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CTE Classes Have Made a Huge Impact on My Life

October 8th, 2015

Michael Brannen - photoBy Michael Brannen, a graduate of Herriman High School

CTE classes have made a huge impact on my life decisions and future goals. I first started taking a basic Web design class because I love computers, and decided I would take any class that would let me be near them. Well, it turned out that I loved Web design so much, I went on the next year and took the Web development class at the Jordan Applied Technology Center. Now because of my little decision to take a CTE course around computers, I know that I will move on to a computer science degree and pursue a career in Web development. The difference in a CTE course, like the one I took, is that I got to take on my own clients and build my own products. Throughout the year, not only did I learn all sorts of Web development skills, but I gained general professional skills that I can use to get a job with certifications to prove it.

Utah HOSA State Officers Attend Washington Leadership Academy

October 6th, 2015

Washington LA- attendeesBy Denise Abbott, Utah HOSA State Advisor

HOSA-Future Health Professionals, the largest national organization for middle school, high school, and postsecondary/collegiate students with an interest in the health profession, held its 9th Annual Washington Leadership Academy September 19-22, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. Nearly 200 state and local HOSA officers from 32 states joined together to learn the importance of Community, Accountability, Relationships and Excellence. This year’s Washington Leadership Academy taught leaders how to CARE by:

> Engaging with their COMMUNITY.
> Understanding the significance of establishing and maintaining ACCOUNTABILITY.
> Learning the value of building healthy RELATIONSHIPS.
> Realizing the benefit of exemplifying the EXCELLENCE during one’s leadership journey.

Arlington National Cemetery - laying the HOSA wreathThroughout the four days, the future health professionals heard dynamic speakers, participated in interactive workshops and leadership building activities, paid tribute to fallen heroes at the Arlington National Cemetery, toured the nation’s landmarks, and saw democracy firsthand by visiting with members of Congress.

The Washington Leadership Academy was attended by Omar Ramirez (Southern Utah University), Utah HOSA State President; Josh Pinnock (Viewmont High School), Utah HOSA Vice President over Davis County; Weston Lee (Weber High School) Medical Reserve Corps Liaison.

In addition to attending workshops and listening to guest speakers, the Utah HOSA State Officers met with representatives from the offices of Congressman Stewart, Congresswoman Love, and Congressman Bishop.

COL Deydre Teyhen, DPT, Ph.D., OCS, Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Health, Office of the Surgeon General, Defense Health Headquarters, was a dynamic opening session speaker challenging HOSA members and advisors to examine their daily habits and stressing the importance of physical activity, sleep, nutrition, emotional and physical health. In being a great leader, don’t forget to care about self! (VIEW speech of COL Deydre Teyhen.)

HOSA-Future Health Professionals was honored to host RADM Boris Lushniak, Deputy Surgeon General, for his final appearance prior to his retirement from public office. RADM Lushniak reflected on medical innovations through his lifetime and envisioned the future of medicine that the students would experience and help in creating. (VIEW speech of RADM Boris Lushniak.)

Byron Garrett, award winning author and educator, demonstrated his great commitment to our nation’s youth as he challenged those in attendance to take hold of their future and become a dream maker. (VIEW speech of Byron Garrett.)

The Washington Leadership Academy concluded with Kelly Barnes, motivational speaker and trainer, by reminding HOSA leaders their purpose, their responsibility to others and to the organization, how to value each other, and the importance of serving others. (VIEW speech of Kelly Barnes.)

Health science/biomedical science education teachers attended the conference learning how to motivate and help develop their officer teams’ leadership potential and how they can help maximize their state initiatives throughout the year.

HOSA members left Washington with increased knowledge, new skills, and confidence to act in ways that will help their state organization, their schools, their communities, and their country.

Omar - Weston - Josh with Stephanie Dearie Legal Asst. for Congresswoman Mia Love

Left to right: Weston Lee, Josh Pinnock,
Stephanie Dearie, Legal Assistant for Congresswoman Mia Love,
Omar Ramirez

EngineerGirl Essay Contest – Responsible Engineering

October 5th, 2015

Milford_TE_IMG_4427Would you describe yourself as inquisitive, systematic and observant? Are you good at using math, applying physics to solve problems, and figuring out how things work? Do you like to conduct experiments, learn about technology and find answers to technical questions?

