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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.

Utah Students Advance in Business Education

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011


UtahCTE.org congratulates the following students who received a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. Each student proved that he/she has the academic knowledge, technical skills, and drive to advance his/her education beyond high school in Business Education. This scholarship award will give each student a jump-start for his/her postsecondary training and open many doors of opportunity, now and in the future. Upon graduation from high school each student now advances to a Utah postsecondary institution to study and train for a career in business.

Jazzel Hall

“After obtaining an associate degree I will go back to the Philippines and I will open up my own small Asian restaurant in Manila. High school helped me to start accomplishing my goals and supported me in my career. I know that by practicing all the skills I’ve learned in my CTE classes I will be a successful business owner.”
Jazzel Hall, Hillcrest High School






Jacob Jones

“I have a great love for business from actively working in the field, from many years in FBLA, and from the business classes I have taken. I have taken many CTE classes that are oriented towards the Business Pathway and I plan to pursue a career in business. After I graduate in Business Management I plan to enter the workforce and start my own company.”
Jacob Jones, Wasatch High School  




Jessica Katwyk

“After I have earned my business degree, I plan to use the knowledge I have gained in college, plus continuing education in order to help me become a successful business owner. The Business Management [Pathway] has helped me realize what is important in my life.”
Jessica Katwyk, Bingham High School         





“The career and technical field I have chosen to study is Business Management. This is a career that I feel I will enjoy and be successful in. After I have completed my AAS degree I would like to work for a company and get experience in my degree, in order to be successful in the business field.”
Janet Munoz, Wasatch High School                                      


Lakota Preece

“CTE Pathways has impacted me in ways I cannot even begin to explain. The Pathway I chose to follow was the Business Management Pathway. This helped me decide which classes to take that would help me in the future and in obtaining my goal. Because of that one meeting with my [school] counselor and choosing a Pathway, I now have a plan and many goals to go along with it.”
Lakota Preece, Morgan High School                                     



“After receiving my AAS degree [in business] I would like to seek employment with a reputable company in the renewable energy field. I have had the opportunity to help my father in the initial stages of renewable energy project development and would like to continue employment in the field. I have taken many [CTE] business classes at Wasatch High School to help me prepare for my career.”
Michael Rhees, Wasatch High School 


Would you describe yourself as efficient, well organized, systematic, and responsible? Are you good at paying attention to detail, using computer programs, working with numbers, and following instructions? Do you like to create spreadsheets, keep business records, and work in a well-structured environment? If you answered yes, then a career in one of the five Business Pathways may be perfect for you. CTE offers Pathways to YOUR future; get started!

Accounting and Finance Pathway

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Have you heard of the Career Technical Education (CTE) Accounting and Finance Pathway? If you are interested in business, like working with numbers, and are detailed oriented this CTE Career Pathway is one to check out.

Salt Lake City was recently recognized as “a key financial locale” by eFinancialCareers.com. Goldman Sachs, a “Wall Street powerhouse,” and the Royal Bank of Scotland are expanding their offices to Salt Lake City. David Lang, Managing Director for Goldman Sachs said that, “Utah has a robust business environment and infrastructure. . .The strong talent pool is a validation of our growth here.”

Read the article titled “Unexpected Wall Street” to learn more about Salt Lake City being recognized as one of the three key U.S. metro areas for finance. “Salt Lake City may be some distance from Wall Street, but more and more financial markets professionals are calling it home.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics approximately 48,000 residents in Salt Lake City work in the area of financial services. In Utah, financial specialists occupations are projected to increase 3 percent through the year 2018.

Megan Jensen

Megan Jensen, a student at Piute High School, is on the path to a successful and fulfilling career in accounting. “I started taking CTE classes in 7th grade. I found that I really liked the business and computer classes. As I got into high school, I kept taking classes like accounting, computer tech., web design, word processing, and business communications. I also joined FBLA when I was a freshman, which has helped me to further my business leadership skills. Taking these courses and joining FBLA has helped me to decide that I want [a career in] Accounting and Business Management.”

For information on salary projections, labor market demand, and training options in the Accounting and Finance Pathway log on to UtahFutures.org. Get started!

CTE Business Pathways; get started!

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Did you know that Career and Technical Education (CTE) offers five Business Education Career Pathways to help students get started with education and careers beyond high school? By following one of the five Business Pathways students will become college and career ready. From Accounting and Finance, Administrative Support, and Technology Support, to Entrepreneurship, and Business Management, this Area of Study gives students many kinds of opportunities to acquire job skills and to get a head start in selected college preparation, too. As Business Student Jesus Jiron can attest, learning how to work with other people in an office situation is a critical skill in today’s workplace.

Brandon Buchanan

Business Education students are encouraged to participate in FBLA – “Future Business Leaders of America” – that can further enhance their leadership and community involvement. Brandon Buchanan, a senior at Viewmont High School has been very active in participating in FBLA and DECA. “I held VP position in FBLA Soph. and Jr. Years, and currently hold the position of President this year. I have placed both years at state in various events. I am currently VP of DECA, and have already participated in a competitive event, involving a promotional campaign for the Dew Tour event in Salt Lake City, that resulted in a position to attend the DECA National Leadership Conference in Florida.” Brandon is president of the school store at Viewmont High School, where he handles everything from operations, management, to the financials of the store. “For me, education gives me the basis to experience business in the real world.”

Training and education beyond high school is important for success in a career in Business. Whether students choose a one-year certificate, a two-year associate or technical degree, a four-year bachelor’s degree, or an advanced degree will depend on his or her career path.

To discover some of the occupations associated with the Career Pathways in Business, check out the Career Chart, and get started!