1080 South Silver Springs Rd.     Cape Girardeau, MO 63703

~Welcome to the October Newsletter~


Click on green rectangle above to watch a CBS news special that was featured on the Sunday Morning news about why skilled workers are so important!

~Meet the Special Services Crew~

Thank you to the Special Services department for helping our students!

Mary Gray and Karen Cain

Special Services

The special services department at the CTC provides assistance to students who are eligible to receive special education services as determined by their sending school. These students are provided with instructional assistance, as outlined in their IEP’s, to help them be successful in their chosen program. It is the goal of the CTC to appropriately place all students in the program that meets the student’s interests and needs. If your son or daughter receives special education services at his/her sending school and he/she would like a tour of the CTC facilities and the courses available to high school juniors and seniors, please contact Rebecca Peters at 573-334-0826 ext. 6503.

Mrs. Cain leads the The School to Work That Works program. This program was designed to meet transition needs of students at risk of not getting job training any other way. It is on-the-job training mostly in the areas of laundry and housekeeping. Students in the program also learn soft skills and other entry-level employment skills in order to become more marketable upon graduation from high school.

If you have any questions about any of our programs we offer, please call 334-0826 EXT. 6503 or email!

Auto Collision

Auto Technology

Basic Flight

Business Technology

Child Care Careers

Computer Networking Technology

Construction Technology

Culinary Arts

Digital Media

*Electrical Trades


Graphic Arts

*Health Occupations


Industrial Systems Technician


Machine Tool Technology


Practical Nursing

Pre-Engineering by Project Lead the Way


Wood Design and Manufacturing

*this month's program spotlight


Health Occupations

Health Occupations is only open for seniors. Students will learn medical terminology, anatomy, and basic bedside care skills. You will learn to give daily care to a patient (bathe, dress, feed, and assist with activities of daily living). The first semester all students learn the basic skills that all health care workers need to know. The second semester students may continue training to become a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) and will provide first-hand application of skills and will work with patients in local nursing facilities.

Students are able to earn 3 hours of college credit in Medical Terminology through MAC.

*students must pay for this credit

*to be eligible for credit, students must have scored at least an 18 on the reading part of the ACT or scored an 85 or better on the reading part of the Accuplacer


1. Taking Health Occupations class provides students with a great opportunity to see what taking care of people is like. It helps students decide if healthcare if the right career path for them.

2. Our program works with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for Nurse Assistant Certification. Good attendance and having a C or above is important to meet the state eligibility requirements.

3. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to obtain a job or move on to further training. Many of the facilities offer financial reimbursement or scholarships to help pay for further education in the healthcare field.

Student SpotLight: Miara Williams

What high school are you from? I am a senior at Cape Central High School and am in Mrs. Doughten's class.

What made you choose Health Occupations? I have always been interested in nursing and helping others. One of my friends took it and said it was a lot of fun. I wanted to get my feet wet and use this as a building block for my career.

What are your plans after high school? I am going to Culver Stockton and majoring in Physiology.

What have you learned that has made a difference to you? I never realized how important CNA's are! Some residents don't have family or friends that come visit them. CNA's end up being the patient's support system. We develop a relationship with our patients and support and take care of them when they aren't able to do it themselves.

What advice do you have for a student considering being a student at the CTC? Tour the CTC and ask questions! Talk to someone who has been in the program before. Even if none of your other friends are taking the class, take it anyways if it is something you enjoy doing.

What is one thing about you that would surprise people? When I was younger, I hated going to hospitals. Then I realized nurses and doctors are there to help you, not hurt you.

Student SpotLight: Kayla Barnard

What high school are you from? I am a senior at Jackson High School and am in Mrs. Drury's class.

What made you choose Health Occupations? I chose this program so I could get some experience as a CNA and hopefully get a job when I graduate.

What are your plans after high school? I am going to college to become a Radiology Technician.

What have you learned that has made a difference to you? I have learned that nursing is a lot of work, but I love the class! It has made a difference to me because it is challenging and I have to strive to reach my full potential.

What advice do you have for a student considering being a student at the CTC? I would advise them to go to the CTC and get the hands-on experience. It has been a lot of fun so far for me.

Landscape and Horticulture

This course is designed to provide knowledge and practical experience in the care and identification of ornamental plants (flowers, trees, and shrubs). Activities include starting plants from seeds and vegetative plant parts, green house operation, drawing landscape plans, floral design, pruning practices, and lawn establishment and care. Students may specialize in areas such as greenhouse operations, nursery management, landscape maintenance, or landscape installations. Those students who maintain a “C” average or better and a good attendance record may be released for work/study program in the fourth quarter of their second year. A certificate of completion will be provided at the conclusion of the course.


