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Countdown to Spring Break!

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Spring break is a break from school, right? Rest, relaxation, permission to be a sloth …? However (depending on a whole multitude of factors), if you completely adopt the ways of a sloth, you’ll discover a downside; having nothing to do and no schedule to keep actually saps your energy. If you want to enjoy every minute of your break, you’ll balance rest and relaxation with an ambitious to-do list! Here are five suggestions for what to include on that list:

1.      Course Planning
No matter what grade you’re in, it’s a great time to consider your class schedule for next year. Does your schedule accurately reflect your plan for the future? Are you on track for graduation, and taking advantage of every opportunity to be ready for the postsecondary options that interest you? Will you achieve Pathway Completer status as you graduate high school? This is also a great time to look at the Career and Technical Student Organizations and other extra-curricular options that support your college and career goals.

2.      Work-Based Learning (WBL)
Spring break is really an ideal time to arrange for a job shadow, information interview, or a simple visit to a workplace because it’s “business as usual” in the world of work. To set up a formal learning experience, talk to WBL staff at your school. Alternatively, you could set something up with family or friends. For example, you could volunteer at a local business just for a day, or even a part of a day. The best work-based learning experiences will result in your own discovery of interests and talents and how they can be applied in the real world.

3.      Visit a College Campus
College and university spring breaks are often different than K-12 schools, so it’s a great time to arrange for a campus tour – live or virtual. Most colleges will have information for future or prospective students on their websites. If you don’t see a link that gives you the options available for visiting the school, just find a phone number and call for information. While you’re on the website, click on all the other links for future students, too!

4.      Explore Summer Learning Opportunities
Spring is the season when school districts, colleges and community agencies all start sharing their plans to keep students busy over the summer. From summer camps, to short-term training, to skill-building and credit recovery, the opportunities are many. However, some of the most popular programs fill up quickly. All the more reason to check the websites of organizations in your area and sign up early!

5.      Apply for a Summer Job
It’s not too early to survey summer employment opportunities! Though not every employer is accepting applications, you can stop in and ask about the possibilities. Remember to look sharp, to speak clearly, and – if applications are being accepted on site – fill in every blank in your neatest writing. If the application process is online, follow through with every employer of interest to you. No matter whether the application is handwritten or online, think of it as the very first sample of work you’ll be submitting; you want it to impress! You can search for employers in your area using FirmFind. Or, you might want to be a “summer entrepreneur.” You can get started now by visiting with neighbors and distributing flyers that advertise whatever service you’re prepared to offer – child care, housecleaning, yard care, car washing, even “tech support!” Line up your clientele, and maybe even put in some weekend hours to build their confidence in your abilities and character.

Spring break is definitely the ideal time to jump-start your career planning and set goals for the summer and beyond. Tell Utah CTE what you did during spring break. Email your stories to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

Sunset Ridge Middle School Celebrates CTE Month

Friday, February 8th, 2013

By the Sunset Ridge Middle School CTE Team
Jordan School District

Sunset Ridge Middle School is celebrating CTE Month with a variety of activities. We kicked off the month with our CTE students of the month. We nominate students each month for being outstanding in CTE. We present the students of the month with a water bottle, with the CTE logo on it, and a certificate.

We had a 7th grade assembly highlighting work-based learning. We invited Life Flight to come and teach our students about different careers in the health field. They were great and passed out Life Flight shirts and CTE prizes.

We have a CTE question of the day on the morning announcements. We ask a trivia question and have the students put their guess in a bucket. We randomly pick four answers. Those students who have guessed the right answer receive a prize from CTE.

We had back-sacks made with “CTE—Helping You Shoulder Life Skills” imprinted on the back, we ordered tape measures with the saying “CTE—Improving Skills Inch by Inch!” and ordered beanie caps with CTE embroidered on the front. The students love them!




We ordered pencils with “Sharpen Your Skills with CTE!” printed on each one. We are passing these out to every student in our registration assemblies later in February. That way every student is prepared to register and hopefully will see the importance of registering for CTE classes.

We are passing out Life Savers® candies with labels that read “Lifesaving Skills Are Learned in CTE.” We are also passing out Dum Dums® suckers with tags that say “Don’t be a Dum Dum. Sign up for CTE!”


We have posters about CTE Intro placed all over the school, we have TV ads on the school TV’s highlighting CTE month, and we have our CTE teachers on the morning announcements showing prizes and encouraging students to sign up for CTE classes.

