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Join FFA Members at the Utah State Fair

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Plan now to join FFA members at the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit at the Utah State Fair during September 6-16, 2012. FFA state officers worked hard during the summer to plan and prepare this exhibit. Two FFA chapters per day will provide 10 members each to run this outstanding display.

FFA members anticipate that this year approximately 20,000 Little Farm Hands and their families will visit the exhibit and experience life on the farm, and learn the importance of agriculture in a fun interactive way. (This interactive experience is especially for children ages 2 to 10.) From planting seeds, to harvesting crops, to milking a cow (a friendly fiberglass cow), to gathering eggs, to selling their goods at market, children will learn where food comes from and the process it takes to get it from the farm to the grocery store.

The Little Hands on the Farm experience is included with gate admission and can be found west of the arena. The exhibit is open each day from at 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

In addition to the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit, the FFA Association has numerous agriculture, horticulture, floriculture, and livestock exhibits throughout the 10 days of the Fair. FFA students from across Utah will compete in the following events:

4-H and FFA Junior Livestock Show
Junior Livestock Market animals weigh in the week of September 10 and show on the following schedule:

  • Dairy Cattle – Saturday, September 8 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Swine – Thursday, September 13 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Market Lambs – Friday, September 14 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Market Steers – Friday, September 14 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Beef, Sheep, Swine, Goat, Poultry, and Rabbit Shows.

FFA Horticulture / Crops
Display judged on Friday, September 7 at 8:00 a.m.
This exhibit is located in the Exhibits Building #18. Agricultural Education students from around the state bring the best from their home gardens, truck farms and orchards to display at the Utah State Fair. This exhibit is open to the public throughout the Fair.

FFA Agricultural Mechanics
Display judged on Friday, September 7 at 11:00 a.m.
This exhibit is located in front of the Livestock Showring Building. The exhibit features trailers built by the Agricultural Systems and Technology students in Utah high school agriculture programs. This display is open to the public throughout the Fair.

Jr. Livestock Auction
Saturday, September 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the Livestock Showring
Register to bid on 4-H/FFA raised livestock. Auction begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Livestock Showring. Help youth develop responsibility, gain knowledge and skill in livestock production, and become contributing members of society. You will be making an investment in their future!

Utah State Fair
September 6 – September 16, 2012
Sunday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Let the Memories Begin!

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

As summer comes to a close and the new school year begins, now is the perfect time to set new goals, plan for the future, and create new memories.

What Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes are you taking this semester? Perhaps you’re taking a Medical Terminology class, an Interior Design class, a Digital Media class, or an Automation and Robotics class. There are dozens and dozens of CTE classes to choose from within the following CTE Areas of Study: Agriculture, Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Science, Information Technology, Marketing, Skilled and Technical Sciences, and Technology and Engineering. Each Area of Study has a number of CTE Career Pathways that are structured for you to investigate a wide range of career choices. A CTE Career Pathway is a sequence of courses within your area of interest that connects from high school to college and career.

We encourage you to complete one of the 62 CTE Career Pathways by the end of your senior year. Plan now to become a CTE Pathway completer. Your school counselor can assist you in your planning to reach this goal and become eligible to receive a Secondary Pathway Completer Recognition Award at graduation.

As part of your CTE Pathways experience we encourage you to become a member of the corresponding Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO). As a member of a CTSO you will develop leadership skills and positive work values that will benefit you throughout high school and throughout your life. Utah recognizes the following CTSOs:

  • DECA – An Association of Marketing Students
  • FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America
  • FCCLA – Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
  • FFA – An Association of Agricultural Education Students
  • HOSA – Health Occupations Students of America
  • Skills USA – An Association of Skilled & Technical Sciences Education Students
  • TSA – Technology Student Association

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

FCCLA Utah State Officers in Orlando, Florida
at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference

As you set new goals, plan for the future, and create new memories, share your high school experiences with UtahCTE.org. Send your stories and photos to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov and we will share them with our online communities—Twitter, Facebook, Utah CTE blog, and the CTE Directions newsletter.

Have a great semester!

The Road to Success

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Recently, student members of the Technology Student Association (TSA) met in Nashville, Tennessee to compete in 60 technology based competitions and participate in leadership sessions at the National Leadership Conference. Approximately 4,500 student members and chapter advisors from across the country attended the competition and conference. TSA members prepared throughout the year to compete in the events, based on principles and concepts learned through hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) projects.

The theme of the conference was “The Road to Success.” The conference kicked off with a keynote address given by Katy Galambos, former national TSA president, Yale graduate, who currently works for Google. Katy encouraged students to work hard and that anything is possible.

The 60 competitive events included Agriculture and Biotechnology Design, Design Technology, Construction Renovation, Video Game Design, Dragster Design, Engineering Design, Flight Endurance, Music Production, and Structural Engineering. More than 100 TSA VEX teams participated in this year’s championship.

