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The Bliss of Accounting

November 23rd, 2015

Bryaden at deskThe world of accounting is a series of ups, downs, side to sides, and all around. It is a world of adventures and many great lessons to learn. I’m Brayden Austin. In the fall of 2015, I completed a CTE Internship at Allred Jackson in the field of accounting. Now you might be asking yourself, how can accounting be adventurous?

I was able to work with my great mentor Kara Downs, who gave me great and challenging projects to work on. Through these projects I was able to find adventure and great lessons along the way. Being able to problem solve and work through situations where I have not been educated enough on that subject were the best learning experiences throughout this internship.

Because of this experience, I am going to be more [prepared] when I go into the field of accounting. I will be able to understand and apply it to real hands-on learning experiences. To be taught and learn some of the basics of QuickBooks and apply it by doing real accounting for business and people has been an amazing learning experience. I know that I will be able to apply that knowledge in years to come.

I feel very fortunate to have been able to develop a relationship with Kara and all of the other amazing people that I had the opportunity to come in contact with at Allred Jackson. Everyone has been so nice and kind to me, making it a very fun and comfortable environment to work in and feel welcomed. As I head to college, I know I will use all of the information that I have learned from this internship. As I make connections with my great co-workers, I know if I had any questions or concerns I would be able to take it to them. My internship at Allred Jackson has been such a good learning experience. I have been able to have many hands-on learning [experiences], been able to meet great people, and learn more about the field of accounting.


Accounting is one of five Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Business and Marketing Education program area. CTE Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Accounting and Finance Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

A Place to Shine

November 16th, 2015

Shari Lyn Bair photoI’m Shari Bair. In the fall of 2015, I completed a CTE Internship at Sunrise Elementary in the field elementary education. I feel fortunate to have been able to see the classroom from a different perspective, that is, the teacher’s perspective. I was able to experience the stress of being put on the spot; along with the difficulty of not knowing the answers to every question I was asked. I am honored to have built new relationships with these outstanding students, and [the teacher] Stacy Blauer. This will help me better pursue this career in my future.

Shari Lyn Bair photo 3“I did it!” Those are the words that you hear a lot in the third grade. You may not remember exactly what you “did”, but you just might remember how excited you were when you accomplished even the smallest of tasks. These third graders not only learn the book curriculum, they learn that in this classroom we are all friends. As they have learned this, I noticed how they are always helping and looking out for each other. I have developed skills by watching them. They are my greatest examples, who not only I have taught, but they have taught me. Stacy Blauer has been so helpful in guiding me through this internship, by letting me teach my own lessons and giving me pointers here and there.


Early Childhood Education is one of seven Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program area. CTE Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Early Childhood Education Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.


Sarah Draper Elected National FFA Western Region Vice President

November 10th, 2015

Sarah DraperSarah Draper, a graduate of Box Elder High School, and an agricultural education major at Utah State University, was elected the 2015-2016 National FFA Western Region Vice President. Each year at the National FFA Convention and Expo, six students are elected by delegates to represent the organization as National FFA officers. Delegates elect a president, secretary, and vice presidents representing the central, southern, eastern, and western regions of the country.

Sarah is the tenth National FFA officer elected from Utah since 1931. She is the eighth Utah FFA member to hold the office of Western Region Vice President. Sarah is the first female to be elected as a National FFA officer from Utah. She is the first National FFA officer elected from Utah in forty-two years.

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Sarah has been very active in the leadership of FFA. In 2014-2015, she served as the Utah FFA Vice President. She is very talented, very bright, comes from a very strong family, and is of the highest character. Sarah has been working hard to prepare herself since she was selected as Utah’s candidate in May. She also attended several training opportunities for National Officer Candidates this summer. I am excited for Sarah and for Utah FFA. This is a great opportunity,” said Buddy Deimler, State FFA Advisor and Western Region State Advisor.

Utah FFA Facts:
> 6,249 FFA members. The number of FFA members has doubled in the past 10 years.
> 133 Agricultural Education teachers in Utah. This number increases each year.
> 44, or 33 percent, of the 133 Agricultural Education teachers are female.
> 3 new FFA programs/chapters were added this year. They are, Tintic High School in Eureka, Roots Charter School in West Valley City, and Jordan Applied Technology Center in Riverton.

