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Utah FCCLA Members Travel to Washington D.C.

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

FCCLA photo 1Utah FCCLA student members, who placed first in the state competition, are in Washington, D.C., along with more than 7,000 FCCLA members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country, to participate in the FCCLA National Leadership Conference. Beginning July 5 and continuing through July 9, FCCLA student members will attend general and business sessions, workshops, trainings, and compete in 30 STAR Events. STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.

On July 8 FCCLA will host a rally on Capitol Hill, with 5,000 youth and adults in attendance, to showcase support for Family and Consumer Sciences education and celebrate 70 years of youth career preparation and leadership. The rally will feature special guest speakers and the largest performance ever of the “GimmeFive Dance.” The GimmeFive Dance was created by First Lady Michelle Obama to promote healthy lifestyles, which is in keeping with the FCCLA national conference’s theme of “Together We Are Healthy.”

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At the conference FCCLA will continue to celebrate its 70th anniversary —#70YearsStrong.  Founded as Future Homemakers of America in June 1945, the organization had a focus to prepare teens for their roles as homemakers in the post-World War II era. In 1999 FHA members voted to change the organization’s name to Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, a move that symbolized its modern focus on leadership and career preparation while also honoring a foundation in preparing both men and women to have strong families, successful careers and to be community leaders. Today, the organization’s program focus includes financial management, career planning, leadership development and community service, while also meeting the increasing need for highly trained employees for the culinary, hospitality, early childhood, and fashion/interior design industries.

Paige Kirschbaum: From CTE Internship to College and Career

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Paige KirschbaumPaige Kirschbaum, a 2012 graduate from American Fork High School, attributes her education and future career success to the interior design courses she took in high school, her involvement in FCCLA, and her decision to participate in a CTE Internship.

From a young age Paige had a passion for interior design, “I spent hours drawing up floor plans while I was in grade school. It was important that once I moved beyond my elementary and middle school education there was an avenue for this passion, said Paige.”

At American Fork High School Paige was drawn to and participated in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Interior Design Pathway where she learned the elements of design. She also had the opportunity to be involved in designing the interiors for a home building project in Lehi, Utah. “While taking the [interior design] class I was introduced to color theory, model building, the principles and elements of design, and basic space planning. During my senior year, I was given the unique opportunity to take a new course called Advanced Interior Design. In this course, I spent time with the construction students developing a home project in Lehi, Utah. This allowed me a type of ‘real-life’ experience in design making basic selections for the interior of the home.”

While in high school, Paige was involved with FCCLA and competed in numerous state and regional competitions. Through FCCLA she learned business skills and made new friends. Paige describes the importance of her involvement in FCCLA. “My involvement in FCCLA was key during my high school years. It was there that I met a future colleague that attended Lone Peak High School. She continued, as did I, in pursuing the profession of interior design beyond high school. The next time I saw her was at the beginning of my freshman year with Utah State University’s Interior Design program. We became very close and plan to become business partners in the field. This all began with the connections made through FCCLA.”

After graduating from American Fork High School, Paige continued her education at Utah State University studying Interior Design. This summer she will spend eight weeks interning for Vicente Wolf Associates in New York City. “Vicente Wolf is Architectural Digest’s Top 100 Designer and has won numerous other awards. He is a well-known and praised designer in the industry. It is a privilege to be able to work as his intern this summer and I am definitely looking forward to the real-life experience from working hands-on with a New York designer and his team,” said Paige.

Paige attributes her successful preparation for advancement from high school to college (and soon a career) from the courses she took in Career and Technical Education and the opportunities she had in participating in a CTE Internship. “The most influential decision I made during high school was to participate in a [CTE] Internship. The path towards interior design began with my quick start into the field through my internship. Because my decision was made during high school I didn’t have to waste thousands of dollars in tuition trying to decide on a major. I walked into the university knowing exactly what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it. Utah State University has a very competitive program that I had heard about for years. I made it past the freshman review along with 16 others. There were over 40 applicants. A second review was made after my sophomore year and currently I will graduate with 14 other students. My high school education helped in pursuing such a rigorous program. I am grateful for the opportunities I was given at the beginning of my education. I look forward to becoming a NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer after graduation from Utah State University in May 2016.”

Blacktie & Barefoot: A Design by Paige Kirschbaum

Paige’s ISSUU Interior Design Portfolio  |  Paige’s Designs on Pinterest

Marianne Beck, Family and Consumer Sciences Education teacher and FCCLA Adviser at American Fork High School, expresses how important it is for students to participate in a CTE Pathway and CTE Internship. “As a Family and Consumer Sciences Education teacher, who teaches the Interior Design Pathway, I have enjoyed keeping in touch with students who have pursued their interests and have communicated how their interior design classes are what helped them discover their passion. The CTE Career Pathways program is a great way to help students discover how their classes can help them become college and career ready when they graduate from high school. It is also key that students involve themselves in the Work-Based Learning CTE Internship program, and different CTSOs [Career and Technical Student Organizations], to fully engage in all that they can to get the ‘real-life experience’ in the career they are interested in.”

