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Interior Design Fieldtrip

Monday, April 29th, 2013

By Julia Johnson, Family and Consumer Sciences student teacher, Hillcrest High School

On April 11, 2013 Hillcrest High School’s interior design class went on a fieldtrip to solidify their knowledge of the principles of design. They had the opportunity to visit the replica of Disney’s “UP” house. This house was originally built for the Parade of Homes and is located at 13215 South 5390 West in Herriman, Utah. Although the house is no longer available for public tours, people are welcome to take pictures from the outside. Every detail has been recreated on this house, including the garden hose reel and the weather vane. This is a fun new landmark and is a must-see for Utah residents!

The interior design students also visited Daybreak where they were able to tour 13 houses and identify the principles of design. This tour was similar to the Parade of Homes, where they could go through at their leisure and see well-designed homes. Each home has its own unique style, and students benefited from seeing good design in real life rather than from a picture. The fieldtrip was a huge success!

Interior design student, Alex Cherry commented, “The fieldtrip to Daybreak presented an excellent opportunity to get out of the classroom and see interior designs in action. Seeing various elements and principles of design in a real setting helped me to connect with it more than had I read about it. It reinforced what I already knew by actively seeking it out and defining it in the design. The fieldtrip activity engaged and involved me in real-world interior design, a refreshing change from a classroom setting.”

“The best part of the fieldtrip was when we went through the first three large houses, they were so pretty and there was so much excitement!” said interior design student Kaitlyn Parry.

Teachers interested in taking their class on a fieldtrip to Daybreak can make an appointment by contacting Daybreak at http://www.daybreakutah.com/.


2013 Summer Camps

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

What are your plans for the summer? Summer is not only a time to take a break from the day to day routine of going to school, but it is an excellent time to LEARN A NEW SKILL! By participating in one of the summer camps listed below you can learn a new skill, make new friends, while at the same have fun and create lasting memories. See which camp interests you and register today. Talk to your school counselor or CTE teacher to locate other summer camps in your area.

Utah Summer Camps
Learn a new skill at one of the many Utah summer camps.
Location: Varies
Ages: All ages
Cost: Tuition varies
Enrollment deadline: Varies

Youth Education
June 10—August 25
The University of Utah hosts a variety of classes for students of all ages. From graphic arts, to 3D game design, to exploring engineering, students will learn lifelong skills.
Location: University of Utah
Ages: All ages
Cost: Tuition varies
Enrollment deadline: Varies

2D Video Gaming Camp
June 10-14
Learn how to create video games by participating in hands-on exercises. Learn about pursuing a career in video game development and how to obtain the right education to get a job.
Location: Weber State University
Ages: Grades 9-12
Cost: $30.00 – registration fee includes T-shirt, book/software, and lunch
Enrollment deadline: May 31, 2013

4-H Summer Camps
June 10—August 5
Learn how to build and program a robot using Lego NXT Mindstorm at the NXT Robotics Camp. Learn outdoor survivor skills at the Roughin It Outdoors Camp. Learn how to perform fascinating experiments at the Investigating Science Camp.
Sponsored by: Utah State University Cooperative Extension
Location: Varies
Ages: All ages
Cost: Tuition varies
Enrollment deadline: Must register at least one week before camp.

Young Entrepreneurs Startup Camp (YES Camp)
June 12-21
A summer day camp to start your own business! Learn to find and recognize good ideas and then make them happen. Build your network (translation: make new friends and connect with people who can help you.) Receive mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs.
Location: Utah Valley University
Ages: High school sophomores, juniors, seniors
Cost: $149 — Earn 3 college credits
Enrollment: Applications are currently being accepted.

Biotechnology Summer Academy
July 8-12
Learn how research is done in labs through planning and practice of daily research experiments and activities. You will conduct hands-on experiments that impact actual scientific projects at Utah State University.
Location: Utah State University
Ages: High school juniors and seniors
Cost: $200 — registration fee includes five-days of room and board
Enrollment deadline: June 15, 2013

Girls Code @ CTEC – Summer Programming Workshop
July 8-12
Girls Code @ CTEC is a weeklong program designed to encourage high school age girls to learn and be involved with computer science. Learn how to create applications for Android phones and tablets using MIT’s AppInventor.
Location: Canyons Technical Education Center
Ages: High school girls, grades 9-12
Cost: $25
Enrollment: Applications are currently being accepted.

