CTE

Program on a Mission to Fill Trades Labor Gap Celebrates Career & Technical Education (CTE) Month

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

BURNSVILLE, Minn., Feb. 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Northern Tool + Equipment is celebrating Career & Technical Education (CTE) Month this February by supporting high school CTE programs with their Tools for the Trades™program. The program's latest project is a rat rod build-off featuring two high schools, and the students recently got special visits from their celebrity mentors.

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  • BURNSVILLE, Minn., Feb. 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Northern Tool + Equipment is celebrating Career & Technical Education (CTE) Month this February by supporting high school CTE programs with their Tools for the Trades™program.
  • The program's latest project is a rat rod build-off featuring two high schools, and the students recently got special visits from their celebrity mentors.
  • Started in 2021 to help address the nationwide trades labor shortage, Tools for the Trades donates tools and equipment to high school CTE programs.
  • Instructors get the right equipment to properly teach the trades and expose students to professional-grade tools to prepare them for potential trade careers.

NFL legends win big with weed at the BIG GAME! Super Bowl Champion Jim McMahon's Revenant Holdings launches nationwide THC smokable lineup with Texas based Trinity Hemp Company.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Revenant Holdings, founded by Athlete Activists for cannabis, Jim McMahon and Kyle Turley, used their NFL platform to rev up the game and launch a nationwide smokable hemp line of premium indoor grown THC products with Texas based Trinity Hemp company.

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  • Revenant Holdings, founded by Athlete Activists for cannabis, Jim McMahon and Kyle Turley, used their NFL platform to rev up the game and launch a nationwide smokable hemp line of premium indoor grown THC products with Texas based Trinity Hemp company.
  • The NFL media convention floor at Mandalay Bay hotel and casino was sacked by the former NFL superstars promoting their company and products in the growing cannabis space.
  • proclaimed one of the NFL's most vocal cannabis advocates, former Saints, Rams and Chiefs offensive tackle Kyle Turley.
  • Chicago Bears Icon and 1985 Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon, commanded the floor, telling tales of the Super Bowl's past.

FBLA and FCCLA Student Officers Advocate for Career and Technical Education in Washington, DC

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Reston, Virginia, Feb. 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Student National Officers of Future Business Leaders of America, Inc. (FBLA) and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) are meeting with leaders in Washington, DC this week to highlight the need for Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) in schools.

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  • Reston, Virginia, Feb. 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Student National Officers of Future Business Leaders of America, Inc. (FBLA) and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) are meeting with leaders in Washington, DC this week to highlight the need for Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) in schools.
  • Traveling from across the country to Washington, DC, during CTE Month, the 25 high school and college student leaders represent more than 400,000 combined middle school, high school, and college members of the two organizations.
  • “We are delighted to bring the collective power of our two organizations together to share this important message with elected representatives in Washington, especially as the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act comes up for reauthorization,” FBLA President & CEO Alexander T. Graham said.
  • The visits come as the two organizations celebrate FBLA Week February 11-17 and FCCLA Week February 12-16 to raise awareness about their missions and student activities.

ReposiTrak Welcomes Three New Seafood Suppliers to the World’s Only Operational Traceability Network

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

ReposiTrak (NYSE:TRAK), the world’s largest food traceability and regulatory compliance network today announced the addition of three new seafood suppliers to the ReposiTrak Traceability Network® (RTN).

Key Points: 
  • ReposiTrak (NYSE:TRAK), the world’s largest food traceability and regulatory compliance network today announced the addition of three new seafood suppliers to the ReposiTrak Traceability Network® (RTN).
  • A family-owned Alaskan seafood supplier with over half a century of dedication to sustainability and innovation, serving a global market
    A New Jersey-based seafood supplier, renowned for being one of the largest importers of shrimp
    “The ReposiTrak Traceability Network is the world’s only operating traceability network,” explained ReposiTrak Chairman and CEO Randy Fields.
  • “While others are just talking about traceability, we’re proud to be exchanging data and connecting new suppliers like these every day.”
    The ReposiTrak Traceability Network requires no additional hardware or software and the ReposiTrak team assists in making the connections needed under the new regulation.
  • Suppliers can connect to an unlimited number of trading partners and begin sharing data for a low, flat fee and there is no cost to retailers.