Meet Kayla Clopten: Future Early Childhood Educator

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Kayla Clopten - formal“The CTE classes I have taken throughout high school have introduced me to my dream career path. When I started in high school, my grades were not the best and I did not enjoy school. Foods 1 became one of my favorite classes and changed my view of school. That foods class introduced me to Family and Consumer Sciences classes that I enjoyed. My GPA has improved and I have been on the honor roll for the last two years.

“In high school I focused on completing the CTE Child Development Pathway. After taking child development my sophomore year I decided I wanted a career working with children. Each year, as I planned my schedule, I followed the Child Development Pathway. I have taken all of the classes in the pathway that are offered at Kearns High School. CTE classes helped me figure out what career I want in the future.”

—Kayla Clopten, Kearns High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Kayla on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Salt Lake Community College. Kayla was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Makayla Hendricks to Receive National CTE Student Innovator Recognition Award

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Photo - Makayla HendricksMakayla Hendricks, Utah FCCLA State President, has been selected to receive the National CTE Student Innovator Recognition Award by the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE). This is an incredible honor for the Bountiful High School junior and for Utah FCCLA. The National CTE Student Innovator Recognition Award acknowledges students who exhibit excellence, dedication, leadership, and innovation within the field of Career and Technical Education (CTE), as well as within their respective Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Nominees were evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Work indicating a high level of accomplishment in the field of CTE. Accomplishments including everything from high grades to completion of innovative individual and group projects—inside and outside the classroom—related to CTE.
  • Involvement with co-curricular CTE opportunities, including CTE related leadership activities within schools, communities, and a CTSO.

Mckayla appreciates the opportunity she has had to participate in CTE, FCCLA, and FBLA. “Career and Technical Education has played a large part in my success in high school, and in my young adult life. CTE courses have been my favorite classes, and they are also the ones that I’ve learned the most from. By excelling in CTE courses, my high involvement in FCCLA, as well as FBLA, and my experience through the CTE Internship program qualified me to receive the National CTE Student Innovator Recognition Award.”

When Mckayla was asked how CTE has made in impact on her life she responded, “CTE courses have played a large role in my life, and will continue to be a part of it. The skills I’ve learned through CTE courses and by participating in CTSOs have far better prepared me for my future than any other activity. CTE courses and CTSOs have challenged me and changed my life. I wouldn’t be half the person I am today without Career and Technical Education.”

Cameron White: Director of Food Services

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Cameron White photoCameron White graduated from Ogden High School in 2010. While in high school, he participated in the ProStart program where he was mentored by Janae Hudman, FACS ProStart teacher. Because of his experience in Career and Technical Education and ProStart, Cameron has successfully found his niche.

After graduating from high school, Cameron decided not to enter culinary school, but instead chose to work under Jason Hess, the original owner and master chef, at Jasoh restaurant located on Ogden’s Historic 25th Street. Cameron later changed restaurants to work under the guidance of Elio Scanu, who started Zucca Trattoria in South Ogden. Later he moved to Mountain Ridge Assisted Living, in South Ogden, to the position of head chef. Now, at the ripe old age of 22, Cameron was recently promoted to the Director of Food Services for Mountain Ridge.

Cameron is in charge of all aspects of the kitchen, manages a staff of 15 employees, and oversees the overall food systems management. He provides three meals a day, for a minimum of 89 people, and designs menus for many different dietary restrictions, as well as for the public who come to eat with residents.

Mrs. Hudman recently visited with Cameron and was impressed with his competence as he explained his role as a boss and executive chef. Cameron told me, “I learned good stuff and bad stuff from former bosses. I am using the good stuff here.”

Cameron’s father expressed how proud he is of his son and for the training he received in high school. “As his Dad I’m immensely proud of him and want to thank Mrs. Hudman as the one who started him on this path of success! He continues to mesmerize everyone he works with, not only with his knowledge of gourmet cooking, but the whole industry,” said Steve White.

A Head-Start on Pursuing My Dreams

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

By Merralee Young, student at Sky View High School

Merralee Young photo 2“When I was in fifth grade, I had the most amazing teacher. She taught us how to be respectful and responsible. Through her teaching style, she treated all of her students equally and made us all feel like we were important and had something to share with the world around us. Elementary school is such a critical time. All of the kids need someone to teach them to love school, and to teach them how to be a respectable member of society. Ever since fifth grade, I have had a desire to have that same kind of influence on other kids that my fifth grade teacher had on me.

