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DECA: Aspire Higher

Monday, November 14th, 2011

DECA – An association of marketing students. DECA is a student leadership organization that provides hands-on leadership development. Students learn how to develop, price, place, and promote products in the right business setting. DECA builds self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA gives student the edge at the next level.


Read what is happening in DECA via Twitter. Stay up-to-date with DECA and join the conversation by following DECA on Twitter @DECAInc.

View DECA publications online at http://issuu.com/decainc http://fb.me/17QWCkjww
9 Nov

SimpleTuition Tip: Seniors: Remember to ask teachers, employers or advisors for letters of recommendation. Send a… http://fb.me/I3PxJlL0
7 Nov

I posted 6 photos on Facebook in the album “DECA’s Innovations and Entrepreneurship Conference 2011” http://fb.me/11lY1Tp5b
6 Nov

Just finished DECA’s Innovations and Entrepreneurship Conference with a zest of creativity from The Blue Man… http://fb.me/OLnX5t18
5 Nov

DECA Images is pleased to introduce the 2nd annual ICDC T-Shirt Design Contest. Details are available at… http://fb.me/15ZlCRQwT
1 Nov

Get a sneak preview of DECA Dimensions. Coming soon to a DECA chapter near you! This issue is focused on Global… http://fb.me/PmbUHcFR
31 Oct

DECA alum and entrepreneur Josh Shipp’s own TV show, JUMP SHIPP, debuts in less than a week! Learn more at… http://fb.me/16NJKOtUw
17 Oct

Thanks everyone for a great DECA Day on Facebook yesterday. Please keep posting the awesome ways you are… http://fb.me/1lfrmhxej
12 Oct

Share the power of DECA by sharing our new public service announcement! Thanks to everyone who has posted comments… http://fb.me/Okp2wIiO
11 Oct

Utah DECA has approximately 2,000 members in 50 chapters. If you are not a member of DECA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the DECA advisor in your school.

Digital Business Applications Course

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

By: Laura deShazo, Business Teacher, Murray High School

In our ever changing technological world, Business Education in Utah is stepping up. The Administrative Procedures course has received a “facelift” and will now be called Digital Business Applications! The content of the course is digitally enhanced and is a great step after students take Computer Technology. The class is designed to teach students skills and knowledge through the use of digital communications tools and explore the global business applications.

The business world is progressively more reliant on digital technologies. The Digital Business Applications course is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to be an asset to the collaborative, global, and innovative business world of today and tomorrow. Concepts include the overall digital experience, digital communications with audio and video, and the exploration of career choices. This course also provides an understanding of business concepts and professional development in today’s global office.


In an effort to prepare Utah Business teachers for the course, training was held on Monday, November 7. Teachers from all over the state came to learn about the content and standards of this course. The main focus was to explore the possibility of offering this course in their schools and to gain ideas on how to set up their new class. Teachers learned that using cloud technology to set up collaborative calendars, share files, and organize lessons is a productive way to manage the class. The instructors covered ways to go paperless in their classroom via cloud computing! With the nature of the course, technology is always changing; we anticipate that there will be more workshops offered in the future to help Business Educators advance their knowledge in this content area.

The workshop was fun and a great way to get up-to-date “digitally” with other Business Educators. Thanks to everyone who supported the training and who participated!

Students interested in taking the Digital Business Applications course should talk to their school counselor as they map out their plan for college and career. Concentrating in a Business Education Pathway will give students a jump-start to their future career in business.

Business Education: Preparing Students for the World of Business!

STechnologyEM Careers

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

By: Gary Wixom
Assistant Commissioner for Career and Technical Education
Utah System of Higher Education

Over the last few years, we have heard a lot about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) occupations. There is no question that STEM occupations are critical to the United States economic competitiveness. Although the number of STEM related occupations represents a small percentage of the total job market, those jobs tend to be occupations that are closely tied to innovation, economic growth and productivity, which are essential elements for any economy to be successful.

Even though STEM jobs will be a small percentage of the jobs available in the future, it is a very important percentage, and we need to make sure that we have enough students prepared to move into these occupations. STEM jobs refer to jobs that are available in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). However, when the term “STEM” is used, most often people immediately think of Science, Engineering and Math. What happened to the “Technology”?

The “Technology” category includes any occupation that requires technical skill, and makes up nearly 50 percent of all STEM occupations. Here are some of the areas that fit into the Technology sector: Accountants, Automotive Technicians, Biotechnology Technicians, Chemical Technicians, Drafting Technicians, Dietetic Technicians, Electronic Technicians, Farm and Ranch Managers, CNC Technicians, Composite Technicians, Mechatronic Technicians, Graphic Designers, Computer and Software Technicians, and the areas of Information Technology. Opportunities in the Technology sectors will continue to increase over the next few years.

