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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

2014 Summer Camps

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Plan now to participate in a summer camp and LEARN A NEW SKILL. Check out the list of summer camps below and choose one, two, or three camps that interest you. Attending a summer camp is a great way to learn a new skill, improve an existing skill, make new friends, and create lasting memories. Some camps have limited space, so don’t delay and register today. Talk to your school counselor or CTE teacher to locate other summer camps in your area.

4-H Summer Camps
June—August
Come explore the wonderful, slimy, wet, magic and beautiful world of nature at the USU Botanical Center this summer! Each summer camp in our series is designed for a particular age group and is full of fun hands-on experiments for investigating the world in which we live.
Sponsored by: Utah State University Botanical Center
Location: Varies
Ages:
All ages
Cost:
Tuition varies
Enrollment deadline: Varies

Utah Summer Camps – By county
June—August

Learn a new skill at one of the many summer camps throughout Utah.
Location: Varies
Ages:
All ages
Cost:
Tuition varies
Enrollment deadline: Varies

Youth Education
June—August
Prepare your gear. . .SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE!!! Get ready for another fantastic summer with Club U Camps at the University of Utah. There are a variety of classes for students of all ages. From graphic arts, to 3D game design, to exploring engineering, students will learn lifelong skills.
Location:
University of Utah
Ages: All ages
Cost:
Tuition varies
Enrollment deadline: Varies

Summer Game Camps
June 16-20
Using Game Maker attendees will learn how to create a 2D video game. At the end of the week, the games created by the participants will be judged with winners receiving prizes.
Location: Weber State University
Ages: Grades 9-12
Cost:
$30.00 – registration fee includes T-shirt, book/software, and lunches
Enrollment deadline: Saturday, May 31, 2014

Girls Code @ CTEC – Summer Programming Workshop
June 23-27: Session 1 –Beginning coding (no coding experience required)
July 7-11: Session 2 – Intermediate coding (some coding experience required)
Girls Code @ CTEC is a weeklong program designed to encourage high school age girls to learn and be involved with computer science. Learn how to create applications for Android phones and tablets.
Location:
Canyons Technical Education Center
Ages: High school girls, grades 9-12
Cost:
$25
Enrollment:
Applications are currently being accepted.

Biotechnology Summer Academy
July 7-11
Learn how research is done in labs through planning and practice of daily research experiments and activities. You will conduct hands-on experiment that impact actual scientific projects at Utah State University.

Location:
Utah State University
Ages: High school juniors and seniors
Cost:
$200 — registration fee includes five-days of room and board
Enrollment deadline: Friday, June 20, 2014

Engineering Camp
July 28—July 31 (Session 1)
August 4-7
(Session 2)
Learn about the engineering behind what makes things work by participating in hands-on activities.
Location:
Jordan Applied Technology Center (JATC)
Ages:
8th, 9th, 10th grade students (2014-2015)
Cost: $10.00 — registration
fee includes T-shirt and lunch
Enrollment deadline:
June 2, 2014

Tell UtahCTE.org about the camp you attended, what you learned, and the hands-on experiences you participated in. Send your stories to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

Students to Attend Utah Career Days

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

On April 28-29, 2014 Utah middle/junior high and high school students will have the opportunity to participate in the Utah Career Days event at the Davis Applied Technology College in Kaysville, Utah. This two day event will promote career opportunities for Utah’s youth through hands-on exposure to diverse and exciting careers in the energy, manufacturing, construction, automotive, and engineering industries. Students will discover the technical skills required to be successful in a specific occupation, learn about careers, and find out how to train for a job. Students will have the opportunity to participate in hand-on experiences such as using a backhoe, operating a cement mixer, changing a tire on a Larry Miller race car, and learn the engineering skills required to build a bridge. New this year are hands-on activities highlighting careers in health science, cosmetology/barbering, and culinary arts.

Last year approximately 3,500 middle/junior high and high school students attended the Utah Career Days event. “I thought it was well organized and the students were very engaged the whole time. They love the hands-on experience and thought it was so cool to operate the big machinery,” says Lisa Crandall, CTE Intro teacher at American Leadership Academy.

This year approximately 4,200 students are registered for Utah Career Days.

