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41 Utah CTE Students Graduate from UAP Program

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

IMG_2294Last week, 41 Utah Career and Technical Education (CTE) students graduated from the Utah Aerospace Pathways (UAP) program with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing. Each student entered the program in September 2015, where they completed 156 hours of classroom instruction before participating in a paid internship with one of five aerospace partners—Albany (formerly Harris), Boeing, Hexcel, Janicki, and Orbital ATK.

By completing the UAP program, along with passing pre-employment requirements, these 41 students are now certified to begin work with one of the aerospace partners in Utah. Not only will the students begin work at a family-sustaining wage, but many of the industry partners have agreed to provide tuition reimbursements after a minimum of one year working for the company. If the student prefers, they can pursue training within their company and work their way up there.

Congratulations to the first class of UAP graduates from Granite School District and Davis School District, who were honored at a ceremony at the Utah State Capitol in the Hall of Governors.

Read what graduates are saying about the UPA program:

Jessica Ericksen photo“Through this program, I have learned about composites and my desired field within my aerospace internship. I have learned how to build, machine, measure, clean, and process each part in its entirety. Before I began [this internship], my heart was set on going into architectural design. However, this experience has completely changed that and I couldn’t be happier to go into aerospace. This has been such a wonderful and helpful experience.”

—Jessica Ericksen, Janicki Industries Internship

“This is one part of my career pursuit that had quite the effect on me and the way I viewed the industries in particular. As I chose to pursue the composites engineering, woodworking, machining, math, and automotive pathways the more I came to notice how woven together the industry is, and that by mastering the technical processes of an entire industry.

—John Snarr, Janicki Industries Internship

Matthew Roe photo“Through this opportunistic experience, I’ve learned through first-hand reality what it feels like to be involved in this companies manufacturing process, and even surrounded by the success and challenges that are to be met or found in the engineering technological worlds. There’s not a better reassuring thought then to actually see what it would be like to pursue the career of a little boy’s dreams.”

—Matthew Roe, Orbital ATK Internship


“During my internship at Boeing, I’ve learned a lot about the process of assembly of the airplane and the hard work and dedication to make a perfect product. The experience has given me a further interest in aerospace and mechanical engineering and has further confirmed my desires to pursue a career in STEM.”

—Emma Vanderhoeven, Boeing Internship

Denisse Martinez photo“This year I had a once in a lifetime opportunity. A new program was [launched]: Utah Aerospace Pathways. As soon as I [found out] about the program I signed up and enrolled. I’ve had the opportunity to learn how to operate some of the basic machines like the manual mill, the manual lathe, and see how the CNC mill and the lathe operate. I’m excited to begin my engineering career while still in high school!”

—Denisse Martinez, Hexcel Internship


On September, 4, 2015, Governor Gary R. Herbert announced the Utah Aerospace Pathways (UAP) program saying, “The creation of the Utah Aerospace Pathways program will benefit Utah students for generations to come. This is among the first time industry partners and K-12 educators are working closely together to directly address their workforce needs in the state.

The Utah Aerospace Pathways program provides Utah students the opportunity to graduate from high school with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing and begin an aerospace manufacturing career. This unique program has brought aerospace industry representatives, education leaders, and together in an unprecedented collaboration.

Makayla Hendricks Awarded U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Photo - Makayla HendricksToday U.S. Secretary of Education John King announced the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 160 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

Congratulations to the following U.S. Presidential Scholars from Utah:

U.S. Presidential Scholar in Academics
Jennifer A. Ban, Logan High School
Anthony L. Cheng, Hillcrest High School

U.S. Presidential Scholar in Arts
Aubree A. Oliverson, Mountain Heights Academy

U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education
Makayla Hendricks, Bountiful High School

Makayla Hendricks was one of the inaugural 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars awarded in the area of career and technical education. Last year, President Obama signed an executive order to expand the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program to include Career and Technical Education students.

