Thursday, May 29, 2014

Graphic Design student wins Breaking Traditions poster contest

Winning poster design

Congratulations to Elena Franck for creating the winning design used for the Missouri Department of Education Breaking Traditions poster. Elena is a Rock Bridge senior in Jeff Cochran's Leadership Media Tech class. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hickman Hosts Ag Day

Columbia FFA members took the opportunity to introduce agriculture to Hickman High School students through Ag Day on Wednesday, May 14.  Student advisory classes were invited to "tour" the barnyard and learn about livestock and ag related issues.
Steer station

Tractor station

Kira Kirk tells about poultry

Goat station

Mama sheep and her lambs

Swine station

A friendly game of washers

Advisory class checking out the goats

Friday, May 23, 2014

Breaking Traditions Award Winners Announced

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sponsors the Breaking Traditions award each year recognizing those students studying in a non-traditional career path. CACC Certified Welding student, Sadiya Braid was awarded the Spirit Award, which is presented to an individual who exemplifies the unbreakable spirit of Daphna Jones, someome who has overcome undue hardships, braved harsh obstacles, stood courageously against troubles, and has had the tenacity to surpass all the odds. Braid was nominated by her instructor, Bill Irvin
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Certified Welding instructor, Bill Irvin, Sadiya Braid and Dr. Janet Bagby, College and Career Counselor 

Sadiya Braid and Certified Welding instructor Bill Irvin

Professions in Healthcare students earn Certified Nursing Assistant certification

A record 54 students were certified at the 2014 CNA Pinning Ceremony held May 14 at Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri campus. The students enroll in an intensive two semester program and complete 175 hours of classroom instruction and clinicals.  To complete certification, each student must pass the Missouri Certified Nursing Assistant written exam and practicum. 

Clinicals were conducted at Lutheran Senior Services Lenoir nursing facility and staff members/mentors Kenny Jackson, Heather Fox, Cheyenne McQuistion, Chili Lawhorn, and Wendy Will were honored for their ongoing service and contributions to the Professions in Healthcare program.

Instructors Monica Duemmel and Deb Canine recognized award recipients and then pinned their respective students.  Perfect Attendance Awards were given to Elyn Heater, Jada Mozee, Justice Crum, Bre Zumalt, JoDee Lester and Codi Sessler.  Highest CNA Exam scores were achieved by Katlin Proctor, Comfort Awosanmi, Libby Burks, Haleigh Denton and Madison Watson.  Voted Best Clinical Student by their peers were Bre Zumalt, Lucas James, Erin Simar, Brittany Cornelison, Madison Watson, Althea Felton, Michaela Porter and Libby Burks.

Kelsey Kite, Libby Burks, Haylee Cook and Kendahl Adams read excerpts from the life of Florence Nightingale, the creator of modern nursing and then all students recited the Nursing Pledge as the flame representing “The Lady with the Lamp” was passed.

Students, family, friends and staff enjoyed a Powerpoint presentation compiled by Jeff Cochran’s Leadership media class highlighting events and experiences of students throughout the year.  A reception followed in the auditorium lobby.

Congratulations to all participants in  Professions in Healthcare class of 2014.

 Professions in Healthcare Class of 2014

Deb Canine's morning class

Deb Canine's afternoon class

Monica Duemmel's  morning class

Monica Duemmel's  afternoon class

Thursday, May 22, 2014

CACC Marketing Students make their mark at DECA International Competition in Atlanta

Pete Eichholz, Anne Hickman and Scott Fuenfhausen, DECA Advisors for Columbia Area Career Center, are proud to announce the results of the DECA International competition (ICDC) that was held May 2 – 7 in Atlanta, GA.

More than 17,000 of the best marketing students from around the U.S., Canada and other countries competed in the six day event. 

Nate Horvit and Jack Schimpf of Rock Bridge finished in the Top 10 in Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making event. They competed against more than 200 teams to take one of the top spots on the final day of competition.

Two students also scored individual honors at ICDC. Loyal Carpenter and Brandi Dye (both of Hickman) medaled for having a written exam in the top percentile for the competition.

 DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Nate Horvit and Jack Schimpf finish in top ten in Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making event 

Loyal Carpenter medals in written exam

Brandi Dye medals in written exam

CACC student awarded HOSA Scholarship

Congratulations to Rock Bridge senior Jenny Zulovich for being awarded a  National HOSA scholarship. Jenny served as the Columbia HOSA chapter president as well as Missouiri State HOSA president. While attending CACC, she has taken coursework with instructor Christine Roberson in Laboratory Exploration, 21st Century Life Science, and Laboratory Foundations. Zulovich plans to attend the University of Missouri  to study Biochemistry in the Honors College Discovery Fellows Program.

Jenny Zulovich

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Congratulations to the Class of 2014

The staff of Columbia Area Career Center would like to congratulate the class of 2014 and wish them success in the future. Here are some of the places you will find them:

University of Missouri-Columbia, Missouri
Truman State University-Kirksville, Missouri
Missouri S & T-Rolla, Missouri
Moberly Area Community College-Columbia, Missouri 
University of Missouri-St Louis-St Louis, Missouri
University of Missouri-Kansas City-Kansas City, Missouri
Ranken Technical College-St Louis, Missouri
Columbia College-Columbia, Missouri
Stephens College-Columbia, Missouri
Linn State Technical College-Linn, Missouri
Lincoln University-Jefferson City, Missouri
University of Central Missouri-Warrensburg, Missouri
Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Missouri
Missouri State University-Springfield, Missouri
William Jewell College-Liberty, Missouri
William Woods University-Fulton, Missouri
College of the Ozarks-Point Lookout, Missouri
Three Rivers Community College-Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Southeast Missouri State University-Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Ozark Christian College-Joplin, Missouri
Lindenwood University-St. Charles, Missouri
Missouri Welding Institute-Nevada, Missouri
Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri
Culver-Stockton College-Canton, Missouri
Conception Seminary College-Conception, Missouri
Missouri Western State University-St Joseph, Missouri
The Culinary School at the Art Institutes-Kansas City, Missouri
The Art Institutes-Kansas City, Missouri
 Maryville University-St. Louis, Missouri
Benedictine College-Atchison, Kansas
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, Arkansas
Fort Scott Community College-Fort Scott, Kansas
Iowa University-Iowa City, Iowa
Iowa Western Community College-Council Bluffs, Iowa
Pittsburg State University-Pittsburg, Kansas
De Paul University-Chicago, Illinois
American University-Washington, DC
Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte, North Carolina
Culinary Institute of America-Hyde Park, New York
University of Kansas-Lawrence, Kansas
Johnson County Community College-Overland Park, Kansas
Hampden-Sydney College-Hampden-Sydney, Virginia
Lincoln Technical College-Indianapolis, Indiana
Burlington Community College-Pemberton, New Jersey
Michigan State University-East Lansing, Michigan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Cambridge, Massachusetts
Case Western Reserve University-Cleveland, Ohio
Grinnell College-Grinnell, Iowa
Highland College-Highland, Kansas
Hastings College-Hastings, Nebraska
University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Indiana Tech-Fort Wayne, Indiana
Notre Dame-Notre Dame, Indiana
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Illinois
North Central University-Minneapolis, Minnesota
University of Alabama at Huntsville-Huntsville, Alabama
University of Memphis-Memphis, Tennessee
Connecticut College-New London, Connecticut
University of California-Santa Cruz-Santa Cruz, California
Harvard University-Cambridge, Massachusetts
Colorado State University-Fort Collins, Colorado
University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oklahoma State University-Stillwater, Oklahoma
Northwestern University-Evanston, Illinois
Stanford University-Stanford, California
Seton Hall University-South Orange, New Jersey
Brigham Young University-Provo, Utah
Vanderbilt University-Nashville, Tennessee

AmeriCorps-Vicksburg, Mississippi

Outward Bound

United States Air Force

United States Navy
United States Marines

Student finds creative way to earn A+ Scholarship

What would you do to earn an A+ Scholarship?  

