By providing their students with safety training, educators gain the satisfaction of knowing they have educated their students academically and improved their students' safety and employability.







Now Available: CareerSafe offers a digital badge with the completion of each course. A digital badge is an online representation of a skill or achievement a student has earned. The badge can be saved on an online portfolio, downloaded for a resume, or shared on various social media platforms. Log in to access your badge today!

How to access your badge:

  • Log into the CareerSafe campus at
  • Click on Your Account in the top right corner of the page
  • Click on Account Information
  • Click on My Badges
  • Download or Share your badge



The STOP the Violence program empowers youth with various tools and skills to recognize, report, and reduce youth violence. Through STOP the Violence, FCCLA members use peer education to reach other youth with violence prevention training, help others recognize warning signs of potential youth violence, and encourage youth to report troubling behavior. In these awards, chapters are recognized for completing STOP the violence projects, with honors including cash awards and special recognition.

CareerSafe is pleased to have sponsored the 2017 STOP the Violence national program awards, and would like to congratulate this year’s winners. They are:

• High School Winner
  Caney High School, Oklahoma
  Project Title: "Exposing Dating Violence"

• Middle School Winner
  South East Middle School, North Carolina
  Project Title: "Let's COUNT on Kindness"

• Runner-Up Winner
  Broken Arrow High School, Oklahoma
  Project Title: "I Do Not Like Bullies Here or There, I Do Not Like Bullies Anywhere"

“I am very pleased this endeavor is continuing to bring awareness to the violence and bullying youth experience,” CareerSafe founder Dr. Larry D. Teverbaugh said.

The freedom to communicate with and about each other anytime, anywhere has exposed teens to even greater dangers of bullying. According to a student feedback survey from the CareerSafe Cyber Safety Awareness Training series, 25% of students report having been cyberbullied and 41% say they have witnessed someone being cyberbullied. On a national level, 10% of kids have tried to end their lives because of cyberbullying (No Bullying 2016 online report).

CareerSafe recognizes the need to provide students with basic awareness training to respond to situations related to cyber safety, cyberbullying and sexting. We are honored to be supporting an effort that not only reveals the dangers of bullying, but focuses on proactive measures to preventing bullying. By connecting our training with FCCLA’s excellent resources enabling a peer-to-peer outreach initiative, we look forward to seeing a decrease in overall bullying statistics in schools along with improved student response to potentially violent situations.

“FCCLA is thrilled to have the support of CareerSafe while we strive to provide excellent tools to equip today's youth as they educate their peers on relevant and serious topics such as youth violence," said Sandy Spavone, FCCLA Executive Director.

To learn more about STOP the violence, visit the FCCLA website.


COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — July 26, 2017 — CareerSafe is proud to congratulate the winners of the FBLA Cyber Security Contest, held at the FBLA National Leadership Conference June 29-July 2 in Anaheim, CA. They are:

1)    Ethan Zheng, California
2)    Kevin Lu, Pennsylvania
3)    Eric Hu, Pennsylvania
4)    Martin Tran, Arkansas
5)    Kyler Nelson, Utah
6)    Alan George, North Carolina
7)    Noel Tautges, Wisconsin
8)    Brandon Sears, Maryland
9)    David Pham, Texas
10)  Nihaal Prasad, Virginia

77 competitors entered the online written contest, with many more who competed at regional and state levels in hopes of seeking a chance to compete nationally. All top ten essay finalists received trophies, and first through fifth place winners received cash awards.

The Cyber Security Contest commends members who understand society’s security needs necessary for individuals to not only function, but thrive in an increasingly technological landscape. Skilled students recognized as top competitors may eventually work in this important field and contribute to ensuring technological security in our global economy.

“We strongly believe in the importance of protecting students both online and offline,” CareerSafe Founder and CEO Dr. Larry D. Teverbaugh said. “By continuing to support cyber security initiatives such as these, we make safety in the digital world a priority.”
The contest was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall and heard from motivational speakers on a broad range of business topics.

About FBLA-PBL, Inc.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit their website.



Students Pledge to #StartSafeStaySafe at National Young Worker Safety Day

June 20, 2017 - The seventh annual National Young Worker Safety Day (NYWSD) celebrated the achievements of career and technical education students and educators while raising awareness of youth injuries in the workplace. Thousands of CTE students and educators participated in the NYWSD (#StartSafeStaySafe) celebration at the 53rd National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Throughout NYWSD, students, teachers, and industry leaders were invited to sign the CareerSafe safety banner and pledge to make safety a priority in their workplace. Attendees also shared anecdotes about the importance of safety in their lives. Those pledging to StartSafe. StaySafe. received a commemorative t-shirt and other giveaways for participating in the event. 

CareerSafe’s founder Dr. Teverbaugh said, “Each year as we celebrate National Young Worker Safety Day, we advocate our ongoing commitment to ensuring young workers know their legal right to be safe in the workplace as we advance their ability to recognize and mitigate workplace hazards.”  Continuing he stated, “ We are both impressed and encouraged as we observed  over 6,500 CTE educators and students pledged to embrace and promote safety awareness in their schools, workplaces, homes and communities as part of this celebration.”

In conjunction with the NYWSD celebration, participants from around the country were encouraged to join the CareerSafe Safety Selfie Campaign by sharing selfies and other related photographs on their social media accounts to promote young worker safety and health education training. 

The importance of National Young Worker Safety Day only increases in significance each year as young workers enter the workforce for the first time. Approximately 80 percent of young workers will enter their first job while still in high school, and according to the CDC, there were 19.1 million young people under the age of 24 who entered the workforce in 2015. Often, young workers are inexperienced and lack proper safety training which leads to the necessity of appropriate training and awareness of workplace health and safety.

CareerSafe encourages both educators and students to continue to help promote safety awareness year-round through multiple scholarship opportunities. Students are challenged to create both safety video PSAs and written essays expressing the importance of safety training. Follow CareerSafe news, social media, and events to remain up to date on opportunities to make a difference in workplace safety education.

Through a collaborative effort, what we do every day can save lives and lower injury rates for young workers. Remember, no job is worth a young worker’s life™.



Erich Eifler, Operation Fresh Start, Wisconsin


Not all career and technical education schools and programs look the same. Some may function as standard high schools, some as vocational schools, and even more as outside-of-school programs.  Certain schools exist for the benefit of underprivileged or at-risk youth, who may need extra attention and care. In schools such as these, CTE is vital to student success. As the Director of Education for one such school, Operation Fresh Start (OFS) in Wisconsin, Erich Eifler reveals that career and technical education can reach students in all aspects of life.

A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, OFS has provided services to over 8,000 youth and young adults since 1970. This unique program works with students between the ages of 16 and 24 who have not graduated high school or are in danger of not graduating. Eifler and the rest of the educators at OFS assist these students in their transition into adulthood by providing intensive small group and one-on-one instruction and counseling focused on building life skills, job skills and preparing for the future.

“We hope they come here and get on-the-job training. Not just for construction skills, but also ‘how to hold a job skills’, how to show up on time, communicate and hopefully [they are] walking away with a diploma, driver’s license and a job,” Eifler said.

Eifler began his career as a supervisor for construction sites before encouraged to go back to school for a teaching certification, which he ultimately did. He believes that coming from the industry has given him a rounded perspective on what his students need as they come into OFS and begin redirecting their lives.

The CareerSafe OSHA 10-Hour safety training is one of the first things his students learn at OFS before enrolling into reading, writing or mathematics courses.

“It’s an insightful tool for us. It’s an indication of where [the students] are in terms of reading skills and what their academic strengths are as well,” he explained.

The safety training is just as important of an element of OFS as the rest of their program from community service, high school courses including reading, language skills, math, science social studies, health and nutrition and civics and leadership, and career development to job placement assistance due to the amount of project hours students must complete. Through OFS’s Pathways core program, students are provided a paid job training program constructing affordable houses and working on local conservation and environmental projects for up to 32 hours a week.

“I really feel like that common experience and common set of expectations helps the crews have communication about safety and accelerates the whole safety atmosphere…Our group of students don’t have a long history of success, and [OSHA training] is one of the first big successes that’s empowering for them.”

Typically OFS students spend a few hours each day in the classroom working through makeup credits or attending night school to complete their high school education and start preparation for employment based on their career field interests. For the rest of their work days, students are on location at construction sites. According to Eifler, students complete 900 service hours on construction sites and as conservation crews.

As students complete and master their academic and practical skills training and receive their high school diploma, they continue on through career development counseling to identify their personal career goals and what strategies are available to achieve them. Once they finalize career fields, OFS students begin job shadowing and auditing courses at Madison College. OFS also offers job placement assistance to connect graduates with employers and post-secondary enrollment assistance for college.

Eifler shares that one of the biggest accomplishments for OFS is the success they have had in educating students about safety and advocating a safety mindset in that they have not had a lost-time incident in over five years.

“I know that when students leave to the worksite they are leaving with a common set of expectations and language of safety. This consistency makes communication around safety easier, and facilitates an even safer work environment.”

For additional information on the great work done at Operation Fresh Start please visit their website


CareerSafe wants to recognize teachers and CTE directors around the country that are taking strides to educate youth in workplace safety. Each month, CareerSafe will introduce you to an educator that has been implementing CareerSafe courses in his or her classroom. These educators strive to make a difference one student at a time. Nominate a teacher today!

Please congratulate our past winners!


Having a job during the summer break is a great opportunity for you to make extra spending money, save up to buy a car, build a resume and get some valuable experience in networking and independence. With summer just around the corner, you and your peers are entering into the job market. We want you to walk away from those jobs with great life and work experiences that will benefit you for the future. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, over 400 young workers under the age of 24 died from work-related injuries in 2015. We don’t want you to become part of a statistic. You need to know how to protect yourself and others in the workplace.

Remember if you are under the age of 18, there are limits to the number of hours you are allowed to work, the job responsibilities you can do and the types of equipment you may use. If you are worried your place of employment is not reaching OSHA standards and is putting you in a dangerous environment, you have the right to file a confidential complaint.

Below is our list of practical jobs that may be available in your area along with some safety reminders and resources to help you StartSafe. StaySafe.


1) Career Oriented - Internship/Apprenticeship

Paid internships and apprenticeships are an excellent way to earn money while also gaining valuable experience in a career avenue you’re interested in. This is great opportunity to us the skills you’ve learned in school, network with professionals and get a recommendation for future jobs.

  • Ask questions. Listen to the experts. They have been where you are and can help you learn and decide what kind of future jobs you might be interested in.
  • Wear your PPE, be on time and do the work expected and above – interns who work hard and show innovation can be considered for more permanent positions.

2) Lifeguard

If you’re a strong swimmer and looking for a job where you get to work outside – this may be for you. You’ll get lifesaving skills that you can carry with you forever, as well as certifications in CPR and First Aid.

  • Remember, heat can be deadly. You are allocated a certain amount of breaks off of the lifeguard stand. Take your breaks even if you don’t feel hot or tired.
  • Stay hydrated, use sunscreen and wear your sunglasses — did you know the sun reflecting off the water can be harmful to your eyes?

3) Movie Theater Crew Member

Summer tends to be the blockbuster season for the film industry so theaters are going to be looking for more help. From selling tickets to serving popcorn, you’ll learn some valuable skills in customer service and time management. Plus, free or discounted movie tickets are a great perk!

  • Large crowds can be dangerous; make sure you know crowd management guidelines for big opening movie nights.
  • Don’t forget to use the correct PPE. You may help maintain clean facilities such as the lobbies, concessions, theaters or bathrooms.

4) Tutor

Have a knack or strength in a particular subject? You can work with students who are using summer break to continue their education. Tutoring will give you great experience for later job applications and you can set your own hours!

  • Conduct lessons in public areas such as coffee shops or libraries if you are not comfortable going to someone's home.
  • Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return.

5) Babysitter/Nanny

If you've spent time taking care of younger siblings, cousins or other family member, babysitting could be the perfect summer job for you. Babysitting is especially sought after in the summer for working parents who need someone to watch their children who are home on summer break. Hours can be flexible and you can earn great tips!

  • Get a list of emergency contacts from your employer in case something happens.
  • Keep medications and cleaning products up and out of reach of small children.

6) Retail Associate

In several states, young adults can begin working retail as young as 16 years old. You'll learn about customer service, teamwork and more. Store employees are often eligible for discounts, so you'll save money on items you purchase as well.

  • Wear comfortable shoes. Retail jobs often require you to be on your feet for long hours, whether you are walking the floor or standing at a cash register.
  • Find yourself working a closing shift? Make sure the door is locked before finishing closing procedures. This protects you and your coworkers as you close cash registers and clean up. If you notice something suspicious or run into a problem, report it to your supervisor immediately.

7) Restaurant Server

Working as a waiter or waitress is often available to young workers as young as 16. This fast-paced position offers an opportunity to learn about the food industry from the inside-out, work on customer service skill and learn to handle workplace stress.

  • Wear closed-toe, non-slip shoes! We understand they're not the most attractive, but you want to protect yourself from slips and potentially hot food and liquids.
  • Between handling food, money and other items, you must wash your hands thoroughly and often.

8) Grocery Store Associate

When it comes to grocery stores, there's no lack of job opportunities for young adults. You can bag groceries, stock shelves and produce or work the register.

  • If you're stocking shelves and moving boxes, make sure you are using correct lifting techniques.
  • Wear proper PPE when you are using a potential forklift or other machines with moving or sharp parts. 


Young Worker Resources

Here are some additional resources for you as you begin your job search. These resources will provide useful information on safety, health and laws to help you be prepared to make the most of your summer employment.

CareerSafe StartSafe. StaySafe. Workplace Training: Learn basic safety awareness training that will provide you with a useful foundation of workplace safety practices.

OSHA | Young Workers: Learn about your rights as a young worker and other valuable information from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Department of Labor YouthRules!: YouthRules! is a workplace initiative that promotes positive and safe work experiences for youth.

YouthRules! | Know the Rules: As a young worker, know what your employer can and cannot require of you based on your age.




National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) Conference

October 26 - October 27
St. Louis, Missouri

Learn how CareerSafe courses can improve your students' long-term safety, health and security through safety training programs such as: workplace safety, cyber safety awareness and life skills. 


National FFA Convention and Expo

October 25 - October 28
Indianapolis, Indiana

Have your students stop by our booth on National Young Worker Ag Safety Day and say #Yes2AgSafety by signing the safety pledge banner, receive a CareerSafe T-shirt and learn about the importance of a culture of safety in the ag community. Come by for more information on the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Agriculture) course and how it can benefit your students.


ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2017

December 5 - December 9
Nashville, Tennessee

Stop by our booth to learn how CareerSafe courses can improve your students' long-term safety, health and security through safety training programs such as: workplace safety, cyber safety awareness and life skills. The 2017 Safety Educator of the Year will be announced at the opening ceremony. 

We Hope We Were Able To See You At Our Summer Conferences! 


SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference 

June 20 - June 23
Louisville, Kentucky

Have your students stop by our booth on National Young Worker Safety Day (Tuesday, June 20th) to sign the safety pledge banner and receive a CareerSafe T-shirt! The National Youth Safety Video Contest winners will be announced at the opening ceremony. 

National HOSA International Leadership Conference

June 21 - June 24
Orlando, Florida

Step up your game this year! As an educator, you will have the chance to compete in the step challenge to win a free Fitbit. Stop by our booth on Wednesday, June 21nd to pick up your very own CareerSafe pedometer. Stop by to pick up more information on the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Healthcare) course and how it can be beneficial to your students. 


National FBLA Leadership Conference

June 29 - July 2
Anaheim, California

We are a proud sponsor for FBLA's Cyber Security Competition! Stop by our booth to learn about our Cyber Safety Awareness Training Series available for junior high and high school students.


National FCCLA Leadership Conference

July 2 - July 6
Nashville, Tennessee

We are a proud sponsor of the STOP the Violence program! Learn how our Cyber Safety Awareness Training Series can protect your students online.


American School Counselor Association Annual Conference

July 8 - July 11
Denver, Colorado

Learn how your entire school can be trained on cyber safety awareness and protecting themselves online. 


National Principals Conference

July 9 - July 11
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Learn how your entire school can be trained on cyber safety awareness and protecting themselves online. 



