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Utah FBLA Members to Compete at NLC

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

2015-16-FBLA-State-Officers-2Today through July 2 Utah FBLA first place state winners will join their FBLA peers, from across the country, in Atlanta, Georgia, to compete in over 60 competitive leadership events at the 2016 FBLA National Leadership Conference. The Conference (NLC) draws thousands of future business leaders to compete in leadership events, share successes, and learn new ideas about shaping their careers through workshops and exhibits. This four-day conference is considered the pinnacle of the FBLA-PBL experience.

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Get the FBLA National Leadership Conference app. Search FBLA PBL in the Apple App Store to get the free app.

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Atlanta, Georgia to compete at the 2016 FBLA National Leadership Conference.

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Meet Rory James Pollard: Future Business and Marketing Teacher

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Rory Jame Pollard (BusMkt)“My goal after high school is to attend Weber State University (WSU) and pursue my dream of becoming a high school business and marketing teacher, as well as a DECA advisor. I want to be able to inspire students to follow their business and marketing dreams just as I have been inspired to follow mine.

“The business and marketing courses that I have taken in high school have really influenced me in the direction I would like to go for my future education and career. My marketing classes, my internship, and being an active member of DECA have helped to confirm my love of marketing, and have left no doubt in my mind that I want to be able to share my love and knowledge with my own high school students and classes one day.

“I have loved taking all the CTE classes. These classes have prepared me for my future career and have also given me life skills that will help me achieve my goals and dreams. By the time I graduate from high school I will have received 18 credits at WSU through the concurrent enrollment classes I have taken in high school. I am very passionate about business and marketing and I am so excited to share that passion with future generations.”

—Rory James Pollard, Fremont High School

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UtahCTE.org congratulates Rory on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Weber State University. Rory was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

 

The Utah High School Entrepreneur Challenge

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

JATC_TE_IMG_2668The Utah High School Entrepreneur Challenge is sponsored by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah. The Challenge is designed to encourage high school students to explore innovation and entrepreneurship.

Who: Utah high school students, ages 14-18 years old

What: The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

How: Organize a team of up to five students and work together to create a business idea.

Competition Packet: For competition details go HERE.

Application Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2016

Finalists Announced: Friday, April 15, 2016

Presentation, Judging, Awards Event: Saturday, May 14, 2016

Prizes: Over $22,000 of cash and in-kind prizes
Division A Winner – $5,000 cash
Division B Winner – $5,000 cash
People’s Choice Award – $1,000 cash
Lassonde Studios Housing Scholarship – $10,000 in housing scholarships
Event Awards – $1,300 cash

Questions? Email hsuec@utah.edu | Website lassonde.utah.edu/hsuec

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah

Madison Sickler: Future Accountant

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Madison Sicker photoMadison Sickler participated in a CTE Internship during her senior year where she learned about the field of accounting. As a result of her successful internship Madison received a job offer. Madison tells how her interest in math and participating in a CTE Internship influenced her decision to pursue a career in accounting.

“Growing up I was teased for being the ‘dumb blonde’ in my group of friends. I will admit that I was a bit more ditzy than a few of my friends, but one thing that they knew I didn’t screw-up was anything that dealt with numbers. It was a bit strange to them that I excelled at math, but was a bit clueless at everything else. As I got older and dyed my hair brunette, my love of math stayed with me and has affected my life immensely. It’s changed the courses I took in school, the way I’ve budgeted my income and spending, and the colleges I’ve looked at. One of the biggest decisions it’s affected is the decision I’ve made to become an accountant and earn my CPA. Although I felt good about that career [choice], I wanted to make sure it was the one for me. Fortunately, Terrilyn Stapley and Thomas Gibbons (Stapley Accounting Services, LLC) have been kind enough to let me join them in their office and work with them as an intern. I’ve loved being able to see all of the ins and outs of accounting and auditing and getting to know not only the good sides of the career, but the bad sides as well. I could not express how much of an eye opening experience this has been, nor could I thank Terri, Tom, and Connie [enough] for all that they have taught me.”

