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CTE Students to Compete in National Competitions

Friday, May 31st, 2013

During June and July CTE students who are members of a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) will compete in a variety of national skill competitions. Students have worked hard throughout the year preparing for each competition and UtahCTE.org wishes each student success.

SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference
June 24-28, 2013 — Kansas City, MO

SkillsUSA – An Association of Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Students
Conference theme: Champions At Work
Keynote speaker: Mike Rowe
Watch: SkillsUSA National Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Schedule

The SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference will showcase Career and Technical Education students. Quality Career and Technical Education will be the centerpiece of the conference. More than 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from more than 1,100 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions will participate in the event. Over 5,900 students will compete in 98 hands-on skill and leadership competitions.

HOSA National Leadership Conference
June 26-29, 2013 — Nashville, TN

HOSA – Health Occupations Students of America
Conference theme: Build a Better You
Keynote speaker: Dr. Ben Carson
Watch: HOSA National Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Schedule

The highlight of every year for HOSA members is the HOSA National Leadership Conference. This year, thousands of future health professionals from 50 states and territories will take over Nashville in the largest National Leadership Conference in HOSA history. HOSA student members and leaders from the United States and Puerto Rico join together to build knowledge, build experience, build confidence, and build a better you. HOSA members will participate in educational and social learning activities, tour healthcare facilities, visit exhibits presented by professional healthcare associations, and compete in events. Join the convention by watching a live stream of the opening, recognition, and awards sessions.

FBLA National Leadership Conference
June 27-30, 2013 — Anaheim, CA

FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America
Conference theme: Igniting Innovation
Keynote speaker: Clint Pardoe
Watch: FBLA Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Schedule

FBLA members have the competitive edge, as the best and brightest of FBLA convene to compete in leadership events, share their successes, and learn new ideas about shaping their career future through workshops and exhibits. This four-day conference is considered the pinnacle of the FBLA experience, especially for those running for national office. FBLA has forged partnerships with industry leaders to underwrite competitive events and scholarships for students achieving national ranking. FBLA student members are Igniting Innovation in Service, Igniting Innovation in Education, and Igniting Innovation in Progress.

TSA National Leadership Conference
June 28-July 2, 2013 — Orlando, FL

TSA – Technology Student Association
Conference theme: A Tradition of Excellence
Keynote speaker: Steven A. Barbato
Watch: TSA National Conference Promotional Video
Conference Schedule

Technology Student Association (TSA) members nationwide are expected to attend the National TSA Conference in Orlando, Florida. Middle and high school student members are preparing to compete in more than 60 competitive events based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. The conference will celebrate the contributions of advanced technology to our society and TSA’s 35th anniversary.

FCCLA National Leadership Conference
July 7-11, 2013 
Nashville, TN
FCCLA – Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
Conference theme: Discover Your Voice
Keynote speaker: Doc Hendley
Watch: FCCLA National Conference Promotional Video
Conference Schedule

The FCCLA National Leadership Conference will empower members to build courage, take initiative, and be the change. The voice of youth has never been as important as it is in today’s ever changing society. By strengthening self-confidence and determination, FCCLA members will discover their own voice and also realize the power of their generation as one. Through competitive events, dynamic workshops, and youth networking, students will partake in The Ultimate Leadership Experience.

We want to hear about the national conference you attended and the skill competition you participated in. Send your stories to utahcte@schools.utah.gov.

Over 31,700 Utah secondary Career and Technical Education students are members of a Career and Technical Student Organization. CTSO members are doing great things and are having a positive impact in schools and communities throughout the state.

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.

The House that Career and Technical Education Students Built

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

It all began on a hot summer day, on August 21, 2012, when twenty high school students in Alpine School District met on an empty lot in Lehi, Utah. It was the first day of class and the beginning of a project each student would never forget. This was the day they would start building a house from the ground up. The project continued throughout the school year with students working in the heat and the cold. Students participating in this project are part of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Skilled and Technical Sciences (STS) program. Kris Johnson, the project manager and an STS teacher, tells UtahCTE.org about the project.