Mike Ripperger, Marion Regional Career Center, Indiana


As the CTE Director of Marion Regional Career Center, Mike Ripperger sees the impact career and technical education has on young people. Part of his passion as a CTE Director is finding programs, certifications and credentials that will provide a good living for students once they complete high school or trade school. He says that each of the programs offer dual credits and while preparing for students to continue on to college is an important aspect of the curricula, Ripperger and his colleagues at Marion want their students to also know that there are other acceptable and lucrative pathways outside of a university.

“Career and technical education (CTE) has always been something very appealing to me,” Ripperger said. "A lot of times kids don’t know what they want to do right away and pushing them directly into college may not necessarily the best path for everyone.”

Ripperger believes that CTE plays an important role in increasing his students’ opportunities for jobs in a competitive market but that without safety as a focal point of his programs, they would not be successful.

“Safety has to be our first concern for a couple reasons,” Ripperger said. “We are dealing with young students that need to learn the correct way to perform job duties. Safety is one of those duties we need to teach. Second, if we have too many injuries in the classroom the school could lose funding (lose what? It’s not very clear) or have its insurance rates go up. This is one way a school is similar to the business world.”

As part of his CTE programs’ protocols, no student is allowed to enter a lab or work site without completing safety training.

“Growing up, I worked for a construction company and later on an excavation company. I had a couple of friends get hurt, because we weren’t using the appropriate safety features,” he said. “Looking back, these injuries could have been prevented.”

At the Career Center, there are extensive programs for students to get technical and safety training along with hands-on experience that is a fundamental element of CTE. The culinary program works and runs as a restaurant that is open to public. The restaurant, Giant Bistro, is completely student run from cooking, waiting tables and washing dishes to catering for the local community and school functions. The Visual Arts pathway overlaps with Giant Bistro; their students design and create all of the menus and logos for the restaurant as well as logos and other collateral for the school, including business cards for teachers and staff.

The Constructions Trades program has an on-going partnership with Habitat for Humanity and is heavily involved in the construction of residential properties. Every year, Habitat for Humanity finds a property in the local county and students in the Construction Trades program build the home from start to finish. Ripperger says his constructions students not only gain experience in building a house and that it entails but also take enormous pride in constructing a home that someone is going to be living in.

“Seeing the relationship between every program at Marion, between our community and Career Center…it is very exciting to see these kids succeed,” Ripperger said.

Marion Career Center also sponsors an Early Childhood Development Program – Marion Little Giants Preschool – where students looking to pursue a career in education get training, but also give back to the community.

“We talk about safety of children and themselves and go over topics and training on what might not be safety concern to them as an adult could be concern for those younger kids… We spend an extensive amount of time for each CTE program to make sure that safety is priority number one.

One of the biggest accomplishments Ripperger share is that all three programs that offer an OSHA 10-Hour credential carry a significant number of additional certifications and dual credits. The Construction Trades Academy offers NCCER, OSHA 10-Hour safety training plus 24 dual credits to transfer toward college. The Welding Academy offers AWS, OSHA 10-Hour along with 15 dual credits. The new HVAC Academy offers students the ability to earn NCCER, an OSHA 10-Hour credential and six dual credits.

And this kind of development in training and skills along with credentialing opportunities to succeed in CTE programs is working.

“We have 7 welding students who are currently earning $12 and $14 an hour in our internship program. One of the reasons these 7 students were able to earn the internship with companies is that they had the OSHA credential,” Ripperger said, “One of our past welders went to Hobart to finish his training and then he received a 6 figure job as a pipe welder.”



CareerSafe wants to recognize teachers and CTE directors around the country that are taking strides to educate youth in workplace safety. Each month, CareerSafe will introduce you to an educator that has been implementing CareerSafe courses in his or her classroom. These educators strive to make a difference one student at a time. Nominate a teacher today!

Please congratulate our past winners!


Mary Foxworth, Tulsa Technology Center-Lemley Campus, Oklahoma


Mary Foxworth, a literacy and academic instructor at Tulsa Technology Center-Lemley Campus, has spent the last 44 years believing that students must be prepared for the workplace and their futures. She supports students throughout their technical and academic educations by guiding and training them on soft skills to complement their CTE programs. 

“My passion is the same today as it was in the past,” Foxworth said.  “Career Technical Education is a very positive approach to ensuring students receive a great education, training in a specific career path, and safety training.”

Foxworth believes much of her students’ successes are due to their own drive and taking advantage of the various training offered to them, whether they are interested in welding, culinary arts or health science tech. As part of that, she designs her curriculum to support students who need preparation to enter the workforce. In her classroom, students learn how to write and create resumes, cover letters, business cards and emails. They not only cover ethics and how to dress for an interview, but also complete preparation for college applications and scholarships, along with taking workplace safety training.

“We provide a quiet place to work on [OSHA training] and help our students with any language barriers,” Foxworth said. “We also offer assistance in reading and math subjects which helps them with comprehension and understanding what they are trying to get out of the course.”

Foxworth feels additional credentials are a great item for students to list on their resumes. Having spoken with industry professionals in Oklahoma, she knows companies look for students who have already received an OSHA 10-Hour credential, because it will save a company time and money—and make them safer and better workers. 

“Our students come to the Academic Center and say they just want to weld or be a carpenter; sometimes they do not understand the importance of safety to themselves, their team and the company,” Foxworth said. “The online OSHA training has definitely assisted our students in becoming aware of potential dangers and what they need to correct the danger or prevent an accident of any type.”  

And safety is just as important in her students’ lab or on their worksite as it is in her classroom. Foxworth has her students complete projects on safety statistics for their career pathway, drug awareness posters and her students often work on projects for contests or CTSO competitions. 

“Whether it’s an English paper, a safety poster or presentation for HOSA, we help them get ready for whatever they need,” Foxworth said. “My kids learn presentation and speech skills, build PowerPoints, write and prepare speeches and receive help in improving study skills.”

One of the biggest highlights of her curriculum is the two-day mock interviews she conducts with her students. Up until this point, Foxworth has taught her students how many of the soft skills they will need to make a good first impression. She brings in real industry professionals into the classroom to conduct interviews and give her students real life perspectives on the job hiring process.

Named the 2016 Oklahoma CareerTech Teacher of the Year, it is clear Foxworth goes above and beyond the call of duty to motivate, educate and support her students.

“We want students to be the best person, citizen and community leader they can be,” Foxworth said. “I believe our students know we care and that we have a passion to assist them anyway we can in meeting their goals. We encourage them to continue to learn and believe in themselves.”


CareerSafe wants to recognize teachers and CTE directors around the country that are taking strides to educate youth in workplace safety. Each month, CareerSafe will introduce you to an educator that has been implementing CareerSafe courses in his or her classroom. These educators strive to make a difference one student at a time. Nominate a teacher today!

Please congratulate our past winners!


Randall Hancock, Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, Florida


3 years ago Randall Hancock got a new job – and an important first task.

“I was required to train students in workplace safety using the OSHA-sponsored guideline,” Hancock said through an ASL interpreter. “My supervisor had learned about CareerSafe Online, and we decided to try it.”

Hancock teaches Building Construction Technologies 1, 2 and 3 for high school and middle school students at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. His students (99% of whom are deaf) must take the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Industry course and receive the wallet-card credential as part of their classroom grade. Given the differences in syntax between ASL and English, Hancock – who is deaf himself- goes above and beyond to offer in-class lecture and one-on-one assistance for students who need help completing the course. This level of dedication to his students’ success is telling of the significance of safety in his classroom.

“We don’t want to send students home with a severed finger; in fact, students are not allowed to handle power tools or equipment until they have demonstrated competency after both CareerSafe training and tool-handling and modeling training,” Hancock said. “As a boarding school, we are responsible for teaching the importance of safety both inside and outside the classroom.”

The 77-acre campus offers not only the option of boarding opportunities, but also grants students hands-on construction experience as part of the campus Career and Technical Education program. Hancock’s classroom provides student access to both a painting room and a sizeable woodshop. In addition to these two resources, students engage in an ongoing renovations project, dubbed “Kids’ Town,” where students learn to tear down a structure’s exterior sheathing to replace water-damaged materials with new ones.

Students also use their developing skills to give back to the community through Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit housing organization. With participation both on campus and off, Hancock aims to create a student-centered environment that fosters youth-empowerment.
“For them, to be motivated is to provide them with the hands-on experience [they need] so they’re not just sitting back and listening in the lecture,” Hancock said. “This way, the lesson has meaning for them.”

Hancock’s students come from a multitude of backgrounds, and often don’t have skills or experience to support the in-class knowledge they obtain, he said. While some may struggle with the course, receiving the credential ends up being a proud moment for all.

Hancock spoke specifically of one student who was almost denied a job, until he showed his OSHA 10-Hour wallet credential.

“The boss was rather uneasy about hiring a deaf person, but when the student pulled out his OSHA certification from CareerSafe, he was hired immediately,” Hancock said. “The advantage he had to his hearing counterparts was holding the certification to obtain employment.”

This is one of many stories Hancock has proving that, despite the additional challenges his students may face, they are in no way hindrances to student success. It is still possible to go above and beyond to ensure all safety practices and standards are met, according to Hancock.

“There’s not a big difference whether you’re deaf or not [when it comes to safety],” Hancock said. “Your eyes will teach you the importance of safety.”

Further supporting this point is one grand accomplishment; this past April, the school sent a total of 13 students to the Florida SkillsUSA state competitions and all 13 individuals medaled in various events. This included 4 students from Hancock’s classroom, who competed in TeamWorks.

“It was wonderful,” Hancock spoke of the win. “I wasn’t expecting it, but it’s a good representation of what they’re learning at school. In the competition, they get judged on being safe throughout the tasks assigned.”

And what is Hancock’s desire for his students’ future?

“[The school and I] want to be able to prepare students for employment or college as soon as they march off the graduation stage,” Hancock said.


CareerSafe wants to recognize teachers and CTE directors around the country that are taking strides to educate youth in workplace safety. Each month, CareerSafe will introduce you to an educator that has been implementing CareerSafe courses in his or her classroom. These educators strive to make a difference one student at a time. Nominate a teacher today!

Please congratulate our past winners!




Providing Opportunity through CTE 


In teaching the next generations of young workers, career and technical education (CTE) programs stand out as innovative, adaptable and productive methods of turning student aspirations into tangible successes. According to the Association for Career and Technical Education, 94% of all high school students regardless of gender, race or socioeconomic background are enrolled into at least one CTE course. CTE covers dozens of career pathways including STEM, fine arts and a wide selection of high-skill, high-wage in demand jobs. These programs empower today’s youth by providing technical, academic and employability skills to prepare them to pursue further higher education, postsecondary training or enter immediately into a career field.

CTE is offered at many education levels from middle school and high school to postsecondary institutions including two-year and four-year colleges. Associate degrees (two-year degree plans) and technical education programs often give students equal or better levels of success and security than a degree from a four-year university, making it important to note that four-year degree plans are no longer necessary to succeed and prepare for a profession. While both public and private institutions provide a wealth of resources for students, CTE programs provide reliable alternatives to college as a modern and inclusive opportunity for students to actively pursue their interests and kick start their careers early on.

CTE students learn in an environment that sets them up with practical hands-on experience in situations such as how to treat a patient in a hospital, how to properly weld a piece of metal and how to be safe when working with agricultural machinery. They are taught how to use equipment properly, keep themselves and others safe in a professional manner, communicate and interact in a work environment, and taught what their rights and responsibilities are in the workplace. Often, their instructors have personal knowledge and experience, having had a career in the industry prior to returning to the classroom to educate young minds.

Frequently, CTE programs incorporate opportunities for students to earn certifications, credentials and secure internships, apprenticeships and employment prior to their graduation. The ability to apply these skills in real world settings gives students applicable experience to build their resumes and increase their employability. And with the range of options in different CTE programs, from training time to cost of the programs, students from all walks of life are able to succeed, especially those who necessitate more flexible schedules.

Students are leaving CTE programs with a clearer vision for their careers and fewer questions on how to get there. Whether CTE is in the classroom or on a worksite, the programs consistently teach students vital lessons as well as give them intimate interaction with a career pathway all while in a supportive educational environment. Thank you to all our educators and educational institutions who, in providing CTE programs, ensure that students today are aware of and equipped with vital skills as they navigate the endless possibilities of careers they are able to pursue and, above all, that they will enter those careers prepared and ready to make a difference.


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Jeffrey Riddle, Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps, Illinois


Jeffrey Riddle at Paul Simon Chicago Job Corps Center is seeing the difference CTE and safety training can make in a young person’s life. Over the last five years as a Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) and Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) instructor, Riddle has made it his goal to prepare at-risk young adults through guidance and training to help them become acceptable and productive members of the workforce. One of his biggest accomplishments is seeing his students move forward with the tools and training to better their own lives and create their own successes.

“Making my kids employable is my job,” Riddle said. “But seeing in their writing and hearing in their voice the hope and plans for their future drives my passion to help them succeed.”

Before becoming an instructor, Jeffrey was a Production Supervisor/System Analyst for Inland Steel, where he was able to retire after more than 40 years, at which point he chose to become an instructor. Within his curriculum, it is a requirement that every student complete OSHA 10-Hour training before working. Riddle believes that young workers often lack the experience of being in a manufacturing, construction, transportation or other hazardous work environments and are thus more susceptible to workplace hazards.

“That is why OSHA and safety training in general are so important for young workers ready and eager to enter the workforce,” Riddle said. “They have to realize that careless or inattentive behavior can injure not just themselves, but others too. That being said, with proper and adequate training, jobs are done safely.” 

As a former supervisor, Riddle reiterates to his students that at the companies worth working for, employees are the most important asset. The safety training he offers gives his students not only general industry training, but prepares them for life at home and in the world.

Because Riddle’s students are at various reading levels, he likes the online OSHA training. The matching visual and audio motivates them to learn and even absorb new vocabulary. Along with their OSHA training, Riddle’s students receive Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s Certified Logistic Associate (CLA) and Certified Logistics Technician (CLT). All of his students over the age of 18 are urged to complete forklift safety certifications also.

“Receiving their certification is a big deal as an addition to their resumes,” Riddle said. “Some of [my students] have little to no experience and this can add a pop to their resumes with certifications. . A nationally recognized credential like OSHA is a valuable addition.”

Riddle and his students not only strive to be safe, but utilize their skills and time to volunteer in their local community, and are currently in the process of expanding to incorporate even more opportunities to give back and make an impact. They volunteer and make food donations to the Food Depository in Chicago, and are also hoping to begin volunteering with the Chicago Marathon on a regular basis. On Martin Luther King Day, Riddle and his students participated in their MLK Day of Service where they welcomed the National Director of Job Corps, Lenita Jacobs-Simmons onto their campus. During the service day, Riddle chaperoned students to the Salvation Army Harbor Light facility. Students across all of the programs at Paul Simon are committed to organizing events and helping others at senior retirement centers, food banks and spent time inspiring younger peers. Riddle shares that this spring his students will volunteer with the Chicago White Sox as part of their program. 

With their certifications, credentials and licenses in hand, the students at Paul Simon Job Corps are becoming smart, safe individuals who can contribute to their workforce. Their responsibility and proactive attitude is only further emphasized in the good work they are pursuing outside of the classroom. Thank you Mr. Riddle for making both safety and giving back to the community priorities in your classroom. Because of educators like you, we can have a safer, brighter, more caring future in the workplace.


CareerSafe wants to recognize teachers and CTE directors around the country that are taking strides to educate youth in workplace safety. Each month, CareerSafe will introduce you to an educator that has been implementing CareerSafe courses in his or her classroom. These educators strive to make a difference one student at a time. Nominate a teacher today!

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Where Are They Now? Catching up With the 2016 Safety Educator of the Year 


At CareerSafe, we’re more than just photo ops and trophies. We are committed to improving safety education among all youth, so that they can go into the workplace more confident, capable and employable. That’s why we reached out to our 2016 Safety Educator of the Year Winner, Sharon Singleton of Bonnie Brae Residential Treatment Center in New Jersey, to see how winning has helped her improve her students’ safety.

To learn more about Sharon Singleton and her school, Bonnie Brae Residential Treatment Center, take a look at our 2016 Safety Educator of the Year Press Release and April 2016 Classroom Highlight.

Q: What’s going on with you and the work experience program at Bonnie Brae? Are there any updates since we last saw you?

