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Central Region Career Day

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

On Tuesday, April 12, students from the Central Region gathered together to participate in a Career Day event highlighting Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathways. The event was held at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield where 1,300 students explored numerous careers by participating in hands-on activities. Participating schools included:

Delta Middle School  North Sevier Middle School
Ephraim Middle School  North Sanpete Middle School
Fillmore Middle School Piute High School
Gunnison Middle School Red Hills Middle School
Juab Junior High School South Sevier Middle School
Tintic High School  Wayne Middle School

Students had the opportunity to explore at least 20 of the 52 careers featured at the Career Day event. Local businesses set up interactive booths/displays where students were able to “try on a career” working hands-on using tools and equipment. Upon arrival each student received a “CTE Pathways Passport” to record each career they explored. “Many students came to the information booth asking to locate a specific career that they wanted to research. Students also had the opportunity to explore careers that were nontraditional for their gender,” said Darlene Wabel, Central Region CTE Pathways Coordinator.

Throughout the event students had a wonderful time exploring careers and participating in hands-on activities with local businesses. Students were engaged and eagerly participated in the many activities available, which included:

AT&T – Students learned how electronic communications work.

Central Utah Public Health – Students were shown how to give an injection and then practiced on oranges.

Johnson Dental Lab – Students were shown how to make a crown.

Kevin Madison & Associates – Students reviewed “blueprint” plans from several local schools.

Mountain America Credit Union – Students learned how to manage a debit card.

Mountainland Supply – Students connected the plumbing in a sink and learned how to assemble a fire hydrant.

OSHA – Students learned how to put on and wear a safety harness.

Redmond Salt – Students learned how salt is mined and learned about the many products made from salt.

Richfield Reaper – Students saw how a newspaper tabloid is laid out on the computer and then transferred to printing plates. Each student received a copy of the printed Central Region CTE Pathways tabloid.

Satterwhite – Students learned how logs are cut from trees and how they fit together to make log homes.

Sevier County Sheriff – Students learned about careers in law enforcement, including occupations in the SWAT team and in the DARE program, learning about the equipment used to serve and protect the public.

Sevier Valley Hospital – Students looked at blood slides from the lab and learned how to use equipment in respiratory therapy.

Shirt Shop – Students printed their own T-shirt with their school logo.

SUFCO – Students learned about the mining of coal and the engineering required to extract the coal.

Utah Natural Resources – Students learned the responsibilities of a “Fish and Game Warden.”

Wells Fargo – Students learned about bank accounts and filled out deposit slips.

“I love Career Day and all the hands-on experiences.” – Mallory Roberts

“I like Career Day because I love to see all the things I can do for a living in the future.” – Molly Peterson

“I really like the Culinary Arts Program because I love to bake.” – Kami Jackson






“My favorite is Cosmetology” –Danika Wittern

“I love the Cosmetology Program because I love to make people look beautiful.” –Bailey Nielson





CTE students in the Central Region are among the 325,000 secondary and post-secondary CTE students in Utah. For information about the CTE classes offered at your school talk to your school counselor or visit UtahCTE.org.

 CTE offers Pathways to YOUR future; get started!

4th Annual Biotechnology Poster Symposium

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

On Friday, May 13, 2011 the Jordan School District, Salt Lake Community College, and Utah Valley University hosted the 4th Annual Biotechnology Poster Symposium at the Salt Lake City Public Library.

The event was an opportunity for the public to view posters of research projects conducted by forty high school, college, and university students, as well as interact with some of Utah’s budding scientists.

Biotechnology is a dynamic career field that is expanding by leaps and bounds. “Biotechnology has become the centerpiece of therapy of all ailments, from heart disease and cancers to the common cold,” says Carl B. Feldbaum, president of Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Biotechnology is predicted to be one of the most important applied sciences of the 21st century.

Winners from the 2011 Biotechnology Poster Symposium were:

1st Year High School Level

1st – Emily Simek

Emily Simek


2nd – Lynnzie Kipp

Lynnzie Kipp


3rd – Sydni Jones

Sydni Jones


InnovaBio 2nd Year High School Level

1st – Joey Garzarelli

2nd – Stephen Williams

3rd – Andrew Davis

InnovaBio College Level

1st – Desiree Gates

2nd – Erik Huynh

3rd – Crystal Payne

3rd – Josh Steenstra

Photos from the 4th Annual Biotechnology Poster Symposium

Learn about the Career and Technical Education Health Science Biotechnology Pathway at http://www.utahcte.org/career/health-science/biotechnology.php and get started!

