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02 May 2013

this issue From the Director P.2 Career Exploration P.2 Student of the Year P.3 Awards Ceremony P.4-5 Fire & EMT Update P.6 State SkillsUSA P.7 Adult Education P. 8

Looking Ahead... June 2428

National SkillsUSA Contest (Bartle Hall)

August 15 ESACC first day of school August 22 Open House - 6p Sept. 2

No SchoolLabor Day

Sept. 28

ESACC Car & Bike Show

Adult Education Instructor’s Wanted! Do you have a hobby or skill and would like to share it with others? Earn extra cash by teaching an Adult/ Community Education class. Call 816-6309240, ext 1 for details.

Students Finalize Year-long Project This year, Building Trades students have been focused on the new addition at the Wood Heights Fire Station. Students have been involved in many aspects of the construction process. First semester, students focused on framing exterior walls and installing roof trusses to prepare the building for exterior finishing including trim and siding that was completed by subcontractors. Second semester, students worked diligently to complete their responsibilities, concentrating on framing interior walls. Electrical Trades and HVAC students were also an essential component to this project. Electrical Trades students inBuilding Trades students work together to stalled panels and conduit throughout complete exterior framing. the building. Students referred to blueprints to install receptacles and lighting throughout the facility. Students HVAC students install duct work. were also able to work outdoors to install underground conduit and feeders to the building to power the addition. HVAC students were responsible for installing duct work and furnaces for four systems, as well as the venting systems for the units. As the year comes to an end, each program is working to finalize all projects at the fire station. Building Trades students completed all framing, and it will soon be ready for sheetrock. There are minor tasks left to finish, and the fire department will have these tasks completed over the summer. Students have done an excellent job, and this has been a great learning opportunity. Students and staff were able to celebrate their hard work at an open house event held on April 29. The addition was open to the public for tours. Individuals were able to see the facility and enjoy hot dogs Electrical Trades students prepare ground for conduit. grilled by Wood Heights firefighters. ESACC would like to thank the community of Wood Heights for the opportunity to work with them on this project. Each year, the Building Trades class works on one major project or several small projects. The program is currently looking for a project for the 2013-2014 school year. If you have something you would like the class to consider as a class project contact Randy Barnes, Building Trades Instructor, for more information at (816)630-9240 or

From the Director What a great close to the 2012-13 school year! Our ESACC Awards Night assembly on May 1st showcased many of our students as they were recognized for program completion, attendance, scholarships, student of the year, and student organizations. Each program recognized a Student of the Year which was based on leadership, academics, positive behavior, and employability skills. Each Student of the Year received recognition and a gift from their instructor. Several scholarships were given out to students who have excelled at the Career Center. A total of sixteen scholarships were awarded and were sponsored either by a community organization or ESACC. All community advisory members, student program completers and SkillsUSA members were recognized as well. To close the ceremony, HR Thomas, our retiring automotive instructor, was honored by students. The 2013 ESACC Awards Night provided a storybook finish to a productive and exciting year at the career center.

SkillsUSA members take a moment to recognize Mr. Thomas.

Career Exploration + Cowboy Coolers = Success! Career Exploration students have been very busy working on their year-end project. Each year, Career Exploration students choose a product to build, market the product, and then use the proceeds to pay for their SkillsUSA dues for the following school year. This year, students built cowboy coolers as their end-of-the year project. Students have been involved in every step of the process, from creating flyers for marketing the coolers to following blueprints to ensure quality construction. Congratulations to Ms. Unger and her students for a job well AFTER done! BEFORE Ms. Unger works with students as they construct cowboy coolers.

A completed cowboy cooler on display. Great job, Career Exploration!

ESACC Programs Recognize Student of the Year

Auto Tech: Cory Bethards

Building Trades: Kyle Younger

Throughout the year, ESACC teachers look for the following characteristics to determine who will be their program’s student of the year: Leadership (work ethic, positive attitude, self-discipline, participation in CTSOs) Positive Behavior (respect, honesty, kindness, selfless actions) Academic Focus (diligence in learning, focused engagement, preparedness, accountability) Employability Skills (workmanship, consistent professional interaction, good attendance, reliability) Students chosen for Student of the Year for their program consistently display these qualities. All of these traits are interchangeable and if students possess them, they are likely to be a leader, a good student, a role model, and eventually, a successful citizen and worker in society.

