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UtahCTE.org Wants to Hear from YOU!

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Students, tell UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov about your summer job. How did you find your job? Where are you working? What are your responsibilities? What have you learned? Through September 5, selected submissions will appear as part of a blog featured on UtahCTE.org. A $10 Subway gift card will be given to each student whose submission is chosen. Get started!

 

Follow the steps below to submit your story.

  1. Tell UtahCTE about your summer job – 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, perhaps working at your summer job, to include with your story. The photo should be:
    • high-resolution (300 dpi)
    • landscape
    • jpg format

Submit your story, signed media release, and photo to utahcte@schools.utah.gov.

We look forward to reading about your summer job experiences.
The UtahCTE.org Team

CTE Students Are Enthusiastic About Information Technology Education

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

This week, Governor Herbert announced that EMC Corporation, a global information technology leader, is coming to Utah. EMC Corporation will open a new customer support center adding 500 new jobs to Utah’s IT industry by the end of 2015. “The fact that a world-wide company like EMC expands operations in Utah underscores that this state continues to be among the leading IT locations anywhere,” said Governor Herbert.

Utah has a robust high-tech environment with over 4,200 high-tech companies in Utah, with a combined payroll of $3.6 billion. In Utah, the average IT salary is 58 percent higher than the statewide average. Many high-tech companies have been founded or are headquartered in Utah. These companies include Pixar, Omniture, WordPerfect, Novell, IM Flash, Iomega, and Atari.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides the foundation for Utah’s high-tech workforce. Through participation in one of six CTE Information Technology Education Pathways, students receive hands-on training and experience, while having the opportunity to obtain industry certification. Utah students have been recognized for their excellence in computer skills and technology at many national competitions, including Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA), SkillsUSA, and the Technology Student Association (TSA).

Career and Technical Education students are enthusiastic about the IT training they received in high school.

Brian Clark, a graduate of Bryce Valley High School and CTE scholarship recipient says, “I was able to take my first class in computer technology in the ninth grade, and this is where my interest in computers started. I have worked with my dad building several of our home computers, networking them together to share a printer, and troubleshooting home technical problems. I found through these experiences that I really like working with computers.” Brian plans on a career in Information Technology with an emphasis in computer technology and network administration. “I would eventually like to own my own business helping companies with computer installation and repair.”

Taylor Wilson, a graduate of Pleasant Grove High School says, “I took many CTE courses throughout high school, but found my love for multimedia during my senior year. While I took many CTE courses in high school, the multimedia course opened up a whole new world to me. I learned what it takes to create and to produce. For my third term project I produced a full length CD of me playing the guitar and singing. It was exciting and a great experience. I believe my career chose me and I am excited about that. I have always been told that if you do something you love, you will never work a day in your life.”

Ronnie Dodds, a graduate of Panguitch High School says, “The CTE classes I’ve taken during the past four years of high school have helped reinforce my decision of seeking an education in computer engineering. My CTE computer classes have helped me broaden my view of this field. Computer classes have given me resources I would not have had, and have helped me expand my knowledge.”

“Our educational system continues to produce high-quality and productive employees. Utah’s workforce is second to none.” said GOED executive director, Spencer Eccles.

Get started in an Information Technology Education Pathway today. Employers in Utah are waiting to hire skilled students from across the state to help them succeed, to be competitive, and to further advance their companies in a global marketplace.

Nursing: A Career That Makes a Difference!

Monday, June 20th, 2011

The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest….~William Osler

William Osler, who has been called the Father of Modern Medicine, was the first to bring medical students out of the lecture hall for bedside clinical training. Osler’s foresight narrowed the gap between theory and practice and created an environment for effective learning and training.

 

Hands-on training, now that is what Career and Technical Education (CTE) is all about! Students who participate in CTE classes, and in particular the Health Science Pathways, receive technical instruction in the classroom, experiential education in the laboratory, work-based learning opportunities in clinical settings, and leadership skills through Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).

According to the Utah State Division of Aging and Adult Services, Utah’s 65-plus population is projected to increase by 165 percent through the year 2030, and its 85-plus population is projected to increase by 123 percent through the year 2030. As a result, qualified health care workers will be needed to assist with the health care needs of this aging population.

Health care professionals are needed more than ever and the field of nursing offers many different career options at a variety of educational and professional levels. Nurses enjoy career stability and a choice of many career opportunities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the U.S., registered nurses (RNs) hold 2.6 million jobs, making registered nursing the largest health care occupation. About 6 out of 10 RN jobs are in hospitals, in inpatient and outpatient departments.

