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Austin Smith: Future Marketing Director

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Austin Smith
Occupational Goal: Future Marketing Director

“I have always been interested in business and marketing. I have learned much from my CTE business classes. The CTE Marketing Pathway gave me the opportunity to learn about a field that I was unfamiliar with. This field intrigued me in many different ways and opened new doors for my educational goals. Marketing taught me the basics in areas such as promotion, marketing, retail, and business ethics. The marketing program was one of the most influential experiences of my high school career.

“My occupational goal is to work up from an intern to an entry-level marketing position, and ultimately be the marketing director for a corporation and lead the marketing department.”

Austin Smith, Mountain High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Austin on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Weber State University. Austin 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: Austin Smith
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology 


Abigayle Schofield: Future Graphic Designer

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Abigayle Schofield
Occupational Goal: Graphic Designer

“The career and technical field I have chosen to study is graphic design. I have chosen this career because in it I am able to do things that I love. I love to design, work with people, and also manage things around me. I hope with this degree I will be an asset to a company in helping them advertise their products more efficiently.

“I have taken several design classes at my high school and have learned so much. All of the CTE classes I have taken have benefited me. By the time I graduate from high school this summer I will have 37 college credits completed. This fall I plan on attending UVU to finish my associate degree. After graduation from UVU, I plan on starting a job that I feel with help me achieve my goal of being on the advertising team of a company. I plan on doing what I love in the workforce.”

—Abigayle Schofield, Wasatch High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Abigayle on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah Valley University. Abigayle 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: Abigayle Schofield
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology 


Hunter Okerlund: Future Mechanical Engineering Technician

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Hunter Okerlund
Occupational Goal: Mechanical Engineering Technician

“I am very interested in the field of engineering because technology changes all the time. There will always be problems to solve and processes to improve.

“I have always liked doing hands-on projects and thinking of different ways to make something better. With my CTE classes in Project Lead the Way, I was able to see whole processes, from the design stage on paper to transferring that design and idea into a computer application, then all the way to building a prototype. I hope to use these classes and experiences in a future college class to further my education, and in a career to improve systems in business and communities.”

 —Hunter Okerlund, Fremont High School

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

Parker Kingsford: Future Computer Engineer

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Parker Kingsford
Occupational Goal: Computer Engineer


“I have felt great interest in becoming a computer engineer since I started working with computers at the age of 10. I love technology and engineering, to solve and fix problems. I like to design new computer systems that can be more effective in day-to-day life. Becoming a computer engineer would incorporate some of my greatest passions and joys in life.

“I am currently attending Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC) in Sandy, Utah. I am enrolled in the Computer Repair and Network System course. This program has helped me earn many industry-level certifications including: CompTIA, IT Strata Fundamentals, IC3, Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA), OS Fundamentals, and Security and Academy of Information Technology certifications. At CTEC, I was recently recognized as the most outstanding PC repairman for the first semester.”

—Parker Kingsford, West Jordan High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Parker on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Salt Lake Community College. Parker 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: Parker Kingsford
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology 


Students Compete in Utah IT Challenge

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Throughout April students across the state of Utah competed in the annual Utah IT Challenge. This event was held in conjunction with the Microsoft IT Academy, a national program that provides industry-leading technology skills. Utah’s IT Challenge included Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications. This year Utah’s IT Challenge was held in three regions—Salt Lake Region, Northern Region, and Central Region. From Photoshop to CIW Site Design to Oracle Java, over 60 students—grades 9-12—took the challenge to compete among their peers. Over 100 tests were taken with 16 MTA certifications awarded.

 Students who achieved the highest score in each IT Challenge area:


Each Adobe first place winner was awarded Adobe Suite software, generously donated by Adobe. Other first place winners were awarded Windows 8 operating system, generously donated by Microsoft. Novell donated a nice laptop bag for the top Linux winner.

