By Team iCEV on June 5, 2019 at 10:58 AM
This spring, high school students from across Texas traveled to the Family, Career and Community Leaders Association (FCCLA) Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Event to compete in career development contests. These contests are designed to prepare students for their future careers, as well as provide them with networking opportunities with Career and Technical Education industry leaders that will benefit them throughout their future careers.
This year, iCEV sponsored scholarships to the division winners of the Career Investigation and Job Interview contests. The Career Investigation contest requires students to select a career of their choosing and research all aspects of that position. Along with their research, the student must develop a list of educational and career goals and outline the specific steps to achieve these aspirations. In the Job Interview contest, students are required to create a portfolio, along with completing a mock job interview and demonstrating a thorough understanding of job requirements.
Each contest has a different focus and set of criteria; however, they both provide students opportunities to develop their career and technical skills, as well as soft skills, such as public speaking and interpersonal communications. iCEV was proud to honor four different students with scholarships based on their achievements at the STAR Event.
Participation in FCCLA is a way for students to develop the necessary soft skills, such as collaboration, organization and time management, required to succeed in their future careers.
Macie Cole was awarded 1st place in the Occupational Division of the Career Investigation contest. During her time at Hutto High School, Macie was an active member of several organizations, including FCCLA. Macie was inspired to join FCCLA in 7th grade due to her sister’s involvement in the organization, and she has become a dedicated and passionate member of her school’s chapter. Macie particularly enjoys recruiting new members to her FCCLA chapter.
“I always make it a point to tell them about all the different opportunities that this organization offers,” she said.
Macie has been competing in STAR Events throughout her time in FCCLA and has entered a variety of contests. Starting her junior year, Macie wanted to focus on the Career Development contest to gain a better understanding of potential careers. That year, she placed 5th at the regional contest and 4th at the state level. This year, Macie rededicated her efforts to the Career Development contest and selected a new career to research. Her efforts were awarded. At the 2019 STAR Event, Macie placed 1st at both region and state contests.
Along with her achievement in the Career Investigation Contest, Macie has also found success in other areas of FCCLA. She has advanced to the state level the majority of her years in FCCLA and earned a scholarship for her success in the culinary arts contest.
Nicole Davis, FCCLA advisor at Hutto High School, says participation in FCCLA is a way for her students to develop the necessary soft skills, such as collaboration, organization and time management, required to succeed in their future careers. Along with these attributes, Davis says her students also develop personal skills like confidence and poise. Macie is a prime example of how FCCLA provides students with opportunities to develop their technical and soft skills.
"Macie is one of those one-in-a-million students teachers dream of having. I couldn’t be more proud of her and all of her accomplishments."
“She [Macie] joined FCCLA a very shy, young lady who was not sure of what she wanted to do after high school. She was very timid in answering questions and participating in activities. By the end of her senior year, she has become confident, determined and ambitious. She is volunteering to speak in our meetings, actively participates in community events and is the first one to volunteer to tell others about FCCLA and what it has done for her,” said Davis, “Macie went from a junior who didn’t think she could, to a senior with all of the confidence in the world.”
Davis went on to say, “Macie is one of those one-in-a-million students teachers dream of having. I couldn’t be more proud of her and all of her accomplishments. There is no doubt in my mind that she can conquer the world.”
This fall, Macie will begin using her iCEV sponsored scholarship to attend Sam Houston State University. She plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in animal science with a minor in biology.
“I would just like to thank iCEV for being such a big part of my high school career and allowing me to grow and educate myself on many important parts of life.”
iCEV is proud of all Macie has accomplished, and we are especially proud to sponsor this scholarship. We look forward to her future success and know she will make an impact in whatever field or industry she enters.