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West Albany Advanced Business Leadership Students / Diez estudiantes de Liderazgo empresarial avanzado de West Albany

Posted on: June 7, 2019

 ➡ Diez estudiantes de Liderazgo empresarial avanzado de West Albany: CLIC AQUÍ

DANI, ERICA, TRISTAN, AND OWEN have been accounting program students in Joey Running’s business classes for the past three years, taking courses on personal finance and wealth. Without hesitation, they rattle off their class chant for learning the 50/30/20 rule for savings, where 50% goes to needs, 30% to wants, and 20% to savings:

Who do you pay first? “Yourself!” How much? “Twenty percent!”

These classes and friendships have enriched their lives in many ways, including providing them unique opportunities such as working with local businesses and even traveling to Disney World.

The six advanced accounting interns and their supervisors.Albany Downtown Association Internships

Dani Sally took part in a mini internship for the Albany Downtown Association, a non-profit which encourages economic growth and creates a thriving heart of the city by promoting local business. The ADA had Dani gathering survey data from the downtown parade, to better understand traffic flow and parking.

Money has always fascinated Dani, who decided to be an accountant when she was only eight years old. Her biggest inspiration at that age was her dad’s friend, an accountant. She was fascinated by his travels and studies hard so she can also travel to conferences all around the world.

“The hardest part,” she says about studying accounting, “is tracking the money at all times.” But that’s also the allure, the challenge. She mentions the Rita Crundwell embezzlement case, believed to be the largest municipal fraud in US history. “It’s amazing no one caught it. That’s our job!”

Erica Reitmann also participated in the internship. She maintained the downtown business directory, helped with events, and interviewed the owner of a new business, Natural Sprinkles Co., for the ADA newsletter.

Keys to the Kingdom tour.

Keys to the Kingdom tour.

Disney Youth Education Series

Tristan Bailey traveled to Disney World in Orlando, Florida with his peers for a leadership workshop on Disney’s strategies to promote their cast members’ excellence, guest satisfaction, and phenomenal business growth.

Tristan relates how their four different styles of leadership are all essential to creating a happy, well-functioning team. “Showmanship and courtesy weren’t the most important aspects of the Disney model. It’s safety. After prioritizing safety for the guests and cast, everything else falls into place.”

Communication is essential. “Each cast member is trained on how to do everything, and leadership has to constantly communicate the bigger vision.” Branding also plays a part in the Disney model. “Every section of the park has its own specific look, down to the height of the trees!”

As a bonus to their studies, the students were taken on an exclusive tour, where they explored secret passages and the cast exposed tricks of the trade.

Owen Muller didn’t start out loving accounting. He was always good at math and stumbled into Joey Running’s accounting program nearly by accident. He stuck with the program because, “Ms. Running is a great teacher,” and now he’s going for his CPA.

Include Everyone—No Boxes

Joey Running notes that business as an older CTE program often gets overlooked, but she hopes her students use what she teaches to explore something they are passionate about.
In March, Running joined ninety-nine other educators selected to attend the 2019 Changemakers Summit in San Francisco. These educators were chosen because of their commitment to personal finance and their efforts to bring change to their school communities, districts, and states. ◊


Spanish Translation

DANI, ERICA, TRISTAN, Y OWEN han sido estudiantes de programas de contabilidad en las clases de negocios de Joey Running durante los últimos tres años, tomando cursos sobre finanzas personales y riqueza. Sin dudarlo, aplicaron el lema de la clase para aprender la regla 50/30/20 para los ahorros, donde el 50% se destina a las necesidades, el 30% a los deseos y el 20% a los ahorros:

¿A quién le pagas primero? “¡Tú mismo!” ¿Cuánto? “¡Veinte porciento!”

Estas clases y amistades han enriquecido sus vidas de muchas maneras, incluso brindándoles oportunidades únicas, como trabajar con negocios locales e incluso viajar a Disney World.

Pasantías de la Asociación del Centro de Albany

Dani Sally participó en una mini pasantía para la Asociación del Centro de Albany, una organización sin fines de lucro que fomenta el crecimiento económico y crea un corazón próspero de la ciudad mediante la promoción de negocios locales. La ADA (por sus siglas en inglés) hizo que Dani recopilara datos de la encuesta del desfile del centro, para comprender mejor el tráfico y el estacionamiento.

El dinero siempre ha fascinado a Dani, quien decidió ser contadora cuando solo tenía ocho años. Su mayor inspiración a esa edad era el amigo de su padre, un contador. Le fascinaban sus viajes y sus estudios para poder viajar a conferencias en todo el mundo.

