Department of Defense Education Activity

Europe Student Academic Activities - CTE


Each DoDEA-Europe high school with a Culinary Arts Program can 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.

Educators Rising, Grades 9-12

Educators Rising provides a fun, interactive conference 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.


Future Business Leaders of America (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 Conference, 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.


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 JROTC: Ansbach, Baumholder, Hohenfels, Stuttgart, Vicenza, Vilseck, and Wiesbaden

AIR FORCE JROTC: AFNORTH, Alconbury, Aviano, Kaiserslautern, Lakenheath, Ramstein, SHAPE, and Spangdahlem

NAVY JROTC: Naples, Rota, and Sigonella