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Sage Thompson: CTE Intern at Farr West Animal Hospital

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Sage Thompson, a senior at Fremont High School in Weber School District, wants to become a doctor of veterinarian medicine. To learn more about this career she participated in a CTE Internship at Farr West Animal Hospital, where she assisted Dr. Bailey with the animals in the hospital. “Seeing Dr. Bailey work on animals and figure out what is wrong with them, and [determine] what is the best way for that animal to get better, has helped me to understand what I want to do with my life. I think now I want to work with more small animals rather than large animals,” says Sage.

At Fremont High School, Sage is taking the Veterinarian Assistant class where she is exploring different avenues of the veterinary profession. In the class she has learned the anatomy, physiology, chemistry, dentistry, health, and disease of animals. Along with learning laboratory procedures, she has also developed skills in the areas of surgical assisting, bandaging, wound care, oral care, and general nursing care of animals.

Sage describes her experience at Farr West Animal Hospital, “I’ve learned so much about what vets do on a daily bases. I love being able to help take care of animals and helping them feel better. Going to the clinic in scrubs, [professionally dressed like] the vet techs and the vet, makes me feel so much closer to my goal of becoming a doctor of veterinarian medicine. Knowing that after many years of school I can go to work doing something I love and also knowing that I can help animals become healthy again is a great feeling. With being in the clinic for a few months now I have learned many great things I need to know about becoming a vet.”

As part of the CTE Internship at Farr West Animal Hospital, Sage has had the opportunity use the skills she developed in the Veterinarian Assistant class at Fremont High School. “I love being able to understand what the vet techs and vet are talking about. Knowing all the terms for being a vet makes it so much easier to intern in a vet clinic.”

CTE Internships provide on-the-job training opportunities that are directly related to a career goal and course of study identified through a College and Career Plan. This Work-Based Learning experience is designed to bridge the gap between school and work. If you’re interested in participating in a CTE Internship talk to the Work-Based Learning Coordinator at your school.

My CTE Internship Experience at Whiteclouds

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

By Josh Proulx, senior at Bonneville High School, Weber School District

Throughout my high school education, I have not participated in anything as life changing as the [Work-Based Learning] CTE Internship. I had a vague idea of what I wanted to do for my senior internship, but there were so many options—Smith Optics, Body Tune, Fresenius, UDOT, and the list goes on. At first, Smith Optics was high on my list, but then Mr. Meyer (Work-Based Learning Coordinator) called me one day asking if I wanted to checkout a brand new 3D design company called Whiteclouds. I was thrilled to hear of this as a possible outlook for my internship. Mr. Meyer and I set up a date to visit, but we had no idea what was in store. When I walked in the front door and into the showroom, I was blown away. Complex enigmatic mathematical objects surrounded by multicolored skulls upon intricate busts of video game characters and Steampunk creatures. I was absolutely perplexed by the grandeur of the space! At that very moment, I knew that this was the place.

A few days later I was formally listed as an Intern at Whiteclouds. My first day was not what I had anticipated. I arrived at 9:00 a.m. and was tasked with designing two parts. I reengineered both parts in 2 hours and showed them to my mentor, Jess. She was surprised with my capabilities and was happy to give me another assignment of equal or greater difficulty the following session. My very first product project was to reengineer another part. This part was much more difficult and complex. Once I finished with this product, I was informed that my part would be sold on the Whiteclouds website! Upon hearing this news Jess announced that I would be in charge of designing a series of Steampunk parts for Comic Con! Within a week of working at Whiteclouds I was given a product line of my own. My imagination ran free and I wrote down a list of items I could create. For inspiration, Jess introduced me to a website name “Thingiverse.” This website had so many gadgets and gizmos it was incomprehensible. I frequently visit this site now to find inspiration for my designs.

