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2016 HOSA ILC: Innovate. Inspire. Ignite.

June 22nd, 2016

2015-2016 State HOSA OfficersThe 2016 HOSA International Leadership Conference begins today and continues through Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. The 39th Annual Conference will bring together more than 9,000 delegates, advisors, and special guests from 50 states and territories to experience HOSA at its absolute best.

Educational Symposium Schedule
Interactive Workshop Schedule
Conference Guide | PDF | Interactive Flip Book

Join the conference by watching the live stream.

Get the HOSA National Leadership Conference app. The app is free and is available on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

Twitter: @NationalHOSA
Facebook: @NationalHOSA
YouTube: NationalHOSA

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Anaheim, California to compete at the HOSA National Leadership Conference.

“There are many ways to ignite your HOSA passion, but the ultimate way
is to join the celebration in Nashville.”
—Amit Sandhu, National HOSA President


SkillsUSA Utah Members to Compete in Louisville

June 20th, 2016

General NLSC photoSkillsUSA Utah  student members and state advisors have arrived in Louisville, Kentucky to attend the 2016 SkillsUSA 52nd National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). The NLSC will showcase the best SkillsUSA members in the nation. More than 16,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and business partners are expected to participate in the event. More than 6,000 students will compete in 100 hands-on skill and leadership competitions.

Join the conference by watching a live stream of the opening ceremony, competitive events, and the awards ceremony, beginning Tuesday, June 21.

Opening Ceremony: Tuesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. EDT
Student Community Service Projects: Tuesday, June 21 – Thursday, June 23
Competitive Events: Wednesday, June 22 – Thursday, June 23 at 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT
SkillsUSA Night/Awards Ceremony: Friday, June 24 at 6 p.m. EDT

View: Conference Agenda
Twitter: @SkillsUSA
Facebook: SkillsUSA
YouTube: SkillsUSA
Snapchat: @SkillsUSAsnap

Get: SkillsUSA National Conference App

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Louisville, Kentucky to compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

SkillsUSA: Champions at Work



41 Utah CTE Students Graduate from UAP Program

May 23rd, 2016

IMG_2294Last week, 41 Utah Career and Technical Education (CTE) students graduated from the Utah Aerospace Pathways (UAP) program with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing. Each student entered the program in September 2015, where they completed 156 hours of classroom instruction before participating in a paid internship with one of five aerospace partners—Albany (formerly Harris), Boeing, Hexcel, Janicki, and Orbital ATK.

By completing the UAP program, along with passing pre-employment requirements, these 41 students are now certified to begin work with one of the aerospace partners in Utah. Not only will the students begin work at a family-sustaining wage, but many of the industry partners have agreed to provide tuition reimbursements after a minimum of one year working for the company. If the student prefers, they can pursue training within their company and work their way up there.

Congratulations to the first class of UAP graduates from Granite School District and Davis School District, who were honored at a ceremony at the Utah State Capitol in the Hall of Governors.

Read what graduates are saying about the UPA program:

Jessica Ericksen photo“Through this program, I have learned about composites and my desired field within my aerospace internship. I have learned how to build, machine, measure, clean, and process each part in its entirety. Before I began [this internship], my heart was set on going into architectural design. However, this experience has completely changed that and I couldn’t be happier to go into aerospace. This has been such a wonderful and helpful experience.”

—Jessica Ericksen, Janicki Industries Internship

“This is one part of my career pursuit that had quite the effect on me and the way I viewed the industries in particular. As I chose to pursue the composites engineering, woodworking, machining, math, and automotive pathways the more I came to notice how woven together the industry is, and that by mastering the technical processes of an entire industry.

—John Snarr, Janicki Industries Internship

Matthew Roe photo“Through this opportunistic experience, I’ve learned through first-hand reality what it feels like to be involved in this companies manufacturing process, and even surrounded by the success and challenges that are to be met or found in the engineering technological worlds. There’s not a better reassuring thought then to actually see what it would be like to pursue the career of a little boy’s dreams.”