“We extend congratulations to each of these students for their incredible leadership, service, and accomplishments and wish them continued success in their future endeavors!” said Sharon Lee Miller, Director of the Division of Academic and Technical Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education.

On June 19, 2016, each U.S. Presidential Scholar will be recognized in a ceremony in Washington, DC, with each honoree receiving a Presidential Scholar Medallion.

A complete list of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars is available at the Presidential Scholars Program homepage.

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Congratulations to Utah CTE Educators!

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

W._FRAZIER-SNYDERUtah was well represented at the recent Region V ACTE Leadership Conference. Along with colleagues from other Region V states, the record number of about 400 attendees were treated to education and career tours, presentations on topics from Advocacy to Technology (and everything in between), vendor resources, and many opportunities for networking. Utah Career and Technical Education (CTE) Educator Pepper Poulsen (CTE Coordinator in Jordan School District) served on the Conference Planning Committee, and Peter Edmondson served on the Awards Committee.

The final conference session was an opportunity to recognize some outstanding CTE educators in the region, including the following Utah professionals:

  • Hope Blackburn, Nominee for Region V New Teacher of the Year
  • Rebecca Lawver, Nominee for Region V Postsecondary Teacher of the Year
  • Wendy Frazier-Snyder, WINNER! Teacher of the Year
  • Clay Christensen, Nominee for Administrator of the Year
  • Camille Williams, Nominee for Carl Perkins Community Service Award
  • Ruth Dallas, Nominee for Career Guidance Award
  • Pam Rock, Nominee for Lifetime Achievement Award

Highlights of the conference can be viewed in a video that has been posted online.

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Utah Awarded New Skills for Youth Grant

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Girl_grad_blurr_backgroundUtah has been awarded a grant through JPMorgan Chase & Co’s New Skills for Youth initiative. This initiative focuses on the commitment to ensure more young people graduate from high school prepared for college and well-paying careers. This grant will allow Utah to develop detailed career readiness action plans, which are an essential step to expanding economic opportunity for young people.

The New Skills for Youth state grant is one piece of a $75 million, five-year initiative developed by JPMorgan Chases, in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Advance Career and Technical Education (CTE), aimed at strengthening career-focused education, starting in high school and ending with postsecondary degrees or credentials aligned with high-skill jobs.

“States across the country are adjusting their career readiness programs to ensure they adequately prepare students for their next step after graduation,” said Chris Minnich, executive director of CCSSO. “States have seized this grant opportunity to pursue bold plans for pathways that will put kids on a course for success after high school and beyond.”

New Skills for Youth builds on CCSSO’s Career Readiness Initiative, launched in 2015 to help close the skills gap in this country. The goal is to ensure that students are not only college-ready, but that all children also graduate from high school well prepared for careers in high-skill, high-demand fields.

“We are anxious to develop a career readiness action plan for our students and pleased to be a part of this helpful public-private partnership to move this critical work forward. This grant gives Utah the assistance and support needed to meet Utah student needs in both school and the workforce,” said Sydnee Dickson, Utah Interim State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Press Release
States Awarded Grants to Improve Career Preparation Systems for Young People

CTE Makeover Challenge

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

American Fork_TE_IMG_3463The U.S. Department of Education invites schools to enter the CTE Makeover Challenge by submitting a design for a CTE makerspace.

A makerspace is an environment or facility that provides resources, materials, and equipment for students to conceive, create, and collaborate through making. Making refers to a hands-on learning approach that encourages students to imagine, create, and tinker through the process of manufacturing, testing, and demonstrating their ideas.

Through making, educators enable students to immerse themselves in problem-solving and the continuous refinement of their projects while learning essential 21st-century career skills, such as critical thinking, planning, and communication. The U.S. Department of Education is seeking models of CTE makerspaces across a wide range of facility types, such as classrooms, libraries, and mobile spaces, that it can share with educators to encourage the creation of affordable, scalable, and replicable makerspaces.

