Monday, October 27, 2014

FFA hosts Rock Bridge Ag Day

Columbia FFA hosted an Ag Day at Rock Bridge High School Thursday, October 23. Students from Kevin Duncan's Ag classes manned the various stations which introduced students to the large and varied world of agriculture. Representatives from Lincoln University and The State Technical College of Missouri  were on hand.  Student representatives from Mizzou demonstrated milking cows and displayed the tractor they built in Torqs N Tigers club. Missouri Department of Conservation brought their collection of native furs. Animals on hand  included dogs, chickens, duck, hogs, mule, horse, cows and goats.
Andrew Cunningham, Lauren Sanner, Katie Pasley, Rory James and Emily Adams

Louie the Duck

Katie Pasley and her duck, Louie

Dairy cow from MU Dairy

Dairy Cow from MU Dairy

Mariah Murphy and her mule

A Dorgi- a Dachshund Corgie mix

Missouri Department of Conservation exhibited furs

MU Torq N Tigers

MU Torq N Tigers

The State Technical College of Missouri

Lincoln University

Goat from Lincoln University

Advanced Horticulture students create centerpieces for CPS Foundation Dinner

Students from Sherie Rodekohr's Advanced Horticulture class were recruited to create the table centerpieces for the Columbia Public Schools Foundation Dinner held October 16 at Battle High School. Not only were the creations beautiful, they allowed the students to practice event planning, client relationships and budgeting. Students enjoyed the challenge of designing for a purpose and having their work showcased at a celebration  where Columbia Public Schools honors their finest alumni, educators and volunteers.

Created by Rebecca Stannard-Rock Bridge High School

Created by Lauren Shaneberger-Battle High School

Created by Saja  Necibi-Rock Bridge High School

Created by Brittney Bush-Rock Bridge High School

Created by Josh Hadley-Hickman High School

Friday, October 24, 2014

CACC Culinary offers Thanksgiving Meal at Rock Bridge High School

 Thanksgiving Sales Order forms Available at End of Buffet Line
(Sent  via e-mail Monday 11-3)

Friday 10/31/14
10:30 – 1:15

Served in front of RBHS Planetarium

Culinary Arts Dining Room in RBHS Basement open for seating (room 101)
Meal Deal
***Turkey with roll and gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, and Pumpkin Pie***

Vegetarian Meal Deal
***Roasted Acorn Squash with roll and gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole,
and Pumpkin Pie ***

a la carté
Apple Brined Roasted Turkey served with a
Homemade Roll and Turkey Gravy

Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed with a Mixed Rice and Vegetable Pecan Medley served with a Homemade Roll

Rustic Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Green Bean Casserole

Extra Roll

Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream

Full Meat Meal deal with Acorn Squash

Non-Rock Bridge Customers
11:00-12:10 and 12:40-1:15 are the best time to come to avoid the rush at student lunch shifts

Friday, October 17, 2014

SkillsUSA elects new officers

Columbia Area Career Center's SkillsUSA student organization elected a slate of new officers for 2014-15.
  • President: Madeline Mueller  (Rock Bridge Senior)
  • Vice President: David Biccum (Rock Bridge Junior)
  • Second Vice President: Abby Fulcher (Hickman Senior)
  • Secretary: Hank Manson (Rock Bridge Senior)
  • Treasurer: Bailey Grieshaber (Rock Bridge Senior)
  • Parliamentarian: Spencer Bumby (Rock Bridge Senior)
  • Reporter:  Madeline Harl (Rock Bridge Senior)
  • Historian:  Tanner Dampier (Rock Bridge Senior)

SkillsUSA's mission is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students and instructors annually.

SkillsUSA advisors are Tony Kindwall,  Bobby Horn,  Brad Mann, Brook Harlan, Carri Risner, David Hopkins, Dee Crosby, Eric Radmer, Jim Kyd, John Green, John Minor, Joe Wittman, Julie Purcell, Katie Frink, Laura Estabrooks, Richard Shanks, Robert Allee,Ryan Greenaway, Jeff Rayl and Bill Irvin

CACC Culinary adds to Harvest Hootenanny success

Preparing food for 1000 people is no easy task, especially when ingredients are all local and prepared from scratch. That is where CACC Culinary students and instructors come in. The week preceding the Center for Urban Agriculture's Harvest Hootenanny (CCUA), Columbia Area Career Center was buzzing with busy hands chopping locally grown vegetables, peeling apples and yes, butchering chickens. The CCUA garden and chickens were raised for this event. Students learned first hand the art of chicken processing; from slaughtering, plucking feathers and eviscerating to fabricating, cooking and serving, career center students were present at each step of the way.
Chef Jeff Rayl helps with the chicken processing

CACC students take part in Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture's chicken processing 

Giovanni Bartolacci processing a chicken

CACC Culinary Art students fabricating chicken for the Harvest Hootenanny

CACC Baking and Pastry students prepping apples for apple crisp 

Links to Learning Grant Winners announced

Barb Mayer from Assistance League of Mid-Missouri visited Columbia Area Career Center on Friday, October 10 bearing balloons, candy and good news for two Columbia Area Career Center instructors. Electronics instructor and FIRST Robotics  "Army Ants" advisor Tony Kindwall,  was the recipient of a $700.00 Links to Learning grant which will be used on materials to build the robot and to help cover transportation costs for robotic competitions.

