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CTSOs Leadership Conferences and Skill Competitions

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

During March Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) will gather for leadership conferences and to compete in a variety of skill competitions. Students have worked hard throughout the year preparing for each competition and UtahCTE.org wishes them all the best.

March 1-2: DECA State Career Development Conference – Davis Conference Center – Layton, UT

March 7: ProStart State Competition (Culinary-Management) – Hilton Hotel – Salt Lake City, UT

March 8: Utah FFA Association State Convention – Richfield, UT

March 15-16: March 15-16: HOSA State Leadership Conference and Competition – Davis Conference Center – Layton, UT

March 21-22:  FCCLA State Convention – Davis Conference Center, Layton, UT

March 23: TSA State Conference – Jordan ATC – West Jordan, UT

March 29-30: FBLA Spring Leadership Conference – Davis Conference Center – Layton, UT

March 29-30: Utah SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference – Salt Lake Community College – 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.

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

  • DECA – An Association of Marketing Students
    DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges/universities around the globe.
  • FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America
    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.
  • FCCLA – Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
    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.
  • FFA – An Association of Agricultural Education Students
    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.
  • HOSA – Health Occupations Students of America
    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.
  • SkillsUSA – An Association of Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Students
    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.
  • TSA – Technology Student Association
    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.

Over 31,700 Utah secondary Career and Technical Education students are members of one of the above 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 Month Events

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

February is CTE Month
Career and Technical Education: Preparing Students for College and Career!

Utah joins states across the nation in celebrating Career and Technical Education during the month of February. Take advantage of the resources that have been made available to increase awareness of your programs that ensure CTE students are college and career ready!

As you make plans to celebrate CTE Month, reference your copy of the handout,
29 Things To Do During CTE Month, every day!

Be aware of the first annual CTE Career Day scheduled concurrently with National Job Shadow Day on February 2. We are in the process of gathering Personal Career Briefs (career stories of workers)—first jobs, worst jobs, and more.  Beginning on February 2, and every day thereafter through February, we will post a Personal Career Brief on UtahCTE.org. We’ll post reminders, highlights, and short synopses via Twitter (@UtahCTE) and Facebook (/UtahCTE).  We encourage you to check in daily! Watch for the Career Brief of someone you know, or someone who graduated from your high school. It’s a way to participate in a virtual mini-job shadow every day of CTE Month, and there may even be prizes involved. We’ll also be sharing information about your students’ job shadows, and the businesses that are hosting them.

February 13 is the Virtual Healthcare Interactive Live Event. A select group of students will have the opportunity to view an artificial heart surgery, and join in a live chat with surgeons who can answer questions about the procedure.

UACTE Day on the Hill is February 15. This is a fabulous opportunity for CTE educators and students to showcase programs and tell CTE success stories to our state senators and representatives during the legislative session.

Join other social media savvy educators across the nation on February 23. ACTE is sponsoring CTE Social Media Advocacy Day – an opportunity to engage with other CTE educators as well as the general public nationwide, and to spread the good word about today’s Career and Technical Education.

Finally, February 29 is the final day to submit your CTE Moment photos! This year we encourage you to find an exemplary CTE activity at your school, and capture the moment by taking a photo and sending it in early! (Email photos, with a short caption, to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.) We’ll select photos to post occasionally during February via Twitter and Facebook. On March 7, a CTE Moment photo will be posted every hour – from 9 am to 8 pm on Twitter. This collection of 12 photos will then be posted to Facebook, and the photographers who submitted “winning” photos will each be awarded a $10 Gift Card.

 Happy CTE Month and Best Wishes for Continued Success!

February is CTE Month!

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Plan now to join the 14.4 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: Preparing Students for College and Career! Schools can pick a day, a week, or the entire month to spotlight CTE programs.

Resources are available to assist you in your district, school, and classroom celebration. Promote CTE by participating in statewide activities throughout the month.

