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Build a Skill for Life

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Students interested in manufacturing tend to have a few traits in common: they are problem solvers, creative thinkers, good with computers, and meticulous about details. If these traits describe you then you should consider a career in manufacturing. In today’s knowledge-based workplace skilled workers are at a premium. Those who are successful have specialized skills, hands-on training, and problem-solving skills. In every manufacturing occupation a working knowledge of math is crucial. Students working in manufacturing will need to easily calculate mathematical problems using concepts learned from algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.

Through Career and Technical Education, Skilled and Technical Sciences Education (STS) has five Pathways in Precision Production Trades that lead to careers in manufacturing. By taking STS courses students can obtain industry certification and be ready to work in a manufacturing career shortly after high school.

Precision Production Trades
Cabinetmaking/Millwork Pathway
Drafting/CAD Pathway
Graphics/Printing Pathway
Machine Tool

Manufacturing in Utah:
> There are over 3,974 manufacturing firms in the state.
> 113,000 people are employed in the manufacturing industry.
> Payroll in the manufacturing industry totals over $1.3 million.
> The average monthly wage in the manufacturing industry is $3,962,
    which is 16.8 percent higher than the statewide average monthly wage.
> Manufacturing equals 8.9 percent of all state employment.
> Utah’s manufacturing industry is currently the 3rd largest industry
    in the state for total employment.
(Source: Utah Manufacturers Association and Utah Department of Workforce Services) 

Kaydee Walters

Jobs in manufacturing require workers who can interpret blueprints, program computerized machining, and solve problems quickly. Kaydee Walters, a recent graduate from Tooele High School, was the gold medal winner in cabinetmaking at the National Skills and Leadership Conference for SkillsUSA in Kansas City. She was the first female, ever, to win this competition. Through participation in CTE Kaydee learned and mastered the specialized skills that will lead her to a successful career in manufacturing. “My CTE classes in high school prepared me in many ways. Such as teaching me the knowledge I needed to know about woodworking, learning about all the tools and machines and how to use them, and how to create and read plans.”

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Utah Students Advance in Business Education

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011


UtahCTE.org congratulates the following students who received a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. Each student proved that he/she has the academic knowledge, technical skills, and drive to advance his/her education beyond high school in Business Education. This scholarship award will give each student a jump-start for his/her postsecondary training and open many doors of opportunity, now and in the future. Upon graduation from high school each student now advances to a Utah postsecondary institution to study and train for a career in business.

Jazzel Hall

“After obtaining an associate degree I will go back to the Philippines and I will open up my own small Asian restaurant in Manila. High school helped me to start accomplishing my goals and supported me in my career. I know that by practicing all the skills I’ve learned in my CTE classes I will be a successful business owner.”
Jazzel Hall, Hillcrest High School






Jacob Jones

“I have a great love for business from actively working in the field, from many years in FBLA, and from the business classes I have taken. I have taken many CTE classes that are oriented towards the Business Pathway and I plan to pursue a career in business. After I graduate in Business Management I plan to enter the workforce and start my own company.”
Jacob Jones, Wasatch High School  




Jessica Katwyk

“After I have earned my business degree, I plan to use the knowledge I have gained in college, plus continuing education in order to help me become a successful business owner. The Business Management [Pathway] has helped me realize what is important in my life.”
Jessica Katwyk, Bingham High School         





“The career and technical field I have chosen to study is Business Management. This is a career that I feel I will enjoy and be successful in. After I have completed my AAS degree I would like to work for a company and get experience in my degree, in order to be successful in the business field.”
Janet Munoz, Wasatch High School                                      


Lakota Preece

“CTE Pathways has impacted me in ways I cannot even begin to explain. The Pathway I chose to follow was the Business Management Pathway. This helped me decide which classes to take that would help me in the future and in obtaining my goal. Because of that one meeting with my [school] counselor and choosing a Pathway, I now have a plan and many goals to go along with it.”
Lakota Preece, Morgan High School                                     



“After receiving my AAS degree [in business] I would like to seek employment with a reputable company in the renewable energy field. I have had the opportunity to help my father in the initial stages of renewable energy project development and would like to continue employment in the field. I have taken many [CTE] business classes at Wasatch High School to help me prepare for my career.”
Michael Rhees, Wasatch High School 


Would you describe yourself as efficient, well organized, systematic, and responsible? Are you good at paying attention to detail, using computer programs, working with numbers, and following instructions? Do you like to create spreadsheets, keep business records, and work in a well-structured environment? If you answered yes, then a career in one of the five Business Pathways may be perfect for you. CTE offers Pathways to YOUR future; get started!

Advocacy for Career and Technical Education

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Gary Wixom, Assistant Commissioner of Academic Affairs, Utah System of Higher Education

The United States is facing some hard economic times. The U.S. Congress is just getting around to passing the 2011 budget, which includes some cuts to Career and Technical Education (CTE). After taking an immediate cut of 2 percent, the Carl D. Perkins funding will lose an additional $138 million dollars in the next year. There is no doubt that Congress must make some “tough” decisions to get spending and the deficit under control. However, CTE plays a critical role in the economic development of the country. CTE educators need to communicate with their representatives to make sure that they understand that training the workforce is critical to our economic recovery.

If you are reading the articles concerning the “recovery”, you are seeing terms like “jobless recovery”. The economy is struggling to show strength, but without an increase in the number jobs being created we are in for a long struggle. It is not that companies are not making money—they are making money and holding on to it. To some degree this is due to lack of confidence in where the country is headed. Large and small businesses are holding on to cash that could be spent on expansion and new jobs, but there is a lack of confidence in the future.

When the economy begins to add jobs, where will they be added? Many of them will be in the areas that CTE programs provide training. If we do not keep our Career and Technical training programs strong, then the problem will shift again to jobs going unfilled due to the lack of trained workers. According to Forbes Magazine, the hottest jobs between now and 2018 will be in the biomedical area, information and data communications, and health related areas. All of these areas are ones that CTE supports by providing training and career pathways for students. What can we do? Help get the story out. Talk to local, state and national representatives and let them know how important strong CTE programs are for the future of the state and the country. CTE: Learning That Works for America™.