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College and Career Awareness

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Cedar City_IT_IMG_4499Have you heard the news? CTE Introduction is changing to College and Career Awareness. This seventh grade course is designed to acquaint students with the Utah labor market and the employment opportunities for which they can prepare by defining a College and Career Ready Plan. College and Career Awareness offers exploration and preparation in college and career pathways, focusing on jobs that are high skill and high demand, as well as satisfying and financially rewarding.

The College and Career Awareness course is designed to help students identify their interests, abilities, and skills. During the course students will:

  • Become knowledgeable about the importance of career options and career planning; self-knowledge/self-efficacy (interest, aptitude, ability); current and emerging occupational information; and the preparatory steps for college and career readiness.
  • Improve development in core subject content that is necessary for college and career readiness; explore relevant education, training, and career opportunities essential for success.

During the year long course students will explore skills, knowledge, and concepts related to CTE College and Career Pathways in:

  • Agriculture
  • Business and Marketing
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Health Science
  • Information Technology
  • Technology and Engineering, Skilled and Technical Sciences

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Governor Herbert Declares School Counseling Week in Utah

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

School Counselor - BLS imageGovernor Gary R. Herbert declared February 2-6, 2015, School Counseling Week in Utah. Utah joins the national observation to focus attention to school counselors’ vital role in helping students succeed academically and plan for a career.

“Supporting school counselors is part of the investment we make to provide an educational system where the rising generation can realize its potential,” Governor Herbert said. “School counselors work in partnership with administrators, teachers and parents to address any challenges students may experience and focus on positive ways to enhance students’ personal, educational and career development and success.”

The declaration in Utah is sponsored by the Utah School Counselors Association. The association believes that guidance and counseling must be an integral part of every student’s education experience.

CCGP blog declaration - corrected versionSchool Counselors:
> Are employed in public and private schools to help students reach their full potential.
> Are actively committed to helping students explore their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents, as these traits relate to career awareness and development.
> Help parents focus on ways to further the educational, personal, and social growth of their children.
> Work with teachers and other educators to help students explore their potential and set realistic goals for themselves.
> Seek to identify and utilize community resources that can enhance and complement comprehensive school counseling programs and help students become productive members of society.

In Utah, there are more than 1,000 school counselors. The Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance: K-12 Programs strive to have every student in the state of Utah graduate from high school with the skills, knowledge and dispositions essential for success.

Josie Fielding: Future Accountant

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Photo 1Josie Fielding, a student at Sky View High School, recently participated in a CTE Internship at Allred Jackson. After successfully completing her internship she was offered a permanent job. “Getting to know the people at Allred Jackson was so much fun, and I’m glad that I have had the opportunity to work with them. I loved it!” says Josie.

Josie has always wanted to pursue a career where she could apply her mathematical skills and successfully contribute to an organization. However, she wasn’t sure if accounting was a path she would enjoy. “I’ve always known I wanted to pursue a career with a math emphasis, so when I took the accounting classes at Sky View it pointed my interests in that direction. But, I still wasn’t sure that accounting was the way to go, so I decided to participate in a CTE Internship to find out. I was hoping that an internship in the field of accounting would tell me that I was, ‘On the right path,’ or to ‘Turn around, go back, accounting is not for you.’ I’m so glad I participated in an internship, because it reaffirmed my choice to go into accounting.”

Having the opportunity to participate in a CTE Internship, at Allred Jackson, helped Josie decide on a career path. During her internship Josie assembled an electronic tax return and updated client information. “I got to do bank reconciliations, data entry, sign-up for Electronic Federal Tax Payment System for several clients, set-up client accounts, and even bill some of the clients. It was fun to see the whole process and even participate in it. I also adjusted entries, updated client loan payments, and reconciled client accounts. This was fun because it was more of what I had learned in my accounting classes. Taking what I had learned in class and actually being able to apply it to the real world was pretty fun.

Josie comes from a family of accountants and although she is different in many ways she is very math oriented just like many members of her family. “If you took a picture of my family you would see a lot of tall, blond athletes who are straight ‘A’, math oriented students. Then you see me. I’m short, I have darker hair, and where the rest of my family plays basketball, I play lacrosse. I’m not a ‘typical’ Fielding, which is fine. I love being me! It’s fun being a little different. But the one thing that particularly stamps me as a Fielding is that I’m very math oriented just like the rest of them. My extended family is made up of engineers, businessmen, and scientists, all very math oriented occupations. This is where I fit in. My father got his bachelor’s degree in accounting, my brother is working on his master’s in accounting, and now I’m following suit. I’m looking forward to continuing my education in accounting and even though I’m not tall, blond and super athletic, I’m my Father’s daughter, and I’m going to be an accountant!”