“I’m Merralee Young. In the winter of 2015 I completed a CTE Internship at Sunrise Elementary School in the field of elementary education. I got to work with Mrs. Hellstern in her afternoon kindergarten class. I’m pursuing a career in elementary education and this internship has really helped me get out of my comfort zone and really get to see what elementary education has in store [for me]. It was a great experience to spend so much time with such a great teacher. Kindergarten can be a hard age, but Mrs. Hellstern is very good at what she does. I think she understands what level of cognition the students are at and knows just when and where to push her students to do their best. For example, Mrs. Hellstern’s class has their own mission statement, separate from the schools. One of the key words in this mission statement is “synergize.” She was teaching her kindergarten class how to work together, or synergize, by reading them a story and giving each student a partner to work on an assignment together. It was something none of the students had much experience with, but they responded very well.

“I feel fortunate to have been able to work one-on-one with the students, and observe what it takes to be a teacher. I had the chance to do things like organize files, do crafts with the students, and read stories to the class. When I was responsible for a group of students, it felt a little out of place to take charge because I don’t get to play the teacher role in my life very often. I found that it’s harder than it looks to be in charge of 25 children, but that it’s something I’m very capable of doing. My favorite part of this experience is how rewarding it is. I love interacting with the kids, and hearing their funny stories. It’s also pretty neat to see how the students learn and progress, even in just a few short months. I have definitely learned some amazing things that will give me a head-start on my career in elementary education.”

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Strengthening Families One Meal at a Time!

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

By Alesha Hurst, Utah FCCLA VP of Public Relations

FCCLA@TheTableFood. Everyone needs it. But when was the last time you sat down for a meal at the dinner table as a family? Chances are it wasn’t recently. FCCLA is aware of this growing problem, and we’re taking measures to stop it from becoming worse.

FCCLA@TheTable is a new program that national FCCLA council members have started in an attempt to strengthen family relationships. FCCLA members pledge that they will share meals with their families, and as a result, they will be able to bond with their family members over dinner. The only requirement is that they have to take a picture of the meal as proof of completion and post it on Instagram with #FCCLA@TheTable.

The reasoning behind this initiative is simple: strong families make strong leaders. Studies have shown that regular family meals promote healthy eating habits and create a bond between parents and their children. Also, eating dinner together improves academic performance in school. Did you know, 52 percent of children earn mostly A’s and B’s when their families eat dinner together at least twice a week? The benefits greatly outweigh the costs, and FCCLA believes that FCCLA@TheTable will help these statistics apply to more of its members.

This project has received a lot of support from members, and many have already taken the pledge! The national goal is for 70,000 members to pledge meals with their families, and Utah FCCLA hopes to contribute 3,500 of them!

We understand that it is hard for families to find time in their busy schedules to meet together for dinner, but we encourage everyone to make an effort. To avoid awkward silent meals, we have come up with a list of conversation starters.

> If you could take a trip or vacation to any destination where would you go?
> How would you describe a perfect day?
> If you could go back to any moment in your life and re-live or re-do it, what moment would it be?
> If someone made a movie of your life, who would play the starring role and why?
> What made you feel mad, sad, and glad today?
> What do you want to be when you grow up?
> What is the funniest/weirdest dream you have ever had?
> If you could trade places with your parents for a day, what would you do differently?
> If you could turn invisible, where would you go and what would you do?
> If you could change anything in the world, what would you change and how?
> If you could wake up tomorrow with a superpower, what superpower would you want to have?
> If you could master a new skill tonight, what would it be?
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What was the best gift you’ve ever received? The best one you’ve ever given?
> If salary wasn’t important and talent wasn’t necessary, what would be your dream job and why?
> If you could teleport anywhere in the universe right now, where would you go?

 Help Utah FCCLA bring families closer together by taking the FCCLA@TheTable Pledge!

Bringing Awareness to FCCLA

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Last week, FCCLA chapters across Utah celebrated National FCCLA Week. Read what several chapters did to celebrate.

Orem High School 2Orem High School FCCLA Chapter
“We’ve had a lot of fun this week celebrating and recognizing FCCLA Week at our school. We have been gathering students around one of the TV’s in the commons area to play Kahoot during lunch. We made one for every day and have awarded prizes to those who participate. Each day it teaches a little [something] about one of our FACS classes—interior design, foods, child development, FCCLA, and clothing. It’s so fun and everyone that plays loves it, said Sandy Kezerian, FCCLA Adviser, Orem High School.”

