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CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards Banquet

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

BriAnne Shipton receives scholarship from Gary Wixom, Assistant Commissioner of the Utah System of Higher Education

On Thursday, April 28 the 25th Annual 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.

Each award recipient was one of 175 applicants who applied for a scholarship and tuition award this year. Each year, the pool of applicants increases and the competition among those applicants grows more fierce.

BriAnne Shipton, a marketing student at Uintah High School and a CTE scholarship recipient to Utah Valley University says, “I have always been a ‘people’ person. I enjoy working with people and learning about them. .  .The [Travel] and Tourism [Pathway] seemed a natural fit with my interests and my personality. . .After much thought and research, I feel confident this is the perfect occupational area for me. I am excited to get more training and know that a CTE scholarship will help me accomplish that goal.”

This year 93 scholarships were awarded to high school CTE seniors for one year’s tuition at one of the following post-secondary institutions:

Utah System of Higher Education
College of Eastern Utah–Price Campus
Dixie State College
Salt Lake Community College
Snow College–Richfield Campus
Southern Utah University
Utah Valley University
Weber State University

Utah College of Applied Technology
Bridgerland Applied Technology College
Davis Applied Technology College
Dixie Applied Technology College
Mountainland Applied Technology College
Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College
Southwest Applied Technology College
Tooele Applied Technology College
Uintah Basin Applied Technology College

Learn how to apply for a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. Career and Technical Education offers Pathways to YOUR future; get started!

ProStart Management Competition Results

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Left to right: Jessica Brown, Shellie Willie, Raquel Smith, and Ariel Castro

Have you dreamed of designing, owning and operating your own restaurant? High school students in the Family and Consumer Sciences Food Services and Culinary Pathway have not only dreamed of designing a restaurant they have done it. On Thursday, March 10 ProStart management students from across the state showcased their talents, skills, and abilities in the ProStart Management Competition at the University Park Marriott Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. Student teams competed for a spot at the National ProStart Invitational in Kansas City, Kansas on April 21-25.

From designing the restaurant concept, layout, menu, and promotional campaigns Carbon, Cedar, Desert Hills, Murray, Northridge, Provo, Snow Canyon, Spanish Fork, and Westlake High Schools competed in the ProStart Management Competition with passion and enthusiasm for the restaurant they developed. From the ambiance of the restaurant to the scrumptious food to how each customer would be served the students wowed the judges.  Each year the competition between high schools is fierce and the judging difficult.

And the winners of the 2011 ProStart State Management Competition are. . .

1st Cedar High School
2nd Carbon High School
3rd Westlake High School
4th Provo High School
5th Spanish Fork High School

It goes without saying that the Cedar Team was ecstatic about winning the state competition. “The first thing I did when I heard the words ‘you made it to nationals’ come out of my teacher’s mouth was throw my hands in the air and yell for joy. I was overwhelmed with excitement and fulfillment,” said Ariel Castro, ProStart Management Team Captain.

The Cedar Team opened their presentation with one of the team members speaking energetically in Italian, introducing their restaurant the Azzurro Di Cielo (pronounced achurro the’ chello). Each team member took a turn explaining the restaurant, beginning with the restaurant concept, continuing with the theme nights, layout of the restaurant, menu concept, and promotional campaigns. The team left the judge’s with just a bit of lingering bedazzlement when saying, “The Azzurro Di Cielo will be a main attraction for everyone. . .it will become the tradition of the area.”

Mary Christensen advisor to the Cedar Team said, “I am so pleased with the way this team came together and developed their idea. Winning this honor is a very gratifying award for the students’ hard work. This helps build our program in culinary and draws attention to the wide variety of topics covered in ProStart.”

So how is the team preparing for the National ProStart Invitation? “We are tightening everything up. We took very seriously everything the judges critiqued us on, and we have worked to perfect those areas as well as improve other areas of the restaurant,” said Ariel Castro.

UtahCTE wishes Jessica, Shellie, Raquel, and Ariel “buona fortuna” (the best of luck) at nationals!

Get started in a CTE Family and Consumer Sciences Pathway, today!

And the Winner of the “CTE Moment” is … TIMPVIEW HIGH SCHOOL!

Friday, March 11th, 2011


Taite HaynesAt 10:00 a.m. on February 23, Career and Technical Education students and staff in secondary schools across Utah were invited to capture a “CTE Moment.” The resulting photographs were submitted to CTE staff at the Utah State Office of Education in what – happily – became an onslaught of hundreds of photos depicting students engaged in CTE across the state.

Under the direction of Internship and Work-Based Learning Coordinator, Ann Decker, the number of photos submitted by Timpview High School was equal to about 16% of the student body, making Timpview the winner!  Ann Decker commented,   “This was an opportunity to showcase our CTE students achieving success in some impressive CTE programs, and turned out to be a lot of fun.” 