Occupations in nursing include:

> Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

> Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

> Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)

> Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

> Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

> Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

> Nurse Practitioner (NP)

> Registered Nurse (RN)

For information on salary projections, labor market demand, and training options visit UtahFutures.org.

Katherine Easton, CTE Scholarship Recipient

“I have always been intrigued with nursing and participation in [CTE Health Science] courses has not only solidified that interest in pursuing nursing as a career, but has also prepared me well for my future schooling.

I know that the technical knowledge that I have gained through participation in these CTE classes has prepared me to be successful in my educational goals and my life occupational desires. Not only has the training put me on a solid path, it has provided me with a set of highly marketable skills (my CNA certificate). I am very grateful for the [school] counselors who helped me recognize the tremendous benefit of CTE classes and training that would so effectively prepare me for this career pathway.”

Would you describe yourself as observant, methodical, and kind? Are you good at attending to sick people, making decisions, and working as a member of a team? Do you like to study biology, learn about medical devices, and talk to others? If you answered yes, then a career in health care may be perfect for you.

School may be out for the summer, but summer is a great time to participate in a summer camp that offers a health care youth experience. Bridgerland Applied Technology College and the Davis Applied Technology College have summer camps featuring health care experiences with no tuition.

Get started on a pathway to YOUR future by participating in the CTE Health Science Nursing Pathway today!

Utah’s Wind Energy

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Students from Milford High School, Milford, Utah

 

Have you noticed the wind farms going up in Utah? There are two windmills at Camp Williams, nine in Spanish Fork Canyon, and 97 in phase one of the Milford Corridor Project. The Milford Wind Farm is rated at 204 megawatts and has the capacity to generate clean, renewable energy to power 45,000 homes per year. The nine windmills in Spanish Fork Canyon can produce 74 percent of the electrical needs in Spanish Fork. Wind will definitely be a part of the energy future in Utah.

 

There is “power in the wind,” says Andy Swapp, Technology and Engineering Teacher at Milford High School. Watch how Andy Swapp and his students brought wind power to Milford, Utah.

 

Facts about Wind Energy:

  • In 2010, 1.1 percent of Utah’s power was provided by wind.
  • In Utah, wind farms power 50,000 homes.
  • Through 2009, the wind power installed in Utah avoided 400,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.
  • In 2009, wind energy made up 1.8 percent of U.S. power generation.
  • Wind power accounts for about 50 percent of renewable energy.
  • Renewable energy is wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal power, energy from biomass, and wood or wood-derived products.
  • Currently, wind energy capacity in the U.S. is over 35,000 megawatts, compared to 3,000 megawatts in the year 2000.
  • 35,000 megawatts is enough electricity to power approximately 9.7 million homes.

Wind energy is creating new career opportunities in construction, manufacturing, maintenance, engineering, and business development. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) an estimated 85,000 Americans are employed in the wind power industry and its related fields.

Is a wind energy career in your future? Learn about the following occupations in wind energy:

                             > Energy Auditor                    > Wind Energy Engineer

                             > Energy Engineer                  > Wind Energy Operations Manager

                             > Electrician                           > Wind Energy Project Manager

                             > Mechanical Engineer            > Wind Turbine Service Technician

 

For more information about careers in wind energy, talk to your school counselor and get started in the Career and Technical Education Technology and Engineering Pathway today. 

 

Travel and Tourism

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Do you like to travel? Do you like to learn about new places? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, travel and tourism is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the world. In fact, business travel in the U.S. is responsible for over $240 billion in spending and approximately 2.4 million American jobs.

Vacation jobs are often associated with travel, lodging, food, entertainment or leisure. However, in addition to workers in transportation, travel agents, hotel personnel, groundskeepers, and food service workers that might spring immediately to mind, almost any occupation might be a vacation job, given the right setting. For example, cruise ships need Electricians, Retail Workers, and IT Specialists, too. Furthermore, “sustainable tourism” is growing in popularity. Sustainable tourism promotes economic development, cultural preservation, and environmentally friendly tourism in underdeveloped countries. More traditional occupations in tourism and leisure such as Destination Marketing Manager, Resort Activities Director, and even Tour Guides are learning to use new social media tools to draw customers and to provide better service.

Read more about opportunities in tourism and leisure in the Occupational Outlook Quarterly: http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2010/winter/art01.pdf. If you’re interested in working for a cruise line, check out www2.cruising.org/shipboardEmployment.cfm. And if you are a student in travel, tourism, or hospitality, you’ll want to review available scholarships at www.tourismcares.org/scholarships.

