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Utah CTE Graphic Design Contest

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

The Business Education and the Information Technology Education specialists, at the Utah State Office of Education, are in the process of planning their summer conference for Utah educators. The organizers of each conference invite YOU (Utah middle/junior high and high school students) to design the graphic for their summer conference program materials. The winning graphic for Business Education and for Information Technology Education 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 each conference.

Each entry will be judged by a state committee of Business Education teachers and Information Technology Education teachers. An entry will be selected for the Business Education summer conference and for the Information Technology Education summer conference. Each winner will receive a one-year subscription to the Adobe creative Cloud Suite worth $600. The winners will be announced by March 3, 2014.

Designs 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. The winning designs will be the sole property of the Utah State Office of Education to be used in any manner. The winning designers will be fully credited with their design work. The name and picture of each winner will be featured on the summer conference program.

> Business Education graphic design contest ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
> Information Technology Education graphic design contest ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Entries MUST be received by Monday, January 6, 2014.

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 Education summer conference or for the Information Technology Education Education contest. Good luck!


2013 CTSO Fall Leadership Conferences

Monday, September 16th, 2013

School has begun, the days are getting cooler, the leaves on the trees are turning shades of yellow, orange and red, and high school football is in full swing. All of these things signal the upcoming Fall Leadership Conference for each Utah Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Between September 24 and November 23 CTSO state and chapter officers will gather together to learn, plan, and prepare for the 2013-2014 school year.

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

October 1:
SkillsUSA Utah Leadership Training Institute – Marriott Hotel – Provo, UT

October 8-9:
DECA Fall Leadership Conference – Yarrow Hotel – Park City, UT

October 12:
TSA Fall Leadership Conference – Jordan Applied Technology Center –
Salt Lake City, UT

October 30-November 1:
FFA National Convention and Expo – Louisville, Kentucky

November 5:
HOSA Fall Leadership Conference – Marriott, Hotel – Provo, UT

November 22-23:
FBLA Fall Leadership Conference – Hilton Hotel – Salt Lake City, UT

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.

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, and via the Utah CTE blog and the CTE Directions newsletter.

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.


New School Year = New Opportunities

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Students across the state of Utah are returning to school to begin a new school year. With a new school year comes new opportunities. Opportunities to:

  • Set goals. Make educational goals that are specific to what you want to accomplish during the school year. Goals should be specific, measureable, attainable, and realistic. Setting a timeline with each goal is a great way to plan and prepare for tomorrow and the future.
  • Learn a new skill. Participating in Career and Technical Education (CTE) will provide you with the technical skills and academic knowledge you will need to prepare for life after high school—future employment and/or a successful transition to postsecondary education.
  • Participate in hands-on learning activities. Taking CTE courses are a great way to participate in a variety of hands-on learning activities that will jump-start your career by preparing you for high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand occupations.
  • Complete a CTE Pathway. Juniors: Ask your school counselor if you’re on track to become a CTE Pathway completer. A CTE Pathway completer is eligible to receive a Secondary Pathway Completer Recognition Award at graduation.
  • Join a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO). Involvement in a CTSO is a great way to develop leadership skills and positive work values.
  • Participate in a job shadow or internship. A job shadow or internship is an excellent way to experience “real life” work situations and understand how classroom learning is applied in the world of work. Talk to the Work-Based Learning coordinator at your school and sign up for a job shadow or internship today.
  • Apply for a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. Seniors: Applications are due Monday, February 24, 2014.
  • Plan for life after high school—college and career. Talk to your school counselor about training and education beyond high school. Your school counselor can guide you as you plan your high school courses and prepare for the future.

We invite you to sign up for the CTE Directions newsletter and to join the UtahCTE.org online communities—Twitter, Facebook, Utah CTE blog—to connect with CTE throughout the year.

Tell UtahCTE.org what your plans are for the new school year. Send your comments to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

Summer: A Time for Making Memories and Learning a New Skill

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Summer is in full swing and with it comes long summer days, picnics, parades, rodeos, farmers markets, and perhaps attending a summer camp. Summer is not only a time for making memories but also for learning a new skill. Whether you’re formally attending a summer camp, helping a family member with a project, or working a temporary summer job, every day can be a day to learn something new. As you go about your day, be curious, ask questions, and read. You will be surprised at how many new things you will learn.