CTE Month Activities:
> CTE Moment
> CTSO Events/Activities
> Career Day
> Job Shadow Day
> Entrepreneurship Week
> Social Media Advocacy Day

CTE Moment 2011

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.

Send your CTE Month stories, pictures, and videos to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov and we will feature them on UtahCTE.org.

CTE Month is a great opportunity to promote your programs and advocate for CTE.

Have fun!

Career and Technical Student Organizations

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

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

Did you know that 18,573 Utah secondary Career and Technical Education students are members of one of the above CTSOs? It’s true! CTSO members are doing great things and are having a positive impact in schools and communities throughout the state.

During the month of October five CTSO Fall Leadership Conferences will take place. We want to hear about your conference and what your CTSO chapter is planning for the coming year. Send your stories to utahcte@schools.utah.gov.

October 4: SkillsUSA Fall Leadership Conference–Davis Conference Center–Layton, UT

October 5-6: FCCLA Fall Leadership Conference–Provo Marriott Hotel–Provo, UT

October 10-11: HOSA Fall Leadership Conference–Provo Marriott Hotel–Provo, UT

October 13-14: DECA Fall Leadership Conference–Park City, UT

October 15:  TSA Fall Leadership Conference Jordan Applied Technology Center – West Jordan, UT

October 19-22: National FFA Convention–Indianapolis, IN

October 25-26: FBLA Fall Leadership Conference–Provo Marriott Hotel–Provo, UT

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.

UtahCTE.org Wants to Hear from YOU!

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Students, tell UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov about your summer job. How did you find your job? Where are you working? What are your responsibilities? What have you learned? Through September 5, selected submissions will appear as part of a blog featured on UtahCTE.org. A $10 Subway gift card will be given to each student whose submission is chosen. Get started!


Follow the steps below to submit your story.

  1. Tell UtahCTE about your summer job – maximum of 300 words
  2. Sign the CTE media release (If you’re under 18 years of age the media release will need to be signed by a parent or guardian). The media release is located here.
  3. Choose a photo of yourself, perhaps working at your summer job, to include with your story. The photo should be:
    • high-resolution (300 dpi)
    • landscape
    • jpg format

Submit your story, signed media release, and photo to utahcte@schools.utah.gov.

We look forward to reading about your summer job experiences.
The UtahCTE.org Team

Summer Camps

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

School may be out for the summer, but summer is the perfect time to learn new skills and make new friends. Check out one of the many summer youth camps taking place across the state. To locate other summer camps in your area talk to your school counselor or CTE teacher.

June 1–17: Health Careers Summer Camps
Mountainland Region – Utah County
By application only.

June 1 – June 28: Youth Education
University of Utah
Tuition varies.

June 6-July 29: 4-H State Contests
Utah State University
Tuition varies.

June 13–July 29: Youth Summer Camps
Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC)
No tuition!

June 24-25: Scratch Programming Workshop
Utah Valley University
No tuition!

June 27–August 10: Youth Summer Camps
Davis Applied Technology College (DATC)
No tuition!

July 5–8: Manufacturing Summer Camp
Ogden-Weber ATC
No tuition!

July 26–29: Bytes of Brilliance Technology Camp
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC)
Tuition is $30.

Tell us what you did during the summer. Did you participate in a summer camp, go on vacation with your family, travel out of the state, visit another country, attend a farmers market or rodeo, or participate in a summer reading program? Send your stories to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

Have a great summer!

Central Region Career Day

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

On Tuesday, April 12, students from the Central Region gathered together to participate in a Career Day event highlighting Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathways. The event was held at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield where 1,300 students explored numerous careers by participating in hands-on activities. Participating schools included:

Delta Middle School  North Sevier Middle School
Ephraim Middle School  North Sanpete Middle School
Fillmore Middle School Piute High School
Gunnison Middle School Red Hills Middle School
Juab Junior High School South Sevier Middle School
Tintic High School  Wayne Middle School

Students had the opportunity to explore at least 20 of the 52 careers featured at the Career Day event. Local businesses set up interactive booths/displays where students were able to “try on a career” working hands-on using tools and equipment. Upon arrival each student received a “CTE Pathways Passport” to record each career they explored. “Many students came to the information booth asking to locate a specific career that they wanted to research. Students also had the opportunity to explore careers that were nontraditional for their gender,” said Darlene Wabel, Central Region CTE Pathways Coordinator.

