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State FFA Officers

Friday, February 25th, 2011
National FFA Week brings with it a variety of traditional activities. One activity that the State FFA Officers always look forward to is the Legislative Ice Cream Social, held this year on February 23. Each year the State FFA Officers and one or two FFA Chapters gather at the Capitol Building to serve Aggie Ice Cream. Each year they are introduced in the House Chamber and in the Senate. Representative Ronda Menlove and Senator Ralph Okerlund sponsored the State FFA Officers this year and helped them arrange the Ice Cream Social. This activity provides a great opportunity for our FFA members to rub shoulders with Utah’s legislative leaders.

FFA members have “Infinite Potential,” they envision, discover, and achieve. The year of activities and service for the Utah State FFA Officers will culminate at the State FFA Convention held March 10-12 at Utah State University in Logan. The convention will be 2½ days of workshops, leadership training, career development event, public speaking, awards presentations and LOTS and LOTS of fun. For the State FFA Officers it has been a year full of travel, workshops, and chapter visits. Here are some of the FFA events that transpired:

Beginning in the summer the officers traveled to:

In September, the school year started with 10 days at the Utah State Fair where the officers managed the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit providing agricultural literacy for the thousands of children, their parents, and grandparents who went through the exhibit.

The officers were then back on the road to:

  • Indianapolis to attend the National FFA Convention.
  • Richfield and Provo to attend two Utah Leadership Conferences.
  • Visit 77 high schools and FFA Chapters around Utah. They visited with thousands of agricultural education students and FFA members, sharing insights on the many opportunities available in the FFA.

Utah’s 2010-2011 State FFA Officer Team, Chaleesa Warren, Matt Brocious, Katharine Nye, Sierra Cheyenne, Dalton Beck, and Kyle Niesporek, would like to say thank you to the Utah Legislature for a wonderful experience on Capitol Hill. And a special thank you to all the FFA members and Agricultural Education Teachers that made this year possible.

Learn more about Utah FFA and the CTE Agriculture Pathways and get started on a pathway to success.

FFA Student Highlight

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Edgar Gonzalez

Edgar Gonzalez, a senior at the Granite Technical Institute in Salt Lake City, has been a member of the Granite Mountain FFA Chapter for the past three years. Edgar is a non-traditional student; he lives in an urban setting and he is visually impaired, but he has taken to the FFA like a duck to water. Edgar has shown market lambs and market hogs at the Salt Lake County Junior Livestock Show. He has also participated in the FFA Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Event (CDE), the Utah Farm Bureau/FFA Discussion Meet, and the FFA Job Interview CDE. He currently serves as the FFA Chapter Vice President. Edgar reports, “I would like to be a State FFA Officer because I love the FFA and I would love to be more involved. I also would like to be a better example for others and a strong leader.” We think Edgar’s leadership in the FFA has provided a great example. He personifies the FFA Week theme of “Infinite Potential – Envision, Discover, and Achieve.”

Join Edgar in the FFA and get started in a CTE Agriculture Pathway.

Edgar at the Salt Lake County Junior Livestock Show

CTE and Agricultural Education

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Whether you’re looking to contribute to Utah’s economy, or more interested in self-sufficiency, CTE Career Pathways in Agriculture can help you get started! 

McKenzie Bright


McKenzi Bright is a student in the Agriculture Area of Study who is doing her part to shatter the common stereotype of the average farmer as a “guy with overalls and with dirty boots.” 

Six CTE Career Pathways in Agriculture help prepare students for future employment in such fields (pun intended) as Animal Science, Horticulture, and Natural Resources. The “Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAEP)” exposes students to the real-life challenges facing Agriculture today. Membership in FFA, the student leadership organization, builds on the foundation of classroom learning and gives students opportunities to demonstrate agricultural content skills as well as employability skills (e.g., communication, teamwork, time management). 

