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The Bliss of Accounting

Monday, 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.

Focus On: Business and Marketing Education

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Business imageBusiness and Marketing Education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities through technical instruction in the classroom, experiential education in the laboratory, student internships, and through leadership and personal development by participating in student leadership organizations.

Business and Marketing Education places an emphasis on accounting, finance, administrative and technical support, entrepreneurship, management, hospitality and tourism, and marketing. By taking Business and Marketing Education courses, students develop the academic knowledge and technical skills to successfully advance to the fast-paced business world. Students have the opportunity to be a CTE Secondary Pathway Completer in one of five Business and Marketing Education Pathways.

Accounting and Finance
Business Administrative and Technical Support
Entrepreneurship and Management
Hospitality and Tourism

Each course in Business and Marketing Education prepares students to advance toward higher education, as well as acquire immediate job skills. Students learn how to become productive employees and gain the academic skills to increase their earning potential while in high school. In 2014-2015, more than 7,100 students were awarded a CTE Skill Certificate in Business and Marketing Education, indicating a high level of performance. The certificates issued to students can be used when seeking a job or in applying for further education and training, as evidence of his/her accomplishments.

Janie Robinson“Every CTE course I took prepared me for my future. The courses gave me skills, and improved the skills I already had, to prosper in college, my career, and future. I gained more knowledge about businesses and learned techniques which will help me to continue improving my skills and ways to incorporate those skills into my everyday life,” said Janie Robinson, a graduate of Fremont High School.

Stars and Skills for the Top Ten Business and Marketing Occupations
The following are rated “5 Star” occupations by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, and each occupation–
>Is projected to employ 1,500 or more Utah workers in 2022.
>Will offer openings for at least 60 new Utah workers every year through 2022.
>Pays median hourly wages of at least $22.70 in Utah.

BMkt snippet chart






Skills chart


Utah FBLA Members Excel at National Competition

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Fall Leadership Conf. 2012_2More than 8,500 of America’s best and brightest high school students traveled to the Windy City to Step Up to the Challenge as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win more than $175,000 in cash awards.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), held its FBLA National Leadership Conference in Chicago on June 29-July 2. Participants from across the United States attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

More than 100 Utah FBLA students advanced to the national finals, from the state competition held in March, and many were victorious in their events. More than 100 Utah FBLA student members received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2. View the list of winners HERE.

The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

718687_nBeginning in the fall, Utah FBLA members will prepare for region and then state competitions. Each first place winner, from the state competition, will advance to the 2016 FBLA National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, June 29-July 2.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., is the largest and oldest student business organization, with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit fbla-pbl.org.


Utah FBLA Members to Compete at NLC

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Jennica HaleToday through July 2 Utah FBLA first place state winners will join their FBLA peers from across the country, in Chicago, Illinois, to compete in over 60 competitive leadership events at the 2015 FBLA National Leadership Conference. This four-day conference is considered the pinnacle of the FBLA experience. Through workshops and exhibits, members will share their successes and learn new ideas about shaping their career future.

View Utah FBLA state winners
View Conference Guide
View FBLA Conference Program
Follow FBLA on Twitter #NLC2015
Like FBLA on Facebook #NLC2015
Get the FBLA National Leadership Conference app. Search FBLA PBL in the app store to download the free app today.

FBLA: Step Up to the Challenge

Meet Madison Warner: Future Marketing Communications Manager

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Madison Warner photo“I have put a lot of thought and research into my college and future occupational plans. Preparing myself to attend a university is a step that I am working on every day. I have done this by being diligent with my schoolwork and excelling in what I love to do. I have found that marketing is something that I have a passion for, and I desire to continue this through my education and future occupation.

“I have been preparing myself for a job in this field by choosing a Business and Marketing CTE Pathway. Joining DECA in my junior year truly jump-started my love for marketing. I have thrown myself into this area and found that I have a true passion and natural skill for marketing.

“Discovering that I love marketing has helped me to decide on my future career. I want to be a marketing communications manager. I have chosen to work toward a bachelor’s degree in marketing because of the CTE Pathway I was involved in throughout high school.”

—Madison Warner, Herriman High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Madison on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah Valley University. Madison was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Microsoft Office Specialist Utah State Championship

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015


Congratulations to Ryan Decker, student at Timpanogous High School, who is a 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) National Champion. He placed second in the Microsoft Excel 2013 competition that took place in Orlando, Florida.

Certiport Names Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Champions


Utah students, between the ages of 13 and 22, interested in participating in the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Utah State Championship and qualifying for the MOS U.S. National Championship must pass one of the following exams by Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

> Microsoft Office Specialist Word (2013 or 2010)
> Microsoft Office Specialist Excel (2013 or 2010)
> Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint (2013 or 2010)

The student who submits the highest passing score will be named the 2015 MOS Utah State Champion in their exam track. All previous exam scores during the 2014-15 school year will be factored into the MOS State Championship rankings.

Current Rankings
As of April 13, 2015, the schools listed below have the top three students in each exam track.