A: We are in the process of starting a computer recycling program with some of the award money [$5000 from winning Safety Educator of the Year]. It was initially for developmentally disabled adults, and we have never done it before with kids who have emotional or behavioral disorders. We’re hoping it would teach them skills, like dexterity and hand-eye coordination, so that they can move forward in life. Another idea that we may use the money for is a Christmas tree farm.

Our safety officer position has also been doing well [over this past year]. This is a position where students go around and check the buildings and grounds to make sure things are safe. They create a report and then bring it to the safety committee [which includes directors and school staff] that meets once a month. 

Q: That’s exciting! And how do you continue to make safety a priority in these programs? 

A: Anything we are trying to do, we are trying to instill safety values and soft skills. Soft skills go along with safety. If you are communicating appropriately and are on top of things, then safety will automatically go hand in hand.

My colleague and I are also in the process of hiring for safety officers or ‘van service technician.’ We are trying to instill safety in the vans we drive the boys around in. Every time I drive it, I pull over and do seatbelts checks; I don’t care how old they are. These van service technicians will be responsible for maintaining the safety of the vans. 

Q: Why are safety skills and CTE in the work experience programs so important to your students?

A: Our kids come from the system. They are missing chunks of education academia, and they don’t prosper in a traditional classroom setting. They need the experiential learning experience that the work experience programs provide to succeed. 

The way our programs have been designed really benefit the kids in terms of career exploration. They learn some vocational skills, some soft skills, but we really just want to give them a variety of different experiences, and in that instilling values of safety, cooperation, being on time, motivation to learn and more. 



CareerSafe wants to recognize teachers and CTE directors around the country that are taking strides to educate youth in workplace safety. Each month, CareerSafe will introduce you to an educator that has been implementing CareerSafe courses in his or her classroom. These educators strive to make a difference one student at a time. Nominate a teacher today!

Please congratulate our past winners!




Hamzeh Ashour

Cypress Lakes High School


OSHA’s Pavement of My Future

The OSHA 10-hour wallet card was achieved this year in my clinical rotations class. This class required the completion of the course because it was a necessity for students going to the hospital. At first, I did not hold much care for these lessons and believed they would not be as useful as they ended up becoming. Now being surrounded by the healthcare facilities multiple times a week, I can genuinely state that receiving this card granted me much preparation for my future and protected me from the dangerous hazards that I encountered. 

The lessons I have learned from OSHA opened my eyes towards things I never realized before. It gave me answers for why certain healthcare workers perform certain tasks such as cleaning up broken glass immediately, and wearing personal protective equipment at all times. I was introduced to numerous experiences with the information taught by OSHA in my first clinical rotation at the hospital. Being a junior in high school, my first experience with this knowledge began in the healthcare field as I observed nurses, technicians and doctors working with patients. I was shadowing a respiratory therapist my third day at the hospital when a code blue was initiated, meaning that a patient needed CPR. The healthcare workers all geared up with personal protective equipment and made sure their hands were very clean before touching anyone. The course emphasized the importance of keeping yourself protected because things such as disease that a healthcare worker may receive from being exposed to bodily fluids (such as blood or urine from a patient) were likely. When the patient came in with the ambulance he was quickly transported onto the bed and given multiple IVs. Some of these needles were dropped on the ground due to all the commotion. However, learning from the OSHA course online, I was educated that the needles should not be touched without personal protective equipment and to be very cautious when handling them due to their hazards if accidentally poking yourself. OSHA’s course provided me with knowledge that was very beneficial in keeping me safe from hazards in the circumstances of the healthcare facility. 

Taking the OSHA course and having the credential will certainly prove useful in my future career, because I plan to be in the medical field. I am striving to one day work as a dental surgeon where safety precautions described in OSHA are utilized daily. From touching patients while working on their teeth, to cleaning up a bloody mess in the office, the information granted in the course can assist me from all hazards around. Not only will it prove to be useful for my safety but also help me keep my rights protected as a worker. Taking the course also helped me understand that workers do not have to be discriminated upon. People deserve equality and fair treatment for all workers. The knowledge I now possess allows me to decipher wrong from right in any situation if it poses a threat against me or my fellow workers. From taking the course, I observed and was provided specific circumstances where actions were done incorrectly. Being able to identify them in the lessons also can assist me in identifying them in my future job if the case may be.

The OSHA 10-hour wallet card has initiated my life towards a positive direction through the knowledge it awarded. I hope that dangerous scenarios can be avoided more and more as I progress through the healthcare field as a student and as a worker with the training I have received. The OSHA training wallet card has kept me and my fellow workers from harms way in the past and hopefully will in the future. 



Each quarter, CareerSafe will select up to four (4) students to receive a scholarship. Additional information can be found on the CareerSafe Essay Scholarship Opportunity page.



Taylor Erlenbusch

Sturgis Brown High School


OSHA: A True Life Saver

As a junior in high school, I was one of the few people in my class who had not yet completed the OSHA training. Everyone had talked about it, but I was unsure of what it was truly about. Finally, I had completed the training for my culinary arts class and had gained an entirely new perspective on safety. I learned about hazards that felt as though they should be common sense safety tips, but there were also certain hazards that you might not typically come to think of without this training. My dad is a plumbing contractor. After completing my OSHA training, I asked him what he knew about the safety program.

“Well, I know everything, but especially when it comes to OSHA,” he said sarcastically; though, he certainly was not lying about his vast knowledge pertaining to OSHA safety. He continued and told me about when he began his plumbing career working under another employer. One of his co-workers had not properly dug a hole that my dad was going to work in later. Instead of digging the hole in a “V” shape so that it didn’t cave in, the co-worker dug it straight down. Later on as my dad crawled into the hole, part of the wall caved in and my dad was buried in compacted dirt from the waist down. He and his co-workers on the site were luckily able to help unbury him and he was unharmed. While my dad was fortunate in this instance, it could have ended much differently. Had it been from the chest down rather than the waist, he would have been unable to breathe. Had it fully collapsed and buried him completely, it would have been certain death and he would not be here today. The thought that I could be without my father due to a work-site incident is utterly terrifying. It reminds me of the importance of following safety guidelines at all times; you never know when you might be putting your life or another person’s life in danger. This theory is demonstrated by OSHA and it applies to all areas of life.

After I graduate, I would like to become a dietitian. In order to learn more and become experienced in the field, I have begun an internship at my local hospital for this semester. Although we do not dig deep holes in the hospital, we are surrounded by chemicals, blood and other bodily fluids regularly. Which provides just as much danger as digging holes, just a different type of danger. OSHA has also taught me how to be safe in these situations. If there is ever an issue with a chemical, such as getting a rash after cleaning a counter surface, I know exactly where our MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) is located in the hospital. I can use this as a tool to know what chemical I am dealing with, how serious it is, and what to do about the situation at that point. I also know how dangerous working around other people’s blood can be. Whenever there is blood in the hospital, we have to make sure to wear gloves. We also sanitize our hands whenever we enter or exit a room. Working in the hospital does not require me to do hard physical labor where you might expect safety issues to arise. Nevertheless, my OSHA training has taught me just how potentially dangerous working in this setting can be and how important it is that I am always aware of my surroundings and how to apply the safety standards put forth by OSHA for my best interest. 

While I do not plan to become a plumber at any point in time, I do plan to work in the medical field and so it is very important that I am aware of all types of safety hazards and how serious something so seemingly harmless can be. After hearing from my dad and working in the hospital, I not only understand what OSHA is, but also why it is incredibly important to follow. While something may appear harmless and unnecessary, it can be very serious and even fatal. This is true no matter where you go and what you do. There are situations we face every day that challenge us with making safe decisions. OSHA is an effective program that has taught me as well as several other peers and others how to make these safe decisions.



Each quarter, CareerSafe will select up to four (4) students to receive a scholarship. Additional information can be found on the CareerSafe Essay Scholarship Opportunity page.



Matthew Kervin

Eastern Maine Community College


CareerSafe Youth Essay Scholarship

I am writing to apply for the CareerSafe scholarship. I am currently enrolled at Eastern Maine Community College in the HVAC program, instructed by Richard Gomm. The Careersafe OSHA 10 Hour course was a requirement for our HVAC course. This is my second college venture, and my third career. I first went to school for Machine Tool Technology and worked for Smith & Wesson. My second career was in the Army as a Crew Chief and Combat Medic. During my time in the Army, I had to take too many courses to list and all had a safety component to them. Safety has always been number one in most courses I have taken, so this was not new to me to have to take a safety course. This course did; however, show me so many new things. Having an OSHA credential will not only make getting jobs easier, as employers look for this, but will show my prospective clients that I am concerned with and am making safety a priority, and that I am educated properly on safety in OSHA fashion.  There is a very high reputation component to the OSHA course that people have trust in. This will benefit my future and future jobs, making it easier to secure work. It will give confidence to those I am working for.

Taking the OSHA course has made an impact on how I recognize hazards. I now look at things from a more rounded perspective. Prior to taking this course, my focus when working the aviation has always been to double check the work, triple check for tools, triple check environment when landing, etc or your have your crew’s life and the injured lives at stake. I now see that when OSHA safety is properly implemented, how much money is saved in injuries, time lost, property damage, and medical bills. It is Keeping America’s Workforce strong and healthy. Thank you for the opportunity to learn new safety techniques, to have an advantage in my career, and opening my eyes to see things in a different perspective. 


Each quarter, CareerSafe will select up to four (4) students to receive a scholarship. Additional information can be found on the CareerSafe Essay Scholarship Opportunity page.



Danielle Colacarro

Northern Career Institute


A Safer Lifestyle

When I began the OSHA 10-hour program I did not think I would get much use out of it, but now almost every day, I realize the things I learned from the OSHA program. This challenging course has had a great impact on my daily life. Holding the OSHA 10-hour wallet card is a credential that makes me stand out above others. The OSHA wallet card is an excellent addition to any type of resume in the workforce. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration course was provided to me by my career tech cosmetology school. Here, we were to learn not only the safety precautions for a salon environment, but for any type of work environment. Taking the OSHA course may have seemed like a regular class assignment, but has become much more of a great resource to have. 

Within a salon, there are many safety hazards to be aware of including chemical liquid handling, ergonomics, electrical use and bloodborne pathogens. By using what I have learned from OSHA, I am able to accurately identify exactly what is in the chemical bottles for certain products, along with the ingredients and safety precautions for the cleaning chemicals stored in a salon. It is always best to know what exactly is being used and how to use it. This is why I have a much better understanding of what is to be used when and exactly how.

When working in a salon, there is always room for improvements to create better ergonomics, which I have improved my setup and safety after learning the information from OSHA. While you always want a client to be comfortable and avoid injury, it is just as important to be cautious of the comfort of the cosmetologist in the salon. OSHA has shown me that the smallest changes can have the biggest impacts. This has lead me to be more cautious with my set up. The way a client’s chair is setup can affect the client, but also the cosmetologist’s proper health. If a cosmetologist has to lean over frequently and be in uncomfortable positions for periods of time, it can negatively affect the cosmetologist’s health permanently. A real life situation occurred one day while I was shampooing a client during my internship. The shampoo bowl was too high up and I had to continuously lean and be in an awkward uncomfortable position.

Knowing the OSHA aspect of proper ergonomics, I was able to ask the salon owner to rearrange the setup to protect my health. Setup was never something that seemed very important to me, but after taking the OSHA course I realize it is actually one of the most important safety factors.

Some of the main hair services include instruments being used that are electric. Improper electrical use has such a high risk of incidents. One day at the salon, I noticed another cosmetologist’s curling iron only halfway plugged into the outlet with the cord hanging on the floor. Having the OSHA training knowledge, I knew the risk of this setup. I went to the cosmetologist and helped fix the setup to prevent any negative situation from happening.

Althought it may not seem like any bloodborne pathogens can occur in a salon, it is very common during a manicure, pedicure or haircutting service. Having a bloodborne incident can be very serious. Being OSHA certified has given me helpful information on responses and procedures to follow if an incident were to occur. 

I work in a wholesale grocery store. Here I am lifting boxes onto high shelves, using rolling ladder carts, and operating cleaning machines. A few months after I earned my OSHA credential, coincidentally my managers began to post OSHA signs throughout the work areas. This enabled me and the employees to begin taking more precautions and learn proper safety for the store. Having already completed the OSHA 10-hour course, I had an advantage ahead and was able to help my coworkers have a better understanding. Working together, we were able to make the workplace safer more efficiently.

The OSHA training has changed my outlook in so many different ways. There was so much I thought I would never use after completing the course. Dangerous events happen commonly all over a workplace due to employees not having the proper training to take caution to its fullest. Now that I know the benefits of having the proper training, I would highly recommend the OSHA course to anyone regardless if they’re in the workforce or just looking to have proper knowledge on safety training. Even a year later after completing the 10-hour course, I still notice small things and think to myself, “OSHA credentialed!”


Each quarter, CareerSafe will select up to four (4) students to receive a scholarship. Additional information can be found on the CareerSafe Essay Scholarship Opportunity page.



Macy Waltz

Central Mountain High School


OSHA 10-Hour Card

The OSHA 10-Hour course has been an eye opener for me. Before OSHA I was unaware of all the hazards and how they could affect not only me but the workers around me. I was fortunate to be able to take the OSHA 10-hour course because it impacted me greatly. I want to work in the health field after I graduate high school and learning proper PPE, and moving a patient with the correct body mechanics made a big impact on me while taking the OSHA course. Learning the hazards and precautions will not only help me when I get a job in the health field, but it will help keep my patients and myself safe.

Completing the course has changed how I recognize hazards. Helping my father do construction and working on buildings I can now recognize the hazards and properly follow them. My dad was using a drill and the cord was very loose on the ground. I noticed that it was a hazard because someone could fall on the cord and injure themselves. I told him about it and then he recognized what was wrong and we fixe the problem before anyone got hurt. I made sure I used what I learned from the OSHA 10-hour online course. Along with the everyday safety issues, there were many things that were mentioned in this course that I had no idea were harmful and could cause harm to the ones around me. I make sure everyday I use the proper precautions and am more aware now because of the OSHA 10-hour course.

After completing this course I was able to use the knowledge and use it with everything I do. Since I chose the health field as my future goal I have a lot of other hazards to recognize than if I were a person who works on houses like my father. Throughout my three years in my health occupations class I learned a lot about safety and proper body mechanics. I was able to learn a tremendous amount about other hazards and things I need to learn to work in the field of medicine.

In a hospital there are a lot of potential hazards. Proper hand washing to prevent the spread of bacteria is very important when working in a hospital or nursing home. PPE should be worn and workers should be instructed on how to gown and remove the personal protective equipment. Doing this will eliminate bacteria of harmful diseases from spreading. As an example, if a patient would come in with an open wound the healthcare worker’s hands should be washed and gloves should be worn before coming in contact with the patient’s wound. The gloves should be properly removed and disposed of in the proper areas, and hands should be washed before exiting the room.

In a hospital, there are chemicals that prevent the bacteria from growing. Every facility needs to keep a number of safety data sheets. The safety data sheets has lists of every chemical or potentially hazardous chemical that is stored at the facility. Knowing where these are located is very important in case of an emergency.

After I graduate high school, I want to be a registered nurse. OSHA really made me think of all the real life situations. It made me think how important it is if I would come across or in contact with contamination and how to protect myself. Proper PPE when coming in contact with diseases and how the right body mechanics will help you with bending when picking up something or moving a patient. When picking up something heavy I always remember what I learned and how if I don’t use proper body mechanics how it could injure me.

OSHA taught me about emergencies and how we should always be prepared when natural disasters, gas leaks, fires and chemical spills occur. Before OSHA I wouldn’t know anything about how to prepare what to do. OSHA taught me how to put out fires and the different fire extinguishers depending on the fire. In a hospital there should always be multiple escape plans and exits in case of an emergency. You never know when something could happen so its very important to be prepared in case you have to experience this type of emergency.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to learn and thought it was going to be things I already knew prior. I was wrong and I learned so much from the OSHA course. The videos were great and because I’m a visual learner they helped me with the quizzes and the tests and I learned so much from OSHA. By using all the things I learned, I now know I can keep myself safe and others around me



Jordyn Klumb

Marquette Senior High School


How OSHA Has Impacted My Life

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration protects the health and safety of workers. I plan on attending Northern Michigan University this fall with a major in pre-medicine. OSHA is very important for safety of workers in a hospital setting, because you can be exposed to many dangers including bloodborne pathogens, bacterial and viral infections, physical dangers of lifting patients, and many other conditions that may expose a threat to a healthcare worker.