Students who are interested in pursuing careers in “Technology” need to get started in high school by taking science and math courses. Sometimes the thought of taking these courses make students think twice about going down this path. However, even those who struggle in these subjects can still be successful in STEM careers. There are many ways to build skills in math and science. Students should look for programs that offer mentoring or tutoring in these subjects. Student organizations can also help, so think about joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSOs), DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, SkillsUSA, and TSA. Also, there are courses that can be taken in the evening or the summers that will help build the basic skills that are necessary to be “College and Career” ready.

During the next five years, the demand for students who have the background to move into Science, TECHNOLOGY, Engineering, and Mathematics careers will increase. Wages paid for these occupations will continue to lead wages in all occupations. Take advantage of these opportunities. Think about choosing a CTE Pathway that will lead to an exciting STechnologyEM career.

Read more about the demand for TECHNOLOGY occupations in the STEM Georgetown University Executive Summary.

HOSA National Award Winners

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Recently HOSA members enjoyed a successful National Leadership Conference which was held in Anaheim, California. A total of 170 students and advisors attended the conference representing Utah and their individual high schools. Anaheim, California quickly became the happiest place on earth, not only for the fact the conference was held near Disneyland, but because the state of Utah performed extremely well. Dozens of Utah students placed in the top ten (and all of that success with a record breaking number of competitors!) HOSA would like to thank the students for their excellent performances and send a shout-out to the advisors and CTE directors for their endless support.

Second Place
Public Health Emergency
Kaylee Woodand Kassandra Hymus – Pleasant Grove High School

Medical Photography
Kaesen Rasmussen – North Sevier High School

Third Place
Career Health Display
Brantley Bulland Arielle Horowitz – Park City High School

Fourth Place
Medical Photography
Lori Kim – West High School

Emergency Medical Technician – 4th Place
Joseph Davisonand Jacob Fluetch – Canyons Technical Education Center

Fifth Place
Dental Spelling
Josh Lyons– Jordan ATC, Dental Assisting

Parliamentary Procedure
Kristian Huff, Brianna Anderson, Rachel Shelton, Tyler Griffin, Lindsey Del Castillo,
Spencer Chappell, Ashley Jacobs – Pleasant Grove High School

Third Place
Clinical Nursing
Jeana Walker – Snow College Richfield

Fifth Place
Career Health Display
Amber Madsen and Sara West – Snow College Richfield

Dental Terminology
Ahmer Afroz – Westminster College

To learn more about what is happening in HOSA “like” national HOSA members on Facebook.

CTE Changed My Life!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011


When I started high school  I was too shy to even attempt anything out of my comfort zone, but I always had an interest in business, so I signed up for a CTE marketing class. The things I learned completely shifted what I wanted to become in life, and gave me focused business experience that I could not have gotten anywhere else. The class was taught by one of my most influential teachers, who saw my desire for the business program, and persuaded me to join DECA. The program’s mission statement says that DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management, and this could not be any truer for me.

I was amazed at how easily I began to learn valuable skills in everything from communicating ideas to starting my own business. I am now the state president of DECA and have taken almost all of the business courses offered. I try to apply the knowledge I have learned as the DECA president in my state, by participating in marketing and promotional activities like the DECA International Career Development Conference.  At the conference, hosted in Salt Lake City, I was able to meet with local senators, CTE administrators, and influential businesspeople throughout Utah. None of this could have been possible without CTE and DECA.

I wish all students would take advantage of these amazing programs. They will prepare students for any challenge, any desire, and any goal they want to achieve. ASPIREHIGHER!

If you are not a member of DECA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the DECA advisor in your school.

Welcome to FBLA!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011


Welcome to Utah FBLA! I am extremely honored and excited to serve as the FBLA state president. I hope you are as eager as I am to jump right into another year of service, education, and progress.

During the summer the state officer team worked diligently to create a new state program of work. Not only has the design of the program of work been changed from “Millionaire” to “FBLA-OPOLY,” but every activity has been examined carefully to judge its difficulty, its practicality, and its overall benefit. The state officer team enthusiastically supports the program in its entirety and hopes that you will see it as a valuable source of guidance and inspiration for your chapter as you plan activities for the year.

On October 25 and 26 the FBLA State Fall Leadership Conference was held at the Provo Marriott. Members who attended this annual event heard from Brad Wilcox, the keynote speaker. Participants attended a variety of breakout sessions presented by the FBLA state officers and local business professionals. Attendees learned about the importance of communication, leadership, and time management.

Because the state officers feel passionately about communication and the way it fosters efficiency, we are readily available via email and social media. Please feel free to contact us at any time about any issues, comments, or suggestions on what we can do to improve Utah FBLA. We also encourage every member to ‘like’ the Utah FBLA and National FBLA Facebook pages so they can receive updates about FBLA and reminders about upcoming activities. Utah FBLA has so much potential for growth this year. Please know that your FBLA state officers will stop at nothing to reach that potential and help every member discover their Gateway to Greatness!

If you are not a member of FBLA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the FBLA advisor in your school.