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Students Participate in 9th Annual Career Days

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016



As part of Career Days there was an information scavenger hunt contest for students to participate in. The prize for the winners of the scavenger hunt, in each of the four Career Days sessions, was a GoPro bundle. In order to qualify for the contest, participants needed to find the answers to questions that were on signs at each of the Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC) Department booths. There were also questions that students had to observe or ask someone in order to find the answer. Over 4,000 students participated in the contest.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Lillian AubleAlice C. Harris Intermediate School

Lillian Auble_Alice Harris Intermediate






Kali RichardsSouth Cache 8-9 Center

Kali Richards_South Cache





Yessenia TovarSpring Creek Middle School

Yessenia Tovar_Spring Creek





Brynn WellsBox Elder Middle School

Brynn Wells_Box Elder Middle School






“These four students worked really hard and paid close attention to the information that was being shared at the event. Out of 4,050 students that attended [Career Days], these four young ladies did an amazing job and worked hard to be the winners,” said Jeannie Johnson, event coordinator.


More than 4,000 students participated in the 9th Annual Career Days held on the campus of Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC) May 4-5, 2016. Students interacted with business and industry while learning about careers and essential occupational skills. Students were exposed to career opportunities through participating in an array of hands-on activities in three exhibit areas.

Exhibit Area 1: Heavy Equipment
Students were able to visit with industry experts about career opportunities, while trying their skills at operating heavy equipment. Students learned how excavators, graders, loaders, backhoes, and concrete mixers worked and operated.

Exhibit Area 2: Trades Area
Students learned about careers in auto collision, automotive services, building technology, cabinetmaking, diesel, machining, welding, heavy equipment operator/CDL, electronic engineering, and automated manufacturing and robotics.

Exhibit Area 3: Trades Area
Students learned about careers in business, culinary arts, dental assisting, drafting, fashion merchandising, health sciences, interior design, meat cutting, real estate, cosmetology, e-Commerce, vert tech, and information technology.

“With the beautiful spring weather in Cache Valley, and the excitement of students learning new things, the event was a success,” said Jeannie Johnson, event coordinator.

“We were fortunate enough to have the AirMed helicopter come both days as well as the Mountain Star AirCare helicopter. Both helicopters were a wonderful learning ‘center’ as students were able to ask questions of the pilot, EMS, and nurse on board. They were also able to climb in and out of the helicopters and get a feel for the small work area.”

Read what participants said about Career Days at BATC.

STUDENT: “This has been the best day of the whole school year!”

TEACHERS: “Thank you for another great BATC Career Day! I have heard nothing but raving reviews from our students. Several have said it has been the best day of the entire school year.”

“Please thank all of the wonderful people that took part to help our students see and experience the possibilities that lie before them.”

“What a great job you did in organizing the Career Days event. Our kids had a good time. Thank you for all the time and effort you put in to getting the event together.

“AMAZING!!! What a great way to end the Career Development Activity (CDA) lessons in the College and Career Awareness curriculum. The kids and our staff loved it.”

SCHOOL COUNSELOR: “You and your BATC crew are awesome!”

CTE DIRECTOR: “This is my first year visiting the event. I had no idea what a great opportunity this has been for our students.”

EVENT COORDINATORS: “Thank you to the sponsors who made Career Days 2016 possible. Thank you to the exhibitors who provided equipment and materials that engaged students in hands-on learning activities, while being exposed to career opportunities. And, thank you to the Department of Workforce Services who provided volunteers each day.”

Related stories:
Career Days 2016
BATC Facebook

CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Elvis Mateo Mendez III - HSOn Tuesday, April 19, 2016, the 30th 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 214 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 2017 CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award.

High school juniors, it’s not too early to begin thinking about applying for a 2017 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.

O*NET: Quality Data to Inform Your College and Career Decisions

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

CaptureO*NET – the primary source of occupational information in the U. S. – has just released version 20.2, with updates from the Tools and Technology (T2) project, and from the Alternate Titles project.

  • Over one thousand new technology examples (gathered from employer job postings and other sources) were connected to 414 occupations. Samples of Technologies that may help users discover occupations that are suited to their skill sets include –
    • Analytical or scientific software – CNC Consulting Machinists Calculator; EditCNC software; Kentech Trig Kalculator.
    • Computer based training software — Learning management system LMS software.
    • Database user interface and query software — Microsoft Access; Structured Query Language (SQL).
    • Graphics or photo imaging software — Microsoft Visio
  • 857 alternate titles related to 266 O*NET occupation titles were added. “Alternate titles” are often the titles job seekers are more likely to see listed when openings are posted. Here are several examples:
    • The O*NET occupation, “Biomedical Engineer,” could be called (for example) –
      • Biomedical Technician,
      • Biomedical Manager, or
      • Clinical Engineer
    • The O*NET occupation, “Nursing Assistant,” might be referenced as (for example) –
      • Certified Medication Aide (CMA),
      • Certified Nurses Aide (CNA), or
      • Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA)

O*NET is a comprehensive and rich database of occupations in our U. S. economy. It is updated regularly, and is a key source of information for the developers of programs such as My Next Move, Mi Próximo Paso, My Next Move for Veterans, and O*NET OnLine, as well as UtahFutures. These programs provide user-friendly access to help users discover occupations consistent with their needs and interests. In addition, these programs can help users find the related training and education options that will promote their career success.

