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Utah CTSO Members to Compete in National Competitions

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

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 five CTSO state competitions, held in February and March, will compete this summer in national competitions. UtahCTE.org wishes each CTSO student member success as they travel to their respective national competition and compete against their peers.

state officers 2015-2016 CURRENTSkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference
June 20-24, 2016 Louisville, Kentucky
SkillsUSA: Champions at Work – An Association of Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Students
Conference theme: Connecting You to Career Success
Keynote speaker: TBA
Watch: SkillsUSA Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Agenda
View: 2016 SkillsUSA State Winners

The mission of SkillsUSA is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. The 2016 SkillsUSA 52nd National Leadership and Skills Conference will showcase the best Career and Technical Education students in the nation. More than 16,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and business partners are expected to participate in the event. More than 6,000 students will compete in 100 hands-on skill and leadership competitions.

2015-2016 State HOSA OfficersHOSA International Leadership Conference
June 22-25, 2016 Nashville, Tennessee
HOSA – Future Health Professionals
Conference theme: Innovate. Inspire. Ignite.
Keynote speakers:
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy
Brad Montague, Creator of “Kid President”
View: Conference Guide | PDF | Interactive Flip Book
View: 2016 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. This year HOSA celebrates its 39th annual leadership conference. In 1976, 384 delegates and advisors joined together at a Constitutional Convention in Arlington, Texas and began HOSA. The HOSA 39th Annual International Leadership Conference will bring together more than 9,000 delegates, advisors, and special guests from 50 states and territories to experience HOSA at its absolute best.

2015-2016 TSA state officersTSA National Conference
June 28-July 2, 2015 Nashville, Tennessee
TSA – Technology Student Association
Conference theme: Building a Legacy
Keynote speaker: TBA
View: Conference Schedule
View: 2016 TSA State Winners

The mission of the Technology Student Association (TSA) is to foster personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Members apply and integrate these concepts through co-curricular activities, competitions, and related programs. During the annual TSA 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.

2015-16-FBLA-State-Officers-2FBLA National Leadership Conference
June 29-July 2, 2016 Atlanta, Georgia
FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America
Conference theme: CONNECT
Keynote speaker: Logan Weber | David Novak
Watch: 2016 FBLA Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Guide
View: 2016 FBLA State Winners
Twitter: @FBLA_National
Instagram: fbla_pbl
#NLC16FBLA

The mission of FBLA-PBL is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The 2016 National Leadership Conference (NLC) will draw thousands of future business leaders to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in leadership events, share successes, and learn new ideas about shaping their careers through workshops and exhibits. This four-day conference is considered the pinnacle of the FBLA-PBL experience, especially for those running for national office. Members also have the opportunity to attend the Institute for Leaders (IFL). This high-energy, intensive, two-day seminar is a focused, leadership experience for state and local chapter officers, members, and advisers. At the State Leadership Conferences, students competed in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners advance to the National Leadership Conference to compete for national awards.

2015-16 State OfficersFCCLA National Leadership Conference
July 3-7, 2016 San Diego, California
FCCLA – Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
Conference theme: EMPOWER
Keynote speaker: TBA
View: Conference Guide
View: 2016 FCCLA State Winners
Facebook @NationalFCCLA
Twitter: @NationalFCCLA
Instagram: NationalFCCLA

The mission of FCCLA is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader, members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation. This summer, FCCLA members from across the country will gather in sunny San Diego to network with fellow members, attend FCCLA program workshops and leadership sessions, and compete in STAR Events.

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.

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Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) provide relevant, engaging programs that improve student achievement, reduce dropout rates, and help students discover the wide range of career options available. CTSO programs, such as industry-based competitive events and community service, provide students with the opportunity to develop 21st century skills focused on creativity, problem solving, teamwork, and goal setting.

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.

 

ACTE Trophy Design Contest

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

JATC_IT_IMG_2410The Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has announced a first-ever student contest to re-design the 3D-printed trophies for the ACTE Excellence Awards. The ACTE Excellence Awards promote excellence in Career and Technical Education, recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to CTE.

In 2013, ACTE presented its national winners with the first ACTE trophies created by 3D printers. ACTE partnered with Stratasys to manufacture the 3D printed trophies, designed by Douglas Koch, associate professor and chair of the School of Technology at the University of Central Missouri. The ACTE Trophy Design Contest will give students the opportunity to share their skills and talents as they design a unique 3D image for the trophy. The winning trophy design will be printed by Stratasys and presented to the 10 national award winners at the 2016 ACTE Awards Banquet.

