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CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards Banquet

Friday, March 30th, 2012


UtahCTE.org congratulates the high school students who received a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award on Thursday, May 2, 2012. This scholarship award will give each recipient a jump-start for his/her postsecondary training and open many doors of opportunity, now and in the future. We offer our best wishes to each award recipient as he/she advances to college and career and prepares to successfully compete in a global economy.


On Wednesday, May 2, 2012, the 26th Annual Career and Technical Education (CTE) Scholarships and Tuition Awards Banquet will take 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 in Utah.

Each award recipient is one of over 200 applicants who applied for a CTE scholarship and tuition award this year. At the banquet, 98 scholarships will be awarded to high school CTE seniors for one year’s tuition at a postsecondary institution.

Utah System of Higher Education
Dixie State College (DSC)
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC)
Snow College–Richfield Campus (SC)
Southern Utah University (UU)
USU-CEU—Price Campus
USU-CEU—San Juan Campus
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)

Thirty percent of the 46.8 million job openings created by the year 2018 will require some college or a two-year associate degree. CTE is an essential component in filling these job openings. The jobs of today require advanced skills and technical training. Students wanting to stay competitive in the job market need specific training, education, and skills to compete successfully.

Mary Shumway, State Director of Career, Technical, and Adult Education says, “Each award recipient has proven they have the academic knowledge, technical skills, and drive to advance their education beyond high school. This scholarship award will give each recipient a jump-start for postsecondary training and open many doors of opportunity, now and in the future.”

Learn about the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards and/or apply for a scholarship next year. Career and Technical Education: Preparing Students for College and Career!

The Importance of Women Completing Postsecondary Certificates and Degrees

Thursday, March 29th, 2012
By Mary Shumway
State Director of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
Utah State Office of Education


The importance of students being college and career ready is a much discussed topic today. Equally important to being “ready” for college and career, is ensuring that students follow through and obtain a college degree. In Utah, a majority of young women continue on to college after high school graduation, but a large percentage never finish.

First, let’s define the term college. College means 1, 2, 4 or more—a 1-year certification, a 2-year associate degree, a 4-year bachelor’s degree, or a professional degree. No matter what level of postsecondary education a woman attains, obtaining a college certificate and/or degree is invaluable!

The Governor’s Education Excellence Commission – Women’s College Task Force, the Utah System of Higher Education, the Utah State Office of Education, and Prosperity 2020 have partnered to achieve the goal of having more Utah women complete postsecondary certificates and degrees.

The report The Benefits of Higher Education for Women in Utah finds:

  • Many young women do not understand the broad value of a college education.
  • Many young women believe they are being encouraged to attend college but not necessarily graduate.
  • Nearly all young women in the study agreed that a college education is “very important” and “wonderful.” Yet, many do not see the urgency of attending college and completing their degrees.
  • Study participants who had not attended or who had dropped out of college truly believe they will obtain degrees “sometime in the future.” However, statistics show that the majority of these women will never return.

There is a much stronger likelihood that a woman will earn a college degree if she attends college immediately after high school.

Take an active role to:

  • Help young women and those who influence them understand the broad value of getting a college education.
  • Talk to girls, as young as possible, about going to college.
  • Discuss with girls and young women the importance of graduating from college and not just attending college. Use the word “graduation” in more conversations.
  • Encourage young women to attend college directly after high school.
  • Ask K-12 teachers to integrate assignments that help students research why college is important; invite guest speakers to discuss the college experience.

Through the Student Education Occupation Plan (SEOP) students create a college and career ready plan. Our vision is that this plan will put each young woman on a path to enter college—after high school graduation—stay in school, and obtain a certificate and/or degree.

By completing a postsecondary education, women:

  • Maximize their quality of life and that of their family.
  • Have the ability to earn more than a livable wage.
  • Will benefit from continual opportunity.
  • Will have fewer periods of unemployment.

Learn more about the Women and Education Project at http://www.uvu.edu/wep/. Together we can impact the lives of young women, and educate each one about the importance and long term benefits of a postsecondary education. Obtaining a college certificate and/or degree will impact a woman’s life and the lives of every member of their family and succeeding generations.


