Herndon Career Center overview

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     Welcome to Herndon Career Center! 

    Consolidated School District No. 2 (Raytown), in cooperation with five other area school districts, supports and operates Herndon Career Center.  

    At Herndon Career Center, we believe that the right student, the right program and the right reasons create a successful, meaningful and engaging start to a student's future. We are aware that one path is not the correct path for each and every student.  Our goal is to help students identify individual needs and to evaluate post-secondary options.  Herndon Career Center offers programs from the following career clusters:  Transportation & Logistics (Automotive Collision, Automotive Technology, & Diesel, Industrial & Agriculture Mechanics), Industrial Technology (Construction Technology, Welding Metal Fabrication Technology, Industrial Engineering), Creative Services (Advertising & Graphic Design, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, and Human Services (Foundations of Nursing, Law Enforcement/Police Science, Emergency Medical Technician).  Herndon Career Center also supports exploratory learning within the Southland CAPS program (Animal Health Science, Education Exploration, Environmental Planning and Awareness, Technology Solutions). 




  • The Update - Weekly Newsletter - 10/19/20

    The Update is a newsletter that we will be sending out weekly.  You will find a brief overview of weekly goals for each program, along with other bits of information.  

    The Update - 10/19/20

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  • The Update - Weekly Newsletter - 10/12/20

    The Update is a newsletter that we will be sending out weekly.  You will find a brief overview of weekly goals for each program, along with other bits of information.  

    The Update - 10/12/20

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  • The Update - Weekly Newsletter - 10/5/20

    The Update is a newsletter that we will be sending out weekly.  You will find a brief overview of weekly goals for each program, along with other bits of information.  

    The Update - 10/5/20

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  • The Update - Weekly Newsletter - 9/28/20

    The Update is a newsletter that we will be sending out weekly.  You will find a brief overview of weekly goals for each program, along with other bits of information.  

    The Update 9/28/20

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  • Herndon Career Center Moving to Hybrid Schedule 10/26

    The Board voted to bring Herndon Career Center and Southland CAPS to a hybrid schedule on 10/26. Parents and students, please be on the look out for more information being sent this evening.

    To see the full announcement from Raytown School Districts please visit: https://www.raytownschools.org/coronavirus

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  • The Update - Weekly Newsletter - 9/21/20

    The Update is a newsletter that we will be sending out weekly.  You will find a brief overview of weekly goals for each program, along with other bits of information.  

    The Update - 9/21/20

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  • The Update - Weekly Newsletter - 9/14/20

    The Update is a newsletter that we will be sending out weekly.  You will find a brief overview of weekly goals for each program, along with other bits of information.  

    The Update - 9/14/20

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  • Missouri School Counselor Association Administrator of the Year and Counselor of the Year Awards
    Congratulations to Herndon Career Center Director Dr. Cheryl Reichert who was selected as the Missouri School Counselor Association (MSCA) Administrator of the Year and Herndon Career Center counselor Nate Zier who was selected as the MSCA Secondary School Counselor of the Year.
    Dr. Reichert was selected for her support, advocacy, implementation, and improvement of school counseling services. Zier was selected for his innovation, leadership, service to the school and community, and program advocacy.
    Both Dr. Reichert and Zier will be eligible to participate in the National Counselor Association Administrator of the Year and Secondary Counselor of the Year selection process.
    Raytown School District and Herndon Career Center staff surprised both Dr. Reichert and Zier at a special socially distant celebration in the Herndon Career Center’s Institute of Culinary Arts restaurant space, Cinder. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2GSOiXd.
    Reichert Award   Zier Award
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  • Chef Mike Chrostowski, Teacher of the Year Speech

    Herndon Career Center Culinary Instructor Chef Mike Chrostowski is this year’s Raytown School District Teacher of the Year. Chef expands on the importance of making connections with students and helping them continue to pursue what they are passionate about. Chef also shares more about the Raytown Schools Culinary Arts Institute and student run restaurant Cinder. Chef was also one of six teachers selected as a Kansas City Regional Teacher of the Year by the University of Missouri – Kansas City Regional Professional Development Center.

    Chef Chrostowski led the culinary team to state titles in 2018, 2019, and 2020, a national title in 2018, and national runner-up title in 2019, and the team qualified for nationals in 2020. Over the past three years, students on the culinary and management teams have earned a combined total of $2,224,000 in scholarship funds.

    You can see his speech here

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  • Student Item Pick Up Days

    Student Item Pick Up will be located at the Building A Main Entrance.  You should have received communication from your instructor if you have items to pick up.  Not all programs will have pick up items.  

    Student Item Pick Up Days:

    Tuesday, 9/1: 7:00 am - 2:00  pm

    Wednesday, 9/2: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Thursday, 9/3: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Please reach out to Chad Cross: Chad.cross@raytownschools.org or call 816.268.7140 with questions. 