According to a report presented by the Utah State University Economic Research Institute, production and processing of agricultural products in Utah accounted for 13.9 percent of Utah’s Gross State Product in 2008, and directly employs 22,522 workers in our state. If Agriculture appeals to you, check out the opportunities to learn more by visiting http://utahcte.org/career/agriculture.php

You might also be interested to hear what attracted these successful Utah farmers, ranchers, and other workers to careers in Agriculture. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hx2_TELaPM.

National FFA Week – Envision, Discover, Achieve

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

February 20-26 is National FFA Week. What is FFA? FFA is the student leadership organization for Agricultural Education. FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

FFA positively influences the young people of America by developing character and leadership skills, and preparing members for successful careers. FFA members are the leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural education and hands-on learning, FFA prepares students for more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industries of agriculture.

National FFA Week was established in 1947 in conjunction with George Washington’s birthday. Throughout his life, George Washington made numerous contributions to agriculture and in the development of the United States. FFA Week gives members the opportunity honor the words of George Washington when he said, I know of no pursuit in life in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture.

The theme of FFA Week is “Infinite Potential.” FFA members are encouraged to envision, discover, and achieve their potential within their communities. During the week, Utah FFA members will educate the public about agriculture, volunteer for community service projects, and participate in events from Public Speaking, to Agriscience Fair Competition, to serving ice cream to Utah’s legislatures, to hosting the Bar J Wrangler concert.

Nationally there are over 523,000 FFA members in 7,487 chapters. Utah has approximately 6,000 FFA members in 77 chapters. FFA has a history of service and a legacy of leadership, which they will celebrate during February 20-26. 

 Envision, Discover, Achieve

Chaleesa Warren, FFA President

Secondary Pathway Completer Recognition Award

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Through participation in a CTE Pathway you have the opportunity to receive a Secondary Pathway Completer Recognition Award. By concentrating in a CTE Pathway and successfully completing the required foundation courses and/or suggested elective courses, you will earn the distinction of being recognized by the state of Utah, your school district, and your high school.

Through your hard work and dedication in successfully completing a CTE Pathway you will have an advantage as you pursue further education and/or begin your career. The hands-on training you acquire and the skills you develop in a CTE Pathway, will not only prepare you for college and career, but will be assets to you throughout your life.

UtahCTE.org congratulates students in Millard School District who have completed a CTE Pathway after the first semester of their senior year. Great job!

Devron Johnson: It is not luck, but preparedness that gives us opportunities. Mrs. Meinhardt has really taught me how to be prepared. The stuff she teaches in her classes helps us as students in business.

Sharayah Shipley: I have really enjoyed the classes I have taken at the Delta Technical Center. I have been in a lot of different business experiences which has helped me grow. . .I am very excited for this achievement.

Jacom Chamberlain: I liked taking classes at the [Delta Technical Center] DTC because I work with my hands and build things. I plan to be a mechanical engineer and learning all the processes has helped me know what can be built. Mr. Willoughby has taught me a lot about machining and welding.

Devan Roper: The business classes have taught me what it would be like to own my own business. I have had the opportunity to take a variety of business subjects that will help me later in life.

Amanda Jacobson Jeremy Nielson
Amanda Sanders Jessica Nielson
Austin Furrow Jessica Phillips
Beth Ipson Jessica Stephensen
Brandon Bublitz Joana Cobian
Brian Willoughby Julieann Dutson
Casey Jackson Kaela Rowley
Cindy Baltodano Kinsey Anderson
Cody Cropper Kortney Hansen
Devan Roper Nataly Arguelles
Devron Johnson Royce Topham
Dixie Pratt Shantell Sides
Jacom Chamberlain Sharayah Shipley
Jacquelyn McPherson Valerie Baray
Jamie Burton  

Talk to your school counselor about qualifying for the Secondary Pathway Completer Recognition Award and visit UtahCTE.org. Get started!

Devron Johnson



Sharayah Shipley


Jacom Chamberlain


Devan Roper

CTE Information Technology; get started!

