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Pathway Focus of the Month: Hospitality and Tourism

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Potential Career: Food Sales/Broker

Interested in culinary but hate the potential work hours? Love to travel? Do you like to work independently? Are you persuasive? Interested in giving up a secure wage for the potential commission? Sometimes we confuse a passion with a vocation and end up hating our careers. Sales introduces allows you to stay connected to an area of interest without having to do it all the time. Better yet, many in Food Sales do not have formal culinary training; they have focused their education on business. Someone with a background in culinary would have a distinct sales advantage as one would be able to speak knowingly of how a product would work with an existing menu, develop and demonstrate alternate ways to use the product, and be able to make informed recommendations back to the product company to better the product—and its sales. This isn’t for everyone—it requires a lower starting salary as you get begin, a lot of energy and the ability to hear “no” a lot and still bounce back. You also need excellent communication skills, present yourself well, be confident, tenacious (look it up!) and flexible. The benefit is that you work more normal hours than someone working in a restaurant and you would be working more one-on-one with your customers. As people tend to fall into this line of work rather than aim for it, you could be a shining star from the beginning!

Job Outlook: As this is such a specialized field, it is difficult to forecast the job outlook. The projected job growth (through 2016) for the sales management field is encouraging—a 5% increase in the number of job opportunities, not to mention the anticipated 22% openings due to retirement; sales managers working in food-related industries account for approximately 1 in 15 of these job opportunities. To be a Sales Manager, you will need work experience and a Bachelor’s Degree, or higher, and can expect to earn as much as $120,000 (base salary plus commission).

For More Information: Yes, I found it hard to believe, but there is a Food Sales Association. They do little educating on careers in the industry but they have a vibrant scholarship program for high school seniors who currently work in a food retail setting. Likewise, the Organic Trade Association has little to inform students of careers in the industry but does have a better clearinghouse of resources that will help someone in a college program or in the field. A final resource could be the National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association that provides industry-based information, company profiles and resources to help entrepreneurs, but alas, little career information. Quite frankly, the best resources for more information would be BCC’s own Culinary and Business Department Chairs, John Caressimo and Cecil Leonard

About BCC's Programming: There is no one program that will provide both the culinary and sales knowledge. At BCC, your best bet would be to take two programs at one time: enroll in the Culinary Arts Associates Degree program—either in Baking and Pastry Arts or in Culinary Arts—and also enroll in the Marketing Certificate program. The two combined would require 80 credits total; not impossible to complete in two years if you plan ahead, take advantage of free college courses/credit options while still in high school and take courses over the summer. The Marketing Certificate can be utilized for Business Career or Business Transfer degrees, your next step if you want to pursue this career.

Hint for Success: Talk to your guidance counselor NOW to plan out the remainder of your high school career to accomplish this ambitious goal. Both programs require strong organizational, communications and math skills. You will need to have your own transportation and limit outside work commitments. Students must be available to work required Culinary Arts functions.


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Your Help Is Requested! Many of you know Jibril Solomon from his engaging presentations at the MASCA Conference, the CCCC Summer Accuplacer Workshop and the most recent BCC Math Accuplacer Alignment Seminar. Jibril is trying to go deeper in his research to capture the student perspective when they participate in early college placement testing through his Accuplacer Use & Impact in High School Survey Study. Early assessment tests using the Accuplacer are designed to provide high school students with early signals about the mathematics and English competencies they might need to succeed in higher education. Measuring the impact of the test on students could better inform the use of the assessment and the design of post-testing intervention strategies. Each participating school will receive a summary report of findings specific to their students. The survey is being conducted through Survey Monkey and requires no more than 10 minutes to complete. Jibril has until December 31, 2009 to collect survey results. Please contact Jibril with any questions (781-223-3972). Thank you in advance for your participation!

“Teacher Test: Identifying effective teachers is vital to improving schools. So why do we act as if all teachers are interchangeable?” This cover story from the Fall 2009 Commonwealth Magazine documents how teachers are increasingly seen as the key to education success, yet inexplicably treated as interchangeable widgets with one-size-for-all salary structures and cursory performance evaluations. Author Michael Jonas examines national and state data on teacher evaluation, teacher performance gaps and the debate on merit pay as unresolved issues in the quest to improve education. The article also discusses the lack of professional development for administrators, leading to poor or ineffective teacher performance measures and evaluations. To read the full article, go to MassINC’s website, then register to access the article (it is free) or contact Chris Shannon for a copy.

DESE Developing New College and Career Portal. For the past several years, education stakeholders from across the state have been engaged in an ongoing discussion about college and career readiness. Multiple strategies have been put into place to have all students graduate from our high schools ready for college and career success. One key strategy is the development of a college and career web portal; a free, online site that would enable students to research colleges and apply for admission and financial aid all in one place. The state's web portal is being designed to streamline and simplify the application process for students, high school guidance counselors and college admissions officers. Specifically, the portal will allow for the electronic transmittal of college applications, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and financial aid applications (FAFSA). In addition, the portal will:

  • Provide each student with an individual profile and account linked to the school's student information system, and track their course taking and academic performance;
  • Auto-fill basic profile information on college applications and financial aid forms;
  • Provide access to reliable information on colleges nationwide and careers;
  • Help students think through career options with a career and interest assessment tool, and then suggest colleges based on their interests and academic achievement;
  • Provide tools for guidance counselors to use to help students explore career options and set academic goals; and
  • Provide test preparation tools for MCAS, SAT, and other tests.