Throughout the event students had a wonderful time exploring careers and participating in hands-on activities with local businesses. Students were engaged and eagerly participated in the many activities available, which included:

AT&T – Students learned how electronic communications work.

Central Utah Public Health – Students were shown how to give an injection and then practiced on oranges.

Johnson Dental Lab – Students were shown how to make a crown.

Kevin Madison & Associates – Students reviewed “blueprint” plans from several local schools.

Mountain America Credit Union – Students learned how to manage a debit card.

Mountainland Supply – Students connected the plumbing in a sink and learned how to assemble a fire hydrant.

OSHA – Students learned how to put on and wear a safety harness.

Redmond Salt – Students learned how salt is mined and learned about the many products made from salt.

Richfield Reaper – Students saw how a newspaper tabloid is laid out on the computer and then transferred to printing plates. Each student received a copy of the printed Central Region CTE Pathways tabloid.

Satterwhite – Students learned how logs are cut from trees and how they fit together to make log homes.

Sevier County Sheriff – Students learned about careers in law enforcement, including occupations in the SWAT team and in the DARE program, learning about the equipment used to serve and protect the public.

Sevier Valley Hospital – Students looked at blood slides from the lab and learned how to use equipment in respiratory therapy.

Shirt Shop – Students printed their own T-shirt with their school logo.

SUFCO – Students learned about the mining of coal and the engineering required to extract the coal.

Utah Natural Resources – Students learned the responsibilities of a “Fish and Game Warden.”

Wells Fargo – Students learned about bank accounts and filled out deposit slips.

“I love Career Day and all the hands-on experiences.” – Mallory Roberts

“I like Career Day because I love to see all the things I can do for a living in the future.” – Molly Peterson

“I really like the Culinary Arts Program because I love to bake.” – Kami Jackson






“My favorite is Cosmetology” –Danika Wittern

“I love the Cosmetology Program because I love to make people look beautiful.” –Bailey Nielson





CTE students in the Central Region are among the 325,000 secondary and post-secondary CTE students in Utah. For information about the CTE classes offered at your school talk to your school counselor or visit UtahCTE.org.

 CTE offers Pathways to YOUR future; get started!

Career Days at Bridgerland ATC

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Students in Northern Utah Participate in Career Days at Bridgerland ATC

Who: 3,500 students from middle, junior and high schools in Box Elder, Cache, and Rich counties.

What: Business, industry, and community partnered with education to provide interactive opportunities for students to increase their awareness of a wide range of career pathways.

Where: Main campus of Bridgerland Applied Technology College, 1301 North 600 West, Logan, Utah.

When: Wednesday and Thursday, May 4-5 from 8:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

On May 4th and 5th, approximately 3,500 7th through 12th grade students, teachers, school administrators, CTE directors, parents, industry leaders and volunteers converged on the campus of Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC) for the 4th Annual Career Days, a Career Pathways event. The objective of Career Days was to provide students with hands-on exposure to the diverse and exciting career opportunities requiring technical skills.

The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts that by 2012, there will be a shortfall of nearly 3 million skilled workers in America. The average age of skilled workers in many trades is 54-57 years old, and as this veteran group retires, there are not enough trained workers to replace them and fill essential jobs. 