As a future doctor, it is very important that I am able to recognize dangers and know how to react to them because of OSHA training. I will lower the risks of danger in the workplace for myself, and my coworkers. I will also be aware of my rights as an employee to ensure a safe workplace. Ergonomics was a section in my training that taught me how to do things properly (like sitting or lifting patients) to avoid injury. Many healthcare workers have back injuries from improperly lifting patients and slouching too much when sitting.

Another segment of my OSHA training was bloodborne pathogens. In this segment I learned how to prevent bloodborne pathogens from spreading, and how to protect myself from receiving any bloodborne pathogen. As a doctor, this will help me because I know that the best way to fight against any disease in my profession is to be vaccinated prior to exposure.

After my OSHA training, I paid extra attention to the standards at my workplace to see if things were up to date. This fast food restaurant had me working in the kitchen one day, and as I was pouring frozen fries into the deep fryer, I questioned whether we had the proper fire extinguisher for flammable liquids. I remember from my OSHA treatment that if you do not have the proper fire extinguisher, then you could possibly make the fire worse. At the end of my shift, I looked around for a Class K fire extinguisher, but had no luck. I brought this to my manager’s attention right away, and she was very embarrassed that she didn’t know about the different types of fire extinguishers. Within a few days the proper fire extinguisher was placed in the restaurant, and I felt a lot safer about working in the kitchen.

Without my OSHA training credential I would not be aware of any of the following things above, and much more. I now know where to find important information at the workplace, and how to prevent hazards from happening. My OSHA training credential has given me a safer life, and future. Thanks to my OSHA training credential, I feel confident that I can maintain a safer working environment.


David Gregoroich

Marquette Senior High School


My OSHA 10-hour wallet card has greatly influenced the way I recognize hazards. Since the training, I have been able to recognize potential work hazards, report and follow up on those hazards, and the importance of controlling workplace violence. Most importantly, however, I have learned that everyone has a part to share in a safe working environment!

Before beginning the OSHA training, I was under the impression that a person’s place of employment was completely responsible for providing a safe working environment. I have learned it is an employee’s responsibility to report and advocate on possible lapses in a safe working environment. If an employee notices something unsafe and then gets hurt by it without reporting the incident, they are just as responsible for their injury as the employer is.

A personal example of this self advocacy is during my management at my local Burger King. At work one day, I noticed a possible hazard while earning my OSHA card. I had always chained CO2 tanks at work, but I never noticed anything unsafe about them. Finally, I noticed the tanks were not changed up and had no means of security from falling. This concerned me since many inspectors had said nothing about this in the past. In the interest of my safety and that of my co-workers, I decided to act.
I first brought the issue to my store manager. She told me there was no rule requiring the tanks be chained up. I replied telling her that although that might be true, I felt uncomfortable with it. She gave me permission to go above her head to get the problem resolved. I sent an email to my boss’s boss to pass on my concerns to her. After a sincere reply and a week’s time, we had chains and a new shelf to secure the tanks. I was grateful that my concern was addressed, and later learned it is highly recommended that the tanks be securely fastened. I was thankful I decided to take action.

Although I had always understood that yelling and screaming at work was negative, I didn’t realize it was big enough to be considered a form of violence. My management style had always been very laid back when it came to interfering with the arguments employees had with each other. Since watching the OSHA workplace violence, however I have been more prone to meditating the arguments and even encouraging solutions. My rationale is that if I determined the argument had to happen, I would rather it happen in a place and time that someone could control it rather than during a busy time where the effects could be detrimental and even spill over onto other workers.

I had an incident recently involving two crew members who both claim the other wasn’t doing their job and they were picking up each other’s slack. I had let the situation go for a few days assuming that they would work it out. Finally I pulled the two outside, sat on the curb, and forced them to figure out the problem. In the end they both agreed the other at least had some valid points and they would work on doing a better job with each other. Feeling accomplished that my shifts would run smoother, I then let the two work it out. They became friends after that.

The OSHA training I received was not overly lengthy, and I learned enough from it that I could successfully apply the concepts I learned into my workplace. With clinicals at the local hospital coming soon, I am thankful for everything the safety training has taught me. I hope to learn even more about creating and maintaining a safe working environment as I further my medical education.


Grady Buresh

Goddard High School


At the beginning of my junior year I was given the opportunity to take a welding class at our local vocational technical school. Like any high school student, my mindset was, “Yea I will get out of a half day of high school!” Little did I know what this experience would entail and how it would affect my outlook on safety on a daily basis.

Our first day of Vo-tech consisted of participating in the OSHA 10 course. The 10-hour training program is primarily intended for entry level workers. All training is intended to cover a view of the hazards a worker may encounter on a job site. Training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention. OSHA standards are to help workers be more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights. What does this mean to the general person? This means that we need to look for hazards in and around our surroundings, fix or get them fixed and if not make it so that someone cannot use it and harm themselves until the situation can be corrected.

Anyone that knows my grandfather knows that his shop could be the so-called “poster child” for an OSHA ad. I made a point to walk in and just look around to see what OSHA hazards I could fin. Was I in for a shock!

• Extension cords and air hoses stretched all over the place
• Extension cords with cuts in them or pulling apart
• Saws and sanders without safety devices
• Nails and screws all over the floor
• Grinder located beside a saw that had sawdust on the floor

This is when I realized that if someone did not correct the issues, in the shop, that it was only a matter of time before someone would hurt themselves. Now my dad and I have a ritual. We walk into the shop, pick up anything that is on the floor, fix the cuts in the extension cords or cut off the end off of the extension cords so that they cannot be used until fixed, put the safety guards back on the machinery and sweep up the sawdust and any other material that may be a tripping or fire hazard.

I am amazed that someone has not been hurt with my grandfather’s shop being in the condition that it was. Being enrolled in the Diesel Mechanic program at OSUIT, I will use this training on a daily basis. I often catch myself going into different environments looking for issues that may be considered violations to OSHA. This is something that I would have never done before this class.


Rafael Juarez

Green B. Trimble Technical High School


I was introduced to OSHA through my robotic team’s sponsor. My robotics team was getting ready to participate in the first Tech Challenge 2016-2017 competition, but in order to participate everyone on the team needed some sort of safety education. That’s when our team’s sponsor decided that the CareerSafe OSHA General Industry course was the most fitting program to teach us about safety.

I originally through that OSHA was going to be a tiresome program that repeated the standard, run-of-the-mill safety hazards. However, as soon as I started the 10-hour course I actually found OSHA really interesting. OSHA has opened my eyes to how many young workers lose their lives in the workplace. On average, 15 workers die every day from job related injuries. After completing the 10-hour course, I can confidently say that OSHA has taught me how to be prepared in the workplace and how to spot and avoid dangerous hazards.

What I’ve learned from OSHA is currently being applied in my life. For example, I occasionally work with my father in home remodeling. Whenever I work with him, I point out potential hazards and remind him to wear his PPE, or Personal Protective Equipment. By being around the home remodeling environment, I’m able to apply what I learned from the safety course.

Safety training will remain important to me in the near future. My credential of completion of the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry course will prove to be beneficial whenever I start to apply to jobs in the engineering field. With the credential I will have a higher chance of getting hired since more and more employers are looking for employees with safety training. The OSHA credential will allow me to obtain a job in a very competitive field. As a future engineer, the OSHA credential won’t only help me get hired, but it’ll also help me stay safe in the workplace.

I’m very grateful for the opportunity I was given to take the OSHA 10-Hour course. It’s an honor to be OSHA certified and obtaining the credential is one of my greatest achievements.  


Matthew Giebel

Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical High School


Being a plumbing student at a technical high school require me to complete the OSHA 10-hour construction course. Completing this course has had countless benefits and will continue to prove useful in the years to come. From working at my job at a local supermarket to potentially working in laboratories, seeing my OSHA card in my wallet will remind me of the important lessons learned.

Before my first day working at my local supermarket, I made it clear to my supervisor that I am OSHA trained. I feel that possessing this training gave me an advantage over the other applicants. On my first day, I immediately noticed many hazards because of my OSHA training. Firstly, many slipping hazards were present and ladders were improperly set up. Immediately, I notified my supervisor and him and I took the proper steps to correct the issues. Currently, I am tasked with training the new hires in my department and I ensure to pass on my knowledge gained from the OSHA course. I make it a point to show the proper ways to use a ladder, proper ways to clean spills, and the proper ways to lift heavy loads. Additionally, I made sure that cleaning chemicals were properly labeled and stored, as well as had proper MSDS on file and most importantly, I ensured that eyewash stations were properly labeled and unobstructed. Completing the OSHA 10-hour course has proved to be an asset to both myself and my coworkers, and will continue to be effective in the future.

Currently, I will be attending Westfield State University and pursuing a career in the environmental science field. This field opens the doors to a multitude of different fields and I feel that my OSHA training has prepared me to work safely in any environment. In the future, I will work in a laboratory. Because of the knowledge that I have gained from OSHA, I will ensure a safe working environment. I have learned that proper PPE is the most important aspect of maintaining a healthy work space. I will ensure that proper gloves, eyewear and other forms of PPE are worn always. Additionally, I may be tasked with handling hazardous materials. In that case, my knowledge of using an MSDS will be used to determine the hazard, what PPE is necessary, and what procedures must be followed. My field may also take me out of the laboratory and refocus my efforts on conserving ecosystems. Being trained in the construction course prepares me for a multitude of situations. I am prepared for falling hazards, hand and power tool use and safety, ladder use, and electrical hazards. The lessons learned from completing the OSHA 10-hour course that will prove to be valuable in any career that I choose.

Having the OSHA 10-hour card in my wallet is not there for nothing. Every time I glance at it, I am reminded of the valuable lessons it has taught me and the countless times I have put my knowledge to use. Going forward in my career, I will continue to work with one thing on my mind – safety. Whether I am in a supermarket, in a laboratory, or on a conservation site, I know I will be able to protect myself and my co-workers. I will always be able to recognize and prevent hazards because of this course and I am proud to possess this knowledge. My OSHA training has proven to be my most valuable asset on the jobsite and will continue to aid in recognizing, preventing, and maintaining hazards.



Alex DuVall

Marquette Senior High School


My name is Alex DuVall. I am currently a senior at Marquette Senior High School, and next year I will be attending Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. I will major in something biology-related, with a focus on pre-medicine. I will also be playing football and basketball for the university, and plan on joining several clubs, so my life will be quite busy during the upcoming four years. For this reason, I enrolled in the OSHA 10-Hour Healthcare specific safety course in a class I took.

I plan on becoming a doctor in the future, and as a doctor, you are in charge of your patient’s information and making sure that information stays confidential. That’s where the section on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act really becomes important. This section helped me understand certain provisions about what information can be shared and what can’t. Also, who that information is being shared with is very important. Violating this law could not only cause a heavy financial burden such as fines or loss of a job, but you could also embarrass your patient and damage their reputation and your own. Knowing the specifics of the law, and following them, could potentially save your career. Another segment of the ten-hour training course was the one on Personal Protective Equipment. Imagine that you have a patient who is immunocompromised, and you’re performing a procedure on them, but you do not have the proper equipment on. This is a big problem, and you could potentially kill the patient. While this is a somewhat extreme example, knowing the proper PPE to wear remains important at all levels of healthcare and at all times. Overall, knowing regulations and rules regarding PPE will make anybody a better, more efficient healthcare worker.

I work at a restaurant, so we have several chemicals used for ensuring that the place is as clean as possible. I was wiping off tables, and I wondered if we had an MSDS for the chemical I was using. I looked around, and could not find one. I brought this to the owner’s attention, as we do not have a manager, and he said he would check into that. Sure enough, next time I worked, there was an MSDS for the chemical. If someone new was hired, they would not know how to use the chemical safely without this sheet. They also could have mixed another chemical with the one they were using and produced a very dangerous reaction. Without and MSDS, the owner was putting people at risk. However, once he was aware of the issue he acted very quickly. The OSHA course helped to maintain a safe workplace for me and my co-workers.

The OSHA course gives me a great head start to my career. Most careers in the healthcare field require you to complete this course, and I will have it done. It also applies to the jobs I am holding now, as you can see.



Abram Valdez

Hobbs High School


My OSHA certification card inspired me by making me realize how unsafe I had been before taking the course. It also gave me the courage to start a safety committee within my school. With that committee, we inspected the shop and realized the shop students were working in had a shortage of safety signs. The safety committee went into the shop and placed signs where they were needed.

I also now have an advantage over people who are in the real world. This certification card automatically puts me above those who do not. This will allow me to start my career easier and also shows them that I am aware of all the safety hazards and all the possible things that could happen out in the work area.

Before I took the OSHA course, I was not paying attention to all the hazards that could have seriously hurt me, or even killed me. I can now spot if someone is doing something wrong and help them by showing them the correct and safe way to do things. Now, when I am in the shop or in any working areas, I make sure to have safety first. The “caught in-between” hazards section explained to me how to either call for help or get out when stuck inside a hazard. What I really enjoyed about this program was that it is not like most programs that have long, boring passages you have to read to yourself. There is a narrator that will read the passages for you, making it easy to focus. This online OSHA program was interesting to me and kept me entertained. After reading a couple of passages and information, it then showed me a video over everything I just read. This video demonstration gave me a better understanding of the course material.

I included this point because this course really made me think about the other online training programs out there, and made me realize they are not all boring and depressing. This course had some very interesting videos of all the possible accidents that couple happen, and I like that it actually showed you the accident occurring. It not only taught me safety hazards, but allowed me to be familiar with real-world work sites. Now that I have seen some of those work sites in the videos, I can recognize them on the street as I am driving. It also taught me why safety signs are so important. Before this program, I would never pay attention to safety signs. There are safety signs all over my city that I would walk and drive by every single day. Signs that I would read and ignore because I never thought of that something going bad could lead to such a major injury. Now after being OSHA certified, I catch myself always looking for safety signs and reading them to make sure I am in no harm or to make sure I am aware of/prepared for what could happen. If I wasn’t OSHA-certified, I would not have a clue on how to prepare myself or what to expect.

This program also boosted my confidence on searching for a job and talking to business owners. I feel as if the credential gives business owners more of an interest in me and show that I am dedicated, willing to work and finish the things I start. I know  that a lot of oil companies require their workers to take an OSHA course and, with me having my credentials, it will save them time and money. This will give me a greater chance in getting to work for them.

These are all the ways OSHA has changed me and made me a better person by giving me great safety education. Thank you OSHA and CareerSafe!



Serenity Pearrie

Atlanta High School


When being in any type of work area, there are many types of precautions that have to be known in order to terminate the risk of being injured. Hazards exist In every type of workplace we go, but not knowing about the different type of hazards and how to fix them can increase the chance of being hurt. By learning and getting my OSHA certificate, I can now recognize work hazards, be prepared when in a work area and be ready in the future if any hazardous problems occur.

I am really thankful to be able to have this experience of learning more knowledge on different type of hazards and how to fix them while working through the OSHA program because I endure a lot of carpentry work with my mother at my house where we climb on roofs, cut wood, life heavy materials etc. I did, of course, know a few things about one’s welfare while working. But OSHA really helped me further my knowledge on the importance of staying safe, which only made me better when doing work tasks.

Before OSHA, I only knew some safety rules, but not all and not to a full extent. I would be working in a hard hat area with no hard hat, or be in an area where I needed goggle and not have them on, exposing my eyes to dangerous debris. But by getting my certificate, I now know the importance of wearing the proper clothing and gear to avoid getting burned and hurt and can recognize a problem and help fix it. With the information that I’ve absorbed from OSHA I can also help others that don’t know the proper rules when working.

The quality of my work has also improved in a positive response for my future. The certificate puts me above others that don’t have It because it shows that I am aware of all hazards and know how to be safe when working. This can help me in the future when getting a job.

Because of OSHA, I can actually say I am confident while working and when helping others work. I am more self-assured about myself and my ability to do things. And now when applying or having an interview for a job, I am less nervous because I know I have experience in something that the work force needs.

