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CTE students elect officers, attend leadership event

Vista High School Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are taking shape as new student leaders and teachers emerge.

Elections for the 2017-18 school year have been held in both Business Management and Hospitality, which are SkillsUSA programs and voted by VHS students. The SkillsUSA mission is to “empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.”  This is a significant segment of the class offerings at VHS, which has a goal of getting students to graduate high school along with college credits or a trade skill. 

Here are the election results for Business Management and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) as sponsored by CTE teacher Tammy Pixley:

Co-Presidents: Nayah Molina and Gavin Reyes

Vice President: Edward Ewell

Secretary: Blas Zambrano

Treasurer: Sergio Carvajal

Reporter: Elizabeth Logan

Parliamentarian: Elijah Holmes

Representatives: Damian Melon and Alex Padilla

Here are the elected officers for the Hospitality Program as sponsored by CTE teacher Arisbey Garcia:

Co-Presidents: Genaro Garza and Ryleigh Reese

Vice Presidents: Antonio Garcia and Vanya Valtierra

Secretaries: Aldahir Espinoza and Miranda Rangel

Treasurers: Guadalupe Huerta and Anthony Mendoza

Reporter: Seleste Gallegos and Lela Hawkins

Representatives: Brendan Ponce and Braeden Rodriguez

The officer roles are shared between two sections of the Hospitality Program that are offered to students. The program has offered CTE students opportunities to attend community and club events locally and across the state. Most recently the students attended the Goodwill-

sponsored Yuma Community Job and Education Fair that was held at the Yuma Civic Center on Sept. 6, 2017. Students were given an opportunity to show off their job resumes and network with local business owners. 

“The job fair was very well organized and professional,” VHS student Seleste Gallegos said. “Every stand gave good explanations on what they were about.”

Many students were excited about being able to get practical skills and see some best-practices for job-hunting. Student Sergio Carvajal said, “I am glad that Vista gives us an opportunity like this.”

Student Aleaya Bates added: “The job fair was a wonderful first-time experience. It gave me many opportunities ranging from college scholarships to jobs. Although everyone had no paper applications, it was still a great opportunity.”  

Both clubs will continue to learn more practical job skills as they take part in future leadership events such as the Olive Garden Tour and also Vista High School’s first-ever Lobo Community Connections night on Sept. 20, 2017.  

Christopher Franey