Students can earn college credit while taking high school classes at CACC. Learn More.
CACC serves Southern Boone County (Ashland), Christian Fellowship, Columbia Independent, Home School, Douglass, Hallsville, Fr. Tolton, Battle High School, Hickman High School and Rock Bridge High School.
Normally, students enroll through their sending school. If you have questions, contact our guidance career counselors.
Classes are held on an A/B day (calendar) alternating schedule. CACC Bell Schedule:
Early Block (50 min. daily)
Block 3 (50 min. daily)
Block 3 (normal)
No in most cases. Some programs offer adult enrollment as well as high school student. Contact our Professional and Community Education [Adult Education] programs if you have questions.
A student with a disability needs to tell his/her career/technical instructor that they have an Individual Education Plan or 504 plan. The instructor will notify the VRE, or the student may ask to speak with the VRE directly.
Accommodations may include: reading tests, providing a person to script oral responses, or editing written work. The VRE may also assist students in studying for tests, or assisting with projects/research, etc. VREs provide an alternative learning environment, such as a quiet place to study or take tests. Learn more.
Parents, career/technical teachers, and counselors can refer high school students enrolled in career/technical classes to receive assistance with reading, writing, and mathematics. Students can receive help in the Student Services office at CACC and in Room 51A at Hickman High School.
Students can receive help during the school day, before and after school by appointment. Students are encouraged to meet with the Academic Support Instructors during the student’s study halls or unassigned periods.
This is a program designed for students in the Columbia Public School District who are under the age of 21 and unsuccessful in the traditional high school setting. This is an opportunity for students to attend a full-time day education program (2 or 3 credit classes only) where half of the day is spent in career and technical education training and half of the day is spent preparing for the high school equivalency exam.
Absolutely. Most students who plan from 9th grade on can take courses they need for academic preparation as well as career/technical education.
Summer school is an opportunity for students to get core classes necessary for graduation and free-up time during their yearly schedule for CACC courses. Graduated students have been quoted saying their CACC courses allowed them the opportunity to put theoretical knowledge to experience. This experience has set students apart while applying for scholarships, internships and college applications. Our courses sequence students toward their goal.
Research shows that students who have taken career/technical education courses often do as well or better in college than their counterparts because they have a specific career goal.
CACC students can develop leadership and compete in a variety of academic contests by joining organizations like FFA (Agriculture), DECA (Marketing), FBLA (Business), HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) and SkillsUSA (Technical). Ask your instructor about joining a club!
CACC recognizes students based on workplace expectations at ICan Club breakfasts and classroom achievement at yearly awards ceremony.
We have local business Partners in Education including MU-Administrative services, MFA [Big O’Tire], River Region Credit Union, and the City of Columbia.
Professional & Community Education
Courses vary in price, length and location. Short-term courses (those lasting one session to 12 weeks) can be found in our current catalog. Information about long term (work preparation type) programs can be found on our business and industry and adult health sciences pages.
For an additional copy of our course catalog, please stop by our offices located at 4203 South Providence Road. Or download a copy on our website homepage.
Many of our courses can be arranged at your own company. Please contact Jim Sharrock atwith your requests.
The majority of our classes are for those 18 years and older unless otherwise stated specifically in the course description. Children can be an unexpected distraction to the learning of others.
The Career Center is located at 4203 S. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203. We are south of Nifong Blvd. and just north of Rock Bridge High School. The Professional & Community Education office is located in Room 147.
If attending classes at CACC there is parking available in the front lot and south side of the building. For classes at Rock Bridge High School there is plenty of well-lit parking in the north lot.
Map and more info found here.
A withdrawal request received four or more working days prior to the start of class will be refunded less the following processing fees: $5 for course fees up to $99, $10 for course fees $100-$199, $15 for course fees more than $200. A withdrawal request received three or fewer working days prior to the start of class will be refunded 50 percent of tuition. No shows will not receive reimbursement.