Career Days, modeled after the nationwide Career Construction Days (CCD) program, is an experiential-based event designed to expose youth to a comprehensive list of over 29 career paths leading to hundreds of different careers. Career Days is the result of the collaborative efforts of business and industry leaders, workforce development, education and school representatives. Sponsors for Career Days 2011 included BATC, Bear River Region Pathways Program, Department of Workforce Services, Interform, Komatsu, Logan City, Larry H. Miller Group, Miller Motorsports Park, Northwood Rentals, Pepsi, Vulcraft, and Wells Fargo Bank.

The Career Days event included interactive exhibits, trade industry displays and demonstration projects that required student involvement. The goal was to convert students’ enthusiasm into a rewarding career path.

Fox 13 story – Career Days at Bridgerland ATC

CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards Banquet

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

BriAnne Shipton receives scholarship from Gary Wixom, Assistant Commissioner of the Utah System of Higher Education

On Thursday, April 28 the 25th Annual CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards Banquet took place at Salt Lake Community College. This banquet is a longstanding tradition used to honor CTE students throughout the state who have been selected to receive a scholarship and tuition award from a postsecondary institution.

Each award recipient was one of 175 applicants who applied for a scholarship and tuition award this year. Each year, the pool of applicants increases and the competition among those applicants grows more fierce.

BriAnne Shipton, a marketing student at Uintah High School and a CTE scholarship recipient to Utah Valley University says, “I have always been a ‘people’ person. I enjoy working with people and learning about them. .  .The [Travel] and Tourism [Pathway] seemed a natural fit with my interests and my personality. . .After much thought and research, I feel confident this is the perfect occupational area for me. I am excited to get more training and know that a CTE scholarship will help me accomplish that goal.”

This year 93 scholarships were awarded to high school CTE seniors for one year’s tuition at one of the following post-secondary institutions:

Utah System of Higher Education
College of Eastern Utah–Price Campus
Dixie State College
Salt Lake Community College
Snow College–Richfield Campus
Southern Utah University
Utah Valley University
Weber State University

Utah College of Applied Technology
Bridgerland Applied Technology College
Davis Applied Technology College
Dixie Applied Technology College
Mountainland Applied Technology College
Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College
Southwest Applied Technology College
Tooele Applied Technology College
Uintah Basin Applied Technology College

Learn how to apply for a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. Career and Technical Education offers Pathways to YOUR future; get started!

And the Winner of the “CTE Moment” is … TIMPVIEW HIGH SCHOOL!

Friday, March 11th, 2011


Taite HaynesAt 10:00 a.m. on February 23, Career and Technical Education students and staff in secondary schools across Utah were invited to capture a “CTE Moment.” The resulting photographs were submitted to CTE staff at the Utah State Office of Education in what – happily – became an onslaught of hundreds of photos depicting students engaged in CTE across the state.

Under the direction of Internship and Work-Based Learning Coordinator, Ann Decker, the number of photos submitted by Timpview High School was equal to about 16% of the student body, making Timpview the winner!  Ann Decker commented,   “This was an opportunity to showcase our CTE students achieving success in some impressive CTE programs, and turned out to be a lot of fun.” 

Carlie JacksonJanet Goble, Canyons District CTE Director encouraged every high school in her district to participate in the event, but Robyn Sleight really caught the competitive spirit. She organized the effort at Alta High School, helping them achieve first runner up.

Other schools that deserve special recognition and thanks for their support of the event include: Box Elder High School, Brighton High School, Canyons TEC, Cache County District, Hillcrest High School, Jordan High School, Logan High School, Lone Peak High School, Mountain High School, Mount Jordan Middle School, Murray High School, Southwest ATC, Spanish Fork High School, South Cache 8-9 Center, Timpanogos High School, Wasatch High School and West High School.

UtahCTE hopes to make this an annual event, and looks forward to having these schools’ help along with others across the state next year!

“CTE Moment” photos have been posted in an album on the UtahCTE Facebook page (http://on.fb.me/UtahCTE_photos ), will be compiled in a presentation to be posted to the UtahCTE YouTube channel, and will likely be used in various other UtahCTE publications/resources.