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Did you know that Career and Technical Education (CTE) offers six Information Technology (IT) Career Pathways to help students get started in a related job and/or education and training? By following one of the six IT Pathways students will become college and career ready. From Database Development and Administration and Technical Support (Information Support and Services Pathways), to Digital Media, Network Systems, Programming, and Web Development (Interactive Media Pathways), IT students prepare to apply the technical knowledge and skills they learn in order to pursue professional roles in diverse organizations.

Rebecca Lofley

Information Technology is the field of the future and is rapidly growing, with the demand for skilled individuals high. Read about Danielle Knapp’s experience as a Digital Media Student; Chelsea Richards’ success at combining her artistic talents with Web Development; and Rebecca Lofley’s journey to discover her inner “computer fanatic.”

Training and education beyond high school is important for success in a career in Information Technology. Whether students choose a one-year certificate, a two-year associate or technical degree, a four-year bachelor’s degree, or an advanced degree will depend on his or her career path.

Check out estimated employment demand and salaries for IT occupations in Utah here.

CTE offers Pathways to YOUR future; get started!

CTE Business Pathways; get started!

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Did you know that Career and Technical Education (CTE) offers five Business Education Career Pathways to help students get started with education and careers beyond high school? By following one of the five Business Pathways students will become college and career ready. From Accounting and Finance, Administrative Support, and Technology Support, to Entrepreneurship, and Business Management, this Area of Study gives students many kinds of opportunities to acquire job skills and to get a head start in selected college preparation, too. As Business Student Jesus Jiron can attest, learning how to work with other people in an office situation is a critical skill in today’s workplace.

Brandon Buchanan

Business Education students are encouraged to participate in FBLA – “Future Business Leaders of America” – that can further enhance their leadership and community involvement. Brandon Buchanan, a senior at Viewmont High School has been very active in participating in FBLA and DECA. “I held VP position in FBLA Soph. and Jr. Years, and currently hold the position of President this year. I have placed both years at state in various events. I am currently VP of DECA, and have already participated in a competitive event, involving a promotional campaign for the Dew Tour event in Salt Lake City, that resulted in a position to attend the DECA National Leadership Conference in Florida.” Brandon is president of the school store at Viewmont High School, where he handles everything from operations, management, to the financials of the store. “For me, education gives me the basis to experience business in the real world.”

Training and education beyond high school is important for success in a career in Business. Whether students choose a one-year certificate, a two-year associate or technical degree, a four-year bachelor’s degree, or an advanced degree will depend on his or her career path.

To discover some of the occupations associated with the Career Pathways in Business, check out the Career Chart, and get started!

CTE Moment

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The first annual “CTE Moment” was a huge success. Thank you to the schools across the state who participated. We are currently counting the photos and will announce the winning school the week of February 28.

If you received an error message that our mailbox was full, the problem has been corrected. So, please resubmit your photos if your email bounced back.

On Wednesday, February 23 at 10:00 a.m. UtahCTE.org asked teachers and students around the state to stop for a minute to take a picture of a CTE moment in their school. The photos we received illustrated the hands-on kind of learning that is happening in CTE classrooms at schools throughout Utah! We are in the process of creating a slideshow using the best photos to post on UtahCTE.org.

Here are the specifics of what happened in both jr highs and high schools on Wednesday, February 23:

  • At exactly 10:00 AM, an announcement was made (over the school-wide intercom, or by a teacher in the classroom), that it was time for the “Utah CTE Moment.” 
  • Everyone – staff and students – quickly found a “CTE-related” image and used their camera (even the one on their phone) to snap a photo. As a result, we received photos that illustrate fabulous “hands-on” CTE instruction, engaged students, projects that are in process or complete, etc.  
  • All the photos were emailed to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov, under the subject line, “CTE Moment @ [name of ] School.” 
  • The Utah secondary school that sent in the most CTE Moment photos (as a percentage of the number of students enrolled at the school) within 24 hours was our winner. (At this time, the “winner” will simply get bragging rights, but we’re working on some “extras.”)

