Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Culinary students advance to state SkillsUSA competition

The Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry SkillsUSA district contest took place at Columbia Area Career Center on Saturday, February 22, 2014. The first and second place individuals advance to the state competition on April 3-5. Congratulations to this year's winners.

                      Baking and Pastry:
      • 1st place-Austin Scoles (Rock Bridge senior)
      • 2nd place-Bailey Lawson (Rock Bridge junior)

                     Culinary Arts
      • 1st place-Chormaic Sullivan (Rock Bridge senior)
      • 2nd place-Jacob Ventrillo (Rock Bridge junior)                           

Baking and Pastry students learn from a pro

Certified Master Sugar Artist and local business owner, Edith Hall brought her passion and expertise to Carri Risner's Baking and Pastry classes to demonstrate cake decorating and sugar flower design in an effort to instruct and inspire budding young pastry chefs. Known for the beautiful wedding cakes she creates, she also competes nationally in cake decorating contests and is currently working behind the scenes for the Food Network as a food stylist for a program slated to air March 19 called "Save my Bakery".

To view Edith Hall's website, click here.

Demonstrating piping flowers on a practice cake

Fondant bow

Preparing petals for a chocolate paste rose

Start with a base

Add petals
The finished chocolate paste rose

DECA students visit State Capitol for Legislative Day

February 12, 2014 was ACTE/CTSO Legislative Day in Missouri. Hickman senior, Kalei Wilson, Rock Bridge sophomore, Courtney King and DECA advisor, Pete Eichholz traveled to Jefferson City to speak with state legislators about the importance of Career and Technical Education and Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO). As marketing students and members of DECA, the national organization for marketing students, Kalei and Courtney experience firsthand the benefits of both career education and the student organization associated with their program. During their visit to the capitol, they met with State Representative Stephen Weber and State Senator Kurt Schaefer to tout the role DECA has played in their lives. In addition, the students were invited into the house Chamber and were present in the House Lounge where the Governor signed the official proclamation declaring it CTSO Day.
Courtney King and Kalei Wilson pose in the House Chamber

Kalei Wilson and Courtney King pose in the Missouri House Chamber

GIS Student named to International team

Congratulations to CACC Geospatial Technology student   and Southern Boone High School junior, Allyssa Johnson,  for being selected as a member of  the Global Connections and Exchange Youth TechCamps: My Community, Our Earth Program. Allyssa was one of the 10 US students chosen out of 100 applicants who will be traveling this summer to Panama. Once there, they will be teamed up with local students where they will be use geotechnologies to develop community projects that address climate change. Additionally, Michael Harrington, a sophomore from Battle High School was selected as an alternate for the Bolivia team. Geospatial instructor, Laura Estabrooks is proud of these students and complements the faculty and staff who assisted with the application and interview process.
Allyssa Johnson and Michael Harrington

"Repair It Forward" makes local news

David Hopkins and his A+ IT students were the focus of a local news story on KOMU. Watch video footage and read about their new business venture, "Repair It Forward" as they utilize their classroom tech skills and give back to the community as well. As a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, Hopkins and his team of students are authorized to install genuine Microsoft software into all the computers they repair. The benefits of refurbishing old computers for the community are two-fold: families get a working unit and a natural reduction of environmental e-waste.
Current recipients of the refurbished PC's have been The Islamic School, and 27 families selected through Voluntary Action Center.

For more information about the program, contact David Hopkins at dhopkins@columbia.k12.mo.us.

CACC instructor David Hopkins, MEM Database Administrator Brad Sites, CACC  A+IT students Andrew Krall, Matthew Elliott and Fred Luetkemeier and representatives from the Islamic School

Thursday, February 20, 2014

FBLA district results

We are honored to announce the following results from 2014 Future Business Leaders of America’s District Competition, which took place on Friday, February 14, in Moberly, Missouri.

FBLA allows only 1st place in performance events and the top 5 places in online testing to advance to state. FBLA State will be held April 13-15th in Columbia. Teams from Hickman, Battle and CACC competed and results are listed below by school.

