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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.


Related posts:
160 Students From Across the Country Named 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars
U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE

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!

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Related articles:
Deseret News: Aerospace program to give high schoolers pathway into industry
Deseret News: Program offers good jobs and a way to grow manufacturing in Utah
Salt Lake Tribune: Utah high schoolers can start building planes under new program
Standard Examiner: Aerospace careers fast-tracked by new Utah program
Channel 2: Utah Aerospace Pathways program win-win for local students, companies
Channel 4: Partnership will take Utah high school students to new heights
Fox13: Aerospace training program promises Utah students high paying jobs at low cost
KSL: Pilot program give high schoolers paid internships in aerospace industry

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.

CTE Pathways at Mountain Crest High School and Beyond

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

By Lisa Jones, School Counselor Intern

Mountain Crest_TE_IMG_0367As a part of a plan to prepare students for college and careers, Mountain Crest High School offers a wide variety of CTE Pathways to students. Each CTE Pathway consists of relevant classes that offer students the opportunity to earn skills certificates to validate their accomplishments. The experience students gain in these pathway courses sharpens the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will put students ahead of the game for a well-paid and satisfying career. Putting aside the fact that completing a CTE Pathway jump-starts your postsecondary education, what’s the bonus of receiving such a certificate? A great looking résumé and a standout job application!

Like other students across the state, students at Mountain Crest High School who are interested in completing a CTE Pathway meet with their school counselors, set goals, and make plans to start on the career path of their choice. In addition, all students across the state are well served by Regional Pathway Coordinators who assure that they have the information they need to benefit from the hands-on learning, college credit, and money-saving opportunities that the CTE Pathways offer. These students will be ready when college and career opportunities arise!

Each school/district/region chooses the CTE Pathways that will best serve their students. You can see the full list of CTE Pathways in which Utah students are participating HERE.


Ms. Larsen Is and Will Always Be My Hero

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Derek Eaton
Utah State Counselor Association
Lynn Jensen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Derek Eaton pictureDerek Eaton, senior at Ben Lomond High School, tells about the positive impact Tami Larsen, school counselor at Ben Lomond High School, and Career and Technical Education (CTE) has had on his life.

Derek moved from Idaho to Utah to live with his grandmother after living in an abusive situation with his mother and stepfather. “My home life was more than any one person could bear,” said Derek. One day on his way to school Derek was in a car accident. As a result of the accident he received a serious traumatic brain injury that caused him to miss most of his junior year of high school. “My grandmother helped me get the medical and psychological care I needed. When I moved in I was afraid all the time and wouldn’t leave the house. I was really behind in school. While I lived in Idaho my grades weren’t very good. My freshman year I had a 2.28 grade point average. My sophomore year my average dropped to 1.89 and I had only earned a total of 11.49 credits [towards graduation]. I missed almost all of my junior school year due to my car accident and my hard home life. I felt hopeless and didn’t even know where to start.”

Eventually Derek was able to return to school. With the encouragement and support of Ms. Larsen Derek began to thrive in school, while also taking a CTE class in drafting. “During the spring of 2014, I was making medical progress and wanted to return to school. Ms. Larsen, my school counselor, reviewed my case and convinced Ben Lomond High School that even though I was really behind I was smart and worth the risk. Although I was still emotionally and physically broken, she helped me return to school for the 4th quarter of the 2014 [school year]. Daily Ms. Larsen talked to me, supported me, and encouraged me. Ms. Larsen encouraged and helped me start online high school classes. I began and completed four online classes. My grade point average rose to 3.66.”

With the guidance and encouragement of Ms. Larsen Derek enrolled in summer school at Ogden Weber Applied Technology College, where he caught up on his school work so he could graduate with his senor class. He later enrolled in Weber State University where he earned seven hours of concurrent enrollment credit. Ms. Larsen assisted Derek in registering for the ACT (scoring 30), complete college registration, and apply for scholarships. Ms. Larsen is his school counselor, advocate, friend, and most of all his hero.

Tami Larsen - Ben Lomond High SchoolDerek describes how, within one year, his life drastically changed for the better thanks to the guidance and direction of a school counselor who believed in him 100 percent. “One year ago I had no hope, no happiness, no dream, and was afraid all the time. I now understand and believe coming from such adversity doesn’t mean my life is over. I feel safe and know I have a real future. If Ms. Larsen hadn’t been an advocate for me, providing direction, encouragement, and support, I would have been considered a lost cause. She believes in me, works with me, makes me feel like I matter, and that I truly belong. I feel happy for the first time in my life, love school, and know I can do something positive with my life. Thanks to Ms. Larsen, I now believe in myself and I have worked very hard this last year. I have caught up in school and am earning credits towards my college degree. I now have a bright future and will attend college next fall.”

Derek will continue his education at Weber State University, where he will study computer science, after also being awarded the Weber State University Presidential Academic Scholarship.

Derek’s experience has been life changing and he hopes to someday provide help to someone in a similar situation. “People may say, counselors don’t do much, but Ms. Larsen is and will always be my hero. Words can’t express the gratefulness and care I feel towards her. I hope someday I will be able to pay it forward by providing a life changing opportunity to someone like me who is lost and hopeless in life. Ms. Larsen has helped me become a better person. She has taken the time to believe in me, support me, and encourage me. Because of her I know I will do great things in life.”