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FBLA Week is February 8-14, 2015

January 13th, 2015

National FBLA officers 2014FBLA-PBL student members in chapters across the nation will be celebrating FBLA-PBL Week February 8-14, 2015. Members are encouraged to publicize their activities, boost their membership, and gear up for spring events.

Monday, February 9, 2015
National Presidents Forum and Fight to the Finish
All three division national presidents (FBLA, PBL, and the Professional Division) will host a live Internet broadcast to kick of FBL-PBL Week. The Fight to the Finish contest recognizes the top 10 states with the most completed Business Achievement Awards.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Each One Reach One Day
Talk to peers and community members about your FBLA-PBL experiences and ask them to join your chapter.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Adviser Appreciation Day/Professional Attire Day
Dress for success and show appreciation for those that teach, lead, and mentor your chapter.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Career Awareness Day
Get involved with your Professional Division and connect with community leaders.

Friday, February 13, 2015
Community Service Day
Choose a community service project to support. Suggested activities include working with the March of Dimes, volunteering at a homeless shelter, or conducting a blood drive.

The mission of FBLA-PBL is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

February is CTE Month

January 13th, 2015

JATC_HS_IMG_2447During the month of February, students, educators, and administrators across the state will join secondary and postsecondary students nationwide in celebrating Career and Technical Education (CTE). Schools can pick a day, a week, or the entire month to spotlight CTE programs.

The 2015 CTE Month theme is:
Recognizing Classroom Innovators

Goals of CTE Month:
> Inform students about the importance of choosing a CTE Pathway.
> Increase student awareness of careers, education, and training.
> Strengthen student engagement through the College and Career Plan.
> Increase parent involvement and awareness of CTE programs.
> Promote discussion of postsecondary options—training certificates, and degrees.

CTE Month is a great opportunity to promote your programs
and advocate for CTE.
> Check out the list of 28 Things to Do During CTE Month.
> Share your CTE story with policymakers at the local, state and federal levels, as well as your community.
> Write a blog about an event in your school and submit it to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.
> Make a 90-second video about CTE and submit it to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

Details about CTE Month will be announced on Facebook and Twitter.
Visit UtahCTE.org to join our communities today!

Consider making the following activities part of your celebration:
> Decorate your school with banners and posters.
> Post electronic announcements to your school website, marquee, and bulletin boards.
> Have an open house for parents and the community.
> Make a video profiling successful alumni and where they work.
> Using social media, post on Facebook and tweet the CTE Month events at your school.

“CTE classes contributed to my academic success and future occupational plans.”
Melissa Haws, graduate Woods Cross High School

 Blue CTE Month logo and tagline

From Raccoons to Anacondas

January 13th, 2015

Mario Thurston with dog 2In the field of veterinary medicine, you are exposed to many different kinds of species, diseases, medicine, and procedures. Becoming a veterinarian is extremely difficult, just getting into a vet school is more competitive than getting into medical school. In the end, it is worth all the hard effort.

I am Mario Thurston. In the fall of 2014, I completed a CTE Internship at North Cache Veterinary Service in the field of veterinary medicine.

During this internship I was exposed to many things. For example, I have been able to assist in taking x-rays of a pet raccoon, and extracting maggots that had gotten into the animal bites on a raccoons leg. The only way to do this was to inject salt water in the hole and squeeze all the maggots out. This was the only time during my internship that I felt queasy, but it was definitely an eye opening experience for me. I then realized that sometimes the things the veterinarian has to do are not always fun, or cool, but just down right gross. Because of this experience, I will be ready and not surprised when an owner tells me to shave off half the hair on their pet’s body and get hundreds of maggots out.

I also established a relationship with all of the workers during my internship. The veterinarians were comfortable in asking me to do certain things. After a while I was comfortable enough to complete tasks that I knew had to be done during the day. In doing this I earned respect from the workers at the clinic. Although I did have to ask questions when I was not completely sure of what I was doing I was able to learn most tasks quickly. From documenting and filing to taking vital signs and injecting vaccinations.

Dog kennelsUnfortunately, there was a cow that died when two of the veterinarians were trying to save it. While I was pushing liquids into the cow, through an IV, it started thrashing around, and eventually died. It was intoxicated, and the owner waited three days to bring it in.

The clinic also takes dogs for boarding. So every time I arrived at the clinic, there was a new dog. In this picture, all of the kennels are occupied, and one even has two dogs in it. My responsibility was to make sure they had food and water and were taken to a grassy area often. I also helped clean all of the dog kennels and enjoyed spending some time playing with them.

Engineering for You Video Contest

January 12th, 2015

Milford_TE_IMG_4456Throughout history, engineering has advanced civilization from the way we connect with each other, to the way we heal, to how we get around, and simply have fun. But society still faces major obstacles. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has outlined 14 game-changing opportunities for the 21st century called the Grand Challenges for Engineering and they want YOU to create and submit a 1-2 minute video that shows how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure, and/or joyous world!