Who: The contest is open to secondary, postsecondary, and adult CTE students in 3D design courses or other CAD courses.
Prize: $1,000 scholarship
How to Apply: Online at the ACTE Awards Portal
Deadline: Entries are due by Sunday, May, 1, 2016.

For contest details and requirements visit acteonline.org and search for 2016 Student Trophy Design Contest.

The Making of the ACTE Awards

 

Utah CTSO Spring Leadership Conferences

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

GOV_3015_w520During February and March, student members of Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) from across the state will gather together to participate in leadership and career development conferences. At each conference, student members will compete in a variety of skill competitions. Students have worked hard throughout the year preparing for each competition. The top three winners of each state competition will advance to the national competition for their respective CTSO.

February 25-26, 2016: DECA State Career Development Conference – Davis Conference Center – Layton, UT

March 7-9: FBLA Leadership Conference – Davis Conference Center – Layton, UT

March 10-12, 2016: Utah FFA Association State Convention – Richfield, UT

March 15-16, 2016: TSA State Conference – Davis Applied Technology College – Kaysville, UT

March 17-18, 2016: HOSA State Leadership Conference – Davis Conference Center – Layton, UT

March 22-23, 2016: FCCLA State Conference – Davis Conference Center, Layton, UT

March 31-April 1, 2016: SkillsUSA Utah Leadership and Skills Championships – Salt Lake Community College, Redwood Campus – Salt Lake City, UT

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.

More than 22,000 Utah secondary Career and Technical Education students are members of a CTSO. 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 Month Is February 2016

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

CTE Month imageJoin CTE students across the nation in celebrating Career and Technical Education throughout February. This year’s CTE Month theme of “Opportunities for Career Success” will give you the chance to tell the stories of leadership and excellence from your community and raise awareness of the crucial role that CTE has in readying students for careers.

We encourage you to participate in both national and local activities and events throughout the month. Your school district, school, and/or classroom can pick a day, a week, or the entire month of February to celebrate CTE. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to spotlight your CTE programs.

To assist you in your CTE Month planning, resources are available HERE. Below is a sample of a few of the available resources.

Announcement Flyer | 29 Things to Do During CTE Month | Advocacy for CTE
Marketing Tips | Promotional Products

On March 3, 2015, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 94
A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of Career and Technical Education Month.

2015 Utah CTSOs Fall Leadership Conferences

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

2015-16-FBLA-State-Officers-2Utah Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) Fall Leadership Conferences are in full swing. FCCLA and DECA have already had an amazing conference where state and chapter officers across the state gathered together to learn, plan, and prepare for the 2015-2016 school year.

During October, SkillsUSA, TSA, HOSA, FBLA, and FFA state officers will host a leadership conference for state chapter officers to collaborate with each other, engage in learning activities, and prepare for the months ahead. State Officers will also develop leadership skills in order to strengthen their respective CTSO.

October 8: SkillsUSA Utah Leadership Training Institute – Utah Valley University
October 10: TSA Fall Leadership Conference – Layton High School
October 26-27: HOSA Fall Leadership Conference – Marriott, Hotel
October 29-30: FBLA Fall Leadership Conference – Salt Lake Hilton Center
October 28-31: National FFA Convention and Expo – Louisville, Kentucky

CTSOs present organized activities for student members to gain personal and leadership skills, making them more employable, preparing them to become productive citizens, and assisting them in assuming positive roles in the home and community.

Students participating in Career and Technical Education Pathways have the opportunity to be in the following CTSOs.

Agricultural Education
> FFA
Business and Marketing Education
> DECA > FBLA
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
> FCCLA
Health Science Education
> HOSA
Information Technology Education
> FBLA  > SkillsUSA  > TSA
Skilled and Technical Education
> SkillsUSA  > TSA
Technology and Engineering Education
> SkillsUSA  > TSA

State and chapter officers, we want to hear about your conference and what your CTSO 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.

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
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 8,500 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 Dallas, TX
TSA – Technology Student Association
Conference theme: Designing Your Dreams
Keynote speaker: Dr. Jessica Chandler
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.