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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.

CTE Students: Write a blog for UtahCTE.org

Friday, March 4th, 2011

UtahCTE.org invites you to write a blog telling readers about your CTE experience. Tell us about a class project, a career fair you attended, a CTSO experience, a teacher who made a difference, why you choose a particular CTE Pathway, or how CTE is preparing you for life after high school.

Chosen blogs will appear on the home page of UtahCTE.org . A $10 Subway gift card will be given to each student whose blog is chosen. This invitation continues through the end of the school year.

Follow the steps below to submit your blog.

  1. Write a blog – 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 to include in your blog. The photo should be:
    1. high-resolution (300 dpi)
    2. landscape
    3. jpg format
  4. Submit the blog, signed media release, and photo to utahcte@schools.utah.gov.

We look forward to receiving your blog and reading about your experience in CTE.
The UtahCTE.org Team

CTE Moment

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The first annual ”CTE Moment” was a huge success. Thank you to the schools across the state who participated. We are currently counting the photos and will announce the winning school the week of February 28.

If you received an error message that our mailbox was full, the problem has been corrected. So, please resubmit your photos if your email bounced back.

On Wednesday, February 23 at 10:00 a.m. UtahCTE.org asked teachers and students around the state to stop for a minute to take a picture of a CTE moment in their school. The photos we received illustrated the hands-on kind of learning that is happening in CTE classrooms at schools throughout Utah! We are in the process of creating a slideshow using the best photos to post on UtahCTE.org.

Here are the specifics of what happened in both jr highs and high schools on Wednesday, February 23:

  • At exactly 10:00 AM, an announcement was made (over the school-wide intercom, or by a teacher in the classroom), that it was time for the “Utah CTE Moment.” 
  • Everyone – staff and students – quickly found a “CTE-related” image and used their camera (even the one on their phone) to snap a photo. As a result, we received photos that illustrate fabulous “hands-on” CTE instruction, engaged students, projects that are in process or complete, etc.  
  • All the photos were emailed to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov, under the subject line, “CTE Moment @ [name of ] School.” 
  • The Utah secondary school that sent in the most CTE Moment photos (as a percentage of the number of students enrolled at the school) within 24 hours was our winner. (At this time, the “winner” will simply get bragging rights, but we’re working on some “extras.”)

Thank you for partcipating!

Celebrate Groundhog Day the CTE Way!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Celebrate Groundhog Day the CTE Way!

Steven Shumway, a student in Tooele District, participated in a job shadow meeting Governor Herbert as part of National Groundhog Job Shadow Day.

Seventh grade students in Tooele District will have the opportunity to shadow workers in many different organizations in conjunction with National Groundhog Job Shadow Day.  District Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director, Marianne Oborn, reports that job shadows represent just one part of Job Shadow Day. Eighth graders will spend half their day in “Reality Town,” where they experience various aspects of a career that is in line with their educational achievement. The other half of the day is spent exploring CTE course and Pathway options with teachers from the high school to which they’ll transition in 9th grade. The district enjoys the support of many local businesses – notably a strong partnership with local financial institutions – to make this day a huge success for everyone concerned.

A job shadow is just one example of the “Work-Based Learning (WBL)” experiences that are sponsored by Career and Technical Education in Utah.  WBL extends the walls of classroom learning to include the whole community. Students experience “real life” work situations, helping them understand how classroom learning will be applied in the world of work. Community partners gain a better feel for what is being taught in the schools and enjoy the opportunity to cultivate student interest in their industries.

Examples of other WBL opportunities include career fairs, internships, and guest speakers.  For additional information, visit www.UtahCTE.org, or to learn about work-based learning in your community, contact the CTE Director for your school district.

Happy CTE Month!

Monday, January 31st, 2011



February Is National Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. What is CTE? Career and Technical Education is all about assisting today’s students in the exploration of and preparation for tomorrow’s careers.

Utah students typically participate in their first CTE course in middle school – “CTE-Intro.”  This introductory class helps thousands of students across the state learn more about Career Pathways in eight Areas of Study. (Check them out at www.UtahCTE.org.) More importantly, CTE-Intro students learn about themselves so they can better design a plan for educational and career success. Here’s what one such middle school student had to say about his experience in CTE-Intro this year:

… [most recently] we have been learning about bridges and how they work – specifically how to design and build a strong bridge. We built scale bridges of our own design on the computer using AutoCAD, then tested them to see how much weight they would hold. I made my bridge out of balsa wood. It never crushed because the crusher only goes to 1000 pounds so far. We have also learned a lot about AutoCAD, which helped us make the bridges on a template, but can be applied to a bunch of other projects. So far, the tech part is my favorite in CTE-Intro. I have had a great experience and love my tech class!

Alex Earl
Student, Mount Logan Middle School
(Logan City School District)

Watch for more information about Career and Technical Education throughout CTE Month.

Our message to students: “CTE offers Pathways to your future . . . get started!”

February is CTE Month

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

February is CTE Month. How are you going to celebrate? This year’s theme is: CTE offers Pathways to YOUR future; get started! You are one of over 15 million secondary and postsecondary CTE students in the U.S., and one of over 325,000 secondary and postsecondary CTE students throughout Utah; CTE Month is a great opportunity to share your CTE experience. Be sure to get involved in the CTE Month activities at your school. Contact your CTE teacher for details.

Throughout February we will highlight what is happening in CTE programs across the state, so

Please share your CTE Month celebration stories with us. Send your stories, including pictures, to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov. Have fun!