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CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

NOW is the time to apply for a Career and Technical Education Scholarship and Tuition Award. This year, approximately 102 college scholarships are available. These scholarships are for one year of college or ATC tuition only. Don’t delay! Check with your CTE teacher or school counselor today to prepare your application.

WHAT: CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards

WHO: All Utah high school SENIORS seeking an associate degree or less and/or seeking to be a school teacher in a CTE area—Agriculture Education, Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Health Science Education, Information Technology Education, Marketing Education, Skilled and Technical Sciences Education, and Technology and Engineering Education.

WHERE: Scholarships and tuition awards are available at the following institutions:

Utah System of Higher Education
Utah State University College of Eastern Utah – Price Campus*
Utah State University College of Eastern Utah – San Juan Campus*
Dixie State College
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC)
Snow College (SC) – Richfield Campus*
Southern Utah University (UVU)*
Utah Valley University (UVU)
Weber State University (WSU)

Utah College of Applied Technology
Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC)
Davis Applied Technology College (DATC)*
Dixie Applied Technology College (DXATC)
Mountainland Applied Technology College (MATC)
Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College (OWATC)
Southwest Applied Technology College (SWATC)
Tooele Applied Technology College (TATC)
Uintah Basin Applied Technology College (UBATC)

*Note: CEU-Price, CEU-San Juan, DATC, SC, and SUU scholarships are for a specific amount less than a full year’s tuition.

WHEN: Applications are due Monday, February 27, 2012

HOW: For more information about the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards visit UtahCTE.org.

“I am excited to get more training and know that a CTE scholarship will help me accomplish that goal.” –BriAnne Shipton, a graduate of Uintah High School

Gary Wixom, Assistant Commissioner of CTE, Utah System of Higher Education, presents BriAnne Shipton with a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award.

Career and Technical Education: Preparing Students for College and Career!

CTE Month Events

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

February is CTE Month
Career and Technical Education: Preparing Students for College and Career!

Utah joins states across the nation in celebrating Career and Technical Education during the month of February. Take advantage of the resources that have been made available to increase awareness of your programs that ensure CTE students are college and career ready!

As you make plans to celebrate CTE Month, reference your copy of the handout,
29 Things To Do During CTE Month, every day!

Be aware of the first annual CTE Career Day scheduled concurrently with National Job Shadow Day on February 2. We are in the process of gathering Personal Career Briefs (career stories of workers)—first jobs, worst jobs, and more.  Beginning on February 2, and every day thereafter through February, we will post a Personal Career Brief on UtahCTE.org. We’ll post reminders, highlights, and short synopses via Twitter (@UtahCTE) and Facebook (/UtahCTE).  We encourage you to check in daily! Watch for the Career Brief of someone you know, or someone who graduated from your high school. It’s a way to participate in a virtual mini-job shadow every day of CTE Month, and there may even be prizes involved. We’ll also be sharing information about your students’ job shadows, and the businesses that are hosting them.

February 13 is the Virtual Healthcare Interactive Live Event. A select group of students will have the opportunity to view an artificial heart surgery, and join in a live chat with surgeons who can answer questions about the procedure.

UACTE Day on the Hill is February 15. This is a fabulous opportunity for CTE educators and students to showcase programs and tell CTE success stories to our state senators and representatives during the legislative session.

Join other social media savvy educators across the nation on February 23. ACTE is sponsoring CTE Social Media Advocacy Day – an opportunity to engage with other CTE educators as well as the general public nationwide, and to spread the good word about today’s Career and Technical Education.

Finally, February 29 is the final day to submit your CTE Moment photos! This year we encourage you to find an exemplary CTE activity at your school, and capture the moment by taking a photo and sending it in early! (Email photos, with a short caption, to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.) We’ll select photos to post occasionally during February via Twitter and Facebook. On March 7, a CTE Moment photo will be posted every hour – from 9 am to 8 pm on Twitter. This collection of 12 photos will then be posted to Facebook, and the photographers who submitted “winning” photos will each be awarded a $10 Gift Card.

 Happy CTE Month and Best Wishes for Continued Success!

