Department of Defense Education Activity

Europe Student Academic Activities - CTE

CTE Student Activities in DoDEA-Europe offer opportunities for students to apply their career skills in events that expand their knowledge. Current CTE Student Academic Activities include:

  • CAFÉ
  • Educators Rising
  • FBLA

CAFÉ (Culinary Arts Festival Europe)
Grades 10-12

Each DoDEA-Europe high school with a Culinary Arts Program has the opportunity to participate in CAFÉ. Teams will follow the competition rules provided by DoDEA, with the event being standards-based and relevant to the culinary competencies. Coached by their school chefs, teams will demonstrate their culinary knowledge, skills, and creative abilities necessary to obtain employment in the hospitality industry. This event also focuses on the entrepreneurial spirit of the hospitality industry. A school team will work together to create and present products and restaurant concepts. Teams may prepare by working with industry mentors to enhance their skills and product development. A cultural dining experience is also planned in conjunction with the event. Registration fees for food, lodging, and mementos do not exceed $250. The location of the February 2021 event is TBD.

Educators Rising
Grades 9-12

Educators Rising provides a fun, interactive seminar for students who are interested in careers in education. Leading educators from DoDEA-Europe and the United States present teaching and learning strategies in sessions of choice. Activities are geared to motivate and inspire aspiring educators. Schools must have a local Educators Rising Chapter to send a delegation to this event. The European Educators Rising conference is held at the Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch, Germany in late January. Student registration: $250.00 covers lodging, meals, an outdoor activity, and materials. Any costs over $250 will be paid through chapter fundraising.

Future Educators Association 

Future Business Leaders of America
Grades -9-12

FBLA students strive to develop personal and professional skills that will support their college and career aspirations. The Student Leadership Connection in Garmisch, Germany in April features seminars on public speaking, leadership techniques, organizational skills, ethics, education/career guidance, and research and analysis of business and world events related to the relevancy of a high school student. During the face-to-face event in Garmisch, participants are engaged in competitions ranging from audio visual presentations to web design. Students manage and present the conference sessions while representing their local chapters as state level officers. An intensive business-style recruitment and interview process hires the new State FBLA Officers, who then begin the yearlong planning and development process for the next Student Leadership Connection. Attendance at the Student Leadership Connection is highly recommended for aspiring Local and State Officer Candidates. A registration fee of $250 covers meals, lodging, and materials. Any costs in excess of this amount will be paid by chapter fund-raising.

JROTC Drill Competition
Grades 9-12

Cadets compete in two general categories of Regulation Drill and Exhibition Drill with judging in 7 different events. There are no registration fees for these events. Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, or JROTC, is designed to teach high school students the values of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment, while instilling in self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline. The program prepares high school students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens.  JROTC is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school, and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that will benefit the student, community, and nation.

The programs of three services, Army, Air Force and Navy, are offered at 18 high schools in DoDEA Europe. Breakdown by service follows:

Army Air Force Navy
  • Ansbach
  • Baumholder
  • Hohenfels
  • Stuttgart
  • Vicenza
  • Vilseck
  • Wiesbaden
  • Alconbury
  • Aviano
  • Kaiserslautern
  • Lakenheath
  • Ramstein
  • Spangdahlem
  • Naples
  • Rota
  • Sigonella

Please contact your school's main office for more information.