Toppenish School District Takes a Leap into the Future with Red Comet's CTE Solution

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

SEATTLE, Feb. 13, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Keeping with Toppenish School District's vision to produce superior college- and career-ready graduates by creating innovative and stimulating learning environments for all students, the district is piloting Red Comet's CTE solution incorporating cutting-edge technology for students in the alternative learning setting. Red Comet's comprehensive CTE solution is cost-effective and easy to implement, helps districts with College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR), and prepares students for in-demand, high-salaried careers.

Key Points: 
  • Toppenish School District Spearheads Red Comet's CTE Solution for Alternative Learning Environment (ALE) Using State-of-the Art Technology.
  • Red Comet' s comprehensive CTE solution is cost-effective and easy to implement, helps districts with College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR), and prepares students for in-demand, high-salaried careers.
  • Red Comet 's extensive solution using state-of-the-art technology makes individualized learning possible and improves student engagement, eventually resulting in better student outcomes," said Shawn Myers, Acting Superintendent of Toppenish School District.
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  • We can help any school district's ALE program launch a brand new CTE solution or add new career pathways to their existing program," said Red Comet Managing Director Dr. Jay Srinivasan.

Could flag football one day leapfrog tackle football in popularity?

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Once a casual activity played at family reunions, the competitive sport of flag football is “soaring,” “exploding” and “skyrocketing in popularity nationwide,” according to mainstream news outlets.

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  • Once a casual activity played at family reunions, the competitive sport of flag football is “soaring,” “exploding” and “skyrocketing in popularity nationwide,” according to mainstream news outlets.
  • There’s some data behind the breathless headlines: According to the NFL’s official flag football program, since 2015 the number of kids ages 6 to 12 who play flag football has risen by 38%, to more than 1.5 million.
  • In my recent book, “Emerging Sports as Social Movements,” I explore nontraditional sports like flag football and disc golf.

A fun, fast, safer alternative

  • Though its rules are similar to tackle football, flag football is currently gaining attention for what makes it different.
  • A “tackle” involves snatching one of two flags that hang from the hips of the ball carrier.
  • While players face injury risks, they sustain far fewer head impacts than athletes who play tackle football.
  • With the public’s concerns about brain injuries on the rise, many parents are opting for flag football instead of tackle for their kids.

The NFL cultivates the grassroots

  • Although it may come as a surprise, the NFL is embracing flag football and taking its growth seriously.
  • In 2021, the NFL and Nike committed US$5 million in equipment to support high school flag football teams across the nation.
  • Most NFL teams are currently supporting the grassroots of flag football with summer camps, clinics and regional tournaments.

By the numbers

  • According to figures collected annually by the National Federation of High Schools, 21,980 students played high school flag football in 2023.
  • To put this number in context, however, tackle football attracted 47 times more students – roughly 1 million players – the same year.
  • Though high school participation in flag football has increased steadily since 2007, almost all the growth comes from the girls’ side.
  • A nationwide sports participation survey finds that the number of casual players of flag football is up, but core participation is down.

Red sport, blue sport

  • Over the past decade, several studies have found a link between repeated head impacts and the risk for serious brain injuries, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.
  • Yet recent efforts to make tackle football safer for young athletes have been met with fierce resistance from families, fans and organizers.
  • In many regions of the U.S., tackle football is deeply ingrained in the culture, leading to strong opposition to any changes.
  • As beliefs about the dangers of tackle football become polarized, the perceived benefits of flag football will likely follow suit.
  • As I showed in a recent study of sport popularity in 207 areas of the U.S., flag football is more popular in regions that tend to vote Democratic, with tackle football more popular in Republican areas.


Josh Woods does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

ReposiTrak Adds Four New California-based Produce Companies to Rapidly Expanding Food Traceability Network

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

ReposiTrak (NYSE:TRAK), the world’s largest food traceability and regulatory compliance network, today announced the addition of four California-based produce suppliers and wholesalers to the ReposiTrak Traceability Network® (RTN).