Log on to UtahCTE.org and learn about the opportunities in the Career and Technical Education Travel and Tourism Pathway and get started!

Technology in Education

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
By Mary Shumway
State Director of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Utah State Office of Education
 
Last year Kearns High School was awarded an “Enhancing Education Through Technology” federal grant to purchase iPods to use as a learning tool with their 1,600 students. Students have used the devices throughout the year to download applications, take notes, do Internet research and read textbooks. Teachers say that using iPods in the classroom has given them a new tool to enhance learning and engage students through daily lessons and homework assignments.

The use of digital technology and social media are essential to every classroom in America. In Utah we want to provide students with the best possible education and give them the tools they need to thrive in the workplace and in life. Our short-term goal is to have every school equipped with open access to digital technology and social media. This will take some time, but changes are being made to provide schools will the digital tools students need to successfully work on school projects while at school, using digital technology and the Internet. “Most of Utah’s public school students are ‘digital natives.’ That’s why we are currently crafting a statewide education technology initiative to ensure all Utah high school graduates are prepared with the skills they’ll need to succeed in this new and evolving digital landscape,” says Superintendent Larry Shumway.

Watch how iPods and iPads were used at Viewmont Elementary and Kearns High School this year. 

 

Tell us how your school utilized digital technology in the classroom this year? Email your stories and/or comments to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

Summer Camps

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

School may be out for the summer, but summer is the perfect time to learn new skills and make new friends. Check out one of the many summer youth camps taking place across the state. To locate other summer camps in your area talk to your school counselor or CTE teacher.

June 1–17: Health Careers Summer Camps
Mountainland Region – Utah County
By application only.

June 1 – June 28: Youth Education
University of Utah
Tuition varies.

June 6-July 29: 4-H State Contests
Utah State University
Tuition varies.

June 13–July 29: Youth Summer Camps
Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC)
No tuition!

June 24-25: Scratch Programming Workshop
Utah Valley University
No tuition!

June 27–August 10: Youth Summer Camps
Davis Applied Technology College (DATC)
No tuition!

July 5–8: Manufacturing Summer Camp
Ogden-Weber ATC
No tuition!

July 26–29: Bytes of Brilliance Technology Camp
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC)
Tuition is $30.

Tell us what you did during the summer. Did you participate in a summer camp, go on vacation with your family, travel out of the state, visit another country, attend a farmers market or rodeo, or participate in a summer reading program? Send your stories to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

Have a great summer!

Choosing a Career? It Doesn’t Usually Work That Way

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

It is graduation time, and the discussions about college and careers grow increasingly intense.  That intensity may be a reflection of a common view of “career” as a one-time decision to be made, rather than the lifelong progression that it really is.  This is not to diminish the important role that planning plays in that progression, but to help you understand that a good plan will accommodate change over time in response to new knowledge and changing life circumstances.  As such, climbing a mountain offers a better comparison than a one-time choice of which mountain to climb.

To increase one’s chances of successfully ascending any mountain takes preparation.  You’ll want to start with a destination in mind, and you’ll need the right tools and supplies to make the journey.  This preparation might be compared to your K-12 school experience, designed to help you learn the basic skills, and give you the knowledge you need, to launch your life beyond high school.  

As you begin an ascent up a mountain, you are bound to encounter unexpected challenges – perhaps a sudden change in the weather, a boulder that blocks your way, or even the discovery that you need to make more frequent stops than you originally anticipated. These challenges offer opportunities to evaluate, learn, and adjust your plan all along the way.  You might even re-define your path to take advantage of vistas unseen from your initial perspective, or to participate in an unanticipated adventure.  Successful careers are similarly a whole series of evaluating your steps along the way, applying your current knowledge and skills, and developing the additional knowledge and skills that will help you meet the next challenge.  You might re-define your plan to accommodate changing life circumstances (e.g., marriage, the birth of a child), or to hone the skills that will enable you to take a bigger “leap” in your career than you initially planned.

Whether climbing a mountain or embarking on a career, it all starts with a plan; just be open to adjusting the course in light of new information and lessons learned.

Your first step beyond high school is worth serious consideration. Framing it as just the first of many choices you will be making might reduce some of the associated stress.  There are more opportunities that will come your way, more skills to learn, more insight to achieve – across your entire lifetime.  You need not have your entire journey mapped out with every contingency defined, you need only get started!