Question: How many schools in Alpine School District are involved in this building project?
Answer: There are two construction programs in Alpine School District. The schools that attend my project are American Fork, Lehi, Lone Peak and Westlake High Schools.

Question: Would you explain the step-by-step process of building the house?
Answer: It all began in August with the excavation for the house. We use a typical construction schedule which means everything under the drywall needs to be done by the end of the calendar year so we can have a four-way inspection the first of January. The last half of the school year is finalizing the finish materials including: drywall, hand rails, finish carpentry, exterior concrete, shingles, painting, tile, cabinets and counter tops.

Question: How does each class begin?
Answer: At the beginning of each class, we spend twenty minutes talking about what we are going to do and the rest of the class time is spent working on that task.

Question: How are assignments given to each student?
Answer: In the beginning, we work as a team through framing the house and then areas are assigned to each student. Students are then responsible for the area in which they have been assigned. This is how we have accountability and I know by looking at the different areas if I was clear in my expectations.

Question: How did students obtain the materials to build the house?
Answer: The suppliers bid from our drawings like any other job. And then some suppliers go the extra mile by coming to the school and sharing their expertise with the students.

Question: What have been the challenges this year?
Answer: This year we are building a house with materials “Made in America”. This has limited our selection and slightly increased the cost of the house, but it has been a great learning experience.

Question: Who does the interior of the house?
Answer: The interior design classes from the four high schools take turns choosing the colors and making design decisions. Last year it was American Fork High School and this year it is Lehi High School. They do a great job and we appreciate their attention to detail.

Question: Who does the landscaping?
Answer: The landscaping will be left up to the buyer.

Question: What is the involvement of other CTE classes?
Answer: In years past; the sewing class has made drapes, the cabinet class has built cabinets, the business class has made brochures for the open house, the landscape class has landscaped it, and the art class has painted murals on the walls. This year we only have the cabinet, drafting, and interior design classes involved.

Kris told UtahCTE.org about a secret feature in the house, “We built a secret storage closet where no one knows how to get to it except the home owner and a few hundred high school students and their friends.”

The house is located at 640 West North Lake Drive in Lehi, Utah and has already been sold. The proceeds will go to Alpine School District. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on May 16. Visit Mr. Johnson’s Building Construction Class to view a series of photos showing the progression of the house.

Photo courtesy of James Roh, Daily Herald

There are several homes being built throughout the state by students under the supervision of qualified instructors. These projects provide great learning experiences for students, provide them real skills in the world of construction, and these experiences allows the students to grow through extending their education to our Applied Technology Centers (ATCs), community colleges, or university programs.

If you’re interested in being involved in a similar project at your high school contact your school counselor about registering for a Skilled and Technical Sciences (STS) class. Participating in one of the following STS Career Pathways will give you the hands-on experience to advance to a well-paying career in the building industry.

Carpentry                      Electrician                      HVAC                      Plumbing

Related story:
High school students build all-American house

Sarah Draper: Awarded FCCLA Japanese Exchange Scholarship

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Sarah Draper, a member of FCCLA and a student at Bingham High School, was recently awarded the FCCLA Japanese Exchange Scholarship. She is one of fourteen FCCLA student members in the U.S. to receive this prestigious scholarship, funded by the Kikkoman Corporation and administered by Youth for Understanding USA.

Japanese Exchange is a scholarship opportunity for FCCLA student members to travel to Japan for four-to-six weeks as an exchange student. Sarah will live with a Japanese host family and learn about the culture and traditions of Japan. It will be a summer Sarah will never forget!

Sarah tells UtahCTE.org about her decision to apply for the Japanese Exchange Scholarship and how FCCLA has influenced her life.

“I first heard about the opportunity to become an exchange student from my mom. She went to Japan as an exchange student the summer after her sophomore year of high school through a FHA/Kikkoman scholarship. I have read journal entries from her time in Japan and have seen the souvenirs that she brought home over 25 years ago.

