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FCCLA Super Bowl Ad Challenge

Friday, January 31st, 2014

In the spirit of the Super Bowl, FCCLA is hosting the first ever FCCLA Week Super Bowl Ad Challenge! From January 16 to February 7, chapters will be able to submit their own “viral” ad via YouTube (up to 30 seconds) or Instagram (up to 15 seconds) that celebrates “the Ultimate Leadership Experience”.

Who: FCCLA chapters

What: Super Bowl Ad Challenge

When: January 16 to February 7

Why: To promote why FCCLA is the Ultimate Leadership Experience.

How: Produce a “viral video” about why FCCLA is the Ultimate Leadership Experience and upload to YouTube (30 second video) or Instagram (15 second video). Be sure to follow the official rules of the FCCLA Super Bowl Ad Challenge.

Submission: Participating chapters must fully complete and submit an online registration form and upload their video to YouTube OR Instagram. Only one video entry per chapter, via one platform, will be considered.

Deadline: Friday, February 7, 2014

Award:
The top three videos:
> Will be announced via social media on Friday, February 14, 2104.
> Will be shown at General Sessions during the
2014 FCCLA National Leadership Conference in San Antonio, Texas, July 6-10, 2014.
> Will be featured in the March/April edition of
Teen Times.

Questions? Email aschantz@fcclainc.org

CTE Moment Photo Contest for Utah Students

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Utah Career and Technical Education (CTE) students, as you celebrate CTE Month during February, plan now to participate in the CTE Moment photo contest on the Utah CTE Facebook page. Watch the slideshow featuring CTE Moments across Utah. “Like” the slideshow and then post your comment to indicate the CTE Pathways featured in the slideshow. Or, email your answers to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov. At the end of the month a winner will be chosen from among the students who correctly identified all of the CTE Pathways featured in the slideshow.

Who: Utah students enrolled in one or more CTE courses.

What: CTE Moment photo contest.

When: February – it’s CTE Month!

How: On the Utah CTE Facebook page, watch the slideshow featuring CTE Moments across Utah. “Like” the slideshow and then post your comment to indicate the CTE Pathways featured in the slideshow. Or, email your answers to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

Prizes: At the end of the month a prize will be awarded to the student who correctly identified all of the CTE Pathways featured in the slideshow.

Meet the Counseling and Guidance Team at Corner Canyon High School

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Corner Canyon High School, located in Draper, is the newest high school in Canyons School District. Their student body consists of about 1,800 students in grades 9-12. Interestingly, because seniors could opt out of moving to the new high school, the senior class is the smallest and around one-third of the students are freshman! Just last year, ninth grade was still part of middle school, so these students not only found themselves in high school, but in a big, new high school, and that brought some challenges.

Fortunately, team leader Allyson Hanks (A-C) and fellow counselors Amy Hardcastle (D-H), Sally Matsen (I-M), Dina Kohler (N-R), and Phil Handley (S-Z) were totally up to the challenge. They developed a program – “Get Some Grit” – to increase the awareness of key skills and attitudes they need to succeed in high school and beyond.

Of course there are the other 1,200 students in grades 10-12 to serve, and counselors are equally dedicated to assuring the success of these students. “Visibility” is a key counseling strategy. It is important that students know the counselors – especially their own – and that students perceive their counselors as available and helpful. The number of students who drop in, and the days that counselors are spending in classrooms add up to a focus on student success as they progress through their high school careers.

The “Senior Silver Star” newsletter keeps seniors apprised of dates and deadlines, but also offers them other information to promote their success beyond high school.

Another practice worth mentioning is the building-wide effort to “catch students being good.” School staff carry “Charge Cards” – Care, Honor, Achieve, Respect, Give, Engage – to hand out to students. Students can then enter their cards in drawings for prizes.

This is just a sampling of the counseling and guidance practices being implemented at Corner Canyon High School by a team of exemplary counselors with the support of administrators at both the school and district level. Utah CTE wishes CCHS counselors and students continued success!

Great things are happening in every school across the state. Utah CTE wants to hear from you. Educators and students, what is your CTE story? Tell Utah CTE about what is taking place in your school/classroom by sharing your CTE story.

Students, nominate your favorite school counselors for an “I Love My School Counselor” honor in February, during Career and Technical Education Month. Entries are due Friday, January 31, 2014.

Consider a Career in Agriculture

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

There is one industry that exists to feed, clothe, and provide for the ever growing world population. That industry is AGRICULTURE. From farming, IT, health science, to education, there are 23 million jobs in Agriculture. This growing industry needs IT specialists, software developers, computer scientists, and engineers. The industry needs people with degrees in plant science, biology, health science, engineering, and food processing. The Agriculture industry also needs experts in communications, public relations, and social media. So, agriculture is just more than planting a seed.

Did you know that by the year 2050 there will be 2.5 billion more people on the planet, and they will need to eat. There’s food for thought!

 

Source: AgroWorld, Some food for thought: Careers in agriculture, posted on YouTube.com January 3, 2014

If you’re interested in a career in Agriculture, talk to your school counselor to register for one of the many courses in Agricultural Education. By taking Agricultural Education courses, you will learn to value and understand the vital role of agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems in advancing personal and global well-being.

Check out the six Utah Agricultural Education Pathways, today.
Agricultural Systems Technology
Horticulture Science
Natural Resource Science
Production/Processing Animal Science
Production/Processing Plant and Soil Science
Production/Processing Science

What is an Educated Person?

Monday, January 6th, 2014

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

Every year during the fall, educators from Utah gather in a meeting room to discuss and consider the question “What is an educated person?” Those in the room are not really confused about what an educated person really is, but in defining and considering the topic, educators can make progress in learning how to educate others.

We usually think of education as a process that we go through and at the end we receive a certificate or degree. But education is much more than a piece of paper detailing competencies that we have learned. The philosophers tell us that education is the process of learning about life, and that without education and “truth” we are not really free.

According to Tony McGregor 1, an educated person has some of the following characteristics.

  1. An educated person has empathy and understanding of other people.
  2. An educated person is sensitive to the needs of others.
  3. An educated person has a clear understanding of their own values, wants,
    and preferences without imposing them on others.
  4. An educated person is independent and takes responsibility for their own actions.
  5. An educated person connects and interacts with the world around them.
  6. An educated person is comfortable with who they are, their own feelings and the feelings of others.

Along with the educated person’s characteristics, an individual needs good technical and employability skills. Employability skills are often referred to as “soft” skills and include things like a positive attitude, understanding how to work hard, being able to communicate well with others, being able to work together with others in solving problems, basic computing skills and showing up on time. These skills along with good technical skills are what make a person prepared for a productive future.

Career and Technical Education programs are designed to help individuals gain these skills and move students along the path to becoming educated. As we look to a new year, take a look at the great opportunities that are available through Career and Technical Education programs at your institution. The doors of the future will open for those who are “educated”. Make sure that you are prepared for that future.

1http://hubpages.com/hub/Chracteristics-of-an-educated-person