State Fair Offers Learning Opportunity for CTE Students

Sylvan Hills HS SkillsUSA
LITTLE ROCK - Career and Technical Education (CTE) students were given the opportunity to learn from the organizers of the 2018 Arkansas State Fair during a special day dedicated to Career & Technical Student Organizations (CTSO).

The Arkansas State Fair brings in thousands of people from all over the state every year. It takes the effort of many people in a variety of fields to host the event. Students in CTSOs listened to discussions from the leaders of the fair. These leaders represented the different career fields the students have chosen, such as the Livestock Administrator representing Agriculture Science or the Midway Director representing STEM. Listening to each leader speak about their work not only gave the students insight in what they could do in their chosen career field, but it also showed them how each field works together towards a common goal.

Students also attended breakout sessions to learn more in-depth about their chosen career field. Additionally, they participated in a team-building scavenger hunt. 

The Career & Technical Student Organization (CTSO) Leadership Day at the Arkansas State Fair took place on October 18. Over 3,000 students attended this year’s event. The CTSOs represented were FBLA, DECA, HOSA, FFA, FCCLA, TSA, and SkillsUSA.

Lucas Anderson, Agriculture Instructor and FFA Advisor with White County Central High School, said that the CTSO Leadership Day at the Arkansas State Fair is a great opportunity for his students. “Most of them have never been to Little Rock,” Anderson said. “It’s their first time seeing Little Rock and coming to the Arkansas State Fair.”

Anderson said his agriculture class had grown so much over the last couple of years and students really want to be involved. They make sure that their grades are kept up in order to participate in events, such as the CTSO Leadership Day at the Arkansas State Fair. “It’s a great motivator,” he said.

(Photo: The Sylvan Hills High School SkillsUSA organization (l-r) Karri Semelka, Ryann Russell, Trienty Thompson, Kieya Stanton, MacKenzie Patton (State Secretary), Heaven Woods, and Taelor Washington) 
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