Thursday, March 29th, 2012


FCCLA– Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
FCCLA provides students with opportunities to attain the knowledge, skills and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in life and careers through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. There are over 2,800 members in 100 Utah chapters.


On March 21-22, 2012, FCCLA members from across the state met at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah to compete at the FCCLA State Leadership Conference and Competition. Throughout the year FCCLA members prepared for STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events.

Mariah Holiday, Rybecca Yellowman, Logan Cly, Monument Valley High School, 1st place winners in the Chapter Service Display competition.

STAR Events are competitive events in which FCCLA members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. STAR Events offer individual skill development and application of learning through:

  1. Cooperative — teams work to accomplish specific goals
  2. Individualized — members work alone to accomplish specific goals
  3. Competitive — individual or team performance measured by an established set of criteria.

From to interior design to food innovations to recycle and redesign students wowed the judges in every STAR Event category. 

Left: JoDee Black, FACS teacher. Middle: Chelsy Hansen, North Sanpete High School, 1st place winner in the Interior Design competition. Right: Auralee Brooks, FACS teacher.

STAR Events Conference Winners: 2012 State STAR Events Medal Listing

Winners from these events advance to the National FCCLA Competition on July 8-12, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.

We want to hear about the FCCLA conference, your skill competition and what your FCCLA chapter has planned for the rest of the school year. Send your stories to utahcte@schools.utah.gov.

A dress made out of pages from the Harry Potter books. Left: Maegan Tingey, Bountiful High School, state participant in the Recycle and Redesign competition. Right: Marilyn Armstrong, FACS teacher.

If you are not a member of a FCCLA and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the FCCLA advisor in your school.

Concurrent Enrollment Augments Career and Technical Education Programs

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

By Curtis Youngman, Professor of Marketing at Salt Lake Community College, and Concurrent Enrollment Liaison

Be assured that Career and Technical Education is working. Opportunities are almost limitless for students involved in higher education today. As students jump into their journey, there are many directions they can become involved in to help prepare for their career. Students need to plan ahead so they can move smoothly in the desired direction. Let’s address a couple of opportunities, and then show how those opportunities are successfully helping students reach their goals.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) is alive and progressing in the State of Utah. CTE shows students a direct connection between doing well in high school and a smooth transition to post-secondary opportunities or to getting a good job when they graduate. CTE Pathways are rigorous programs of study that assure strong technical and academic preparation that provides students with critical hands-on skills. Concurrent Enrollment is one essential strategy that assists in this rigorous training.

Concurrent Enrollment augments the CTE Program objectives and provides challenging college-level experiences for high school students. More than 27,444 Utah students earned over 188,000 credit hours of post-secondary learning last year.

The Salt Lake Community College Concurrent Enrollment Program provides leadership in maintaining partnerships with secondary education institutions that offer high school students the opportunity to earn college credit and high school credit concurrently as they enroll in and complete college-level courses, offered either at Salt Lake Community College or at an approved high school campus.

The Marketing/Management Program at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is an active experiential program that is highly engaged in Concurrent Enrollment. SLCC faculty members work with high school faculty at Alta, Cottonwood, Riverton, Herriman, Jordan, Skyline, Copper Hills, Kearns and Taylorsville High Schools to identify students who are eligible to participate in Concurrent Enrollment courses.

SLCC‘s Concurrent Enrollment Marketing courses taught on high school campuses include:

               MKTG 1030-Introduction to Marketing

               MKTG 1070-Promotion

               MKTG 1010-Customer Service

               MKTG 2000- Cooperative Education (Academy of Finance participants only)

Concurrent Enrollment courses provide hands-on educational experiences in the classroom. Students seamlessly transition from high school to college and develop the skills to successfully engage in the college-level experience.

I certainly appreciate working with the SLCC Concurrent Enrollment faculty and the high school faculty.  They are such role models to our students. Those students will one day be our leaders because of the key CTE programs in Utah.

Read the blog about Emily Dzaitlik. She took full advantage of the Concurrent Enrollment classes at SLCC, while a senior at Jordan High School.

