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Meet Mattie Lynn Case: Future Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Mattie Lynn Case (FACS)“At the beginning of my senior year I discovered that my interest in Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) was no longer just a hobby but had grown into a passion. I specifically want to be a foods and ProStart teacher.

“The CTE courses I have taken in high school have done nothing but prepare me for my life after high school. I have learned many valuable skills that will help me succeed during college and during my career. By taking the CTE courses I have been able to be involved with FCCLA, which has taught me people, leadership, and community skills. These are all traits I have developed and will need to use on a daily basis during my career as a teacher.

“My participation in CTE classes during high school has taught me valuable skills and lessons I will carry with me for the rest of my life. My time spent in these classes has also influenced my decision to become a Family and Consumer Sciences educator someday. My participation in CTE is not something that will cease after I graduate from high school; I plan on becoming further educated in the area and hope to one day educate others.”

—Mattie Lynn Case, Herriman High School

Mattie Lynn Case - FACS

UtahCTE.org congratulates Mattie on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah Valley University. Mattie was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuitions Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

I Want to Help Students Reach Their Potential

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

By Halee Gleave, senior at Richfield High School

Halee Gleave photoGabrielle Bernstein once said, “Allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession.” Ever since I was a little girl, my parents have taught me the value of education. When I was in elementary school, I remember them reading with me each night and helping me complete assignments. Learning became my passion at a very young age because of it. Since that time, my passion has grown into my purpose as I have had opportunities to share it. I have enjoyed tutoring high school students for the past two years. It inspired me to question a profession in education. This past semester, I have further explored that possibility as I have interned in a first grade class. I have observed daily classroom procedures, helped the teacher prepare for lessons, assisted with and corrected students’ assignments, and worked with students individually on reading fluency.

This internship finalized my decision to become a teacher. This fall, I will be attending Southern Utah University and majoring in elementary education. As I have interacted with young students, I have recognized a passion in them and my love for them has grown. I have seen the power education has had in my own life and I want to help students reach their potential. It has motivated me to continue to transform my passion and purpose into my profession.

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Early Childhood Education is one of seven Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program area. CTE Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Early Childhood Education Pathway talk to your school counselor. 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.

Focus On: Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FACS) helps prepare students for family life, work life, and careers in family and consumer sciences by providing opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.

The Utah FACS Education Pathways are based on national skills standards and the national cluster pathways for FACS. By taking FACS courses, students learn core knowledge and skills that prepare them for independent living and the workforce, which increases personal and community well-being. Students have the opportunity to be a CTE Secondary Pathway Completer in one of seven Family and Consumer Sciences Education Pathways:

Consumer Economics Services
Early Childhood Education

Family and Human Services

Fashion Design, Manufacturing and Merchandising

Food Science, Dietetics and Nutrition

Food Services and Culinary Arts

Interior Design

Melodie Marshall photo 1Family and Consumer Sciences Education courses provide students with skills needed to balance life and careers. Last year, more than 34,000 students were awarded a CTE Skill certificate in FACS Education, indicating a high level of performance.

Melodie Marshall participated in a CTE Internship during her senior year of high school in the field of elementary education. “What could be better than spending two hours with six and seven year olds, four days a week?” said Melodie.

Melodie Marshall photo 5Like so many high school juniors and seniors who participate in a CTE Internship, Melodie learned essential job skills as she interned with a workplace professional. “I had the opportunity to spend two hours every day as an intern under Mrs. Penman in a first grade class. This has been an amazing experience, I have learned so much under Mrs. Penman’s direction. I have gained an improved work ethic, better organizational skills, and speed. Participating in a CTE Internship is one of the best decisions I ever made.”

Stars and Skills for the Top Ten Occupations in Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS)

The following are rated “4- or 5-Star” occupations by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, and require a bachelor’s degree or less for entry. Occupations listed in the chart below are listed in order of the total number of people projected to be working in each occupation by 2022, with the largest occupations first.

Other notes regarding the occupations within the FACS Area of Study:

  • The largest occupations (i.e., those occupations in which large numbers of workers are employed) for which FACS students are preparing will be found in two major Standard Occupation Codes: SOC #25-0000, Education, Training and Library Occupations, and SOC #21-0000, Community and Social Service Occupations.
  • Unfortunately, wages for many of these occupations – especially early career – are relatively low. Further education, training, and work experience become all the more important for career advancement.
  • Workers attracted to these occupations are often motivated by helping people and making a positive difference in the lives of others.

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Teaching the Minds of Our Future

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Kylie McMorris with studentsHave you ever stopped to think about the future? Who’s going to be in charge of what happens to the world when we’re no longer around? Who’s going to be the President? Who’s going to continue to invent technology and advance the world’s knowledge? I know exactly who, because I teach the future every day. First grade is a critical time in every child’s life. You may not remember being in first grade, but I guarantee you remember the things you learned. First grade was where you learned to read, where you learned to write, where you learned that 3+5=8. These basic skills that you use every day were taught to you in first grade, and teaching these things to a room full of fidgety, curious six year olds is a pretty big job. Luckily we have people like Mrs. Jackson who are willing to put all their time and energy into creating the best possible learning environment for these kids.