Maple Mountain High SchoolMaple Mountain High School and Payson High School FCCLA Chapters
The FCCLA chapters of Maple Mountain High School and Payson High School joined together to celebrate National FCCLA Week.

Westlake High School FCCLA Chapter
Monday – To kick off the week chapter members handed out Smarties® candies to the student body with a message letting them know that more than half of teens killed in car accidents were not wearing a seatbelt. So, they are “smart” to buckle up and not text while driving.

Tuesday – For “Taffy Tuesday” chapter officers gave red and white taffy to members with the message: “FCCLA is the ultimate leadership experience, focusing on character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communications, practical knowledge, and career preparation. Thank you for being a member.”

Wednesday – For “Waffle Wednesday” members, who wore their chapter shirt, were treated to a waffle during lunch.

Westlake High School - Hide the logo contestThursday – For “Thirsty Thursday” red drinks were available for members with the message: “FCCLA is the only student run organization with family as its focus. FCCLA helps you grow as a leader because of the many service and leadership opportunities. Thank you for supporting FCCLA.”

Friday – FCCLA chapter members asked the student body to wear red. Chapter officers visited classrooms and handed out candy to those students wearing red.

During the week members hid the FCCLA logo throughout the school building and gave out free cinnamon roll coupons to those who found it. “It has been a great week bringing awareness to FCCLA, said Candace Wilson, FCCLA Adviser, Westlake High School. Check out our Facebook page Westlake High School FCCLA-Utah.

FCCLA Week is February 8-14, 2015

Monday, February 9th, 2015

FCCLA%20Week%20Profile%20PictureFamily, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will join more than 200,000 members in celebrating National FCCLA Week February 8-14, 2015. This year’s theme is “Together We Are United!” in recognition of the many things FCCLA students and advisers represent—both as individuals and as members of their chapters, state associations and the national FCCLA organization—in their families, schools and communities. During National FCCLA Week, members plan and carry out activities to address teen and societal concerns and show how Family and Consumer Sciences education can help them achieve the Ultimate Leadership Experience.

Monday, February 9
Media Blitz – Together We Are Making Headlines!
Hit up social networks and spread the word about what your chapter is up to! Take FCCLA out into the community by approaching local businesses about advocating for FCCLA! Get your whole school involved by advertising what your chapter is doing for FCCLA week!

Tuesday, February 10
Partner Advocacy – Together We Are at the Table!
Share Our Strength. Chapter members are encouraged to budget and prepare a meal for their family. Then as a family, contribute the same amount of money spent on that meal to SOS to enable others to have a healthy meal.

Wednesday, February 11
RED out for FCCLA – Together We Are United!
Wear RED! Showcase friendships made through FCCLA with posters/photos around school as well as in social media; submit photos of as many people wearing red in group shots to demonstrate how FCCLA is “united”.

Thursday, February 12
The Ultimate Throw Back Thursday – Together We Are Making History!
Chapters are encouraged to inundate social media with photos of members and chapter photos from as far back in FCCLA’s 70 year history as possible, all with the hashtag, “ #TUTBT”.

Friday, February 13
Member Recognition – Together We Are FCCLA!
Send thank you notes from advisers and chapter officers to FCCLA members. Recognize chapter members on social media. Set up an “FCCLA members only” photo booth during lunch with props to commemorate FCCLA Week.

National FCCLA Week and CTE Month is a great time to get excited for all that’s to come and all that’s involved with the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America!

It’s never too late to get involved with FCCLA! If you’re not a member of FCCLA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the FCCLA adviser in your school.

FCCLA photo 1

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has over 200,000 members and over 5,500 chapters from 49 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.

Alexa Hyde: Future Elementary Education Teacher

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Alexa Hyde - in front of school

Alexa Hyde, a student at Sky View High School, recently participated in a CTE Internship at Sunrise Elementary School. During her internship she worked with elementary students while being mentored by elementary education teacher Helen Hellstern. “I enjoyed working with Ms. Hellstern because she is an amazing teacher and has been so helpful in giving me ideas for when I have my own classroom. She put me in charge of responsibilities ranging from the simple task of writing the students names on assessments to teaching my own station,” says Alexa.

Alexa learned a lot from participating in a CTE Internship. The internship provided a real world experience to assist her in making a career decision. “Because of this experience I know for sure that I want to pursue [a career] in elementary education. I have absolutely loved my involvement with the students and have learned so much from them. Every child is so different and unique in their own way, and I have learned how to adjust to meet the need of every child. I’m excited to graduate and head to college where I will be able to take classes that will get me closer to my dream job. I am so thankful for the great experience I have had through the Work-Based Learning program.”