Adobe Photoshop winners
Left to right: Sienna Pickard, Sarah Cotner, Ty Bayn,
with Francie Stewart, Certiport representative

Students who participated in the Utah IT Challenge further developed his/her skills in industry-leading technology that will jump-start his/her future career in the IT industry. In Utah, tech companies employ about 140,000 people, paying approximately 57 percent higher salaries than the statewide average.1

If you’re interested in competing in the Utah IT Challenge next year contact your Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher to learn how to prepare and register. Learn about the CTE Information Technology Pathways HERE.

 1 Utah Technology Council

Provo High students win Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Congratulations to Provo High School students Parker Thomas and Jimmy Hicken who took first place at the state Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition on Thursday, May 2, 2013. The competition was held at Salt Lake Community College’s Miller Campus where 10 teams tested their knowledge and skill at diagnosing a purposely bugged vehicle.

Dave Milliken, Skilled and Technical Science Sciences state specialist, was on the planning committee and attended the event. He describes the contest and the close finish. “This year’s contest was a bit more challenging due to the fact that there was a double bug. This means that there were two bugs dealing with the same problem, so when a team found one bugged part there was another one causing a similar problem to the car. The bugs could range from light bulbs for turn signals to sensors affecting the transmission.

“After 75 minutes of working on the cars, and 15 minutes left of the competition, all 10 cars were still being worked on. The bugs were tough and challenged the student’s abilities and knowledge of the vehicles. Only four vehicles were driven into final judging, the others were still on the field of competition when the contest came to an end.”

Below are the results of the competition:
1st PlaceProvo High School
2nd PlaceRiverton High School
3rd PlaceWoods Cross High School
4th PlaceNorthridge High School
5th PlaceTimpview High School
6th PlaceClearfield High School
7th PlaceHillcrest High School
8th PlaceDavis High School
9th PlaceUSU Eastern High School Program
10th PlaceFremont High School

Parker and Jimmy now advance to the national finals at the Ford Motor Company Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan on June 9-12, 2013. They will compete against students from 49 other states to debug a 2013 Ford Focus SE. The team with the fewest quality-of-workmanship demerits and the best combined total score—repair time and written exam—will be the winner.

Left to right: Chris Hohnbaum, Rick Bouillon, Jimmy Hicken, Seth McVea,
Parker Thomas,
Brett Baird, Jeff Broadhead, Dave Milliken

At the national competition participating students will be awarded scholarships, trophies, apparel, certificates, shop manuals, and automotive equipment. Contestants will also have the opportunity to be considered for automotive technician and other service specialist positions with Ford Motor Company dealers, AAA affiliated service facilities, and other sponsoring organizations.

UtahCTE wishes Parker and Jimmy the best as they compete for the national Ford/AAA Auto Skills title.

Related articles:
Provo High team wins Ford/AAA vehicle repair competition,
The Salt Lake Tribune, May 2, 2013
Provo High students named state’s best auto techs,
Fox13now.com, May 2, 2013
Utah’s top high school mechanics gather for automotive competition,
Deseret News, May 3, 2013
Utah’s tip high propagandize mechanics accumulate for automotive competition,
Utah News, May 3, 2013

Occupations in Information Technology (IT)

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

IT workers are found in occupations with a computer-related focus. These occupations are found in nearly every organization, and not only are they in demand, they also pay higher than average wages. So how do you get started in an IT career? General computer literacy is a must, and more specific skills like wireless networking, familiarity with information security, problem-solving, and attention to detail are also important. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a bachelor’s degree is the usual educational qualification for the occupations listed in the table below. However, by linking to actual Utah job openings listed for these occupational titles, you will find that many employers are willing to work with students who have developed some technical expertise. For example, a link from Software Developer, Applications reveals a current job listing for a Junior Software Tester that invites students to apply. Similarly, Software Developers, Systems Software has a link to an opening for a Java Developer, for which the education level is “high school diploma,” though there are a number of high level skills needed in order to apply.

