What's Up, CACC?

February 2022 Updates from Columbia Area Career Center

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Career and Technical Education Month

Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country.

High School Registration Now Open!

Discover course, career, and college opportunities available to upcoming 2022-23 area high schoolers at Columbia Public Schools' Columbia Area Career Center. Visit our website for more information or speak to your school counselor to enroll.
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More than 1,300 unique visitors to our event

More than 1,300 unique visitors attended the event. The evening included live Zooms with instructors and students, displaying examples of student work, technical skills plus more. For more information, visit this link.

Quotes from the evening
  • “I enjoyed the willingness of the teachers to talk about their class, and also meeting students who have already taken the class.”-Alex Basi, HHS, 11th Grade
  • “The teachers and students at the showcase were really clear and detailed about each program and it helped me get a better view and understanding of the career center classes.”-Sherry Shen, HHS, 9th Grade
  • “It was very exciting to hear about different programs. I discovered one that I think I might take next year that I have not considered before attending the presentation.”-Connor Shinn, RBHS, 11th Grade
  • “The very helpful Meridith Haley explained the dual enrollment process and PLTW college credit well and answered all the questions I had, letting me leave the night confident in those opportunities. I really appreciated that side of the night, as well as the class tours.”-Sophia White, BHS, 10th Grade

Did you miss the evening? Feel free to visit our website to view videos of our programs OR talk to your school counselor or our Career Counselor, Ellen Buechler.

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DECA chapters qualify 58 Marketing Students for State Competition

Hannah Lenz, Michelle Kelley and Scott Fuenfhausen, DECA Advisors for Columbia Area Career Center, are proud to announce the results of the DECA District 2 competition that was held on Tuesday, January 25 at the Holiday Inn Expo Center in Columbia. More than 150 students from District 2 competed in the day-long event including DECA members from the Battle, Hickman and Rock Bridge DECA chapters. Students finishing the top two in individual events and top three in Principles and Team events advance to the State Career Development Conference on March 13 in Kansas City, MO for the chance to move on to International Career Development Conference which will be held in Atlanta, GA in April.

Individual Events (top 2 move on to State):

Accounting Applications

1st place: Kyleigh Smith (Rock Bridge)

Apparel & Accessories Marketing

1st place: Elsi Gabau (Hickman)

2nd place: Kendall Roberts (Hickman)

Automotive Services

1st place: Spencer Baer (Battle)

Business Financial Services

1st place: Anish Gagna (Rock Bridge)

Business Services Marketing

1st place: Jackson Kriesman (Hickman)


1st place: Agrim Sharma (Rock Bridge)

2nd place: Sophia Thompson (Hickman)

Marketing Communications

1st place: Jessica Xie (Hickman)

2nd place: Owen Kington (Hickman)

Restaurant and Food Service Management

1st place: Owen McNally (Hickman)

2nd place: Davis Mosby (Hickman)

Retail Merchandising

1st place: Bryce Robinson (Hickman)

2nd place: Abigail Eddy (Hickman)

Hotel & Lodging Management

1st place: Ellie Orr (Hickman)

2nd place: Riya Amin (Rock Bridge)

Human Resource Management

1st place: India Bratrud (Hickman)

2nd place: Jennifer Rodriguez (Hickman)

Sports & Entertainment Marketing (individual series)

1st place: Ben Rumanyika (Hickman)

2nd place: Nick Schneider (Rock Bridge)

Food Marketing Series

1st place: Isaac Lewis (Hickman)

2nd place: Michael Fong (Rock Bridge)

Quick Serve Restaurant Management

1st place: Landon Scott (Rock Bridge)

2nd place: Ava Schweser (Rock Bridge)

Leadership Delegate

Molly Shull (Hickman)

Principles Events: Top 3 move on to State:

Principles of Business Management & Administration

1st place: James Kelly (Hickman)

Principles of Hospitality & Tourism

1st place: Hannah Childs (Hickman)

Principles of Marketing

1st place: Molly Shull (Hickman)

2nd place: Emily Adadir (Hickman)

Team Events: Top 3 teams move on to State:

Buying & Merchandising

1st place: Maggie Condict & Stella Walls (Fr. Tolton)

3rd place: Nathen Boren & Nick Follett (Rock Bridge)


1st place: Carter Abrams & Alex Hagan (Hickman)

2nd place: Christian Brummett & Jackson Vrooman (Rock Bridge)

Hospitality Services

1st place: Elizabeth Brown & Theodora Grafakos (Rock Bridge)

2nd place: Liam Abernathy & Luke Fougere (Rock Bridge)

Sports & Entertainment (team)

1st place: Austin DeHart & Nick Simonsen (Rock Bridge)

2nd place: Tucker Hurt & Benjamin Linnemeyer (Rock Bridge)

3rd place: Max Nielson & Logan Shory (Hickman)

Travel & Tourism

1st place: Ajith Chandrasekhar & Ella Toohey (Hickman)

2nd place: Alexander Fernandez & Alijah Jackman (Battle)

3rd place: Paris Bedford & Hannah Crites (Rock Bridge)

Marketing Communications Management

1st place: Bailey Minnex & Hudson Summerall (Rock Bridge)

2nd place: Olivia Sims & Owen Rosenblad (Hickman)

3rd place: Tristan Clark & Logan Jantz (Hickman)

2022 Spring Community Courses Now Available

The spring course catalog is now available for our community courses. A little something for everyone and their comfort level. If you need assistance, please contact us at 573-214-3800 or adulted@cpsk12.org.

Upcoming EVENTS

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HOSA Freddy's Fundraiser

Wednesday, Feb. 2nd, 5-9pm

3922 South Providence Road

Columbia, MO

Be sure to tell the cashier you're part of HOSA! CPS HOSA will receive 15% percent of the sales from this event.
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Thursday, Feb. 17th, 6pm

201 South Fairview Road

Columbia, MO

For more information and registration form, visit this link.

Dinner will start at 6:30 pm. The game will begin at 7:00 pm

Registration opens at 6:15pm

Entry fee: $160 for each team of eight individuals PRE REGISTERED OR...

Register as an individual/couple $20 per person preregistered and we will add you

to a team ~ it’s a great, fun way to meet some new friends!

Registration at the Door: $180 per team or $22.50 per individual.

Pre-Registration form for Columbia FFA WLC Trivia Night

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HOSA Blood Drive

Friday, Feb. 4th, 9am-2:30pm

4203 South Providence Road

Columbia, MO

Columbia Area Career Center – Columbia Public Schools • 4203 S. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203, 573-214-3800

The Columbia Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, or use of leave protected by the Family and Medical Leave Act, in its programs, activities, or with regard to employment. The Columbia Board of Education is an equal opportunity employer. Inquiries regarding Columbia Public Schools’ compliance with IDEA and Section 504 regulations should contact Special Services at 1818 West Worley, Columbia MO, 65203 (573) 214-3462.

Columbia Area Career Center is committed to providing equal access to educational opportunities for students with disabilities covered under The Americans with Disabilities Act. The objectives are to ensure that students with disabilities function adequately and without discrimination in all aspects of the educational experience. Accessible facilities are available at all training locations. Students with documented disabilities who would like to inquire about the availability of reasonable academic and/or other program-related accommodations should contact the Section 504 Liaison, 573-214-3800 ext. 29455

Columbia Area Career Center is a part of the Columbia Public School District and serves the community by providing the following education programs to a variety of ages including, but not limited to, career and technical education, personal enrichment, literacy advancement, workforce development and summer camps. For more information, visit www.career-center.org or www.cpsk12.org.