Biotechnology Camp
July 15-16
(Session 1)
July 17-18
(Session 2)
Learn about careers in biotechnology by participating in hands-on laboratory experiences. Extract and analyze your own DNA and learn about careers in biotechnology.
Location: Jordan Applied Technology Center (JATC)
Ages: Incoming 7th and 11th grade students
Cost: $10.00 — registration fee includes T-shirt and lunch
Enrollment deadline: July 8, 2013

Engineering Camp
July 29—August 1
(Session 1)
August 5-8 (Session 2)
Learn about the engineering behind what makes things work by participating in hands-on activities.
Location: Jordan Applied Technology Center (JATC)
Ages: Grades Incoming 9th and10th grade students
Cost: $10.00 — registration fee includes T-shirt and lunch
Enrollment deadline: June 1, 2013

Tell UtahCTE.org about the camp you attended, what you learned, and the hands-on experiences you participated in. Send your stories to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

 Have a wonderful summer!
Learn, play, discover, and have fun!

Interns in Action!

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

By Cher Burbank, Kearns High School Work-Based Learning Specialist

Last month I took five student interns on a field trip to the newly built, state-of-the-art Adobe Headquarters located just past the point of the mountain in Lehi. Utah. The visit to Adobe was in conjunction with SHIFT (Spy Hop Institute For Teachers), a digital media professional development non-profit organization, established in 2006, that trains educators on how to integrate the filmmaking process and other digital storytelling techniques into educational settings. Throughout the year I have been involved in the SHIFT program and have used the digital media strategies, resources, and tools with my students.

Left to right: Elizabeth Warner, Autumn Schley,
Chandra Carlson, Hailie Blatnick, and Ammon Asato

In my classroom, students use Adobe Premiere Elements to produce a six-word memoir about what career they are interested in. The six-word memoir is a scaffolding exercise that gets students writing in a concise format and turning the prose into a visual tale. It’s also a malleable way to delve into software, creating a short movie using stills, narration, and text.

Teachers from across the state of Utah who are involved with SHIFT took their students to Adobe for the review and critique of their media projects. In total, 60 middle school and high school teachers and students visited Adobe, where a handful of Adobe volunteers watched and reviewed the students’ work in preparation for a big-screen event at the downtown Salt Lake City Library in late May. The projects ranged from graphic illustrations and photographs, to short documentary films and PSAs. The students were also a part of the “critical review process,” learning how to look at media critically and give feedback to peers in a constructive and meaningful way.

Ammon Asato, a senior at Kearns High School, said, “We learned how to use positive reinforcement to critique other’s work. The [Adobe] building is awesome, I would go there again. It’s good that Adobe is close to home and that they work with our schools.”

Being in the Adobe building was a highlight. The students ate it up and enjoyed their tour, free pizza (in an immaculate and very “green” cafe area) and the attention from other teachers and Adobe employees to their work authenticated the experience. It was also a great eye opener to endless career possibilities, and a motivator for these students to rework their projects in light of the feedback and in preparation the final exhibition. We are all looking forward to seeing their final products, knowing that their commitment to the digital media-making process was what got them there. The event in May should be a great showing of commitment and collaboration.


Students to Compete in the 2013 Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

On Thursday, May 2, 2013 ten Utah high school teams will compete in the Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition at Salt Lake Community College. Each team will be 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 in 90 minutes.