“I was born in Okinawa, Japan while my dad was serving active-duty in the U.S. Air Force; however, we moved back to the states when I was just two years old. I don’t remember a thing [about living in Japan]. Ever since I was young I have wanted to return to Japan, and when my mom told me about her exchange experience I knew this was something I wanted to do!

“In ninth grade I had a history teacher who spent two years in Japan. When he taught the Japanese unit he was so excited. We spent a lot of time learning about the culture, traditions, celebrations, and people of Japan. He showed us pictures of the food they eat and a movie of people being shoved onto trains in the morning rush hour. We learned to write the different Japanese alphabets. During this unit about Japan I began to love their way of life.

“FCCLA teaches that everyone is unique and we need to accept everyone. Going to Japan is a chance for me to immerse myself in another culture and learn to love it and accept their differences. I once heard a quote referring to different cultures around the world, ‘It’s not good, it’s not bad, it’s just different.’ I think this is so true.

“I hope I can take what I have learned in FCCLA, and from other people in my life, and make my time in Japan an incredible experience. Thank you FCCLA for making it possible for me to experience a life-long dream!”

If you’re interested in becoming a member of Utah FCCLA contact the FCCLA adviser in your school.

CTE Internship: An Awesome Experience

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Nathan Sherman, a student at Timpview High School, shares how completing a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathway prepared him for life after high school—college and career.

“I think that the most valuable thing I learned was from my internship. It taught me all about [what] a professional work environment really is [like] and it put me in situations where I was forced to learn and cooperate with different people from different backgrounds in the workplace. It was an awesome experience.”

If you’re interested in participating in an internship talk to the CTE Work-Based Learning coordinator at your school.

Maranda Martinez: Future Orthodontist

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Maranda Martinez, a junior at Spanish Fork High School, recently spent one of her class periods participating in an internship at Barrowes Orthodontics in Spanish Fork, Utah. During the internship, Maranda assisted with bonding brackets, learned about slenderizing teeth and teeth numbering systems, learned how teeth move and what affects their growth. Maranda also learned good communication skills and how important it is to treat patients kindly.

Maranda says, “My internship has helped me understand the hard work it will take to become an orthodontist. After being involved in this field I do believe it would be a good career for me. My favorite thing about the internship was working with the people in the office. They were very understanding and helpful. They know how to make working fun!”

If you’re interested in participating in an internship talk to the Work-Based Learning coordinator at your school. To register for a class in the Dental Pathway talk to your school counselor.

FFA Members Awarded Scholarships

Monday, May 20th, 2013

On May 1, the National FFA Association announced the 2013 National FFA Scholarship winners. This year, more than $2.1 million was donated by 125 sponsors (businesses and individuals) to fund the National FFA Scholarship Program. The selection committee considered: the applicants involvement in FFA, work experience, Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), community service, leadership skills, and academics. This year, FFA awarded 1,645 scholarships to assist students in their post-high school educational endeavors.

Congratulations to the 17 Utah FFA members, from 12 FFA chapters, who were awarded scholarships that ranged from $1,000 and $2,000 each.

FFA Scholarship Recipients

> Riley Atkinson, South Summit FFA > Macenzy Partridge, Delta FFA
> Hannah Endemano, Riverton FFA > Elli Reber, Gunnison Valley FFA
> DJ Espinoza, Wasatch FFA > Bryce Soresnen, Gunnison Valley FFA
> Shantelle Jacobson, South Summit FFA > Katie Spens, Morgan FFA
> Orson Koyle, Millard FFA > Cassidy Stephens, North Summit FFA
> Morgan Lauterbach, Syracuse FFA > Lauren Thiede, Wasatch FFA
> Shalissa, Nicholas, USU FFA > Jadon Woods, Uintah FFA
> Austin Olsen, Manila FFA > McKena Woolstenhulme, USU FFA
> Linsee Park, Wasatch FFA  

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. Utah has over 6,200 FFA members in 77 chapters.