One of my favorite days was the day Jerry Ropelato, CEO of Whiteclouds, came in to establish a design methodology/design process. I contributed to the best of my ability and impressed Mr. Ropelato with a series of design process options. My background in engineering played a major role in my contributions to the methodology. Once we decided upon our structure and labels of each section the Whiteclouds Methodology was established. Mr. Meyer could not have found a better place for me to intern.

I have had an unbelievable time at Whiteclouds and can’t wait to go to Comic Con to show off our capabilities. If my fate keeps me in Utah, I hope to return to Whiteclouds with another perspective to 3D Printing, Prosthetic Development.

Related story:
Utah company wants to bring 3D printing to the masses
http://www.ksl.com/?sid=26843220

Work-Based Learning lets students see how classroom instruction connects to the world of work and future career opportunities. If you’re interested in participating in a CTE Internship talk to the Work-Based Learning Coordinator at your school.

Real Estate Occupations – Supporting Buyers and Sellers of Homes

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

This month we highlight eight occupations that are key to the buying and selling of homes. Employed to ensure the successful transfer of property are workers in:

Home inspection and repair
Home loan and insurance
Home marketing and sales
Real estate appraisal and law
(Links take you to information about the CTE Pathways that can help you develop relevant skills.)

Successful workers in these occupations are organized, detail-oriented, and must be able to communicate effectively with other professionals and with their clients. As with most occupations, on-the-job training (OJT) and experience, and additional education, give workers an advantage in developing their skills and expertise. Browse UtahFutures for detailed occupational information.

*Source: Utah Department of Workforce Services, Occupation Information Data Viewer. Note that this is occupational information, not information for the occupation within any specific industry. An article in the Occupational Outlook Quarterly offers a national perspective of these occupations as well as a list of associations and other sources that may be contacted for additional information.

Jamie Vargas Rocks School Counseling at JATC and Beyond

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

There are about 700 students who take advantage of the Career and Technical Education programs at Jordan Applied Technology Center each year. As part of the application process, students must demonstrate that they have the basic competencies needed to succeed in the programs to which they apply. Counselor Jamie Vargas has taken a keen interest in assuring that the most relevant competencies are being assessed, that the instruments being used meet high standards of quality, and that testing protocols are strictly followed. In addition, he closely monitors data to identify potential issues, e.g., appropriate gender and ethnic balances, and meaningful differences between students who are accepted and those who are not. In other words, Jamie Vargas is working diligently to keep his finger on the pulse of the student body to gauge health and wellness, and following through with policy and other changes as indicated.

Jamie Vargas also brought leadership to the development and implementation of the College and Career Ready Student Portfolio. A web-based guide outlines the core and supplemental requirements that students complete in order to demonstrate competencies in four areas: (1) Leadership; (2) Program Competency; (3) Career Readiness; and (4) College Readiness. An online guide with links takes students to support information, forms, and other documents. In addition, students can track their progress using a printed Student Portfolio Tracking Sheet. Vargas has generously shared both the philosophical underpinnings and the practical mechanics of the Portfolio. It is becoming a popular and much-valued tool for students, parents, and counselors in Utah and beyond.

Granite Technical Institute – Career Academies, Skilled Trades, High Tech, and More

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Just one step into Granite Technical Institute (GTI) and the high energy of students and staff is palpable. Everyone seems to be going somewhere, and they’re determined to be there in record time. Julie Bagley, Counselor, Work-Based Learning Specialist, and Health Science Advisor, attributes this to the fact that students have gone the extra mile to be here, and they have well-defined goals for what they will accomplish. There are 2,400 students who attend GTI, described as an “extension” of their home high schools as they list GTI courses right along with the courses taught within their own walls. GTI students take advantage of the infrastructure – from transportation and administration to career centers and highly qualified teachers – in order to pursue their career interests.

Julie Bagley describes a number of programs designed to inform the community and potential students of the opportunities available at Granite Technical Institute. For example, a recent Open House was expected to draw 1,500-2,000 attendees. This is a chance for programs to show off, and that often means “hands-on” experiences such as dissections, robotics competitions, the printing of T-shirts, and food preparation.