Innovative Technologies Earn Support of GOED

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

JATC_HS_IMG_2609The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) recently approved grants totaling $2,459,700 for 25 startup companies under the Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program (TCIP). The program is designed to provide funding that can help small businesses and university teams to bring innovative technologies to the market. The table below is a sample list of grant recipients, organized by broad cluster (Utah “targeted industry”) with their award amount, a short description of their innovative technology, and the CTE Pathways that can get students started in related college and career opportunities beyond high school. Click HERE for the full list of grant recipients.

May this list inspire students to think about the potential contributions they have to make to these clusters, and to get started now by charting a course in high school that includes completion of a CTE Pathway!


I’ve Loved My CTE Internship Experience

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Sam Good photo 2By Sam Good

My CTE Internship was sponsored through the National Science Foundation. It involved work with an Arctic Polar Research Group at the University of Utah. Right from the start, I was given the task of analyzing satellite imagery of the Artic to look for plumes of pollution (mainly from forest fires) and how they interact with the cloud systems way up north. I then used computer coding to make visual representations of the data, showing the interactions between the pollution on cloud formation and inhibition. The title of my finished project was called Impacts of Long-Range Biomass Burning and Anthropogenic Pollution Transport on Arctic Clouds.

I had the opportunity to present my research at the American Geophysical Union 2015 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, and the entire trip was paid for by the National Science Foundation. I was the youngest presenter at the meeting, and I was among 24,000 attendees from around the world (about 40 percent international attendance). Elon Musk, founder of Tesla, Space-X, and PayPal, also spoke at this conference, and I was able to hear him!

In terms of career, a lot of work in research is very tedious and detail-oriented and there isn’t much room for mistakes. While I can work well in this type of environment, I think I’ll be better off somewhere where I can relax a bit (and talk to people more).

I was just accepted in to Stanford University and I will be attending this fall. While in San Francisco, I was able to visit the campus and meet with graduate students who are doing research in similar areas. I hope to continue some of my work there.

I’m happy to be a part of this program, and I’ve loved my CTE Internship experience!

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Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success

National Employment Projections 2014-2024: Selected Highlights

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

The U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released employment projections for 2014-24. Here are a few highlights with regard to occupational employment as projected through 2024:

  • Healthcare Support occupations, and Healthcare Practitioners/Technical occupations are projected to be the two fastest growing occupational groups.
  • Two major occupational groups – Production occupations, and Farming, Fishing, and Forestry occupations – are projected to have declining employment.
  • For 11 of the 15 fastest growing occupations, some level of postsecondary education is typically required for entry.

Quick Overview of Total Projected Employment

Chart - Total Projected Employment 2024


Another way to look at the new BLS data is to organize the projections by level of education. Of special interest to Career and Technical Education, are occupations that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a Bachelor’s Degree, shown in chart below.

Most Job Openings
Associate’s Degree or Postsecondary Award

Chart - Occupations Requiring


This is just the beginning of the information available about employment in the U.S. through 2024. Check out other data of interest in the latest edition of Career Outlook, or watch the Data Snapshot Video below that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) developed.



FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Innovations_IT_IMG_0885Without proper planning, continuing your education beyond high school can be a huge expense. Now is the time to talk to your school counselor about the process for applying for financial aid. The U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid is the largest provider of student financial aid and offers students the opportunity to apply for financial aid without an application fee. The completed FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for financial aid.

Beginning October 2016, the FAFSA will undergo a major change. Currently, college students and parents use tax data from the previous year to complete their FAFSA. However, beginning next October, students and parents will use tax data from two years prior in their FAFSA which is anticipated to help speed up the financial aid process.

> More than $150 billion is available each year to help millions of students pay for higher education.
> Approximately 22 million FAFSA submissions are processed each year.
> Federal Student Aid includes grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study funds.
> Only 34 percent of eligible Utah students file the FAFSA.
> Utah has the lowest FAFSA completion rate in the nation.

