CAPE CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER

1080 South Silver Springs Rd.     Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

~Welcome to the April Newsletter~

Meet Lauri Guffey and Colleen Keys at the Assessment Office

The Assessment Office offers pre-entrance testing for adults going into our 9-mointh programs and all healthcare programs, including Practical Nursing, EMT, Paramedic, PTA, CMT and RT. We also offer pre-entrance testing for many post-secondary schools including MAC, TRCC, State Technical College, Southeast Health College of Nursing and Health Sciences, etc. We give WorkKeys tests to many companies including Biokyowa, Mondi, etc along with our high school seniors. We do state testing requirements for our secondary students. Along with all that we test for national companies including PAN, FAA, COMIRA, PSI and PEARSON.


If you need to schedule a test or have any questions, contact Lauri Guffey or Colleen Keys.


Phone Number:

573-334-0826 EXT. 6509


Email:

Lauri Guffey (guffeyl@capetigers.com)

Colleen Keys (keysc@capetigers.com)

Meet Dave Dickey, Community Education

While I might wear different hats, the main focus of my job as Adult Education Supervisor is to promote the Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center while growing and maintaining the CTC’s community education classes. I do this through the development & production of the CTC’s program catalogs and class brochures, working with our marketing committee & advertisers and through the development of community education course offerings.


Once a person graduates from high school, they enter the world of post-secondary education where they may choose to pursue a 2 or 4-year college degree or a certificate program of specialized training. Community Education falls under the larger umbrella of Continuing Education, which is basically any type of post-secondary education and training. Community education is just another dimension of post-secondary education that allows people to explore other areas of learning or interest.


To me community education is a really fun part of Continuing Education! My personal interpretation of community education is to offer classes that people in the community want or need, or what I think they might find interesting. Here at the CTC we offer approximately 60 community education classes that range from individualized, customized training to 1-year certificate programs that prepare people for real jobs. These offerings span a wide range of topics such as Bee Keeping to HVAC/R Technician Training to beginner & advanced Cake Decorating, Drawing with Colored Pencils and even classes that can help prepare students for a new career in Dental Assisting or Medical Coding. We have what I call the “core” classes that we have offered for years and the demand from the community for these classes remains strong. Then there are other classes that I like to think of as “the perfect wave” -- once you find it, you ride it for as long as you can! Classes in this category such as, Digital Scrapbooking or Introduction to Social Media, are usually a trending topic and will only be around for a short while.


I love creating new classes, working with instructors and meeting new students. I look at every person I meet as a potential instructor for a community education class; I listen to the person talk about their hobbies & interests or what they’re passionate about. If I think it’s a topic that other people might like to learn about, I ask that person if they would like to teach for us.

THREE THINGS DAVE WANTS YOU TO KNOW ABOUT COMMUNITY EDUCATION:

  1. I like helping put people together, matching teachers and programs & ideas we can offer to benefit our community.
  2. A lot of my work is done behind the scenes; working on room schedules for the evening classes, creating the brochures and catalogs to promote our programs. The other part of my job is connecting with people in the community or in evening classes here at the CTC and seeking their feedback as to what they would like to see offered here at CTC. I’m always striving to improve our course offerings.
  3. I’m always searching for what might be the next trend in hobbies, training, or educational topics. If you have an idea for a class, give me a call or shoot me an email! 573-334-0826 ext. 6558 or dickeyd@capetigers.com
Check out our Enrichment Classes offered at the CTC!

From learning a new hobby to learning a new skill, the Personal Enrichment courses at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center (CTC) will have what you need. Click above to find out more information.

Adult Education & Literacy (HiSET/ESL)

Cape Girardeau Adult Education & Literacy (AEL) offers education opportunities to students 17 years or older and no longer enrolled in high school.

  • Want to earn your high school equivalency (HSE) certificate by successfully passing the HiSET test? Cape AEL can help you make it happen.
  • Is English your second language? We can help international students to speak, read, and write English and/or prepare for the U.S citizenship test.
  • Need to improve your reading, writing and math skills to get the next work promotion or to pass pre-entrance tests for LPN, EMT, paramedic or Physical Therapy Assistant programs? Cape AEL can help you succeed.
  • Not sure on how to take the next step after finishing a program? Our Transitions Coordinator can help answer student questions and concerns about employment and post-secondary opportunities.


Morning, afternoon and evening classes help our students choose a class that fits into their busy schedules. HiSET scholarships assist our committed HSE students with a financial need to pay for the HiSET test.


Small class size, a friendly, low-stress environment, and one-on-one help from our certified AEL teachers and volunteers make Cape AEL classes a great place to learn.

We are centrally located in Cape at 409 N. Clark and in Advance, MO at 19805 Hwy C (next door to the Advance Public Library). Call us at 573-334-3669.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: ALBERT RAND III

What made you choose to begin the HiSET prep program? I chose Cape AEL because of the small class size and being able to work at my own pace. I also really like that there is a process to help me succeed, and I really like the teachers.


What is your plan after you finish the program? My plan after the AEL program is to pursue a career in automotive and auto body work.


What have you learned that has made a difference to you as you have gone through the program? Being attentive and persistent really has helped. Often we make things harder for ourselves by our negative thinking. I have learned that the teachers really care about you and this makes you want to work even harder. I am very thankful for the teachers.


