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Utah Students Excel at HOSA National Leadership Conference

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

On June 26, 2013 more than 7,500 HOSA members, advisors, and healthcare professionals from around the nation arrived in Nashville, Tennessee for the 36th Annual HOSA National Leadership Conference. Two-hundred Utah HOSA delegates attended the conference with student members competing in 56 skill and competitive events ranging from biotechnology to dental spelling to medical assisting. Utah students excelled as they competed against their peers. Twenty Utah secondary and postsecondary students placed in the top 10 in 16 competitive events.

Congratulations to the HOSA student members, advisors, and state officers who participated and were recognized at the conference. View the list of winners HERE.

Autumn Phelps, a student at Highland High School,
was the U.S. flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies.

Utah HOSA is a student leadership organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in healthcare and to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. Utah HOSA currently operates 75 chapters in high schools and colleges throughout the state with a membership of 4,000.

Students to Compete at HOSA National Leadership Conference

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

On Wednesday, June 26 Utah HOSA student members will join thousands of HOSA members from 50 states and territories in Nashville, Tennessee for the largest National Leadership Conference in HOSA history. Members will participate in educational and social learning activities, tour healthcare facilities, and visit exhibits presented by professional healthcare associations. HOSA student members who were winners of state competitions will compete against their peers in 48 competitive events.

Join the conference by watching a live stream of the opening, recognition, and awards sessions.

> Opening Session: Wednesday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. CST
> Recognition Session: Friday, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. CST
> Postsecondary College Awards Session: Saturday, June 29 at 4:00 p.m. CST
> Secondary Awards Session: Saturday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m. CST

 View: Conference Schedule

HOSA: Future Health Professionals

Courtnee Marthe: Future Radiology Technician

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Courtnee Marthe, a student at South Summit High School, participated in a job shadow at Park City Medical Center during her senior year. Courtnee’s job shadow was in the radiology department. “I interacted and communicated with patients who were receiving scans or test. I watched x-rays, MRIs, CTs, ultrasounds, and mammograms performed. I was able to ask questions and have them answered. The people I shadowed were very kind and informative,” said Courtnee. During the job shadow Courtnee learned, “The elements of radiology tests or scans and how different body parts look during different scans.”

Courtnee offers this advice to students who are thinking about participating in a job shadow, “Do it! It will let you know if this is a career you really want to pursue.”

Courtnee will be attending Utah Valley University in the fall to purse a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. She then plans to continue her education at Weber State University to pursue a degree in Radiation Therapy.

Each year hundreds of Career and Technical Education students participate in a job shadow. If you’re interested in participating in a job shadow contact the Work-Based Learning Coordinator at your school.

Maranda Martinez: Future Orthodontist

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Maranda Martinez, a junior at Spanish Fork High School, recently spent one of her class periods participating in an internship at Barrowes Orthodontics in Spanish Fork, Utah. During the internship, Maranda assisted with bonding brackets, learned about slenderizing teeth and teeth numbering systems, learned how teeth move and what affects their growth. Maranda also learned good communication skills and how important it is to treat patients kindly.

Maranda says, “My internship has helped me understand the hard work it will take to become an orthodontist. After being involved in this field I do believe it would be a good career for me. My favorite thing about the internship was working with the people in the office. They were very understanding and helpful. They know how to make working fun!”

If you’re interested in participating in an internship talk to the Work-Based Learning coordinator at your school. To register for a class in the Dental Pathway talk to your school counselor.

Emelyn Nye: Future Registered Nurse

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Emelyn Nye
Occupational Goal: Registered Nurse (RN)

“As a junior I could apply for one of the Career and Technical Education programs offered off campus. My hope was that I would be accepted into the nurse assistant program my first semester. I wanted to know as soon as possible if I would enjoy the field of nursing as an occupation. I was excited when my class schedule was finalized and I learned I would be in the afternoon class.

“I love my nursing class! Leaving Alta after two periods each day and getting to do hands-on learning at the Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC) was great. My teacher was so upbeat and positive about the profession. We covered a lot of material in one semester, learned many skills, practiced on each other, and went out to care centers and hospitals, where we assisted nurses on their shifts and helped patients like we were CNAs.

“Due to the CTEC nurse assistant program, I found myself extremely motivated to become a registered nurse. There are so many paths I could take after earning my RN license, and I’m excited to have found my career this early in life. I am so glad I was able to take different CTE courses until I found the one that was right for me.”

 —Emelyn Nye, Alta High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Emelyn on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Dixie State University. Emelyn was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 1, 2013.


Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Emelyn Nye
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology 

2013 Biotechnology Poster Symposium

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The Jordan Applied Technology Center invites you to the 6th Annual Biotechnology Poster Symposium at Utah Valley University on Friday, May 10, 2013. High school students from the Jordan Applied Technology Center will display and discuss their research project. This event is an opportunity for the public, including industry and business partners, to interact with some of Utah’s future scientists.

What: 6th Annual Biotechnology Poster Symposium

Who: High school students from the
Jordan Applied Technology Center

Where: Utah Valley University
800 West University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058

When: Friday, May 10, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
(Award Ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m.)

