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Wesley Carter: Utah FCCLA VP of Development

January 12th, 2015

Wesley Carter 2Hello Everyone! My name is Wesley Carter and I am the Utah FCCLA Vice President of Development. I am a senior at Pleasant Grove High School and have been a member of FCCLA for two years.

I decided to run for state office only one month after becoming a member and it has been the best decision of my life. Being a state officer has shaped me into the person I am today. I can’t wait to spend another year on the FCCLA state executive committee.

Last year, I participated in the FCCLA STAR Events Focus on Children competition, where my team took gold at the regional competition, gold at the state competition, and bronze at the national competition.

This past year, I competed in the FCCLA STAR Events Applied Math for Culinary Management competition, where I took gold at the regional competition and gold at the state competition. As a result I qualified for my second FCCLA National Leadership Conference!

This year I decided to venture out and try the competitive events of another Career and Technical Student Organization, so I joined FFA and competed in the Food Science Career Development Event. After countless hours of dedication I placed first in the state competition! In addition, my team qualified for nationals, which was a huge accomplishment for me. But no worries, FCCLA will always come first in my life.

Next year, I plan to study at Utah State University and major in Family and Consumer Science Education. My dream is to be a high school Foods/ ProStart teacher and FCCLA Advisor. FCCLA has changed my life. I have become a new person and met so many new friends. I am very grateful for the opportunities I have been given through FCCLA and will never forget it. FCCLA really is The Ultimate Leadership Experience.

Plan Now to Be a Lifelong Learner

January 6th, 2015

CaptureThe years spent in middle/junior high and high school are key to laying the foundation to succeed in life beyond high school—college and career. To be successful, you need to continue to learn throughout your entire life. There will never come a time when you have learned everything there is to know. The more you learn the more choices you have about what to learn and how to learn. Participation in Career and Technical Education assists students in planning, preparing, and setting goals as a college and career plan is developed.

Career and Technical Education:

  • Expands Your Options Courses and programs introduce students to career options and assist them in the development of career choices.
  • Offers a Path to Success Pathways take students into the real world, and training approximates real work situations.
  • Challenges You to Think Students are challenged to apply theoretical knowledge—learned in academic and technical classrooms—to practical problems in laboratories or at work sites.
  • Offers Tools for Developing a Meaningful College and Career Plan Defining career interests and other characteristics will lead students to the education and career opportunities to meet their needs.
  • Provides Concurrent Enrollment Concurrent enrollment is linked directly to postsecondary institutions, so students can meet preliminary requirements for postsecondary degrees while still in high school.
  • Helps Pay for Postsecondary Education Students can earn college credit without having to pay tuition, as long as he or she is attending high school.
  • Broadens Lifelong Career and Education Options Studies reveal a strong correlation between education/technical skills levels and continued employment/lifelong earnings.
  • Teaches Life Skills That Apply to Any Career Students learn employability skills, such as communication, teamwork, leadership, goal setting, resource management, and personal responsibility.

Josie Fielding: Future Accountant

January 6th, 2015

Photo 1Josie Fielding, a student at Sky View High School, recently participated in a CTE Internship at Allred Jackson. After successfully completing her internship she was offered a permanent job. “Getting to know the people at Allred Jackson was so much fun, and I’m glad that I have had the opportunity to work with them. I loved it!” says Josie.

Josie has always wanted to pursue a career where she could apply her mathematical skills and successfully contribute to an organization. However, she wasn’t sure if accounting was a path she would enjoy. “I’ve always known I wanted to pursue a career with a math emphasis, so when I took the accounting classes at Sky View it pointed my interests in that direction. But, I still wasn’t sure that accounting was the way to go, so I decided to participate in a CTE Internship to find out. I was hoping that an internship in the field of accounting would tell me that I was, ‘On the right path,’ or to ‘Turn around, go back, accounting is not for you.’ I’m so glad I participated in an internship, because it reaffirmed my choice to go into accounting.”

Having the opportunity to participate in a CTE Internship, at Allred Jackson, helped Josie decide on a career path. During her internship Josie assembled an electronic tax return and updated client information. “I got to do bank reconciliations, data entry, sign-up for Electronic Federal Tax Payment System for several clients, set-up client accounts, and even bill some of the clients. It was fun to see the whole process and even participate in it. I also adjusted entries, updated client loan payments, and reconciled client accounts. This was fun because it was more of what I had learned in my accounting classes. Taking what I had learned in class and actually being able to apply it to the real world was pretty fun.

Josie comes from a family of accountants and although she is different in many ways she is very math oriented just like many members of her family. “If you took a picture of my family you would see a lot of tall, blond athletes who are straight ‘A’, math oriented students. Then you see me. I’m short, I have darker hair, and where the rest of my family plays basketball, I play lacrosse. I’m not a ‘typical’ Fielding, which is fine. I love being me! It’s fun being a little different. But the one thing that particularly stamps me as a Fielding is that I’m very math oriented just like the rest of them. My extended family is made up of engineers, businessmen, and scientists, all very math oriented occupations. This is where I fit in. My father got his bachelor’s degree in accounting, my brother is working on his master’s in accounting, and now I’m following suit. I’m looking forward to continuing my education in accounting and even though I’m not tall, blond and super athletic, I’m my Father’s daughter, and I’m going to be an accountant!”

