Wednesday, April 29, 2015

FFA teams Finish on Top

Congratulations to Columbia FFA teams who competed in the State Career Development Events at the State Convention held in Columbia, Missouri on April 16 and 17.  First place finishers move on to compete at the FFA National Convention, October 28-November 1 in Louisville, Kentucky. Columbia FFA Advisers are Chuck Miller, Kevin Duncan, Meridith Haley and Mike Kilfoil.

The Missouri FFA Association has 25,829 members, ranking fourth as a state in membership.
FFA strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for
premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Poultry Evaluation-1st Place
  • Asa Linneman-1st place
  • Andrew Cunningham-2nd place
  • Katie Weir-3rd place
  • Mariah Murphy-6th place
Meats-1st Place
  • Rory James-1st place
  • Robby Schmidt-3rd place
  • Kassie Rankin-5th Place
  • Austin DeHaven
Horses-2nd Place
  • Cheyenne Gardi
  • Emily Adams
  • Audrey Wooden
  • Kristi Seyer
Soils-5th Place
  • Thomas Fenner-4th place
  • Elizabeth Fenner
  • Chris Reynolds
  • Travis Johnson
Dairy Cattle-5th Place
  • Monica Strawn-2nd place
  • Aaron Mott
  • Katelyn Putnam
  • Justin Rhine
Landscape and Nursery-21st Place
  • Katie Pasley
  • Jake Coffman
  • Joe Ege
  • Natalia Hardesty
Dairy Foods-29th Place
  • Charlotte Soldner
  • Brad Saffle
  • Levi Linthacum
  • Falen Singleton

Repair it Forward wins Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement Award

Congratulations to Columbia Area Career Center's Repair It Forward program for winning the inaugural Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement award in Innovative Best Practices. According to Mayor Bob McDavid, "We established the MCPA award program to recognize excellence in sustainable practices demonstrated by local businesses and organizations who promote a culture of environmental responsibility."
A+IT Instructor David Hopkins and his students refurbish donated computers and donate them to local organizations and individuals in need of a working computer thus reducing the e-waste that would end up in a landfill.

The team was awarded a glass plaque created by local artist Susan Taylor Glasgow.

To learn more about Repair it Forward, click here.

Mayor Bob McDavid, David Hopkins, Matt Elliott, Vyacheslav Sidorov and Andrew Krall

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CACC Students Win $20,000 Community Service Grant

Energetic, enthusiastic and eco-sensitive high school students in the Geographic Information Science (GIS) program have won a $20,000 SkillsUSA/Lowe’s 2015 community Service Grant! Students from multiple disciplines have joined forces to creatively prepare solutions for existing challenges at Columbia Area Career Center. A self-sustaining watering system will capture rainwater from the roof of the building and will supply necessary water for the Culinary Arts garden. A rain garden will be created for water overflow and a new walkway on the north side of the building will be installed. GIS students chose this project to improve their school community.

According to Jeff Homes of Lowe’s in Columbia, “the self-sustaining watering system sounds like a great addition to the campus. We certainly support ideas that will assist the students as well as being eco-friendly.”

Members of the Columbia Area Career Center SkillsUSA chapter are putting their technological expertise to work. Students from Marketing, Construction Technology, Agriculture, Geospatial Information Science, Civil Engineering, Computer Aided Design, Culinary Arts, and Broadcast Journalism are responsible for planning, organizing and implementing all aspects of this project. From creating blueprints, preparing 3-D drawings to building, maintaining and managing the gardens, these students have shown that “a lesson in solving real world problems can begin with our own campus” said Laura Estabrooks, Project Advisor.

Columbia Area Career Center, part of Columbia Public Schools, provides career and technical training to high school students throughout Boone County (public, private and home schools) and adult career training and enrichment classes. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

State Rep Stephen Webber presents Proclaimation to Cause an Effect

Missouri State Representative Stephen Webber visited Columbia Area Career Center on March 20 to personally commend David Hopkins and his students for the development of Cause an Effect, a community service program that refurbishes donated computers and distributes them to community members and local organizations in need of a computer. As a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, the students are able to install Microsoft Office into all the refurbished computers. The students involved in Cause an Effect are,senior Andrew Krall, juniors Vyacheslav Sidorov and Grant Powell; sophomores Dave Chen and Matt Elliott and freshman Hasadiah Miner. Parents and administrators were invited to watch as Representative Webber commended the students and awarded them with the Proclaimation.

Career Center Director, Randy Gooch, Matt Elliott, Dave Chen, Andrew Krall, Representative Stephen Webber, Grant Powell, Vyacheslav Sidorov, Hasadiah Miner and instructor David Hopkins

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

2015 SkillsUSA state results

CACC SkillsUSA contestants participated in their state competition March 25,26 and 27 at The State Technical College of Missouri in Linn, Missouri. Both team and individual events were held, with the first place winners advancing to the national competition in June in Louisville, Kentucky. Congratulations to all those advancing to nationals.
The results are as follows:

