Tuesday, April 22, 2014

State FBLA results

Six students competed at the FBLA State convention, April 13-15, 2014 in Columbia, MO. The results are as follows:
        • Brooke Gordon, Alex Rogers & Bailey Malone-4th place Management Decision Making
        • Carter Buresh-6th place Personal Finance
        • Sam Lange-9th place Business Law
        • Sam Lange-10th place Economics
        • Ethan Moss & Michelle Algya-10th place Desktop Publishing
Over 3760 members and advisers representing 450 chapters throughout the state met to elect state officers, transact business of the state chapter, participate in leadership and career workshops, and compete in the state leadership awards program. The 2014 conference was the largest conference in the event's 56 year history.

LifeSmarts Team earns travel stipends for Safety Teaching

The Missouri State Champion LifeSmarts team which hails from Columbia Area Career Center are using their "smarts" to earn a travel stipend and a chance of winning a scholarship by being Safety Smart Ambassadors and teaching Safety Smart curriculum to groups throughout town. Team members, Kira Kirk, Loyal Carpenter, Grant Gould and Chandler Randol have presented the material to school groups, home groups, special ed classes and teaching profession students in order to spread the word about safety. Their presentation, "Going Green",  focuses on the importance of protecting the environment by recycling, reusing and reducing. The Safety Smarts program is underwritten by UL, Underwriters Laboratories and Disney, sponsors of LifeSmarts. The presentation includes a specially made Disney video starring Timba and Pumbaa and is geared toward youth aged 4-10, although "kids" of all ages benefit from its message.  Its a win-win situation; not only do Safety Ambassadors get the word out about safety, but  it also prepares them for the National competition held in Orlando, Florida on April 26-April 29 since some of the information will be used in the contest questions. The presenters get experience talking to groups, and the kids love seeing the enthusiasm of the Safety Smart Ambassadors.

Midway Heights 2nd grade teacher, Sue Cunningham said, "Loyal is a natural.  He did a great job teaching the objectives and motivating the kids! He really kept the ball rolling and the kids were fully engaged in his lesson. He had great examples of ways to reuse things and his cardboard shoe box was perfect." 

CACC Teaching Professions instructor, Gina Greenplate said, "Kira did great.  She did a great job speaking to the class using eye contact and a wonderful speaking voice.  She presented the information and talked to them about how to do it in the classroom.  They are currently putting it in their portfolios for a supplemental resource.".
Check out some of the fun the Safety Ambassadors had.
Loyal teaching 2nd graders at Midway Heights Elementary

Loyal engaging Rock Bridge students

Kira working one on one with a home group

Loyal looks on as the classes enjoys the Disney video "Going Green"

Monday, April 21, 2014

Donate your computers!

Earth Day Donation Drive
April 26
Columbia Area Career Center
South Entrance 2
10 am-2 pm

We can ONLY accept:
Working or Not
  • Laptops
  • PCs
  • Tablets
  • Cell Phones
  • LCD Monitors
  • Inkjet and Laser printer cartridges
  • Mice and keyboards
Help us help others!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Summer Camps introduce youth to career center offerings

Students ages 10-15 are invited to attend summer day camp at Columbia Area Career Center. Choose from a variety of classes including Fire Fighting, Advertising, Culinary, Acting, Gardening, Construction, Fashion, Iron Art, Digital Media, Web Building, Broadcast Journalism, Sign Language, Agriculture, Photography, Video Production, Med School, Rocket Building, Go-Cart Design, Engineering, Automotive, CSI and Robotics. Classes are a week long and meet in the morning or afternoon, with the exception of CoMo Girls Rock which runs from 9-5. Choose from a variety of weeks beginning on June 9 and running through the week of July 21. Don't miss this chance to experience first hand the great opportunities that await in your own backyard at CACC.

For a complete listing of the classes, click here. 
To register for a class click here.

Culinary Student participates in "Let Them Eat Art"

Columbia Area Career Center Culinary student, Jacob Knerr, was one of 10 sous chefs selected to be a part of the Columbia Art League's fundraiser,  "Let Them Eat Art."  Chefs select a piece of art and create an appetizer inspired by that artwork. Patrons are invited to view the art and sample as they vote on their favorite interpretation.

Spherified Beets, Knerr's creation, was based on Anastasia Pottinger's  photograph  "Beets." The appetizer was  a combination of beet juice, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and dill made into a gel, served with goat cheese on a silver spoon. Read the story in the Columbia Tribune.

Jacob Knerr's Spherified Beets

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dressed to Impress

Career Center students selected as Outstanding Student nominees completed the interview portion of the selection process on Wednesday, April 9.  Professional dress and smiles were the look of the day. Best of luck to all the nominees. Here a just a few of the students.

Love INC benefits from Repair It Forward computers

Chara Kee, Volunteer Coordinator for Love INC was thrilled to be the latest recipient of 20 refurbished computers from Repair It Forward, David Hopkins' A+IT class computer refurbishing program. Kee said Love INC will distribute the computers to clients with a verified need. Having a computer in the home benefits those who are job searching  as well as learning budgeting  and life skills.  Love INC's purpose is the connect and equip, and now they have one more important tool to offer community members.

A+IT Essentials class, and Chara Kee, Volunteer  Coordinator from Love INC in the back row

A+IT Essentials students loading monitors into van

Students line up to help

Repair It Forward strikes again!

David Hopkins' A+IT Essentials students are at it again. Their computer refurbishing business, Repair It Forward was contacted by Brooke Eskridge, Community Services Program Manager of Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) about acquiring 20  computers. The Mission of CMCA is to help fight poverty in America.  Ms. Eskridge said the computers will be distributed to clients in the Missouri Work Assistance(MWA) program for use in job search and training in their homes. Darin Preis, Executive Director of CMCA was also on hand for the event. Mr. Preis is  a Columbia Public School Board of Education member and a strong proponent of  the career center. 
Broadcast Journalism students Ron' Zena Hill and Summer White interviewed and filmed A+ IT students, Mr. Hopkins and Mr. Preis about their involvement in the process.  

Broadcast Journalism students interview and film A+IT students

Transportation and loading are included in the price of the computer

Broadcast Journalism student, Ron' Zena Hill interviews Darin Preis. Summer White is the videographer.

Darin Preis, A+IT Essentials students, Mr. Hopkins and Brooke Eskridge

David Hopkins is interviewed by Broadcast Journalism student, Ron' Zena Hill.

 20 computers fill a mini van and the back of a pick up

Students cheerfully load the computers