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Alexis Kingery: Future Restaurant Manager

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Alexis Kingery
Occupational Goal: Restaurant Manager

“The CTE courses I have taken have prepared me for my chosen career path because I have received knowledge and training in business management and restaurant fundamentals. The foods classes I have taken have taught me all I need to know about serving safe food, handling it correctly, and appropriate food presentation. The business classes I have taken have prepared me with management skills, organization fundamentals, and how to be more productive. Upon completion of my educational plans, I would like to open my own restaurant.”  —Alexis Kingery, Herriman High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Alexis on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah Valley University. Alexis was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Lucille Brizzee: Utah Distinguished Business Educator

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

On February 19, 2012, Lucille Brizzee was named the Utah Distinguished Business Educator of the year at the Western Business Education Association (WBEA) conference in Newport Beach, CA, for her outstanding contributions to the Utah Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

Each year WBEA recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to business education. As an affiliate of the National Business Education Association, WBEA’s mission “seeks to share educational experiences that will prepare individuals to excel as consumers, workers, and citizens in our economic systems.”

Lucille has been very active in the FBLA as an advisor, state FBLA-PBL board member chair, assistant state director, and presenter. Since 2008, she has been the state assistant director for Utah FBLA-PBL. For 16 years, Lucille has been the Ogden High School FBLA chapter advisor. During the past 10 years, Lucille has presented at state and national fall leadership conferences throughout the country. Since 1996 she has attended every national, state, and regional leadership conference.

Ogden High School FBLA President Vanessa Coburn said, “In FBLA, Ms. Brizzee assists students in finding events to compete in that benefit them the most. She really goes the extra mile to be the best teacher and advisor that she can be.”

Utah Career and Technical Education Coordinator Wendi Morton said, “Lucille’s personal demeanor and enthusiasm are contagious; her peers are drawn to her. She shares her passion with them and through her endeavors has established herself as a leader throughout our state.”

In addition to Lucille receiving the WBEA award, in 2004, Lucille was named the Outstanding FBLA Advisor and her chapter received six Gold Seal Chapter Awards of Merit.

UtahCTE.org congratulates Lucille on her many accomplishments. She truly exemplifies the qualities and characteristics of a leader in education.

Lucille Brizze with WBEA president, Roietta Fulgham

Meet a Senior Human Resource Analyst: Susan May

Saturday, February 18th, 2012


Introducing… Susan May

A graduate of … Clearfield High School

Now working as … Senior Human Resource Analyst, conducting job recruitment, classification, and helping employees with benefits, retirement, payroll issues, etc.

Employer … State of Utah

Check out this website … http://www.dhrm.utah.gov

Business courses were her favorite in high school because … she learned “how to write professional letters, reports, etc. This background has helped me as I have progressed in my career.

Susan’s first job … was as a fast food worker.

The worst job?  Hotel Maid, but that experience motivated her to pursue the training/education that was needed so that she could take care of herself without having to take this type of job again.

A Career Highlight … The most rewarding facet of Susan’s job is helping other people. One of the people she recently assisted called Susan her “angel” because she played such a critical role in assuring a smooth transition to retirement.

Advice to students: “I never really knew what I wanted to be when I grew up and have been very fortunate to have ‘fallen’ into the Human Resource field. I have been able to really learn and grow and use my talents. My advice would be that once you know what it is you want to do, don’t let anything stand in your way. Get whatever education and training you will need to be able to accomplish your goals.

More …

  • RE: Susan’s first professional job working in the LDS Church Historical Department. “I was able to be mentored by individuals with college educations and it was a wonderful experience.”
  • Susan’s post high school education: I have been fortunate enough to be able to receive most of my training on the job. I originally was hired by the state as a secretary. I have taken the opportunity to learn and grow in each position that I have held.”
  • An example of Susan’s impact on the lives of others: I helped a woman with her retirement a year ago. Her husband was being treated for cancer and she didn’t know how long he had left. She agonized over what to do. I went over all of her options, including taking family medical leave, and she finally came to the decision that she really needed to concentrate on taking care of him, so I helped her through the retirement process. I felt very grateful that I was able to contribute in some small way.

Meet a Business Owner: Lanette Fidrych

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012


Introducing… Lanette Fidrych

A graduate of … Granite High School

Now working as … A Business Owner

Of … Cycle Dog Products

Check out this website … www.cycledog.com

Geometry was her favorite high school class because … she says she is a very visual learner, and Geometric formulas are very visual – so she excelled!