Overall, OSHA has boosted my confidence, given me better knowledge, and helped further my work experience. For that I am thankful to have gotten my OSHA certificate.



Wadad Elaly

Sullivan High School


My name is Wadad Elaly and I am a Sophomore at Sullivan High School in Chicago, IL. The career path I am most interested in is within the health field. I hope to one day become a pediatrician, which has been my dream since I was young. I want to be a pediatrician because I like little kids and I want to help make a good life for them. As a supplemental high school class, I took Intro to Health to get me started on my future. My teacher gave the class access to the OSHA website for extra credit. I could not pass up a chance to learn more and better my grades. I diligently worked on all of the modules and completed everything that was offered. This opened my eyes to the world of healthcare and the ways in which safety is achieved. The OSHA 10-Hour Training Course familiarized me with safety concerning the protection of myself, what to do in a fire, and how to be body conscious through ergonomics.

One of the most important things I learned through the OSHA 10-Hour Training Course was which personal protective equipment (PPE) to use in different scenarios. My teacher, Mrs. Evans, even brought in PPE for the class to experience. I learned how important it is to wear proper protective clothing for myself and for the patient’s safety. When I become a pediatrician, I will need to wear gloves when treating patients and drawing blood, respirators near patients who have TB, and full body suits, masks, shoe covers and hair nets in surgery. I will need to wash my hands thoroughly and consistently throughout the day to make sure I meet all standards of care. These precautions should prevent me from injuries and illnesses that may result from contact with chemical, radiological, physical, electrical, and other workplace hazards.

Another important issue that the OSHA 10-Hour Training Course made me aware of was fire and chemical safety. This is helpful in any setting-home or hospital. I learned that an employer must provide a fire prevention plan, fire evacuation route, and ensure that all hazards are communicated to employees. It is beneficial to know that this is a standard because it guarantees a required level of safety for employees. When I become a doctor, I can rely on my employer to keep patients and myself safe from fire and chemicals through proper labeling, storage, and information. Even though this information should be readily available by my employer, it is good for me to know the ins and outs of certain equipment like fire extinguishers. BC fire extinguishers are ones which contain sodium or potassium bicarbonate. This type is suitable for extinguishing only flammable liquids and energized electrical equipment. ABC fire extinguishers contain ammonium phosphate which is good for use with fires involving ordinary combustibles, flammable liquids, and energized electrical equipment. This knowledge will help me know what to do and which kind of extinguisher to look for if there is a fire. Fire hazards are very common and can be easily prevented!

The last issue that the OSHA 10-Hour Training Course made me aware of that can benefit my future was ergonomics. This can help the body by reducing fatigue and increasing energy. Ergonomics involves keeping the spine straight and both feet on the ground when sitting which is something I can practice in the present at school or home. I learned that all of us could significantly reduce our risk of injury if we adhere to ergonomics. When I am a doctor, I will sit at a computer charting patient information and will need to have proper posture to keep injury at bay. This will help me feel better working long hours. There will also be times when I will need to lift heavy objects by using the appropriate larger muscle groups to avoid pain. These recommended practices are already becoming a staple in my everyday life.

OSHA training helped benefit my future as a pediatrician by giving me the knowledge I need to recognize the hazards I listed to keep myself and others safe. This will allow me to provide the best care in my passion for healthcare and my work as a pediatrician. I’m grateful that ergonomics, fire and chemical safety, and proper protective equipment are all things regulated by OSHA and that I now have the information to pull from in case of any type of dangerous situation. I feel safe and supported knowing that I can report my concerns to OSHA at any time. All of these things will make me the best I can be in my field.




Tei'Asha Johnson

Alcoa Technical High School


At the beginning of my senior year I had begun taking a class called Mechatronics. This is a class dealing with machines and very harmful equipment. You learn about the basics of mechanics. The very first week we were told we would be taking the OSHA 10-Hour test. Of course, as any senior you would think “a test already?!” But as we began the test I noticed the test was actually to help me stay safe and teach me ways to take precautions. Knowing this, it was a lot easier to take and to learn from.

Before any of this training, I never really understood the importance of safety and all the thought, material and procedures that went into it. The OSHA 10-Hour training course has not only taught me safety, but has also helped me in another class I am taking. This class is called Clinicals. In this class, the goal is to work towards getting your Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license by working in actual healthcare places such as hospitals and assisted living facilities. This has helped impact me because, being in a Healthcare setting you face serious safety and health hazards. Taking the OSHA 10-Hour course taught me about bloodborne pathogens and biological hazards, chemical exposures, respiratory hazards and keeping good body alignment, which is very important in healthcare because it consists of performing repetitive tasks. Who would ever think the OSHA 10-Hour course would help you just when doing something as simple as making a bed? From that I can say it helped me by being careful when raising the beds up to make them, and even when lifting patients.

As a result of the training, I can go to my Clinical Internship and be more confident in what I do just by knowing the safety of my job. Patient transfer and lifting devices are key components of an effective program to control the risk of injury to patients and staff associated with lifting, transferring, repositioning or movement of patients. Not only has it made me confident, but I began to explore and use what I learned in the facility. With that, I found where we keep our MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet). This way in my internship if something were to happen I would be able to take the right precautions.

For instance, at the assisted living facility where I’m completing my clinicals, I deal with patients using precautions. The precaution signs are labeled with airborne, droplet or contact – all three very important infections diseases covered in the OSHA training. This means they may have a diseases for which I need to wear PPE for and be aware of. Without taking the OSHA-10 Hour course 1) I wouldn’t even know what PPE is, or 2) know how it benefits my safety and protects me from hazards.

As a result of the OSHA 10-Hour training, not only am I more aware of my surrounding when working, but I’m also able to keep myself and other employees safe. I find this very important. Some people did not get the opportunity to take this training. I would suggest anyone to take the OSHA 10-Hour course as it will benefit them in numerous ways and you’ll never know what employer will see your certification and find you important to their team!





David Martinez

Mountain View College


The 10-Hour OSHA training has impacted my life in the workforce in various methods, making me realize the dangers in my job and giving me the training to act and acknowledge the attitude that is needed to stay safe. I work in Standard Supply Distribution Center where forklifts, metal, copper, fiber-glass and sharp objects are dealt within my department of packaging. This wallet card is not just a piece of paper or certificate given to me but, in other factors, it has shown me the responsibility of how I should react and act in dangerous situations.

Every action planned is explained, from fire preventions, hearing protectors, PPE (personal protective equipment), flammable liquids, etc. The correct awareness and knowledge of the competencies for the first responder is a key importance that represents a combination of observable skills and abilities that contribute to the worker I am today. OSHA has taught me to take initiative in every workplace hazard. In my current job, I learned to always wear gloves as any incident can occur while grabbing sharp material within the warehouse. This wallet card has expanded my knowledge by even making me an Authorized Forklift Certified Operator. The benefits it has provided are phenomenal, from teaching me the safety of driving an LP forklift, an electric forklift and electric pallet jack. It showed me key points on how to be safe and be aware of my surroundings, and taught me how to step-by-step inspect the forklift before even getting on. This impact has brought me such positive feedback from my managers and supervisors as I improve as a worker and as a person.

I stated that the OSHA 10-Hour wallet card has not only impacted me as a worker, but also as a person in my personal life. The world is filled with danger from corner to corner. It has made me realized that I am an adult who is responsible for my action. Taking care of myself in the workplace and in my outside life has been a major impact, making me aware of the danger all around be and all the action plans I can do when these occur. My goals and aspirations will reflect on this card as in the future I plan to build my own company. Knowing the resources of OSHA and how it can make my workplace safer and healthier. Realizing the information that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides at such an early age, has brought great benefits for my future. It taught me how to take action from filing a safety and health complaint, reporting a death or severe injury, getting a whistleblower information, requesting a free consultation, and even the ability to ask questions online or through the phone. As a worker and student, I have improved greatly.

I started as a temporary worker in 2014 at the age of 15, going through the warehouse getting cuts and injuries from sharp objects and material that was lying around the workplace. When I received information from my instructor that we would encounter a 10-hour safety class to recognize the hazards within the workforce I saw no importance in it, as I believed I was well-prepared and taught. Thinking I knew everything in my job I believed I was an expert, but in reality I was mistaken. The class took me through a whole outlook of the hazards and chemicals that can be found around my job.

I came to my sense acknowledging the errors that were being made by me as a worker and student. I wasn’t wearing the right equipment (PPE) in the appropriate situations nor was I taking care of myself and the environment around me. OSHA has brought upon me a major impact, as I improved from that temporary worker in 2015 to that full-time worker who is well-taught on the safety of the workforce and the skills which every manager and supervisor seeks/ Giving me the opportunity to expand in the warehouse reflecting a good impression on my name and the adult who I have become. Baby steps have been taken taking bigger steps into my life learning how to walk and take care of myself as a person and worker. The influence of these classes made me recognize how I can stay safe reporting any incident to my supervisor and making the right decisions.

This wallet card is not just a piece of paper and certificate given to me but in other factors, this has showed me the responsibility on how I should react and act in dangerous situations. The impacts it has carried through these past years are very significant as a worker learning to maintain myself safe building a characteristic of knowledge in the workforce. I once started in a temporary position and now I have transferred to a full-time. The OSHA 10-Hour safety certificate has changed my future prospering with great benefits.






Melissa Bonifas, Blue Hill High School, Nebraska


Melissa Bonifas’ excitement for career and technical education comes from her background in agriculture.  She grew up on a farm where her dad also owned a welding business. She saw first-hand the safety procedures that were instilled in employees, as well as her and her siblings.

“Safety was always the most important aspect of [my father’s] business, as he never wanted anyone who worked for him to get hurt or suffer unnecessarily,” Bonifas said. “I fell in love with the idea that I could teach the next generations about agriculture.”

Many of Bonifas’ students have their first experience in a welding shop at Blue Hill High School; therefore, safety is her number one concern for her classes. At the beginning of the school year, students learn about general shop safety and must pass a safety exam.  Their safety and health education continues throughout the year as they learn safety principles for each type of welding process. Bonifas insists that students demonstrate to her the correct procedure to use each machine before they are allowed to use it by themselves. 

“It has always been my mission to provide educational opportunities for students to learn how to work safely, and to learn how to operate equipment in a safe manner,” she said.

Bonifas invites people from the agriculture industry into the classroom to share their expertise with her students.  It is an opportunity for them to get a glimpse of "real world" issues that face the technical industry, she said.  For the past two years, she has had a representative from Walter present a grinder safety course to the welding classes.  After the course, each student receives a certificate with the credits they earned.  Additional training from outside sources with their OSHA 10-Hour credential adds value to their experiences in the shop and to their level of success in the future, she said. 

“I try to use real world situations. I grew up in a welding shop and I’ve seen what can happen when you are careless, but also how devastating that can be for the other people involved,” Bonifas said. “A big notion in my mind is to keep them in touch with how serious this is and actively engaged in their own safety from day one.”

Bonifas has worked tirelessly with her school to replace older equipment, invest in personal protective equipment and make sure that her students have access to glasses, leather gloves, leather welding jackets and additional equipment. Last year, Blue Hill High School remodeled her classroom and invested in new torches and a MIG welder for the agriculture shop. Bonifas is proud that her students and program are valued by the community so much that her shop is now a safer place for her students than ever before giving them access to a variety of tools and gear at their disposal.

Every year in September, Bonifas’ students research safety for the home shop and farm and create posters that are shared around the school. Her students create and teach a farm safety program for the elementary students that involve topics about grain bins, chemicals, livestock, ATVs, fire, and shop safety. Students love sharing their expertise with younger children, and it is very rewarding to see that they have truly bought into the importance of safety in all aspects of agriculture, she said.

“Every student worker should have access to safety education not only from the school but from every employer,” Bonifas said. “Machinery and equipment can be replaced, but there is absolutely no replacement for a human life.”


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CareerSafe Takes Major Sponsorship Role in STOP the Violence Program 


January 3, 2016 – CareerSafe is pleased to announce our new sponsorship role in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) Students Taking On Prevention (STOP) the Violence Program Awards. The STOP the Violence program empowers youth with various tools and skills to recognize, report, and reduce youth violence. Through STOP the Violence, FCCLA members use peer education to reach other youth with violence prevention training, help others recognize warning signs of potential youth violence, and encourage youth to report troubling behavior.

“I am very pleased that our newest endeavor is continuing to bring awareness to the violence and bullying youth experience,” CareerSafe founder Dr. Larry Teverbaugh said. “We are excited to support students as they educate themselves and others in preventing violence.”

The freedom to communicate with and about each other anytime, anywhere has exposed teens to even greater dangers of bullying. According to a student feedback survey from the CareerSafe Cyber Safety Awareness Training series, 25% of students report having been cyberbullied and 41% say they have witnessed someone being cyberbullied. On a national level, 10% of kids have tried to end their lives because of cyberbullying (No Bullying 2016 online report).

CareerSafe recognizes the need to provide students with basic awareness training to respond to situations related to cyber safety, cyberbullying and sexting. We are thrilled to be sponsoring the 2017 STOP the Violence national program awards and supporting an effort that not only reveals the dangers of bullying, but focuses on proactive measures to preventing bullying. By connecting our training with FCCLA’s excellent resources enabling a peer-to-peer outreach initiative, we look forward to seeing a decrease in overall bullying statistics in schools along with improved student response to potentially violent situations. “FCCLA is thrilled to have the support of CareerSafe while we strive to provide excellent tools to equip today's youth as they educate their peers on relevant and serious topics such as youth violence," said Sandy Spavone, FCCLA Executive Director.


Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has more than 160,000 members and more than 5,500 chapters from 48 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. For additional information about FCCLA, visit their website. 




Sharon Singleton Named 2016 Safety Educator of the Year

October 20, 2016 - CareerSafe is proud to announce Sharon Singleton of Liberty Corner, New Jersey, as the winner of the 2016 CareerSafe Safety Educator of the Year Award. Singleton was one of five nationwide finalists for the award. Lisa London, CareerSafe Director of Strategic Alliances, presented Singleton with the award at the ACTE Awards Banquet in Las Vegas Wednesday night.

Singleton is the Structured Learning Experience Coordinator at Bonnie Brae, a nationally accredited residential treatment center that provides a home, treatment and education to boys and young men in crisis ages 8 to 21. An important part of her job involves preparing students for transition and discharge, including teaching them life skills such as teamwork, self-advocacy and building interpersonal relationships. While treatment is the most vital aspect for the residents, Singleton says she is striving to create more opportunities for them to learn various mechanical and social skills.

In 2008, while brainstorming ideas to provide students with increased job skills and employment experience prior to their discharge from Bonnie Brae, Singleton and her colleagues came up with “Brae Builders.” Brae Builders is a program where students go offsite to work with local Habitat for Humanity chapters twice a week, gaining technical skills, soft skills and safety training in the process.

Within the Brae Builders program, Singleton explained that young men who apply and are accepted are given the title of apprentice and then enrolled into CareerSafe Safety Awareness Training courses, while they begin learning under more experienced students in the program. Students who are interested in a promotion are provided the opportunity to complete OSHA 10-Hour safety training and receive the title of Master Brae Builder. Even if students choose not to participate in the Brae Builders program, Singleton strongly recommends them to take the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Course as it enhances their employment opportunities.

She regards safety as a top priority that not only allows the program to be incident-free after 100+ students, but also motivates residents to continuously make smart, informed life decisions.

“It is especially important because there is a sense of immortality with young adults and the workplace inexperience adds to the potential for injuries,” Singleton said.

As of now, the Brae Builders have built over 40 homes, and Singleton shared that the young men who have participated in Brae Builders are proving to be more successful than their peers who did not, recognizing the benefits that career and tech education are having on them.

“[The boys] often don’t have confidence, they don’t have self-esteem,” Singleton said. “They don’t have that inner voice telling them they’re great. And [after receiving career and tech education skills] they do. They come to me, and they’re so excited about receiving their OSHA 10 credential. They know they can be certified, that they don’t have to live the life their mom or dad did and can achieve something for themselves.”

Singleton also received a letter of congratulation and commendation from Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. Dr. Michaels’ letter highlighted the important role educators play in youth safety and in preparing students for their future careers, and praised Singleton for her dedication to these essential tasks. It is this devotion that has provided foundational safety and health skills to many students who truly need it to succeed, he said.

