Thursday, December 18, 2014

DECA members attend Central Leader Conference in Minneapolis

Twenty-nine students from Columbia Area Career Center’s DECA organization recently traveled to Minneapolis, MN to take part in the DECA Central Region Conference. The students from Battle, Hickman and Rock Bridge were among more than 3,000 students who converged on the Twin Cities to hear talks from marketing professionals from noteworthy companies such as Nike Golf, Target Corporation, Best Buy, Men’s Wearhouse, Ultra Creative, HOM Furniture, the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, Delta Airlines and many more. The three day event also featured nationally renowned motivational speaker Josh Shipp, hypnotist Brian Imbus and comedic motivational speaker Adam Ace. The students spent their three days further developing their skills in management, entrepreneurship, hospitality, sports marketing and finance. Students also had the opportunity to visit the nation’s largest shopping mall, The Mall of America. Many of these students will be moving on to competition which begins in February, 2015.

Minneapolis, MN

Madison McDonnell, Lily Burns, Noah Broderson, Mark David, Brett Norton and Courtney Callahan

Mark David, Becca Wagner, Abby Fulcher, Caitlin Price, Adison Capell, Matasen Chambers, Shannon Green, Noah Broderson, Brett Norton and Xane Keenan

Xane Keenan, Abby Fulcher, Shannon Greene, Noah Broderson, Becca Wagner, Matasen Chambers and Brett Norton

Adison Capell, Caitlin Price, Matasen Chambers, Abby Fulcher and Becca Wagner

Sara Swaney, Genny Bohr and Courtney Callahan

Mall of America

Monday, December 15, 2014

Big O Tire awards IPad Air to Career Showcase attendee

Lindsey Naugle and Melanie Coats
A big thank you to Rusty and Melanie Coats of Big O Tires, our Partner in Education, for their generous donation of the IPad Air awarded to Hickman Freshman Lindsey Naugle. Naugle attended Columbia Area Career's December 4th Career Showcase  where she completed a "fact finding" sheet which was entered into a drawing for an IPad Air.  The open house for prospective students and their families is a chance to explore the opportunities career center classes provide and to find out how to fit them into their high school 4 year plan. To make it easier for families to attend, Rusty and Melanie Coats prepared and served dinner to over 400 faculty, students and attendees at the Showcase. 

CACC Counselor Ellen Buechler, Big O Tires owner, Melanie Coats, Lindsey Naugle and Hickman Counselor, Todd Maher

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Hickman hosts Ag Day

Ag instructor Chuck Miller and members of Columbia FFA hosted Ag Day at Hickman High School on Friday, November 7. Cows, sheep, goats,  turkeys and chickens were present and students were even able to try their hand at milking a cow. Students from Mizzou's Torq N Tigers displayed their racing tractor. Lincoln University's Commercial Vegetable Program sent representatives to talk with students. The State Technical College of Missouri also had a booth. A good time was had by all.
Tractors on display


MU Torq N Tigers




Dairy Cows from the MU Dairy

Commercial Vegetable Program-Lincoln University

State Technical College of Missouri representative

Repair it Forward help Downtown Optimist Club

Career Center students Andrew Krall and Matt Elliott helped out at the Downtown Optimist’s Annual Christmas Tree sale. The Optimists provide funding for Windows licenses for the Career Center’s Repair It Forward program and students in the program are returning the favor. Repair It Forward refurbishes donated computers and provides them to those in need. Since January of 2014, the program has provided over 150 computers to 6 local charities and 5 educational programs.

Andrew Krall and Matt Elliott help Downtown Optomist Club sell Christmas trees

Friday, December 5, 2014

Holiday Plant Sale scheduled for December 11 and 12

The horticulture students at the Columbia Area Career Center invite you to our Holiday Floral and Poinsettia Sale on Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM and Friday, December 12, from 8:30 to 5:30.  The sale will take place in our “store” inside the red Horticulture Building and not inside the greenhouse as for the spring sale.

You may park on the West or East side of the Horticulture Building and enter at the East doors. 

See the attached plant sale flyer for details.

The plant sales we have throughout the year give students the chance to not only grow and design plants and flowers, but also learn to price, market and sell the products.  Students learn customer service skills and retail store operations.   We appreciate your support and  look forward to seeing you at the sale!

We  take orders for larger quantities of centerpieces, plants and flowers for holiday events or for special events throughout the school year.   Please email with questions or  to order.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Exploring Ag Students featured in City of Columbia Intern Program video

Exploring Ag Student and Rock Bridge Freshman Guillermo Hernandez- "G Man"- was recently featured in a YouTube video for the work he does with the City of Columbia's  Stormwater Education Project and specifically Stormy's Meadow. View the video below.

Students win I Tunes cards in Middle School Drawing

Congratulations to six Columbia Public School eighth grade students who won a $25 I Tunes Gift Card, donated by Big O Tires/Missouri-Arkansas! The winning students completed the Columbia Area Career Center surveys which were selected from a pool of entries. The middle school students  visited the high school they will be attending next year to learn more about careers and classes offered by Columbia Area Career Center.

Congratulations to:
        • Erick Swansen-West Middle School
        • Savannah Cossey-Smithton Middle School
        • Ryan Rainey-Lange Middle School
        • Adrian Maddox-Oakland Middle School
        • Nga Reh-Jefferson Middle School
        • Mary Capron-Gentry Middle School

Ryan Rainey and Lange Middle School Counselor, Carey Hughes