For more information about the FAFSA refer to:

Utah Student Planning Guide Grades 9-12 Financial Aid – The Basics | Federal Student Aid – An office of the U.S. Department of Education

Utah Student Planning Guide, Grades 9-12

Monday, October 5th, 2015

CCR snippetChanges are coming to the Utah Student Planning Guide, Grades 9-12 (English and Spanish), and we need your help! We’re gathering information from educators, students and parents to:

  • Retire pages that are no longer relevant.
  • Update pages with current, high quality information.
  • Define new topics to be addressed, based on student interests and needs.
  • Format the full publication to reflect a new look and feel.
  • Increase distribution and access to students, and to the educators and parents who help them design their college and career plans.
  • Enhance student usage by making the full Guide available for download. Students can save a PDF copy, and mark it up/fill it in/personalize with their own information. They will be able to review, save, and share their personalized copies at will.

What do you think? Will you please choose at least three of the bullets in the list above, and take the time to send related comments, questions, and concerns about the changes being proposed? Specific references for suggested new content, as well as ways to increase awareness and distribution of resources are especially welcome. SEND TO: kris.dobson@schools.utah.gov prior to October 30, 2015.

Career Snapshot: Two Quick Lists

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Innovations_HS_IMG_0629The Utah Department of Workforce Services has updated their Utah Job Outlook brochure with 2012-2022 data. Here’s a look at what’s in store when you check out the full publication; two quick lists:

Occupations With Most Annual Openings*
*   Numbers in parentheses reflect the number of projected annual openings statewide.                                      

  • Retail Salespersons (2,360)
  • Customer Service Representatives (2,340)
  • Food Prep. & Serving Workers, incl. Fast Food (2,060)
  • Cashiers (1,590)
  • Waiters & Waitresses (1,130)
  • Office Clerks, General (1,080)
  • Laborers & Freight, Stock, & Material Movers (1,050)
  • Registered Nurses (1,000)
  • General & Operations Managers (970)

Fastest Growing Utah Occupations**
** Percentages in parentheses reflect projected annual growth rate for occupations with at least 100 openings annually.

  • Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary (6.5%)
  • Market Research Analysts & Marketing Specialists (5.3%)
  • Home Health Aides (5.1%)
  • Nurse Practitioners (4.7%)
  • Medical Secretaries (4.5%)
  • Cement Masons & Concrete Finishers (4.4%)
  • Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technicians (4.2%)
  • Drywall & Ceiling Tile Installers (4.2%)
  • Personal Care Aides (4.2%)
  • Software Developers, Applications (4.1%)
  • Dental Hygienists (4.1%)
  • Painters, Construction & Maintenance (4.1%)


College and Career Readiness Counseling

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

IMG_0136_blurrThe National Office of School Counseling Advocacy (NOSCA) has defined eight components of college and career readiness counseling. They recommend that six of the eight be applied in both elementary and middle schools. The six components to be shared across grades K-8 are:

  1. College Aspirations
  2. Academic Planning for College and Career Readiness
  3. Enrichment and Extracurricular Engagement
  4. College and Career Exploration and Selection Process
  5. College and Career Assessments
  6. College Affordability Planning

NOSCA’s Elementary School Counselor’s Guide is the first in the series of Guides developed to help school counselors establish a college-going culture across K-12, promote college and career readiness for all students, and close gaps between low-performing or traditionally underrepresented students.

Casey LaytonMost agree that elementary school counselors can make a big difference in the lives of students. Unfortunately, there are very few districts in Utah that have implemented school counseling at the elementary level in their schools. But Davis School District is a shining exception. While many school districts in Utah do not yet have any elementary school counselors, Davis has been employing them for about 20 years. Why? Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Director for Davis School District, Casey Layton, explains:

“I don’t take the credit for the hard work my predecessors did. Diann Davis and Pam Jacobsen knew the importance of a vertically aligned K-12 Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program, and they got counselors into our elementary schools. My goal has been to make sure everyone knows they matter.”

With 60 elementary schools in the district, it has been a challenge for Layton to keep the funding for elementary counselors amid $80 million in budget cuts in the last 7 years. However, he tirelessly advocates for them because of the difference that early intervention makes. Most elementary school counselors in Davis are assigned to two schools, and balance their time according to each school’s demonstrated need. Counselors teach “Essential Lessons” to young students, as well as perform other duties such as individual and group counseling and responsive services. They closely collaborate with the building administrator to assure that student needs are being met. Layton adds, “Our counselors become the ‘go-to’ person in the school. While administrators may rotate to different schools, counselors typically stay at their schools longer. They build rapport with the students, their families, and the community at large, and they help establish and maintain a positive school culture. We can’t afford not to have them.”

More about Davis School District’s elementary comprehensive guidance curriculum can be found here.