HOSA: Future Health Professionals

January 6th, 2015

photo 6 - Utah HOSA state officersHOSA—Future Health Professionals is the student leadership organization for Health Science Education. Founded in 1976, HOSA brought together students, teachers, and healthcare industry leaders to create an organization that is exclusively committed to healthcare. Today HOSA remains committed to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premiere leadership personal growth, community service, academic scholarships, and unique internships. HOSA activities lead to over 300 career opportunities in healthcare.

HOSA brings relevance to the classroom through industry-based competitive events, HOSA Leadership University, and community service. There are 4,145 Utah HOSA members in 89 chapters across the state.

Chapter Highlight: The Weber High School HOSA chapter is striving to combat childhood hunger in their community through the initiative “Souper Bowl of Caring.” HOSA student members are creating awareness and are fighting for children not to go to bed hungry. HOSA student members discovered that many students at their school qualified for free breakfast and lunch. They also discovered that these same students were not eating well on weekends. So, they went into action to provide food for these students. Last month, several HOSA members appeared on “Talking Sports” and shared their experience with combating childhood hunger. Watch their story and plan a “Souper Bowl of Caring” event at your school or in your community.

CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards

January 2nd, 2015

Abby Van Buren (2)Each year the Utah State Office of Education/Career and Technical Education (CTE) awards over 100 college scholarships to CTE high school seniors. Recipients receive up to one year’s tuition at a Utah postsecondary institution for CTE training after graduating from high school.

Utah is working to achieve the goal of 66 percent of adults holding a postsecondary certificate or a degree by the year 2020. Each student who is awarded a scholarship will have an advantage not only in furthering his/her education, but in attaining a postsecondary certificate or degree through his/her hard work and perseverance.

Who: CTE high school seniors.

What: CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards.

Where: CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards offered at a Utah postsecondary institution.

When: Award winners will be notified on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

Why: Receive up to one year’s tuition ONLY for CTE training after graduating from high school.

How: Create a portfolio by following the application instructions HERE.

DEADLINE: Applications MUST be postmarked by Monday, February 23, 2015.

How to Expand Young Minds

December 10th, 2014

Photo 2aBy Abbey Hortin
Sky View High School,
Cache County School District

Imagine yourself going into the hospital to get a very urgent and life-saving surgery. You get into the operating room to learn that your doctor doesn’t read very well, and doesn’t know how to spell, or work with others. Are you nervous? You should be! You’re about to put your life into the hands of a doctor with no elementary education. This is what life would be like everyday without elementary schools. We do not want a world like this, and this is how I want to put my mark on the world. I want to do my part by teaching future doctors, presidents, dentist, lawyers, and whatever else the students aspire to be.

I’m Abbey Hortin. In the fall of 2014, I completed a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internship at Birch Creek Elementary in the field of Elementary Education. I had the amazing opportunity of working with an exceptional teacher, Mrs. Jackson. She is the true example of what I would love to achieve and become as a teacher. This internship has shown me that I do want to be a teacher. I not only want to be a teacher, but I want to be an amazing teacher that can change student attitudes toward school and learning.

Photo 1Thanks to the CTE Internship, the class that I was in, and the amazing Mrs. Jackson, I became comfortable in the classroom and learned how to teach in different styles, so that each student could learn. I now know exactly what to study in college and what I would love to do for a career. These students bring so much joy to my life, and I am so excited for my future in elementary education!



CTE Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in an internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Utah FCCLA Hosts National Cluster Meeting

December 9th, 2014

By Alesha Hurst Utah FCCLA VP of Public Relations

8117073_origWhether you traveled by bus, plane, car, or train, once you arrived to the National Cluster Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, all jet lag was forgotten as FCCLA members came together for an exciting conference!

Utah FCCLA was pleased to welcome members from Nebraska, Georgia, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, Washington, Wyoming, and several other states at the meeting. We became fast friends with the other state associations, which you can definitely see in our social media posts. Several members of the FCCLA National Executive Council came to Utah for this monumental event. Sarah Smith, Connor Jones, Shivani Dhir, Garrhett Petrea, and Jared Gustafson made everyone feel at home by befriending members, taking countless selfies, and putting on hilarious skits to promote FCCLA@TheTable.

Attendees heard from two amazing keynote speakers—Madilyn Paige and Daniel Seddiqui. Both speakers taught us how to be confident in our abilities. Madilyn sang “Titanium,” reminding us that we are stronger than we think. Daniel taught us to be open-minded, persistent, and determined as he shared his experience of having fifty different jobs in fifty states in fifty weeks. Thanks to Madilyn and Daniel, we were inspired to become better leaders.