To learn about FFA visit ffa.org or utahffa.org.

Austin Harvey: Future Business Owner

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Austin Harvey
Occupational Goal: Business Owner

“The Entrepreneurship class I took at my high school has given me a burning desire to go out and start my own business. The CTE classes I have taken during my high school career have helped me decide what I want to do for a career. Ever since I took an Entrepreneurship class I have fallen in love with business.

“CTE courses have helped me tremendously to prepare for life after high school, college, and a career. The business classes really helped me see what it is like working in the real world and what it takes to be successful. The Business Leadership class has helped me so much. It has taught me valuable communication, problem-solving, time management, information management, and managerial skills. This class has shown me how to be a professional employee in a company. Since I have started this class, my grades have gone up in all of my other classes because it has taught me crucial study skills that are needed in college. The CTE classes I have taken in high school have truly helped me more than I ever could have imagined.”

—Austin Harvey, Alta High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Austin on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Utah Valley University. Austin was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

Gaige Trevethick: Future Veterinary Technician

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Gaige Trevethick
Occupational Goal: Veterinary Technician

“It has always been my aspiration to be a veterinarian. Once I discovered there was a veterinary class I could take through Jordan Applied Technology Center (JATC), I was excited and motivated to get there. I studied and made sure to get plenty of rest so that I could pass the acceptance test. The day I received the acceptance letter to JATC for the veterinarian assisting program was, to date, the best day of my life.

“Veterinary Assisting at JATC has prepared me with knowledge of how to ask questions, view the whole picture, work with people, deal with stressful situations in a timely fashion, use outside resources to find the answers I need, be organized, and so much more. This class has taught me how to be responsible for my time, be respectful of other people’s time, and give prompt responses. It also taught me how to lead a team and coordinate schedules. Veterinary Assisting is the first step to my career, my future, my life.”

 —Gaige Trevethick, Jordan High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Gaige on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Southern Utah University. Gaige was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

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

Marissa Muhlestein: Future Pastry Chef

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Marissa Muhlestein
Occupational Goal: Pastry Chef

“Being involved in Family and Consumer Sciences will enrich my life, because not only am I preparing for a career, I am preparing for my future family. I am going to further my education after high school and study how to become a pastry chef. One day I plan to open my own bakery. By taking culinary classes now, I will take the skills and knowledge of food that I have learned to the next level and become the best pastry chef I can be.

“During my sophomore year in high school I learned about the Family and Consumer Sciences Pathway. I became very interested in the classes and options that were offered and decided that I wanted to study this area in college. In high school I started taking a variety of CTE courses. Each one of these courses has taught me so much and has prepared me for the courses I will be taking in college.”

 —Marissa Muhlestein, Granger High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Marissa on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Salt Lake Community College. Marissa was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

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

Emelyn Nye: Future Registered Nurse

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Emelyn Nye
Occupational Goal: Registered Nurse (RN)

“As a junior I could apply for one of the Career and Technical Education programs offered off campus. My hope was that I would be accepted into the nurse assistant program my first semester. I wanted to know as soon as possible if I would enjoy the field of nursing as an occupation. I was excited when my class schedule was finalized and I learned I would be in the afternoon class.

“I love my nursing class! Leaving Alta after two periods each day and getting to do hands-on learning at the Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC) was great. My teacher was so upbeat and positive about the profession. We covered a lot of material in one semester, learned many skills, practiced on each other, and went out to care centers and hospitals, where we assisted nurses on their shifts and helped patients like we were CNAs.

“Due to the CTEC nurse assistant program, I found myself extremely motivated to become a registered nurse. There are so many paths I could take after earning my RN license, and I’m excited to have found my career this early in life. I am so glad I was able to take different CTE courses until I found the one that was right for me.”

 —Emelyn Nye, Alta High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Emelyn on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Dixie State University. Emelyn was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.


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