The portal will be phased in over the next several months for the schools in the pilot program, and then launched in full statewide in Spring 2010.


Professional Development Opportunities

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Professional Opportunities

Career Planning for College and Career Readiness Conference, Friday, December 11, 2009, Worcester Senior Center, Worcester, MA. Sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m.; conference begins at 9 a.m. The Massachusetts DESE and the National Center for School Counseling Outcome Research at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst are pleased to announce a conference in support of career planning for college and career readiness. Participants will learn strategies for merging Chicago's "12 Touch Approach" (that engages students, parents and educators in interactions to promote intimacy and support for creating a college-going culture) with the delivery of critical assessment information for college and career readiness. Educators from high schools and public two-year colleges with local plans under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act are invited to attend. A simple, light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Go to the DESE website to register.

Fund for Teachers Accepting Applications for 2010 Summer Education Grants. Fund for Teachers invites educators from across the United States to design and submit proposals for their own educational adventures next summer. The program is designed to provide educators with the opportunity to pursue areas of personal and professional interest and bring their experiences back to the classroom for the benefit of their students. Eligible projects include tours, conferences, and independent studies anywhere in the world. The program offers individual grants of up to $5,000 each and team grants of up to $10,000 each for the summer of 2010. To obtain additional information and an application, visit: http://www.fundforteachers.org/. Deadline: January 29, 2010.

2009-2010 Einstein Fellowships for K-12 Teachers
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 math, science, and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in Washington, DC, serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. Placement opportunities with federal agencies vary slightly year to year, but may include NASA, National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. To be considered for an Einstein Fellowship during the 2009-2010 school year, one must apply and submit three letters of recommendation online. For more information, visit the Einstein Fellows program website or contact Liz Burck. Applications are due January 13, 2009.


Student Opportunities

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Student Opportunities

BCC Family Night, December 14th, 2009, 6pm – 8pm, Fall River, Building G. The Office of Student Engagement at Bristol Community College invites all accepted students, applicants, and those considering applying to the college to attend our Family Night. This event provides students (or soon to be students) and their families with the opportunity to learn more about the admissions and enrollment processes—such as financial aid, placement testing, and academic advising— as well as the many academic disciplines and programs offered here BCC. Presentations will be made by top administrators, faculty and BCC students from your schools.

2010 Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge competition—Tackling real-world issues using math! This great online competition allows teams of students to use math modeling to solve open-ended, realistic, real-world issues in 14 hours. Think “Iron Chef” for math! Register for the 2010 Challenge Registration is now open for the 2010 M3 Challenge, which will be held during the weekend of March 6-7, 2010. The Challenge has expanded this year to include high schools along the entire East Coast; winners will receive scholarship prizes of up to $100,000. There are no entrance or participation fees and each high school may enter up to two teams of three to five students each. Each year’s topic is entirely unknown until teams download the problem at 7a.m. on their selected Challenge day. (Past topics have included if the stimulus act will work, whether ethanol is the right choice for U.S. energy independence and developing advice on how to beat Wall Street.) Students have until 9p.m. that same night to research the problem, formulate assumptions, develop and test a model, analyze their findings, and summarize their response in a solution paper, which they upload to the Challenge website. The goal of this annual and entirely Internet-based Challenge is to increase interest in and encourage high school students to pursue studies and careers in applied mathematics, economics, and finance. Information and registration forms can be found on the on Moody's Mega Math Challenge 2010 website.


Resources of the Month

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Resources of the Month

WEBSITE: Open Educational Resources Commons. OER Commons is an amazing educational clearinghouse. The website content is made free to use or share, and in some cases, to change and share again (Open Source content, like a Wiki). Resources are categorized into six general subject areas (including Business), three educational levels, and include a wide array of types of materials, including: assessments, lectures, games, homework assignments, lesson plans, syllabi, textbooks and videos, to name a few.

WEBSITE: We all know YouTube, but do you know YouTube EDU? This offshoot offers educational videos from postsecondary institutions that include segments from classroom lectures, educational news features, and campus events. For example, check out this video from the University of Minnesota, “The Physics of Football,” which is a great segment that makes science more accessible to high school athletes. Under Education and Mathematics (huh?), you find this dated instructional film on Scaling and Root Planing (Dental Hygiene) from the University of Michigan’s School of Dentistry. Check it out as it could be a valuable resource for the classroom (comparing older techniques to new). This new offshoot might create one strong argument to unblock this website for school use.

WEBSITE: Academic Earth. This website hosts thousands of top-notch postsecondary courses and lectures, many from prestigious institutions, free of charge. Most of the videos are academic-based, but this link takes you directly to the Entrepreneur portal. Share this with all teaching staff so they can continue to maintain their “bag of tricks.”


Articulation Update

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Articulation Update

We have completed our first regional articulation draft in Office Technology. The next step is to have this contract vetted by Consortium stakeholders and BCC administrators. Chris hopes to have all input by December 11, 2009, so that this first Bristol regional articulation can be sent out to appropriate Consortium members, signed and implemented prior to the close of the calendar year.

As far as the Dual Enrollment model for articulation goes, progress is not as swift. We need to target appropriate secondary instructors with Master’s Degrees for those not already BCC Adjunct Faculty teaching related coursework at the high school. Please start working to identify potential candidates so that Chris knows how to move forward with this initiative.