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Utah CTSO Members to Compete in National Competitions

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) student members are preparing to compete at national CTSO competitions. The top competitors from each CTSO competed first in district competitions and then advanced to state competitions. The first place winners from state will compete this summer (June or July) in national competitions. UtahCTE.org wishes each CTSO student member success as they show off their skills and compete.

National_SkillsUSA_Officers_2014-15SkillsUSA 51st Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference
June 22-26, 2015 Louisville, KY
SkillsUSA – An Association of Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Students
Conference theme: Champions at Work
Keynote speaker: TBA
Watch: What is SkillsUSA?
View: Conference Agenda

The mission of SkillsUSA is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. The 2015 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference will showcase Career and Technical Education students. More than 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and business partners from more than 1,100 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions will participate in the event. More than 6,000 students will compete in 99 hands-on skill and leadership competitions.

photo 6 - Utah HOSA state officersHOSA 38th Annual National Leadership Conference
June 24-27, 2015 Anaheim, CA
HOSA – Health Occupations Students of America
Conference theme: LEAD
Keynote speaker: Dr. Sampson Davis
Watch: HOSA Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Guide
View: 2015 HOSA State Winners

The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill, and leadership development of all health science education students. HOSA students are the pioneers who will tackle the hardships and will LEAD us through the health challenges of the 21st century and beyond. The 38th Annual HOSA National Leadership Conference will bring together more than 7,500 future health professionals from 50 states and territories to experience HOSA at its absolute best. The National Leadership Conference provides a great opportunity for students and advisors to learn and grow. HOSA members will participate in educational and social learning activities, tour healthcare facilities, visit exhibits presented by professional healthcare associations, and compete in events.

2014-15 state officersFBLA National Leadership Conference
June 29-July 2, 2015 Chicago, IL
FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America
Conference theme: Step Up to the Challenge
Keynote speaker: John Beede
Watch: FBLA Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Guide
View: 2015 FBLA State Winners

The mission of FBLA is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. At the National Leadership Conference, FBLA members will convene to compete in leadership events, share their successes, and learn new ideas about shaping their career future through workshops and exhibits. This four-day conference is considered the pinnacle of the FBLA experience, especially for those running for national office. FBLA has forged partnerships with industry leaders to underwrite competitive events and scholarships for students achieving national ranking.

TSA state officersTSA National Conference
June 28-July 2, 2015 Grapevine, TX
TSA – Technology Student Association
Conference theme: Designing Your Dreams
Keynote speaker: TBA
Watch: TSA Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Schedule
View: 2015 TSA State Winners

The mission of the Technology Student Association (TSA) is to foster personal growth, leadership, and provide opportunities in technology, innovation design, and engineering. During this annual conference over 65 middle school and high school technology-based student competitions will be held, based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Approximately 5,000 TSA members from across the country are expected to attend the conference.

FCCLA photo 1FCCLA National Leadership Conference
July 5-9, 2015 Washington, D.C.
FCCLA – Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
Conference theme: Together We Are . . .
Keynote speaker: TBA
Watch: FCCLA Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Schedule
View: 2015 FCCLA State Winners

The mission of FCCLA is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. At the FCCLA National Leadership Conference student members will participate in workshops, network with members, compete for gold, and unite for amazing general sessions. Together We Are Active. Together We Are Leaders. Together We Are Family. Together We Are Stronger. Together We Are Healthy. Together We Are Ready.

We want to hear about the national leadership conference you attend and the skill competition you participate in. Send your stories to utahcte@schools.utah.gov.

More than 22,000 Utah secondary Career and Technical Education students are members of a Career and Technical Student Organization. CTSO members are doing great things and are having a positive impact in schools and communities throughout the state.

If you are not a member of a CTSO, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the CTSO advisor in your school.

CTE Students Amazed at All the Things to Do at STEM Fest

Monday, April 6th, 2015

By Judy Newton, Kurt Twining, and Bethann Martin
CTE Intro teachers at
Evergreen Junior High

STEM Fest 1Five yellow school buses, five team teachers, 250 7th graders with permission slips, and 15 parent chaperones can make for one very exciting, high energy day. STEM Fest at Utah Valley University was calling to our school, Evergreen Junior High, and we met the challenge. Every 7th grade CTE Introduction student was invited.

STEM is a buzzy acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Last week President Obama announced a $240 million initiative paid for with private donations to stimulate students’ interest in these areas. In our own state, Governor Herbert has organized the STEM Action Center, dedicated to “promoting science, technology, engineering and math through best practices in education to ensure connection with industry and Utah’s long-term economic prosperity.” As a result, Utah’s school children have been making the bus ride to a series of STEM activity days.