How to Expand Young Minds

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Photo 2aBy Abbey Hortin
Sky View High School,
Cache County School District

Imagine yourself going into the hospital to get a very urgent and life-saving surgery. You get into the operating room to learn that your doctor doesn’t read very well, and doesn’t know how to spell, or work with others. Are you nervous? You should be! You’re about to put your life into the hands of a doctor with no elementary education. This is what life would be like everyday without elementary schools. We do not want a world like this, and this is how I want to put my mark on the world. I want to do my part by teaching future doctors, presidents, dentist, lawyers, and whatever else the students aspire to be.

I’m Abbey Hortin. In the fall of 2014, I completed a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internship at Birch Creek Elementary in the field of Elementary Education. I had the amazing opportunity of working with an exceptional teacher, Mrs. Jackson. She is the true example of what I would love to achieve and become as a teacher. This internship has shown me that I do want to be a teacher. I not only want to be a teacher, but I want to be an amazing teacher that can change student attitudes toward school and learning.

Photo 1Thanks to the CTE Internship, the class that I was in, and the amazing Mrs. Jackson, I became comfortable in the classroom and learned how to teach in different styles, so that each student could learn. I now know exactly what to study in college and what I would love to do for a career. These students bring so much joy to my life, and I am so excited for my future in elementary education!



CTE Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in an internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Snapshot: Licensed Occupations in Utah

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Snapshot imageFrom accountants to veterinarians, Utah requires licenses for workers in about 85 occupations. Students prepare for many of these occupations by pursuing Career and Technical Education courses in high school and beyond. (Be sure to check out related programs of study for occupations of interest by clicking the Pathways tab on UtahCTE.org.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services offers an interactive view of licensing information as part of their website. Their dashboard gives you pertinent information at a glance for each licensed occupation. This example shows Dental Hygienist, including the number of licensed Dental Hygienists in Utah and the Agency that regulates licensing for this occupation.

There’s lots more information where this came from, and by downloading “Tableau Public,” you can develop your own worksheets to reveal the entire list of licensed occupations sorted by any number of variables.

Snapshot from Hard @ Work

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Hard @ Work is a presentation on Women in the Utah Labor Force by Lecia Parks Langston, Senior Economist, at the Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS). Lecia has been a DWS economist for more than 30 years, including six years as Chief Economist. This presentation, from August 2014, highlights findings of her latest study on women in the Utah labor force.

The two slides below are just a small sample of the fascinating picture Lecia reveals. View the entire presentation for more – e.g., female labor force participation by county and male-female college education gap.

After 1980, the participation rate of working women in Utah measure higher than the national rate.










This is key information – especially for Utah Female students – in developing college and career plans.











My CTE Internship at Birch Creek Elementary

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Aubrey photo 2My name is Aubrey Snyder; I am 18 years old and a graduate from Sky View High School. My story starts with my twin brother, Tyrus, who has Down syndrome. Tyrus and I are as close as any siblings could get and are each other’s best friends. Tyrus has taught me many things in life, including compassion and patients towards those with or without disabilities. He has also taught me that a disability is merely a title that does not actually define a human being as a whole; in fact he calls me the “weirdo” more than anything. As a result of these qualities I have been successful in being a friend, peer tutor, and teacher to those with disabilities. In high school, I was given a wonderful opportunity to do a CTE Internship at Birch Creek Elementary in Special Education under the supervision of Becky Winn to further my knowledge in this field. I was lucky enough to receive a job through this internship as a Life Skills aide for summer school.

Aubrey photo 3 - editThis fall, I’m working as an aide at Birch Creek Elementary while attending Utah State University. One of the classes I’m taking is Finance 3000, an upper level class. Thanks to the concurrent enrollment finance class I took at Sky View High School this Finance 3000 class is easy.

The New UtahFutures Goes Live

Monday, September 8th, 2014

The new and improved UtahFutures.org is now live! Please remember that this launch of UtahFutures is a functioning pilot. So unfortunately, there may be a few bugs and glitches. Please let us know if you find something that needs to be fixed or that isn’t working properly. Because UtahFutures is a pilot you have an opportunity to influence the final product by providing feedback, including suggestions for improvement and requests for additional functions and features. Send feedback and system questions to utahfutures@schools.utah.gov.

Type “utahfutures.org” into your browser and you will connect to the new site. Take a minute, create an account and you can start saving your career assessments and your occupation and school searches, and start building your own timeline of important steps in planning for your future. The new Student Profile page is organized into three areas for developing effective Plans for College and Career Readiness.