A program that enables ninth grade students to participate in GTI is enrollment in a 90-minute dual credit course – either English/Physics or English/BioAg. Students apply for this program, and must meet certain qualifications in order to make it a part of their individual College and Career Plan. Having participated in the ninth grade further empowers these students to take advantage of GTI opportunities as they plan the remainder of their high school experience.

The Ambassadors are fundamental to promoting GTI to their peers as well as to the community at large. Students must apply to be Ambassadors. They must have a 3.0 GPA and CPA (citizenship), and must be a student at the GTI for the full year. Applicants submit their transcripts and an essay on why they would like to be a GTI Ambassador. Ambassadors are involved in promotional events in the community and at both junior highs and high schools throughout the year. They help provide an authentic student-to-student link to GTI programs.

Julie Bagley herself is a walking advertisement of what makes GTI great. She practically oozes with enthusiasm about the students she serves, the opportunities GTI offers, and all the people – teachers, counselors, administrators and others at the school, district and state – who make Career and Technical Education an attractive and valuable choice for students.

U.S. Occupational Projections for 2012-2022

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

It takes intense analysis of a vast amount of information, but every other year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes occupational projections for successive 10-year periods of time. BLS shares their view of how employment is expected to change between 2012 and 2022 in the most recent edition of the Occupational Outlook Quarterly. Highlighted below are lists featuring “top ten” occupations by education level, based on projected job openings. Be aware that the education level reflects assignments made by job analysts based on what is minimally required to enter an occupation. For any occupation of high interest, you should gather information to help you get the big picture –e.g., related training and experience often needed in addition to education in order to get that first job and to advance, earnings information, as well as factors that help you see how the occupation matches your interests, values and other personal characteristics.

Top Ten Occupations by Education Level Based on Projected Job Openings 2012-2022 (Linked to Page for Related CTE Area of Study

High School Diploma
Customer Service Representative
Office Clerk
Secretaries/Admin Assistant
Childcare Worker
Supervisor of Office Workers
Sales Representatives
Receptionist
Maintenance & Repair Worker
Bookkeeping Clerk
Supervisor of Food Prep Workers

Associate Degree or Postsecondary Non-Degree
Registered Nurse
Nursing Assistant
Truck Driver
Licensed Practical Nurse
Medical Assistant
Hairdresser/Cosmetologist
Preschool Teacher
Dental Assistant
HVAC Mechanic/Installer
EMT/Paramedic

Bachelor’s Degree
General Operations Manager
Accountants/Auditors
Elementary School Teachers
Management Analysts
Software Developer
Middle School Teacher
Computer Systems Analyst
Market Research Analyst
Construction Manager
Health Services Manager

Meet the Counseling and Guidance Team at Corner Canyon High School

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Corner Canyon High School, located in Draper, is the newest high school in Canyons School District. Their student body consists of about 1,800 students in grades 9-12. Interestingly, because seniors could opt out of moving to the new high school, the senior class is the smallest and around one-third of the students are freshman! Just last year, ninth grade was still part of middle school, so these students not only found themselves in high school, but in a big, new high school, and that brought some challenges.

Fortunately, team leader Allyson Hanks (A-C) and fellow counselors Amy Hardcastle (D-H), Sally Matsen (I-M), Dina Kohler (N-R), and Phil Handley (S-Z) were totally up to the challenge. They developed a program – “Get Some Grit” – to increase the awareness of key skills and attitudes they need to succeed in high school and beyond.

Of course there are the other 1,200 students in grades 10-12 to serve, and counselors are equally dedicated to assuring the success of these students. “Visibility” is a key counseling strategy. It is important that students know the counselors – especially their own – and that students perceive their counselors as available and helpful. The number of students who drop in, and the days that counselors are spending in classrooms add up to a focus on student success as they progress through their high school careers.

The “Senior Silver Star” newsletter keeps seniors apprised of dates and deadlines, but also offers them other information to promote their success beyond high school.