Biotechnology harnesses cellular and biomolecular processes to develop technologies and products that help improve our lives and the health of our planet. The bioscience industry is one of the most innovative and important economic drivers in the United States, accounting for over 1.6 million jobs and an additional 5 million jobs in the U.S. due to the economic multiplier effect. Bioscience jobs require a highly skilled workforce and therefore result in jobs paying on average 79 percent more than the average worker in the United States’ private sector.1

Occupations in the field of Biotechnology include:

Biochemists and Biophysicists study the chemical and physical principles of living things and of biological processes such as cell development, growth, and heredity.

Biotechnology Technicians help biological and medical scientists conduct laboratory tests and experiments.

Immunohematologists perform immunohematology tests, recommends blood problem solutions to doctors, and serves as consultant to blood bank and community: Visually inspects blood in specimen tubes for hemolysis.

Microbiologists study the growth, development, and other characteristics of microscopic organisms such as bacteria, algae, and fungi.

Toxicologists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.

Students can learn about careers in the field of Biotechnology through participating in Career and Technical Education (CTE). Talk to your school counselor about the Biotechnology Pathway at your school.

 1Biotechnology Industry Organization

Meet Michael Hancock: Former CTE Student and Future Hospital Administrator

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Michael Hancock attended Fremont High School where he participated in football, was a member of HOSA, and was involved in Career and Technical Education (CTE). Michael will graduate in May of 2014 from Weber State University with a Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. He plans to continue working for MountainStar Healthcarewhere he aspires to become a hospital administrator. UtahCTE.org asked Michael how his participation in CTE and HOSA prepared him for college and career.

Question: Michael, what sparked your interest in pursuing a career in healthcare?
Answer: I have always had an interest in healthy living and the improvement of the human condition. Being able to help improve individual’s well-being and make them happier, more active people is the ultimate pay off.

Question: In high school was there a specific class that solidified your interest in pursuing a healthcare occupation?
Answer: The introduction to Exercise Science course, taught by Blair Powell, was the course that sparked my interest in working in the health sciences. Mr. Powell was very influential to my pursuit of my career path and helped me realize various health professions in the field.

Question: How did your involvement in HOSA enhance your high school experience?
Answer: Being involved in HOSA helped me better understand what I would like my career path to be. It helped me realize that there are opportunities in healthcare besides being a clinician or hands on caregiver.

Question: How did your involvement in a CTE Health Science Education Pathway give you a competitive edge or jump-start your postsecondary education?
Answer: It helped me avoid wasting time during my first couple years of college trying to figure out what I would declare as my major. While my peers were trying to figure this out, I had an understanding of the degree I wanted to purse.

Question: What made you interested in pursuing a career in hospital administration?
Answer: Influential mentors helped me see my strengths and realize that this was something that I should pursue.

Question: What advice would you give to students considering a career in healthcare?
Answer: If you think that to work in healthcare you have to be a doctor, nurse, or therapist, think again. There is a business aspect to healthcare and opportunities as a Personnel Manager, IT Specialist, or a Human Resource Director are available if you are willing to work hard to obtain those positions.

Question: What would you say to students thinking about joining HOSA?
Answer: Be involved and join! There is nothing to lose; worst case scenario is that you can come to understand you aren’t interested in a health profession. It is better to discover that in high school than in college when you have spent thousands of dollars on health profession courses.

Question: How did your participation in CTE prepare you for the occupation you are now pursuing in hospital administration?
My CTE participation indirectly made me aware of my interest in facilitating human well-being. Even though I am not a caregiver, I have the opportunity to manage caregivers and motivate them to provide the type of care they would want their closest loved ones to receive.

Virtual Healthcare Interactive: Artificial Knee

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

On Thursday, March 7, 2013 Utah Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school students across the state of Utah will participate in a Virtual Healthcare Interactive (VHI) live broadcast, in partnership with the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) and Intermountain Healthcare.

The two-hour event begins with students watching a pre-recorded Artificial Knee surgery followed by a live chat with surgeons/physicians using real-time technology. In conjunction with the live broadcast, students will receive exposure to a variety of healthcare careers related to the surgery as well as pre- and post-event curricula and activities designed to provide them with the background information they need in order to understand the surgery/procedure.

There will be nine broadcast sites across the state, including those within technology centers. Three-hundred and forty-three high school students from nine school districts and 30 high schools, and physicians from Intermountain Healthcare, will participate in this event. The participating school districts are: Alpine, Canyons, Carbon, Granite, Jordan, Nebo, Ogden, Tooele, and Weber. The participating high schools/technology centers are: Bonneville, Brighton, Carbon, Fremont, Granite Technical Institute, Jordan Applied Technology Center, Jordan, Lighthouse, Lone Peak, Nebo Technology Center, Ogden, Roy, and Tooele Community Learning Center.

With increased confidentiality concerns, Work-Based Learning experiences have decreased in the healthcare area over the last few years.  Engaging students through technology allows hospitals to bring more students into their environment with limited liability exposure and minimal interruption to the hospital. 