The A+ Scholarship program sponsored by Missouri Department of Education, allows students to earn 2 years of tuition at a public community college or vocational/technical school in the state of Missouri. Students have to meet certain criteria to receive this scholarship including attending an A+ accredited high school for 3 years, have a minimum 2.5 GPA, 95% attendance record, maintain a record of good citizenship, sign a written agreement prior to graduation and perform 50 hours of unpaid tutoring. 

Students are assigned tutoring tasks in a variety of classroom settings; some in special education, some in elementary education, some in middle school, however, Columbia Area Career Center had a unique opportunity for one of its A+ tutors:  a victim.
As odd as it sounds, the EMT class is always in need of a victim to practice various life saving and emergency medical skills. Rock Bridge senior, Adonis Johnson is that tutor. This semester he has been a drug victim, a stab wound victim, a pregnant victim (where he had to wear the "Mama Natalie" a device that simulates the birthing process allowing students the opportunity to help deliver a baby while the person wearing it controls the training scenario), a  car accident victim,  and as of late, a gunshot victim.

In this real life scenario, he was even outfitted with "wounds" in order to simulate a crime scene. EMT students found an unconscious Adonis in a car  and had to assess his injuries and move him to a gurney and transport him back to the classroom all while using protocols learned in class. Johnson said he came into class early that day so one of his classmates could apply makeup that looked like a real wound. He also had to let them cut away his shirt, in order to find the wound.  Practicing on a real person adds to the learning experience and finding a victim as trusting and easy going as Adonis made the situation a win-win for all involved. While not earning credit for the EMT class, the experience has allowed him to learn a thing or two. Next year Adonis will be attending MACC.

Victims are discovered in a vehicle accident
EMT students locate wound to the leg

EMT students safely remove victim Adonis from  the vehicle

EMT students prepare victim Adonis for transport

EMT students put victim on the gurney for transport

Auto Tech students awarded Scholarships

The Columbia Old Wheels Car Club has awarded two Auto Tech students from Columbia Area Career Center each a $1,000 scholarship. Congratulations to Scotty Johnson, Hallsville senior and Alex Fredette, Hickman senior for being the 2014 recipients.  This scholarship is given in  memory of the late Mel Koonse, a former member of the Old Wheels Car Club, and an avid collector and restorer of antique and classic cars. The scholarship is given to Boone County High School seniors continuing their education in an automotive related field of study. Scotty will attend Linn State Technical College to study Light Duty Diesel and General Automotive and Alex will attend University of Missouri to study engineering.

Hummert International Award for Horticulture Students

Alan Rees and Sherie Rodekohr

The Hummert Horticulture Award is presented annually to one Columbia Area Career Center student in recognition of outstanding achievement in the areas of Horticulture and/or Floral and Plant Design. The award is designed to honor a senior student who is well-rounded, has done well acdemically, has been creatively active in the pursuit of horticulture as a discipline of study and as a future profession. The $100 award, presented by  instructor, Sherie Rodekohr, goes to Alan Rees. Rees has taken Greenhouse Production, Advanced Horticulture, Horticulture Internship and Independent Study in Greenhouse Production. Rees plans on studying  Horticulture and EthnoBotany at Antioch College after traveling abroad for a year.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Arden Boyer-Stephens Scholarship recipients named

Congratulations to Rock Bridge seniors, Maddie Grant and Katy Shi, recipients of the 2014 Arden Boyer-Stephens' Scholarship.   This scholarship was established by Columbia Missouri National Education Association (CMNEA) to honor of Arden Boyer-Stephen's commitment to the Columbia Area Career Center and recognizes students who are pursuing a degree from an accredited college in an area related to their CACC program of study. Dr. Boyer-Stephens retired in June 2010 from Columbia Public Schools after being employed for twenty-three years at Columbia Area Career Center where she served as a Vocational Evaluator, Vocational Resource Educator, Administrative Assistant, Assistant Director and Director. This year CMNEA awarded two $750 scholarships. The awards were presented by CMNEA representative Michelle Shepard.