The National Academy of Engineering is inviting all students (girls and boys) in grades 3-12 to write an essay on “Responsible Engineering.” How would you protect the environment and the safety, health, and well-being of the public as a responsible engineer? Visit EngineerGirl.org, a website highlighting engineers and engineering careers, to learn about the specifics of the contest.

Submission are due by Monday, February 1, 2016. Winners will be announced late spring or early summer. First prize winners, in each of the three grade categories (Elementary School, Middle School, and High School), will receive $500 in cash.

Rules and Requirements | Submission Form | Question and Answers

Learn about the Career Pathways in Technology and Engineering Education.

Health Science Education Opened My Mind to a Medical Career

October 5th, 2015

Derick RojasDerick Rojas, a graduate of Viewmont High School, participated in the CTE Health Science Education Pathway while in high school. From taking health science education courses to participating in a CTE Internship to receiving concurrent enrollment credit at Weber University Derick successfully prepared for college and his future career.

“At the beginning of my sophomore year, I didn’t have a clue or idea what my future career would be. Taking Intro to Health Science opened my mind to a medical career. The teacher was an excellent teacher because she was an experienced respiratory therapist and with that knowledge she gave us tips and information about careers and college. She was always there to help me learn about everything. After taking that class, I soon [advanced] to the Certified Nursing Program. I loved that class and became a teacher’s assistant. I know now that taking that one class in my sophomore year helped me to know what career I want to pursue.”

To learn more about the Health Science Education Pathways click HERE.

Utah Student Planning Guide, Grades 9-12

October 5th, 2015

CCR snippetChanges are coming to the Utah Student Planning Guide, Grades 9-12 (English and Spanish), and we need your help! We’re gathering information from educators, students and parents to:

  • Retire pages that are no longer relevant.
  • Update pages with current, high quality information.
  • Define new topics to be addressed, based on student interests and needs.
  • Format the full publication to reflect a new look and feel.
  • Increase distribution and access to students, and to the educators and parents who help them design their college and career plans.
  • Enhance student usage by making the full Guide available for download. Students can save a PDF copy, and mark it up/fill it in/personalize with their own information. They will be able to review, save, and share their personalized copies at will.

What do you think? Will you please choose at least three of the bullets in the list above, and take the time to send related comments, questions, and concerns about the changes being proposed? Specific references for suggested new content, as well as ways to increase awareness and distribution of resources are especially welcome. SEND TO: kris.dobson@schools.utah.gov prior to October 30, 2015.

Focus On: Business and Marketing Education

October 5th, 2015

Business imageBusiness and Marketing Education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities through technical instruction in the classroom, experiential education in the laboratory, student internships, and through leadership and personal development by participating in student leadership organizations.

Business and Marketing Education places an emphasis on accounting, finance, administrative and technical support, entrepreneurship, management, hospitality and tourism, and marketing. By taking Business and Marketing Education courses, students develop the academic knowledge and technical skills to successfully advance to the fast-paced business world. Students have the opportunity to be a CTE Secondary Pathway Completer in one of five Business and Marketing Education Pathways.

Accounting and Finance
Business Administrative and Technical Support
Entrepreneurship and Management
Hospitality and Tourism

Each course in Business and Marketing Education prepares students to advance toward higher education, as well as acquire immediate job skills. Students learn how to become productive employees and gain the academic skills to increase their earning potential while in high school. In 2014-2015, more than 7,100 students were awarded a CTE Skill Certificate in Business and Marketing Education, indicating a high level of performance. The certificates issued to students can be used when seeking a job or in applying for further education and training, as evidence of his/her accomplishments.

Janie Robinson“Every CTE course I took prepared me for my future. The courses gave me skills, and improved the skills I already had, to prosper in college, my career, and future. I gained more knowledge about businesses and learned techniques which will help me to continue improving my skills and ways to incorporate those skills into my everyday life,” said Janie Robinson, a graduate of Fremont High School.