What high school are you from? I am a senior at Cape Central.

What made you choose Landscape? I have always liked and been interested in plants and trees. I thought it would be interesting to learn more about the names of plants, what they can be used for, what their limitations are, etc. I took two of Mr. Geiger's one hour courses (Intro to Landscape and History of Landscape) and really enjoyed them so I decided to take his 3 hour block classes, too.

What are your plans after high school? I plan on working at my family's bee keeping business. We have beehives in the Bootheel and at home. I've been around it my whole life and am looking forward to spending more time doing it so I can learn all about the day to day operations.

What have you learned that has made a difference to you? What haven't I learned from Mr. Geiger? We have run all the tools and equipment, learned about the operations in the greenhouse, how to be a salesperson, what plants are used for along with their limitations, and so much more. He really makes us well-rounded students and teaches us all the different aspects of landscaping and horticulture.

What advice do you have for a student considering being a student at the CTC? Do not slack off and think you're coming to the CTC for a blow off class. You're going to be challenged and you're going to have to do work. You will use all the skills you learn at the CTC later on so don't forget what your teacher has taught you.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy fishing, hiking, trapping, and riding four-wheelers.

How would others describe you? I am a simple person who is talkative, has a sense of humor, and am a nice person.

College Credit earned in Landscape through Mineral Area:

Introduction to Horticulture

Plant Propagation

*only applies to high school students

*must complete both years of the program to receive credit

Electrical Trades

This course will provide training in electrical trades. Students will learn how to interpret and apply designs and drawings to the electrical field. Instruction will include constructing, calculating, and installing residential and circuits and applicable codes. This course will prepare students for entry level employment as an electrician and in other related areas. In the first year, residential and commercial are the two subjects taught. Residential includes house wiring, NEC code calculations and blueprint reading. Commercial includes conduit bending, and transformers.

Students entering the second year will focus on industrial motor controls and PLC (Programmable Logic Controller). Students will learn how to install, troubleshoot, and maintain motor controls and variable frequency drives. Upon completion of the second year, the student will be able to read and write Programmable Logix. The different types of PLC’s are: Micrologix 1100 and Compact Logix.


1. Students receive a real world hands on experience in Electrical Trades because of our big shop area.

2. Students receive training in residential, commercial and industrial.

3. Some students have went on to work at KT Power, ECI Electric, Power's Electric, and Dyer Electric.


What high school are you from? I am senior at Notre Dame High School.

What made you choose Electrical Trades? My dad is an electrician so I've been around it my whole life. I enjoy helping people and learning how things work.

What are your plans after high school? I'm going to work at Power's Electric.

What have you learned that has made a difference to you? Mr. Mayfield has taught us how to wire 3-way switches and 4-way switches in a house setting. We wire up motor controls and PLC's. I truly feel like Mr. Mayfield has given us the tools, resources, and skills necessary to enter the workforce.

What advice do you have for a student considering being a student at the CTC? If the CTC has a program you are interested in, give it a shot. You may have to make sacrifices--like not seeing your friends and teachers as much at your sending school--but you will make new friends here and have knowledgeable teachers that truly care about their students.

What are your hobbies? I enjoy hunting, fishing, shooting guns, riding ATV's, working and farming.

What is one thing about you that would surprise people? I am the life of the party and am really good at working with my hands.

College Credit earned in Electrical Technology through Mineral Area:

Year One:

Basic Electronics

National Electrical Code

Introduction to Electrical Technology

Residential Circuits

Commercial Circuits

Occupational Leadership Development I

Blueprint Reading

Year Two:

Electrical Systems

Practical Electronics

Programmable Logic Controls

Industrial Circuits

Electrical Constructions

Preparation for Employment

Occupational Leadership Development II

*only applies to high school students

*must complete both years of the program to receive credit

Important dates at the CTC:

October 25: College and Career Fair--Feel free to come check it out! Booths will be set up from 9:30-1:30.

October 27: No school at CTC

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.

~~Check out the Exploring Club~~

Unsure about the next step after high school? Join an Exploring Club! Exploring provides exciting activities and one-on-one mentorship for young men and women, ages 14-20, looking to discover their future. If you’re a young person wanting to uncover the possibilities of your future, Exploring is a great place to start. Get real-life, hands-on experience to determine whether or not a particular career field is right for you.

Exploring offers experiences in a variety of career fields to help you discover your future.

  • Fire Service & EMS
  • Health Care
  • Law & Government
  • Law Enforcement

Want to join or have questions? Contact Ashley Duerst @ 314-920-0621.