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Our new and improved website now includes weekly announcements, upcoming events, student organizations, and lots of other great information about our programs.

October and November have been very busy months at the Career and Technology Center! I often get asked, "What goes on at the CTC? What does a typical day look like at the CTC?" There is not one clear below to find out just a few of the things that have happened here in the last two months!

Construction Technology Students Participate in Construction Career Day

MoDOT hosted Construction Career Day at the CTC on October 30th. 120 high school & adult students from all over Southeast Missouri & the Bootheel got to hear directly from MoDOT & other local construction oriented businesses & groups, about career opportunities in this exciting field!

Construction Career Day is designed to introduce high school students to construction careers. Construction is one of the country’s largest industries and is facing a shortage of skilled workers. If not addressed, this shortage will only increase. It will affect quality, safety, and the industry’s overall ability to effectively build the infrastructure needed for our future. This event provides an opportunity to educate young people about the various rewarding opportunities available in the construction industry.

Exhibitors from AGC of of Missouri, Ameren, Carpenters Apprenticeship Training Center, Buzzi Unicem USA, Delta Companies, Job Corps, L. Keeley Construction Co., MoDOT, Equal Opportunity Diversity Division, MoDOT HR (Southeast District)-Driver Safety MoDOT External Civil Rights Division, Roland Machinery Company, Southeast Missouri State University (Department of Engineering & Technology), Sunbelt Rentals and more offered hands-on exhibits and talked with the students about the array of opportunities available to them.

The Panel Discussion was moderated by Pastor Daryl Minner and featured Steve Bubanovich - Construction Manager with H. R. Quadri Contractors, LLC; Andrew Meyer - Assistant District Engineer with MoDOT for the Southeast District; Katy Liley, P.E., - Project Manager with Gerdan Slipforming; Eugene Little – Owner of Little Painting & Drywall; and Phil Heimbecker – Human Resources Manager for the Delta Companies.

Students were able to climb up into excavators & large trucks, see a drone in action and hear how it's being used in today's construction industry and they learned about the Buckle Up/Phone Down program with MoDOT.

Students also participated in in-depth tours of Delta Companies quarry and production facilities located here in Cape Girardeau, MO. Delta Companies provided tours of our Cape Complex, including the SEMO Quarry, the Cape Girardeau HMA Plant, the Missouri Shop, and the Missouri Quality Control Lab. Mike Martin, Christine Linguanti, Jerry Neels, and Don Rosenbarger served as tour guides for the bus trips. Terry Everly, Robert Walls, Justin Bennett, Amos Taylor, Joe Vernon, Tony Shafer, Aaron Fortner, Kari Wagner, Cody Essner, and Brandon Machen provided site specific commentary at their respective stops. Dan Grier with SEMO Ready Mix joined the tour for a discussion of the ready-mix concrete plant.

Pathways for Teachers Institute

The Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center has been awarded a grant that allows us to offer the Pathways for Teachers Institute. This great opportunity for instructors from the Southeast Missouri region enables teachers to participate in a 2 day training on one of the following: Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones), Computer Coding, Healthcare, HVAC and Automotive Technology. Instructors also take part in 4 externships allowing them to visit local businesses which utilize these services to gain information about the academic, technical, and soft skills those businesses are looking for in new hires. This institute is organized by Mary Gray and Kristy Unger.

Respiratory Therapy Hosts Open House

Kyle Kern, Pete Darnell and Keri Vandeven and the Respiratory Therapy program hosted a Respiratory Open House on October 24th. Students performed blood pressure checks, looked at pig lungs, and provided demonstrations on the equipment respiratory therapists use.

Student Ambassadors Attend Leadership Workshop

Three of the Student Ambassadors, Jon Bond, Kaya Thatch, and Austin Hengst attended the Empower Leadership Workshop, an interactive bullying prevention training for students, on November 19th. Team leaders facilitated small group discussion and led activities with students during the morning sessions. Students and school staff brainstormed creative and impactful initiatives to take back to their school and community.

Culinary Program Makes Buffet Every Wednesday

Come eat at our Culinary Arts program's LEGENDARY LUNCH BUFFET!

For those of you who are unaware, our culinary program serves a phenomenal lunch buffet on Wednesdays throughout the school year. It is AYCE (All You Can Eat), $8.00 (no tax), and includes dessert & beverage. The buffet is open to the public and served in Room 405, here at the CTC, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Menus are posted each week on our Facebook page.

Fred Stoverink Visits Digital Media Class

Actor Fred Stoverink, recently in the area shooting a short film at the Jackson Bowling Alley, came and spoke to the Digital Media program about the television and film industry. Fred Stoverink told the students, "You never know where life is going to take you. Set a goal and stick to it. Do not tell people what you are gonna do. Tell them what you have already done."