College Athletics was Lanette’s most significant post high school education/training experience. Participating in college track for four years taught her a lot about perseverance, accomplishment and defeat. She says, “Sometimes the definition of winning is simply not quitting.”

Lanette’s first job – was working as a morning water girl at a garden center – at age 14!

The worst job?  After graduating from college, Lanette worked as a product manager for a large sportswear manufacturing company. Sadly, she discovered that a bad supervisor can turn a job into the “worst.”

A career highlight … Lanette started her own business at just age 26 and reports learning on the go – and quickly! She says that in the first three years of running her own business she “learned more than I could have learned in 20 years at my [former] fancy job.”

Advice to students … “Take risks. Try a lot of different things. Let yourself be young for a little while. Travel. Be open to any and every opportunity. Look at every challenge as an opportunity to learn something new.

And more …

  • About Geometry: Geometry has a strong relationship with design. Symmetry and A-Symmetry have a lot to do with why we like the look of some things and not others. I’ve always been fascinated by angles and how equations relate to one another.
  • The connection between college athletics and running a business: Having my own business, now I often relate to the challenges, defeat, and wins I experienced in sports. Sometimes the constant hard work and effort it takes to just finish the job can be trying, but if you stick to it you’ll eventually get a few wins.
  • Insights re: her (self-described) “fancy” job in a big corporation: “Looking back on the experience I learned that raising your hand and asking for help is a good thing. I learned that asking for direction and setting expectations between you, your boss, and your boss’ boss can make all the difference. I learned that getting the right people on your side is very important. Unfortunately the saying “It isn’t what you know, it’s who you know” is true.



Meet an International Rate Specialist: John Millsaps

Friday, February 10th, 2012


Introducing… John Millsaps

A graduate of … Skyline High School

Now working as … An International Rate Specialist

For … Christopherson Business Travel

Check out this website … http://www.christophersontravel.com

Anthropology was his favorite high school class because … of a great teacher who awakened curiosity about the people and the cultures of the entire world.

John’s first job – was delivering newspapers, and he says he learned a lot, being responsible for attracting new clients, reliable delivery, and collection of payments.

The worst job? Car Salesperson. This was a job that paid strict commission, and presented some challenges as John worked to maintain his personal integrity in spite of some existing business cultural norms.

Advice to students …Follow your passions and dreams, yet have a back-up plan, just in case.  That means getting a good education and then continuing to learn throughout life.”

And More …


  • “I have a B.A. in anthropology from the University of Utah. I worked in the field for several years and got to work at Petra Jordon, Aleppo Syria, and a number of sites in the USA. It wasn’t a job that paid well or that was steady so when I needed to get a stable job I looked around and found a career that would allow me to explore and travel the world.”
  • “I have traveled to 6 out of the 7 continents and visited over 100 countries and all 50 states and been on multiple cruises.”

Meet a Chief Financial Officer: Kevin Hadlock

Monday, February 6th, 2012


Introducing… Kevin W. Hadlock

A graduate of … Madison High School (Rexburg, ID)

Now working as … Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

For … Questar Corporation, where he is a member of the Management Committee, with responsibility for the accounting, treasury, investor relations, tax, and corporate financial planning and strategy functions.

Check out the website … http://www.questar.com

Debate was his favorite high school class because … “It taught me how to listen to others more intently, to think about the issues more critically and to articulate my thoughts more convincingly.”

Kevin says that his first job – that is, the first “real job” he landed after graduating from Brigham Young University – was as an analyst at a Wall Street Firm.

The worst job?  As a teen, Kevin worked moving irrigation pipe on a farm, where it occurred to him as he watched the sun rise over the field, that “I did not want to move sprinkler pipe the rest of my life!”

A career highlight?  “Leading a team of 15 people to acquire a South African automobile manufacturer for $150 million.”

Advice to students … “The most important characteristics in determining future job success are integrity, intellectual curiosity and hard work.”

And more …

  • Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway said, “In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” 
  • “Dream big!”
  • “Study a subject in college that you enjoy and that can lead to employment. There are plenty of tools to help you identify careers that you will enjoy and for which you would have a proficiency, but couple that with the knowledge of which fields are growing and which have the greatest needs for new employees.

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!

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!