Friday, December 11, 2015

Repair It Forward donates computers to Great Circle

David Hopkins and Repair It Forward are at it again. This time Great Circle is the recipient. The computers were refurbished through Columbia Area Career Center's Repair It Forward program, which rebuilds donated machines and provides them to local non-profit groups. The five laptops were donated by Missouri Employers Mutual as they phase out old and roll out new laptops for their employees.

“The Repair It Forward program is a great way for us to ensure that our donated computers are in good working condition and have been properly configured before they reach their new home” says Mike Teter, IT Resource and Performance Manager for MeM.  “It’s a fantastic program that benefits both students learning new skills and those in our community who are in need of access to technology.”

Great Circle is a premier provider of specialized behavioral health programs whose highly-trained professionals serve thousands of children and families in Missouri. Susan Reeves, Director of Advancement for Great Circle, is thankful for the donation. “The gift of refurbished laptops increases Great Circle's capacity to transform vulnerable lives by equipping our youth care supervisors with advanced technology that allows for more efficient 24-hour staff scheduling ”, says Reeves.  

David Hopkins, CACC A+ IT instructor,  Jessica Luster, Great Circle Supervisor, MIke Teter, MeM IT Resource Manager and Pranav Patel, Repair It Forward student representative

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Big O Tire IPad Giveaway

A big thank you to Rusty and Melanie Coats of Big O Tires, Partner in Education for Columbia Area Career Center, for their generous donation of the IPad Air awarded to Gentry Middle School 8th grader Greta Scheidt. Scheidt attended Columbia Area Career's December 3rd 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 was 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 350 faculty, students and attendees at the Showcase. 

CACC Counselor Ellen Buechler and Greta Scheidt accepting her new IPad Air

DESE Career Counselor, Janet Bagby, Gentry Counselor, Katherine Corey, Greta Scheidt,
 Assistant Principal Linda Garner, and CACC Counselor Ellen Buechler

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Middle School students win iTunes Cards

All Columbia Public School 8th graders were introduced to Columbia Area Career Center classes when they visited the high schools they will be attending next year. This event allowed students to experience a day in high school which included tours of the building by local high school students and demonstrations by career center students. Traditionally, 8th graders complete a 4 year plan of study in preparation for entering high school and selecting courses in which to enroll.  Following the event, each student completed a survey. One survey was drawn from each middle school and the winner received  a $25 iTunes Gift Card, donated by Partner in Education, Big O Tires.
The winners were as follows:

Jefferson Middle School-Tami Farmington, Ellen Buechler, Riley Kearns and Greg Caine

Lange Middle School-Carey Hughes, Jordan Wingate and Belinda Woods-Galbreath

Smithton Middle School- Paige Travis was the winner

West Middle School-Kecia Reddick, Ellen Buechler, Amanda Taylor and Ella Boyt
Gentry Middle School-Janet Bagby, Jackson McCallister and Katherine Corey

Oakland Middle School-Doug Harl, Brianna Black and Nawassa Logan

"I Can" Breakfast Held at Reynolds Alumni Center

The "I Can" Award ceremony  was held November 11, 2015 at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the University of Missouri campus. Students receiving this honor exemplify the career center expectations of positive attitude, reliability, professionalism, initiative, responsibility, respect, integrity and gratitude as recognized by their teacher or peers. Each honoree and their family were invited to attend the breakfast ceremony where the student received a certificate and gift of recognition by Columbia Area Career Centers's Partner in Education, MU Operations.

Photos from the event can be viewed on CACC's Facebook page.

Congratulations to the "I Can"  recipients:

Battle High School

Sean Allen
Gus Andrews
Breanna Anich
Charles Bever
Timothy Brooks
Ysabelle Drage
Quinn Dubinski
Thomas Fenner
Allysha Holder
D"Anthony Kemp
Garrett Klenke
Robert Lopez
Lydia Martinez
Ryan Rainey 
Kham Thang
Alijah Thompson
Collin Walsh

Hickman High School

Cameron Bopp
Rachel Byerly-Duke
Rich Dao
Nancy Diallo
Mariah Doss
Miles Fogle
Avery Gorden
Bailey Hawkins
Taryn Johnson
Cheeyoung Kaylen
Inga Kokic
Hunter Lunceford
Jerica Mahaney
Laura Marulanda
Alexis Miller
Eric Osterkamp
Halie Scott
Sierra Smith
Amanda Sun
Mackenzie Thomas
Wyatt Thompson
Anabel Throckmorton
Maria Turner
Hunter Wayland

Rock Bridge High School
Dy-Dreonte Buchanan
Siddhant Chaurasia
Madison Cleeton
Wesley Cosby
Claire Dinwiddie
Keely Elsbury
Chase Ford
Blaine Forshee
Mary Gadbois
Christopher Gray
Brendan Greenplate
Bailey Grieshaber
Sergey Gruzdev
Anna Hickman
Allyson Hill
Emma Jacaway
Nichole Karasiuk
Abdurrahman Kikhia
Jessica Krekeler
Ann Lottes
Tess Lovig
Emerson McNamee
Cedar Nelson
Dzung Nguyen
Sean Packard
Joyce Park
Pranavkumar Patel
Grant Powell
Caleb Rhodenbaugh
Adrian Riley
Louise Schul
John Seina
Meagan Shelby
Yusuf Shoune
Seth Smith
Stephanie Tarr
Madison Towns
Matthew Vincent
Tyler Wilson
Audrey Wooden
Richard Wyatte

Home School

Benjamin Scott

Christian Fellowship

William Eiffert

Hallsville High School

Jadon KIlpack
Alex Wimer