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Brendan Abbott: Future Registered Nurse

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Brendan Abbott
Occupational Goal: Registered Nurse (RN)

“My personal goal is to obtain an education that prepares me for a career in the health care profession. My mother and grandmother are registered nurses. Listening to their conversations over the years on their health care experiences, I became interested in nursing as a profession. My internship at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center allowed me to see several careers in action—medical secretaries, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and radiological technicians.

“I love learning about medicine! I love interacting with the staff. I enjoy being able to understand nurses’ and doctors’ ‘speak.’ I know that a career in the medical field is the right choice for me! I know that my CTE courses will have an impact on my college education. I believe they have given me an educational advantage through early preparation.” —Brendan Abbott, Mountain View High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Brendan on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Utah Valley University. Brendan was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Brendan Abbott
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology 

Jordan Parkinson: Future FACS Teacher

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Jordan Parkinson
Occupational Goal: Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Teacher

“I look forward to obtaining more education to supplement my current experience and develop into a teacher who can touch the lives of students like my CTE teachers have touched my life.

“My plan, after I finish my college education, is to become a FACS Exploration teacher in a public junior high. I know my background within CTE classes has prepared me well for this position. With all my experience sewing and cooking, I feel teaching FACS would be a good fit for me, because I have learned many things from my CTE teachers that I would love to share with others.

“I know I will be a great educator in the FACS area. I have applied many things I learned from my CTE teachers to my life, and believe [CTE] has truly helped me become who I am today.” —Jordan Parkinson, Layton High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Jordan on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Weber State University. Jordan was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Jordan Parkinson
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

 

 

Randi Faber: Future Veterinarian Assistant

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Randi Faber
Occupational Goal: Veterinarian Assistant

“The CTE classes I took in high school prepared me for college and my upcoming career by giving me the opportunity to find a field that really touched my heart. I took many CTE classes in high school. There were several classes that really seemed to open my eyes and showed me that maybe I could pursue a career in this field. They were the Animal Science Tech and Veterinary Science/Assistant courses. They have shown me how much dedication it takes to know all the information and then take that information into my own hands, and that gave me the drive to want to attend college and gain the necessary certifications for a great career.” —Randi Faber, Stansbury High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Randi on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Bridgerland Applied Technology College. Randi was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Randi Faber
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

Alexis Kingery: Future Restaurant Manager

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Alexis Kingery
Occupational Goal: Restaurant Manager

“The CTE courses I have taken have prepared me for my chosen career path because I have received knowledge and training in business management and restaurant fundamentals. The foods classes I have taken have taught me all I need to know about serving safe food, handling it correctly, and appropriate food presentation. The business classes I have taken have prepared me with management skills, organization fundamentals, and how to be more productive. Upon completion of my educational plans, I would like to open my own restaurant.”  —Alexis Kingery, Herriman High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Alexis on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah Valley University. Alexis was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Brayden Weir: Future Mechanical Engineer

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Brayden Weir
Occupational Goal: Mechanical Engineer

“The CTE courses I took in high school prepared me in a number of ways for the career path I’ve chosen to take. I knew I wanted to do something where I could build and design things based upon all of the woodworking/construction classes I’ve taken. Then after taking biotechnology, along with other math and science classes, I knew that I wanted to go into something science based, where I could design and maybe build some things. What better field to go into than engineering? It was the obvious choice, and it turns out that I really enjoy it. That alone may be the single most important part about a career field, because if you don’t enjoy what you do, how can you do it for the rest of your life? The simplest answer is that you can’t, it just doesn’t work. Through the experiences and the fun I’ve had in my various CTE courses I know that engineering is the path I need to take.” —Brayden Weir, Murray High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Brayden on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Salt Lake Community College. Brayden was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

 

Left:Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Brayden Weir
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

Riverton High School Team Wins Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition!

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

UPDATE: Riverton High duo makes school history in auto competition, The Salt Lake Tribune, August 2, 2012

On June 10-12, Jordan Kearns and Chandler Adkins competed in the national Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition at the Ford Motor Company Headquarters in Dearborn Michigan. Jordan and Chandler competed against teams from all 50 states as they raced against the clock to diagnose and repair purposefully placed “bugs” in their assigned vehicle. Jordan and Chandler worked flawlessly as a team to repair the digital, mechanical, and electrical bugs. Their skill and perseverance lead them to a fourth place finish!