—Matthew Roe, Orbital ATK Internship


“During my internship at Boeing, I’ve learned a lot about the process of assembly of the airplane and the hard work and dedication to make a perfect product. The experience has given me a further interest in aerospace and mechanical engineering and has further confirmed my desires to pursue a career in STEM.”

—Emma Vanderhoeven, Boeing Internship

Denisse Martinez photo“This year I had a once in a lifetime opportunity. A new program was [launched]: Utah Aerospace Pathways. As soon as I [found out] about the program I signed up and enrolled. I’ve had the opportunity to learn how to operate some of the basic machines like the manual mill, the manual lathe, and see how the CNC mill and the lathe operate. I’m excited to begin my engineering career while still in high school!”

—Denisse Martinez, Hexcel Internship


On September, 4, 2015, Governor Gary R. Herbert announced the Utah Aerospace Pathways (UAP) program saying, “The creation of the Utah Aerospace Pathways program will benefit Utah students for generations to come. This is among the first time industry partners and K-12 educators are working closely together to directly address their workforce needs in the state.

The Utah Aerospace Pathways program provides Utah students the opportunity to graduate from high school with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing and begin an aerospace manufacturing career. This unique program has brought aerospace industry representatives, education leaders, and together in an unprecedented collaboration.

Never Ending Progression

May 18th, 2016

photo 5Never ending progression, it sounds daunting, useless, and impractical. But for kids with major disabilities, this perfectly describes their life’s circumstances. I’m Whitney Boyce. In the spring of 2016 I completed a CTE Internship at Logan Regional Hospital in the field of pediatric rehabilitation.

The progression that these children accomplish in just a week or two has amazed me. I feel fortunate to have been able to experience this career field and grow to understand the patients I have observed. I have been able to follow some children, these past couple of months, and track their amazing progress. They set small goals, but it is miraculous when they achieve it. Whether it is standing for five seconds by themselves, or being able to walk at a normal pace for fifteen minutes, it is all amazing.

photo 3Because of this internship I have developed skills in patience, sympathy, and determination. These children have taught me so much about life and how to overcome challenges. While their circumstances are extreme, so is their determination. It is very evident that their progression is controlled entirely by them. Likewise, it is completely up to each of us what we accomplish. It is always so discouraging when a child comes in for their appointment and they simply have no desire to work that day. I have seen one boy go from only walking three steps to walking the distance of the room by himself in only two weeks. On the other hand, I have seen a boy sit on a bench with his lip out and his arms folded during the entire appointment. Physical strength and development is a lot of pressure to put on small children, but pediatric physical therapy makes this feat more manageable for the child and parents.

As I pursue a career in pediatrics I will often look to this experience for guidance. This career offers a lot of what I am looking for in my future career. As I continue in this internship I may find that it offers exactly what I want. BreeAnn Allred, the therapist, has taught me so much and has been extremely willing to answer every question. We often spend fifteen minutes after a patients [appointment] discussing them and their progression. I also appreciate every single child I have been able to observe and work with. They push me every day and have forced me to do a lot of things out of my comfort zone. I hope after this internship I will continue to push myself to reach out to others and grow from their experiences and my own.


Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise is one of ten Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Health Science Education program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Students Participate in 9th Annual Career Days

May 17th, 2016



As part of Career Days there was an information scavenger hunt contest for students to participate in. The prize for the winners of the scavenger hunt, in each of the four Career Days sessions, was a GoPro bundle. In order to qualify for the contest, participants needed to find the answers to questions that were on signs at each of the Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC) Department booths. There were also questions that students had to observe or ask someone in order to find the answer. Over 4,000 students participated in the contest.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Lillian AubleAlice C. Harris Intermediate School

Lillian Auble_Alice Harris Intermediate






Kali RichardsSouth Cache 8-9 Center

Kali Richards_South Cache





Yessenia TovarSpring Creek Middle School

Yessenia Tovar_Spring Creek





Brynn WellsBox Elder Middle School

Brynn Wells_Box Elder Middle School






“These four students worked really hard and paid close attention to the information that was being shared at the event. Out of 4,050 students that attended [Career Days], these four young ladies did an amazing job and worked hard to be the winners,” said Jeannie Johnson, event coordinator.


