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Happy CTE Month!

Monday, January 31st, 2011



February Is National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. What is CTE? Career and Technical Education is all about assisting today’s students in the exploration of and preparation for tomorrow’s careers.

Utah students typically participate in their first CTE course in middle school – “CTE-Intro.”  This introductory class helps thousands of students across the state learn more about Career Pathways in eight Areas of Study. (Check them out at www.UtahCTE.org.) More importantly, CTE-Intro students learn about themselves so they can better design a plan for educational and career success. Here’s what one such middle school student had to say about his experience in CTE-Intro this year:

… [most recently] we have been learning about bridges and how they work – specifically how to design and build a strong bridge. We built scale bridges of our own design on the computer using AutoCAD, then tested them to see how much weight they would hold. I made my bridge out of balsa wood. It never crushed because the crusher only goes to 1000 pounds so far. We have also learned a lot about AutoCAD, which helped us make the bridges on a template, but can be applied to a bunch of other projects. So far, the tech part is my favorite in CTE-Intro. I have had a great experience and love my tech class!

Alex Earl
Student, Mount Logan Middle School
(Logan City School District)

Watch for more information about Career and Technical Education throughout CTE Month.

Our message to students: “CTE offers Pathways to your future . . . get started!”

February is CTE Month

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

February is CTE Month. How are you going to celebrate? This year’s theme is: CTE offers Pathways to YOUR future; get started! You are one of over 15 million secondary and postsecondary CTE students in the U.S., and one of over 325,000 secondary and postsecondary CTE students throughout Utah; CTE Month is a great opportunity to share your CTE experience. Be sure to get involved in the CTE Month activities at your school. Contact your CTE teacher for details.

Throughout February we will highlight what is happening in CTE programs across the state, so

Please share your CTE Month celebration stories with us. Send your stories, including pictures, to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov. Have fun!

Message from Gary Wixom, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education

Friday, January 14th, 2011

As we move into the New Year, there is always a certain amount of optimism about what is ahead. We have an opportunity to start new approaches to old problems and to set new goals with new enthusiasm. The year 2011 promises to bring new opportunities for Career and Technical Education. There is hope that the U.S. economy will continue on a path of growth and recovery from the worst recession in recent history. As the job market recovers, the need for skilled workers is becoming more apparent, and the critical shortage of skilled workers has many worried about Utah’s and the nation’s ability to meet the needs of the future workforce. Demand is increasing for you to be prepared as “knowledge technologists” with specific education and skills. Career and Technical Education will assist you in obtaining the skills you need to be successful in the workplace. The skills you develop today will directly impact the future of the national and state economy.

One of the ways to achieve the skills you will need for the future is to be involved in a well-defined CTE Pathway. Your school counselor can assist you in planning your educational map.

Career and Technical Education offers Pathways to YOUR future; get started! Talk to your school counselor and visit UtahCTE.org, today.

Have a great year!

Message from Mary Shumway State Director of CTE

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

CTE is making the difference in the lives of students throughout Utah and across the nation. We have talented, skilled, determined, and dedicated educators who are passionate about taking CTE into the next decade of the 21st century. CTE will provide you with the academic and technical skills you need to be college and career ready, and to compete in a global economy. By the year 2018, the economy will create 13.8 million brand-new jobs, and 33 million replacement jobs, nationwide. In Utah, 64,000 new jobs will be created by the year 2018, with replacement job openings accounting for equal shares of the total employment opportunities. CTE continues to make a huge impact in the lives of students. Watch the video clip titled CTE: Making the Difference at http://www.careertech.org/makingthedifference and tell all your friends about CTE, today.