Carlie JacksonJanet Goble, Canyons District CTE Director encouraged every high school in her district to participate in the event, but Robyn Sleight really caught the competitive spirit. She organized the effort at Alta High School, helping them achieve first runner up.

Other schools that deserve special recognition and thanks for their support of the event include: Box Elder High School, Brighton High School, Canyons TEC, Cache County District, Hillcrest High School, Jordan High School, Logan High School, Lone Peak High School, Mountain High School, Mount Jordan Middle School, Murray High School, Southwest ATC, Spanish Fork High School, South Cache 8-9 Center, Timpanogos High School, Wasatch High School and West High School.

UtahCTE hopes to make this an annual event, and looks forward to having these schools’ help along with others across the state next year!

“CTE Moment” photos have been posted in an album on the UtahCTE Facebook page (http://on.fb.me/UtahCTE_photos ), will be compiled in a presentation to be posted to the UtahCTE YouTube channel, and will likely be used in various other UtahCTE publications/resources.

Virtual Healthcare Interactive

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

On Wednesday, March 30 Career and Technical Education (CTE)high school students across the state, interested in healthcare careers, will participate in a Virtual Healthcare Interactive live broadcast, in partnership with the Utah State Office of Education and Intermountain Healthcare. Participating high schools will be linked to the Utah State Office of Education via EdNet. Students will participate in a 2-hour event where they will view a taped surgery/procedure and will directly communicate with the surgeons/physicians, using real-time technology. The healthcare topic this year is maternal and infant health. Students will watch a vaginal delivery and a caesarean delivery of newborns.

There will be 11 broadcast sites with approximately 365 students viewing. The following school districts and schools will be participating in the live broadcast: Canyons School District, Granite School District, Jordan School District, Murray School District, North Summit School District, Park City School District, Salt Lake City School District, Tooele School District, Wasatch School District, Kanab High School, Lake Powell High School, Ogden High School, Rich High School, Roy High School, Timpanogos High School, and Weber High School.

The Virtual Healthcare Interactive is an annual event that engages students through technology and allows hospitals to bring more students into their environment with limited liability exposure and minimal interruption to the hospital.

“CTE provided me a good working environment that I could learn in and take my education to the next level.” – McKenzie Butler, Valley High School

According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, occupations in the group “Healthcare Support” will enjoy the fastest annual average growth rate in Utah through 2016. The industry sector, “Health Care and Social Assistance” (North American Industry Classification System – NAICS) employs close to 12 of every 100 workers in Utah.

CTE Health Science Education offers Pathways to YOUR future; get started!

CTE Students: Write a blog for UtahCTE.org

Friday, March 4th, 2011

UtahCTE.org invites you to write a blog telling readers about your CTE experience. Tell us about a class project, a career fair you attended, a CTSO experience, a teacher who made a difference, why you choose a particular CTE Pathway, or how CTE is preparing you for life after high school.

Chosen blogs will appear on the home page of UtahCTE.org . A $10 Subway gift card will be given to each student whose blog is chosen. This invitation continues through the end of the school year.

Follow the steps below to submit your blog.

  1. Write a blog – maximum of 300 words
  2. Sign the CTE media release (If you’re under 18 years of age the media release will need to be signed by a parent or guardian). The media release is located here.
  3. Choose a photo of yourself to include in your blog. The photo should be:
    1. high-resolution (300 dpi)
    2. landscape
    3. jpg format
  4. Submit the blog, signed media release, and photo to utahcte@schools.utah.gov.

We look forward to receiving your blog and reading about your experience in CTE.
The UtahCTE.org Team

ProStart – The Ultimate Challenge

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Rigorous coursework, hands-on learning, on-the-job training, hard work, skill, passion, and drive are all traits of a Family and Consumer Sciences ProStart student. Every year teams from Utah represent the Utah Restaurant Association ProStart program to compete in individual state competitions. The first-place teams in the culinary and/or management competitions then move on to compete at the annual National ProStart Invitational.

In April, 2010, the ProStart team from Brighton High School went to the National ProStart Invitational in Kansas City to compete in the culinary arts event, against other high school teams from schools from across the nation. Before winning a spot at the National ProStart Invitational Brighton High School students competed against culinary students across the state of Utah, including those from Ogden, Provo, Tooele, and Cedar City. After winning the state competition the Brighton High School team went on to take sixteenth place in Kansas City.

Fast forward to 2011. . .on Thursday, March 10 ProStart students from across the state will showcase their talents, skills, and abilities at the state competition at the University Park Marriott Hotel. Student teams will compete for a spot at the National ProStart Invitational on April 21-25 in Kansas City.

School Teams:  
Bingham Ogden
Bonneville Park City
Brighton Pleasant Grove
Canyon View Provo
Carbon Salem Hills
Cedar Snow Canyon
Clearfield Spanish Fork
Desert Hills Taylorsville
Fremont Timpanogos
Jordan Tooele
Layton Wendover
Lone Peak West
Murray Westlake

Get started in a CTE Family and Consumer Sciences Pathway today!