I’m Kylie McMorris. I completed a CTE Internship in the field of elementary education. I’ve had the experience to teach, as well as to learn from 22 incredible first graders. Every day they teach me how to love life and learning, as well as so many other things. With help from their amazing teacher, my mentor, Holli Jackson I have learned and experienced more than most people ever will in high school. Because of this experience, I will be able to better use my senior year to take classes related to this field that I now know I want to be involved in. I will be able to go to college with experience that will put me ahead and help me to more easily pursue this career. I am so grateful for the opportunity that I’ve had to work in a fun, loving environment doing what I love to do.

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Early Childhood Education is one of seven Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Early Childhood Education Pathway 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

The Unspoken Superpower

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Britnie Jenkins photo 2Here they come again. Walking so quietly down the hallway until they reach the door. They pause and then begin speaking and you realize that evil sound is back. Instead of the almost perfected “ball”, it is back to “balla” or “bawll”. It seems as if you are fighting the same supervillain over and over again. He just keeps coming back to fight, but one day he will disappear after enough attacks.

My name is Britnie Jenkins. I completed a CTE Internship at Birch Creek Elementary. My internship was in speech pathology working with children about five years old. I am pursuing a career in speech and this internship helped me realize that this is the “superpower” I want to develop and help others with.

I was able to work with many of the aids and the director in the preschool, but Kristen Ralphs was my main supervisor. When I would first arrive, we would work with the preschool students mostly in small groups and once a day as a large group. From working in the preschool, I learned that there is so much more to speech pathology than just working with what comes out of the mouth. I was able to work with several of the students who use cards to speak, or American Sign Language (ASL), or even those who will blink, clap, or smile to show what they want.

I was also able to work with some of Kristen’s speech only students. While in these groups, I have seen and learned how to test children to determine if an Individualize Education Program (IEP) is needed. Kristen let me basically take over running these groups. However, she still decided when to start a new speech sound and what words to use. About halfway through my internship I felt like I was starting to be able to tell when to move on and how to fix the sounds.

I feel like even with my limited education and experience in this area, I was able to participate fully and learn so much. I know as I continue on through college, and the rest of my life, this internship will help me in my interactions with people, especially small children. As I pursue this career, I will be forever grateful for this opportunity, the relationships I developed, and how I will be able to apply all I learned to my future career as a speech pathologist.

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Early Childhood Education is one of seven Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Early Childhood Education Pathway 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

Utah FCCLA Members Meet with Governor Herbert

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

GOV_2180_w520[1]By Ashley Chidester
2015-2016 Utah FCCLA State President

FCCLA Week is off to a great start in Utah! On February 4, 2016 the FCCLA State Officer Team had the wonderful experience of meeting with Governor Gary Herbert at the Utah State Capitol. While meeting with Governor Herbert, he signed an official proclamation declaring February 7-13, 2016 as Utah FCCLA Week.

During our visit we told Governor Herbert about FCCLA and advocated for Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Family and Consumer Sciences. It truly was such an amazing experience speaking with Governor Herbert and teaching him about what FCCLA stands for and how our members are changing the world. As we were discussing FCCLA, he told us that First Lady Jeanette Herbert is very involved with issues regarding the family and they both believe in strong family values. He said she would be very impressed with the mission of our great organization.

We told Governor Herbert how FCCLA members all over the state are making a difference, and he was very impressed with the level of leadership FCCLA members exemplify. We also had the chance to speak with him about the importance of CTE in the lives of students, and how those skills are useful in everyday life.

Governor Herbert asked for our advice as to what he should say to the young people of our state, when he speaks to them. We told him how CTE classes and Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) can help to keep students in school and help to keep them from addictive substances or harmful behaviors.

Governor Herbert was so kind, and interested in the mission of FCCLA. Meeting with him was truly a great moment for Utah FCCLA, CTE, and Utah’s Youth.

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FCCLA Week is a great opportunity for schools to promote and showcase their FCCLA chapters. FCCLA Week features the following themes each day:

Monday, February 8
Media Monday — media outreach/media blitz

Tuesday, February 9
Team Tuesday — partner advocacy

Wednesday, February 10
We Wear Red Wednesday — member pride/member recognition

Thursday, February 11
Thankful Thursday — #WhyWeLoveFCCLA

Friday, February 12
FACS Friday — support Family and Consumer Sciences, “Say Yes to FACS”

18 and Going Back to the 5th Grade

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

classroom 1Being 18 years old during the last stretch of senior year can be tough. Having full blown senioritis, stacks of homework, tests, college applications, decisions to make, and wanting to be done, but not wanting to grow up is extremely stressful. Luckily, I decided to go back to the 5th grade. Well, kind of.