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Accounting and Finance 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 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success

I Completed a CTE Internship at Stokes Law PLLC

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Makelle Turner photoAlmost everyone will need a lawyer at some point in their life. I learned the good side of working as a lawyer when I interned with Ted Stokes of Stokes Law PLLC. It has been such a wonderful opportunity. The work they do is very inspiring and has helped me decide to continue to pursue my dream of becoming a lawyer. I’m Makelle Turner. I completed a CTE Internship at Stokes Law PLLC in the field of law.

I feel fortunate to have been able to experience what it’s like to work in a law office with a successful lawyer. As I head to college, I will continue to improve on all of the skills that Ted taught me during my internship. Because of this experience I am going to be more prepared for law school and I will be able to further my knowledge of the law. Ted Stokes was especially helpful and patient with me while I learned the ropes of the office. When Ted would teach me new things he was always willing to answer any questions I had. Because of him I was able to succeed in logging bankruptcy claims, providing information to use in arguments, and reading up on ‘rules’ to help make a case more solid. I will be pursuing a career in civil and criminal law.

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

Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success

This CTE Internship Prepared Me to Follow My Dream

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Sarah photo 5By Sarah Hoggan

I was very excited when I began my CTE Internship at the Smithfield City Library. The skills I learned will help me in the future, and I have become a better student and person.

One of my favorite things about my internship was watching the children look for a new and exciting book to check out and take home. Working in the children’s section was such a joy. There are bean bags, fun chairs, and pillows for the children and parents to get comfortable and use their imagination. On the other side of the children’s section there is a big place for story time. The library offers different story times for all ages each day. I am very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of something great, and helping children to be able to dream and learn.

I have really enjoyed my mentor for her love for reading. She is kind and always willing to help. I am grateful for her example of what it takes to be a wonderful librarian.

Because of this internship I will be better prepared to follow my dream of someday working in a library, and hope to bring imagination and joy through reading to many children.

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success

2016 Utah CTE Graphic Design Contest

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Bear River_IT_IMG_0779The Business and Marketing Education specialist, at the Utah State Office of Education (USOE), is planning the 2016 Business and Marketing Education summer conference for Utah educators. The organizers of this conference invite YOU (Utah middle/junior high and high school students) to design the graphic for the conference. The graphic will be featured on the summer conference informational webpage, welcome poster, and thank you cards.

This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your talent and creativity as you design a unique graphic for the conference. Each entry will be judged by the state committee for Business and Marketing Education.

One entry will be selected. The winner will receive a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, generously donated by Adobe.
The winner will be announced by Monday, March 28, 2016.

Entry Requirements:
> Must be a Utah middle/junior high or high school student.
> Students entering the contest must be willing to sign the USOE/CTE media release, included on the entry form.
> Entry form can be found on the Business and Marketing Education webpage at http://schools.utah.gov/CTE/business/DOCS/SC_GraphicsContest.aspx.
> Only one entry/design per student is permitted.

Graphic Design Specifications:
All entries to the contest must comply with the following design specifications.
> Use the theme “Power of the Past, Force of the Future.”
> The design must be scalable in both large and small formats.
> All entries must be rendered in color (full color or two color).
> Entries must be created in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, or Photoshop.
> All design elements must be unlocked (i.e. NO imported PDF files).
> Design must consist of completely original artwork. All copyright laws must be followed.
-NO clip-art or stock illustrations.
-NO copyrighted material.
-Typography must be licensed for free commercial use.
> Welcome poster: size 21″ x 32″
> Thank you card: size 8.5” x 5.5” (folded in half)

The student must keep a copy of his or her original design until results are announced in March. *Upon notification, the winner will be required to submit a CD/DVD of his or her artwork designed in Illustrator or InDesign.
> The winning design becomes the property of the USOE.
> USOE will not return any entries.
> USOE retains the right to make modifications to the final design as necessary.

The winning designer will be fully credited with his or her design. The winner’s name and picture will be featured during the conference.

Deadline:
All entries must be received (not postmarked) by the close of business on Thursday, January 21, 2016.

Submitting Your Design:
Mail or hand deliver the following: (1) the entry form, (2) a sample welcome poster printed in a smaller scale of 8.5” x 11″, and (3) a printed copy of the thank you card.

Submit Your Design To:
Laura deShazo | Graphic Design Contest
Utah State Office of Education
250 East 500 South | P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200

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.

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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
Marketing

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.

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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.

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