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  • Virtual Meet the Teacher Event

    Herndon Career Center parents and students, we are hosting a virtual Meet the Teacher this coming Tuesday, August 25 at 6:00 pm. Be on the lookout for an email from your instructor with a Zoom link for participation. We can’t wait to meet you and talk about this upcoming school year!

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  • First Day of School - September 8
    Start of School Update: At last night's board meeting the decision was made to delay the start of school until September 8. For the first two weeks at a minimum, we will be holding classes virtually. This includes all Herndon and Southland CAPS programs. More decisions will be made at the August 10th board meeting, but we wanted to get information out as soon as possible.
    We've had some questions in regards to options for full school year virtual learning at Herndon. Due to the nature of our programs, that will not be an option. Our goal is be able to provide opportunities for students to gain their certifications and hands-on training. Of course, student and staff safety comes first. More specifics will be communicated as we get more information and decisions are made. We appreciate your patience. Please know that our programs are happening this school year, and we are excited to see students virtually to begin and in person when the time comes.
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  • Priority Deadline for Applications is Approaching!

    Priority deadline for HCC applications is quickly approaching! Do you have interest in attending a program at HCC?  For tips on how to apply, see below.

    HCC Application Tips

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  • Thanksgiving BakeSale

    Back for the third year in a row is our beloved Thanksgiving Bake Sale! Purchase premade pies, cobbler, or bread!  Pies will be fully boxed and prepared to take and bake at home.  Cobbler and bread will be ready to eat upon pick up.  All orders must be in by November 10.  You can order online or by order form

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  • No PM Session, October 29

    We want to remind everyone that there will not be a PM session for Herndon Career Center on October 29 due to a district wide professional development day.  All programs will be hosting their Advisory Committee meetings to gain valuable advice and information from our industry partners. 

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  • Advisory Committee 

    Thank you to all of our business partners for joining us on Tuesday, October 29 at 11:30 am.  Our programs would not run successfully without your input and support! 

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  • Herndon Career Center's SOUP EXTRAVAGANZA!

    Herndon Career Center's Culinary Arts program is excited to announce their first ever Soup Extravaganza!  Take a night or two off from cooking by ordering these freshly prepared and packaged soups.  To order use the Google Form (link also on the order form) or the paper order form and contact Lisa Orchard for payment. Pick up will be on October 24th and 25th from 7:30 - 3:00 pm in Building C at Herndon Career Center.


    ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY OCTOBER 11, 2019.  Please call 816-268-7156 for any questions.  

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  • Student Attendance: 

    If your student has an illness or has a docters appointment that causes them to be absent for the day, please remember to report the absence and turn in the docters note to Herndon Career Center, as well as, to your student's sending school.  You can report the absence by calling Mrs. Lima at 816-268-7140 or by emailing hccattendance@raytownschools.org.  

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  • Did You Catch Us on KCTV5? 

    KCTV5 came to Herndon Career Center to talk about the opportunities within the Career Center.  Check out the interviews with Mr. Wise, Welding Instructor and Dr. Reichert, Director, at:

    Some High School Grads at Raytown Training Center making $90k in Skilled Trades


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  • Welcome to the New School Year! 

    Now that the school year is under way, we want to welcome everyone to a new school year!  All students should have a copy of the HCC Student Handbook to reference if you have any procedural questions.  You may also feel free to call our main line at: 816-268-7140.  Below is a copy of the 2019-20 Master Calendar of Events for Students.  HCC follows the Raytown Quality Schools academic calendar dates.  2019-20 HCC Student Calendar

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  • Sprigeo Tipline

    We recognize that creating a safe learning environment is a critical part of helping each child achieve academic success. Sprigeo is a new online system that parents, guardians, and students can use to report bullying incidents and school safety threats. Sprigeo will give our stakeholders another medium for communicating with our school administration when bullying or school safety incidents occur. All information sent through the Sprigeo system goes directly to school administrators through a secure online connection. For more information about Sprigeo, please click here. Para obtener más información sobre Sprigeo, haga clic aquí. To submit a tip, please click the image on the right side of the homepage or click here.

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  • About Peachjar

    As part of the district's efforts to be more environmentally friendly, embrace innovative technology and maintain fiscal responsibility, the district has transitioned from paper to electronic flier (eflier delivery). To publicize content that supports the basic educational mission of the district and/or benefits the population of the district in a positive manner, the Raytown C-2 School District uses Peachjar, a free online service for schools, to post approved efliers so that they are accessible to parents, staff and students as wanted/needed. To learn more about Peachjar, please click here.

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Herndon Career Center Culinary Team National ProStart Invitational Champions

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Front Office

  • Dr. Cheryl Reichert
    Katie Zeiger
    Assistant Director
    Chad Cross
    Administrator Intern
    Lisa Orchard
    Principal's Secretary

    Lima Moananu 
    Attendance Secretary



    Monday - Friday
    7:40 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.                   
    11:40 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.
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