More than 4,000 students participated in the 9th Annual Career Days held on the campus of Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC) May 4-5, 2016. Students interacted with business and industry while learning about careers and essential occupational skills. Students were exposed to career opportunities through participating in an array of hands-on activities in three exhibit areas.

Exhibit Area 1: Heavy Equipment
Students were able to visit with industry experts about career opportunities, while trying their skills at operating heavy equipment. Students learned how excavators, graders, loaders, backhoes, and concrete mixers worked and operated.

Exhibit Area 2: Trades Area
Students learned about careers in auto collision, automotive services, building technology, cabinetmaking, diesel, machining, welding, heavy equipment operator/CDL, electronic engineering, and automated manufacturing and robotics.

Exhibit Area 3: Trades Area
Students learned about careers in business, culinary arts, dental assisting, drafting, fashion merchandising, health sciences, interior design, meat cutting, real estate, cosmetology, e-Commerce, vert tech, and information technology.

“With the beautiful spring weather in Cache Valley, and the excitement of students learning new things, the event was a success,” said Jeannie Johnson, event coordinator.

“We were fortunate enough to have the AirMed helicopter come both days as well as the Mountain Star AirCare helicopter. Both helicopters were a wonderful learning ‘center’ as students were able to ask questions of the pilot, EMS, and nurse on board. They were also able to climb in and out of the helicopters and get a feel for the small work area.”

Read what participants said about Career Days at BATC.

STUDENT: “This has been the best day of the whole school year!”

TEACHERS: “Thank you for another great BATC Career Day! I have heard nothing but raving reviews from our students. Several have said it has been the best day of the entire school year.”

“Please thank all of the wonderful people that took part to help our students see and experience the possibilities that lie before them.”

“What a great job you did in organizing the Career Days event. Our kids had a good time. Thank you for all the time and effort you put in to getting the event together.

“AMAZING!!! What a great way to end the Career Development Activity (CDA) lessons in the College and Career Awareness curriculum. The kids and our staff loved it.”

SCHOOL COUNSELOR: “You and your BATC crew are awesome!”

CTE DIRECTOR: “This is my first year visiting the event. I had no idea what a great opportunity this has been for our students.”

EVENT COORDINATORS: “Thank you to the sponsors who made Career Days 2016 possible. Thank you to the exhibitors who provided equipment and materials that engaged students in hands-on learning activities, while being exposed to career opportunities. And, thank you to the Department of Workforce Services who provided volunteers each day.”

Related stories:
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Makayla Hendricks Awarded U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education

May 4th, 2016

Photo - Makayla HendricksToday U.S. Secretary of Education John King announced the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 160 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

Congratulations to the following U.S. Presidential Scholars from Utah:

U.S. Presidential Scholar in Academics
Jennifer A. Ban, Logan High School
Anthony L. Cheng, Hillcrest High School

U.S. Presidential Scholar in Arts
Aubree A. Oliverson, Mountain Heights Academy

U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education
Makayla Hendricks, Bountiful High School

Makayla Hendricks was one of the inaugural 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars awarded in the area of career and technical education. Last year, President Obama signed an executive order to expand the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program to include Career and Technical Education students.

“We extend congratulations to each of these students for their incredible leadership, service, and accomplishments and wish them continued success in their future endeavors!” said Sharon Lee Miller, Director of the Division of Academic and Technical Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education.

On June 19, 2016, each U.S. Presidential Scholar will be recognized in a ceremony in Washington, DC, with each honoree receiving a Presidential Scholar Medallion.

A complete list of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars is available at the Presidential Scholars Program homepage.

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CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards

May 4th, 2016

Elvis Mateo Mendez III - HSOn Tuesday, April 19, 2016, the 30th Annual Career and Technical Education (CTE) Scholarships and Tuition Awards Banquet took place at Salt Lake Community College. This banquet is a longstanding tradition used to honor CTE students throughout the state who have been selected to receive a scholarship and tuition award from a postsecondary institution in Utah.