Meet Emily Dzaitlik: Collegiate DECA Vice President

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

By Curtis Youngman, Professor of Marketing at Salt Lake Community College, and State Advisor of Utah Collegiate DECA

Emily Dzaitlik is a recent example of a how participation in the Concurrent Enrollment program, along with involvement in a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) leads to high school and college success. During a visit to Jordan High School, I met Emily when she was a senior. That year, Emily was president of the Jordan High School DECA Organization.

DECA involvement prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Emily had participated in Fall Leadership Conferences, State and International Career Development Conferences (ICDC), and many community and campus service activities. She saw first-hand the value of leadership opportunities and the competitive nature of the business world.

That following year, after high school graduation, Emily was chosen as the Collegiate DECA State Vice President for Communication. She was a key player on the state leadership team, she effectively communicated with advisors, chartered leadership teams and the business community. Emily’s competitive nature rose again as she entered the Advertising Campaign Event and placed 1st in state and 2nd at the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Being a state leader was not enough for Emily. While at the ICDC in Orlando she ran for an International position, and was selected to be one of the five student leaders representing the total international delegation. She has been a valued player with the national student officer team. It is exciting to watch! Seeing Emily step into positions that spur team building activities and critical thinking, and then displaying her leadership skills to others or delegating assignments and ensuring that the individual understand, shows the skills Emily has developed through her educational training.

What a journey Emily has been on! One of her key points is to make sure the 2012 Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC) is a very memorable and successful DECA experience for the 1,500-1,600 students who attend the conference on April 21-24 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Utah’s educational experiences help our students grow and prepare for successful careers. Yes, the CTE program is showing that direct connection between high school and the smooth transition to post-secondary education and careers. Emily’s transition could not have been any smoother. The challenging and rigorous training from Concurrent Enrollment provides experiential activities that assist students in their future opportunities. The key training that DECA and Collegiate DECA offers our students ties the training together and prepares students for their future.

There is a great need for students to engage in Career and Technical Education programs, and in Concurrent Enrollment to help them progress in career training and degree offerings; the value that the CTSO‘s provide to make a positive difference in the lives of our students. Bringing all of those skills into a complete and successful package is why we are all in the educational field.

CTE programs integrate student leadership elements; it compliments student participation in these course programs. CTE – A working educational program; let’s continue enhancing the results it offers.

Read about Concurrent Enrollment at Salt Lake Community College.

FFA: An Association of Agricultural Education Students

Monday, March 19th, 2012

FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. There are over 6,000 FFA members in 78 Utah chapters.

On March 8-10, 2012, FFA members from across the state met in Richfield, Utah to compete at the Utah FFA Association State Convention. Throughout the year FFA members prepared for competitive events in the following areas:

  • Agriscience Fair
  • Parliamentary Procedures
  • Public Speaking
  • Scholarships

Winners included:

  • Extemporaneous Public Speaking
    Sarah Peck – Mountain Crest
  • IFA Scholarship
    Whyatt Garn – Bear River High School
  • Parliamentary Procedure
    Dixie FFA chapter
  • Public Speaking
    Bradie Jill Jones – North Summit
  • Western AgCredit
    Katherine Piper – Payson High School

Winners from these events advance to the national FFA competition on October 24-27, 2012 in Indianapolis, IN.

New state officers elected for the 2012-2013 school year are:

Front row: Tylynn Savage, Bailie Richens, Back row: Whyatt Garn, Madison Walker, McKaylie Nelson, Tarvis Cann

  • President – Tylynn Savage – Mt. Nebo High School
  • Vice President – Whyatt Garn – Bear River High School
  • Secretary – Bailie Richens – North Summit High School
  • Treasurer – Madison Walker – Wasatch High School
  • Reporter – McKaylie Nelson – American Fork High School
  • Sentinel – Travis Cann – South Summit High School

We want to hear about the FFA conference, your skill competition and what your FFA chapter has planned for the rest of the school year. Send your stories to utahcte@schools.utah.gov.

If you are not a member of a FFA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the FFA advisor in your school.

DECA: An Association of Marketing Students

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

DECA is a student leadership organization that provides hands-on leadership development. Students learn how to develop, price, place, and promote products in the right business setting. The organization builds self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. There are over 2,000 DECA members in 52 Utah chapters.

