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February is Career and Technical Education Month. At Neligh-Oakdale Public Schools, students are fortunate to have access to several different career and technical education courses, as students are able to take classes in five of the six career fields as recognized by Nebraska Career Education (NCE).
These career fields include: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Communication and Information Systems; Business, Marketing and Management; Human Services and Education (Family and Consumer Sciences); and Skilled and Technical Sciences.
Within these career fields students are also able to join three different Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) including FCCLA, FBLA, and the National FFA Organization. During the month of February, each respective organization has celebrated their organization and CTE as a whole.
Below are brief overviews of what all three chapters have upcoming yet this school year.
The Neligh-Oakdale FBLA has 39 members in their chapter this year. Members are celebrating FBLA week February 25-March 1. Students will Dress for Success, Reach out to recruit new members, and host a trivia day. On Friday, March 1, students will try to match the baby picture to the FBLA officer. Students are also asked to donate $1 to wear a hat during the day. All money raised will be matched by the chapter and then donated to the March of Dimes to help with premature awareness. Members are looking forward to the State Leadership Conference in April where students will compete against the entire state for a chance to compete at the national level. To conclude their year a banquet will be held on May 2.
The Neligh-Oakdale FCCLA chapter currently has 33 members, including a State Officer (Hailey Bixler) and a District President (Lesly Luna-Duran). The chapter will be collecting donations for the state outreach project in the upcoming weeks. Members are looking forward to attending the State Leadership Conference on April 7-9 where they will compete in STAR events, the Knowledge Bowl and national programs. They will have the opportunity to participate in service projects and sessions. The year will conclude with an awards banquet on April 30.
The 2018-2019 Neligh-Oakdale FFA Chapter, in its second year, has 23 active members. Upcoming events include Career Development Events at Northeast Community College on February 27 followed by National Ag week March 10-16. Members will then attend State Convention April 3-5 in Lincoln. The FFA chapter will then wrap up the current year with a chapter banquet on Monday, May 6 at the Neligh-Oakdale gymnasium.