By: Faith Mills
Centralia High School (CHS) has partnered with Columbia Area Career Center(CACC) for five years now to give students an advanced opportunity to learn subjects that are not available at CHS.
CACC is a part of the Columbia Public School District and serves the community by providing Career and Technical Education programs and courses to a variety of ages.
There are many organizations like CACC but Dr. Smith, CHS principal, said, “As we evaluated area Vocational and Career Centers, what made CACC, and continues to make CACC, standout from other providers is the quality of instruction they provide. Aside from having top notch facilities and equipment, they have outstanding curriculum in all their areas of service as well as expert instruction. The totality of their resources in these areas make for a rigorous course of study in each of their programs.” This has given numerous students at CHS the ability to excel in the occupation they plan on pursuing after high school.
About 30 students in grades 9 through 12 enrolled at CHS spend their mornings at the Columbia Area Career Center, sitting in classrooms and learning things like Digital Filmmaking Essentials, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, 3D Modeling and Animation, Culinary Arts I and II, ect.
Sophomore student Londyn Dishman said, “I take two classes at CACC: Principles of Biomedical Sciences and Culinary I. Culinary is my favorite class because we get to learn about all different kinds of foods and learn how to cook them. Plus, I get to eat it!”
CACC offers challenging and exciting classes that will give students the knowledge to exceed in their field once out of high school. Not only do they have the opportunity to take these courses but upon completion students can obtain certificates and/or licenses from certain courses.