Stoverink is a Jackson native that now lives in Hollywood. He attended the University of Missouri where he studied Electrical Engineering and moved to Hollywood in 2011 to begin his acting career. Stoverink has played a role in NCIS, Parks and Recreation, a Chick Fil-A commercial and many others.

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Welding Program Donates Signs

Brandon Bradshaw's Welding program used design software and a CNC plasma cutter to create two signs--the flag is being donated to Heroes Way and the other is for Creative Walker Cabinetry.

Construction Technology Students Compete in Bobcat Derby

Students in Mr. Gerlach's Construction Technology class competed in a Bobcat Derby in October. Students drove around an obstacle course with a bucket of water on the platform. Students also had to lift up a bucket of water and lower it down. The winner was the student with the least amount of water that had fallen out of the bucket. This is an event students look forward to year after year to see who will receive the bragging rights as the best one on the bobcat!

Digital Media Instructor Randy McWilson Creates Epic Snow Day Video

Don't you just LOVE snow days?! I know I do! For your entertainment, we present to you this year’s SNOW DAY video starring Dr. Neil Glass (directed, filmed & produced by CTC’s wickedly talented Digital Media Instructor, Randy McWilson.)
2018 SNOW DAY Announcement Video: Parody of Imagine Dragons "Thunder"

CTC Hosts Veterans Day Assembly

The CTC honored veterans on November 12th. Austin Hengst (EMT student from Jackson High School) and Brandon Chesser (Computer Networking and Security homeschooled student) led the ceremonies. Kristina DeJesus, CTC custodian, led us in the National Anthem. Alizebeth Avery, Computer Networking and Security student from Chaffee High School, sang America the Beautiful.

Thank you to the following speakers for their sacrifice and dedication to serving our country:

Cliff Hester (retired Master Sergeant in the Air Force)

Frank McMahon (retired Senior Master Sergeant in the Air Force)

Brian Wilcox (Army)

Dusty McDowell (Army National Guard)

Jason McBride (Marine)

Coding and Programming Classroom Received a "New Look"

Our new program this year, Coding and Programming, now has bean bag chairs, a black glass board, tons of dry erase board space, desks you can WRITE on, and modern looking chairs. Students in that program have created apps using MIT App Inventor, used vex programming to program robots, and just began working on creating Python programs.

If you have any questions on this exciting new program we offer, contact Cara Dirnberger at

Electrical Trades Class Puts up Lights in Cape County Park

Tim Mayfield's Electrical Trades class recently put up a Christmas display in Cape County Park.

The CTC would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

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Local 8th Grade Students Attend Manufacturing Day

Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce and the Career and Technology Center hosted a Manufacturing Expo on October 3rd with more than 300 junior high and high school students taking part. Students from Delta, Jackson, Oak Ridge, and Cape Central gathered to learn from various local manufacturers what manufacturing is - and what it isn't.
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CTC Students Participate in Student Professional Development Day


The CTC held the annual COLLEGE & CAREER DAY with our high school juniors, seniors & adult students enrolled in our 9-month technical training programs on October 25th.

Students rotated through four different "Life Prep" sessions to help them be better prepared to enter the "real world". Additionally, each program instructor invited in a "career specific" presenter talk to their students their jobs & experiences as it related to our students' program of study. And last but not least, students got the opportunity to visit with 37 area employers and organizations to learn more about the wealth of opportunities available to them after they graduate.

-Taxes & Other Grown Up Forms - Carly Bowles, SEMO CPA Company, Cape Girardeau, MO

-Renting vs. Buying a Home - Jared Ritter, Ritter Real Estate, Cape Girardeau, MO

- Budgeting 101: Wow! I Never Knew Life Cost So Much! Lakenya Taylor, Financial Consultant, Cape Girardeau, MO

-How to WOW a Potential Employer - Pam Williams & Debra Thompson, Missouri Job Center, Cape Girardeau, MO

-Auto Collision & Auto Tech - Rusty Mayfield, Cape Girardeau Honda
-Basic Flight - Cape Girardeau Regional Airport
-Careers in Child Care - Jennifer Hatheway, University School for Young Children
-Coding & Programming - Micky McQuade, Vintage Software
-Computer Networking & Security - Rob Staggs, American Wireless
- Construction Technology - Shane Tyler,SE Missouri Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Training Program
- Culinary Arts - Nick Johnston, Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management at Southeast Missouri State Univ.
-H.S. EMT - Brian Wilcox, CTC EMS Director
- Digital Media - Andrew Chronister, Southeast Missouri State University
- Graphic Arts - Laura Sheridan, Horizon Screen Printing
- Health Occupations - Donna Johnson, CTC Practical Nursing Program Coordinator
- HVAC/R - Obermanns Plumbing, Heating & A/C
- Machine Tool Technology - Spencer Lorenz, Hahs Machine Works
- Marketing - Leah Powers & Dr. Foster Roberts, Catapult Creative House & Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University
- PLTW - Mark Strickland & Doug Ambler, Strickland Engineering & MAR CON Construction
-Welding - Kevin Boston & Ellis Bradshaw, Best Weld Mobile & Canedy Sign and Graphics