If you are dissatisfied with a class, please contact us within 1 working day. Unfortunately, refunds cannot be credited after that. Each class needs a minimum enrollment. If this minimum is not met three working days before the start date, the class may be cancelled. When Columbia Public Schools is announced as closed due to weather, all adult classes will be cancelled as well. If possible, cancelled classes will be rescheduled. Policies, class and instructor information in this brochure are based on conditions at the time of printing and are subject to change. Credits expire one year from issuance.
If Columbia Public Schools is closed due to inclement weather, evening Adult Education classes will NOT be held. If conditions deteriorate during the day, please listen to local TV and radio stations for cancellation information after 4:00 pm. You will be contacted with the reschedule information as soon as it is available.
Yes, anyone 65 years or older may register for one class each semester at a 20 percent discount on the course fee. Fees for books, supplies, etc. must be paid at full cost. This discount may not be combined with any other discount or promotion. This discount is not applicable to career training programs or individual classes in the career training section of the catalog. Bring or mail proof of age with enrollment.
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Qualified students in our Practical Nursing and Surgical Technology programs are not subject to the new cap on tuition reimbursement.
Beginning January 2012, A+ tuition reimbursement was capped at the published standard per credit hour tuition rate charged by Linn State Technical College. Due to this cap, A+ recipients did not qualify for full tuition reimbursement at the Columbia Area Career Center. We applied for and have been approved for a waiver of the tuition cap on A+ Award reimbursements for students in our Practical Nursing and Surgical Technology programs.
The waiver is effective for a maximum of three years, beginning January 1, 2012. Students in our Practical Nursing or Surgical Technology programs who qualify for A+ tuition reimbursement are no longer subject to the reimbursement cap and may receive A+ reimbursement for the full cost of their tuition.
We accept all forms of financial aid including A+, VA, Pell Grant, and Federal Student Loans. Find out more about Financial Aid by contacting Rachel Touchatt at 573.214.3809. Learn more about financial aid here.
Intravenous (IV) Certification is incorporated into the curriculum of the Program of Practical Nursing. The graduate meets the requirements to perform tasks within the practical nurse scope of practice relative to IV Therapy. This certification is not offered as a separate course at CACC at this time. You may contact the State Board of Nursing at http://pr.mo.gov/boards/nursing/ivcourse.pdf for a list of Missouri IV Therapy programs.
The PN program is an 11 month program beginning in March with time off during spring break, late July and December spanning 12 continuous months.
The PN program is self-contained meaning the courses taught are specific to the program and do not carry credit toward an RN program at this time. CACC is looking to expand in the future to offer such credit.
Technology Institute’s (ATI) Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) for its entrance test. The TEAS does not have a pass or fail score. It provides a measure of strength and identifies areas a student can study for improvement
Study for the entrance test by using the local public library resources to review English, Math, Reading and Science subject areas. A workbook can be purchased online; or, the school has a book available for use from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday -Thursday.
The ST program is an 11-month program beginning in August with time off during December and spring break, spanning 12 continuous months.
A PN (practical nurse) has not yet fulfilled the requirements of the state board in order to practice as a licensed nurse. Most students of practical nursing programs are referred to as practical nursing students.
An LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) has completed and passed the state’s board of nursing exam.
An LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) is the same as an LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse)
The following are required blood tests/vaccinations/titers that must be completed prior to admittance to program: 1. Two (2) TB/PPD tests are required and must be given within one week of each other TB Test (PPD) within the past year 2. Tetanus Booster – within the past 10 years 3. Rubella Titer – if not immune, must receive immunization 4. Varicella (Chickenpox) Titer – if not immune, must receive two (2) immunizations, 1 month apart 5. Rubeola (Measles) Titer– if not immune, must receive two (2) immunizations, one month apart 6. Mumps Titer – if not immune, must receive two (2) immunizations, one month apart Immunization against the Hepatitis B virus is required. This requirement consists of a series of three injections. You must have had at least one of the injections before you will be admitted to the program.
Anyone 16 years of age or older who is not enrolled in any public school or is being home schooled.
No, the GED prep classes are free of charge, however, the State does charge a fee ($20.00) for the application to take the actual GED exam. There is also an additional $20.00 fee that the testing site will charge each time an applicant takes the test.
Please callfor class schedules and availability.