Kim Allen - CTE
Graduated Temple University, B.A. Art History, Point Loma Nazarene University, Teaching Credential K-12, Secondary in Art History, Home Economics and CTE Credential in Marketing
My work history qualified me for a CTE Credential in Marketing. I have worked in retail sales, store merchandising & design and had my own businesses. Some places I worked were Expo Design Center, Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia, and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. As a serial entreprenueur, I worked for myself creating custom apparel, freelance writing, and teaching macrobiotic cooking classes and as a private chef.
I live in the San Gabriel Valley with my family and 6lb Pomeranian, Fluffy. Currently, I teach yoga fitness classes and recently fell in love with Instacart and Poshmark. I am passionate about helping the environment and have almost never taken a plastic bag in over twenty years. Recently, students are more enthusuastic about helping the planet and are willing and excited to help in our classroom space. We have seven kitchens and over thirty sewing machines so it is a great challenge to be eco friendly. My goal is to be a model of how to do this in a "modern home ec" space.
In class, students are learning business basics and get to try out some strategies and ideas in projects.
Topics include: marketing, management, promotional mix, writing a Business Plan, entreprenuers in history, merchandising, financing a business, public speaking. Additionally, Business Management classes learn and practice culinary basics, resume and job interviewing. Fashion Marketing classes learn sewing and fashion construction and careers in fashion. Students can earn a ServSafe Food Handlers Cerificate and a Business Management Certificate.
Past Projects included: field trips to Louis Vuitton exhibit, Cal Poly Pomona University and Farm Store, Woodbury University and Garment District in DTLA. Students build and present a model restaurant or food truck. Presentations are sometimes made to business professionals from the community and large classes of 60-100 of their peers. Mock job interviews are conducted with business owners and TCUSD community members. Every year, students plan a holiday boutique bringing in vendors and students' booths for a three day event. Students have planned various fundraisers and sales events, hosted TCUSD groups and supported various campus and district activities.
#1 industry in Los Angeles is Culinary field. #2 is Apparel.