CareerSafe is thrilled to be honoring Singleton and is looking forward to seeing her impact on both current and future students. CareerSafe thanks ACTE for hosting the Awards Banquet, and sends our heartiest congratulations to everyone who received an award and/or recognition that night.





John Kelly, Blackstone Valley Technical High School, Upton, Massachusetts


Growing up on a farm in Massachusetts and spending a career in agriculture production for 23 years prior to becoming an educator, John Kelly understands the importance of workplace safety education. Over the course of a 13 year career and counting, Kelly began teaching as an instructor in horticulture, forestry and heavy equipment before transitioning to computer programming and technology engineering. Throughout his education career, he spent time as a school administrator, Lands Manager and Vocational Director and even interim principal but ultimately, Kelly’s true passion is teaching in the classroom.

“I have always had the passion to share information,” Kelly said. “I’ve noticed the rapid growth in high school and it is exciting to share knowledge and experiences with that age group. I came from the industry at age 50+ and had lots of experiences and knowledge to share with my students.”

While teaching at Blackstone Valley Tech, Kelly saw a need for a safety protocol upgrade within his program and others. He worked with a team of instructors and support staff to reform shop safety guidelines and standardized safety procedures throughout the high school. Safety procedures and courses are introduced the first day of school for every program so students understand how to safely and accurately use tools specific to their program. In Kelly’s own shop, students are not only evaluated on their work, but are also graded on safety and cleanup every day.

“Every activity in training stems from a safe and healthy learning environment – it is the foundation of the curriculum,” he explained. “Awareness is the first job in the classroom and points out what could potentially go wrong.”

In the first week of class, Kelly’s students set up generators and began working on concepts involving electricity with lessons on how to protect themselves and the computers. His students face a variety of safety and health hazards that are sometimes not immediately recognizable as dangerous. In the Information Technology program, students perform multiple safety projects that touch on ladder safety, electrocution hazards, eye protection, tool and materials handling, ergonomics and proper lifting techniques. A large portion of their safety training focuses on electricity and various tools and methods necessary for working on and building computers, including proper lockout/tagout procedures.

“There is a big temptation to troubleshoot and skip steps,” Kelly said. It is absolutely vital that safety be the number one thing we teach. Everything follows from that. While we’re not outside in an environment that is easily recognizable as hazardous, safety is still very important.”

Kelly finds education to be an extremely rewarding profession and says that all the work he and his colleagues do is worth it when they see their students move forward safely and successfully. He became an OSHA certified teacher in construction and general industry in 2006 and continually stays up to date on new information by retaking courses to renew his OSHA credentials. His students graduate with an OSHA credential which includes lessons with material from the Kids at Work federal program. Kelly urges his students make the most of credentialing opportunities and continue to always further their educations even after graduation.

“OSHA 10-Hour is a great start to career-long credentialing that proves the recipient is at least minimally qualified to perform a job,” Kelly said. “I stress that it is a start, to train in the future years by adding OSHA 30-Hour training or job specific credentials to a student’s resume.”


CareerSafe wants to recognize teachers and CTE directors around the country that are taking strides to educate youth in workplace safety. Each month, CareerSafe will introduce you to an educator that has been implementing CareerSafe courses in his or her classroom. These educators strive to make a difference one student at a time. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Rebeka Arapi
Taft High School


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was introduced to me through a CPS funded program, Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy. As a police and firefighter, working conditions can be very dangerous. OSHA was the fitting program to help us recognize dangers and how to react against them. After completing OSHA 10-hour training, I have gained more knowledge on hazards at the workplace and I will use that knowledge in the future to help me and my coworkers.

By completing OSHA, I have learned to recognize hazards by knowledge given to me through the training, and by always being observant of my surroundings. A lot of young adults my age are careless and do not think of the possible dangers that are around us. As I was going through the 10 hour training, I learned how something that seems harmless, can cost me my life if I don’t handle it carefully.  Currently, I work at a retail store, and I have to handle many hazardous materials and duties. I always wear PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) while doing my job. OSHA taught me to always be prepared. Moreover, I learned how to recognize and be careful with dangerous chemicals, machines and objects. For example, one way to recognize dangerous chemicals is by looking for the symbol in the bottle that tells the level of the hazard. If I am not sure, I can always look it up on the OSHA SDS (Safety Data Sheet). OSHA helped me recognize and solve dangers and hazards that I never thought of before and it has helped me be more cautious everywhere I go.

The OSHA training can save my life in the future. More and more, employers are asking their employees to complete training for safety in the workplace. That puts me in an advantage, because I have already done it. Thus it increases my chances of getting hired. Furthermore, as a police officer, I will be around hazards daily. Whether it is chemicals, machines, pathogens, or fire, I now know how to recognize those dangers and react to it in order to save lives. Having the OSHA card in my wallet is a privilege and a great accomplishment of mine.


Each quarter, CareerSafe will select up to four (4) students to receive a scholarship. Additional information can be found on the CareerSafe Essay Scholarship Opportunity page.



Corey Everett
Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School


Living in the household with my nonagenarian grandfather, it is important that there are as few hazards to his health as possible. Taking the OSHA 10 – Hour General Industry Safety Course has taught me that many of the actions I would have otherwise taken for granted were, in reality, creating a safety violation. Even a small puddle of water left unchecked on the floor could spell potential disaster for those who slip and fall on it. Even though the likelihood of any individual accident is infinitesimal, they accumulate to create a strong possible of eventual disaster if left unchecked. These potential disasters are completely avoidable – and therefore unacceptable.In looking for a job, many employers will need to choose amongst many potential candidates to find the best one. Should it come to an impasse between two potential employees, having extra certifications at a young age is a very attractive quality to prospective employers. An OSHA credential is generally indicative of a safety-conscious mind, and hiring someone with one as such is indicative of a safe worker who will do their job effectively and with great attention to detail.

In the IT industry, many of the standards taught throughout the course with construction work in mind do not apply. However, the StartSafe, StaySafe philosophy remains the same on a universal level. It has taught me to be mindful of my surroundings at all times for objects which may cause harm if I am not aware of them. In an Internet office, one potential hazard in abundance are loose wires and cables. Poor wire management makes for a poor aesthetic which diminishes any appearance of professionalism, awkward maneuvering, and getting cables caught under swiveling office chairs and – most importantly-  cables present a major tripping hazard if left unsecured. Before having taken this course, I would have never thought twice about the cables which lay strewn across the room. But after passing the course, I have taken the initiative to placate this issue. Cables are now neat and organized both in shop and at home. Any cables which obstruct movement are either duct-taped to the floor or else zip-tied together where applicable, resulting in a cleaner, more aesthetically pleasing room with little risk.

Ergonomics are also a valuable, under taught skill addressed in the course. Poor ergonomics will lead to a vicious cycle of back pain or even a deformed bone structure. This lowers your quality of life and reduces confidence. I always knew that I needed a better posture, but this course not only told me the often overlooked ailments which stem from bad posture – it told me exactly how I had to go about correcting them. Because of what I learned in the course, I no longer suffer from chronic back pain and no longer wake up with a numbness in my arms. In my bedroom and office, I have switched out a dining chair (designed to only support your back for an hour or two) with an ergonomically-viable leather office chair and have also made sure to sit with my legs uncrossed and arms on the desk. This has made me feel much more comfortable which, in turn, has improved my mood and my general motivation to get things done in a timely and efficient manner.

This is how I’ve incorporated the OSHA 10 – Hour General Industry Safety Course into my daily activities. I have used the knowledge from the course in order to lead a safer, more productive work and home life with greater peace of mind. Before the advent of modern safety procedures, the only standard was to more or less throw human suffering at a project until it was completed. Thanks to OSHA, this is no longer the case. Many people using the accumulated knowledge from having taken the course were able to take precautions which made the difference between life and death – for that, we should follow their example. 


Each quarter, CareerSafe will select up to four (4) students to receive a scholarship. Additional information can be found on the CareerSafe Essay Scholarship Opportunity page.



Elvira Marin
The Woodlands 9th Grade Campus


Going through the OSHA certification course, has given me insight into the world of work and what safety measures must be taken to ensure I am unharmed. Over the course, I learned how to stay safe in my future place of work, how to prevent injury in my home, and how beneficial and easy the OSHA program is.

For many years I have pictured myself working in a hospital setting. The program allowed me to understand the harmful substances around me that may remain unseen. Over the summer, I will be interning at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, and with the newfound confidence that the OSHA certification has given me, I am prepared to work in a safe environment. I now know the different gloves I must use in certain settings and I know how to prevent contracting airborne sicknesses, as well as blood-borne pathogens.

In addition to learning how to stay safe in my work place, I have learned how to keep myself and others safe in my home. Very few times when my mom would be cooking, I could see dangerous sickness possibilities. When it came to my brother cooking, he would sometimes undercook chicken and I was able to warn him of salmonella. It promptly encouraged me to pass on my knowledge to make sure that we had the correct fire extinguishers, clean utensils, and having an overall safe kitchen- where most accidents happen. Ever since the end of the program, everyone in my family is safer and my friends have also learned useful information that they plan to pass on to their families.

Lastly, the journey to my OSHA certification was very enjoyable and surprising. Walking into the program, I thought that the lessons would be long and I would be lectured to a point of falling asleep. When beginning the course, I was pleasantly surprised. The course was very interactive and because of the checkpoints, I was able to make sure I was paying attention. If at any point, I felt like falling asleep or if I zoned out, the checkpoints allowed me to understand what had just been discussed, without having to go back in the lesson. I learned a lot in the ten hours, and I would whole-heartedly recommend this program to anyone looking into a program that will benefit their workplace. OSHA and CareerSafe are both great companies and make the learning process as easy and comfortable as possible.

Through this experience, I was able to stay safe in my workplace and in my own home, and I was able to achieve my certification in a timely manner. I learned a lot and hope to learn more on how to prevent any diseases or injuries in myself and others. The program is an amazing opportunity, and by taking 10 hours out of my life, it was able to create many opportunities to benefit my life. 


Each quarter, CareerSafe will select up to four (4) students to receive a scholarship. Additional information can be found on the CareerSafe Essay Scholarship Opportunity page.



Louise Wang

The Woodlands High School 


Safety was never a priority point I had put in my life, however strictly advocated by my parents who both wok in the Engineering and Petroleum field (and we all know how strict Exxon Mobile is with their safety meetings). However, after I finished my OSHA course, I realized how my poor practices would lead to devastating results in the future.

A hobby of mine is design work, and I get regularly commissioned for custom designs in the fashion industry, which was a profession not covered in depth in the OSHA program. Even as such, many safety habits that were covered in the program were applicable to the daily events that occurred because of my work.

The first topic was ergonomics, which makes up the bulk of the corrections I made to bring safety into my life. While sitting at the desk, in front of the sewing machine or computer, good posture was the first thing I put into practice to ensure back problems didn’t hinder me from future work. While bringing rolls of fabric or heavy woods or appliances, I made sure to do it in a manner that lessened the stress on my body. While in front of the computer, or electronic devices, I made sure to rest my eyes and regularly look away, to prevent bad eyesight from developing.

Fire safety also made its way into my daily life, after I learned the importance of preventing accidents through engineering controls to protect people, and valuable equipment. Fabrics, flammable materials, such as wood, and plastics were stored in a secure, dry place away from potentially flammable objects such as heat tools, outlets, and any machines. New fire extinguishers were bought and stored in proper locations to accommodate the potential type of fires that could occur around heat tools and electronic devices.

I made measures to protect my own body from external sources of danger as well, wearing close toed shoes during heavy work, and gloves, glasses and a gas mask when dealing with potentially harmful chemicals, such as spray paint, fabric sealer, dyes, and heat sealing fabrics which could produce smoke with natural fabrics.

Pins and sharp objects found their way back to drawers, pincushions and penholders to prevent injuries or the spread of blood and contaminants to other people that could walk by my work area. Surfaces began to be cleaned once a week to prevent harmful pathogens, and any electronic device was turned off before they were unplugged from the charging outlet, which I made sure to clear a space for in case it malfunctioned and caused a fire.

While using the sewing machine, I made sure to change needles monthly to lower the noise level that increases hen the needle dulls against the fabric. When a pin or needle broke, they were put in the proper sharp object disposal container that would be disposed of properly later.

Many changes concerning safety were made after my OSHA program was completed. The program made me realize that practicing safety now, would benefit myself and others in the future, and definitely not a liability even if it took extra time to complete. (Quite the opposite, in fact. Cleaning time takes a lot less if everything is taken care of in the same instance in which it occurred.) Even with the industry that is associated with the least amount of hazards unlike construction work which was frequently mentioned in my program, I was able to implement the safe practices OSHA has taught me during my sessions. Because of that, my workspace has become a cleaner and safer place for not only me but for people around me as well. With actions like these that are beneficial in the present and in the future, I vow not only to keep these practices, but to help others around me Start Safe, and Stay Safe too. 


Each quarter, CareerSafe will select up to four (4) students to receive a scholarship. Additional information can be found on the CareerSafe Essay Scholarship Opportunity page.



Richard McPherson, Rio Rico High School, Rio Rico, Arizona


The four-year Agriculture program at Rio Rico High School is rigorous and expansive, led by Richard McPherson. McPherson says that he recognizes and respects that the agriculture field has many ways to harm a student in everyday activities expected of them, which is why he takes safety seriously each and every day.

“One mishap, mistake, or accident and a student or more can lose their life or get injured.” McPherson explained. “The students are in dangerous situations throughout the four year program and knowing how to learn and work in those environments is an important part of the curriculum here.”

The curriculum includes plant and animal science with laboratory activities in bio-security, sanitation, nutrition, environmental controls, husbandry, livestock and produce harvesting techniques. The program also includes agriculture building systems which expands into hand and power tools, tractors, construction and fabrication, welding and cutting, plumbing and other topics that are a part of the daily routine for a student in the program.

Because of the extensive hands-on learning and activities, McPherson requires that his students possess and maintain advanced safety knowledge and training, including OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Agriculture) training.

“The OSHA credential is the capstone of their senior year.” McPherson said. “They’ve been exposed to all the risk around the labs and farm and have gone through all the safety training but have not received the credit until that time. They complete the course in class as they begin to apply for scholarships and job applications.”

Each year, all returning students must begin the school year with a refresher safety unit that covers hand tools, power tools, fire safety, tractor operations, PPE, welding and cutting, food safety, and snake awareness and safety. Students must retake safety exams and their safety training records are updated before they’re allowed to work on or taught new material. Credentialing opportunities provide McPherson’s students the ability to show employers that they have extensive knowledge in various skill sets.

Over the last four years, the program has logged over 35,000 student service hours on projects. Last year, McPherson and his students took on the project of building a 400 sq. ft. chicken coop, which included working through the school district’s system through design, engineering, planning and zoning, floodplain management, and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality before it could go through budgeting and procurement. Their crop field and tomato hydroponic house donates 10 tons of produce annually and up to 50 dozen eggs per week to local food banks. Even on Saturdays one can find students at farmers’ markets selling their eggs, produce and house plants to the community while simultaneously instructing them on water conservation. Students have designed, built and planted raised garden beds at a local preschool and landscaped the school district’s elementary schools.

This coming year, McPherson hopes to come away with 10,000 more accident-free student hours while they repair and maintain their facility and commissioning their aquaponic facility, in which they will raise 4,000 tilapia and 419 strawberry plants as well as plant Gala apple trees and install 4,000 feet of irrigation.

“I have a philosophy that students will eat more nutritious foods if they know where their food comes from and that there is dignity in all work, but our biggest accomplishment of our program is 35,000 student hours that are accident-free simulating real world work environments including heat, cold, wet, dry, dusty, stress, and frustration,” McPherson said.

CareerSafe wants to recognize teachers and CTE directors around the country that are taking strides to educate youth in workplace safety. Each month, CareerSafe will introduce you to an educator that has been implementing CareerSafe courses in his or her classroom. These educators strive to make a difference one student at a time. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please congratulate our past winners!



CareerSafe Says #Yes2AgSafety with National Young Worker Ag Safety Day

October 20, 2016 - The first annual National Young Worker Ag Safety Day (NYWASD) celebrated the achievements of agriculture students and educators while raising awareness of ag-specific injuries in the workplace. Thousands of career and technical education students and educators participated in the NYWASD (#Yes2AgSafety) celebration at the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo this year.

