Thursday, March 20, 2014

Battle High School hosts first blood drive

The American Red Cross and HOSA (Future Health Professionals) co-sponsored its first blood drive at Battle High School. Karen Hirst, Principles of Biomedical Science instructor and HOSA advisor announced that 15 HOSA or Biomedical students assisted with the event that resulted in 47 total donations.

March "I Can" award ceremony held at Reynolds Alumni Center

A special thanks to Columbia Area Career Center's Partner in Education, MU Administrative Services for hosting the "I Can" award ceremony held at University of Missouri Reynolds Alumni Center on March 13, 2014. The "I Can" award is presented to students who exemplify the career center expectations of Attendance, Respect, Safety, Responsibility, Quality and Teamwork. Students are selected by their instructor or peers. The award is given three times each school year. Congratulations to the winners. Photos can be viewed on our Facebook page.

Hallsville High School
Alex Nelson
Kendall Overton
William Tyler

Home Schooled
Jacob Knerr

Douglass High School
Elonda Brewer

Hickman High School
Michelle Algya
Adrian Atanasov
Morgan Atterberry
Loyal Carpenter
Joe Ege
Ashley "Izzy" Harrison
Tanner Hill
Alex Kardon
Michael Kariuki
Joseph Kim
Andrew Krall
Violet Kroll
Jacque Leonard
Eilish Matthews
Robert Meredith
Payton Oswalt
Michaela Proter
Jacob Sapp
Neil Schiefer
Judith Steinhoff
Monica Strawn
John Terry
Jate Vardhanabhuti
Jeremiah Vick
Krystalyn Weltha
Tony Wiemann

Battle High School
Peter Boessen
Sarah Cardoza
Emma Francois
Jonterre' Green
Destiny Harvey
Drue Horton
Samantha Myers
Chuck Nelson
Alycia singleton
Brevinn Tyler

Southern Boone High School
Nathaniel Murray
Logan Sappington
Breanna Zumalt

Rock Bridge High School
Katherine Akyol
Bryce Aldridge
Jesseca Alexander
Jon Antel
Ferris Dweik
Mark Fentress
Jacob Getzoff
Jesse Gigler
Daniel Greenwell
Amy Gu
Theron Howe
Hayley Johnson
Riley Johnson
Sanja Kalendar
Greg Kelly
Micky Kimani
Bailey Lawson
Emily Magruder
Leonard Manson
Catherine Maring
Garrett McLennan-Ingram
Daniel Merrifield
Maddy Mueller
Mirnes Mustafic
Dzung Nguyen
Alex Parks
Prarthana Patel
Hannah Pohl
Megan Polniak
Cierra  Porter
Tatum Pugh
Mark Roques
Evan Schaffer
Jack Schimpf
Zach Selkoe
Shelby Slate
Alexia Simmons
Nishant Sinha
Robert Thomas
Samantha Turek
Andrew Wooldridge

MU Administrative Services hosts resume writing workshop

Columbia Area Career Center and MU Administrative Services, (Partners in Education) annually name an Outstanding Student in each program area. As part of the process, nominees, (who are selected by their instructors) are asked to complete an application, write an essay, submit a resume and be interviewed. To assist with the process, MU Administrative Services  hosted a resume writing clinic on the CACC campus. This opportunity allowed students to learn from professionals the nuances of writing a standout resume and advice on acing the interview. Thanks to Dan Crumbly and Joe Jones, representatives from University of Missouri Human Resources,  for giving an inspirational presentation as well as one-on-one resume review. In two days, over 50 students attended the workshop.
Joe Jones instructs students on creating a resume

Mid-Missouri Newsmaker, Linda Rawlings

As part of an ongoing news section, Mid-Missouri Newsmaker, Linda Rawlings spoke with Columbia Daily Tribune reporter Catherine Martin about Columbia Area Career Center and its offerings.  Read all about it here.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Repair It Forward and Refugee and Immigration Services

David Hopkins and his A+ IT Essentials students are at it again. This time the recipients of their hard work are families helped by Refugee and Immigration Services of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri. The computers came from Missouri Employers' Mutual, were refurbished by the "Repair It Forward" program at Columbia Area Career Center, and will wind up in homes of resettled refugees who qualify. Read all about it in the Missourian.