3-D Visualization & Animation
  • 1st Place-Coulter Tilton & Lenore Riley
  • 3rd Place-Jared Bradshaw & Julian Montano
Architectural Drafting
  • 8th Place-Mason Beachy
Automotive Service Technology
  • 8th Place-Jacob Crum
Broadcast News Production
  • 1st Place-Mark Fentress, Sara Nelson, Grant Ragsdale & Summer White
Community Service
  • 3rd Place-Matthew Elliott, Andrew Krall & Vyacheslav Sidorov
CPS: Science, Technology & Math
  • 1st Place-David Biccum, Allyssa Johnson & Hunter Wagner
  • 2nd Place-Tanner Dampier, Darwin Roberson & Austin Winkelman
Electrical Construction Wiring
  • 8th Place-Reilly Long
Electronics Technology
  • 6th Place-Adam Sandstet
  • 5th Place-Grant Powell
  • 7th Place-Kyle Shearrer
Technical Drafting
  • 12th Place-Hunter Waganer
  • 17th Place-Garret Tamerius
Commercial Baking 
  • 1st Place-Jacob Knerr
Culinary Arts
  • 1st Place-Jerry Jo
  • 2nd Place-Jacob Ventrillo

2015 HOSA State results announced

The Missouri HOSA: Future Health Professionals 2015 Leadership Conference was held March 24 in Rolla, Missouri on the Missouri S &T campus. The students who participated were from  Columbia Public Schools representing Hickman High School, Battle High School and Columbia Area Career Center HOSA Chapters. Thirty-five students competed and 18 qualified for nationals.
First Place Gold Medalists

Biomedical Debate

  • Sonya Hu-CACC (RBHS)
  • Michael Pennella-CACC (RBHS)
  • Joshua Vincent-CACC (RBHS)
Healthy Lifestyle
  • Jiaming Ji-CACC (RBHS)
Nursing Assisting
  • Janavi Patel-CACC (RBHS)
Human Growth and Development 
  • Amy Gu-CACC (RBHS)
  • Danielle Wu-CACC (RBHS)
  • Marilise Stamps-CACC (RBHS)
Transcultural Health Care
  • Emily Getzoff-CACC (RBHS)
Second Place Silver Medalists
Forensic Medicine
  • Julia Hill-CACC (RBHS)
  • Elaine Phillips-CACC ( RBHS)
Medical Innovation
  • Britton Stamps-CACC (RBHS)
  • Priyanka Patel-CACC (RBHS)
Nursing Assisting
  • Samanth Saylor-CACC (Southern Boone County HS)
Sports Medicine
  • Jaehyung Rhee-CACC (RBHS)
Dental Terminology
  • Catherine Ryberg-CACC (RBHS)
Transcultural Heath Care
  • Bryanna Arnold-HHS
Third Place Bronze Medalist
Transcultural Health Care
  • Lisa Zhuang-CACC (RBHS)
All of the medalists qualified to compete at the 2015 National HOSA Leadership Conference held June 24-27 in Anaheim, California.

HOSA: Future Health Professionals is a career and technical student organization that develops leadership and technical HOSA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition. This is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.

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

Battle HOSA chapter hosts Red Cross Blood Drive

The Battle High School HOSA: Future Health Professionals chapter hosted their second annual blood drive.  Students in Karen Hirst's Project Lead the Way: Biomedical Science class helped man the registration and snack stations as staff and students donated 44 usable units of blood.  Good work HOSA, and thanks to all the volunteers for their generous donations.

Anna Winberry and Sonsaray Bennett man the registration table

Caitlynn Hudlow, BHS  HOSA President  giving blood

Students man the snack station

Columbia Area Career Center student named State Breaking Traditions winner

The Missouri Breaking Traditions contest has announced this year’s outstanding students in nontraditional career and technical education programs. Madeline Harl was awarded State Breaking Traditions winner by Dr. Janet Bagby, College and Career Consultant-Central Missouri on March 20, 2015.  Madeline is student in Brad Mann’s Civil Engineering program at Columbia Area Career Center.  Nontraditional means occupations or fields of work in which individuals from one gender comprise less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in that occupation or field. For twenty-two years, Breaking Traditions has honored outstanding students who have chosen specific career and technical programs based on their interests and abilities, and who have not let their gender influence their career decisions.

Career Centers, public two year colleges and comprehensive high schools can nominate a single student from each nontraditional program. Winners from the nine regions in the state are chosen by a panel of judges, and these finalists then compete for male and female secondary and postsecondary/adult State awards.

All State and Spirit winners will be honored April 29th during an awards ceremony at the James C Kirkpatrick State Information Interpretive Center in Jefferson City. 

State and Spirit winners will receive scholarship offers from most Missouri Community Colleges and from the State Technical College of Missouri. Scholarship amounts and guidelines vary and are set by each school. State and Spirit winners have been given a list of college people to contact for more information about these scholarships.

In addition, each State, Spirit and Regional winner who continues his or her education next fall will receive a $100 scholarship from the Missouri STEM Foundation (formerly the Foundation for Missouri Women). College and Career Consultants have information on these scholarships.

Sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Regional College and Career Consultants, the Breaking Traditions awards are an excellent opportunity for students, career-technical education programs, educators and schools to receive recognition and statewide publicity. Special thanks go to the instructors who took time to complete nomination forms for their outstanding students. 

Brad Mann Civil Engineering instructor, Madeline Harl and Dr. Janet Bagby, College and Career Consultant