“Fourth place is the highest Utah has ever placed in the national Ford/AAA Automotive Competition,” said Dave Milliken, Skilled and Technical Education Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education. “This is a wonderful achievement and Jordan and Chandler should be very proud of their accomplishment. Jordan and Chandler represented Riverton High School and the state of Utah extremely well,” said Milliken.

Related articles:
Utah students take fourth in national auto repair competition, Salt Lake Tribune, June 15, 2012.
High school students compete in Ford/AAA auto skills contest in front of Glass House, Press & Guide, Dearborn, MI, June 14, 2012.

On Thursday, April 26, 2012, ten high school teams from across the state gathered together at the Salt Lake Community College Miller Campus to compete in the 19th Annual Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition.

The Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition is a national competition for high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a career as an automotive service technician. Two-person teams, who received the highest score, are selected to advance to the state finals after taking an online exam.

At the state finals each team is tested on their ability to trouble-shoot, correctly diagnose, and repair an intentionally bugged vehicle. This hands-on competition not only tests the students’ automotive knowledge and problem solving skills, but also tests their ability to work under pressure as they race against the clock to complete the assigned task.

The following teams competed for a spot at the national Ford/AAA competition:

1st Place – Riverton High School
Teacher: Jay Hales
Student Team: Jordan Kearns and Chandler Adkins

2nd Place – Southwest ATC
Teachers: Wade Esplin and Bob Butler
Student Team: Sam Tanner and Josh Clark

3rd Place – Hunter High School
Teacher
: Matt Proctor
Student Team: Kevin R De Young and Jordan L Huffman

4th Place – Woods Cross High School
Teacher: Evan Kirk
Student Team: Sam Snyder and Gerardo Flores

5th Place – Clearfield High School
Teacher
: Ed Schirner
Student Team: Chris D Bingham and Travis M Ellis

6th Place – Northridge High School
Teacher: Ken Bunce
Student Team: Adam Brady and Tye Brookshire

7th Place – Layton High School
Teacher: Corey Spencer
Student Team: Aaron C Hirschi and Cody J Cook

8th Place – Fremont High School
Teacher: Arne Erisoty
Student Team: Kyler N Creager and Andrew K Wayment

9th Place – Provo High School
Teacher: Seth MeVea
Student Team: Tom Burton and Zack Smith

10th Place – Timpview High School
Teacher: Rich Lamb
Student Team: Chandler R Taylor and Brandon L Gray

Jordan Kearns and Chandler Adkins from Riverton High School worked in tandem as they checked for nine bugged parts in the 2012 Ford Fusion that they worked on for 90 minutes placing first in the competition.

Jordan Kearns and Chandler Adkins now advance to the national competition held June 10-12, 2012, at Ford Motor Company Headquarters, Dearborn, Michigan. The grand prize at the national competition is a job shadow with Trevor Bayne, NASCAR’s Wood Brothers Racing.

“This was a very exciting competition this year for the Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition. [The competition] puts students to the test in finding and replacing parts that have been bugged. There were ten teams from [high schools] throughout the state who qualified to participate in the hands-on competition. We had 24 high schools with 362 students who competed in the written exam. From there, the top two student’s scores on the written exam, from each high school, are compared and the top ten move on to the hands-on competition,” said Dave Milliken, Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Specialist at the Utah State Office of Education.

Related articles:
Riverton High students win auto skills competition, KSL.com, April 26, 2012
Two Riverton High students win automotive scholarships, The Salt Lake Tribune, April 26, 2012

Each year, over 10,000 students representing over 950 automotive technology programs throughout the U.S. compete in the Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition. Learn about the Career and Technical Education Automotive Service Technician Pathway at UtahCTE.org and talk to your school counselor about the available career opportunities in the automotive industry.

Career Highlight: Define Your Own With the Occupational Outlook Handbook!

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The U. S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released the 2012-13 edition of the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) – also available in Spanish. Published every other year, the OOH offers some great occupational information, including some quick lists of those occupations in the U. S. labor market projected to be fastest growing, those projected to have the most job openings, and those that pay the highest average wages. You can also create lists of your own by using search and sort features. For example, the table lists selected occupations that:

  • Require an education level of “Postsecondary non-degree award” (i.e., certificate or other credential awarded upon completion of a college program) and,
  • Have 50,000 or more openingsprojected annually (across the U. S.) and,
    • Are growing faster than average (projected percent change in the number of jobs added 2010-2020 in these occupations is 20% or more).

Occupation

Average Annual Wages (National)

 

Occupation

Average Annual Wages (National)

Dental Assistants $25,00-$34,999   Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics $25,000-$34,999
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers $35,000-$54,999   Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses $35,000-$54,999