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Utah FBLA Students Place in Top 10 at National Competition

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

By Luke Searle, FBLA State President

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) 2013 National Leadership Conference was one that will not be soon forgotten. Students from across the country gathered in Anaheim, California, to show off their abilities and connect with members everywhere. Utah FBLA had great success in the national competition, having students from all over the state make it to finals and place in their events. Morgan Mitchell, from Park City High School, earned 1st Place in the Job Interview competition. What an accomplishment! 

Morgan  Mitchell

This conference also gave members the opportunity to meet and network with other members all over the nation. Our state officer team not only enhanced our relationships within our team, but also observed how other state chapters worked and what could be learned from their success. Being a few hundred feet away from the happiest place on earth (Disneyland) wasn’t too bad either.

At the conference, Taylorsville High School FBLA student members
spell UTAH using their light sabers.

View the list of Utah FBLA National Competition Winners


Work Smart AND Hard

Friday, July 19th, 2013

By Dave Milliken, National SkillsUSA Board Member and Skilled and Technical Sciences Education specialist at the Utah State Office of Education

As one who has been to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) for the past 15 years, I came away from this year’s conference excited and wowed. The opening session featured Nick Pinchuk, Chairman and CEO of Snap-on Incorporated, and Mike Rowe, host of Dirty Jobs. They both gave excellent speeches with messages just right for our students today – prepare yourself to work smart and hard. This means simply, it’s okay to have a job in the skilled trades.

Nick Pinchuk received the 2012 SkillsUSA CEO Champion of the Year Award. At this year’s conference he expressed his enthusiasm for SkillsUSA stating, “Just like in the space race, we need to make skilled workforce training a national priority. And, we need to make skilled careers a national calling. Technical education must possess that kind of priority focus. That’s one reason why I’m so enthusiastic about student organizations like SkillsUSA. They enable young people with the capabilities they need to win the global competition, and they create an excitement so that these young men and women readily embrace technical learning and avidly pursue those careers with pride.”

From my vantage point on the floor of Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mike Rowe was larger than life and his impact was fantastic. Mike is a great advocate of the skilled trades. As the creator, executive producer, and host of Discovery Channel‘s Dirty Jobs he has been the apprentice on 300 jobs throughout the U.S. In 2011, when Mike testified before the U.S. Senate about the skilled trades gap in the United States he stated, “As the host of a TV show about hard work (Dirty Jobs), people often assume I speak for tradesmen and skilled workers. In reality, I don’t. I can only speak for myself and anyone else who shares my addiction to paved roads, reliable bridges, heating, air conditioning, and indoor plumbing.”

At the conference, Mike told about an experience he had in high school when he met with his school counselor. “Back in the late 70s, a poster just like this was hanging in my high school. It was part of a college recruitment campaign called “Work Smart NOT Hard.” In the long history of bad advice, you’d have to look pretty hard to find something dumber than this. And yet, the expression is still with us.” READ MORE

As a result of this experience, at the conference Mike presented “a new platitude with a different attitude.” Mike said, “Wouldn’t it make more sense to promote “Work Smart AND Hard. The mikeroweWorks Foundation and Caterpillar Inc. (a leader in building the world’s infrastructure) has launched an initiative to promote alternative education and skilled trades called “Profoundly Disconnected.” Mike makes a case for the skilled trades and encourages parents, teachers, and students to consider the many benefits of an education that balances knowledge and skill. Mike Rowe and SkillsUSA are working together through a shared passion to promote Career and Technical Education and America’s skilled workforce.

Watch Mike talk about the “Worst Advise Ever.”
Watch Mike talk about the skills gap in America.
Watch Mike talk at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference

In my mind, this was the best SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference I have ever attended. Let’s keep up the great work and prepare our students to be leaders in this great land. Encourage students in your school to become a member of SkillsUSA and to participate in a Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Pathway. By doing so, students will develop essential career and life skills that will prepare them for the future.

WATCH the 2013 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference “Week in Review” video.







Photos courtesy of SkillsUSA
Poster images courtesy of mikeroweWORKS Foundation

Utah Students Excel at HOSA National Leadership Conference

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

On June 26, 2013 more than 7,500 HOSA members, advisors, and healthcare professionals from around the nation arrived in Nashville, Tennessee for the 36th Annual HOSA National Leadership Conference. Two-hundred Utah HOSA delegates attended the conference with student members competing in 56 skill and competitive events ranging from biotechnology to dental spelling to medical assisting. Utah students excelled as they competed against their peers. Twenty Utah secondary and postsecondary students placed in the top 10 in 16 competitive events.

Congratulations to the HOSA student members, advisors, and state officers who participated and were recognized at the conference. View the list of winners HERE.

Autumn Phelps, a student at Highland High School,
was the U.S. flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies.

Utah HOSA is a student leadership organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in healthcare and to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. Utah HOSA currently operates 75 chapters in high schools and colleges throughout the state with a membership of 4,000.

Utah Students Place in the Top Ten at TSA National Conference

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

On June 28 through July 2, more than 5,500 people from across the country attended the 2013 TSA National Conference in Orlando, Florida, including 91 Utah TSA student members and 42 Utah TSA advisors and parents.

From animatronics to digital video production to VEX robotics, Utah TSA middle and high school student members excelled as they competed against their peers in 58 technology-based competitive events. Congratulations to the 43 Utah TSA student members who placed in the top 10 in 22 competitive events. Each event was based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects.

View list of Utah TSA national competition winners. The top ten finalists were given a “Finalist Pin” and the top 3 were awarded at trophy.

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Summer: A Time for Making Memories and Learning a New Skill

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Summer is in full swing and with it comes long summer days, picnics, parades, rodeos, farmers markets, and perhaps attending a summer camp. Summer is not only a time for making memories but also for learning a new skill. Whether you’re formally attending a summer camp, helping a family member with a project, or working a temporary summer job, every day can be a day to learn something new. As you go about your day, be curious, ask questions, and read. You will be surprised at how many new things you will learn.

Share with UtahCTE.org what you’re doing this summer. 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.

Students to Compete at FCCLA National Leadership Conference

Monday, July 8th, 2013

This week FCCLA student members from across the nation are in Nashville, Tennessee at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference, July 7-11. The conference will empower members to build courage, take initiative, and be the change. FCCLA members will discover their own voice and also realize the power of their generation as one by strengthening self-confidence and determination. FCCLA student members will participate in competitive events and dynamic workshops.

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The mission of FCCLA is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader, members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.

FCCLA: The Ultimate Leadership Experience

Utah Students Win Medals at National Skills Competition

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Congratulations to the 38 Utah SkillsUSA student members who won medals last week at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference! Over 5,900 students competed in 98 hands-on skills and leadership competitions. From architectural drafting to plumbing to Web design Utah students showed off their skills which resulted in gold, silver, or bronze medals.

Dave Milliken, National SkillsUSA Board Member and Skilled and Technical Sciences Education specialist at the Utah State Office of Education said this about the competition. “Our postsecondary and secondary students represented the State of Utah very well at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) held in Kansas City, June 24- 28.  Utah students walked away with 18 gold, 10 silver, and 9 bronze medals in 24 different contests. This was good enough for 7th place nationally in the medal count.  Our students did a great job and performed to the highest caliber.”







And the winners are. . .view the list of Utah winners HERE.

View photos of the SkillsUSA Championships Contests

Watch portions of the SkillsUSA Championships Contests

Gold medal winners could qualify to participate in the 2015 World Skills Competition in San Paulo, Brazil. Today through July 7, SkillsUSA students are in Germany competing in the 2013 World Skills Competition.

SkillsUSA: Champions at Work