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Students to Compete at TSA National Leadership Conference

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

TSA student members are arriving in Orlando, Florida to attend the 35th TSA National Leadership Conference that will begin tomorrow, Friday, June 28 and continue through Tuesday, July 2. During this annual conference middle and high school TSA members will compete in over 60 technology based competitive events. These events are based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Leadership training and special interest sessions will also be held during the conference. Approximately 5,000 TSA members from across the country are expected to attend.

> Middle School Competitive Event Schedule
> High School Competitive Event Schedule

View: Conference Program

 TSA: A Tradition of Excellence

Students to Compete at FBLA National Leadership Conference

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Today the best and brightest of FBLA convene in Anaheim, California to compete in leadership events, share their successes, and learn new ideas about shaping their career future through workshops and exhibits. This conference is considered the pinnacle of the FBLA experience, especially for those running for national office. FBLA student members will compete in over 60 competitive events during the four-day conference, June 27-30. FBLA has forged partnerships with industry leaders to underwrite competitive events and scholarships for students achieving national ranking.

Join the conference by watching a live stream of the Awards of Excellence Program on Sunday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. (PDT).

View: Conference Program

FBLA: Igniting Innovation in Service, Igniting Innovation in Education,
and Igniting Innovation in Progress.

Students to Compete at HOSA National Leadership Conference

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

On Wednesday, June 26 Utah HOSA student members will join thousands of HOSA members from 50 states and territories in Nashville, Tennessee for the largest National Leadership Conference in HOSA history. Members will participate in educational and social learning activities, tour healthcare facilities, and visit exhibits presented by professional healthcare associations. HOSA student members who were winners of state competitions will compete against their peers in 48 competitive events.

Join the conference by watching a live stream of the opening, recognition, and awards sessions.

> Opening Session: Wednesday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. CST
> Recognition Session: Friday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. CST
> Postsecondary College Awards Session: Saturday, June 29 at 4:00 p.m. CST
> Secondary Awards Session: Saturday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m. CST

 View: Conference Schedule

HOSA: Future Health Professionals

Students to Compete at SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

This week Utah SkillsUSA student members are in Kansas City, Missouri to compete against their peers in 98 hands-on skill and leadership SkillsUSA Championships competitions at the 49th SkillsUSA National Leadership Conference. Contests began locally, continued to state and then to the national level. More than 5,600 outstanding Career and Technical Education students, from across the nation who are all state winners, will compete in this event.

Contests are run with the help of industry, trade associations and labor organizations, and test competencies set by industry. The is a multi-million-dollar event that occupies a space equivalent to more than 16 football fields. Leadership contestants will demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

Over 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.

Join the conference by watching a live stream of the opening ceremony, competitive events, and the awards ceremony, beginning Wednesday, June 26.

> Opening Ceremony: Wednesday, June 26 at 6 p.m. CDT
> Competitive Events: Thursday, June 27 at 8 a.m. CDT
> Awards Ceremony: Friday, June 28 at 5 p.m. CDT

View: Conference Schedule

SkillsUSA: Champions at Work

William Yocom: Future IT Technical Support Specialist

Monday, June 24th, 2013

William Yocom, a student at American Fork High School, recently received a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award to Utah Valley University. William will be studying for a career in the Information Technology industry. “I want to become a programmer with industrial design skills. This would make me very marketable with companies that design computer games, product design and anything within the entertainment business, says William.”

William works at Office Max where he does graphic design work and printing. “My current job has taught me how to work with the public and complete projects on time. To succeed at any occupation you need to be on time, dress well, get along with coworkers and know what you are doing, says William.”

William describes how Career and Technical Education has prepared him for life after high school. “The CTE courses I have taken helped me get the technology skills that I will use in college and on the job. In my classes I have learned some programming, Web page development, and Linux skills. I am glad that I had the opportunity to take CTE classes. I feel better prepared for college and the work place because of them.”

While in high school William took several CTE skill tests and says, “My skill certificates helped me get my current position. They interviewed three of us and I got the job. They liked that I had the skill certificates to back up my skills. CTE classes set me apart and gave me opportunity.”

Watch what William has to say about why he participated in the IT program at American Fork High School and in the Novell Young Technology Scholar Program.

Kylie Gines: Future News Reporter

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Kylie Gines, a student at South Summit High School, participated in a job shadow at KSL during her senior year. Kylie’s job shadow was in the news studio. “I got to listen in on a morning newscaster meeting where all the reporters shared their stories. I watched Amy Iverson do a morning television show and I learned how she does her radio show,” said Kylie. During the job shadow Kylie learned, “Broadcast journalists have a different workday every day and that most reporters do both radio and TV every day.”

What was the best part about Kylie’s job shadow experience? “I liked that I got to see everything that was in the studio and meet a lot of reporters and talk to them. I also had the opportunity to be on TV and get interviewed. It was a very personalized day, said Kylie.”