MOS Word 2013
1. Timpanogos High School
2. North Sanpete High School
3. Snow Canyon Middle School

MOS Excel 2013
1. Timpanogos High School
2. Herriman High School
3. Dixie Middle School

MOS PowerPoint 2013
1. Brighton High School
2. Salem Hills Jr. High School
3. Box Elder High School

MOS Word 2010
1. Canyons Technical Education Center
2. Canyons Technical Education Center
3. Canyons Technical Education Center

MOS Excel 2010
1. Tooele High School
2. Canyons Technical Education Center
3. Canyons Technical Education Center

MOS PowerPoint 2010
1. Copper Hills High School
2. Copper Hills High School
3. Copper Hills High School

Copper Hills High School was selected by Microsoft to be featured in a promotional video highlighting the importance of becoming certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist. “The students coming out of my class, these guys are rock stars with Microsoft. They’re absolutely amazing. When they become certified I look at them as 100 percent as good as I am in whatever the certification is,” said Brandon Jacobson, Business teacher at Copper Hills High School.

During the month of May, the respective state champions will be announced, awards will be dispersed, and invitations will be extended to participate in the MOS U.S. National Championship in Orlando, Florida, June 18-20, 2015.

Become a Certified Microsoft Office Specialist

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Bear River_IT_IMG_0672Do you like formatting documents, creating spreadsheets, or developing electronic presentations? Are you proficient in a Microsoft Office program—Word, Excel, or PowerPoint? If you answered yes, you can become certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) by taking a MOS exam at one of the 74 testing sites in Utah. Becoming certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist will give you a competitive edge in the job market by displaying your advanced Microsoft Office skills.

Utah students, age 13 to 22, are eligible to participate in one of six competition tracks by submitting a qualified, passing score on any of the following exams by May 20, 2015:
>Microsoft Office Specialist Word (2013 or 2010)
>Microsoft Office Specialist Excel (2013 or 2010)
>Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint (2013 or 2010)

To date, Utah students have taken almost 12,000 exams and passed more than 6,000 exams. In addition, more than 5,800 Utah students have certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist.

Students who certify as a Microsoft Office Specialist qualify—highest score, lowest time—to compete in the state, national, and world competition. At the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist Utah State Championship, now through May 20, 2015, student competitors will showcase their expert skills using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and the top winners, one per track, will represent Utah at the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship in Orlando, Florida June 18–20, 2015.

In May 2015, invitations to the U.S. National Championship will be extended to top students from Utah who have entered a qualified exam entry. During the 2015 MOS U.S. National Championship event, student competitors will take a unique competition exam in their track, further testing their knowledge of the applications. In conjunction with the event, Certiport will host the inaugural 2015 CERTIFIED Educator Conference. CERTIFIED will be a place for teachers who offer certification in their classrooms to share best practices, learn what is new, and learn why certification is valuable.

“The growing popularity of MOS certification in Utah shows our dedication to college and workforce readiness, and the competition is a way to get kids even more excited,” said Laura deShazo, Utah State Office of Education. “We look forward to seeing students perfect their Microsoft skills and represent our state at the MOS U.S. National Championship. Being named best in the state at Microsoft Office is a resume booster and an experience the winners will never forget.”

May 20, 2015 is the deadline for students to enter the MOS U.S. National Championship. For official rules, prizes, promotional materials, and current rankings talk to the business or Information Technology (IT) teacher in your school, or visit 2015 MOS Utah State Championship.

2015 MOS U.S. National Championship
Who: Utah middle/junior high and high school students
What: 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist National Championship
Where: Orlando, Florida
When: June 18-20, 2015

My CTE Internship at Esplin-Weight Attorneys at Law

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

By Bilmer Chacon, student at Spanish Fork High School

Bilmer ChaconHello, my name is Bilmer Chacon. I am a senior attending Spanish Fork High School. My career goals for the future are to go into law or the computer science industry, so I have been interning at Esplin-Weight Attorneys at Law in Provo, Utah to find out more about one of my career interests.

Esplin-Weight is a law firm handling a variety of cases from adoptions to business matters and divorces. I have had the opportunity to intern with Trent Cahill, one of the firms’ attorneys. Each day when I arrive he updates me on current cases he is working on, how he will handle the case and what approach he plans to take to assist the client. I have been taught to make and file documents and have been able to attend and learn about different aspects of the court. Each employee at Esplin-Weight has been instrumental in explaining things I didn’t understand, showing me what they do in their different jobs, and providing information on what it takes to become a lawyer.

So far I have loved everything I’ve learned. Even though it will be a challenge to become a lawyer, thanks to the people at Esplin-Weight, it is now something I think I can do and that I would enjoy doing!


Meet Zach Eberhard

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Zach EberhardZach Eberhard, a senior at Taylorsville High School, has been enthusiastically involved in FBLA since the start of his sophomore year. Zach served as last year’s chapter president at Taylorsville High School. Aside from FBLA he likes to participate in his school’s jazz band, music committee, choir, and math club. Zach feels very humbled to be the Utah FBLA state president. He is happy to be serving Utah FBLA members and is excited to show the rest of the state what FBLA is all about.

Join Zach and become a member of FBLA. Contact your school counselor to get connected with the FBLA advisor in your school.


FBLA Week is February 8-14, 2015

Tuesday, 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.