Accounting and Finance Pathway

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Have you heard of the Career Technical Education (CTE) Accounting and Finance Pathway? If you are interested in business, like working with numbers, and are detailed oriented this CTE Career Pathway is one to check out.

Salt Lake City was recently recognized as “a key financial locale” by eFinancialCareers.com. Goldman Sachs, a “Wall Street powerhouse,” and the Royal Bank of Scotland are expanding their offices to Salt Lake City. David Lang, Managing Director for Goldman Sachs said that, “Utah has a robust business environment and infrastructure. . .The strong talent pool is a validation of our growth here.”

Read the article titled “Unexpected Wall Street” to learn more about Salt Lake City being recognized as one of the three key U.S. metro areas for finance. “Salt Lake City may be some distance from Wall Street, but more and more financial markets professionals are calling it home.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics approximately 48,000 residents in Salt Lake City work in the area of financial services. In Utah, financial specialists occupations are projected to increase 3 percent through the year 2018.

Megan Jensen

Megan Jensen, a student at Piute High School, is on the path to a successful and fulfilling career in accounting. “I started taking CTE classes in 7th grade. I found that I really liked the business and computer classes. As I got into high school, I kept taking classes like accounting, computer tech., web design, word processing, and business communications. I also joined FBLA when I was a freshman, which has helped me to further my business leadership skills. Taking these courses and joining FBLA has helped me to decide that I want [a career in] Accounting and Business Management.”

For information on salary projections, labor market demand, and training options in the Accounting and Finance Pathway log on to UtahFutures.org. Get started!

See the Vision

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Where do you want to be in the year 2020? Do you have a dream? Can you visualize what you will be doing? Do you have a plan? Through the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathways you can See the Vision of the possibilities and the map to get to your dream.

Recently, the Utah System of Higher Education released a Higher Education 2020 Plan that calls for more of Utah students to go to college, enroll in high demand programs such as CTE and complete the degree. Get started by visiting with your school counselor. He or she should be your ally in planning your personal education and career goals and will assist you in creating a Student Education Occupation Plan (SEOP). An SEOP is an important tool that will map out your high school classes. Through individual and classroom activities, rigorous academic study, CTE and work-based learning, you will learn decision making and planning skills. CTE Pathways save time and money and will assist you in making good choices.

Taking CTE classes, completing a CTE Pathway, preparing for college and taking concurrent enrollment classes is a critical part of this map. CTE Pathways will give you the skills you need to be successful in the technology and information driven economy of today and tomorrow. Be involved in Pathways. See the Vision. Make your dreams a reality. Become college and career ready by signing up for a CTE class today!

Career Days at Bridgerland ATC

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Students in Northern Utah Participate in Career Days at Bridgerland ATC

Who: 3,500 students from middle, junior and high schools in Box Elder, Cache, and Rich counties.

What: Business, industry, and community partnered with education to provide interactive opportunities for students to increase their awareness of a wide range of career pathways.

Where: Main campus of Bridgerland Applied Technology College, 1301 North 600 West, Logan, Utah.

When: Wednesday and Thursday, May 4-5 from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

On May 4th and 5th, approximately 3,500 7th through 12th grade students, teachers, school administrators, CTE directors, parents, industry leaders and volunteers converged on the campus of Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC) for the 4th Annual Career Days, a Career Pathways event. The objective of Career Days was to provide students with hands-on exposure to the diverse and exciting career opportunities requiring technical skills.

The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts that by 2012, there will be a shortfall of nearly 3 million skilled workers in America. The average age of skilled workers in many trades is 54-57 years old, and as this veteran group retires, there are not enough trained workers to replace them and fill essential jobs. 

Career Days, modeled after the nationwide Career Construction Days (CCD) program, is an experiential-based event designed to expose youth to a comprehensive list of over 29 career paths leading to hundreds of different careers. Career Days is the result of the collaborative efforts of business and industry leaders, workforce development, education and school representatives. Sponsors for Career Days 2011 included BATC, Bear River Region Pathways Program, Department of Workforce Services, Interform, Komatsu, Logan City, Larry H. Miller Group, Miller Motorsports Park, Northwood Rentals, Pepsi, Vulcraft, and Wells Fargo Bank.

The Career Days event included interactive exhibits, trade industry displays and demonstration projects that required student involvement. The goal was to convert students’ enthusiasm into a rewarding career path.

Fox 13 story – Career Days at Bridgerland ATC