High school students who pursue an IT Pathway will most certainly have a competitive edge as they search for entry level jobs and apply to colleges. Learn about the opportunities for scholarships and student leadership development through your CTE Pathway participation. You can also read more about IT occupations, helpful certifications, and IT professional organizations in the Occupational Outlook Quarterly.



2013 Biotechnology Poster Symposium

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The Jordan Applied Technology Center invites you to the 6th Annual Biotechnology Poster Symposium at Utah Valley University on Friday, May 10, 2013. High school students from the Jordan Applied Technology Center will display and discuss their research project. This event is an opportunity for the public, including industry and business partners, to interact with some of Utah’s future scientists.

What: 6th Annual Biotechnology Poster Symposium

Who: High school students from the
Jordan Applied Technology Center

Where: Utah Valley University
800 West University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058

When: Friday, May 10, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
(Award Ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m.)

Biotechnology harnesses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives and the health of our planet. The bioscience industry is one of the most innovative and important economic drivers in the United States, accounting for over 1.6 million jobs and an additional 5 million jobs in the U.S. due to the economic multiplier effect. Bioscience jobs require a highly skilled workforce and therefore result in jobs paying on average 79 percent more than the average worker in the United States’ private sector.1

Occupations in the field of Biotechnology include:

Biochemists and Biophysicists study the chemical and physical principles of living things and of biological processes such as cell development, growth, and heredity.

Biotechnology Technicians help biological and medical scientists conduct laboratory tests and experiments.

Immunohematologists perform immunohematology tests, recommends blood problem solutions to doctors, and serves as consultant to blood bank and community: Visually inspects blood in specimen tubes for hemolysis.

Microbiologists study the growth, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms such as bacteria, algae, and fungi.

Toxicologists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.

Students can learn about careers in the field of Biotechnology through participating in Career and Technical Education (CTE). Talk to your school counselor about the Biotechnology Pathway at your school.

 1Biotechnology Industry Organization

The T in STEM stands for TECHNOLOGY

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

By Gary Wixom
Assistant Commissioner for Career and Technical Education
Utah System of Higher Education

We continue to hear that at a time of high unemployment there are many jobs that go unfilled. The reason: American workers lack the necessary skills to fill those jobs. Many are blaming this on a lack of preparation in the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.) During the 2013 session of the Utah State Legislature, a bill was passed to address these issues here in Utah. The bill “House Bill 139” created a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Action Center. The Action Center, and an Action Center Board, that is charged with providing science and technology-based education to elementary and secondary students and to expose public education students to college level science and technology disciplines.

According to “Utah’s Federal R & D and STEM Jobs Report” if we want the next generation of students to have jobs that provide a livable wage we need to make science research and development and STEM Education a top priority. Utah’s students need to know that by the year 2018, there will be 101,000 STEM-related jobs that will need to be filled. Most of these jobs will require some postsecondary education and training.

There is no question that the “STEM Problem” is getting worse, not better. The number of students interested in STEM careers here in Utah is slightly below the national average. According to data from the Utah System of Higher Education, the top 10 graduation majors for Utah Students in 2010 and 2011 were: 

The hope is that the new STEM Action Center will provide solutions that will help close the achievement gaps and encourage more students to enter the STEM related career fields.

Too often when national leaders focus on STEM issues, the discussion is centered only on Science and Math. Certainly these two areas are critically important. A solid foundation in math skills is essential to be “college and career ready”. Technology is also an important component of STEM. Technology covers a wide variety of career pathways that are in demand, have high wages, but at the same time do not always require a four-year degree.

Here are just a few of the great opportunities that exist in the “Technology” portion of STEM.

Educators: Let’s remember that Technology is an important part of the STEM discussion and make sure that students are aware that these Technology careers are a part of the solution to getting the United States working again, lowering the unemployment rate and helping to grow a dynamic economy for the future.

Students: Talk to your CTE teacher or school counselor about the many opportunities in STEM related careers.