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Students to Compete at FBLA National Leadership Conference

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Today the best and brightest of FBLA convene in Anaheim, California to compete in leadership events, share their successes, and learn new ideas about shaping their career future through workshops and exhibits. This conference is considered the pinnacle of the FBLA experience, especially for those running for national office. FBLA student members will compete in over 60 competitive events during the four-day conference, June 27-30. FBLA has forged partnerships with industry leaders to underwrite competitive events and scholarships for students achieving national ranking.

Join the conference by watching a live stream of the Awards of Excellence Program on Sunday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. (PDT).

View: Conference Program

FBLA: Igniting Innovation in Service, Igniting Innovation in Education,
and Igniting Innovation in Progress.

Cody Bohin: Future Accountant

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Cody Bohin, a student at Bingham High School, recently received a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award to Salt Lake Community College. Cody will be studying for a career in business. “My goal out of college is to become an accountant. I hope that with all of my experiences and hard work it will help me to achieve my goal. I have worked hard and I will have that upper edge on any other accountant that I will be up against, says Cody.”

During Cody’s senior year he participated in the Business Leadership Training program at Canyons Technical Education Center. “Some of the things that make [the] class so special is that I have completed many prestigious seminars that make me more prepared than many adults in life, says Cody.”

Cody describes how Career and Technical Education prepared him for college and a career. “These programs that I have taken have furthered my skills not only for college but for my whole life. I have taken complete control of my life and face my life in a very professional way. The most impressive skill that I have been able to achieve is my work ethic. I have learned to work hard and always set and achieve goals above what is expected. I have really taken CTE classes to heart. [CTE has] taught me what I know today. With CTE programs you can choose a path and work towards it.”

Austin Harvey: Future Business Owner

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Austin Harvey
Occupational Goal: Business Owner

“The Entrepreneurship class I took at my high school has given me a burning desire to go out and start my own business. The CTE classes I have taken during my high school career have helped me decide what I want to do for a career. Ever since I took an Entrepreneurship class I have fallen in love with business.

“CTE courses have helped me tremendously to prepare for life after high school, college, and a career. The business classes really helped me see what it is like working in the real world and what it takes to be successful. The Business Leadership class has helped me so much. It has taught me valuable communication, problem-solving, time management, information management, and managerial skills. This class has shown me how to be a professional employee in a company. Since I have started this class, my grades have gone up in all of my other classes because it has taught me crucial study skills that are needed in college. The CTE classes I have taken in high school have truly helped me more than I ever could have imagined.”

—Austin Harvey, Alta High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Austin on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Utah Valley University. Austin was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

FBLA State Leadership Conference

Monday, March 25th, 2013

By Luke Searle
FBLA State President and student at Wasatch High School

Utah’s FBLA State Leadership Conference and Competition was held March 5-7, 2013 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah. Over 1,600 members from throughout the state met to compete in over 70 events! It was an exciting competition for all those involved.

At the conference, students competed for a chance to advance to Nationals, which is being held in Anaheim, California at the end of June. New state officers were also elected for the 2013-2014 year. I was lucky enough to be elected as Utah’s State FBLA President, and I look forward to working with my state officer team to make it a great year.

It was a tough competition, but in the end, the top five schools that had the most students place in events were:
1st Place: Wasatch High School
2nd Place: Hillcrest High School
3rd Place: Taylorsville High School
4th Place: Box Elder High School
5th Place: Davis High School

Congratulations to those schools!

We hope to see you all in the fall when Utah hosts the FBLA National Fall Leadership Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

FBLA Fall Leadership Conference

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

By Brittany Smart, FBLA state officer and student at Alta High School

This year, the Utah FBLA Fall Leadership Conference was held at the Hilton Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. Officers and active members from chapters across Utah were able to attend. We were able to ignite innovation throughout the conference. Listening to our great motivational keynote speaker, Mr. John Paul Murphy, and being able to recognize outstanding chapters, board members, and advisers in our opening session was a great way to start the conference.

The dance was also a huge success. Not only was it a blast, but we were also able to participate in a March for Dimes fundraiser as a state. Our president, Andy Ho, was locked in a jail cell outside the dance, and for every dollar donated he had to stay in the cell for two minutes. We were able to keep Andy in the cell for the entire dance! We thank everyone who participated and donated to the great cause.

Outstanding workshops were also a big part of the conference. PBL and FBLA state officers as well as presenters from businesses, universities, and other great organizations were able to teach, inspire, and motivate us to become better. It truly was an amazing conference, and we are grateful to all those who helped or participated in any way.

We hope to see you all again next year at our 2013 Fall Leadership Conference and look forward to our next state conference in March.

If you are not a member of a FBLA and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the FBLA advisor in your school.

Calling all Utah junior high and high school graphic designers!

Monday, November 19th, 2012

The Business Education and the Information Technology Education specialists, at the Utah State Office of Education, are happy to announce the winner of the Summer Conference Graphics Contest.

The winning entry was designed by Bradley Herdt, a junior at Clearfield High School. Bradley’s design was one of 45 entries. His entry will be showcased during the Business Education and Information Technology summer conference at Murray High School on June 12-13, 2013.