Who: Utah middle/junior high and high school students

What: Utah Career Days

When: April 28-29, 2014

Where: Davis Applied Technology College, UT

Why: Discover, learn, and prepare for jobs of the future.

Questions: Contact Sherry Marchant – sherry.marchant@schools.utah.gov

CTSO Spring Leadership Conferences

Friday, February 28th, 2014

This month Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) student members gather together to compete in numerous skills events at CTSO spring conferences. The winners in each event will advance to the CTSO national competition.

March 5-7:
FBLA Spring Leadership Conference
Davis Conference Center – Layton, UT

March 11-12:
TSA State Conference
Jordan Applied Technology Center – West Jordan, UT

March 13-15:
FFA State Convention
Utah State University – Logan, UT

March 21-22:
HOSA State Leadership Conference
Davis Conference Center – Layton, UT

March 26-27:
FCCLA State Convention
Davis Conference Center – Layton, UT

March 27-28:
SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference
Davis Conference Center – Layton, UT

CTSO members, what organization do you belong to?
>
 DECA – An Association of Marketing Students
> FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America
> FCCLA – Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
> FFA – An Association of Agricultural Education Students
> HOSA – Health Occupations Students of America
> Skills USA – An Association of Skilled & Technical Sciences Education Students
> TSA – Technology Student Association

We want to hear about your conference and what skills event you competed in. Send your stories and photos to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov and we will share them with our online communities—Twitter, Facebook, and via the Utah CTE blog and the CTE Directions newsletter.

Students who participate in a CTSO demonstrate higher levels of academic engagement and motivation, civic engagement, career self-efficacy and employability skills than other students. 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 Moment Photo Contest for Utah Students

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Utah Career and Technical Education (CTE) students, as you celebrate CTE Month during February, plan now to participate in the CTE Moment photo contest on the Utah CTE Facebook page. Watch the slideshow featuring CTE Moments across Utah. “Like” the slideshow and then post your comment to indicate the CTE Pathways featured in the slideshow. Or, email your answers to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov. At the end of the month a winner will be chosen from among the students who correctly identified all of the CTE Pathways featured in the slideshow.

Who: Utah students enrolled in one or more CTE courses.

What: CTE Moment photo contest.

When: February – it’s CTE Month!

How: On the Utah CTE Facebook page, watch the slideshow featuring CTE Moments across Utah. “Like” the slideshow and then post your comment to indicate the CTE Pathways featured in the slideshow. Or, email your answers to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

Prizes: At the end of the month a prize will be awarded to the student who correctly identified all of the CTE Pathways featured in the slideshow.

Save the Date: February is CTE Month

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

During the month of February, students, educators, and administrators across the state will join secondary and postsecondary students nationwide in celebrating Career and Technical Education (CTE). Schools can pick a day, a week, or the entire month to spotlight CTE programs.

The 2014 CTE Month theme is:
Career and Technical Education:
Pathways to Lifelong Career Success

Career and Technical Education prepares both youth and adults for a wide range of careers and further educational opportunities. These careers may require varying levels of education—including industry-recognized credentials, postsecondary certificates, and two- and four-year degrees. Career and Technical Education is crucial to providing the strong workforce training needed to fill the good-paying jobs.

CTE Month is a great opportunity to promote your programs and advocate for Career and Technical Education.
> Check out the list of 28 Things to Do During CTE Month.
> Write a blog about an event in your school and submit it to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.
> Make a 90-second video about CTE and submit it to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

Details about CTE Month will be announced on Facebook and Twitter.
Visit
UtahCTE.org to join our communities today!

Consider making the following activities part of your celebration:
> Decorate your school with banners and posters.
> Post electronic announcements to your school website, marquee, and bulletin boards.
> Have an open house for parents and the community.
> Make a video profiling successful alumni and where they work.
> Using social media, post on Facebook and tweet the CTE Month events at your school.
> Take and submit a photo of a CTE Moment in your school – #CTEMoment14.

In high school I started taking a variety of CTE courses. Each one
of these courses has taught me so much and has prepared me
for the courses I will be taking in college.
Marissa Muhlestein, graduate of Granger High School