Kylie offers this advice to students who are thinking about participating in a job shadow, “I would say do it! It will help you with your whole future and realize what you may want to do.”

Kylie will be attending BYU-Idaho in the fall to purse a degree in Communications. She hopes to complete her education in Broadcast Communications.

Each year hundreds of Career and Technical Education students participate in job shadow. If you’re interested in participating in a job shadow contact the Work-Based Learning Coordinator at your school.

Cody Bohin: Future Accountant

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Cody Bohin, a student at Bingham High School, recently received a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award to Salt Lake Community College. Cody will be studying for a career in business. “My goal out of college is to become an accountant. I hope that with all of my experiences and hard work it will help me to achieve my goal. I have worked hard and I will have that upper edge on any other accountant that I will be up against, says Cody.”

During Cody’s senior year he participated in the Business Leadership Training program at Canyons Technical Education Center. “Some of the things that make [the] class so special is that I have completed many prestigious seminars that make me more prepared than many adults in life, says Cody.”

Cody describes how Career and Technical Education prepared him for college and a career. “These programs that I have taken have furthered my skills not only for college but for my whole life. I have taken complete control of my life and face my life in a very professional way. The most impressive skill that I have been able to achieve is my work ethic. I have learned to work hard and always set and achieve goals above what is expected. I have really taken CTE classes to heart. [CTE has] taught me what I know today. With CTE programs you can choose a path and work towards it.”

Abby Knighton: Future FACS Teacher

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Abby Knighton, a student at Layton High School, recently received a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award to Weber State University. Abby will be studying for a career in education. “I want to be an influential and inspiring Family and Consumer Sciences teacher. I plan on going to Weber State University for an estimation of two years, or until I can no longer use their resources. This will begin my education, meaning Weber State does not provide my major, as such, I will continue on to Utah State University to conclude my bachelor’s in Family and Consumer Sciences, Secondary Education, says Abby.”

In high school, Abby was a member of FCCLA and was the chapter president during her senior year. She participated in the Power of One, an FCCLA program that helps students find and use their personal power.  Members set their own goals, work to achieve them, and enjoy the results. The skills members learn in Power of One help them now and in the future—in school, with friends and family, in college, and on the job. “I have been able to recognize the Power of One. I know that every single person on this planet is worth something, though they may not feel that way. They have ideas, input, feelings, and influence in this world and need to be recognized for all that they are worth. I have gained the knowledge of my own individual strength and influence to help others succeed. All my life I have not known what I am capable of but, through the support and care of teachers I have had, I now know. These reasons are some of the many that gave me the drive and ambition to become a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, says Abby.”

Abby describes how Career and Technical Education prepared her for life after high school—college and career. “The CTE courses I have taken in high school have forever changed my life. I feel more confident in my abilities and talents, which helps me to realize I can succeed. I have a great love for [the FACS] department and cannot wait to be a part of it. I focused on every FACS course possible and I enjoyed each one. I just simply cannot wait to be able to teach these courses.”

Courtnee Marthe: Future Radiology Technician

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Courtnee Marthe, a student at South Summit High School, participated in a job shadow at Park City Medical Center during her senior year. Courtnee’s job shadow was in the radiology department. “I interacted and communicated with patients who were receiving scans or test. I watched x-rays, MRIs, CTs, ultrasounds, and mammograms performed. I was able to ask questions and have them answered. The people I shadowed were very kind and informative,” said Courtnee. During the job shadow Courtnee learned, “The elements of radiology tests or scans and how different body parts look during different scans.”

Courtnee offers this advice to students who are thinking about participating in a job shadow, “Do it! It will let you know if this is a career you really want to pursue.”

Courtnee will be attending Utah Valley University in the fall to purse a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. She then plans to continue her education at Weber State University to pursue a degree in Radiation Therapy.

Each year hundreds of Career and Technical Education students participate in a job shadow. If you’re interested in participating in a job shadow contact the Work-Based Learning Coordinator at your school.

CTE Students Compete in Digital Media Arts Festival

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Congratulations to the 160 Utah high school students who competed in the Digital Media Arts Festival held at Utah Valley University. Students from 19 high schools throughout Utah entered a digital media project in one of twelve categories. Entries were judged on technical and artistic value. Students spent hours working on their projects in order to compete against their peers in this final digital media competition.

 

 Below are the 2013 winners:

 

View some of the winning projects:

Information Technology occupations are high skill, high wage, and are in high demand, especially in Utah. In Utah, tech companies employ about 140,000 people, paying approximately 57 percent higher salaries than the statewide average. Check out the Career and Technical Education Information Technology Digital Media Pathway.

If your interested in participating in the Digital Media Arts Festival next year talk to your school counselor or Career and Technical Education teacher for details on how to enter.

SAVE THE DATE:
The 2014 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival will be held the first week of May at Utah Valley University.