Maddie Grant's CACC courses include Animal and Veterinary Science, Advanced Animal Science, Wildlife Conservation and College Composition. As a member of Columbia FFA, Maddie has competed on 3 Career Development Event teams, including the National Champion Poultry Evaluation team in 2012 and has earned her State FFA Degree. Maddie is a Rock Bridge senior and plans on studying Animal Science at the University of Missouri.

Katy Shi, completed course work in Computer Science. Katy is a Rock Bridge senior and plans on studying engineering at Stanford University.

CMNEA Representative Michelle Shepard , Maddie Grant and Katy Shi

Columbia FFA holds annual Spring Banquet

Columbia FFA celebrates chapter achievements each spring with their annual banquet. Held this year at Battle High School, members, staff, family and guests were treated to a delicious pot luck dinner with beef and pork cooked to perfection by University of Missouri Meat Lab director, Rick Distlehorst.
Career Development Event teams were honored, degree candidates announced, scholarship recipients named and new officers were inducted.

2014 Vo Ag Contest Teams:

Horse Judging:  2nd District, 2nd State
Emily Bruhn, Grant Maledy, Mariah Murphy, Katie Weir

Dairy Cattle Judging:  2nd  District
Aaron Mott, Katelyn Putnam, John Terry

Livestock Judging: 6th  District, 11th State
Ashlynn Girard, Andy Mott, Bailey Peters Monica Strawn

Meats: 9th District, 11th State
Josh Backman, Olivia Desmit, Katie Pasley, Carly Raetz

Poultry Evaluation:  1st District, 2nd State
Kira Kirk, Robert Schmidt, Austin DeHaven, Jesseca Alexander

Nursery Landscape: 1st District, 3rd State
Maddie Grant, Kaitlyn Epperson, Grant Gould, Loyal Carpenter

Forestry: 1st District, 4th State
Carson Banks, Lainyn Kerley, Grant Pestle, Rory James

Ag Mechanics: 2nd District, 2nd State
Andrew Cunningham, Joe Ege, Austin Wallace, Chris Tennill

Soils: 2nd  District, 3rd State
Keeley Houghton, Riley Johnson, Jordan Craig, Ginny Tharp

Dairy Foods: 1st District, 9th State
Sarah Cardoza, Elizabeth Fenner, Thomas Fenner, Lily Grant

Grasslands 1st District, 5th State
Carson Banks, Ginny Tharp, Maddie Grant, Rory James

Floriculture: 13th District
Jonathon Crader, Ben Geyer, Nicole Henley, Alan Rees

2014 District Trapshooting
Jamie Vaughn, Carson Banks, Skip Miller, Tye Wilson, Austin Robinson

2014 FFA Leadership Contests 
Creed Speaking-Aaron Mott
FFA Job Interview-Andy Mott

Agricultural Issues
Jesi Gladden, Jack Dobey, Madi Culbertson, Jessica Brown
FFA Knowledge
Aaron Mott, Maddie Schake, Payton Oswalt, Justin Rhine

2013 Area Fall Speech Contests
Aaron Mott-Sheep Producers
Emily Adams-Sheep Producers

2013 National FFA Teams
Poultry Evaluation:  2nd Place
Kassie Rankin, Lainyn Kerley, Rachel Kirchoffer, Michelle Ross

Natural Resources: 1st place
Lainyn Kerley, Kira Kirk, Isabelle Mitchell and Austin Wallace

Area FFA Degree
Grant Gould

State FFA Degree

Maddie Grant
Lainyn Kerley
Andy Mott
Kassie Rankin


Kristen Hofen-Memorial Scholarship-Bailey Peters

Boone County Cattlemen's-Maddie Grant and Lainyn Kerley

FFA Alumni Scholarship-Maddie Grant and Kaitlyn Epperson

Special Recognition by Larry Henneke-Grant Gould and Grant Pestle

2014-15 Officers

President-Andy Mott
Vice President-Hickman-Joe Ege
Vice President-Rock Bridge-Rory James
Vice President-Battle-Lily Grant
Secretary-Kassie Rankin
Treasurer-Robbie Schmidt
Reporter-Emily Adams
Sentinel-Aaron Mott
Historian-Hickman-Monica Strawn
Historian-Battle-Thomas Fenner
Chaplain-Andrew Cunningham

