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South Jordan Journal

Bingham Student Project Helps Identify College/Career Choices

Feb 27, 2015 03:10PM ● By Julie Slama

Breann Thueson (at left), Sam Cushing and Abbey Rindlisbacher hope their DECA project will help other students see the value of career and technical education classes.

A team of students are promoting Bingham High School’s career and technical education classes in an effort to help their peers identify their college and career choices.

It’s part of a state DECA competition public relations event that Bingham High School student senior Abbey Rindlisbacher and her classmates Breann Thueson and Sam Cushing will compete in Feb. 26-28 in Layton.

For almost 70 years, DECA has helped prepare high school students in 3,500 chapters nationwide and around the world to become leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

“We are doing a state chapter event project about helping students save money and time in college,” Abbey said. “If students know their options for classes at Bingham High and South Jordan Middle School, then they’ll have an idea of which classes will help them with their college and career choices, and that will save them money when it comes to taking classes in college.”

To educate students, Abbey’s DECA team created a Monopoly-style game that they are introducing to students at both schools to learn about the classes. They’ve also set up opportunities to meet with the teachers.

“We had a survey, and many students didn’t understand what CTE was or grasp the areas within the field,” she said.

It was through her marketing class that Abbey decided to explore that field and said she plans to major in it at Utah State University, where she has been awarded an academic scholarship. She also hopes to own her own publishing company.

“I love the creativity of marketing. It really has sparked an interest in me, and CTE really has helped influence me in what I want to study,” she said.