Ameren Missouri
Cape College Center
Chateau Girardeau
CTC Financial Aid
Isle Casino
Landmark Hospital
Lincoln College of Technology
Lutheran Home
Midwest Institute Truck Driving
Mineral Area College
National Guard
Ranken Technical College
Ratliff Care Center
Region E CERT Team
Renaissance Beauty Academy
River Radio
Robinson Construction
Schaefer's Electrical Enclosures, Inc
Semo Carpenters & Millrights
SEMO Food Bank
Seyer Garage
Southeast Health
Southeast Hospital College of Nursing
Southeast Missouri State University
St. Francis Medical Center
Talent Force
TG Missouri
Three Rivers Community College
University Of Missouri St. Louis
US Air Force
US Army Recruiting
US Coast Guard
US Marines

This day wouldn't have been possible without the scores of businesses, agencies, organizations & volunteers that made this event such a great success! Thank you ALL for your support of CTC and our students!!

New Programs Offered Next Year at the CTC

We are constantly looking to expand and add to our programs--we are excited to announce we will be adding Criminal Justice, Drone Technology, and Cabinet Making to our list next year! Have questions about any of our current or upcoming programs, contact Rebecca Peters at 334-0826 EXT. 6503 or
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Student Success Story: Meet Melanie Dockins

Will my kid be successful if they go to the CTC? We can't promise that, but we will certainly give them the skills and tools necessary to be successful! Meet one of our former students, Melanie Dockins. She is a prime example of using the skills she learned in the Childcare program and free college credit she received to her advantage!

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What year did you take the ChildCare program at the CTC?

I took the ChildCare program at CTC in 2013-2014, my senior year of high school.

What made you choose to take that program?

I chose to take the program because I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a teacher. I was excited about the program because knew that the program would help me with starting my education and my career.

What did you learn from that program and from Mrs. LeGrand that helps you today?

I learned so much throughout the year in that class. Caring for the students and the families that you work with is the most important. Now that I am in my first year teaching, I am learning very quickly that these kids are my family and I care for them the same as I would my own children.

Do you have any advice for students interested in taking the Childcare program?

TAKE THE CLASS! You will learn so much from the instructor, the other students in the program, and the kids that you get to work with! It is so much fun to build those relationships!

What grade do you currently teach?

I am currently teaching Kindergarten at Clippard Elementary. I am SO lucky to be here! This school is amazing and better than I could have ever imagined!

What college did you attend after high school and what year did you graduate?

I went to SEMO after graduation and graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education.

Did you use any of the credit you received through the ChildCare program in college?

Yes! I went to Cape College Center for my first year of college and all of my credits transferred because it was through 3 Rivers and SEMO. I then transferred to the Sikeston SEMO campus, where I finished my education. Getting those hours through the program truly helped get a kick start on my education!

Melanie married her high school sweetheart in October. They enjoy fishing together and hanging out with friends and family. They also love to spoil their two dogs, Phoebe and Nugget.

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Thank you to Metal Cutters, LLC for all your support of our programs at the Career and Technology Center! From donating steel, providing a forklift and manpower to unload materials and equipment for several years, and serving on the Welding Advisory Board for many years--we cannot thank you enough! Brandon Bradshaw, welding instructor, stated, "Jeff at Metal Cutters is always willing to help any way he can. I appreciate all his time he volunteers to help us."

Don't know what Metal Cutters does? Metal Cutters can take your paper drawings to cut metal, using the nesting software that allows them to save you money by getting the highest yield from each plate. Contact them today at 573-339-0535!



If so, contact our Workforce Development Coordinator, Kathleen Clayton!

As we all know, when it comes to making job connections it's oftentimes "WHO YOU KNOW" that makes all the difference. We want our current students & graduates to be aware of the wide array of job opportunities available right here at home!

To help employers and students connect, CTC is offering WORKFORCE WEDNESDAYS! Area employers can sign up to spend a day (or part of one) with us so that you can connect one-to-one with our students and have them learn about your company and all that you have to offer. Current students & graduates, WORKFORCE WEDNESDAYS are a great opportunity for you to have a conversation with local company reps and really get to know them and what they have to offer you!

There's no cost to participate -- just a little bit of your time!

For further information or to get on the WORKFORCE WEDNESDAY schedule; email Kathleen Clayton, Workforce Development Coordinator, at

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