BEI Mini Grant: World Wide Career Opportunities


By Reenie Demkiw, Booth Hill School

Booth Hill School’s Fourth graders worked on a career exploration project. They each researched different topics pertaining to a specific country.  By doing this, they learned a lot about different cultures and the location of their country. By doing this research on specific countries using a combination of print and online resources, the students were able to learn about each country’s current economic climate. Learning about the industry, agriculture, geography, politics and exports encouraged the students to look at the various careers that people could hold in their country. Paying particular attention to each country’s current economy and career opportunities, they were able to compare and contrast those in the U.S.

After researching their topic, students did oral presentations to share the information they’ve learned with their fellow classmates, noting the careers that they found personally interesting along with a fact or two. Doing these presentations, the students were able to demonstrate their knowledge of what they have learned to apply it to their own lives.


One speaker, Gillian Collings, spoke with the students about careers in writing and illustrating children’s books. She discussed how she got her ideas for her books and how the illustrations helped to enhance the story. She began writing in her later years after being a special education teacher for many years in the Trumbull Public Schools. It was a great example for students to realize that sometimes you can have more than one career, and it is important to do what you love.

CareersAroundTheWorld03Other speakers who will be joining us are:

Yarolav Tereschenko, a violinist, who will compare career opportunities of musicians in Eastern Europe and the U.S. He will play several pieces and talk about the importance of music in our lives.

Dr. Nataliya Plesha, an environmental economist, will compare forest ecology in Ukraine and the U.S. and the steps both countries need to take to preserve the environment and move toward sustainability for maintaining the forests for our grandchildren’s children. A power point presentation will be given on the above topics.

I believe that this project allowed students to learn about a country’s economy and exposed them to a variety of careers around the world. The students truly enjoyed working on this project.

Trumbull High School Students compete against the World’s Best Marketing and DECA students

DECA01The week of April 23-28th the eight qualifying members of the THS Honors Marketing program made the trip to Anaheim, California to compete against the World’s Best Marketing and DECA students.  Over 16,000 student representatives from various high schools throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Germany, and Guam were tested on topics such as business operations, business management, finance, entrepreneurship, and business administration. The competition was extremely rigorous as they included both a written exam as well as a series of role play components.

The students worked extremely hard and behaved professionally at all times.  They are so grateful for this opportunity and the support from Trumbull’s Board of Education, High School Administration, PTSA, Business Education Initiative, ACE Foundation, and local community establishments Old Towne Restaurant, and Dunkin Donuts that made this memorable experience possible.

TrumbullBEI was able to support this project financially thanks to corporate donors who contribute to TrumbullBEI.

National ACE Design Competition: Greater Birdgeport/Shelton-Trumbull team makes 1st Runner Up!

The seventh annual CIRT—ACE National Design Competition attracted a record-setting 43 entries from 24 affiliates.   On April 30 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, the three finalists – ACE Northern Rhode Island, ACE Mentor Program of Central Iowa, and ACE of Frederick, Maryland – presented their projects to a jury of seven CEOs from major design and construction companies.

In the Modular Education Addition challenge, the Greater Birdgeport/Shelton-Trumbull team won the 1st Runner Up Award. Congratulations!!

About the ACE Mentor Program:

Founded in 1994, the ACE name stands for Architecture, Construction and Engineering. The ACE program stands for mentoring high school students and inspiring them to pursue careers in design and construction. It’s now the construction industry’s fastest-growing high school mentoring program, reaching over 8,000 students annually.

The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. not only engages sponsors and volunteer mentors to expose students to real-world opportunities, it financially supports each student’s continued success through scholarships and grants. Since 1994, ACE has awarded over $12 million in scholarships to promising participants.

Students and teachers of the Trumbull School System participating in the ACE competitions are supported by TrumbullBEI.