Stars and Skills for the Top Ten Business and Marketing Occupations
The following are rated “5 Star” occupations by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, and each occupation–
>Is projected to employ 1,500 or more Utah workers in 2022.
>Will offer openings for at least 60 new Utah workers every year through 2022.
>Pays median hourly wages of at least $22.70 in Utah.

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Utah FCCLA Fall Leadership: Empowering Members

October 1st, 2015

Fall LeadershipBy Nikki Sue Larkin, Utah FCCLA State Adviser

Utah FCCLA Fall Leadership, September 22-23, 2015, was a great week for all young leaders involved. We had a wonderful turnout with chapter officers from all over Utah. With the introduction of the National FCCLA theme for this year, “Empower”, our state officers have set four goals for all chapters to make this year successful.

The four goals are:

Membership (Active Duty Award)
Chapters must participate in and complete the “Go for the Red” national program, and submit the Go for the Red application for national recognition.

Community service (Call to Action Award)
Chapters must complete at least one chapter service project for the school or community, and document it through pictures and descriptions.

Career Connections (Detective Award)
Chapter members must participate and complete the FCCLA National Program Career Connections.

Promote and Publicize FCCLA (News Flash Award)
Chapters must send an article about their chapter to the FCCLA newsletter, or a local newspaper.

Once chapters have completed each goal they will receive the Hero Award.

Abby StephensWe had the privilege of listening to Abby Stephens as our keynote speaker. She shared her story of perseverance as she encountered a tremendous trial, which would affect her for the rest of her life. She inspired us to stand up and empower others to stand up as we all fall in our own lives.

Day two of Fall Leadership, chapter officers and advisers went to many workshops that will empower them throughout the year. There were many things taught and learned in the workshops about offices, National Programs, and becoming a better leader. Everyone who attentively participated, learned, and grew as a leader, making this an empowering 2015 year at Fall Leadership.


Experiencing a Tradition

September 30th, 2015

Wyatt McDaniel - state sentinel V2By Wyatt McDaniel, Utah FFA Sentinel

FFA members across the country have the opportunity to attend the 88th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, October 28-31, 2015. These members will travel for hours by airplane, bus, train, and vehicles to experience an everlasting tradition that they will never forget. This is a tradition that has been alive and well since the very first FFA convention held in Kansas City, Missouri in 1928.

The theme for the 88th National FFA Convention is “Amplify, Boost Your Impact.” This theme has challenged FFA members to get out of their comfort zone and to be a part of something bigger. Members of the organization have already been boosting their impact by participating in various projects such as the #speakag campaign, which challenges members to stand up and be an advocate for agriculture. As well as the #teachag campaign that encourages members to become an agricultural educator.

The convention itself is split into various sessions in which members, advisors, and guests can attend. In these sessions you can experience live music from the National FFA Band and Chorus, amazing award and degree presentations, inspirational thoughts from the National FFA Officer Team, as well as extraordinary guest speakers such as the creator of Kid President, Brad Montague; past professor of Texas A&M University and character coach for the Aggies, Dr. Rick Rigsby; and our own Amberly Snyder, former Utah FFA Association President.

The Expo includes many exhibits to see as well as opportunities to participate in hands-on activities. Exhibitors include many large companies such as John Deere, Lincoln Electric, Monsanto, CSX, Case, Justin Boots, Dodge RAM, and many more. The purpose of the Expo is for attendees to explore many of the products and careers in the agricultural field.

The tradition of the National FFA Convention and Expo enhances the lives of more than 60,000 members through first-hand experiences that happen at this convention. You can find more information about the National FFA Convention and Expo at www.ffa.org/convention.

2015 Utah CTSOs Fall Leadership Conferences

September 29th, 2015

2015-16-FBLA-State-Officers-2Utah Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) Fall Leadership Conferences are in full swing. FCCLA and DECA have already had an amazing conference where state and chapter officers across the state gathered together to learn, plan, and prepare for the 2015-2016 school year.

During October, SkillsUSA, TSA, HOSA, FBLA, and FFA state officers will host a leadership conference for state chapter officers to collaborate with each other, engage in learning activities, and prepare for the months ahead. State Officers will also develop leadership skills in order to strengthen their respective CTSO.

