1st Round – Portfolio Presentations (20 minutes)

Students present/highlight portfolio to a panel of judges (10-15 minutes). Students answer questions about their personal experience in CIBACS and answer clarifying questions concerning the portfolio.

FasTrak Product Presentation Explanation

The product is a representation of what the student has learned at the work site. Often, the student’s imagination is a key element in creating an effective product because some jobs don’t seem to lend themselves to visual representations of what is done during the job.

While posters can be part of a product, the student should have more than just a simple poster. The student may incorporate other visuals in addition to a poster, such as movies, banners, charts, diagrams, pamphlets, newsletters, menus, brochures, and any number of other possibilities. A list of product ideas will be given to the students.

The mentor and the teacher should act as guides for the students who are unsure about what to create, but it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to come up with an idea.

Not only does this product count as a major grade for the class, but it is also what the student will be presenting to the judges at the FasTrak competition, and it is a major part of the portfolio. The student should invest several hours in the creation of the product and in the rehearsal of the portfolio presentation.

The most often repeated advice given by former CIBACS students about the junior year is DON’T PROCRASTINATE. This is an extremely important assignment and one through which you can express your resourcefulness and creativity. It could also be quite useful as practice for a career. The student should plan well, ask for advice from the teacher, and invest time in making the product look professional.

Portfolio and Product Presentation Grading Criteria

Teachers will grade the product and portfolio content while Judges will grade presentation.

  1. Informative: The product and portfolio should clearly represent what the student learned during the work experience. Details and specifics should be evident.
  2. Professional in Appearance: The portfolio and product should look attractive, neat, and visually appealing. For example, a poster should have clear and concise lettering; a video should be edited professionally; written documents should be displayed on poster board, overheads, or PowerPoint (main points only).
  3. Mechanically Correct: There should be no errors in punctuation, grammar, and spelling, and sentence structure should be correct.
    Creative: Stretch beyond the norm and use original thought to make the product.
  4. Demonstrates Evidence of Knowledge Gained: The portfolio and presentation should demonstrate student learning about a career.
  5. Demonstrates Evidence of Internship Experience: The portfolio and presentation should contain evidence of the student being at a job site learning from a mentor.
  6. Evidence of Product Creation: The portfolio and presentation should demonstrate stages of product development which were completed over several weeks.

2nd Round – Group Interviews (20-25 minutes)

Students compete in a group interview format for a job at a given business. One student wins the position.

Group Interview Explanation

About six students are interviewed at the same time by a panel of two or three judges. Students are told the job for which they are interviewing and are instructed to research the company and prepare for the job. Practice interviews are also part of a class assignment. On presentation day judges begin by asking the students to talk about themselves. After all the students have done this, they ask a different question to each student in the group. Questions are mostly taken from a list of about fifty common interview questions. After about three or four questions for each student, the judges choose one person to award the job.

Important Handouts
Sample Interview Questions
FasTrack Round 1 Judging Rubric
FasTrack Round 2 Judging Rubric

Presentation/Project Pictures