Fast Forward to 2022: Showcasing our Scholars in CTE Alumni

Fast forward to 2022: showcasing our scholars in CTE alumni

A 2015 Presidential Govt Order expanded the Presidential Students award to acknowledge college students on the idea of excellent scholarship, demonstrated capability, and accomplishment in profession and technical schooling (CTE) fields. February is CTE Month, and within the spirit of celebrating the distinctive and beneficial alternative CTE offers, we checked again in with a number of of the 2016-2018 Presidential Students in CTE to be taught extra about the place their academic journey has led them.

What’s the frequent theme? These spectacular people are storming the world with their civic mind-set and clear-eyed profession trajectory. Many credit score their robust highschool CTE experiences. Let’s take a more in-depth look!

Joseph Fujinami | Class of 2016 | Structure and Digital Design| Dwelling: Hawaii 

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Meet Joseph: Joseph, a Japanese-American architect, graduated with honors from the Illinois Institute of Expertise. Joseph has assisted Chicago’s transportation community, studied casual settlements in Madrid, acquired distinction for a undertaking regenerating up to date Athens, and interned with worldwide structure agency BIG. At this time he’s pursuing a graduate diploma in city design at Princeton College.

“At this time’s fast advances in expertise coupled with the onslaught of the pandemic proceed to stimulate an rising demand for specialization and flexibility inside our workforce… for our analog expertise to be actually in sync with our technologically pushed society, one should flip to the early foundations in profession and technical schooling. Such basis can solely serve to amplify one’s passions to build up a fair higher data and commerce.”

Kendra Spier | Class of 2016 | Dairy Science & World Useful resource Techniques | Dwelling: Wisconsin 

Kendra Spier and man standing and speaking in front of a class/group of people

Meet Kendra: Kendra graduated from Iowa State College with levels in Dairy Science and World Useful resource Techniques. She was elected by school to symbolize her faculty because the Scholar Marshal at graduation. After finishing internships with dairy genetics corporations, Spier joined URUS—a worldwide chief in dairy & beef genetic instruments—because the World Growth Training Coordinator. She’s additionally a coordinator for USAID-funded Cooperative Growth Program-GENEX.

Dalton Inexperienced | Class of 2017 | Agricultural Training | Dwelling: Georgia 

Dalton Green teaching group of young students outside

Meet Dalton: Dalton assisted in an effort to allow Agricultural Training (AgEd) elementary applications throughout Georgia. Whereas attending the College of Georgia, he labored on AgEd curriculum growth and served as collegiate Future Farmers of America president. Since commencement, he’s labored for Ag America Lending, as a Georgia Younger Farmers Affiliation state board member, editor of the Georgia Hereford Affiliation publication, tri-state Cattlemen’s Affiliation board member, and a conservancy marketing consultant. Dalton is pursuing a grasp’s diploma in AgEd. He and his spouse elevate registered Hereford cattle.

Alkenly Ortiz| Class of 2017 | Structure & Building Expertise | Dwelling: Massachusetts

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Meet Alkenly: Alkenly earned a B.S. in Structure from the College of Massachusetts Amherst with minors in Constructing & Building Expertise and Historical past of Artwork & Structure. Since then, he’s accomplished two internships creating Veteran Housing Items. At this time, Alkenly is pursuing his grasp’s diploma at Boston Architectural Faculty as a full-time scholar and dealing full-time as an Architectural Designer at ICON Structure the place he has been uncovered to non-profit institutional work and inexpensive housing in native neighborhoods.

Zackery Love | Class of 2018 | Public Well being and Coverage | Dwelling: Alabama 

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Meet Zack: At Washington College’s Milken Institute College of Public Well being, Zack promotes well being on his campus and serves as a management coach for FCCLA, a Profession and Technical Scholar Group. As a consultant at World Ministerial Convention in Sweden, he’s shared his CTE experiences internationally. Zack believes that his CTE background positively empowers his private, educational, {and professional} development. He intends to pursue graduate levels in well being coverage and legislation and function a U.S. public servant engaged on well being coverage.

Veena Thamilselvan | Class of 2018 | Public Well being & Social Coverage | Dwelling: Michigan 

Veena Thamilselvan standing in front of a colorful wall with various murals

Meet Veena: At Johns Hopkins College, Veena is pursuing a significant in Public Well being and a minor in Social Coverage. A Uganda research overseas program impressed her to hitch the American Public Well being Affiliation (she’s presently Co-Chair of the Exterior Relations Committee). Throughout the pandemic, she labored to develop a community to assist older adults in isolation. She works at Baltimore Join which goals to attach community-based organizations throughout town, braiding assets and selling collaborations. Subsequent 12 months she begins a grasp’s diploma program in public well being and hopes to work for Medical doctors with out Border.