“La parte más difícil”, dice sobre el estudio de contabilidad, “es hacer un seguimiento del dinero en todo momento”. Pero eso también es el atractivo, el desafío. Ella menciona el caso de malversación de Rita Crundwell, que se considera el mayor fraude municipal en la historia de los Estados Unidos. “Es increíble que nadie la haya atrapado. ¡Ese es nuestro trabajo!

Erica Reitmann también participó en la pasantía. Mantuvo el directorio de negocios del centro, ayudó con los eventos y entrevistó al propietario del nuevo negocio, Natural Sprinkles Co., para el boletín de ADA.

Series de educación juvenil de Disney

Tristan Bailey viajó a Disney World en Orlando, Florida con sus compañeros para un taller de liderazgo sobre las estrategias de Disney para promover la excelencia de sus miembros del reparto, la satisfacción de los invitados y el fenomenal crecimiento de los negocios.

Tristan cuenta cómo sus cuatro estilos diferentes de liderazgo son esenciales para crear un equipo feliz y que funcione bien. “La destreza y la cortesía no eran los aspectos más importantes del modelo de Disney. Es la seguridad. Después de priorizar la seguridad para los invitados y el elenco, todo lo demás encaja en su lugar”.

La comunicación es esencial. “Cada miembro del reparto está capacitado para hacer todo, y el liderazgo tiene que comunicar constantemente una visión más amplia”. El manejo de la marca también desempeña un papel en el modelo de Disney. “Cada sección del parque tiene su propio aspecto específico, ¡hasta la altura de los árboles!”

Como beneficio adicional, los estudiantes fueron llevados a un tour exclusivo, donde exploraron pasajes secretos y el reparto expuso los trucos de la empresa.

Owen Muller no comenzó amando la contabilidad. Siempre fue bueno en matemáticas y se encontró con el programa de contabilidad de Joey Running casi por accidente. Se mantuvo en el programa porque, “La Sra. Correr es una gran maestra “, y ahora va por su CPA (Licenciatura).

Incluir a todos—No limitaciones

Joey Running señala que los negocios son un programa CTE más antiguo que a menudo se pasa por alto, pero espera que sus estudiantes usen lo que enseña para explorar algo que les apasiona.

En marzo, Running se unió a otros noventa y nueve educadores seleccionados para asistir a la Cumbre Changemakers 2019 en San Francisco. Estos educadores fueron elegidos debido a su compromiso con las finanzas personales y sus esfuerzos para lograr cambios en sus comunidades escolares, distritos y estados. ◊

West Albany Rhythmix compete in a capella finals in New York

Posted on: May 20, 2016

West Albany High School Rhythmix traveled to New York in April. The group took top honors in January at the Northwest Semifinal International Championship of High School A Capella (ICHSA) competition, beating out high school groups from Oregon and California.

At the finals in New York, they did not place but, according to Director Cate Caffarella, the experience was memorable and enjoyable.

“We sang at the 9/11 memorial, saw Tuck Everlasting on Broadway, visited Times Square, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, rode the subway, went to central park, saw the Statue of Liberty and much more,” she said.

“One of the judges did place us in third place, which was exciting as well.”

“I want to say thank you to the entire community for their support and also a big thanks to the parents of my students and my administration,” said Caffarella. “The amount of help I’ve received in getting these kids to the city and giving them a great experience has been overwhelming.”

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WAHS Rhythmix at the 9/11 Memorial

Here is some information about Rhythmix from Director Cate Caffarella:

How many groups were they up against?
10 other groups from California and Oregon

Is this a new group for WAHS?
This group was originally called “Jazzation,” but as the interest in contemporary a cappella has grown, the name was changed to Rhythmix.

The group does all different genres of music but is best know for it’s contemporary a cappella.

Where do you perform?
This group performs all over the mid-valley. We love to show the community what students are learning and doing in the classroom.
ICHSA was a way to challenge ourselves to improve and gives the students an opportunity to interact with other students who have similar interests. One of the highlights of the festival is not just competing but singing with other groups.

Which songs do they sing? 
Our set is Roots by imagine Dragons and Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked by Cage the Elephant, Darkside by Kelli Clarkson, and This is Gospel by Panic! at the Disco.

What are the competition scores based on?
Our scores are based on musicianship skills (i.e., blend, balance, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, tone quality, dynamics, diction, etc.) and visual performance (i.e., Choreography, Use of stage, Energy, etc.).