WATCH Sarah Draper introduce herself to FFA members throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Related stories:
Utah FFA Member, Utah State University Student Elected Western Region Vice President of 2015-16 National FFA Officer Team

National FFA officers elected at 88th National FFA Convention

New National FFA officers aim to ‘inspire members’

William “Buddy” Deimler Named NASAE Outstanding State Supervisor

November 6th, 2015

Buddy Deimler photoCongratulations to Buddy Deimler who was honored as the Outstanding State Supervisor by the National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education (NASAE) at the 88th National FFA Convention and Expo last week. “Only one person is named each year and it is the highest honor given by NASAE,” said Brett Evans, Utah FFA Association State Executive Secretary.

The NASAE award annually recognizes one member who has made outstanding contributions to agricultural education state supervision. The purpose of the award is to recognize and encourage superior contributions to the field of supervision in agricultural education.

On the award plaque Buddy received it states, “As a true leader you have the confidence and courage to make tough decisions and the compassion to listen to the needs of other. Because of the quality of your actions and the integrity of your intent, you have overcome barriers to success that would have caused others to falter or fail. You have been decisive where others have hesitated. You will always be recognized as an outstanding leader in Agricultural Education for your efforts.”

Buddy has been involved in the agricultural education profession for more than 35 years. He is currently the agricultural education state specialist at the Utah State Office of Education, the state FFA advisor, and serves on the national FFA board of directors representing the western region.

The Hour of Code Is Coming

November 2nd, 2015

Plan now to participate in the third annual Hour of Code event December 7-13, 2015. From elementary school children to high school students to working professionals, millions of people across the world will learn how to code during the event. So, plan now to organize an Hour of Code event at your school, at your workplace, or in your community.

“From phones to cars to medicine, technology touches every part of our lives.
If you can create technology, you can change the world,”
says Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube.


Participate at your school. Participate at your workplace. Participate in your community.

Volunteer to teach.

Continue to learn how technology works and how to create software applications by continuing to code after the Hour of Code event. Continue your journey HERE.

FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid

November 2nd, 2015

Innovations_IT_IMG_0885Without proper planning, continuing your education beyond high school can be a huge expense. Now is the time to talk to your school counselor about the process for applying for financial aid. The U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid is the largest provider of student financial aid and offers students the opportunity to apply for financial aid without an application fee. The completed FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for financial aid.

Beginning October 2016, the FAFSA will undergo a major change. Currently, college students and parents use tax data from the previous year to complete their FAFSA. However, beginning next October, students and parents will use tax data from two years prior in their FAFSA which is anticipated to help speed up the financial aid process.

> More than $150 billion is available each year to help millions of students pay for higher education.
> Approximately 22 million FAFSA submissions are processed each year.
> Federal Student Aid includes grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study funds.
> Only 34 percent of eligible Utah students file the FAFSA.
> Utah has the lowest FAFSA completion rate in the nation.

For more information about the FAFSA refer to:

Utah Student Planning Guide Grades 9-12 Financial Aid – The Basics | Federal Student Aid – An office of the U.S. Department of Education

CTE Month Is February 2016

November 2nd, 2015

CTE Month imageJoin CTE students across the nation in celebrating Career and Technical Education throughout the month of February. This year’s CTE Month theme of “Opportunities for Career Success” will give you the chance to tell the stories of leadership and excellence from your community and raise awareness of the crucial role that CTE has in readying students for careers.

We encourage you to participate in both national and local activities and events throughout the month. Your school district, school, and/or classroom can pick a day, a week, or the entire month of February to celebrate CTE. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to spotlight your CTE programs.

To assist you in your CTE Month planning, resources are available HERE. Below is a sample of a few of the available resources.

Announcement Flyer | 29 Things to Do During CTE Month | Advocacy for CTE
Marketing Tips | Promotional Products

On March 3, 2015, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 94
A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of Career and Technical Education Month.