As the winner of the Graphics Contest Bradley received a copy of Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 Design Standard, generously donated by Adobe®.

Congratulations Bradley!


Laura deShazo and Bradley Herdt

Calling all Utah junior high and high school graphic designers!
Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012

The Business Education and the Information Technology Education specialists, at the Utah State Office of Education, are in the process of planning a combined summer conference for Utah educators. The organizers of this conference invite YOU (Utah junior high and high school students) to design the graphic for the conference program materials. The graphic will be printed on the program cover, welcome posters, vendor punch cards, 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 a state committee of Business Education and Information Technology Education teachers. One entry will be selected and the winner will receive one copy of Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 Design Standard. (This prize was generously donated by Adobe® and has a retail value of $1,299.) The winner will be announced by March 1, 2013.

Graphic requirements:
> Theme: Start Something that Matters
> Must be the work of a Utah junior high or high school student.
> Designs must consist of completely original artwork, absolutely NO clip-art or stock illustrations, and NO copyrighted material. Any typography must be licensed for free commercial use. Designs must be scalable to work in both large and small formats.

Entry requirements:
> Completed entry form.
> Student entering the contest must be willing to sign a media release.
> Graphic files should be submitted on a CD/DVD in a vector format when possible, JPEG or PNG if not.
> Include one color 8.5” x 11” inch landscape copy of the program cover design.
> Mail or deliver entry to:
Laura deShazo
Utah State Office of Education
250 East 500 South   P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200

Entries MUST be received by January 4, 2013.

The winning design will be the sole property of the Utah State Office of Education to be used in any manner. The winning designer will be fully credited with their design work. The winner’s name and picture will be featured on the conference program.

Important Note: Please understand that you will not be compensated for your design work. However, the winning design entry will be awarded one copy of Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 Design Standard.

January will be here before you know it, so don’t delay in creating your design entry for this contest. Good luck!

Contact: Andrea Curtin at the Utah State Office of Education at 801-538-7976.

Keyboarding: A Critical Literacy Skill

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

How often do you use a computer during the day to communicate a thought or a message? It is probably more often than you realize. From personal computers, to laptops, to tablets, computers are everywhere. Today’s productivity requires excellent keyboarding skills. While most children and adults can learn to hunt and peck on their own, real typing speed depends on proper technique. Speed is important because a young person should learn how to think and compose at the keyboard.

Efficient keyboarding and computer operation is a necessary and critical skill for the majority of occupations. According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, ninety-six percent of ALL jobs require effective keyboarding skills. Keyboarding is an expected tool for communication throughout one’s life. It is a skill that is considered as important as being able to print and write well. Now is the time to perfect your keyboarding skills.

 Keyboarding is a critical literacy skill!
It ranks with reading, writing, speaking, listening and thinking.

In Utah schools, keyboarding is taught beginning in kindergarten and continues through grade 12. Students learn touch keyboarding techniques, correct fingering, speed and accuracy, and composing at the keyboarding.

Grades K-2

  • Students will be introduced to touch keyboarding techniques and correct fingering.
  • Mouse-driven software is recommended for K-2 students.

 Grades 3-5

  • Students will learn touch keyboarding techniques with emphasis on correct fingering.
  • Students will achieve a minimum of 25 words per minute by the end of 5th grade.

Grades 6-8

  • Students will use proper touch keyboarding techniques.
  • Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of basic word processing functions and proofreading.
  • Students will develop composing skills at the keyboard.
  • Students will achieve a minimum of 45 words per minute by the end of 8th grade.

Grades 9-12

  • Students will exhibit keyboarding competency in other curriculum areas.
  • Students will successfully complete the Computer Technology graduation requirement. (In order to successfully pass this class a student must know how to keyboard correctly.)

Learning proper keyboarding techniques early will prevent you from developing bad habits that are very hard to break. Students who key correctly demonstrate improved language arts skills, can compose faster, produce documents with a neater appearance, and have higher self-esteem.

Students, talk to your school counselor to register for a keyboarding class and plan now to prepare yourself for skills needed now and in the future.

Cristian Jenson: Future Entrepreneur

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Cristian Jenson
Occupational Goal: Entrepreneur

“Being able to reflect back on the CTE classes I took, I have been able to take the things I learned in those classes and use them in my daily life. A couple of the helpful courses that prepared me [for college and career] were Financial [Literacy] and Desktop Publishing. In this world we live in we need to know both of these skills. The Financial [Literacy] class taught me how to use my money wisely. Without knowing how to manage your money you won’t make a profit or have enough money to keep your business running. Desktop Publishing might not sound like a critical thing but it is. [It’s  important] to be able to make data sheets [showing] how much your company makes every year or make a basic schedule for your employees.” –Cristian Jenson, Kanab High School

Heather Glover, Business Education Teacher at Kanab High School said, “Cristian has always display a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and ambition. He is always willing to try something new. He works and works at it until he has mastered concepts and techniques; he has a ‘don’t quit’ attitude. This is a quality that sets him apart from many of his peers.”

UtahCTE.org congratulates Cristian on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Tooele Applied Technology College. Cristian was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuitions Awards banquet on Wednesday, May, 2, 2012.

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Cristian Jenson
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

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