CareerSafe’s founder, Dr. Larry Teverbaugh, stated, “On National Young Worker Ag Safety Day, over 4,000 ag teachers and students pledged to embrace safety and health awareness and practices in their schools, workplace, homes and communities. It is our mission to help lower the injuries and fatalities of young people working in agriculture. We are proud to advocate for establishing agriculture safety and health practices early in a young person’s life.”

Throughout NYWASD, the CareerSafe team, along with their partnered organizations from the Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture, created hundreds of new relationships and established fresh opportunities in increasing awareness for ag safety for young workers prior to their first jobs. “We’re working together across organizations, universities, and communities to educate the youth that will be leaders of our future and move the conversation in a direction that can protect these young people early,” said SAY project leader Dennis Murphy, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Safety and Health at Penn State. Students, teachers, and industry leaders were encouraged to sign the safety banner and pledge to make safety a priority. This year’s banner was completely full with signatures signifying a commitment to safety. CareerSafe distributed commemorative t-shirts and other giveaways for students and educators participating in the event.

Health and safety of youth active in agriculture are paramount to the well-being of families, the vitality of our rural communities, and the prosperity of the U.S. agricultural enterprise,” said Aida Balsano, National Program Leader, Division of Family & Consumer Sciences, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. “By supporting agricultural safety for youth, we contribute to a culture of health for all.”

The impact of NYWASD will continue to be significant as young workers enter the workforce. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), each year more than 2 million youth under the age of 20 are exposed to farm-related safety hazards. By developing students’ safety and health knowledge of real occupational settings, we can stop unsafe practices. "We want all young workers to have a long, safe and healthy working career," said Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. "It's the employer's responsibility to provide a safe workplace, and educating young workers about their rights and how to identify hazardous situations can give them the confidence they need to speak up and ask for the training and protections they need to be safe."

CareerSafe encourages both educators and students to continue to help promote safety awareness year-round through several scholarship opportunities. Students are challenged to create both safety video public service announcements (PSAs) and written essays expressing the importance of safety training. Follow CareerSafe news, social media, and events to remain up to date on opportunities to make a difference in workplace safety education.

Through collaborative efforts, what we do every day can save lives and lower injury rates for young workers. Remember, no job is worth a young worker’s life.





October 27, 2017 - CareerSafe’s 2nd annual National Young Worker Ag Safety Event, held at the 90th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, IN, celebrated the achievements of agriculture students and educators while raising awareness of ag-specific injuries. The FFA Convention had more than 40,000 attendees, with 5,000 students, teachers, advisors and parents stopping by the Ag Safety booth area to learn more about the importance of safety in agriculture.

The National Young Worker Ag Safety Event included participation from over nine partners. Safety in Agriculture (SAY) project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture, led the event, which also included members from AgrAbility, Agrisafe, Ag Health Central States, CareerSafe Online, Grain Handling Safety Coalition, Kentucky Proud, National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, Nebraska Extension, Penn State Extension, Progressive Agriculture and The Ohio State University – CFAES. Each organization provided a hands-on activity for students to complete, ranging from a tractor rollover demonstration to an “I Spy the Hazard” game, allowing them an interactive opportunity to learn about safety in agriculture.

“This is a great opportunity for us to not only tell our story about our program, but to also stress the safety that these kids who are just getting into farming can hopefully remember when they’re out there,” Linda Tarr, Coordinator for Indiana AgrAbility, said.

All of the organizations offered the chance for educators to win several copies of their safety curriculum. The teachers greatly appreciated the engagement, enjoyment and education that the event provided for their students.

“My students came back yesterday to the hotel talking about the [Ag Health Central State’s] ATV safety booth and going through here and seeing all the different exhibits, and they were really excited about it,” Amelia County FFA Advisor Margaret Jones said. “When I came today, I knew I wanted to get more information on it to expand and do things like this in our chapter.”

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA), more than two million youth under the age of 20 are exposed to farm-related safety hazards each year. By developing students’ safety and health knowledge of real occupational settings, CareerSafe and SAY hope to contribute to creating a culture of safety both inside the classroom and outside in the workforce.

“At this event, over 2,000 agriculture students signed the CareerSafe Ag Safety Pledge Banner, promising to embrace safety and health awareness and practices in their schools, workplace, homes and communities,” CareerSafe founder and CEO Dr. Larry D. Teverbaugh said. “It is our mission to help lower the injuries and fatalities of young people working in agriculture. We are proud to advocate for establishing agriculture safety and health practices early in a young person’s life.”





Jackie Uselton, Westlake High School, Austin, Texas


Jackie Uselton’s career spans 14 years in the health sciences field where she strives to give her students an exciting hands-on learning experience. She has always aspired to be a clinical instructor to teach students about career opportunities, college choices and how to be prepared for a successful and safe future. Uselton currently teaches Health Science Clinical Rotations at Westlake High School and is the program manager for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course which is an emergency response FEMA course.

Uselton incorporates workplace safety training into both of her programs in order to set a standard of situational awareness necessary to be successful in what can often be high stress, fast paced environment. Uselton boasts a 100% success rate in her safety training over the last 14 years and never sends a student out into the “real world” without workplace safety training. She believes that embedding safety into her curriculum sets the health and safety standards for her classroom and their learning and volunteering activities. “We always ensure everyone is safe. When I teach the clinical class that travels to the hospital, I ask them to write a paper about any unsafe behaviors they see while observing staff at their clinical site. In the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class, we discuss the buddy system and have them practice staying together while searching during a scavenger hunt,” Uselton explains.

The CERT course is partnered with the City of Austin where her students that are part of the CERT club are offered the chance to be part of an active deployment team which provides them opportunities to be involved in school and community events. Students have participated in hospital drills and exercises as role play victims to prepare emergency rooms for mass casualty incidents. Uselton is also partnered with the National Guard to volunteer for decontamination drills and the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport for mass casualty drills. Through all these opportunities, students are able to demonstrate proper search and rescue, disaster medical operations, and triage techniques.

Her clinical rotation students complete rotations at three different local hospitals throughout the year. They are able to observe medical professionals and are often asked to help lift someone, push a patient in a wheelchair, and even lift a gurney. To add a bit of cheer for individuals who might be having a rough time, her students help decorate hospital floors and nursing homes for Halloween and Christmas. “There are times during their clinicals that their OSHA training comes in handy or they’re able to point out safety precautions and hazards. It’s fun to see that they have absorbed the information and are applying it,” says Uselton. Each year, her students volunteer at local middle schools and teach the “hands only” CPR course to students. They also offer the CPR training to the entire community through their local library and strive to educate their peers on proper technique in the hope’s that one day it can save a life.

Her students’ community involvement along with the certifications and credentials prove to be invaluable when they are filling out their college applications and resumes. The addition of the OSHA credential to her students’ resumes has been a turning point when they are interviewed for jobs. It has given students more open doors for shadowing and internship at hospitals, pharmacies and other clinical sites.

“No matter how much we value the training that a first job can give to a young worker, there is never an excuse for a worker not to be supervised and trained in safety procedures. Our future depends on the health and education of our youth.”


CareerSafe wants to recognize teachers and CTE directors around the country that are taking strides to educate youth in workplace safety. Each month, CareerSafe will introduce you to an educator that has been implementing CareerSafe courses in his or her classroom. These educators strive to make a difference one student at a time. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please congratulate our past winners!

The Safety Educator of the Year Award, sponsored by CareerSafe, recognizes exceptional educators who have not only dedicated their time to prepare students for the future but to also help students recognize and mitigate workplace hazards in their chosen careers.

The winning educator will be announced at CareerTech Vision's ACTE Awards Banquet on November 30th, 2016. The award includes: $5,000 cash prize for the classroom, all expenses trip paid to ACTE CareerTech Vision, and annual ACTE membership.

Please read through the biographies of each educator and select the individual you feel is most deserving of the award.

Scott Burke
Geometry in Construction Instructor
Loveland High School
Diane Herndon
Landscape Program Instructor
Frederick Career & Technology Center

Sharon Singleton
Structured Learning Experience Coordinator
Bonnie Brae
New Jersey

Chris Stalder
Carpentry Instructor
Willcox High School
Karl Cabucio
Business Technology Shop Instructor
Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School






Sharon Singleton, Bonnie Brae, New Jersey


Sharon Singleton and staff at Bonnie Brae are creating opportunities for success in all aspects of life for their young residents. Bonnie Brae, a nationally accredited Residential Treatment Center located in northern New Jersey, provides a home, treatment and education to boys and young men in crisis ages 8 to 21. Bonnie Brae staff consists of specialized and highly trained clinicians, educators and residential staff who give individualized care and education to the residents who live at their facility.

As the Structured Learning Experience Coordinator, Singleton says that an integral part of her job is preparing her students for transition and discharge, including life skills such as teamwork, self-advocacy, building interpersonal relationships. Singleton explains that while treatment is the most important aspect for the residents; she is striving to create more opportunities for them to learn technical and soft skills.

The young men are given opportunities to gain some employment experience and become marketable in an economy where it can be difficult to secure a job. Part of the novelty of Bonnie Brae’s work experience program is that they are giving their residents a controlled environment to help build crucial skills (personal management, teamwork, responsibility, emotional well-being) as they learn and practice technical skills that can be translated into a job after they leave. Their work experience program is tiered to meet the needs of their treatment center but still create experiences similar to the real world. “We’re not just throwing them to the wolves and seeing if they fail so to speak. It may not be money related but it is still work experience,” says Singleton.

In 2008, Singleton and the rest of the education staff came together to think outside of the box to create a new program that would increase job skills and provide their young men with employment experience similar to the real world prior to their discharge from Bonnie Brae. Inspiration came following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina when Singleton’s father traveled with a group from Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild homes. Seeing the positive impact this had on her father, Singleton and her colleagues devised a program called Brae Builders. Students in the Brae Builders program go offsite to work with local Habitat for Humanity chapters and gain experiences with technical skills related to construction and enhance their soft skills to become more confident in themselves outside of Bonnie Brae. Within the Brae Builders program, Singleton explains that young men who apply and are accepted are given the title of apprentice and then enrolled into CareerSafe Safety Awareness Training courses while they begin learning under more experienced students in the program. “Once they finish the five-hour course, they receive a new work shirt in a different color which signifies they are journeymen,” says Singleton.

Students who are interested in a promotion are provided the opportunity to complete OSHA 10-Hour safety training and receive the title of Master Brae Builder. Singleton made the decision to use a five-hour safety training course as an introductory program for more in depth workplace safety training because many of her students are not working at their current grade level and have often missed large portions of school. “Without the knowledge of safety, we would not be able to say that we are incident free after almost 100 boys have gone through the program. Safety has always been and will remain a priority. It is especially important because there is a sense of immortality with young adults and the workplace inexperience adds to the potential for injuries.”

Over the past eight years, Brae Builders have worked with Habitat for Humanity two days a week, rain or snow, to help build houses. “It is an intensive program. This opportunity not only offers them the chance to learn some vocational skills, but also the incredibly important social skills that some of the boys are lacking,” describes Singleton. To date, the Brae Builders have built over 40 homes and has proven to be successful outside of Bonnie Brae. Singleton shares that they keep up with their residents at one-year and three-year post-discharge, and those young men that have participated in Brae Builders are proving to be more successful. “We are not a vocational technical school. We have to consistently work with students to keep their skills sets. I encourage those who do not want to be in Brae Builders to take the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry course anyway because it is broad across so many career fields.”

Because of the success of the Brae Builders program, Singleton shares that Bonnie Brae have expanded this concept to meet the needs and interests of more residents. Many of the students earn credentials in CareerSafe Cyber Safety Awareness Training and acquire a Food Handler’s Card in addition to their workplace safety training. ”It’s amazing to see how proud they are to see their credentials. They have completed it themselves, done this for themselves. It isn’t about me or their treatment…I want them to know that whatever they do here is for them,” says Singleton, “We’re trying to implement a ladder of success. The teamwork they form as a result and the willingness to aspire to be more than our boys thought they could be – will be our biggest accomplishment. It is a reality that they will leave us and we are [working to] to provide them with the necessary tools to succeed.”


Chris Stalder, Willcox High School, Arizona


Above all else, Chris Stalder, the carpentry instructor at Willcox High School, believes that each student who leaves his classroom should be prepared to enter into a career. “The only thing I enjoy more than construction is teaching it,” says Stalder, “When I first heard about an opportunity to teach students construction, I got really excited. Being able to teach others what I love is what drives me every day.”

Before recently moving to Willcox High School this new school year, Stalder was a construction instructor at Queen Creek High School. There, Stalder and his students were heavily involved in SkillsUSA where he coached his students to compete successfully at regional, state and national competitions. In his last year at Queen Creek High School, his students won state in masonry and went on to compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville. “We had a student take first place at SkillsUSA and go onto Nationals. We also took 5 out of 6 medals at our regional competition last year.” Each year, his students have continued to score higher on the Arizona CTE End of Program Assessments than the previous year and last year scored as one of the top schools in the state. Last year, one of his students ranked number one in the state on those assessments.

Stalder believes in giving back to the community and assisted his students in the construction and installation of 16 “Buddy Benches” around the Queen Creek campus that give students places to study together, enjoy the outdoors and watch sporting events. Stalder’s students donated time and materials to build Buddy Benches for local Boys and Girls Club in the surrounding area. The purpose of Buddy Benches is to help foster friendships and identify students who may not have a peer to play with. His program at Queen Creek High School also worked closely with the school's TOYBOX Program — a fully licensed high school child care laboratory preschool program that staffs students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Program — each year to provide learning experiences for the preschool and carpentry students. Last year, Stalder and his students planted trees on campus with the help of the preschoolers in TOYBOX. Stalder’s students also took work requests and traveled into the community to customers’ homes to build dog houses, storage sheds that ranged from 8x10 to 15x30 feet in size, and other construction projects. “They are doing everything from the ground up to learn every aspect of the building project,” says Stalder. Students are able to build customer service, project management and problem solving skills and expand on their soft skills.

Stalder helped his students take further steps toward their future career goals by allowing any seniors in his classes to sign up for internships. He has worked with industry professionals like McCarthy to place his students in a program that best complements their career interests and skills. Some of the internships are paid so Stalder’s students were able to save money for additional schooling or open a savings account all while earning high school credit. Stalder revealed that Queen Creek High School is partnered with Gateway Community College to offer several college credits that his students can sign up through dual enrollment credit. “They attend my class and when they complete the curriculum and state standards that I teach they are fulfilling the required standards for those classes. They simply pay the required tuition and get the GCC credits.”

Students who enter Stalder’s classes must have a foundation of safety before entering the lab for technical skills training. He puts his students through a demanding month-long safety training program which culminates in a written and practical exam over every piece of equipment in their lab. In order to move on to work in the lab, the student must pass with 100% proficiency. Because the industry requires OSHA 10-Hour safety training, Stalder incorporates OSHA 10-Hour General Industry safety training as a class project. The McCarthy division in Arizona has supported Stalder’s program and use of OSHA training because of how safety oriented him and his students are. “Safety is one of the biggest factors for me [and other CTE instructors]. It’s not about my kids being perfect – that can come with time. I want them to be conscious of what they are doing in the lab and how it can affect everyone,” he says.

Now at Willcox High School, Stalder will take the experiences and passion for incorporating safety education into a new program.


Scott Burke, Loveland High School, Colorado


Scott Burke at Loveland High School is one of the creators of the Geometry in Construction program that is now replicated in over 300 high schools nationwide. The program centers on the construction of a complete house for a local family in need while simultaneously teaching the students the entire common core aligned geometry curriculum. To date, Burke and his students have constructed ten houses and are currently working on house number eleven. A big part of the program’s success has been the safety track record they have accomplished over this time which Burke says can only happen by developing a comprehensive culture of safety where all members of the program not only buy in, but also accept that safety is everyone’s responsibility. Burke explains that this involves a three-prong approach that motivates to think about safety practices. (Prong #1: Safety consciousness and teamwork. Prong #2: Data consciousness. Prong #3: Practice makes perfect and peer support mentors.)