The main reason for gathering together, at the National Cluster Meeting, was for the opportunity for students to compete in Skill Demonstration Events. Those who participated did very well, and Utah FCCLA members claimed 23 finalist prizes. Utah FCCLA will send two teams to the FACS Knowledge Bowl at the 2015 National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

B3FG23cCYAEkXEzBetween Skill Demonstration Events and general sessions, attendees were able to delve deeper into the conference theme: “Together We Are… Ready!” by going to workshops focused on helping FCCLA members prepare for college and career. Exhibitors from multiple universities encouraged students to continue their education, and alumni members gave presentations about the benefits of staying involved in FCCLA after graduation. Youth presenters were also given the chance to offer workshops, some of which were our very own Utah FCCLA State Officers.

FCCLA members were able to take a rest from competing and learning by touring the beautiful Salt Lake City area. The most popular destination was Temple Square, home of the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and some visitors were lucky enough to watch the Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearse for their Christmas concert. For souvenirs, Utah FCCLA made a Plinko board and gave away fry sauce, Real Salt® brand sea salt (all-natural sea salt taken from an ancient sea bed located in Central Utah), honey sticks (because we’re the Beehive State), Utah Truffles, and salt water taffy.

Utah FCCLA is grateful for the opportunity we have had to host this memorable conference and show off our amazing state. We’d like to extend a big “thank you” to everyone who participated, and we hope to see you all presenting your STAR Events at our region conferences in 2015.

Spanish Fork FFA Students Model “Learning by Doing”

December 4th, 2014

By J. Merrill Hallam, CTE and Ag biology teacher,
IMG_1937Spanish Fork Junior High School, Nebo School District

This year, Spanish Fork FFA students had the unique opportunity to raise over 400 turkey poults and participate in the processing of the birds from start to finish. As part of the Utah Junior Turkey Show each student was able to purchase up to 20 turkey poults to raise during the summer. Each student raised the poults at different facilities in the area, and at harvest time the students transported the birds to the processing plant located in Bothwell, Utah owned and operated by the Utah FFA and 4-H organizations.

The students were able to watch the facility in operation and to participate in several steps of the total process. Students unloaded the birds, applied identification tags, and hung the birds on the chains on the kill floor. Once off the chain they weighed each bird and recorded the weight by tag number. The students then placed the IMG_2099birds in an ice bath for two hours to drop the carcass temperature. After the ice treatment they removed the birds and pulled any additional pin feathers, removed the identification tags, and applied permanent labels to the plastic shipping bags. From there, the students vacuumed sealed and heat shrunk the packaged birds for delivery to the cooler. Because the facility is state inspected students were not allowed to participate in some of the operations, but they were able to view the process first hand.  Most of the students had pre-sold their birds and were able to deliver them just in time for Thanksgiving.

This event was a great opportunity for students and advisors to be actively involved in the project from start to finish, and learn some great new skills along the way. There was a lot to talk about with peers and parents when they got home from this road trip!

Lindsey Olsen, Kamrey Olsen, Kaitlin Hallam, Taylor Tomadakis, Katie Thomas, Wyatt Jensen, Kassie Christensen, Tristen Langford and Advisor Jim Lotspiech




Snapshot: Licensed Occupations in Utah

December 1st, 2014

Snapshot imageFrom accountants to veterinarians, Utah requires licenses for workers in about 85 occupations. Students prepare for many of these occupations by pursuing Career and Technical Education courses in high school and beyond. (Be sure to check out related programs of study for occupations of interest by clicking the Pathways tab on UtahCTE.org.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services offers an interactive view of licensing information as part of their website. Their dashboard gives you pertinent information at a glance for each licensed occupation. This example shows Dental Hygienist, including the number of licensed Dental Hygienists in Utah and the Agency that regulates licensing for this occupation.

There’s lots more information where this came from, and by downloading “Tableau Public,” you can develop your own worksheets to reveal the entire list of licensed occupations sorted by any number of variables.


December 1st, 2014

DECA Officers - use this photoDECA: We Value Competence, Innovation, Integrity, and Teamwork. DECA is the student leadership organization for business and marketing students that provides hands-on leadership development. Students learn how to develop, price, place, and promote products in the right business setting. The organization builds self-confidence, positive work attitudes, and communication skills. The mission of DECA is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

With over a 60 year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators, and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. DECA enhances the preparation for college and career by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community and promoting competition.

There are 2,247 Utah DECA members in 57 chapters across the state. DECA members are empowered through experience to provide effective leadership through goal setting, consensus building, and project implementation. This school year, Utah DECA has set the following goals: 1. Reach 2,500 Utah DECA members. 2. Statewide community service. (Each Utah DECA chapter is currently raising money for the Mac’s Gift Children’s Cancer Foundation.) 3. Stronger communication with chapter officers.