What Will the Future Bring?

Friday, January 6th, 2012

By: Gary Wixom
Assistant Commissioner for Career and Technical Education
Utah System of Higher Education

What will the future bring? That question is something that we all think about from time to time. We live at a time of turmoil both within the country and internationally. The news is full of discouraging predictions about the future. With all the doom and gloom in the press, it would be easy to become discouraged about our own future. On the other hand, if we just look around, we soon discover that it is a great time to be alive. Technological advances have made life easier and more interesting, and those advancements will continue to come and be a part of our lives changing how we live, learn, and interact with our environment.

As we start into a new year we are often focused on making resolutions, setting goals, deciding to take a different path. The year 2012 will continue to be challenging, but can also be the beginning of new hopes, dreams and accomplishments. Now is a great time to set additional goals for career advancement. The rate of unemployment continues to be a challenge for the nation around 9 percent and even here in Utah it is still around 6 percent. The prediction is that those rates will be with us for the next couple of years. But did you know that there are many great paying jobs that are going unfilled today because there are not skilled workers to fill them. Actually the future for job growth here in Utah is pretty bright.

According to the Career Clusters Forecasting Demand for High School through College Jobs, 2008-2018, the fastest growing job clusters in the nation are Information Technology, Health Sciences, and Human Services. Of all the states, Utah is third in the growth rate for Information Technology. Utah is second for the growth rate for Health Sciences, and Human Services. Each of these Career Clusters provide higher than average wages. So, how can you get one of these jobs? By following one of the Programs of Study that are available in these Career Clusters. You can explore these Career Clusters and also check out the great information available, to help you focus on a particular program of study, on UtahFutures.org.

To get a good paying job in the future, you will have to have specific skills that you can get by following a Career and Technical Education Pathway while in high school and then moving on to certificate, or degree training at a college or university. The possibilities are unlimited—just set your sights high and move forward.

There’s a NEW Chef in the Kitchen at Highland High School

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

By Kimber Christensen, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, Highland High School
I just wanted to share something awesome! Last year at the end of the school year I gave my beat up and worn out metal pots and pans to the Welding teacher, Denise Fuentes, so she could have her students practice welding on the metal. Better to reuse than toss right? Well, I never expected to see those pots and pans again, but. . . Last month, during faculty meeting, much to my surprise and amazement, Denise presented me with a Chef that her advanced welding students made out of the pots, pans, and kitchen gadgets I gave to her last year. Ms. Fuentes and her students added a few more pieces and parts to give Chef a magnetic personality. If you look closely you will see that the body is a microwave and the bum (which you can’t see) is a toaster. What a masterpiece! I love it!!!

Chef is my new sidekick in the kitchen! It’s so cute! If only Chef could prep, cook, and cleanup. Hum. . .maybe I should talk to the Technology and Engineering teacher. A robotic Chef? Wouldn’t that be awesome! Robotic or not I love my new sidekick in the kitchen.

Special thanks to Denise Fuentes, Shauna Herrick, Kyle Johnson, Cody Hilborn, Steve Floor, Maureen Larkin and others for their talent, skill, creativeness, and for the joy they added to the Family and Consumer Sciences kitchen at Highland High School.

By Denise Fuentes, Welding Teacher, Highland High School
It was the very end of the school year and we had already cleaned and put machines away for summer. Then all these pots, pans, cookie sheets, etc. were brought to the shop by a few students. With nowhere else to put them at the time they went right in the middle of our tables. Curiously I said, “I wonder what we can do with these?” Jokingly a student replied, “Wouldn’t it be funny to make a little chef?” I thought it was a great idea. So throughout the summer and a quick trip to the D.I., I collected a few kitchen odds and ends to add to what was donated to us by Kimber Christensen. At the beginning of the school year I shared the idea with my advanced welding class and they loved it. They sorted through pans and utensils until they came up with the wonderful design that grew into a life size ‘Chef’.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) inspires, teaches, and trains students using hands-on teaching methods. Learn about CTE Pathways at UtahCTE.org. Career and Technical Education: Preparing students for college and career!