What advice do you have for someone who wishes to start AEL?

The simplest advice I can give to someone is that you are on a mission to complete your goal. Don’t let obstacles sidetrack you from reaching your goal and what you are trying to achieve in life.


What are your hobbies or what do you like to do for fun?

My hobbies include breeding and showing dogs (American Bullies), sports, including football, basketball, drawing, reading, watching movies and taking long walks.

Four Things Vickie Chevalier, AEL teacher, wants you to know:

1. Obtaining your HiSET or learning English will make you feel awesome!

2. It gives you confidence to move on to your next goal.

3. Earning your HSE certificate is not easy, but doable!

It requires dedication and hard work.

4. Be prepared to have some fun and make new friends – other students, your teachers, and even the program coordinator are great people to know!

Are you at a crossroad in life? Are you a high school senior that doesn't know what you're going to do next year? Check out our adult healthcare programs!

C.N.A.

EMT/Paramedic

Medical Assistant

Physical Therapy Assistant

Practical Nursing (LPN)

Respiratory Therapy

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CERTIFIED NURSE ASSISTANT

WHAT DO THEY DO?

-Provides basic care to patients

-Assists patients in daily activities, such as bathing, eating, etc.


INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

Length of program: 10 weeks (Classes start in August, October, January, and March)


Pre-requisites: none


Test scores required to get in: 3 or 4 on Work Keys test


Average salary:$25,000 *Southeast Hospital will sponsor students*


Job placement rate: 100%


Cost of program: $915


Can I use my A+ scholarship? no


CONTACT INFORMATION:

Rita Becker

334-0826 EXT.

beckerr@capetigers.com

EMT/PARAMEDIC

WHAT DO THEY DO?

-Provide first-line medical or emergency care for sick and injured people at the scene, which may be in the person’s home, at an accident site or other places and while they are being transported to the hospital for care.

-Typically operate in teams with one person serving as an emergency vehicle operator while the other continues to provide life-saving emergency care to the patient en route to a medical facility.


INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

Length of program: EMT is 4 months (classes begin in August and January); Paramedic is 1 year starting in June


Pre-requisites: Must pass EMT program before beginning Paramedic program


Test scores required to get in: 50 on TEAS test for EMT and 60 for Paramedic


Average salary: EMT--$35,000/year; Paramedic--$45,000/year

(Working full time is 10-11 days a month because you work 24 hour shifts)


Job placement rate: 100%


Cost of program: EMT-$1500; Paramedic--$6500


Can I use my A+ scholarship? EMT--No; Paramedic--Yes


CONTACT INFORMATION:

Brian Wilcox

334-0826 EXT.

wilcoxb@capetigers.com

MEDICAL ASSISTANT

WHAT DO THEY DO?

-prepares patient for exam room

-takes vital signs

-reads and operates EKG machine


INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

Length of program: 7 months (August-April Monday through Friday 8:00-3:00)


Pre-requisites: H.S. diploma or equivalency


Test scores required to get in: 4 on Work Keys test


Average salary: $10-14/hour


Job placement rate: 100%


Cost of program: $4970


Can I use my A+ scholarship? yes


CONTACT INFORMATION:

Emily Lanpher

334-0826 EXT.

lanphere@capetigers.com

PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSISTANT

WHAT DO THEY DO?

-implements exercise program

-teaches patients how to use assistive devices

-gait and transfer training


INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

Length of program: 11 months (September-August)


Pre-requisites: College Algebra, Medical Terminology, Biology or A & P, English


Test scores required to get in: 55 on TEAS test


Average salary:$50,000


Job placement rate: 100%--most find work as PRN or part-time


Cost of program: $10,000


Can I use my A+ scholarship? yes


CONTACT INFORMATION:

Danette Neikirk

334-0826 EXT.

neikirkd@capetigers.com

PRACTICAL NURSING (LPN)

WHAT DO THEY DO?

· Plan and deliver competent nursing care

· Communicate and collaborate with the health care team

· Perform nursing skills, such as wound care, tube placement

· Administer medications and treatments

· Provide IV therapy



INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

Length of program:

Day track 12 months (Oct-Sept Mon-Fri.8:30-3:30)

Evening track 24 months (Oct-Sept Tue-Thu 4-10:30)


Pre-requisites: none


Test scores required to get in: 58 on TEAS test


Average salary: $35,000-50,000


Job placement rate: 100%


Cost of program: $10,000


Can I use my A+ scholarship? yes


CONTACT INFORMATION:

Donna Johnson

334-0826 EXT.

johnsond@capetigers.com

RESPIRATORY THERAPY

WHAT DO THEY DO?

-cares for patients who have trouble breathing

-provides emergency care to patients suffering from heart attacks, stroke, drowning, or shock


INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

Length of program:2 years


Pre-requisites: English Composition, Algebra, Medical Terminology, Psychology


Test scores required to get in: 55 on TEAS test


Average salary: $50,000/year

Job placement rate: 100%


Cost of program: $16,000


Can I use my A+ scholarship? yes


CONTACT INFORMATION:

Kyle Kern

334-0826 EXT.

kernk@capetigers.com

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