We love CTE and are excited to celebrate CTE month this year!


Did you participate in a job shadow?

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Did you participate in the National Job Shadow Day, celebrated this year on Friday, February 1? Perhaps in your school students will participate in a job shadow on another day during February. During February and March, we want to feature each student who participated in a job shadow in a blog on UtahCTE.org.

Who: Career and Technical Education students
What: Job Shadow Day
Where: Student featured in a blog on UtahCTE.org
When: During CTE Month in February and throughout March.

Submission details:
> Each student should fill out the form HERE, including the signature of a parent/guardian.
> Student/teacher should email the signed form and a photo, preferably one taken while on the job shadow, to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov by Thursday, February 28, 2013.

What is your CTE Moment?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Help your school shine during CTE Month by emailing us (Utah CTE) a photo that illustrates a “CTE Moment” at your school! Whether you capture a moment in Agriculture or Technology & Engineering – or any Area of Study in between – we would really like to share your CTE classrooms and successes with as many people as possible using our social media.

Here are the steps:

  1. Take a photo of a CTE Moment at your school, and —
    > try to include a little hint within the photo to let people know which school you’re representing.
    > if your image includes people (not just objects), have them complete a media release.
  2. Send your photo and media release(s) via email to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov no later than Friday, February 8.
  3. A single photo will be drawn for posting on our UtahCTE Facebook page each of three Mondays – February 11, 18, and 25.
  4. We  will tweet the link to the photos selected (three times during the week that it’s posted) and ask UtahCTE followers to “like” and “re-tweet.”
  5. The photo that achieves the highest reach (i.e., most “likes” on Facebook + most “re-tweets” during the week posted) will receive an assortment of gift cards worth $50 (the use of which will be determined by the associated CTE Director or designee).
  6. All eligible and appropriate images will be compiled into a slide show and shared via the UtahCTE YouTube channel.

The CTE Moment contest is explicitly for Utah CTE students and staff in Utah secondary and postsecondary schools. Other entries will not be accepted.

Take a look at past CTE Moments!

2012 CTE Moments













2011 CTE Moments

February is CTE Month

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Get ready, get set, and mark your calendar now; February is CTE Month! Students, educators, and administrators across the state will join the 14 million secondary and postsecondary CTE students nationwide in celebrating Career and Technical Education (CTE) during the month of February.

This year’s theme is Career and Technical Education: Pathways to College and Career Success. Schools can pick a day, a week, or the entire month to spotlight CTE programs. Resources are available on UtahCTE.org to assist you in your CTE Month celebrations. Promote CTE by participating in statewide activities throughout the month.

CTE Month Activities:
> CTE Moment
> Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) Events/Activities
> Job Shadow Day
> Entrepreneurship Week
> Social Media Advocacy Day

Details about CTE Month activities 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.
> If your school has a Facebook page make a post about the CTE Month events at your school.
> If your school has a Twitter page tweet about the CTE Month events at your school.

Check out this list of 28 Things to Do During CTE Month.

CTE Month is a great opportunity to promote your programs and advocate for CTE. Tell us how your school, classroom, or CTSO is going to celebrate CTE Month. Email your stories to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

Have fun!

CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school seniors, NOW is the time to prepare your portfolio and apply for a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. Eligible candidates are those who are: (1) planning on attending a postsecondary institution in a CTE program that is a two-year associate degree program or less (preceding immediate employment in that area) OR (2) those who are planning to teach in a CTE program area (a four-year program).

Who: CTE high school seniors
What: CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award
Where: Scholarships and Tuition Awards offered at a Utah postsecondary institution
When: Scholarship and Tuition Award winners notified on Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Why: Receive up to one year’s tuition ONLY for CTE training after high school
How: Create a portfolio by following the application instructions HERE 

DEADLINE: Applications MUST be postmarked by Monday, February 25, 2013

Last year over 200 CTE seniors applied for a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. Due to the limited number of available scholarships 98 seniors received an award. Each year the pool of applicants increases and the competition among those applicants grows intensifies. So, don’t delay in preparing your portfolio and submitting your application!

At least some postsecondary education or training has become the entry-level requirement for many jobs. By the year 2020, two out of three jobs will require some postsecondary education or training.1 CTE is an essential component in filling these job openings. The jobs of today require advanced skills and technical training. Students wanting to stay competitive in the job market need specific training, education, and skills to compete successfully.

CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards Banquet

1Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, Career and Technical Education: Five Ways That Pay Along the Way to the B.A.

CTSO Fall Leadership Conferences

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Between September 24 and November 6 Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) leadership conferences will take place throughout the state. State and chapter officers will gather together to learn, plan, and prepare for the 2012-2013 school year.

September 24:
SkillsUSA Utah Leadership Training Institute – Utah Valley University – Orem, UT
September 26-27:
FCCLA Fall Leadership Conference – Marriott, Hotel – Provo, UT
October 11-12:
DECA Fall Leadership Conference – Yarrow Hotel – Park City, UT
October 13:
TSA Fall Leadership Conference – Granite Technical Institute – Salt Lake City, UT
October 24-27:
FFA National Convention – Indianapolis, IN
October 25-26:
FBLA Fall Leadership Conference – Hilton Hotel – Salt Lake City, UT
November 6:
HOSA Fall Leadership Conference – Marriott, Hotel – Provo, UT

What Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) are you a member of?

  • 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

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 and we will share them with our online communities—Twitter, Facebook, Utah CTE blog, and the CTE Directions newsletter.

CTSOs present organized activities for students 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.

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.

Let the Memories Begin!

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

As summer comes to a close and the new school year begins, now is the perfect time to set new goals, plan for the future, and create new memories.

What Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes are you taking this semester? Perhaps you’re taking a Medical Terminology class, an Interior Design class, a Digital Media class, or an Automation and Robotics class. There are dozens and dozens of CTE classes to choose from within the following CTE Areas of Study: Agriculture, Business, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Science, Information Technology, Marketing, Skilled and Technical Sciences, and Technology and Engineering. Each Area of Study has a number of CTE Career Pathways that are structured for you to investigate a wide range of career choices. A CTE Career Pathway is a sequence of courses within your area of interest that connects from high school to college and career.

We encourage you to complete one of the 62 CTE Career Pathways by the end of your senior year. Plan now to become a CTE Pathway completer. Your school counselor can assist you in your planning to reach this goal and become eligible to receive a Secondary Pathway Completer Recognition Award at graduation.

As part of your CTE Pathways experience we encourage you to become a member of the corresponding Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO). As a member of a CTSO you will develop leadership skills and positive work values that will benefit you throughout high school and throughout your life. Utah recognizes the following CTSOs:

  • 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

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.

FCCLA Utah State Officers in Orlando, Florida
at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference

As you set new goals, plan for the future, and create new memories, share your high school experiences with UtahCTE.org. Send your stories and photos to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov and we will share them with our online communities—Twitter, Facebook, Utah CTE blog, and the CTE Directions newsletter.

Have a great semester!

What Is Your Olympic Moment?

Friday, July 27th, 2012

In the spirit of the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games tell us about your Olympic moment, as it relates to your high school educational experience. An Olympic moment brings personal pride and satisfaction for a job well done. What was your Olympic moment? Was it winning a school or CTSO* competition? Was it achieving a long range goal? Was it getting a particular grade in a difficult class? Was it making a new friend? Was it volunteering in a community service project? Was it accomplishing a challenging class assignment? Perhaps it was the moment when you discovered your career path.

Ashley Labrum, of Pleasant Grove High School,
elected as the FCCLA National Vice President of Programs,
at the 2012 FCCLA National Leadership Conference.

Share your Olympic moment with UtahCTE.org. Send your story to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov and we will share it with our online communities—Twitter, Facebook, Utah CTE blog, and the CTE Directions newsletter.


*Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO)


What Are You Doing This Summer?

Monday, June 25th, 2012

What Are You Doing This Summer?

Are you . . .

               learning a new skill at a summer camp?
               exploring the historical sites around you?
               discovering a new hobby?
               spending time with family and making new friends?

Summer is a great time to keep learning. There is so much to learn, explore, and discover. Check out these 10 Awesome Outdoor Summer Learning Ideas.

Even though summer storms often roll in unexpectedly there is no need to have your plans washed out. Check out these 10 Fun Indoor Summer Projects that will make the day fun and exciting.

Tell UtahCTE.org about what you are doing this summer. Send your stories and photos to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov. We will share what you have learned, explored, and discovered with our CTE community.