The second recipient, Julie Purcell, Project Lead the Way Engineering instructor, was awarded a $480.00 Links to Learning grant for Principles of Engineering students to attend Mizzou Engineering Day in the spring.

This year Assistance League awarded 195 Columbia Public School teachers grants worth over $99,000. The Assistance League of Mid-Missouri is a not-for-profit volunteer organization serving the needs of adults and children in Columbia through philanthropic programs.

Congratulations to both instructors!

Assistance League Barb Mayer and Principles of Engineering Instructor  Julie Purcell

Assistance League representative Barb Mayer and Electronics/Robotics instructor Tony Kindwall

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

HOSA Students volunteer at Walk to End Alzheimer's Event

 Twenty-three members from Columbia Area Career Center, Battle and Hickman High School Health Occupations Student Association HOSA  chapters volunteered for the annual Walk to End Alzheimers.  Student volunteers set-up water stations, distributed water, and cheered over 600 walkers along on the 1.5 mile long route at Cosmo Park in Columbia.  The event raised over $30,000 for the Alzheimers Association of Greater Missouri.
HOSA is a national student organization with a  two- fold mission to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. 

HOSA advisors are Deb Canine, Monica Duemmel, Karen Hirst, Bobby Horn, Mike Giblin and Christine Roberson.

HOSA leadership board members:
Columbia Area Career Center-Jack Gabel, Lisa Zhuang, Emily Getzoff, Marilise Stamps, Elaine Phillis, Michael Pennell
Battle High School-Caitlynn Hudlow, Hannah Morse, Hunter Johnson, Emma Turner, Angelica Smith and Sydney Storms
Back Row: Caitlynn Hudlow, Angelica Smith, Sidney, Storms, Hunter Johnson
Front Row: Emma Turner, Hannah Morse

Hickman High School-Michael Kariuki, Ashley Harrison, Nathaniel Mathis, Christina Chung and Kajol Patel

HOSA will be sponsoring a food drive the week of October 13. Support the Central Missouri food bank with your donations. Barrels will be located at Columbia Area Career Center.

HOSA members man a water station

HOSA members pose at a drink stop

HOSA member Michael Kariuki hands out water to a walker

Promise Garden

Friday, October 10, 2014

HOSA to host Food Drive

Columbia Area Career Center has chosen to be involved in the 2014 Make a Difference Day sponsored by USA Weekend and the Points of Light Foundation.  This is a national day of doing good which focuses on helping others in the community.  The food drive will benefit The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri in celebration of this years Make a Difference Day.  Schools in Central Missouri and Northeast Missouri will compete to see who can raise the most food for our neighbors in need! All the food will go to the local pantry.

The food drive will take place Monday, October 13th through Friday, October 17th.  HOSA: Future Healthcare Professionals will sponsor the drive, and students are asked to donate non-perishable items (please, no glass) during the week to help feed those in need in Boone County. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

"Cause an Effect" hosts Computer Recycling Event

Computer Recycling Event
Area churches, in conjunction with the Columbia Area Career Center are sponsoring a computer recycling drive.
Students at the Center are looking for donations of:
Laptops and PCs, working or not
Working LCD monitors.
The students will refurbish the computers and provide them to local students in need.
It is easy to help!
Just bring your old computer to your house of worship on Sunday, Oct 19th or 26th.

Email David Hopkins at the Center at
Cause an Effect is a project-based program designed by the students of the Columbia Area Career Center to meet the Community Service challenge of SkillsUSA

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Grasslands teams advance to State Competition

Congratulations to the FFA and 4-H Grasslands teams for placing first in their divisions at the District Grasslands contest held in Macon, Missouri on October 2, 2014. The FFA team consists of Rory James, Joe Ege, Kassie Rankin and Asa Linneman. The 4-H team consists of Thomas Fenner, Elizabeth Fenner, Charlotte Soldner and Avery Linneman. This year's teams are coached by Meridith Haley. The teams will advance to the state competition in Ashland, Missouri on October 16, 2014.  The Grassland Evaluation contest measures four areas of knowledge: Grassland Condition, Soil Evaluation, Wildlife Habitat and Plant Identification. Each of these factors must be considered in evaluating pastures or grasslands to best utilize the resource and to help make useful management decisions. 

Good luck to both teams as they continue on.

FFA team: Joe Ege, Kassie Rankin, Rory James and Asa Linneman

4-H team: Thomas Fenner, Elizabeth Fenner, Charlotte Soldner and Avery Linneman