A+IT students load computers into truck

Construction Technology and Habitat for Humanity

CACC's Construction Technology 1 & 2 students spend most of the school year constructing a Habitat for Humanity house. This year, they are working on two houses. In addition to their regular work site, they were asked to put roof sheeting on the Show-Me Central Habitat for Humanity "Net-Zero" house. The local Habitat for Humanity was the recipient of a $60,000 grant to help fund the building of an energy efficient house which features solar panels, a solar water heater, low flow plumbing fixtures, 45% more insulation and LED lighting. Instructor, Eric Radmer and his crew of 9 were happy to assist in this project.

Construction Technology students complete OSHA 10 hour training each fall to gain skills necessary for a safe work site.

Construction Technology students apply plywood sheeting with an air nailer

New Career Center Director named

Columbia Area Career Center staff were the first to receive the announcement Tuesday morning, March 4:  Randall Gooch will be recommended to the Board of Education as the new career center director taking the place of Linda Rawlings who is retiring at the end of the 2013-14 school year after spending 20 years with Columbia Public Schools, 19 at the career center including the last four as the director.

Gooch, who holds an educational specialist degree in educational leadership from William Woods University, has been CACC assistant director since 2011. Prior to joining the administration at CACC, he was the director of Davis H. Hart Career Center in Mexico. He has also served as a commissioned officer in the US Army, worked in the corporate sector with Walmart, taught Industrial Technology in Centralia, worked as a counselor in the Mexico Public school district, and as a Vocational Resource Educator for Davis H. Hart Career Center. Randy is also active in the Missouri Council of Career and Technical Administrators in which he is currently past president.

Gooch was praised by Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, Dr. Jolene Yoakum, Assistant superintendent of Human Resources, Dr.  Dana Clippard, and various selection committee members as being an outstanding candidate that will champion the vision and mission of Columbia Area Career Center.

Randy is married to Sarah and has three children Abby, Elisabeth and Katie.

Randy Gooch, named new career center director

Randy Gooch and Linda Rawlings, current Career Center director

Monday, March 10, 2014

Global Village

Global Village is an opportunity for students to experience different cultures right in their own high school. 
Culinary I students research and prepare samples of food (enough for 400 to taste)from a country of their choice for Rock Bridge students and staff to taste. As part of their grade, they decorate their serving area, create a display and a brochure and some students even dress in costume. It makes for a fun day of learning. Culinary instructors Chef Harlan, Chef Risner and Chef Frink visit each table to evaluate the food, and question the students about their understanding of the culture they studied. Judges also selected the top entrants. This year's winners are: Thailand, Scotland and Germany

Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes

Sweden Display

Finland-Michael and Bryanna

Finland-Garlic Soup

Argentina-Brandon and Steven
Argentina-Chorizo and Rice

Scotland-Amelia Houk and Martha Pangborn
 Scotland-Chicken Tikka Masala

Jamaica-Robert Edwards and Robert Peterson
Jamaica-Jerk Chicken with Mango Chutney

France-Jamean and Ben
Greece- Kelyn and Caleb

Belgium-Hunter Wadman and Derick Hern


Mexico-Erykah and Rae

Brazil-Kwevonia and Kwevosha


Germany-German Potato Salad

Germany-Abby Pauley and Linsdey Smith

Germany Display

 Dominican Republic-Kaizjcha and Olivia

Dominican Republic-Sancocho

Cuba-Quashawn and Shon

Cuba-Revuelto de Puerco (Sauteed Pork)

Thailand-Pad Thai

Thailand-Regin and Catherine

Italy-Joe Giovanni and Emerson Hannik

Italy-Butternut Squash Risotto

India-Dahi Chicken


India-Jesse Kahake and Christina Banton

China-Gabe and Rebecca

China-Beef Stir Fry