  1. Exploration – The three stages of Exploration focus on grades 7 and 8, grades 9 and 10, and grades 11 and 12. Here students participate in assessments, activities, and research to help them expand their list of possibilities and make connections to real world work experience.
  2. Workspace – Students can select an occupation, connect it to a school, search for scholarships, and create a plan of study with typical high school courses, plus set challenge goals and find other useful planning tools and connections.
  3. My Plan – Student’s exploration and decision making come together to produce a printable Plan for College and career Readiness.

At every step UtahFutures is designed to challenge students to do more. More exploration, more goal setting, and more planning.

School counselors and other licensed educators can become school site administrators. To become an administrator, create a personal profile account and then send a request to the district school counseling leader or district CTE director to submit your name as a potential administrator by e-mail to utahfutures@schools.utah.gov. Charter school counselors can submit their request directly to the above email. Include a statement that you are a licensed school counselor.

If your district has not scheduled a training for school counselors, on features and functions of the new UtahFutures, please contact your district school counseling leadership and ask them to contact Dawn Stevenson dawn.stevenson@schools.utah.gov.


A Picture of Resilience: Jason Becker

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

By L. Kristine Dobson

The theme of this year’s CTE summer conference for Utah educators involved in Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance, Youth in Custody, Adult Education, Prevention, and Student Services was Promoting Resiliency: Student Success from Crayons to College and Career Ready.

Resilience is defined by the American Psychological Association (APA) asthe process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress.” In their online guide, Road to Resilience, they offer ten tips to teens to build resilience (click link to see detail):

1. Get together.
2. Cut yourself some slack.
3. Create a hassle-free zone.
4. Stick to the program.
5. Take care of yourself.
6. Take control.
7. Express yourself.
8. Help somebody.
9. Put things in perspective.
10. Turn it off.

We may wonder why some people can experience difficult situations and traumatic events, and yet appear able to readily “bounce back.” This ability to bounce back, i.e., demonstrate resilience even under the most trying circumstances, is actually a set of skills that can be learned.

Since the conference, I have given much thought to the notion that resilience is learned. That idea conflicts with my intuitive sense that there are aspects of resilience that are innate. In my own family, I’m not alone when I observe the difference between one relative who was “born happy,” and another who appears totally unable to find the “silver lining,” only more dark clouds. My happy relative has bounced back from adversity numerous times; the other appears more and more dejected. I have a lot more thinking and research to do on the subject, but I am very interested in the concept of learning resilience, and – because I’m an educator, after all – much heartened at the thought of being able to teach the skills that enable people to be resilient. Sharing the biography of Jason Becker is where I would begin.

Born in 1969, Jason Becker is a virtuoso guitarist and composer. At age 20, just as his career was really taking off, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and given just three to five years to live. Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet, is a documentary about Jason’s life, and a moving testament to resilience. I challenge you to watch the film. In addition to gaining a much better understanding all the skills of resilience referenced above, you will – without a doubt – learn other life lessons, and may be (I hope you’ll be) inspired to share those lessons with others.

Jason Becker 
Photo courtesy of http://jasonbeckerguitar.com/photo_galleries.html.

Set Goals with College and Career in Mind

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Setting goals to be ready for college and career is like planning for your day-to-day activities but with a bigger perspective. To get serious about planning for school success – both today and for your success in college and career – you need to have some goals in mind. Goals make planning meaningful. Remember, “if you don’t know where you’re going, you’re likely to end up somewhere else!” So, how do you know what goals to set? Do some serious thinking about what you want to accomplish in the future. Take some time to write down the steps (also known as ‘short term goals’) that will help you achieve your dreams. Once you have something in mind, planning will make more sense and hold more value. It will be easier to create a 4-year plan for high school and know what you need to do to be college and career ready.

What do you see yourself doing after high school: college, career and life? What is your “dream” for YOUR future? Start with at least three ideas or goals:

1. Your college dream:  _____________________________________________

2. Your career dream: ______________________________________________

3. Your life dream: _________________________________________________

What are some specific steps you can take to accomplish your dreams?






Begin by making your school experiences meaningful and productive, take charge!

> Take classes that:

  • Will prepare you to reach your goals.
  • Meet graduation requirements.
  • Will prepare you for 1, 2, 4, or more years of education and training after high school.
  • Will prepare you with marketable skills that lead to a job.

> Get involved and participate in a school club or other school activity groups.

> Track your success! Keep a file of your grades, school progress, and school activities.

Remember what you do now will lead to what you can do for college, career, and life in the future!

The blog is taken from the Utah Student Planning Guide Grades 9-12, page 8.