What's Up, CACC?

March 2022 Updates from Columbia Area Career Center

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Thursday, March 3 - Last Day To Request High School Courses

To help incentivize current CACC students to continue their educational and career journey—local businesses have donated prizes to students who are enrolled in any CACC course during the 2021-22 school year AND requested or applied to enroll in any CACC course during the 2022-23 school year. Students must fill out the entry form. After March 3, students will NOT be able to change high school course requests.


New students speak with your counselor to request a CACC course next year!

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Missouri Association for Career & Technical Education Legislative Day

CPS Participated in Career & Technical Education Day at Missouri's State Capitol, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. Students met with 46th District Missouri House Representative Martha Stevens, who serves parts of Boone County. Students had a chance to speak about their experiences at CACC and ask questions. Rep. Stevens then introduced the student leaders in the House Chamber as her special guests for the day.


Following, the students were given a chance to tour the capitol building, including the Legislative Library, Missouri State Museum, Senate Chamber, Whispering Gallery, and tip-top view of the dome.


Students involved in the day included Ray Adelstein, Ethan Cooper, Gentry Duncan, Abby Eddy, Madalyn Elam, Charlie Hazelrigg, Jack Keene, Lauren Martin, Grace Parsons, Sam Tummons, Ethan Vanderwert, Ethan Graham, and Chase Knorr. Educational sponsors included Mrs. Amanda Brown, Dr. Corey Kohnle, and Mr. Travis Plume.


To view the press release, visit this link.

FBLA District Winners

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) District 6 Leadership Conference was held on Friday, February 11, 2022, in Moberly, MO. More than 465 students from 22 school districts competed, including members from Battle, Hickman, and Rock Bridge High Schools and Columbia Area Career Center FBLA chapters. To see a full list of CPS winners, visit this site.


Students featured below: Kristina Bloomfield, Ella Toohey, Olivia Ray, Ajith Chandrasekhar, Lillian Kaster, Aimee Bedy and Hannah Tsai

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2022 Adult Spring Community Courses Now Available

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

CACC - Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence Nominees

The Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence was established in the 1979-80 school year with an initial gift from Mr. and Mrs. Ray Lewis. Other individuals, community organizations and businesses have contributed to the fund since that time. The fund was established for the purpose of making cash awards each year to educators in the Columbia Public Schools who are selected as exemplary in certain categories. The nominees for CACC are as follows:
  • Outstanding First Year (New) Educator - Mike Merz [PLTW - Engineering & CASA]
  • Outstanding High School Educator - Brad Mann [Civil Engineering & Architecture]
  • Outstanding Educator in a Specialized Area - Amanda Brown [Stragetic Communications Manager & SkillsUSA Advisor]

CACC is asking the community to send letters of support for their nominees. Please submit your letters to JoAnn Carpenter jcarpenter@cpsk12.org or 4203 S. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203 no later than Thursday, March 3, 2022.

Do you have Workplace Expectations?

Did you know CACC instructors integrate Workplace Expectations into their curriculum? It's our goal that we graduate all our students career, college and life-ready!
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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.