrons  were treated to a smorgasbord of culinary delights. The event was a success in spite of having four snow days which limited each team's in class prep time.  Criteria for judging was based on their knowledge of the country, including what a typical day of  meals would be, indigenous foods, food exports and the most interesting thing they learned.  Thirty groups competed and the winners were: 1st place Greece, 2nd place Uzbekistan, 3rd place Sri Lanka, 4th place England and 5th place Bosnia.

4th place-England

Bangers and Mash from England




Corn salsa from Chile


Spanish meatballs and yellow rice

Homemade chips and salsa from Spain




Adobo Chicken from Peru









5th place-Bosnia

Borek from Bosnia
The Winner-Greece



2nd place-Uzbekistan
Easter Island




3rd place-Sri Lanka

Think First presents at CACC

Russ Burris from Think First presented to Health Science and Public Safety classes at CACC. Russ, a paraplegic, tells his story of surviving a car wreck with the intent of getting students to “think first” before doing anything that will distract them while driving. 
Check out the Think First website.

Russ Burris from Think First