Pictured above is the FHS FBLA Officer Team during Day 2 of the CTSO Training. From left to right: Gary Lawrence, Nylee Hamilton, Mikayla Strange, Emma Lang, Madison Hall, and Iri Ibarra.
OFFICER TRAINING FOR CTE
You’ve just been elected as an officer for high school organization, so what now? The chapter officers of Florence Unified Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSO’s) found out the answer to that question at a two day training on August 11 and 12.
Florence Unified has CTSO’s for FFA (Ag Science), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), SkillsUSA Chapters for Culinary, Engineering, Diesel, and Film/TV. Between the two high schools, there are 9 CTSO Chapters and each sent their team of officers for the training.
The CTSO Officer Training was held at Poston Butte’s Culinary Facility and over 80 officers went through two days of workshops including leadership development, making a good first impression, officer duties, and working as a team. There were plenty of team builders to help keep the officers active integrated throughout the day, but also a lot of work to help them prepare for the coming year of running their CTSO.
Special business representatives came and presented to the officers to get an outside prospective. Matthew Sadler of the Men’s Wearhouse presented on “Dress for Success” and also gave each student a complimentary garment bag. Laurie Acker of FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) presented on Character & Ethics. Amanda Celaya from Central Arizona College presented on some programs at CAC as well as presented “Dining Etiquette”; then the teams got to practice their newly acquired etiquette skills with a formal lunch.
Other presenters came from FUSD including Richard Franco who presented on Public Relations; Gabe Carrillo and Nick Trakas who presented on Social Media, and Joleen Carberry who presented on the fiscal responsibilities of having a FUSD club. Mikayla Strange, Arizona FBLA State Officer presented a workshop entitled “Door Duties” on how to make a meeting fun for the members. Additionally, Michelle Martinez of CAVIT presented on community service and officer duties. And Alex Bruin, 2014-15 National Officer for SkillsUSA presented on Parliamentary Procedures, Running for a State Office and also conducted a few team builders. At the end the officers developed their Program of Work (POW) which is a plan of what goals they plan to accomplish over the year.
Overall the two day event was filled with lots of information, food, and mainly fun. Brenden Shouna, FCCLA/Fashion Club President said “It was an honor to participate in Officer Training because it gave me the opportunity for leadership development, and not everyone will get an opportunity for this type of training while in high school ”.