Who: The competition is open to all individuals or teams in four competition categories.
> Middle school students and younger (grades K-8)
> High school students (grades 9-12)
> Postsecondary students (2-year college through graduate school)
> General public

What: Create and submit a 1-2 minute video focused on one or more of the 14 NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering.

When: Competition opened Monday, January 5, 2015 and continues through Monday, March 2, 2015.

Why: Show how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure, and/or joyous world.

How: Select at least one of the 14 NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering and create a 1-2 minutes video showing how engineering will create a more sustainable, healthy, secure and/or joyous world in the future.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, March 2, 2015 by 12 pm eastern standard time.

Winners will be announced in September 2015
Grand Prize: $25,000
People’s Choice Award: $5,000
Other Prizes: The top videos in each competition category are eligible for a prize of up to $5,000.

For more information: http://www.nae.edu/e4u2/


Wesley Carter: Utah FCCLA VP of Development

January 12th, 2015

Wesley Carter 2Hello Everyone! My name is Wesley Carter and I am the Utah FCCLA Vice President of Development. I am a senior at Pleasant Grove High School and have been a member of FCCLA for two years.

I decided to run for state office only one month after becoming a member and it has been the best decision of my life. Being a state officer has shaped me into the person I am today. I can’t wait to spend another year on the FCCLA state executive committee.

Last year, I participated in the FCCLA STAR Events Focus on Children competition, where my team took gold at the regional competition, gold at the state competition, and bronze at the national competition.

This past year, I competed in the FCCLA STAR Events Applied Math for Culinary Management competition, where I took gold at the regional competition and gold at the state competition. As a result I qualified for my second FCCLA National Leadership Conference!

This year I decided to venture out and try the competitive events of another Career and Technical Student Organization, so I joined FFA and competed in the Food Science Career Development Event. After countless hours of dedication I placed first in the state competition! In addition, my team qualified for nationals, which was a huge accomplishment for me. But no worries, FCCLA will always come first in my life.

Next year, I plan to study at Utah State University and major in Family and Consumer Science Education. My dream is to be a high school Foods/ ProStart teacher and FCCLA Advisor. FCCLA has changed my life. I have become a new person and met so many new friends. I am very grateful for the opportunities I have been given through FCCLA and will never forget it. FCCLA really is The Ultimate Leadership Experience.

Plan Now to Be a Lifelong Learner

January 6th, 2015

CaptureThe years spent in middle/junior high and high school are key to laying the foundation to succeed in life beyond high school—college and career. To be successful, you need to continue to learn throughout your entire life. There will never come a time when you have learned everything there is to know. The more you learn the more choices you have about what to learn and how to learn. Participation in Career and Technical Education assists students in planning, preparing, and setting goals as a college and career plan is developed.

Career and Technical Education:

  • Expands Your Options Courses and programs introduce students to career options and assist them in the development of career choices.
  • Offers a Path to Success Pathways take students into the real world, and training approximates real work situations.
  • Challenges You to Think Students are challenged to apply theoretical knowledge—learned in academic and technical classrooms—to practical problems in laboratories or at work sites.
  • Offers Tools for Developing a Meaningful College and Career Plan Defining career interests and other characteristics will lead students to the education and career opportunities to meet their needs.
  • Provides Concurrent Enrollment Concurrent enrollment is linked directly to postsecondary institutions, so students can meet preliminary requirements for postsecondary degrees while still in high school.
  • Helps Pay for Postsecondary Education Students can earn college credit without having to pay tuition, as long as he or she is attending high school.
  • Broadens Lifelong Career and Education Options Studies reveal a strong correlation between education/technical skills levels and continued employment/lifelong earnings.
  • Teaches Life Skills That Apply to Any Career Students learn employability skills, such as communication, teamwork, leadership, goal setting, resource management, and personal responsibility.

Josie Fielding: Future Accountant

January 6th, 2015

Photo 1Josie Fielding, a student at Sky View High School, recently participated in a CTE Internship at Allred Jackson. After successfully completing her internship she was offered a permanent job. “Getting to know the people at Allred Jackson was so much fun, and I’m glad that I have had the opportunity to work with them. I loved it!” says Josie.

Josie has always wanted to pursue a career where she could apply her mathematical skills and successfully contribute to an organization. However, she wasn’t sure if accounting was a path she would enjoy. “I’ve always known I wanted to pursue a career with a math emphasis, so when I took the accounting classes at Sky View it pointed my interests in that direction. But, I still wasn’t sure that accounting was the way to go, so I decided to participate in a CTE Internship to find out. I was hoping that an internship in the field of accounting would tell me that I was, ‘On the right path,’ or to ‘Turn around, go back, accounting is not for you.’ I’m so glad I participated in an internship, because it reaffirmed my choice to go into accounting.”