FFA Chapter Highlight – Spanish Fork FFA

November 2nd, 2015

Spanish Fork FFASince the beginning of the school year, FFA members at Spanish Fork High School have been busy providing community service, competing in competitions, and teaching middle school students about agriculture. Their dedication to service in their community, their competitive spirit as they competed against their peers, and their passion for teaching Agriculture in the Classroom has cultivated their desire to make a positive difference in agriculture.

Community Service
In September, Farmer Randy Gordon donated three bins of pumpkins to the Spanish Fork Chamber of Commerce Harvest Moon Hurrah community event, however, the pumpkins needed to be washed. Spanish Fork FFA members quickly volunteered for the job. With a job well done, a sparkling clean pumpkin was given to each child at the Harvest Moon Hurrah.

Sterling Brinkerhoff
Sterling Brinkerhoff competed in the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off and placed second. His pumpkin weighed 514.5 pounds, 100 pounds more than third place. Sterling raised the pumpkin as part of his Summer Agricultural Project.

Spanish Fork FFA members had great success at the Utah State Fair. Dalton Sorensen won the blue ribbon for his champion hog and Kaitlin Hallam won Best in Show in the Agricultural Mechanics category.

FFA members taught students in an 8th grade class about the importance of agriculture. One activity included making ice cream, as students learned about dairy production. Another activity included dissecting an animal to learn about the parts of the anatomy.

Focus On: Skilled and Technical Sciences Education

November 2nd, 2015

Murray_STS_IMG_8169Skilled and Technical Sciences Education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in skilled trades and other technical occupations, as well as promoting quality programs based on recognized industry standards.

The Utah Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Pathways are based on the national skills standards, where applicable, and established state standards. Students have the opportunity to be a CTE Secondary Pathway Completer in one of twenty-two Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Pathways, within the following eight categories:

> Building Trades
> Communication
> Mechanics and Repairs
> Personal Services
> Precision Production Trades
> Protective Services
> Transportation and Material Moving
> Visual Arts

Bailey TolandWhile attending Stansbury High School, Bailey Toland participated in the Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Law Enforcement Pathway with the goal to pursue a career in criminal justice. Bailey was involved in the Salt Lake City Explorers Program, with the Salt Lake City Police Department, where she further explored a career in law enforcement by being involved in police operations. Bailey plans enter the Police Academy when she turns 21.

“CTE courses have helped me by giving me the chance to make sure I really wanted to go into a [law enforcement] career. CTE has given me a view on what to expect in college and the classes I will be taking. I have had a huge head-start on my classes for college because of CTE,” said Bailey.

Stars and Skills for the Top Ten Occupations in Skilled and Technical Sciences
The following are rated “5 Star” occupations by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, and each occupation is projected to –

  • Employ 1,670 or more Utah workers in 2022.
  • Offer openings for at least 70 new Utah workers every year through 2022.
  • Pay median hourly wages of at least $24.40 in Utah.

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Join the 88th National FFA Convention and Expo

October 28th, 2015

CaptureThe 88th National FFA Convention and Expo begins today, Wednesday, October 28, 2015. Join the convention live from Louisville, Kentucky. Here are four ways to stay connected with the FFA Convention and Expo:

  1. RFD-TV will broadcast each session. Visit the RFD-TV site for channel listings and more. Most sessions shown live on RFD-TV will also be simulcast on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio via RURAL RADIO Channel 147.
  2. More than 45 hours of the convention will be streamed live online. The broadcasts will be available at FFA.org/convention and can be viewed live or via the on-demand archive. The streams include nine convention sessions, six events from the CDE Finals Hall, and nine student workshops.
  3. Stay connected via the FFA convention app. This digital guidebook includes all of the convention and expo activities, maps, and more. The app is free and is available in the Apple and Android/Google stores.
  4. Join FFA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat (username: NationalFFA), Periscope, and FFA Pulse. #AmplifyFFA

During the convention FFA members will celebrate 85 years of the FFA Creed. The Creed was written by Erwin Milton Tiffany. The FFA Creed expresses Mr. Tiffany’s strong belief in the industry of agriculture and the core values of citizenship and patriotism.