My name is Alix Crossley. I completed a CTE Internship at Sunrise Elementary in the field of elementary education.

This experience has been absolutely incredible! I feel fortunate to have been able to experience a classroom environment first hand. I have learned so much and had a blast. There is no other class I would rather be in than Miss Nelson’s 5th grade class. She is an outstanding teacher who not only excels at teaching her students, but has taught me an unbelievable amount. I don’t know how to explain all that I have learned from the students. They are examples to me with each of their unique personalities and strong desires to learn.

I not only observed Miss Nelson’s teaching, and how a classroom operates, but also walked around and assisted the students in their work. I also corrected assignments, passed out papers, read books to the class, led the students in a review game, and helped with whatever else there was that needed to be done. These things were all fun, but my favorite daily ritual occurred at the end of the day when I stood at the door and gave the students high-fives as they left. What better way to end my day than with 26 hand slaps and smiles.

I will never forget this awesome opportunity, what I’ve learned about teaching elementary school, or the many relationships I’ve developed. I wish this experience could last forever and I know it can. That’s why I want to be an elementary school teacher. I want to continue in this career and teach students for the rest of my life.

I now know there is no better place to be than in a 5th grade class, no matter my age.

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Early Childhood Education is one of seven Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Early Childhood Education Pathway 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

My Neverland

Friday, December 4th, 2015

classroom 1Peter Pan and I have something great in common, we both don’t want to grow up. The way Peter Pan fixes his problem is by flying to Neverland and living with the lost boys. I however can’t fly, so I chose to stay in first grade where I never have to grow up.

I’m Aubre Wursten and in the fall of 2015 I completed a CTE Internship at Birch Creek Elementary in the field of elementary education. I feel fortunate to have been able to participate with and learn all of the skills and patience it takes to be a teacher. I developed skills that will help me work with children and prepare them for the greatness that I know they will all show throughout their lives. As I continue to learn about childcare and education I will always remember this great opportunity with working with these incredible children and my amazing mentor, Mrs. Jackson. I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked alongside Mrs. Jackson and see her great example of how to find the potential that all students have.

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Early Childhood Education is one of seven Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program area. CTE Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Early Childhood Education Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

A Place to Shine

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Shari Lyn Bair photoI’m Shari Bair. In the fall of 2015, I completed a CTE Internship at Sunrise Elementary in the field elementary education. I feel fortunate to have been able to see the classroom from a different perspective, that is, the teacher’s perspective. I was able to experience the stress of being put on the spot; along with the difficulty of not knowing the answers to every question I was asked. I am honored to have built new relationships with these outstanding students, and [the teacher] Stacy Blauer. This will help me better pursue this career in my future.

Shari Lyn Bair photo 3“I did it!” Those are the words that you hear a lot in the third grade. You may not remember exactly what you “did”, but you just might remember how excited you were when you accomplished even the smallest of tasks. These third graders not only learn the book curriculum, they learn that in this classroom we are all friends. As they have learned this, I noticed how they are always helping and looking out for each other. I have developed skills by watching them. They are my greatest examples, who not only I have taught, but they have taught me. Stacy Blauer has been so helpful in guiding me through this internship, by letting me teach my own lessons and giving me pointers here and there.

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Early Childhood Education is one of seven Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program area. CTE Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Early Childhood Education Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

 

Utah FCCLA Fall Leadership: Empowering Members

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Fall LeadershipBy Nikki Sue Larkin, Utah FCCLA State Adviser

Utah FCCLA Fall Leadership, September 22-23, 2015, was a great week for all young leaders involved. We had a wonderful turnout with chapter officers from all over Utah. With the introduction of the National FCCLA theme for this year, “Empower”, our state officers have set four goals for all chapters to make this year successful.

The four goals are:

Membership (Active Duty Award)
Chapters must participate in and complete the “Go for the Red” national program, and submit the Go for the Red application for national recognition.

Community service (Call to Action Award)
Chapters must complete at least one chapter service project for the school or community, and document it through pictures and descriptions.

Career Connections (Detective Award)
Chapter members must participate and complete the FCCLA National Program Career Connections.

Promote and Publicize FCCLA (News Flash Award)
Chapters must send an article about their chapter to the FCCLA newsletter, or a local newspaper.

Once chapters have completed each goal they will receive the Hero Award.

Abby StephensWe had the privilege of listening to Abby Stephens as our keynote speaker. She shared her story of perseverance as she encountered a tremendous trial, which would affect her for the rest of her life. She inspired us to stand up and empower others to stand up as we all fall in our own lives.

Day two of Fall Leadership, chapter officers and advisers went to many workshops that will empower them throughout the year. There were many things taught and learned in the workshops about offices, National Programs, and becoming a better leader. Everyone who attentively participated, learned, and grew as a leader, making this an empowering 2015 year at Fall Leadership.