Each award recipient was one of 214 applicants who applied for a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. At the banquet, 102 scholarships were awarded to high school CTE seniors for up to one year’s tuition at a postsecondary institution.

By the year 2020, two out of three jobs will require some postsecondary education and training. CTE is an essential component in filling these job openings. The jobs of today require advanced skills and technical training. Students wanting to stay competitive in the job market need specific training, education, and skills to compete successfully.

Utah is working to achieve the goal of 66 percent of adults holding a postsecondary certificate or a degree by the year 2020. Each student who received a scholarship will have an advantage not only in furthering his/her education, but in attaining a postsecondary certificate or degree through his/her hard work and perseverance.

We offer our congratulations and best wishes to each award recipient as he/she advances to college and career and prepares to successfully compete in a global economy.

Educators, plan now to encourage next year’s seniors to apply for a 2017 CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award.

High school juniors, it’s not too early to begin thinking about applying for a 2017 CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. Take a look at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards Web page and become familiar with the guidelines and application.

Meet Karlie Ault: Future Veterinary Technician

May 4th, 2016

Karlie Ault (Ag)“My goal is to complete the pre-veterinary program and receive my associate degree from Utah State University Eastern. After getting my degree I want to become a certified technician.

“A Caring Vet Animal Hospital in Lindon has given me the opportunity to be an intern during my senior year. In February I was hired as an employee. While going to school I plan to stay at A Caring Vet Animal Hospital.

“I took many CTE classes in high school that I feel were beneficial to me in preparation for my college education to become a technician. Biology, chemistry, animal science and veterinary assisting helped me understand cells and how a body functions. I have a passion for animals and their well-being and want to pursue a career in agriculture.

“My CTE Pathways was Animal Systems. I’m so glad I chose this pathway to help start my education to become a veterinary technician.”

—Karlie Ault, American Fork High School

Karlie Ault -Ag

UtahCTE.org congratulations Karlie on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah State University Eastern. Karlie was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

Meet Rory James Pollard: Future Business and Marketing Teacher

May 4th, 2016

Rory Jame Pollard (BusMkt)“My goal after high school is to attend Weber State University (WSU) and pursue my dream of becoming a high school business and marketing teacher, as well as a DECA advisor. I want to be able to inspire students to follow their business and marketing dreams just as I have been inspired to follow mine.

“The business and marketing courses that I have taken in high school have really influenced me in the direction I would like to go for my future education and career. My marketing classes, my internship, and being an active member of DECA have helped to confirm my love of marketing, and have left no doubt in my mind that I want to be able to share my love and knowledge with my own high school students and classes one day.

“I have loved taking all the CTE classes. These classes have prepared me for my future career and have also given me life skills that will help me achieve my goals and dreams. By the time I graduate from high school I will have received 18 credits at WSU through the concurrent enrollment classes I have taken in high school. I am very passionate about business and marketing and I am so excited to share that passion with future generations.”

—Rory James Pollard, Fremont High School


UtahCTE.org congratulates Rory on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Weber State University. Rory was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.


Meet Mattie Lynn Case: Future Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher

May 4th, 2016

Mattie Lynn Case (FACS)“At the beginning of my senior year I discovered that my interest in Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) was no longer just a hobby but had grown into a passion. I specifically want to be a foods and ProStart teacher.

“The CTE courses I have taken in high school have done nothing but prepare me for my life after high school. I have learned many valuable skills that will help me succeed during college and during my career. By taking the CTE courses I have been able to be involved with FCCLA, which has taught me people, leadership, and community skills. These are all traits I have developed and will need to use on a daily basis during my career as a teacher.

“My participation in CTE classes during high school has taught me valuable skills and lessons I will carry with me for the rest of my life. My time spent in these classes has also influenced my decision to become a Family and Consumer Sciences educator someday. My participation in CTE is not something that will cease after I graduate from high school; I plan on becoming further educated in the area and hope to one day educate others.”

—Mattie Lynn Case, Herriman High School

Mattie Lynn Case - FACS

UtahCTE.org congratulates Mattie on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah Valley University. Mattie was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuitions Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.