Utah TSA student members participated in the 60 technology based competitions, with 32 students placing in the top ten in 18 different events. This year’s TSA conference champion in the VEX Robotics competition was Syracuse High School. Syracuse High School continues to excel in the robotic competition. This is Syracuse High second year in a row to take the conference champion trophy.

At the conference two chapter advisors were recognized for their dedicated efforts as TSA advisors in their chapters. Joseph Black, TSA advisor at Lehi Jr. High, was named the TSA Middle School Advisor of the Year and Timothy Feltner, TSA advisor at Layton High School, was named the TSA High School Advisor of the Year. “Both of these advisors work hard to make their chapters successful. We are grateful for their hard work,” says Mike Smoot, TSA state advisor.

TSA is the only student organization dedicated exclusively to students enrolled in Technology and Engineering classes in grades 7-12. TSA fosters personal growth, leadership training, career development, teamwork, community service, competitive events, and student recognition. Students learn problem-solving, decision-making, and critical thinking skills as they relate to communications, power, energy, transportation, engineering, manufacturing, construction and biotechnology. There are over 180,000 TSA members nationwide in 48 states. Utah has over 3,000 members in 42 chapters. Learn more about TSA at http://www.tsaweb.org/ and http://www.utahtsa.org/.

FCCLA Students Awarded Scholarships

Monday, August 20th, 2012

At the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference held in Orlando, Florida two Utah students, who participated in the STAR Events competition, each received a $1,000 scholarship for their outstanding portfolios.

Alicia Pope, a student at Timpanogos High School in Alpine School District, participated in the FCCLA Fashion Design competition. For this competitive event, Alicia identified an audience for her fashion line through research, developing a premise for her design, such as a former designer, then created a line with a logo and labels. She then created color sketches for six original designs with fabric samples and a sample of construction used on each of the designs such as piping, bound buttonholes, pleats, ruffles etc. Ultimately she created two sketches in full sized patterns with symbols and instructions. One sketch had to be made into the actual item. Alicia made an off-white wool pencil skirt with inset ruffles and a wool sage green jacket with bound buttonholes and a faux scarf collar. RoseMary Lindberg, FACS teacher and FCCLA adviser said, “Her portfolio was truly AMAZING!”

Alicia received a gold medal for her Fashion Design portfolio, scoring above 90 percent. Her score placed her in the top three among her competitors nationwide and she was awarded a scholarship from the Art Institute.

Sarie Cook, a student at Maple Mountain High School in Nebo School District, participated in the Early Childhood competition. Sarie was given a topic and then used available materials to write a lesson plan for Early Childhood Education. Sarie received a gold medal for her Early Childhood Education – Focus on the Children lesson plan, scoring above 90 percent. Her score placed her in the top three among her competitors nationwide and she was awarded a scholarship from Kendall College, located in Chicago, Illinois. Sarie was a top teacher for the past two years at the Maple Mountain Eaglet Preschool. Her FACS teacher, Kathryn Crandall, stated “Sarie was so deserving of the recognition. She is an amazing teacher of young children and has great classroom organizational and management skills for a high school student.”

Career and Technical Education Students Build a Home

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Congratulations to the Career and Technical Education students at the Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC) who built a house that is featured in the 2012 Salt Lake Parade of Homes.

Q&A with Janet Goble: Career and Technical Education Director at Canyons School District

Question: How many students worked on building the house?
Answer: Forty students worked diligently throughout the past year to construct the house from the ground up.

Question: Would you explain the step-by-step process and involvement of students building the house from the ground up?
Once the hole for the footing and foundation was dug, students helped set the forms for the footings and foundation and checked measurements. They then installed the radon ventilation system. They also did the pre-plumbing for sewer lines. Students then poured the cement floor for the basement. Next came floor joints and building walls. Once the interior walls were done, roof trusses were installed. Students assisted in placing roof trusses and then blocked to secure the roof trusses. They also assisted in overlay roofing. Then an exterior wrap to seal the home was installed.

Question: What came next?
Answer: Rough plumbing, rough electrical, furnace system and central vacuum system were then installed. Students participated in the inspections from Sandy City for the rough work.

Question: What did the finish work include?
Answer: Finish work included: windows, insulation, dry wall and mudding/texturing walls. (The painting was subbed out to insure a uniform look.) Trim work, hanging doors, outlets, switches and installing light fixtures kept students busy. Other inside finish work included laying bathroom tile and placing fixtures (cabinets, toilets, showers, tubs). Students installed the hardwood floor and handrails. Salt Lake Community College cabinetry students partnered with our district to construct all the cabinets for the home.

Question: What came next?
Answer: Time for the final concrete work: driveway and patio. Students then installed the rock fireplace.

Question: How did students get the materials to build the home? Were materials donated by local businesses?
Answer: The district purchased the lot and then uses the proceeds from the previous year to purchase materials for the home. CCG Howells donated furnishings for the Parade of Homes to compliment the interior design. Wright Homes facilitated entrance into the Parade of Homes.