EMT-Basic: Ashley Downing

Health Services: Mackenzie Hauck

Computer Support: Nathan

English IV: Sierra Thompson

HVAC: Alex Holtzclaw

Electrical Trades: Stephen Hallmark

Fire Fighter I & II: Jacob Shirley

Achiever’s Award: David Sollazzo

Career Exploration: Austin Quandt

ESACC Awards Scholarships This year, ESACC was able to award 16 scholarships, consisting of both tool and tuition scholarships. About 50% of completers continue on into some type of post-secondary education and the other half go straight into the workforce or military. It’s important that both types of completers have resources available to help them reach their goals. Several students applied for these scholarships, and it was a tough selection process. In addition to ESACC scholarships, there were three outside Tray Harkins (far right) awarded two-$250 tool scholarships and two- $250 tuition scholarship from the Gregg Williams Foundation. Recipients pictured left to right: organizations Lance Shouse (Excelsior), Wade Walker (Lawson), Ashley Downing (Liberty), and Jacob Shirley (Kearney). that awarded scholarships: Clay-Ray Veteran’s Association, Elks Lodge 1001, and Gregg Williams Foundation. The partnership with these organizations is exciting, and ESACC is thankful for their willingness to contribute to the success of career center students.

Caitlin Harris (Liberty) was awarded one of two $500 tuition scholarships from Elks Lodge 1001.

Isaac Jones, Matt Mulvania, Gabby Gonzales, and Sierra Thompson were recognized for perfect attendance.

Clay-Ray Veterans Dennis Heine and Ron Wetzel (not pictured) present Stephen Hallmark with a $250 tool scholarship.

SkillsUSA Officer, Shelby Flinn, shares the “thought of the day”.

Sam Wartenbee, Harry Young Scholarship recipient, captures a moment with his instructor, Mr. Baldwin.

Jana Limpic Scholarship recipients pictured left to right, Tyler O’Dell, Matt Stephenon, and Paul Robinson. Left to Right: Cory Bethards, Paul Vogel, and Mackenzie Hauck .

Left to Right: Nathan Suddarth, Robert Saunders, and Shelby Flinn.

Scholarship Recipients Bill Cogdill Memorial $300 Tuition- Paul Vogel, Kearney Clay-Ray Veteran’s Association $250 Tool- Stephen Hallmark, Excelsior Elks Lodge No. 1001 Two $500 Tuition Scholarships Nathan Suddarth, Lawson Caitlin Harris, Liberty Gregg Williams Foundation Two $250 Tuition Scholarships Jacob Shirley, Kearney Ashley Downing, Liberty Two $250 Tool Scholarships Wade Walker, Lawson Lance Shouse, Excelsior

Harry Young Memorial Two $250 Tool Scholarships Cory Bethards, Lawson Sam Wartenbee, Excelsior Jana Limpic Memorial $200 Tuition- Paul Robinson, Lawson $200 Tool- Matt Stephenson, Liberty $200 Tool- Tyler O’Dell, Orrick National Technical Honor Society $250 tuition- Mackenzie Hauck, Excelsior Non-Traditional $300 tuition- Robert Saunders, Excelsior SkillsUSA $300 Tool- Shelby Flinn, Lathrop

Fire Students Complete State Testing The Fire I/II class has finished up all testing for school. Students have taken five state practical tests (39 skills assessed), one state HazMat test (11 skills assessed), and two state written tests. Students have completed 148 pages of hands-on skills in addition to the chapter tests and review tests. Juniors Briar Bessmer, Kelsey Cohalla, and Thomas Brown all competed at State SkillsUSA contest in April. Briar placed first in firefighting and will be competing at National contest in July. Kelsey placed third in firefighting, and Thomas competed in Action Skills. Students have also spent some time training the Health Services and Automotive Technology classes on how to use a fire extinguisher. Captain Potter shared, “I am very proud of all of my students and all of the hard work they State Champion, Briar Bessmer, competing in Firefighting contest. have put into the class this year.”