Share with UtahCTE.org what you’re doing this summer. 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.

Students Participate in Career Days

Friday, June 7th, 2013

By Jeannie Johnson
CTE Pathways Coordinator, Bear River Region

The thought of over 3,000 students in two days coming to the Bridgerland Applied Technology Center (BATC) campus might be overwhelming to some, but we LOVE IT!! It means Career Days is here.

The Career Days event includes interactive exhibits, trade and industry displays, and demonstration projects requiring student involvement. The event creates career awareness for opportunities for those students who have the right skills. Our task is to convert student’s enthusiasm to a career path and to assist them in obtaining skills to successfully compete in a global economy.

With 47 “hands-on” booths for students to explore covering everything from cosmetology to robotics to computerized wind velocity tracking to the content of sugar in your favorite Coke® product, there was definitely something for everyone. Students from Cache, Box Elder, Rich, and Logan School Districts attended Career Days. We also had two schools from Idaho and two from Wyoming attend.

As students got off the bus, they were divided into three areas—heavy equipment, automotive, and clean fingernails. The heavy equipment area had 26 pieces of equipment with operators there to instruct the students. Operators answered hundreds of questions about how they liked their job and what they needed to do to become an operator.

In the automotive area students were able to participate in many hands-on activities. They learned about the different types of brakes on cars and how to take them apart. In the painting booth students learned how to use smooth motions to paint a car. Students learned how to bend copper pipe for plumbing, how to recycle, and where recycled materials are used. Students spent time in handcuffs, with the Cache County Sheriff officer, learning how it feels to be a prisoner. Hopefully this is not something they want to be, but they got some good ideas of what the day in the life of a police officer is like.


In the clean fingernails area students were exposed to careers in cosmetology, dental, nursing information technology, agriculture, television production, and many more. Students painted fingernails, learned about cleaning teeth, guessed how much sugar was in a particular drink, learned about what is inside a computer and how it works, matched cuts of meat with where they come from on the body of a cow, and how a green screen works on television. These are just a few of the fun booths students could visit.

The weather was wonderful and students had a great time learning about careers. Thank you to all of our sponsors for helping make Career Days at BATC a huge success! We already have schools asking when Career Days will be next year! So. . .

April 30-May 1, 2014
Career Days at BATC

Watch students participating in Career Days activities at BATC.
We appreciate the Logan High School Video Production class who produced the Career Days video. Thank you to each student and to their instructor Scott Harris!

“Like” BATC on Facebook to see more pictures of Career Days at BATC. We hope to see you next year!

CTE Students to Compete in National Competitions

Friday, May 31st, 2013

During June and July CTE students who are members of a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) will compete in a variety of national skill competitions. Students have worked hard throughout the year preparing for each competition and UtahCTE.org wishes each student success.

SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference
June 24-28, 2013 — Kansas City, MO

SkillsUSA – An Association of Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Students
Conference theme: Champions At Work
Keynote speaker: Mike Rowe
Watch: SkillsUSA National Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Schedule

The SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference will showcase Career and Technical Education students. Quality Career and Technical Education will be the centerpiece of the conference. 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. Over 5,900 students will compete in 98 hands-on skill and leadership competitions.

HOSA National Leadership Conference
June 26-29, 2013 — Nashville, TN

HOSA – Health Occupations Students of America
Conference theme: Build a Better You
Keynote speaker: Dr. Ben Carson
Watch: HOSA National Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Schedule

The highlight of every year for HOSA members is the HOSA National Leadership Conference. This year, thousands of future health professionals from 50 states and territories will take over Nashville in the largest National Leadership Conference in HOSA history. HOSA student members and leaders from the United States and Puerto Rico join together to build knowledge, build experience, build confidence, and build a better you. HOSA members will participate in educational and social learning activities, tour healthcare facilities, visit exhibits presented by professional healthcare associations, and compete in events. Join the convention by watching a live stream of the opening, recognition, and awards sessions.

FBLA National Leadership Conference
June 27-30, 2013 — Anaheim, CA

FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America
Conference theme: Igniting Innovation
Keynote speaker: Clint Pardoe
Watch: FBLA Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Schedule

FBLA members have the competitive edge, as the best and brightest of FBLA 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. FBLA student members are Igniting Innovation in Service, Igniting Innovation in Education, and Igniting Innovation in Progress.