Having the opportunity to participate in a CTE Internship, at Allred Jackson, helped Josie decide on a career path. During her internship Josie assembled an electronic tax return and updated client information. “I got to do bank reconciliations, data entry, sign-up for Electronic Federal Tax Payment System for several clients, set-up client accounts, and even bill some of the clients. It was fun to see the whole process and even participate in it. I also adjusted entries, updated client loan payments, and reconciled client accounts. This was fun because it was more of what I had learned in my accounting classes. Taking what I had learned in class and actually being able to apply it to the real world was pretty fun.

Josie comes from a family of accountants and although she is different in many ways she is very math oriented just like many members of her family. “If you took a picture of my family you would see a lot of tall, blond athletes who are straight ‘A’, math oriented students. Then you see me. I’m short, I have darker hair, and where the rest of my family plays basketball, I play lacrosse. I’m not a ‘typical’ Fielding, which is fine. I love being me! It’s fun being a little different. But the one thing that particularly stamps me as a Fielding is that I’m very math oriented just like the rest of them. My extended family is made up of engineers, businessmen, and scientists, all very math oriented occupations. This is where I fit in. My father got his bachelor’s degree in accounting, my brother is working on his master’s in accounting, and now I’m following suit. I’m looking forward to continuing my education in accounting and even though I’m not tall, blond and super athletic, I’m my Father’s daughter, and I’m going to be an accountant!”

HOSA: Future Health Professionals

January 6th, 2015

photo 6 - Utah HOSA state officersHOSA—Future Health Professionals is the student leadership organization for Health Science Education. Founded in 1976, HOSA brought together students, teachers, and healthcare industry leaders to create an organization that is exclusively committed to healthcare. Today HOSA remains committed to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premiere leadership personal growth, community service, academic scholarships, and unique internships. HOSA activities lead to over 300 career opportunities in healthcare.

HOSA brings relevance to the classroom through industry-based competitive events, HOSA Leadership University, and community service. There are 4,145 Utah HOSA members in 89 chapters across the state.

Chapter Highlight: The Weber High School HOSA chapter is striving to combat childhood hunger in their community through the initiative “Souper Bowl of Caring.” HOSA student members are creating awareness and are fighting for children not to go to bed hungry. HOSA student members discovered that many students at their school qualified for free breakfast and lunch. They also discovered that these same students were not eating well on weekends. So, they went into action to provide food for these students. Last month, several HOSA members appeared on “Talking Sports” and shared their experience with combating childhood hunger. Watch their story and plan a “Souper Bowl of Caring” event at your school or in your community.

CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards

January 2nd, 2015

Abby Van Buren (2)Each year the Utah State Office of Education/Career and Technical Education (CTE) awards over 100 college scholarships to CTE high school seniors. Recipients receive up to one year’s tuition at a Utah postsecondary institution for CTE training after graduating from high school.

Utah is working to achieve the goal of 66 percent of adults holding a postsecondary certificate or a degree by the year 2020. Each student who is awarded a scholarship will have an advantage not only in furthering his/her education, but in attaining a postsecondary certificate or degree through his/her hard work and perseverance.

Who: CTE high school seniors.

What: CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards.

Where: CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards offered at a Utah postsecondary institution.

When: Award winners will be notified on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

Why: Receive up to one year’s tuition ONLY for CTE training after graduating from high school.

How: Create a portfolio by following the application instructions HERE.

DEADLINE: Applications MUST be postmarked by Monday, February 23, 2015.

How to Expand Young Minds

December 10th, 2014

Photo 2aBy Abbey Hortin
Sky View High School,
Cache County School District

Imagine yourself going into the hospital to get a very urgent and life-saving surgery. You get into the operating room to learn that your doctor doesn’t read very well, and doesn’t know how to spell, or work with others. Are you nervous? You should be! You’re about to put your life into the hands of a doctor with no elementary education. This is what life would be like everyday without elementary schools. We do not want a world like this, and this is how I want to put my mark on the world. I want to do my part by teaching future doctors, presidents, dentist, lawyers, and whatever else the students aspire to be.

I’m Abbey Hortin. In the fall of 2014, I completed a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internship at Birch Creek Elementary in the field of Elementary Education. I had the amazing opportunity of working with an exceptional teacher, Mrs. Jackson. She is the true example of what I would love to achieve and become as a teacher. This internship has shown me that I do want to be a teacher. I not only want to be a teacher, but I want to be an amazing teacher that can change student attitudes toward school and learning.

Photo 1Thanks to the CTE Internship, the class that I was in, and the amazing Mrs. Jackson, I became comfortable in the classroom and learned how to teach in different styles, so that each student could learn. I now know exactly what to study in college and what I would love to do for a career. These students bring so much joy to my life, and I am so excited for my future in elementary education!



CTE Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in an internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.