NOV
18

CareerSafe Teacher Spotlight: Forrest Hawthorn

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This month's CareerSafe Teacher Spotlight is Mr. Forrest Hawthorn of East Central High School (ECHS) in San Antonio, TX, who has found an amazing way to "electrify" his students' educational journeys. Mr. Hawthorn is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a career and technical education (CTE) teacher who emphasizes safety, including having his students complete the CareerSafe OSHA 10-Hour course . As part of his work to inspire interest in Science, Engineering, and Technology (STEM) ,  Mr. Hawthorn leads a team of students in the design, construction, testing, and development of competitive electric vehicles.   ECHS students participate in the Alamo City Electrathon (ACE), whi...
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NOV
10

Veterans Day: Honoring Those Who Served

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On November 11, many Americans have a day off work and school for Veterans Day. CareerSafe wants to help spread the word on why it's important not to think of Veterans Day as "just another day off". What's in a name? On the 11 th hour of the 11 th day of the 11 th month of 1918, an armistice—or temporary cessation of hostilities—was declared between Allied forces and Germany in World War I. One year later, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the commemoration of Armistice Day. Armistice Day became a legal federal holiday "dedicated to the cause of world peace" in the United States in 1938. On June 1, 1954, President Eisenhower signed HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day, and...
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NOV
04

We're Bringing Safety Back: 94th National FFA Convention & Expo with CareerSafe and SAY

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Each year, the National FFA Convention & Expo provides opportunities for students to learn more about who they want to become and how they can prepare themselves for the future. The focus of the event is growing the next generation of leaders in the agriculture industry.  This year, the   94 th National FFA Convention & Expo   returned in-person in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 27-30, 2021. The event had over 56,000 attendees , and CareerSafe was there to share the message of safety with them all! At the CareerSafe booth, students shared agriculture facts from their states, what they loved about FFA, and what they knew about agriculture safety. Additionally, CareerS...
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OCT
05

Cyber Hygiene: Top 5 Ways to Be Cyber Smart

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Technology has become an increasingly integral part of our everyday lives—it gives us invaluable tools for productivity and helps us be more efficient and connected than ever. Unfortunately, the very aspects of technology that make it so appealing and helpful can also make the digital world a gold mine for cyber criminals. With that in mind,   we'd like to recognize   Week 1 of Cybersecurity Awareness Month (Be Cyber Smart)   with some tips on cyber hygiene . What is cyber hygiene? Cyber hygiene can be thought of in much the same way as personal hygiene—it's about training yourself to think proactively about your cybersecurity, just as you do with personal wellness. Except, in...
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SEP
29

CareerSafe Teacher Spotlight: Bryan Lehocky

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During the 2020-2021 school year, educators found themselves faced with the unique challenge of delivering instruction virtually in the face of a pandemic. While there was an almost universal scramble to find the best possible solution to ensure no student was left behind, educators in places like career and technology centers (CTCs) faced the additional challenge of providing hands-on experience in a virtual world. The staff and administration at Beaver County Career and Technology Center  (BCCTC) , like so many other CTCs, had to produce a plan that was solid and efficient and would also accommodate all the districts and students within their area of service—no simple task! Staff at B...
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SEP
15

Yield Safe Results This National Farm Safety and Health Week

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The 2019 data for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the agricultural sector is still one of the most dangerous in America with 577 fatalities. Since fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week . This year's National Farm Safety and Health Week theme is  "Farm Safety Yields Real Results". In preparation for next week, CareerSafe wants to highlight some important topics in farm safety and education to help you know what to look for, how to be prepared, and how to respond to agricultural workplace hazards . Some impor...
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SEP
02

National Food Safety Education Month: What’s Cooking in YOUR Kitchen?

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The food supply in the United States is among the safest in the world. However, certain disease-causing bacteria or pathogens can contaminate food, causing foodborne illnesses, or "food poisoning". The federal government estimates there are about 48 million cases of foodborne illness annually–that's 1 in 6 Americans. Each year, these illnesses result in an estimated 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Luckily, following four simple steps to food safety (clean, separate, cook, chill) from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) can help lower your chances of getting sick!   CLEAN hands and surfaces often Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before...
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AUG
05

Stop on Red Week 2021: Driving Safety

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Every year, red light runners cause hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries, and #StopOnRed2021 , created by the Federal Highway Administration, aims to educate drivers about the dangers of red light running and to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes. But driving safety doesn't end with stopping at red lights, and it's something every driver should keep in mind every day—not just during Stop on Red Week. No matter how skilled of a driver you are, it's a good idea to review driving safety basics from time to time just to be sure that you are keeping yourself—and other drivers and pedestrians—as safe as possible. Below are some basics to keep in mind any time you are...
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JUL
22

Making Room for Safety in the 2021-2022 School Year

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One of the most important things a teacher can do to impact the lives of their students is to make their classroom a "safe space"—both physically and emotionally. This is crucial because, for students to learn, they need to feel safe. Physical safety has even been linked to higher academic performance, fewer risky behaviors, and lower dropout rates. Because of their daily interaction with students—and their positions of influence in the lives of students—teachers play an important role in establishing a safe, supportive learning environment. In fact, positive teacher-student relationships can have long-lasting effects on the social, emotional, and academic development of youth. So, how do yo...
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JUL
07

Play it Cool with CareerSafe's Summertime Safety Tips!

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It's summertime, and COVID-19 restrictions are starting to be loosened and lifted. If getting out of your house and finally having some fun sounds appealing, you're not alone! However, emergency rooms often see twice the number of injuries and trauma in the summer that they see in the winter—with the most common injuries resulting from car crashes, severe sunburn, water sports, dehydration, and heat exhaustion.  Although we've just wrapped up National Safety Month , safety is something we should always practice—so let's brush up on some safety skills associated with common summer hazards and make this a "National Safety Summer".  Water Safety According to the National Safety Counci...
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