Thank you for partcipating!

My CTE Experience Has Helped Me Get Started!

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

By Kalinda Dobson
Student, Wasatch JHS 

Don’t you love walking into your home and smelling a fresh loaf of bread baking? Have you ever listened to the crackle of a creme puff as you take your first bite? These are examples of why I love baking. Before my CTE classes, baking and cooking were merely means to an end – eating something that tastes good. I didn’t see how mixing together some eggs and flour to make a cake could be anything special (not that I had ever made any cake from scratch).

After taking the required Foods class in 7th grade, I decided to take the next level in cooking classes offered at my school, which was actually part cooking, part sewing (FACS). This class prompted me to start exploring with food “outside of the box” – literally!  I started by making pasta sauce, expanding on the basic white sauce we learned how to make in class. I kept on experimenting in order to put an entire meal on the table, and before I knew it I had used up all of our yeast baking loaves of bread!

In 9th grade, I again enrolled in a Foods class. This course really opened my eyes to the both the art and skill involved in baking and cooking. At this point in my culinary life, I had advanced to baking cakes with butter-cream frosting – from scratch – for the girls on my cheerleading squad. I had learned how to pipe and decorate cakes, including how to sculpt the delicate chocolate roses you might see on a cake from a bakery. I was feeling fairly accomplished, but I was then introduced to a form of baking beyond bread and cake. Pastries had always seemed a little advanced to me. I thought only experienced French chefs could master this kind of baking, until we made creme puffs in Foods class. I was a little nervous at first, but found it to be surprisingly easy! Once I got home, I tried it for myself and enjoyed the same success and an increasing confidence in my abilities.

I am planning on continuing to enroll in cooking classes in high school and hopefully getting into culinary school. If it weren’t for the Foods and Nutrition classes at my school, I would not have discovered my love of baking.  Just by trying something new and taking a risk with a different class, I discovered something that has changed my life for the better.

CTE and Law Enforcement as a Career

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Tanner Kussee: Student, Davis High School

High school is a great time to try out a wide range of Career Pathways by enrolling in Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses. Through participation in CTE you will be guided as you take courses in your chosen pathway and also have the opportunity to participate in an internship. Tanner Kussee, a student at Davis High School, did just that.

Tanner is interested in law enforcement and recently interned with the Davis County Sheriff’s Department. He learned about the different areas in the Sheriff’s Department and had the opportunity to work in: corrections, dispatch, the courts, and the crime lab. He also went on patrol with an officer. “In corrections I found out what the different cells were called and how much security was needed for each one. In dispatch it was a blast; everyone was super happy and were all willing to help out.”

In CTE you will explore different careers, learn about your interests and abilities, discover your likes and dislikes, and acquire specific job training skills. For instance, during Tanner’s internship he discovered “. . . I would not like to work in a courtroom. I do not like just sitting and listening to what people have done wrong. I did enjoy working in the crime lab. It was great to do experiments to test marijuana and heroin and other drugs; and to figure out what marijuana looked like underneath a microscope, and test its potency using chemicals. The last area that I got to work with was patrol. I got to actually ride along with the deputies.”

In Utah, opportunities in the area of law enforcement are unlimited and include patrol officer, bike and foot patrol officer, community police officer, detective, canine officer, DARE/school resource officer, special weapons and tactics, training officer, and a variety of supervisory positions. Law enforcement is a challenging and rewarding profession, limited only by the abilities of the individual officer. “This whole [internship] experience has given me a different perspective on a career as a law enforcement officer and which direction I want to take.”

Tooele High School Students

Learn more about the Law Enforcement Pathway and other Skilled and Technical Science Pathways at www.UtahCTE.org.

CTE Pathway offers Pathways to your future: get started!