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 capacity, and accomplishment in profession and technical schooling (CTE) fields. February is CTE Month, and within the spirit of celebrating the distinctive and priceless alternative CTE supplies, we checked again in with a couple of of the 2016-2018 Presidential Students in CTE to study extra about the place their academic journey has led them.

What’s the widespread 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 

Joseph Fujinami leaning and partially sitting on the arm of a chair

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

“As we speak’s speedy advances in know-how coupled with the onslaught of the pandemic proceed to stimulate an rising demand for specialization and adaptableness inside our workforce… for our analog expertise to be really 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 good better data and commerce.”

Kendra Spier | Class of 2016 | Dairy Science & International Useful resource Programs | 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 International Useful resource Programs. She was elected by college to symbolize her school because the Scholar Marshal at graduation. After finishing internships with dairy genetics corporations, Spier joined URUS—a world chief in dairy & beef genetic instruments—because the International Improvement Training Coordinator. She’s additionally a coordinator for USAID-funded Cooperative Improvement 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 improvement 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 e-newsletter, 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 increase registered Hereford cattle.

Alkenly Ortiz| Class of 2017 | Structure & Building Know-how | Dwelling: Massachusetts

headshot of Alkenly Ortiz

Meet Alkenly: Alkenly earned a B.S. in Structure from the College of Massachusetts Amherst with minors in Constructing & Building Know-how and Historical past of Artwork & Structure. Since then, he’s accomplished two internships growing Veteran Housing Models. As we speak, Alkenly is pursuing his grasp’s diploma at Boston Architectural Faculty as a full-time pupil and dealing full-time as an Architectural Designer at ICON Structure the place he has been uncovered to non-profit institutional work and reasonably priced housing in native neighborhoods.

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

headshot of Zackery Love

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 International Ministerial Convention in Sweden, he’s shared his CTE experiences internationally. Zack believes that his CTE background positively empowers his private, tutorial, {and professional} progress. 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 examine overseas program impressed her to affix the American Public Well being Affiliation (she’s at present Co-Chair of the Exterior Relations Committee). Through 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 the 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.



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