The schools participating in the Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition are:

High School: Clearfield
Teacher: Ed Schirner
Student Team: Dakota Sexson, Parker Fisher

High School: Davis
Teacher: Tom Housley
Student Team:
Cameron Ramage, Zachary Delbo

High School: Fremont
Teacher: Arne Erisoty
Student Team: Dallin Krebs, Richard Nielson

High School: Hillcrest
Teacher: Jeff Murri
Student Team: Peter Jorgensen, David Blanski

High School: Northridge
Teacher: Rodney Stevenson
Student Team: Jensson Ostler, Daryl Smith

High School: Provo
Teacher: Seth McVea
Student Team: Parker Thomas, Jimmy Hicken

High School: Riverton
Teacher: Jay Hales
Student Team: Hayden Haslam, Caden Knight

High School: Timpview
Teacher: Rich Lamb
Student Team:
Jacob Lamb, Letalanoama Storey

High School: USU Eastern
Teacher: Richard Dye
Student Team: Devin Huff, Phillip Raich

High School: Woods Cross
Teacher: Evan Kirk
Student Team: Steven Allcott, Taylor Wise

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. The winning team will advance to the National Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition to be held June 9-12, 2013 at Ford Motor Company Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. 

CTE: Meeting the Needs of Utah’s Workforce

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

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

Last year, at the Utah Education Summit, Governor Herbert announced his plan to ensure Utah is “on pace” to have 66 percent of the adult population earn a post-secondary degree or certification by the year 2020. The plan is called “On PACE to 66% by 2020.”

At the summit, Governor Herbert stated, “As we compete in what is now a global economy, education will be the key and the catalyst that sets Utah apart. An education system that aligns perfectly with the needs of the marketplace will do wonders in spurring economic growth and innovation. This is the focus of my plan for 66 percent by 2020, and we are on pace to achieve it.”

PACE stands for:
P — Prepare Young Learners
A — Access for All Students
C — Complete Certificates and Degrees
E — Economic Success

Incorporated within the plan is recognition that Career and Technical Education (CTE) is one solution to meeting the needs of Utah’s workforce. The plan is guiding the work of the state legislature, the Utah State Board of Education, the Utah College of Applied Technology, and the Utah Board of Regents. Some details of the plan that involve CTE are highlighted below:

  • Help students become college and career ready while they are young through career exploration, assistance from school counselors, and taking college readiness exams.
  • Help students transition to post-secondary education by including concurrent enrollment in CTE courses and distributing information on women in nontraditional careers.
  • Help students finish degrees and certificates,with emphasis on CTE certificates and associate degrees. The breakdown of the 66 percent is as follows:
    • 13 percent of Utahns with a certificate in an approved CTE certificate area.
    • 14 percent of Utahns with an associate degree, with the majority in CTE fields.
    • 28 percent of Utahns with a bachelor’s degree.
    • 11 percent of Utahns with a graduate degree.
  • Help students find work in their chosen fields or personal pursuits, with 90 percent of employer workforce needs met, including strong ties between CTE programs and economic needs.

It is an exciting time to be in Career and Technical Education, and to be part of the attainment of Utah’s educational and economic goals.

For more information on the Governor’s plan and priorities for education, visit http://www.utah.gov/governor/priorities/education.html.

Career Highlight – Summer Jobs

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

A summer job is the ideal opportunity to apply the technical skills you’ve been learning through Career and Technical Education, but also to learn those critical “soft skills” that you may have heard about. Here are six tips to get you started.

  1. Check with your school counselor for job search assistance – like résumé writing help, letters of reference, and even local job listings.
  2. Tell everyone you know that you’re looking for a summer job! Tell all your friends and their parents, and have your parents tell their friends. This is called “networking,” and if you are specific (and honest) about the kind of job you’re looking for and the skills you have to offer, you’ll have a whole army of people promoting you with potential employers.
  3. Be easy to find. Your “army” needs to be able to contact you in at least a couple of ways – phone, email, social media; keep in touch.
  4. In addition to looking at job listings online and in newspapers, start walking! Looking around as you walk through your neighborhood, the mall, sports arenas, parks and restaurants – and go ahead and submit an application in person, if you can.
  5. Whether you have a formal interview or simply have a conversation with the person who is hiring, make sure you appear neat and clean, and are ready with clear and concise answers about why you’ll make a good employee.
  6. Say thank you. Say it to everyone who is helping you look for a job, and be sure to put it in writing after a job interview.

One last tip; if you don’t find a paying job, consider an unpaid internship or volunteer position – especially if you can find something that is related to your career interests. Paid or unpaid, working gives you an edge today and in the future!

For more information on what Utah employers want, visit: http://www.schools.utah.gov/cte/documents/pathways/WhatUtahEmployersWant.pdf.