Martha A. Rayl Memorial Scholarship

Chormaic Sullivan receives the  Martha A. Rayl Scholarship from Culinary instructor, Brook Harlan

The Martha A. Rayl Memorial Scholarship was established in 2001 in honor of Martha A. Rayl, mother of CACC Culinary Arts instructor, Jeff Rayl. Martha Rayl was an ardent supporter of public education, having served over 15 years as a PTA member and school board member for the Grandview C-4 School District. She also was instrumental in starting the Grandview Center for Alternative Instructional Resources.

This scholarship was established to encourage and assist CACC Advanced Culinary students in pursuing culinary school after graduation. The 2013-14 recipient of the $1,500 scholarship is John "Chormaic" Sullivan. Chormaic is a Rock Bridge senior who plans on attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. The award was presented by Brook Harlan.

Outstanding Student Ceremony held at Missouri Theater

The 2014 Outstanding Student Ceremony was held Wednesday, May 7 at the Historic Missouri Theater. Columbia Area Career Center sponsors the event in conjunction with its partner in education, MU Administrative Services. It recognizes the top student from each career center program. The Outstanding Student designation is the highest honor the career center awards. Students are nominated by their instructors based on grades, course work, work habits and attendance. Nominated students submit an application, resume and essay in addition to being interviewed by personnel from the University of Missouri. The process is part of the career center model of college and career readiness. The Outstanding Student ceremony recognizes finalists  in each category with the winner being announced while on stage. Each nominee received a flash drive with the MU Administrative Services logo and the Outstanding Student is awarded a plaque bearing their name and the program they represent by Paul Toler, Director of MU Business Services.

Check out the photos on Facebook.

Several scholarship recipients were also named.
 Big O Tire Scholarship
Jonathon "Scotty" Johnson

Arden Boyer-Stephens Scholarships
Maddie Grant
Katy Shi

 Martha A. Rayl Scholarship
John "Chormaic" Sullivan

Hummert Horticulture Award
Alan Rees

Outstanding Student winners:

Civil Engineering and Architecture: Joseph Reneker
Advanced Civil Engineering and Architecture: Eilish Matthews
Culinary Arts: Alexis Miller
Advanced Culinary Arts/Baking and Pastry: Chormaic Sullivan
Greenhouse Production:  Ben Geyer
Floral and Plant Design: Saja Necibi
Animal and Veterinary  Science: Carly Raetz
Advanced Animal Science: Katie Weir
Advanced Welding and Project Fabrication: Austin Wallace
Welding Technology and Agriculture Mechanics: Monica Strawn
Small Engine Technology: Rich Dao
Exploring Agricultural Science: Aaron Mott
Wildlife, Conservation and Forestry: Maddie Grant
Construction Technology: Jacob Toler
Advanced Teaching Professions: Shelby Slate-Griggs
Teaching Professions: Morgan Atterberry
Core Essentials of Fire Fighting and Public Safety: Taylor Stewart
Emergency Medical Technician: Haley Benson
Web Design and Web Scripting: Michelle Algya
Digital Video and Motion Graphics: David Hodges
Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing: Kristen Buster
Digital Media:  Dzung Nguyen
Information Technology: Greg Kelly
Geospatial Analysis: Jon Antel
Geospatial Technology: Michael Rhodenbaugh
A+IT Essentials: Andrew Krall
Advanced Computer Programming: Mingu Kim
Computer Programming: Alexander Gittemeier
Advanced Electronics and Robotics: Jacob Blackmore
Robotics: Josie Miller
Electronic Essentials and Electronics 1: Brady Hughes
PLTW-Introduction to Engineering Design: Gillian Schulte
PLTW-Principles of Engineering: Reagan Dugan
Advanced Computer Aided Design: Zacharey Lolley
Computer Aided Design: Maddy Mueller
Photonics: Jacob Andreasen
Laser Technology: Jared Richardson
Certified Welding/Advanced Certified Welding: Eric Millar
Automotive Technology: Jacob Crum
Advanced Broadcast Journalism: Alyssa Piecko
Broadcast Journalism: Evann Twitchell
Professions in Healthcare: Comfort Awosanmi
Laboratory Exploration: Julia Hill
Laboratory Foundations: Jenny Zulovich
PLTW-Principles of Biomedical Science: Lisa Zhuang
PLTW-Human Body Systems: Bri Arnett
Entrepreneurship: Alexander Parks
Advanced Marketing: Jack Schimpf
Marketing: Loyal Carpenter