TSA National Leadership Conference
June 28-July 2, 2013 — Orlando, FL

TSA – Technology Student Association
Conference theme: A Tradition of Excellence
Keynote speaker: Steven A. Barbato
Watch: TSA National Conference Promotional Video
Conference Schedule

Technology Student Association (TSA) members nationwide are expected to attend the National TSA Conference in Orlando, Florida. Middle and high school student members are preparing to 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. The conference will celebrate the contributions of advanced technology to our society and TSA’s 35th anniversary.

FCCLA National Leadership Conference
July 7-11, 2013 
Nashville, TN
FCCLA – Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
Conference theme: Discover Your Voice
Keynote speaker: Doc Hendley
Watch: FCCLA National Conference Promotional Video
Conference Schedule

The FCCLA National Leadership Conference will empower members to build courage, take initiative, and be the change. The voice of youth has never been as important as it is in today’s ever changing society. By strengthening self-confidence and determination, FCCLA members will discover their own voice and also realize the power of their generation as one. Through competitive events, dynamic workshops, and youth networking, students will partake in The Ultimate Leadership Experience.

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

Over 31,700 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.

2013 Summer Camps

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

What are your plans for the summer? Summer is not only a time to take a break from the day to day routine of going to school, but it is an excellent time to LEARN A NEW SKILL! By participating in one of the summer camps listed below you can learn a new skill, make new friends, while at the same have fun and create lasting memories. See which camp interests you and register today. Talk to your school counselor or CTE teacher to locate other summer camps in your area.

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

Youth Education
June 10—August 25
The University of Utah hosts 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

2D Video Gaming Camp
June 10-14
Learn how to create video games by participating in hands-on exercises. Learn about pursuing a career in video game development and how to obtain the right education to get a job.
Location: Weber State University
Ages: Grades 9-12
Cost: $30.00 – registration fee includes T-shirt, book/software, and lunch
Enrollment deadline: May 31, 2013

4-H Summer Camps
June 10—August 5
Learn how to build and program a robot using Lego NXT Mindstorm at the NXT Robotics Camp. Learn outdoor survivor skills at the Roughin It Outdoors Camp. Learn how to perform fascinating experiments at the Investigating Science Camp.
Sponsored by: Utah State University Cooperative Extension
Location: Varies
Ages: All ages
Cost: Tuition varies
Enrollment deadline: Must register at least one week before camp.

Young Entrepreneurs Startup Camp (YES Camp)
June 12-21
A summer day camp to start your own business! Learn to find and recognize good ideas and then make them happen. Build your network (translation: make new friends and connect with people who can help you.) Receive mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs.
Location: Utah Valley University
Ages: High school sophomores, juniors, seniors
Cost: $149 — Earn 3 college credits
Enrollment: Applications are currently being accepted.

Biotechnology Summer Academy
July 8-12
Learn how research is done in labs through planning and practice of daily research experiments and activities. You will conduct hands-on experiments 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: June 15, 2013

Girls Code @ CTEC – Summer Programming Workshop
July 8-12
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 using MIT’s AppInventor.
Location: Canyons Technical Education Center
Ages: High school girls, grades 9-12
Cost: $25
Enrollment: Applications are currently being accepted.

Biotechnology Camp
July 15-16
(Session 1)
July 17-18
(Session 2)
Learn about careers in biotechnology by participating in hands-on laboratory experiences. Extract and analyze your own DNA and learn about careers in biotechnology.
Location: Jordan Applied Technology Center (JATC)
Ages: Incoming 7th and 11th grade students
Cost: $10.00 — registration fee includes T-shirt and lunch
Enrollment deadline: July 8, 2013

Engineering Camp
July 29—August 1
(Session 1)
August 5-8 (Session 2)
Learn about the engineering behind what makes things work by participating in hands-on activities.
Location: Jordan Applied Technology Center (JATC)
Ages: Grades Incoming 9th and10th grade students
Cost: $10.00 — registration fee includes T-shirt and lunch
Enrollment deadline: June 1, 2013

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 wonderful summer!
Learn, play, discover, and have fun!

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.