On March 1-2 DECA members from across the state met at the Davis Conference Center in Layton to compete at the DECA State Career Development Conference. Throughout the year DECA members prepared to compete in the following events:

  • Principles of Business Administration Events
  • Team Decision Making Events
  • Individual Series Events
  • Business Operations Research Events
  • Chapter Team Events
  • Business Management and Entrepreneurship Events
  • Marketing Representative Events
  • Professional Selling Events
  • Online Events

Awards were given to approximately 150 Utah DECA students. Students placing in the top ten, of each event, received a medal and those who placed in the top three received a trophy.

The top five high schools with the most winners were:

  1. Bingham
  2. Fremont
  3. Herriman
  4. Riverton
  5. Uintah

Winners now advance to the national DECA competition on April 28 – May 2 in Salt Lake City, UT.

We want to hear about the DECA conference, your skill competition and what your DECA chapter has planned for the rest of the school year. Send your stories to utahcte@schools.utah.gov.

If you are not a member of a DECA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the DECA advisor in your school.

Lucille Brizzee: Utah Distinguished Business Educator

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

On February 19, 2012, Lucille Brizzee was named the Utah Distinguished Business Educator of the year at the Western Business Education Association (WBEA) conference in Newport Beach, CA, for her outstanding contributions to the Utah Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

Each year WBEA recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to business education. As an affiliate of the National Business Education Association, WBEA’s mission “seeks to share educational experiences that will prepare individuals to excel as consumers, workers, and citizens in our economic systems.”

Lucille has been very active in the FBLA as an advisor, state FBLA-PBL board member chair, assistant state director, and presenter. Since 2008, she has been the state assistant director for Utah FBLA-PBL. For 16 years, Lucille has been the Ogden High School FBLA chapter advisor. During the past 10 years, Lucille has presented at state and national fall leadership conferences throughout the country. Since 1996 she has attended every national, state, and regional leadership conference.

Ogden High School FBLA President Vanessa Coburn said, “In FBLA, Ms. Brizzee assists students in finding events to compete in that benefit them the most. She really goes the extra mile to be the best teacher and advisor that she can be.”

Utah Career and Technical Education Coordinator Wendi Morton said, “Lucille’s personal demeanor and enthusiasm are contagious; her peers are drawn to her. She shares her passion with them and through her endeavors has established herself as a leader throughout our state.”

In addition to Lucille receiving the WBEA award, in 2004, Lucille was named the Outstanding FBLA Advisor and her chapter received six Gold Seal Chapter Awards of Merit.

UtahCTE.org congratulates Lucille on her many accomplishments. She truly exemplifies the qualities and characteristics of a leader in education.

Lucille Brizze with WBEA president, Roietta Fulgham

ProStart: Culinary and Management Competition

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

On Wednesday, March 7, high school Family and Consumer Sciences ProStart students from across the state will gather together to showcase their culinary talents, skills, and abilities at the state ProStart competition held at the Hilton Hotel. Twenty-seven student teams will compete for a spot at the 11th annual National ProStart Invitational on April 27-29 in Baltimore, Maryland at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel, where $1.4 million in scholarships will be awarded to the top teams in both the culinary and management competitions.

The culinary competition highlights the creative abilities of each team through the preparation of a three-course meal in 60 minutes using only two butane burners. The management teams develop a proposal for an original restaurant concept and apply critical thinking skills to the challenges restaurant managers face in day-to-day operations. Both the culinary and management competitions will take place simultaneously throughout the day.

Industry chefs and restaurant owners will judge each culinary team, watching closely as they prep and cook their signature dish. Once each school has finished cleaning up the judges will immediately critique their dish.

Culinary teams include:  
Bingham Northridge
Bonneville Ogden
Brighton Park City
Cedar City Pleasant Grove
Clearfield Provo
Copper Hills Snow Canyon
Desert Hills Spanish Fork
Freemont Syracuse
Herriman Taylorsville
Jordan Timpanogos
Layton Tooele
Lone Peak West
Maple Mountain Westlake

Restaurant owners will judge the management team competitions. Each team has only 10 minutes to present their restaurant design concept, menu, and promotional campaign to the panel of judges. The competition is divided into four events: written proposal, verbal presentation, visual display, and critical thinking.