All eligible schools will gain access to the CTE Makeover Bootcamp, a 6-week program that provides resources and expertise in makerspace design and lesson planning. $200,000 in cash and other prizes will be distributed to a maximum of 10 honorees to turn their vision for a makerspace into a reality. Honorees will produce and submit a video tour of their constructed makerspaces and compile an online portfolio of materials for use in the CTE Makerspace Showcase, which will take place at the World Maker Faire in New York City, October 1-2, 2016.

Who: Eligible public high schools, including charter schools, technical high schools, and regional technical centers serving grades 9-12.

To enter this Challenge, entrants do not need to be receiving Perkins IV funding, but MUST be eligible to receive it. If you are unsure whether your school is eligible for Carl D. Perkins funding, please check with your school’s administration, or contact your local CTE director.

What: CTE Makeover Challenge

Why: Makerspaces typically provide access to materials, tools, and technologies to allow for hands-on exploration and participatory learning. A makerspace is a place where people come together to design and build projects.

How: Design models of CTE makerspaces across a wide range of facility types, such as classrooms, libraries, and mobile spaces that strengthen student’s career and technical skills. The creation of the makerspaces should be affordable, scalable, and replicable makerspaces that can be shared with educators.

Prizes/Awards: 10 schools will win prizes to help build their makerspaces. The total cash prize pool is $200,000. Prize competition is funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV or Act).

Submit entries: www.CTEMakeoverChallenge.com

Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2016

Questions? Contact Albert Palacios at albert.palacios@ed.gov

Apply Now for a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Alberto Cruz (HS)

Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school seniors, NOW is the time to apply for a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. Eligible candidates are those who are planning to attend a postsecondary institution in a CTE program. The training must result in:

  1. An associate degree or less.
  2. A bachelor’s degree with a teaching credential
    in a CTE area.

Last year, 204 high school seniors applied for a Utah CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award, with 50 percent (102) of the applicants receiving a college scholarship.

What: CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards

Who: Utah High School Seniors
CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards are open to any graduating senior student who plans to obtain CTE training after high school. Candidates must be a legal U.S. resident, have senior status and graduate from a Utah-sponsored, public, secondary school before September 15, 2016.

Where: CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards are to Utah postsecondary institutions. Detailed institution information is located HERE.

How: Complete the application located HERE.
Mail or hand deliver the application to the Utah State Office of Education.

When: The application is due and must be postmarked no later than Monday, February 22, 2016. Hand delivered applications should be delivered to TC Tomlin at the Utah State Office of Education. Winners will be notified on March 11, 2016.

Utah State Office of Education
250 East 500 South
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200

Additional Information

“All of the CTE courses that I took helped me learn critical thinking skills and to pay attention to detail. As soon as I took the CNA course I knew from that moment on that I was going to stay in the medical field, and try as hard as I could to [become] a radiologist. CTE has prepared me for what I want to do in life and has given me a small taste of what it is like to work in this field of study,” said Alberto Cruz, 2015 CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award recipient.

Verizon Innovative App Challenge: Two Utah Teams Win Best in State

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

CaptureMiddle/junior high and high school students from across the country submitted concepts for an innovative app for the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. This national competition, created by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association, challenged student teams to develop mobile application concepts that addressed a need or problem in the students’ communities or schools. The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is designed to respond to a critical need, to inspire student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

A panel of judges assembled by the Technology Student Association, which included educators and industry experts, evaluated all submissions according to the judging rubric. The judges reviewed all the complete submissions to identify one winning team from grades 6 through 8 and another winning team from grades 9 through 12 from each state and the District of Columbia. All of the Best in State winning teams are eligible to win the App Challenge Fan Favorite award.