Question: Does CTEC build a house every year?
Answer: Yes. As part of our on-site construction curriculum, students build a house from the ground up during each school year.

Question: Who was the interior designer?
Answer: Riverton High School Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) students enrolled in the Interior Design 2 course. Each year students present their ideas for the interior design to a committee. The team that is selected works closely with the on-site construction students to bring their design plan to life. Their theme is followed throughout all rooms in the home.

Question: Who did the landscaping?
Answer: CTEC students enrolled in the Horticulture Science program landscaped the home. This included deciding placement of trees and shrubs in addition to installing a sprinkler system (including electrical components) and laying sod.

Question: How do students become involved in the home building project?
Answer: Through participation in the CTEC On-site Building Construction program. In this program students learn construction skills including framing, roofing, painting, finish carpentry and concrete finishing.

Question: The home is beautiful! Where is it located?
Answer: The home is located at 569 East Rose Bowl Court (9235 South) in the Cottage Subdivision.

The Salt Lake Parade of Homes began on August 3 and continues through August 18. For more information about the house the CTEC students built visit Salt Lake Parade of Homes.

If building a house, landscaping a yard, or designing the interior of a house interests you contact your school counselor about participating in one of the following CTE Career Pathwayscarpentry, electrician, HVAC, plumbing, horticulture science, or interior design.

Related stories
Recent graduate Kiefer Williams talks to KUTV’s Heidi Hatch and Cristina Flores about CTEC’s Project House http://www.kutv.com/news/features/guests/stories/vid_524.shtml.

Take Responsibility for Your Education

Monday, August 6th, 2012

By Mary Shumway
State Director of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
Utah State Office of Education

Beginning the third week of August educators and students across the state will return to school to begin a new school year. As you prepare for the first day of school we encourage you to take responsibility for your education and we challenge you to set goals and do everything you can to succeed.

Participation in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathway will help prepare you for college and career success. CTE Pathways show students a direct connection between doing well in high school and being able to transition smoothly to postsecondary opportunities (college) or immediately entering the workforce (career). Concentrating in and then completing a CTE Pathway will give you an advantage as you progress from high school to college and career. For answers to frequently asked questions about CTE Pathways read FAQ CTE Pathways.

Throughout the summer teachers have attended various CTE summer conferences and trainings to aid them in preparing for the new school year. They are ready to educate, train, encourage, and arm you with the tools and skills you will need as you study, learn plan, and prepare for college and career, and to compete in a global economy.

Students, plan now to meet with your school counselor to create your plan for high school, college and career. Your school counselor can assist you as you plan your class schedule and make your goals for life after high school. Planning and preparing are key elements to your college and career success.

CTE Back-to-School Planning Guide

  • Schedule a meeting with your school counselor to map out your CTE classes throughout high school and your postsecondary options most relevant to your chosen career.
  • Create a portfolio in UtahFutures.org and/or add to your existing portfolio.
  • Become a member of a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).
  • Juniors: Ask your school counselor if you are on track to become a CTE Pathway completer. (A CTE Pathway completer is eligible to receive a Secondary Pathway Completer Recognition Award at graduation.)
  • Seniors: Apply for a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. Applications are due February 25, 2013.
  • Join the UtahCTE.org online communities—Twitter, Facebook, Utah CTE blog—to connect with CTE throughout the year.

Students, let us know what you are doing and learning in your CTE classes. Are you an FFA member participating in the Utah State Fair in September? Are you preparing for a CTSO state competition? Are you planning to do an internship? Will you be receiving a Secondary Pathway Completer Recognition Award? Tell us how CTE is helping you reach your career goals. Email your CTE testimonial and/or stories to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

A Well-Paid Job Without a Bachelor’s Degree?

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Are you looking for a well-paying job? What if you are looking to start your career as quickly after graduating from high school as possible? Contrary to what you may have heard, you have some great options! High school students who combine their Pathway coursework with related work experience or on-the-job training, or who complete a certificate, other non-degree award, or an associate degree will have the training they need to compete in 80 well-paying occupations (over $50,000/year) that require less than a bachelor’s degree for entry. The following is a list of the top three highest paid occupations by education level. You can check out the full list – and a lot of other great information – in the Summer 2012 edition of the Occupational Outlook Quarterly.  

High School   Postsecondary Non-degree   Associate Degree
Nuclear power reactor operators
  Commercial pilots
  Air traffic controllers
Elevator installers
and repairers
  Electrical and electronic repairers, powerhouse,
substation & relay
  Radiation therapists
Power distributors
and dispatchers
  Insurance appraisers, auto damage
  Nuclear medicine technologists
        Dental hygienist


*Air Traffic Controller was the 5th highest paid occupation in Utah according to Utah Department of Workforce Services (“Utah’s Top 20”).

Sources: U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Utah Department of Workforce Services