At the start of the program, students are introduced to safety training and must begin to understand the importance of safety and an awareness of protecting themselves and others. Teamwork exercises are used to get the large group of students to work together toward a common goal. All of Burke’s students must pass a safety observational test on all of the different tools and are accessed on how they interact and use the tools. With data consciousness in mind, Burke is able to talk about conditional probability as it relates to different career paths. He uses this lesson to apply real statistics from OSHA and the Department of Labor to bring more situational awareness to safety. “We can do this to a much greater degree because we are linking our construction classes to math class,” Burke explains.

Students receive hundreds of hours of in class practice, where they can apply their skills in a safe environment. In addition to the 150 or more students in his classes, 30 students return as leaders in the program and are trained as math tutors and enrolled into OSHA 10-Hour safety training. When their training is completed, they act as mentors on the construction site and oversee the work and safety issues that may arise. “Safety training starts on day one of the program and continues throughout the entire year on a daily basis. Beginning with teamwork, students are trained to have safety consciousness, which transitions directly to the construction site and all of the activities performed there,” Burke says.

Because Geometry in Construction is also part math class, Burke’s students are able to engage more with data and statistics than a normal construction class. While they learn about the sliding compound miter saw, the students will make eight chairs and one large ten-foot table out of 2x4’s. For their safety observational test, each student will have to measure, lay out one piece they are assigned to, and cut it correctly. Afterwards, the student leaders will assemble all of the cut pieces into finished projects. The projects are marketed and sold throughout the year and the proceeds help fund members of our local SkillsUSA chapter to travel to conferences.

The houses that Burke and his students build are through a partnership with Berthoud Habitat for Humanity. Every student who goes through the Geometry in Construction program works on the house for the family and gets to meet the family at some point throughout the year. At the Colorado Skills USA championship our students have won gold every year for the past eight years for their efforts in community service.

“We are a program about building people up in a world that so often tries to pull them down. Beyond building a house, our classroom is anchored to the notion about building up students and affecting the lives around you in a positive way.”


Diane Herndon, Frederick Career & Technology Center, Maryland


Safety protocol is established early at the Frederick Career and Technology Center and in Diane Herndon’s Landscaping Program. Many of Herndon’s students will move on to work in the industry and she aims to help them develop safe work habits early. She maintains a culture of safety in the classroom and reinforces that students should go home at the end of the day in better shape than when they started, both physically and mentally. According to Herndon, it is important that students learn from industry professionals as well. In the summer, an organization Herndon is a part of hosts a safety camp for students aged 8-13. Each year, Herndon has two guest speakers come in to talk about their mishaps on the farm. “One gentleman talks about losing his arm in the PTO shaft and the other talks about losing his wife when she fell off the fender of the tractor and was run over. No matter how many times I’ve heard those stories, they never get easier. Our lives can change in an instant, we need to take time and listen to those who have lost and learn from their mistakes. There is always time to take a step back from your work and review the safety aspect,” Herndon shares.

Herndon says that safety is an essential component to the curriculum because she is helping to train the workforce for the next generation and safety is vital to success in business and industry. Her students complete OSHA 10-Hour training and Landscape Safety (LS) Training modules for equipment they use in the classroom. For the LS training, students are required to watch a safety video, complete a checklist with Herndon and score 100% on their test be SAFE Certified. In addition to these required items, students are encouraged to make a safety video showcasing one piece of equipment. Students also prepare for their private pesticide applicator license.

Herndon’s husband works in industry as a facilities engineer and other guest speakers from industry have spoken with her students stressing the importance of having credentials and the fact that they may be required to obtain those certifications in the workforce and pay out-of-pocket.

“Students need to learn to be conscientious of their surroundings and the hazards that surround them. I’m trying to teach them to be proactive rather than reactive and to maintain their equipment to avoid mechanical failures, which lead them to take shortcuts and often result in injuries,” she says.

Each year, Herndon and her students plant a vegetable garden at school, which students care for over the summer. The produce is harvested from the garden and donated to the local food bank. “We are currently growing native pollinator friendly plants to give away at our upcoming county fair to help improve habitat for the local honeybee populations,” continues Herndon. Students in the program participate in an ambassador program where they attend local elementary and middle schools to talk about career opportunities in the industry. They have also partnered with the city of Frederick to grow and provide trees, shrubs and landscaping to be planted in the city while at the same time presenting educational programs on urban forestry to local middle school students. Students are also members of the FFA chapter and participate in local, state and national events through the organization.


Karl Cabucio, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Massachusetts


Karl Cabucio at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School believes that providing safety and health education is important no matter what CTE program one enters. “While the objective of a vocational and technical school is the employability of our students, safety is the single most important employability skill that we can provide,” Cabucio explains. He is responsible for the distribution and tracking of the CareerSafe program for his high school. For the last 14 years, Cabucio has required all freshman classes to complete the OSHA 10-Hour training immediately after their permanent shop placement and is pleased to report a 98% success rate for students graduating with an OSHA credential. Students volunteer and complete community service though their local SkillsUSA chapter. Recently, his school has been asked to work with at risk youth in the community to earn their OSHA credential.

Safety is a crucial part of Cabucio’s own curriculum in Business Technology because it can prevent injuries and even save lives both in the workplace and at home. The primary safety concerns he describes in his class are ergonomic in nature from proper use of keyboards and chairs, posture, and lighting. “We have adopted a training program that is tailored for safety issues in a work place. Examples of that training are proper lifting techniques, workplace violence, overloading electrical outlets, proper use of fire extinguishers, ladders and floor hazards to mention just a few,” he explains. Cabucio also assigns students with a safety collage project to reinforce their safety program and topics.

When asked about the importance of credentialing, Cabucio believes that credentials and certifications are another tool in the tool box students have at their disposal. While the OSHA 10-Hour credential is the first one that students earn, it is not the last. His students leave the program with national certifications in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School also has an articulation agreement with a local community college that gives students the opportunity to earn up to 29 college credits during their tenure.

Cabucio shares that after earning a BS in Hotel Management and a MBA in International Business he spent the next 18 years in the Hospitality Industry holding nearly every operational position in a hotel. He decided to leave the industry in 2001 and moved back to Massachusetts to attend law school where he was sitting in class on 9/11/2001 when the first plane hit the Towers. Over the next few weeks following that day, Cabucio came to the conclusion that the world could survive with one less attorney, but a great teacher could make a difference. From there, he decided to become a certified teacher and eventually the primary coordinator of the OSHA initiative.

“The one thing that I want my students to take away from this school year is that you can achieve success regardless of your social-economic standing, learning challenges, language challenges through hard work and perseverance.”


CareerSafe Healthcare Topic PowerPoints and Lesson Plans

Below is a list of each safety topic that includes a PowerPoint and Lesson Plan*. Select and download the materials for each of the safety topics that best align with your current classroom curriculum.

*Lesson plans are in development and will be added as completed.


Introduction to OSHA (Part 1)

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Introduction to OSHA (Part 2)

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Hazardous Communications

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Electrocution Hazards

Lesson Plans


Walking Working Surfaces

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Personal Protective Equipment

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Bloodborne Pathogens

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Preventing Workplace Violence

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Biological Agents & Infection Control

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Fire Prevention and Protection

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Emergency Action

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CareerSafe wants to recognize teachers and CTE directors around the country that are taking strides to educate youth in workplace safety. Each month, CareerSafe will introduce you to an educator that has been implementing CareerSafe courses in his or her classroom. These educators strive to make a difference one student at a time. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



January - Steven Cronin, Shepherd High School, Shepherd, Texas 

February - Tara Cox, Cypress Ranch High School, Cypress, Texas

March - David Boller, Carrigan Career Center, Wichita Falls, Texas

April - Sharon Singleton, Bonnie Brae, Liberty Corner, New Jersey

May - Chris Stalder, Queen Creek High School, Queen Creek, Arizona

June - Richard Dawdy, Wagner High School, San Antonio, Texas

July - Brady Duxbury, Chester Area High School, Chester, South Dakota

August - Monica Nichols, Judson High School, Live Oak, Texas



January - Phillip Cronin, Southeast Polk High School, Pleasant Hill, Iowa

February - J.P. Hancock, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

March - Brad Warren, Career Center East, Lewisville, Texas

April - Jay Eichmann, Clovis High School, Clovis, California

May - Eric Cooper, J. Everett Light Career Center, Indianapolis, Indiana

June - Ben Molloy, Central Campus, Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines, Iowa

July - Scott Billings, Twin Lakes High School, Monticello, Indiana

August - MaryEllen Brocklehurst, Eaton RESA Career Preparation Center, Charlotte, Michigan

September - Candy Douglas, Community High School, Nevada, Texas

October - Harold Lipscomb, Jacksonville High School, Jacksonville, Alabama

November - Renda Songer, Palestine High School, Palestine, Texas

December - Michael Miller, Fort Bend Technical Education Center, Fort Bend, Texas



January - N/A

February - Tim Brecht, Career Center East, Lewisville ISD, Lewisville, Texas

March - Casey Lee, Ben Barber Career Tech Academy, Mansfield ISD, Mansfield, Texas

April - N/A

May - Pete Dijkman, Skyline High School, Dallas, Texas

June - Brian Huston, Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools, Columbus, Ohio

July - N/A

August - Victoria Coney, Simeon Career Academy, Chicago Public Schools, Illinois

September - Denise Kimblern, Tulsa Technology Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

October - Coleen Keffeler, Sturgis Brown High School, Sturgis, South Dakota

November - Tammy Smith, Strong High School, Strong, Arkansas

December - Shawndra Harmond, Technology Education Center, Fort Bend ISD, Sugar Land, Texas




Linda Ward, Mecosta Osceola Career Tech Center, Big Rapids, Michigan


While Linda Ward did not always begin her career as an educator, she has always been and continues to be deeply involved in improving the cosmetology field for future professionals. During the time she owned a salon, Ward assisted in updating and improving the cosmetology program at Northern Michigan University before moving into an instructor position at Traverse Bay Area Career Tech Center where she developed her program into one with statewide recognition. Now she teaches at Mecosta Osceola Career Tech Center in Big Rapids, Michigan and is a member of the Michigan Board of Cosmetology. Ward shares that she has recently assumed the role of interim principal for her school while her fellow educator spends a year of active duty in Afghanistan.

As an educator and former business owner, Ward believes that safety is the most important issue that must be addressed and practiced in schools and in the community. She implements OSHA safety training with her own cosmetology specific safety training in order to provide comprehensive safety and health knowledge. “It is impossible for students to be productive, engaged, and able to learn if they do not feel safe within their environment,” Ward says, “It is imperative that students know, understand, and have practiced safety in the workplace in order to help prevent any type of accident.” Ward shares that safety training has made an enormous impact on her students because they often have never been taught safety in a workplace previously and that it opens their eyes to what can happen.

For the cosmetology curriculum, safety is a top priority due to the types of tools and human-to-human contact her students have with each other and clients. Ward’s program includes artificial nail and design, hair coloring and highlighting, hair analysis and care, manicuring and pedicuring as well as esthetics and makeup training. Often her students are working with chemicals and tools that can cause injuries if they are not handled safely. “Students work with all types of tools that can cause injury if not used properly as well with products that could cause extreme harm to themselves and to their clients. I want students to understand how to keep themselves safe and how to keep their clients safe as well.” With a safety background, her students are able to concentrate on their soft skills and technical education.

Ward’s program gives her students the opportunity to receive college credit in addition to the student operated salon, Touch of Class. Her students complete over 1500 hours of training within the program concentrating on theory and performing hands-on work. Students that successfully complete the program are permitted to take the Michigan Cosmetology Exam and become a licensed cosmetologist.

Over the last 23 years as an educator, Ward has been heavily involved in SkillsUSA; encouraging and coaching her students through competitions at local, regional, state and national levels. Across cosmetology, nail technician, esthetics technician and other events, Ward has had more than 94 state medalists, 42 national medalists and 2 international contestants. Ward believes that all of her students have demonstrated enormous success and shares a story of a former student who developed a passion and love for the cosmetology profession. She not only excelled in both theory and practical work but competed in hairdressing in SkillsUSA winning first place in local, regional, state and national competitions. Because of her success and talent, she had the honor of traveling to the WorldSkills competition in Germany where she competed against 32 countries. She is now a successful business owner and the chairperson of the cosmetology advisory committee where she works with students to inspire them to be successful also. “Walking into an arena and witnessing two of my students competing against other nations and knowing that I played a part in their success. Seeing my students succeed is what makes this job so rewarding. Students are working and making a living because of the training and service they’ve received here, ” Ward says.

When not competing, Ward promotes community service and teaching her students how to give back. One of the biggest community service projects her students organize is a luminary tribute to veterans of the United States military. They create and set up over 800 luminaries that are placed at each of the gravesite. Luminaries were also made available to the community for purchase which totaled 1600. The money collected was donated to a veterans home in Grand Rapids and to help build a veterans park locally.

She is passionate about her profession and loves that she is able to see how motivated her students are to learn all that they can. “I absolutely love being in the ‘beauty’ industry and working with youth. I wanted to pass lessons on to the workers of tomorrow. I am committed to inspiring students to succeed and become successful in a profession that I am so passionate about.”


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Monica Nichols, Judson High School, Live Oak, Texas

As the Dental Internship Coordinator at Judson High School, Monica Nichols instills her enthusiastic attitude and passion for community service in her students which provides them with an impressive resume and skill set for the future. “I came from the dental field and I learned best hands-on so I knew I could only teach them so much in a classroom. You can only learn so much from a dummy or student peer,” says Nichols about her decision to build a program with the expressed initiative to provide her students with an atmosphere that is as close to the real world as possible. This is the 7th year for the Judson Dental program and thus far has proved nothing but successful for its students. The program boasts a 100% success rate with students leaving the program with a RDA (Registered Dental Assistant) license, nitrous oxide and CPR certifications, as well as OSHA 10-Hour safety training.

“I feel like [workplace safety training] sheds a spotlight on them needing to be safe in order to take care of others. We don’t necessarily focus on [the students] personally at times and it does that for them. We show them how to perform a task step by step, and now we can show them how to protect themselves so they can help others,” explains Nichols, “If we don’t focus on ourselves too then we can end up hurting someone or ourselves.”

Nichols and her students are rarely in the classroom which is why she says that online OSHA safety training works well within her program because her students must learn safety precautions as soon as possible. They are exposed to a lot of patient to patient contact in the healthcare field for which she expects her students to give quality care, but must know not to put themselves in an unsafe environment. “We can only give what we have and if we’re depleted mentally or physically, we can’t do our job. You have to take care of yourself in order to take care of others.”

A vast portion of Nichols’ program is dedicated toward community service and serving those in need. The first clinical rotation for Nichols’ students is working in a nursing home where they are responsible for the dental care of the residents. With over 96 residents at the nursing home, students are in charge of general dental hygiene as well as denture upkeep and repair so that dental health does not fall by the wayside. From January until late May, the students continue their hands-on education in general dentistry, orthodontic, or oral surgery offices based on their interests and expressed preferences. Nichols believes it is part of her duty to seek out offices where her students will be able to grow and nurture their skill sets and interests.

With a fully functioning dental lab, Nichols and her students open up clinics to the community where they provide free sealant applications, teething cleanings and other dental hygiene procedures  for those who may not have insurance or do not have the resources to afford it on their own.  They enjoy providing these services along with free toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss to promote good oral hygiene. They have partnered with dental facilities locally and perform extractions and other dental procedures all free of charge while gaining invaluable training for the future. Currently, Nichols has many dental interns who are gainfully employed in pediatric dental offices and even oral surgery and endodontic offices. A majority of her students graduate and continue on to become dental hygienists, oral surgeons, orthodontists and many more pathways.

Nichols says that her goal at the end of each year is to make sure her students are armed with the tools for success. She shares that her program has a 95% employability success rate and attributes part of that to making her kids marketable with licenses, credentials and an impressive resume. “I believe that it is a great segue into college or a career. We’re moving away from just knowledge-based learning and it’s essential that on the job training play a role in moving forward. They have learned the material, practiced it, and now they can move forward.”


CareerSafe wants to recognize teachers and CTE directors around the country that are taking strides to educate youth in workplace safety. Each month, CareerSafe will introduce you to an educator that has been implementing CareerSafe courses in his or her classroom. These educators strive to make a difference one student at a time. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please congratulate our past winners!