EMT-B Students Celebrate Accomplishments

Ashley, Mikayla, and Gabby prepare to compete in Career Pathway contest.

EMT-B students represented ESACC in three events at State SkillsUSA. Ashley Downing, Mikayla Wohltez, and Gabrielle Gonzales competed in the Career Pathway contest. The team placed fourth in the event. George Castillo competed in Job Skills Demo and Sierra Thompson competed in Medical Math, and both students did well.

EMT-B students have spent the year learning life-saving techniques. Students now possess skills to treat wounds from minor injuries to major trauma. Students are also able to asses victims to determine medical problems from heart attacks to breathing problems. Students also focused on pediatric care and delivering babies. Captain Potter shared, “I am very proud of all of my students for being able to learn this very hard course. They have worked very hard on skills and treatment for patients, and they have been doing ambulance and hospital clinicals putting their knowledge to work.” Captain Potter and his crew celebrate a job well done!

ESACC SkillsUSA REPRESENT at State Contest

Over sixty students from the Excelsior Springs Area Career Center (ESACC) and their advisers attended the SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference held at Linn State Technical College in Linn, Missouri, April 4-6, 2013. ESACC students brought home 35 medals. First place winners will advance to national competitions. Eleven ESACC students qualified to compete in the SkillsUSA National Championships to be held in Kansas City. In the Career Pathways Showcase for Transportation, Distribution and Logistics, the team of Dominick Booth (Liberty), Zach Feil (Polo), and Quinn Kielty (Liberty) will compete against other students from all over the nation. The team of Jonathan Hellyer (Excelsior Springs), Leroy Sterling (Excelsior Springs), Isaac Jones (Excelsior Springs) and Phillip Ruark (Liberty) will put their skills together to compete in the Teamworks competition in which they SkillsUSA National Qualifiers will follow blueprints to build a section of a small Isaac Jones, Phillip Ruark, Jared Raffel, Preston Washburn, Briar Bessmer, & David Sollazzo (not pictured: Jon Hellyer and Leroy building. Sterling) recognized at ESACC Awards Ceremony.

Firefighter student, Briar Bessmer (Lawson), will exercise his skills in the firefighting competitions. Filling in for gold medalist, Colt Nutter (Lawson), Jared Raffel (Excelsior Springs) will present ESACC’s Sustainability Solutions project. Preston Washburn (Lawson) will compete in the Residential Systems Installtion and Maintenance competition. If you are interested in observing the talented students competing at the SkillsUSA National Championship this summer visit the downtown Kansas City area around Bartle Hall, American Royal Building and other locations. The events are open to the public on June 26 and 27 only.

What’s New in Adult Education Summer is almost here and before you know it the fall semester will begin! Along with the changing fall leaves, you will see some changes in the Adult Education Department. June 30th will be my last day as Adult Education Coordinator. I will be retiring and enjoying more time to spend with my grandchildren. Actually, I will not be completely retired! I will be doing some instructing with our EMS programs and teaching some enrichment classes. Also, I intend on taking some of the classes we are offering! Teresa Berry has been hired to be the new Adult Education Director. She has been an employee of the Excelsior Springs Area Career School District and has taught at the Career Center for a number of years. She is currently the Business and Marketing Instructor and SkillsUSA Lead Advisor. I know she will do a wonderful job in this position. I wish her the very best of luck on her new position. Look for the Adult Education Brochure and class schedules to be released in August. New and exciting classes will be offered, as well as our favorite class offerings. There will be something for all interests and ages. Just a note for those interested in Hunter Education Courses: the Missouri Department of Conservation is restructuring their Hunter Education classes. Details and class schedules will not be available until after mid-July. Interested persons can access the latest schedules and register on-line for classes to be held at the career center at starting in mid-July. Please note the Adult Education office will be closed from July 1 – 31st. All correspondence may be directed to Teresa Berry at or l816-630-9240, ext 1. Have a wonderful summer!

Shirley Knoch

614 Tiger Drive Excelsior Springs, MO 64024

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It's a wrap! ESACC concludes the year with its final newsletter highlighting the awards ceremony, SkillsUSA info, program news, and adult/c...