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My CTE Experience

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

By Brady Earl
Student, Logan High School

I have been taking tech classes since sixth grade and all have been excellent, but my favorite tech class of all is Computer Programming. That class has really opened a lot of doors for me. I’ve already gained basic skills that would enable me to start a career in programming today if I wanted.

One reason I love my course in computer programming is that the class runs like a company; we aren’t “students,” we are employees. We have a specific task and a limited time to finish it – great preparation for people who go into programming. It is a very fast-paced class and helps us prepare for the real world. Technology is a good field to get into. Technology runs the world! If you don’t know anything about technology and how it works, well, get started and prepare to LEARN QUICKLY.

Celebrate Groundhog Day the CTE Way!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Celebrate Groundhog Day the CTE Way!

Steven Shumway, a student in Tooele District, participated in a job shadow meeting Governor Herbert as part of National Groundhog Job Shadow Day.

Seventh grade students in Tooele District will have the opportunity to shadow workers in many different organizations in conjunction with National Groundhog Job Shadow Day.  District Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director, Marianne Oborn, reports that job shadows represent just one part of Job Shadow Day. Eighth graders will spend half their day in “Reality Town,” where they experience various aspects of a career that is in line with their educational achievement. The other half of the day is spent exploring CTE course and Pathway options with teachers from the high school to which they’ll transition in 9th grade. The district enjoys the support of many local businesses – notably a strong partnership with local financial institutions – to make this day a huge success for everyone concerned.

A job shadow is just one example of the “Work-Based Learning (WBL)” experiences that are sponsored by Career and Technical Education in Utah.  WBL extends the walls of classroom learning to include the whole community. Students experience “real life” work situations, helping them understand how classroom learning will be applied in the world of work. Community partners gain a better feel for what is being taught in the schools and enjoy the opportunity to cultivate student interest in their industries.

Examples of other WBL opportunities include career fairs, internships, and guest speakers.  For additional information, visit www.UtahCTE.org, or to learn about work-based learning in your community, contact the CTE Director for your school district.

Auto Mechanics: Hands-on, Skill-building, and Confidence-inspiring

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

By Lara Dobson
Student, Skyline High School

My eyes fluttered open to see the blinding white walls of the classroom. The bell had just rung signaling the end of third period. I raised my head and looked down at the crowded text of my Chemistry book. I knew I would be up late that night finishing the work I hadn’t started during class. I pried myself from the chair, threw my backpack over my shoulder, and started walking to fourth period. Down the history hall, out the side doors, across the sidewalk, and into the Auto Mechanics building. As always, my nose was flooded with the scent of oil and gasoline. I plopped down in a chair, but knew I wouldn’t be stationary for long. We were learning how to rotate tires that day. After a brief discussion on the plan, I put on my trusty blue mechanic suit and entered the shop. The noise coming from the drills, combined with sparks flying from a welder had me energized instantly. I listened impatiently as our teacher showed us step by step how to rotate the tires, anxious to get some hands-on experience. But, when I finally got the drill in my hands, I felt completely lost! The truth is, I had never held a drill – let alone been expected to use one – in my entire life. It took perseverance, but with practice and the help of my fellow classmates, I felt pretty competent by the end of the class.  Imagine; me, a skilled mechanic!