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FBLA: Competing in the International Market
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Thursday, October 28, 2021





October 28, 2021

SMJUHSD Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Business & Technology students at SMHS & PVHS and Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce (SMVCC) recently joined forces for a virtual meeting entitled “Competing in the International Market; Santa Maria Style”.

Megan Cullen, Owner - SYV Consulting & Marketing was the speaker and Alex Castillo, Events and Special Projects Manager was the SMVCC Coordinator and Collaborator with Cindy Quaid, SMHS FBLA/Business & Technology Department Chair.

More than 150 students participated and gained first-hand knowledge in Global Trade via Zoom along with others on large classroom screens during their third period classes, according to Quaid.

“I never knew there were so many career opportunities in global trade and I am hoping to learn more,” said Graciela Lopez, 12th grade SMHS.

“I was really impressed with Ms. Cullen’s passion and the fact that she knew five languages was also very impressive,’’ said Elizabeth Sanchez, 11th grade, SMHS.

“This speaker has enhanced my thoughts about careers outside of the U.S and additional opportunities,’’ said Anahi Santiago, 11th grade, SMHS.

Cullen grew up in Europe and began her work in international trade processing letters of credit at a lumber exporting, woman-owned business in Portland, OR. In California, she has worked as the international sales manager for a rescue equipment company and a scientific equipment manufacturer, managing company sales and distribution to a network of distributors worldwide selling to universities, research institutions and governmental agencies worldwide. Cullen has a BA in Foreign Languages and serves as the Treasurer and Vice Chair for the Central Coast District Export Council of Southern California.

SMHS and PVHS have many business pathway options for students to enroll in: Entrepreneurship/Self-Employment, Financial Services, Information Support & Services, and Software, Systems & Development, Quaid said. All students enrolled in one of the above CTE Pathways are now an active Future Business Leaders of America and can fully participate in the national organizations many competitive events and state projects, Quaid added.

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