October 8: SkillsUSA Utah Leadership Training Institute – Utah Valley University
October 10: TSA Fall Leadership Conference – Layton High School
October 26-27: HOSA Fall Leadership Conference – Marriott, Hotel
October 29-30: FBLA Fall Leadership Conference – Salt Lake Hilton Center
October 28-31: National FFA Convention and Expo – Louisville, Kentucky

CTSOs present organized activities for student members to gain personal and leadership skills, making them more employable, preparing them to become productive citizens, and assisting them in assuming positive roles in the home and community.

Students participating in Career and Technical Education Pathways have the opportunity to be in the following CTSOs.

Agricultural Education
Business and Marketing Education
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Health Science Education
Information Technology Education
> FBLA  > SkillsUSA  > TSA
Skilled and Technical Education
> SkillsUSA  > TSA
Technology and Engineering Education
> SkillsUSA  > TSA

State and chapter officers, we want to hear about your conference and what your CTSO is planning for the year. Send your stories and photos to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

If you are not a member of a CTSO, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the CTSO advisor in your school.

Aerospace: The Career of a Lifetime

September 4th, 2015

Bonneville_STS_IMG_5146Today Governor Gary R. Herbert announced the Utah Aerospace Pathways (UAP) program, which will provide Utah students the opportunity to graduate 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.

“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,” Gov. Herbert said. “We look forward to unlocking more opportunities with industry leaders to improve education and to ensure lasting economic growth in Utah.”

The first semester of the program will take place in high schools in Granite and Davis School Districts, while the second semester will take place at Davis Applied Technology College and Salt Lake Community College. Students will also participate in a paid internship during their senior year of high school.

“Improving our education system is the most important thing we can do to build a strong economy for the future,” said Larry Coughlin, general manager of Boeing Salt Lake. “This program provides students who have a passion for technology and innovation the opportunity to become familiar with aerospace manufacturing and get hands-on experiential learning.”

Upon completing the UAP program, along with passing pre-employment requirements, students will be certified to begin work with one of the aerospace partners in Utah. Not only will the students begin work at a family-sustaining wage— many of the industry partners have agreed to provide tuition reimbursements after a BoeingSLC_2015-0506_HiRes-7043Sminimum of one year working for the company. If the student prefers, they can pursue training within their company and work their way up there.

The six aerospace industry partners in Utah are Boeing, Harris, Hexcel, Hill Air Force Base, Janicki, and Orbital ATK. The industry partners have worked closely together with the Utah Manufacturers Association to provide paid internships during the certification process and define the requirements to hire these students out of high school.

Here’s how it works:

High School
> During your senior year, prepare to earn an industry-recognized certificate.
> Students must complete three courses of training (about 156 hours), which includes an after high school hands-on paid intern-ship (48 hours).
> Receive .50 credit through instructor and practical training in a   manufacturing-related course at your high school.
> You will participate in hands-on composite training at Davis Applied Technology College (DATC) or Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) and receive an additional .50 credit through your high school.

Paid Internship
> Participate in a paid 48-hour hands-on internship that will jump-start your career, and receive a .25 credit.
> Earn an industry-recognized certificate during your senior year while interning with one of six industry partners—BOEING, HARRIS, HEXCEL, HILL AIR FORCE BASE, JANICKI, Orbital ATK.
> Gain the experience, knowledge, and skills to qualify for a full-time position with one of the six sponsoring aerospace companies.

College and Career
> Earn a starting hourly wage of $12 and increase your opportunity by strengthening your skills and talents.
> Begin or continue your postsecondary (college) education while earning a living receiving a tuition reimbursement.

In Utah, aerospace and defense is a $5.4 billion industry (GOED). In 2013, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $77,506, annually, including pay and benefits (Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2013). A career in the aerospace industry is high skill, high wage, and high demand.

To participate in the Utah Aerospace Pathways program, beginning in fall 2015, contact your Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher or school counselor. They will provide you with the information you need to get started on THE CAREER OF A LIFETIME!

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