USOE Health Science Education Specialist Tara Bell says, “Because of HIPAA and other hospital regulations, it is very hard for students to do job shadows and internships in a hospital setting. With Virtual Healthcare Interactive, students not only learn about the different careers involved in patient care, they get to virtually step into an operating room. VHI allows for opportunities that students would not normally have through the pre-event activities, the pre-event site visit, and the live event.”

“Watching a virtual surgery furthered my knowledge
about being a surgeon and it had a big impact on my career decision.”
Alex Brown, student Jordan Applied Technology Center

Healthcare is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the U.S., employing over 18 million workers in more than 200 careers. According to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, the U.S. will need 5.6 million more healthcare workers by the year 2020.


Shaylee Renner Receives Youth Leadership Award

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Utah CTE congratulates Shaylee Renner, a student at Alta High School and HOSA member, who was the recipient of the 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Leadership Award. Shaylee was one of 15 students across Utah who received this award.

On January 21, 2013, Shaylee was recognized at an awards ceremony, sponsored by the University of Utah; Office for Education & Community Partnerships for Diversity and the Youth Leadership Awards Selection Committee, for her commitment to service. At the awards ceremony Shaylee, along with 14 other youth leaders, received a plaque and a monetary award.

The awards ceremony took place in conjunction with the “Marade” (march & parade) where family members, teachers, counselors, friends and University of Utah personnel enjoyed the success of each award recipient.

Each year the University of Utah honors outstanding students from across the state of Utah for their dedication to the beliefs—social action, positive change and building bridges among cultures and communities—of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Shaylee aptly demonstrated these attributes in her community and in her daily activities.

Social action: As HOSA president, Shaylee invites professionals in the medical field to talk to HOSA team members.

Positive change: Shaylee’s mother was in ICU for one week and then lost her job. Shaylee had to stay positive and keep her mother’s hopes high.

Building bridges among cultures and communities: Shaylee, along with other HOSA members, helped the Kauri Sue Hamilton School—a school for children with special needs—with their Halloween carnival. This event gave HOSA members an opportunity to associate with children who are different than they are and who have special needs. Each child was given special attention and positive feedback by each HOSA member during the event.

Shaylee’s motto:
“If you are going to give up for just a minute or just a day, then why give in?”

“Shaylee is mature beyond her years.  Her ability to be compassionate has been developed through her personal trials with her mother’s illness. This has given her insight into people that struggle and have special needs. She is a delight to work with,” says Shauna Andrus, HOSA advisor at Alta High School.


Photo courtesy of the University of Utah

View a short video featuring some of the events during MLK, Jr. week at the University of Utah http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EfRouj0teQ

HOSA Fall Leadership Conference

Monday, November 19th, 2012

By Denise Abbott, Health Science teacher at Timpview High School and HOSA State Advisor

On November 6, 2012, over 700 HOSA members and advisors participated in the annual HOSA Fall Leadership Conference at the Provo Marriott Hotel. Members were introduced to the new HOSA brand – HOSA: Future Health Professionals and the conference was built around the theme – HOSA: Up and Coming Healthcare Professionals. The keynote speaker was Linda Hill who described her 30 year battle with cancer. She talked about her healthcare heroes and why each one was important. Her inspirational words left members laughing and crying.

West High School HOSA

The leadership training sessions were provided by Patty Hendrickson, an expert in leadership development, whose vivacious and effervescent program motivated everyone to be a better version of themselves.

“Patty was very inspirational to me. I am going to remember her ‘I am glad you’re here’ statement to help all participants feel more valued in whatever activity we are doing,” says Parker Christensen, a student at Timpview High School.

Patty Hendrickson with HOSA State Officers

HOSA has adopted the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as the National Service Project. HOSA attendees learned more about cystic fibrosis and spotlighted two families who have children battling with cystic fibrosis – The Ralph Anderson Family (Bonneville High School) and the Robbie Rauzi Family (Park City High School). James Anderson underwent a double lung transplant this past summer and seems to be doing better. Robbie’s wife, Shalyn, brought one of their two children with cystic fibrosis to the conference and described a typical day meeting the needs of cystic fibrosis children. HOSA members certainly left the conference moved to help these families and others find a cure for cystic fibrosis.

“I was so touched about the stories of the Anderson family and the Rauzi family.  I never realized what a person with cystic fibrosis has to do every single day. I am more motivated to really get  involved with this service project to make a difference,” says Mallory Benson, student at Park City High School.

HOSA members were introduced to the extensive competitive events program by Jen Christensen and other advisors who discussed tips and ideas for making the competitions much more successful. There are over 55 competitions that allow students to learn and develop both their leadership and technical skills. The HOSA members also participated in one of twelve leadership sessions or in the Virtual Healthcare Interactive – a live heart surgery presented by Intermountain Healthcare (Kara Kamereth). Many students expressed appreciation for being able to participate in what HOSA has to offer the future leaders and “up and coming” healthcare professionals.

If you are not a member of a HOSA and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the HOSA advisor in your school.