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News and Updates

Week of October 27, 2014

DECA State Officers Elected

Thirteen public high school students were recently named state officers for the Missouri Association of DECA. The students were elected and installed during the Missouri DECA Fall Leadership and State Officer Election Conference held Oct. 19-20 in Lake Ozark, Mo. The annual state conference was attended by more than 700 high school marketing students and their teachers.

The 2014-2015 Executive State Officers include: Sheridan Mate, President – Timberland High, Wentzville; Kelly Cromer, Vice President of Advocacy, Springfield-Glendale High, Springfield; Olivia Henson, Vice President of Communication, Belton High School,  Belton; and Irving Martinez, Waynesville Career Center, Waynesville.

The 2014-2015 District Vice Presidents include: Madison McDonnell, District 2, Rock Bridge High, Columbia; Madalyn Elliston, District 3, Belton High, Belton; Dillion Richardson, District 4, Clinton Tech School #124, Clinton; Jon Moore, Jr., District 5, Waynesville Career Center, Waynesville; Tristen Harr, District 6, Fort Zumwalt North High, O’Fallon; Uvietobo Ewharekuko, District 7, McCluer North High, Florissant; Tony Huynh, District 9, Bayless High, St. Louis; Emily Kremp, District 10, Lamar Area Voc-Tech School, Lamar; and Sarah Robertson, District 11, Springfield-Glendale High, Springfield.

The newly elected executive officers were determined on the basis of their written test, screening and nominating committee interview, and number of ballots cast by the voting delegates after delivering their campaign speech during the election session. Serving as a state officer provides DECA members the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and professionalism that is essential for a successful career.

DECA is an international association of high school students studying marketing, finance, hospitality and management. The state affiliate of the DECA Inc. organization is the Career and Technical Student Organization for Missouri. Missouri DECA ranks eighth in the nation in membership with more than 8,500 members. There are 12 DECA districts and 178 DECA chapters in Missouri.

Week of October 20, 2014

Enhancement Grant information was disseminated Friday, October 17.

Advisory Committee

Updated information pertaining to advisory committees can be found at http://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/career-education/advisory-committee.  

IRC Update

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education opened an application window from March 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014 so that Missouri public school administrators could request specific industry recognized credentials (IRCs) be added to the MSIP 5 list of approved IRCs.  The IRC committee met on September 3 to review the applications.  This committee has been meeting and providing advice and direction to the Department on IRCs since 2012.

The review committee was guided by two significant principles.  First, the MSIP5 definition of an IRC: A portable, recognized credential (tangible evidence) that validates an individual has successfully demonstrated skill competencies in a core set of content and performance standards in a specific set of work related tasks, single occupational area, or a cluster of related occupational areas.

Second, the MSIP 5 Performance Standard 3, Indicator 4: The percent of graduates who earned a qualifying score on an Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or Technical Skills Attainment (TSA) assessments and/or receive college credit through early college, dual enrollment, or approved dual credit courses meets or exceeds the state standard or demonstrates required improvement.

The Department received 102 IRC applications.  50 of those were unresponsive and 20 were submitted multiple times.  In all, 33 separate assessments were reviewed; five were approved as requested.

The following assessments will be added to the approved IRC list beginning the 2015-16 school year for reporting beginning in June, 2016:

Autodesk Professional Certification
Certified Junior Culinarian
Final Cut Pro X Associate Certification
Microsoft Office Specialist
Oracle Database SL Fundamentals I

DESE Update

The following informaton was shared at the BMIT Mentoring Meeting on Monday, September 29.

  1. For those students who, for example, take courses more on the graphic design side versus more general business courses one of the Adobe Certified Specialist IRC may be the way to go. I have received emails from teachers stating that students can’t pass the Fundamental Business Concepts TSA/IRC because that content isn’t addressed too heavily in their IT courses. 
  2. All 50/50 money is allocated at this time. How do I get it? Complete an FV4.  An FV4 is a short application requesting funds.  It is your best guess, prices change.  The administrator must sign the form.  In mid-August , the superintendent will receive a letter stating it was approved. FV4s are scanned.  Email us to let us know if the letter was not received and we’ll email a copy of the FV4 and approval letter. Once you know the FV4 was approved, you can make your purchase(s).  It is important to stay within your approved award amount.  Let’s say you were approved for a $700 laptop and a $800 printer.  Before making the purchase, your other laptop died.  Can you get another laptop instead of the printer? Yes, but please email us to let us know.  The most important thing is not spending over your approved amount.  Once you make the purchase, submit a signed FV2, which is the form requesting reimbursement.  We only need the paid invoice, not the PO, copy of the check, the bid, the invoice, the credit card statement, etc. We always prefer email as there is only one fax machine on the floor.  You can also snail mail. What can you buy? Classroom equipment and software.  All items must be over $200 in unit price, with the exception of software.
  3. I have not yet begun the process of recruiting members but I do want to revitalize the BMIT Advisory Committee.  What we all need to remember is that we need to prepare students for business and industry.  Curriculum must be aligned to their needs. 
  4. The MBEA and MCEA Summer Conference is July 21, 2015, in Springfield. ​
  5. BMIT Emerging Technology Workshops are held during the summer.  I will try to get them scheduled for July as there are a lot of you who teach summer school. Please understand that this poses an issue for our accounting department so it may not be able to occur in July.