Another practice worth mentioning is the building-wide effort to “catch students being good.” School staff carry “Charge Cards” – Care, Honor, Achieve, Respect, Give, Engage – to hand out to students. Students can then enter their cards in drawings for prizes.

This is just a sampling of the counseling and guidance practices being implemented at Corner Canyon High School by a team of exemplary counselors with the support of administrators at both the school and district level. Utah CTE wishes CCHS counselors and students continued success!

Great things are happening in every school across the state. Utah CTE wants to hear from you. Educators and students, what is your CTE story? Tell Utah CTE about what is taking place in your school/classroom by sharing your CTE story.

Students, nominate your favorite school counselors for an “I Love My School Counselor” honor in February, during Career and Technical Education Month. Entries are due Friday, January 31, 2014.

Utah’s Occupational Projections Promise Steady Growth

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Good news from the Utah Department of Workforce Services; their occupational projections indicate that the Utah economy will continue to grow steadily through the year 2020. (Utah Insights, Winter 2013) There are 61,040 annual job openings forecasted statewide. The following is a list of occupations in Utah projected to have the most openings. (Numbers reflect total job openings due to replacement of current workers, or “turnover” plus new openings created when new positions are created = TOTAL OPENINGS.)

The Department of Workforce Services also provides this list of the ten “fastest-growing” occupations. Here, the number of openings is expressed as a percentage of the total number of jobs for that occupation. Thus, occupations that are “fastest-growing” may not always mean plentiful openings. In fact, compared to the average base employment of 24,590 for occupations with the most annual openings, the average base employment for occupations with largest percentage change is just 1,260.

 

Check out the complete issue of Utah Insights, Winter 2013 for additional information – including details about Utah’s two fastest-growing occupational groups (Healthcare Support and Construction/Extraction), highest and lowest paying occupational groups, and median annual wages by entry level education. For detailed information on the occupations listed, or other occupations that interest you, browse UtahFutures.

Top Utah Occupations in Skilled and Technical Sciences

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Pathways in the Skilled and Technical Sciences area reflect a broad variety of interests, but when it comes to those occupations that are rated 5-Star* by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, Mechanical and Construction occupations really stand out as summarized in the table below.

For more information about these and other occupations – including related education and training options – you can browse UtahFutures. To see other “best” Utah occupations, check out the Utah Job Outlook Brochure. And to explore the full variety of Pathways in Skilled and Technical Sciences, as well as other CTE Areas, visit UtahCTE.org.

Employment by Industry

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The Career Highlight is usually devoted to information organized by categories focused on occupations, but this month we decided to take an industry perspective. There are some occupations that are fairly industry specific – doctors and nurses are largely employed within the health care industry, and mining machine operators work in the mining industry. However, there are many occupations employed across industries. For example, computer programmers, administrative assistants, office managers, and custodians are needed in almost any work environment, no matter the industry. Therefore – especially when jobs are scarce – it’s worth thinking about pursuing opportunities outside the industry most often associated with your occupation. That is, check out businesses and organizations within growth industries to find jobs that will use your skills and may offer better security and wages than the same occupation in an industry that is declining.

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) organizes industries into just two very broad groups: goods producing, or service providing. The goods-producing industries include: ¨ Construction; ¨ Manufacturing; ¨ Mining.  Service-providing industries include: Educational services; Financial activities; Health care and social assistance; Information; Leisure and hospitality; Professional and business services; Public administration; Trade, transportation, and utilities. Service-providing industries are projected to account for the most job growth through 2020. As illustrated below, employment is projected to increase by more than 5.6 million in the health care and social assistance sector, with home health care and family services leading that growth. Providers of management, scientific, and technical consulting services will lead the growth in the professional and business services. For additional details, consult this article in the Occupational Outlook Quarterly. For Utah-specific industry outlook information, you may be interested in the regional Industry Briefs developed by the Utah Department of Workforce Services.