Management teams include:
Cedar City
Desert Hills
Snow Canyon

ProStart is a two-year program offered by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation in partnership with state restaurant associations. This program blends classroom and hands-on learning with mentored work experience to teach high school students the culinary and management skills needed for a career in the restaurant and foodservice industry. Students are awarded the ProStart National Certificate of Achievement after meeting academic standards, completing a checklist of competencies, and working at least 400 hours in the industry. This certificate qualifies students to enter the industry workforce.

To learn about Family and Consumer Sciences and the Food Services and Culinary Arts Pathway visit UtahCTE.org.

Family Consumer Sciences: Preparing Students for Family Life, Work Life, and Careers.

“I’m prepared to repair computers after high school!”

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012


The Computer Repair and Networking class introduces students to the inner workings of computers and networks. Students learn how to troubleshoot and repair various hardware, software, and configuration problems. Students also learn how to install basic computer components as well as to install and configure software ranging from operating systems to applications. Students learn how to design, install and troubleshoot Local Area Networks (LAN) Wide Area Networks (WAN).


Q&A with Lezlie Harper: Network Systems Instructor at the Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC).

Question: What do you want parents and the community to know about your class?

Answer: The Computer Repair and Networking class at CTEC is awesome. Students in this class are trained to work on both the hardware and software components of computers. Students learn to remove virus and spyware programs on computers; they learn to speed up the computer by using tools like Disk Cleanup and Defrag. Students learn to save money by building their own computers from scratch. We have assembled ten new computers this year and are scheduled to complete builds for other students in the computer department at CTEC. During the networking portion of the class students learn to avoid security breaches and hacks. Upon completion of this class, students will be able to configure and monitor routers.

Question: What is the number one challenge for students as they begin to learn networking?

Answer: The number one challenge for students in beginning networking is memorizing the protocols and acronyms used in networking. Without this basic understanding, students can’t adequately complete the hands-on tasks necessary to configure routers and set up networks.

Question: What projects are your students working on?

Answer: Students are currently working on a series of lap tops. Some of the lap tops are older and students are freeing up space to make the computers run faster. Some of the lap tops are currently broken. Students are troubleshooting the lap tops to determine the problem; students will then theorize about solutions and then implement the solution.

In the near future students will meet with representatives from ZAGG, a Salt Lake County-based company that makes see-through protective film for electronic devices, to submit a proposal for the possibility of creating a computer whose tower can be completely submerged in water—an underwater computer build.

Question: Explain the idea/concept behind “an underwater computer build?”

Answer: The underwater computer build will eliminate the need for cooling in the computer case. Without the need for fans, and other liquid cooling methods which are expensive, students want to maintain the temperature of the computer with easily available water. This will save space in the case as well. If successful, the technology could be used in laptops, tablets and other devices. Then there is the “COOL” factor. Imagine being the first one on the block with a computer built in your fish tank! These students are always thinking . . .

Question: What upcoming events are students preparing for?

Answer: On March 7 and March 14, students will be working with the community to upgrade, speed-up, and repair slow or broken computers. Students will be repairing community computers at CTEC from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

Question: Are students in your class participating in the upcoming Utah SkillsUSA competition?

Answer: Yes. On March 30 approximately 60 students from Canyons School District/Canyons Technical Education Center will compete in the Utah SkillsUSA competition at Salt Lake Community College where students will demonstrate a myriad of skills and compete against all other high schools in the state.

Question: Are there other competitions that your students are preparing for?

Answer: Yes. In March, eight students will compete in the Cisco NetRiders IT Skills Challenge world-wide competition. In this competition students will take tests to prove their knowledge and program a simulated router. Then in May, twenty-eight students will participate in the IT Challenge hosted by Utah Valley University. Students will compete for prizes and earn industry certifications.

Question: What are students saying about your class?

“It is hard to pinpoint one thing I’ve learned in this class. Everything I’ve learned is applicable to real-world careers and college,” said David Butler III.

“I’ve learned about how computers talk to each other while receiving the IC3 and A+ certifications,” said Ben Conder.

“I’m prepared to repair computers after high school. I’ve learned communication skills, although sometimes people look at me weird when I introduce myself and shake their hand. I love it!” said Justin Jones.

 Visit UtahCTE.org to learn more about a career in Information Technology and the Network Systems Pathway.