Throughout the country in STEM fields, there are more jobs available than people qualified to fill them. For the most part, these are high paying jobs. Looking to set-up a better pipeline of students graduating and working in STEM fields, hundreds of companies had booths at the STEM Fest with hands-on activities to engage students and spark their inquiring minds. Career options for girls and minority groups were especially encouraged.

STEM Fest 5Ava F. and Brooklyn K. certainly had a fun time. “The corn starch pool was really fun.” Brooklyn commented. “We got to walk across a mixture of corn starch and water.”

“Yeah,” Ave agreed. “In science, we learned about how corn starch and water can be hard if pushed quickly and watched a video of someone walking across it, but at STEM Fest we actually got to experience it.”

Both girls really loved the hands-on application of science concepts at STEM Fest. In fact, most students were amazed at the high energy and things to do at STEM Fest. We soon realized there just wasn’t enough time to “sample” all of the offerings. It was said that over a three day period of time, STEM Fest attracted over 12,000 students. Evergreen Junior High was thrilled that 250 of them were ours.

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Join CTE at the 2015 Utah STEM Fest

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Middle/junior high school students, and their families, are invited to attend the 2015 Utah STEM Fest March 25-27, 2015 at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

Utah STEM Fest is an innovative workforce development tool designed to provide students with hands-on exposure to diverse and exciting careers. Through interactive exhibits students will learn about careers, Milford_TE_IMG_4459discover the technical skills required to be successful in a career, and find out how to train for jobs in some of Utah’s fastest growing industries, including:
> Aerospace
> Automotive and Diesel
> Construction
> Energy and Energy Efficiency
> Engineering
> Manufacturing and Composites

STEM Fest mapSTEM Fest is about innovation and how to harness it. It’s about imagination and how to fuel it. Students and their families will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on experiences in science and technology. Be sure to stop by the USOE/Career and Technical Education booth located at C15 in the exhibition center.

Who: Utah middle/junior high school students

What You Can Expect to See at Utah STEM Fest:
> BYU’s soft-robot and unmanned aerial vehicle
> Discovery Space Center
> Larry H. Miller race car
> Superhydrophobic material
> Supermileage vehicle

When:
> Wednesday, March 25, Thursday, March 26, and Friday morning, March 27: Open to middle/junior high school students.
> Friday, March 27: Open to the public from 2:00-8:00 p.m.

Where: UCCU Events Center on Utah Valley University Campus 800 West University Parkway, Orem, UT

Why: To learn about future career opportunities that align with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines.

Questions: Contact Carl Lyman – carl.lyman@schools.utah.gov

STEM Career Resources:
STEM Career—Learn about STEM careers and available scholarships.
STEM Girls—Find out about the career opportunities for women in STEM.
O*NET—Explore STEM careers by discipline.

Utah CTSO Leadership and Skills Conferences

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

DECA photo 2Throughout March, Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) members across the state will gather together to compete in individual leadership and skill competitions. Students have been preparing all year for the opportunity to compete in the state competition with the aspiration to advance to the national competition this summer.

March 2-4: FBLA State Leadership Conference
Davis Conference Center – Layton, UT
FBLA provides students with opportunities for leadership, community involvement, business partnerships, and competition with other students in events ranging from Public Speaking to Job Interview to Parliamentary Procedures.
Utah FBLA has 2,970 members in 129 chapters.

March 10-11: FCCLA State Leadership Conference
Davis Conference Center – Layton, UT
FCCLA provides students with opportunities to attain knowledge, skills, and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in life, as well as promoting personal growth and leadership development.
Utah FCCLA has 3,077 members in 112 chapters.

March 12-14: FFA State Convention
Richfield, UT
FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
Utah FFA has 6,012 members in 80 chapters.

March 17-18: TSA State Conference
Davis Applied Technology College – Layton, UT
TSA is the only student organization dedicated exclusively to students enrolled in technology education classes in grades K-12. Students participate in chapter fund-raising activities and community service projects. Leadership training is offered to student officers at the local, state, or national levels.
Utah TSA has 2,906 members in 47 chapters.

March 19-20: HOSA State Leadership Conference
Davis Conference Center – Kaysville, UT
HOSA provides students with opportunities to attain the knowledge, skills and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in a health care profession, through leadership training, career training, and service projects.
Utah HOSA has 4,145 members in 89 chapters.

March 26-27: SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference
Salt Lake Community College – Salt Lake City, UT
SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. The organization builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education, and pride in the dignity of work.
Utah SkillsUSA has 2,045 members in 76 chapters.

We want to hear about your conference, your skill competition and what your CTSO chapter has planned for the rest of the school year. Send your stories to utahcte@schools.utah.gov.

Over 23,000 Utah secondary Career and Technical Education students are members of one of seven CTSOs. CTSO members are doing great things and are having a positive impact in schools and communities throughout the state.

If you are not a member of a CTSO, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the CTSO advisor in your school.

CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Abby Van Buren (2)Each year the Utah State Office of Education/Career and Technical Education (CTE) awards over 100 college scholarships to CTE high school seniors. Recipients receive up to one year’s tuition at a Utah postsecondary institution for CTE training after graduating from high school.

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 is awarded 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.

Who: CTE high school seniors.

What: CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards.

Where: CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards offered at a Utah postsecondary institution.

When: Award winners will be notified on Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

Why: Receive up to one year’s tuition ONLY for CTE training after graduating from high school.

How: Create a portfolio by following the application instructions HERE.

DEADLINE: Applications MUST be postmarked by Monday, February 23, 2015.

Utah CTE Graphic Design Contest

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Image for Nov-Dec 2014 blogThe Business and Marketing Education specialist, at the Utah State Office of Education, is in the process of planning the summer conference for Utah educators. The organizers of this conference invite YOU (Utah middle/junior high and high school students) to design the graphic for the summer conference program materials. The winning graphic will be printed on the program cover, welcome posters, vendor punch cards, and thank you cards. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your talent and creativity as you design a “unique graphic” for the conference.

Each entry will be judged, and a winner selected, by the state committee of Business and Marketing Education teachers. One entry will be selected and the winner will receive a one year subscription to the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite. This prize was generously donated by Adobe and has a retail value of $600.00.

Entry requirements:

  • Must be a Utah middle/junior high or high school student.
  • Design must consist of completely original artwork-absolutely NO clip-art or stock illustrations, and NO copyrighted material. Any typography must be licensed for free commercial use.
  • Designs must be scalable to work in both large and small formats.
  • Students entering the contest must be willing to sign a media release.

Graphic design requirements:

  • Full color
  • The design must be scalable in both large and small formats
  • Program size: 8.5” x 11”
  • Poster size 21″ x 32″
  • Submit design in a 300 dpi vector/.ai file format.
  • Graphic files should be submitted on a CD/DVD in a vector format.
  • Include one color 8.5” x 11” landscape copy of the program cover design. (Only the program cover should be submitted.)
  • There is no set theme, so use your creativity.
  • The winning design becomes the sole property of the Utah State Office of Education.
  • The winning designer will be fully credited with their design. The name and picture of each winner will be featured on the summer conference program.

Entry MUST be received by Monday, January 5, 2015.

The winner will be announced by Monday, March 2, 2015.

Questions? Contact: Andrea Curtin – Utah State Office of Education – 801-538-7976.

January will be here before you know it, so don’t delay in creating your design for the Business and Marketing Education summer conference program cover. Good luck!

 

Save the Date: 2014 CTSO Fall Leadership Conferences

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

Utah Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) state and chapter officers will gather together at a Fall Leadership Conference to learn, plan, and prepare for the 2014-2015 school year. Fall Leadership Conferences will be held between September 23 and November 4 for DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, HOSA, SkillsUSA, and TSA, so check out the list of conferences below and save the date.

September 23-24:
FCCLA Fall Leadership Conference – Marriott, Hotel – Provo, UT

October 7:
DECA Fall Leadership Conference – Energy Solutions Arena – Salt Lake City, UT

October 11:
TSA Fall Leadership Conference – Jordan Applied Technology Center – Salt Lake City, UT

October 21:
SkillsUSA Utah Leadership Training Institute – Utah Valley University – Orem, UT

October 29-November 1:
FFA National Convention and Expo – Louisville, Kentucky

October 30-31:
FBLA Fall Leadership Conference – Hilton Hotel – Salt Lake City, UT

November 4:
HOSA Fall Leadership Conference – Marriott, Hotel – Provo, UT

Students who participate in a CTSO will learn leadership and employability skills, time management, effective communication, teamwork and problem solving skills. Career and Technical Student Organizations present organized activities for students:
> To gain personal and leadership skills.
> To obtain employability skills.
> To prepare to become productive citizens.
> To assume positive roles in the home and community.

What Career and Technical Student Organization are you a member of?
> DECA – An association for Marketing Education students.
> FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America
> FCCLAFamily, Career and Community Leaders of America
> FFAThe organization for Agricultural Education students.
> HOSAAn association for Health Science Education students.
> SkillsUSAThe organization for Skilled & Technical Sciences Education students.
> TSATechnology Student Association

State and chapter officers, we want to hear about your conference and what your CTSO chapter is planning for the year. Send your stories and photos to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

If you are not a member of a CTSO, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the CTSO advisor in your school.

CTSO Members to Compete in National Competitions

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) members have been working hard all year preparing for the opportunity to compete at national CTSO competitions. The top competitors from each CTSO competed first in district competitions and then advanced to state competitions. The first place winners from state will compete this summer (June or July) in national competitions. UtahCTE.org wishes each CTSO member success as they show off their skills and compete.

SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference
June 23-27, 2014 Kansas City, MO
SkillsUSA – An Association of Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Students
Conference theme: Champions At Work
Keynote speaker: Chris Fischer
Watch: SkillsUSA Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Schedule
View:
2014 SkillsUSA State Winners

The mission of SkillsUSA is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. The SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference will showcase Career and Technical Education students. More than 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from more than 1,100 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions will participate in the event, with more than 6,000 students will compete in 99 hands-on skill and leadership competitions.

HOSA National Leadership Conference
June 25-28, 2014 Orlando, FL
HOSA – Health Occupations Students of America
Conference theme: HOSA: The Future Starts Now
Keynote speaker: Dr. Michio Kaku
Watch: HOSA Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Schedule
View:
2014 HOSA State Winners

The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill, and leadership development of all health science education students. The 37th Annual HOSA National Leadership Conference will bring together more than 7,500 future health professionals from 50 states and territories to experience HOSA at its absolute best. The National Leadership Conference provides a great opportunity for students and advisors to learn and grow. HOSA members will participate in educational and social learning activities, tour healthcare facilities, visit exhibits presented by professional healthcare associations, and compete in events.

TSA National Conference
June 27-July 1, 2014 Washington, DC
TSA – Technology Student Association
Conference theme: The Spirit of Innovation
Keynote speaker: Jimmie L. Davis, Jr.
Watch: TSA Conference Promotional Video
View
: Conference Schedule
View: 2014 TSA State Winners

The mission of the Technology Student Association (TSA) is to foster personal growth, leadership, and provide opportunities in technology, innovation design, and engineering. Since 1978, more than 2 million student members have participated in TSA programs and activities. On June 27, 2014 TSA members nationwide are expected to attend the National TSA Conference in Washington, DC. Middle/junior high and high school student members will compete in more than 60 competitive events based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

FBLA National Leadership Conference
June 29-July 2, 2014 Nashville, TN
FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America
Conference theme: Excellence in Action
Keynote speaker: Sabrina Thompson
Watch: FBLA Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Schedule
View:
2014 FBLA State Winners

The mission of FBLA is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. At the National Leadership Conference, FBLA members will convene to compete in leadership events, share their successes, and learn new ideas about shaping their career future through workshops and exhibits.This four-day conference is considered the pinnacle of the FBLA experience, especially for those running for national office. FBLA has forged partnerships with industry leaders to underwrite competitive events and scholarships for students achieving national ranking.

FCCLA National Leadership Conference
July 6-10, 2014 San Antonio, TX
FCCLA – Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
Conference theme: Soar
Keynote speaker: Consuelo Castillo-Kickbush
Watch: FCCLA Conference Promotional Video
View:
Conference Schedule
View:
2014 FCCLA State Winners

The mission of FCCLA is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. The FCCLA National Leadership Conference will empower members to spread their wings, put their ideas into action, and inspire chain reactions in all aspects of their lives.Through competitive events, dynamic workshops, and youth networking, members will partake in The Ultimate Leadership Experience.

We want to hear about the national leadership conference you attended and the skill competition you participated in. Send your stories to utahcte@schools.utah.gov.

More than 22,000 Utah secondary Career and Technical Education students are members of a Career and Technical Student Organization. CTSO members are doing great things and are having a positive impact in schools and communities throughout the state.

If you are not a member of a CTSO, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the CTSO advisor in your school.

Students Learn About Careers at Utah Career Days Event

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Recently, 3,800 middle/junior high and high school students from across the state met on the campus of Davis Applied Technology College (DATC) for the 2014 Utah Career Days event.

During the two day event, students discovered, learned, and prepared for jobs of the future by learning about career opportunities. Dozens of local businesses participated in the event and helped to empower students with career information and discussed the technical skills required for a specific career. Students had the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities related to a variety of careers. Students talked to industry personnel about career opportunities as they rotated between four areas of activities and presentations.

Students Participate in Career Days at BATC

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

By Logan High School CTE Students

 

On April 30 and May 1, over 3,500 junior high school students, teachers, school administrators, CTE Directors, parents, industry leaders, and volunteers converged on the campus of Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC) for the annual BATC Career Days.

The objective of Career Days was to provide students in the Bear River Region with hands-on exposure to the diverse and exciting career opportunities requiring technical skills. According to the Department of Workforce Services, 76 percent of the jobs in Utah do not require a Bachelor’s degree. However, most of them do require technical skills.

The Careers Day event included interactive exhibits, trade industry displays, and demonstration projects all requiring student involvement. It is hoped that increased awareness with help students, parents, teachers, [school] counselors, and the community become more aware of the opportunities available for those who have the right skills.

Video produced by students in the Video/TV Production class at Logan High School.
Instructor: Scott Harris