The two Best in State winning teams in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge for Utah are:

DaVinci Academy — Middle School
App Name: AllerScanner
The AllerScan mobile app can let millions live another day by simply scanning bar codes of foods while shopping. A personalized allergen list will be displayed to help consumers choose foods that will not harm them.

Herriman High School
App Name: ShoutStudy
The ShoutStudy app connects students to their peers, giving them the help they need to graduate from high school.

Business teacher, Randall Kammerman describes the ShoutStudy app. “It is student-driven homework helper app. Kids with solid abilities register for subjects they can help with. Kids with needs register and send a “shout” when they need some help. The app hooks up requests via video chat or text chat. Kids help kids solve problems in a non-threatening way. Helpers get ‘points’ that can be redeemed in various ways.” The team included DECA, TSA, FBLA, and MustangTV students.

DaVinci Academy and Herriman High School have the opportunity to compete for the title of Best in Nation and for the Fan Favorite award. Teachers, students, and the community have a chance to choose a national winner of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The team that receives the most votes for its app concept will win the App Challenge Fan Favorite award.

The Fan Favorite team will be awarded $15,000 for their school, resources from MIT to develop their app concept into a working app, and an all-expenses paid trip for each team member (including a parent/guardian) to the 2016 National TSA Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in June.

There are two ways to vote:
1. Online:
>DaVinci Academy at http://appchallenge.tsaweb.org/vote/5480
>Herriman High School at http://appchallenge.tsaweb.org/vote/2726

2. By phone:
>DaVinci Academy – text the code SHOUTAPP2 to the number 22333.
>Herriman High School – text the code ALLERSCAN2 to the number 22333.

Only one vote per phone or mobile device. Standard texting rates apply.


Additional Information
Vote Now FAQ
Verizon Innovative App Challenge 2015-2016 Best in State Winners
Verizon Innovative App Challenge Past Winners

Aerospace: The Career of a Lifetime

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Bonneville_STS_IMG_5146Today Governor Gary R. Herbert announced the Utah Aerospace Pathways (UAP) program, which will provide Utah students the opportunity to graduate high school with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing and begin an aerospace manufacturing career. This unique program has brought aerospace industry representatives, education leaders, and together in an unprecedented collaboration.

“The creation of the Utah Aerospace Pathways program will benefit Utah students for generations to come. This is among the first time industry partners and K-12 educators are working closely together to directly address their workforce needs in the state,” Gov. Herbert said. “We look forward to unlocking more opportunities with industry leaders to improve education and to ensure lasting economic growth in Utah.”

The first semester of the program will take place in high schools in Granite and Davis School Districts, while the second semester will take place at Davis Applied Technology College and Salt Lake Community College. Students will also participate in a paid internship during their senior year of high school.

“Improving our education system is the most important thing we can do to build a strong economy for the future,” said Larry Coughlin, general manager of Boeing Salt Lake. “This program provides students who have a passion for technology and innovation the opportunity to become familiar with aerospace manufacturing and get hands-on experiential learning.”

Upon completing the UAP program, along with passing pre-employment requirements, students will be certified to begin work with one of the aerospace partners in Utah. Not only will the students begin work at a family-sustaining wage— many of the industry partners have agreed to provide tuition reimbursements after a BoeingSLC_2015-0506_HiRes-7043Sminimum of one year working for the company. If the student prefers, they can pursue training within their company and work their way up there.

The six aerospace industry partners in Utah are Boeing, Harris, Hexcel, Hill Air Force Base, Janicki, and Orbital ATK. The industry partners have worked closely together with the Utah Manufacturers Association to provide paid internships during the certification process and define the requirements to hire these students out of high school.

Here’s how it works:

High School
> During your senior year, prepare to earn an industry-recognized certificate.
> Students must complete three courses of training (about 156 hours), which includes an after high school hands-on paid intern-ship (48 hours).
> Receive .50 credit through instructor and practical training in a   manufacturing-related course at your high school.
> You will participate in hands-on composite training at Davis Applied Technology College (DATC) or Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) and receive an additional .50 credit through your high school.