Big O Tires awards scholarship

The Big O Tire scholarship was established by Rusty and Melanie Coats to encourage and assist students pursuing a career in automotive technology or  a related automotive field. Congratulations to Jonathan "Scotty" Johnson, the 2014 recipient of the Big O Tire $1,000 Scholarship. Johnson is a second year Automotive Tech student from Hallsville who will be studying Light Duty Diesel and General Automotive at Linn State Technical College. The award was presented by Rusty Coats of Big O Tires.
Scotty Johnson receives Big O Tire Scholarship from Rusty Coats

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Columbia FFA State results

The State FFA Convention held in  Columbia, Missouri, April 24-25, brings the best of Missouri to town to compete for the state title in CDE events as well as honor the members earning the highest award given in the state, the State FFA Degree. This year Colulmbia FFA had 4 members receive their state degree:
  •  Lainyn Kerley, Rock Bridge senior and local President
  •  Maddie Grant, Rock Bridge senior and local secretary
  •  Kassie Rankin, Hickman junior and local Historian 
  •  Andy Mott, Hickman junior and local Treasurer
Awarding of the degree is based on a member's supervised agricultural experience program in agribusiness or production agriculture, and leadership ability as demonstrated through involvement in FFA, school and community activities. The State FFA Degree award charms are sponsored by MFA Inc., Columbia.

"The State FFA Degree is the highest recognition a state can award, representing three percent of the total Missouri FFA membership per year," said State FFA Advisor Leon Busdieker.

Grow Your Passion, Unearth Your Purpose is the theme for this year's Missouri FFA Convention. More than 8,000 youth and guests are expected to attend.

Columbia FFA had 9 CDE teams compete at the State FFA Convention.  The results are as follows:

      • Ag Mechanics 2nd place 
        • Austin Wallace 4th
        • Joe Ege 5th
      • Horse 2nd place
        • Mariah Murphy 2nd
      • Poultry Evaluation 2nd place
        • Robert Schmidt 2nd
        • Kira Kirk 3rd
      • Soils 3rd place
        • Keeley Houghton 1st 
      • Landscaping and Nursery 3rd place
        • Grant Gould 5th (tie)
        • Maddie Grant 5th (tie)
      • Forestry 4th place
        • Grant Pestle 7th
      • Dairy Foods 9th place
      • Livestock 11th place
      • Meats 11th place
        • Carly Raetz 10th

Also, performing in the talent show were Hickman freshman, Aaron Mott and Hickman senior, Loyal Carpenter. Aaron sang John Fogerty's "Centerfield" while Loyal accompanied him on the guitar.

                      Loyal Carpenter plays guitar while Aaron Mott sings Centerfield.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Repair It Forward Pass the Century Mark

Stepany Williams poses with the latest computer donation made to the Lutheran Children and Family Services group from the Repair It Forward program at the Columbia Area Career Center. Williams is completing a practicum for Columbia College with LCFS and says that “getting these computers will definitely help us help the clients. Very thankful!”

LCFS is one of seven local charities that have benefitted from the Repair It Forward program. Since its inception in January, the program has provided over 100 computers to those in need. Other charities include Central Missouri Community Action, Love, Inc., Islamic School of Columbia, Refugee and Immigrant Services, LifeHouse, and Catholic Charities.

Computer repair students in the A+IT Essentials class at the Career Center (the only career center in the state recognized as a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher) recondition the donated computers, most of which were generously donated by MEM.  The Downtown Optimists have assisted with funding to license Microsoft products on the reconditioned computers.

Those wishing to donate cash or equipment to the program should contact David Hopkins at