The following Hickman students placed in the top 5:
Banking & Financial Systems: 2nd  Carter Buresh & Kassie Rankin
Business Ethics: 4th  Allie Lopez & Madison Reifsteck
Business Law: 2nd Sam Lange & 3rd Bailey Malone
Client Services: 4th  Jesse Vangilder
Economics: Sam Lange 1st
Entrepreneurship: 3rd Deep Patel & CJ Brown
Hospitality Management: 3rd  Andrew Pieper, Max Parry, & Amy Hsu
Job Interview: 5th Courtney Grimes
Management Decision Making: 1st Alex Rogers, Brooke Gordon & Bailey Malone
Personal Finance: 4th Carter Buresh
Sports Entertainment Management: 4th Carter Buresh, Kassie Rankin & Evan Day

The following Hickman High School students advanced and will compete at state contest: Sam Lange, Bailey Malone, Alex Rogers, Brooke Gordon & Carter Buresh

Kristi Deneke and Colleen Goss, FBLA Advisors for Hickman High School

The following Columbia Area Career Center students placed in the top 5 in performance events:
Desktop Publishing Team: 2nd Ethan Moss (Rock Bridge) and Michelle Algya (Hickman)
Web Site Design Team: 3rd Kristen Buster (Rock Bridge), Michelle Algya (Hickman) & Chandler Bramstedt (Rock Bridge)
Public Service Announcement Team: 3rd Ethan Moss (Rock Bridge), Amy Blevins (Rock Bridge) & Chandler Bramstedt (Rock Bridge)

The following CACC students advanced and will compete at state contest: Ethan Moss and Michelle Algya

Sandy Morrow, FBLA Advisor for Columbia Area Career Center

The following Battle students placed in the top 5:
Computer Problem Solving: 3rd Morrow Dothage
Cyber Security: 4th Mohamed El-Walid
Digital Design and Promotion: 1st Robin Haithcoat, Lindsay Smith, and Drue Horton
Digital Video Production: 5th Josie Anglin and Garrick Stoker
Global Business: 3rd Lindsay Smith and Drue Horton
Help Desk: 3rd Makaila Monson
Introduction to Information Technology: 3rd Miguel Montes

The following Battle High School students advanced and will compete at state contest: Robin Haithcoat, Lindsay Smith, Drue Horton, Morrow Dothage, Mohamed El-Walid and Miguel Montes

Anne Hickman and Melanie Leary, FBLA Advisors for Battle High School

SkillsUSA district results

Columbia Area Career Center  had 17 students compete in five events at the SkillsUSA District competition held on Friday, February 14, 2014 in Sedalia, Missouri. Individuals placing 1st or 2nd advance to the state contest held April 2-5, 2014 at Linn State Technical College. Congratulations to the state qualifiers:
Jacob Toler in Carpentry, Brandon Banton in Architectural Drafting, Austin Renwick and Jesseca Murphy in Technical Drafting, and Jon Antel in Computer Maintenance Technology. 

28 additional students will also compete at the state level in the areas of 3D Modeling and Animation, Broadcast news production, Career Pathways Showcase (Science, Technology and Math), Engineering Technology and Design, and Internetworking. These students were not required to participate in a qualifying event.

Culinary and Baking and Pastry SkillsUSA districts will take place February 22, 2014 at Columbia Area Career Center.

Good luck to all the contestants as they move on to the next level.

2014 SkillsUSA District Results
1st and 2nd place advance to state
Datyn Sexton-Green 6th
Blake Bennington 8th
Sadiya Braid 9th
Eric Millar 10th
Jacob Toler 1st
Cody Bower 12th
Architectural Drafting
Brandon Banton 2nd
Breta Phillips 3rd
Bailey Grieshaber 4th
Harrison Fayette 5th
Technical Drafting
Austin Renwick 1st
Jessica Murphey  2nd
Zacharey Lolley 3rd
Dillon Baker 6th
Computer Maintenance Technology
Jon Antel 2nd
Michael Rhodenbaugh 3rd
Nishant Sinha 4th
SkillsUSA teams going straight to state
3D Modeling and Animation Broadcast news production
Team 1 Team 1
Coulter Tilton Alyssa Piecko
Kaszmere Messbarger Zach Knipple
Team 2 Mark Fentress
Andrew Selva Eric Glennon
Keith Clayton
Career Pathways Showcase
(Science, Technology and Math)
Engineering Techonology/Design
Team 1 Team 1
Jace Neville Elish Matthews
Jon Antel Zach Smith
Greg Kelly Xavier Braden
Team 2 Team 2
Alexis Decker Chandler Anderson
Josh Baumer Ian Perkins
Austin Renwick Austin Wolfe
Team 3
Katie Hurdle Internetworking
Michael Rhodenbaugh Nishant Sinha
Michael Harrington Andy Hackett
Shu Gu (alternate) Tanner Dampier
Bryan Van Eaton