Key Points: 
  • ReposiTrak (NYSE:TRAK), the world’s largest food traceability and regulatory compliance network, today announced the addition of four California-based produce suppliers and wholesalers to the ReposiTrak Traceability Network® (RTN).
  • These new members will efficiently exchange intricate, FDA-required Key Data Elements (KDEs) for each Critical Tracking Event (CTE) in their supply chains, ensuring proactive compliance before the January 2026 deadline.
  • "Joining the network now is critical for suppliers and wholesalers aiming to comply with the requirements of their customers and of the FDA before 2026."
  • The ReposiTrak Traceability Network requires no additional hardware or software and the ReposiTrak team assists in making the connections needed under the new regulation.

Children’s high-impact sports can be abuse – experts explain why

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

CTE continues to be a serious risk associated with high impact sports, such as boxing, American football and rugby.

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  • CTE continues to be a serious risk associated with high impact sports, such as boxing, American football and rugby.
  • The NFL has paid out almost a million pounds to former players suffering the effects of sport-induced brain trauma.
  • Each additional year of playing impact sports raises the risk of CTE, by as much as 30% in American football.
  • Academic evidence and medical professionals now agree that sport-induced brain trauma leads to degenerative brain disease.

Not suitable for under-18s

  • We are not calling for adult versions of impact sports to be banned and our argument does not apply to sports or activities where brain trauma might occur by accident.
  • For example, heading a football can result in immediate and measurable alterations to brain functioning and longer-term brain diseases, such as CTE.
  • The risk of CTE is far higher in sports such as American football and rugby.

Staying healthy

  • Teams sports can reduce isolation and help players to develop a range of social skills.
  • There are no health benefits of tackling – and there are no health benefits of being struck in the head.
  • Research has shown that incidents of contact during children’s rugby are the cause of cause of 87% of known injuries.

Inability to consent

  • Children are unable to make informed decisions about the long-term risks of these activities.
  • Our research draws on a number of legal positions that support our argument that neither children nor parents on their behalf can consent to sports that require brain trauma as a necessary component of the sport.
  • Some commentators have agreed that while high-impact sports are dangerous, using the term child abuse is a step too far.
  • Read more:
    Sport-induced traumatic brain injury: families reveal the 'hell' of living with the condition


Keith Parry is affiliated with the Concussion Legacy Foundation (UK). Eric Anderson and Gary Turner do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

Thousands of Students and Teachers to Celebrate FBLA Week with Events

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Monday, February 5, 2024

States and cities throughout the United States, including North Dakota and Virginia, are also officially recognizing February 11-17 as FBLA Week with proclamations.

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  • States and cities throughout the United States, including North Dakota and Virginia, are also officially recognizing February 11-17 as FBLA Week with proclamations.
  • “As our students look to become community-minded business leaders, FBLA is instilling in them vital skills, including critical thinking, collaboration, leadership, and community service.
  • We’re delighted to celebrate our members’ accomplishments this year and focus on their goals for the future during FBLA Week.”
    Sponsors of FBLA Week include Be More Colorful, BusinessU, Equedi, FICO, funds2orgs, Long Island University, and Men’s Wearhouse.
  • FBLA inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.

Oragenics, Inc. Preparing for Phase II Clinical Trials to Treat Concussion

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Monday, February 5, 2024

Oragenics has begun the final process of synthesizing and formulating the drug needed for its Phase II clinical trial.

Key Points: 
  • Oragenics has begun the final process of synthesizing and formulating the drug needed for its Phase II clinical trial.
  • We are excited to get the Phase II clinical trials underway,” commented Dr. James “Jim” Kelly, Neurologist and Executive Director of the Marcus Institute of Brain Health and an advisor on the planned phase II trial.
  • The drug has a large safety margin between dosages used in the animal toxicology program and those used in the Phase I study and planned for the upcoming Phase II clinical trial.
  • Post concussion syndrome is linked to long term disability and occurs in as high as 20% of concussed patients.