Paid Internship
> Participate in a paid 48-hour hands-on internship that will jump-start your career, and receive a .25 credit.
> Earn an industry-recognized certificate during your senior year while interning with one of six industry partners—BOEING, HARRIS, HEXCEL, HILL AIR FORCE BASE, JANICKI, Orbital ATK.
> Gain the experience, knowledge, and skills to qualify for a full-time position with one of the six sponsoring aerospace companies.

College and Career
> Earn a starting hourly wage of $12 and increase your opportunity by strengthening your skills and talents.
> Begin or continue your postsecondary (college) education while earning a living receiving a tuition reimbursement.

In Utah, aerospace and defense is a $5.4 billion industry (GOED). In 2013, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $77,506, annually, including pay and benefits (Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2013). A career in the aerospace industry is high skill, high wage, and high demand.

To participate in the Utah Aerospace Pathways program, beginning in fall 2015, contact your Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher or school counselor. They will provide you with the information you need to get started on THE CAREER OF A LIFETIME!

UAPathways.com | Utah Aerospace Pathways flyer | #UtahCTE

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U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE

Friday, July 17th, 2015

MF students

This week, the Department of Education announced 236 candidates for the inaugural class of Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education (CTE). The high school seniors were nominated from across the country by state education leaders. These candidates now have the opportunity to submit applications in the next phase of the award process.

Congratulations to the following three Utah CTE Presidential Scholars candidates:
> Makayla Hendricks, Bountiful High
> Jessica Ivie, Copper Hills High School
> Sam Good, Weber High School

President Obama recently signed an executive order to expand the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program to include Career and Technical Education students.

The CTE Scholars will be chosen on the basis of outstanding scholarship and demonstrated ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. This is one of the nations’ highest honors for high school students.

“The U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE program will be a fantastic opportunity to give our CTE students additional recognition that they so greatly deserve from our leaders in Washington,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “I am thrilled that President Obama and his Administration have taken this step to acknowledge the excellence and innovation happening in CTE classrooms nationwide, which is laying the foundation for students’ college and career success.”

The Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, during the Administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson, to recognize the nation’s top high school graduates based on their scholastic achievement, leadership and community involvement. Through this executive order, President Obama and his administration will now recognize up to 20 students who have achieved excellence in their education and at the same time build greater prestige and public support for CTE programs. The first group of U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE will be nominated in spring 2016.

Complete details about eligibility for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE will be released in the coming weeks. Watch http://cte.ed.gov/initiatives/cte-scholars for details.

2015 CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Emily Hopes (HS)On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, the 29th Annual Career and Technical Education (CTE) Scholarships and Tuition Awards Banquet took place at Salt Lake Community College. This banquet is a longstanding tradition used to honor CTE students throughout the state who have been selected to receive a scholarship and tuition award from a postsecondary institution in Utah.

Each award recipient was one of 204 applicants who applied for a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. At the banquet, 102 scholarships were awarded to high school CTE seniors for up to one year’s tuition at a postsecondary institution.

By the year 2020, two out of three jobs will require some postsecondary education and training. CTE is an essential component in filling these job openings. The jobs of today require advanced skills and technical training. Students wanting to stay competitive in the job market need specific training, education, and skills to compete successfully.

Utah is working to achieve the goal of 66 percent of adults holding a postsecondary certificate or a degree by the year 2020. Each student who received a scholarship will have an advantage not only in furthering his/her education, but in attaining a postsecondary certificate or degree through his/her hard work and perseverance.

We offer our congratulations and best wishes to each award recipient as he/she advances to college and career and prepares to successfully compete in a global economy.

Educators, plan now to encourage next year’s seniors to apply for a 2016 CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award.

High school juniors, it’s not too early to begin thinking about applying for a 2016 CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. Take a look at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards Web page and become familiar with the guidelines and application.