FFA holds annual Breakfast to kick off National FFA week

Columbia  FFA kicked off National FFA week with their annual Breakfast held at Hickman High School on Saturday, February 15, 2014. 130 members, family and friends were in attendance to help celebrate the accomplishments of the chapter. Guests were treated to a breakfast of scrambled eggs, homemade sausage, biscuits, gravy and fruit as they heard inspiration from Dr. Monty Kerley, University of Missouri professor of Animal Nutrition and parent to chapter president, Lainyn Kerley.
Chapter advisers are Chuck Miller, Larry Henneke, Kevin Duncan, Meridith Thornton and Sherie Rodekohr.

To view photos from the breakfast, click here.

An award ceremony recognized the newly conferred Greenhand and Chapter Degree candidates.
Greenhand Degree Chapter Degree
Jesseca Alexander Aaron  Mott Emily Adams
Taylor Alexander Madison Null Bryce  Aldridge
Joshua Backman Christian Ortmeyer Carson Banks
Jacob Beck Payton Oswalt Samantha Benedict
Hazel Blaisdell Nathan Parfitt Jacob Biddle
Peter Boessen Kyle Perry Brenden Bremer
Joseph Brockert Katy Putnam Austin Crane
Lauren Brown Justin Rhine Maddie Culbertson
Emily Burhn Taylor Roberts Andrew Cunningham
Emma Coffman Austin Robinson Joe Ege
Kasys Crase Blake Rosson Seth Enochs
Danielle DeFelice Caleb Rutter Thomas Fenner
Olivia Desmit Robert Schmidt Justin Hammel
Gary Dietzel Samantha See Christina Marietta
Elizabeth Fenner Justice Stoffer Taylor McDannold
Ann Franklin Dakota Stone Jackson Nicoli
Austin Freitag Samantha Strawn Katelyn Pasley
Dakota Fudge Virginia Tharpe Carly Raetz
Cheyenne  Gardi Tierra  Tindall Jeremy Strawn
Devon Gates Jacob Toler Christopher Tennill
Natasha Gravitt Kjia Underwood Nick Voney
Natalia Hardesty Rebecca Vega Tye Wilson
Ida Jacaway Joshua Wade
Rory James Lauren Wankum
Ryan Johnston Kayla Weaver
Kirstyn Kaster Colby White
Katie King Marshall Willingham
Asa Linneman Brock Wilson
McKenzie Meyer

As part of the celebration of National FFA week, several activities are planned including:

  • Sunday-FFA Sunday at Forum Christian Church
  • Monday-Ice Skating at Washington Park in Jefferson City
  • Tuesday-Battle of the Genders at CACC
  • Wednesday-Pizza and Movie nigh at CACC
  • Thursday-Bowling at Town and Country Lanes
  • Friday-FFA dress day

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 579,678 student members as part of 7,570 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the live of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Columbia Area Career Center Culinary Program named to Top 100 Hospitality list

Congratulations to the Culinary and Baking and Pastry programs at Columbia Area Career Center for being named to Sullivan University's Top 100 Hospitality  list for 2014. This is the fourth year CACC has made the list which recognizes outstanding programs throughout the country.  Exceptional staff, facilities, SkillsUSA participation, community involvement as well as a site visit all go into the decision making process.

KOMU interviewed Chef Harlan about being named to this list. View news story and video here.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A+ IT Essentials class selling refurbished computers

David Hopkins' A+ IT Essentials students are making practical use of their computer skills by  refurbishing and selling used computers. They currently have 3 computers available for sale with the proceeds from the sales going to purchase licenses for future computers to help fund their "Repair IT Forward" computers for the needy program.

Each system is loaded with Windows 7 Professional and includes a 21” class LCD monitor, keyboard, mouse and computer. The computer is a Compaq DC7700p Small Form Factor PC. 
The specifications:
    •       Intel Core 2 2.13 GHz Processor
    •       2 GB RAM
    •       80 GB Hard Drive
    •       CD-RW/DVD-ROM Optical Drive

The systems have been cleaned and reconditioned and are guaranteed for 90 days. 
The cost is only $100.

If you are interested, please contact David Hopkins at dhopkins@columbia.k12.mo.us