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CTE Gave Me the Opportunity to Do More

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Zachery ClausenFrom a very young age Zachery Clausen has been fascinated with technology. He would sit down to play a computer game and wonder how it worked. In high school he had the opportunity to participate in several Career and Technical Education (CTE) Information Technology Education classes, where he worked on computers. “I was given the opportunity to work and learn on the hardware I found so fascinating. I couldn’t believe how simple things were on the inside of something that could do so much. Being able to learn so much about computers has opened new opportunities in the technology field, to which I will be happy to do my best,” said Zachery.

Zachery is excited with the skills he has developed and how he is able to successfully troubleshoot and fix a problem with the hardware of a computer. “With the knowledge I have gained I am now able to troubleshoot different devices and to possibly fix them. I am able to install hardware and software on computers. I can now properly maintain a computer so that it is able to last longer with increased performance, before anything needs to be replaced. I have been able to save loads of money that would have been spent paying for replacement components. I thank the CTE program for giving me the opportunity to do more.”

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Network and IT Support is one of four Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Information Technology Education program area. To participate in the Network and IT Support Pathway talk to your school counselor.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success

Meet Brennon Spangler: Future Computer Programmer

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Brennon Spangler - photoBrennon Spangler has enjoyed success in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes he has taken during high school. Through study and practice he has found an industry he is passionate about. His goal is to become a computer programmer. With the skills Brennon has developed in CTE, along with his determination and drive, he is on the path to having a successful and satisfying career.

“I have always known that I wanted to go into something with computers. Through the CTE classes that I have taken in high school I have been able to narrow that down. I now know that I want to go into programming. Taking web/mobile app development at the Jordan Applied Technology Center (JATC) has helped me to know that this is the industry that I love. I have loved being able to do real world work with real clients. This has helped me to receive knowledge that will be extremely valuable in the world of work,” said Brennon.

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Programming and Software Development is one of four Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Information Technology Education program area. To participate in the Programming and Software Development Pathway talk to your school counselor.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success

State Partnership with Code.org

Friday, December 4th, 2015

CTEC_IT_IMG_0998The Utah STEM Action Center and the Utah State Office of Education has partnered with Code.org. This partnership will bring computer science to Utah K-12 students and increase participation in computer science courses by women and underrepresented students of color.

Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding computer science education by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and minorities. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to have access to computer science education. Code.org believes computer science should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.

“Our partnership with Code.org and the Utah STEM Action Center is another great example of how Utah is leveraging public-private partnerships to offer better educational opportunities for students,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brad C. Smith. “This partnership gives students a chance at a better, more prosperous future for themselves and a better, more prosperous future for Utah.”

During the week of December 7-13, 2015, join the tens of millions of students across the world to participate in the Hour of Code event. No experience is needed! Learn more HERE.

 

The Hour of Code Is Coming

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Plan now to participate in the third annual Hour of Code event December 7-13, 2015. From elementary school children to high school students to working professionals, millions of people across the world will learn how to code during the event. So, plan now to organize an Hour of Code event at your school, at your workplace, or in your community.

“From phones to cars to medicine, technology touches every part of our lives.
If you can create technology, you can change the world,”
says Susan Wojcicki, CEO, YouTube.

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Participate at your school. Participate at your workplace. Participate in your community.

Volunteer to teach.

Continue to learn how technology works and how to create software applications by continuing to code after the Hour of Code event. Continue your journey HERE.

CTE Classes Have Made a Huge Impact on My Life

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Michael Brannen - photoBy Michael Brannen, a graduate of Herriman High School

CTE classes have made a huge impact on my life decisions and future goals. I first started taking a basic Web design class because I love computers, and decided I would take any class that would let me be near them. Well, it turned out that I loved Web design so much, I went on the next year and took the Web development class at the Jordan Applied Technology Center. Now because of my little decision to take a CTE course around computers, I know that I will move on to a computer science degree and pursue a career in Web development. The difference in a CTE course, like the one I took, is that I got to take on my own clients and build my own products. Throughout the year, not only did I learn all sorts of Web development skills, but I gained general professional skills that I can use to get a job with certifications to prove it.

Results: 2015 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Bonneville_IT_IMG_5119On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, students from across the state gathered at Utah Valley University to display their digital artwork at the 2015 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival. From photography to 3D graphics to 2D animation, students competed in this yearly competition/festival to showcase his or her best work, and to see projects from all around the state.

Congratulations to the following students who placed “Best of Show.”

2D Animation Kenneth Volcanes, Clearfield High School

3D Animation Tyler Anderton, Nebo ALC

3D Graphics Calvin Crowther, Davis High School

Audio Brian Williams, Granite Technical Institute

Game Design Carson Howe, Bear River High School

Photography Desyni Preece, Bountiful High School

Raster Graphics David Ha, Granite Technical Institute

Stop Motion Rustin Strachan and Cameron Linde, Nebo ALC

T-shirt/Poster Paul Amstone, Layton High School

Vector Graphics Bobbie Fonnesbeck, Canyons Technical Education Center

Video Ben Alyk, Mikayla Hipwell, Mathew Gates, and Parker Jenkins, Clearfield High School

Web Design Jackson Howe, Jordan Applied Technology Center

View the full list of winners.

Save the date for the 2016 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival to be held in May 2016. Watch for details at www.udmaf.org.

Meet Ronald Johnson: Future Network Systems Engineer

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Ronald Johnson photo - color“CTE courses have helped me prepare for my life after high school by giving me the knowledge, technical skill, and experience that I need to help prepare myself for the future. I have been focusing on Information Technology because it is the field that I have always wanted to go into. This field is the future, and I want to be a part of it.

“My goal in Information Technology is to gain as much knowledge and experience as I can to succeed in the field that I love. After my training at the DATC, I plan to find a job in application development. I see myself involved in multiple aspects of this field. This experience will impact my family greatly, because I will be the first person in my family going to college. I will also be giving my mother relief, knowing I will be okay in the future, and it will also set a good example for my younger sister.”

—Ronald Johnson, Mountain High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Ronald on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Davis Applied Technology College. Ronald was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Call for Entries: 2015 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival

Monday, March 16th, 2015

GTI_IT_IMG_1732The entry deadline for submitting entries for the 2015 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival is Friday, April 10, 2015 at midnight. The Utah Digital Media Arts Festival is a yearly competition/festival that gives Utah high school students the opportunity to showcase his or her best work, and for students to see projects from all around the state.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

1. What should my entry be about? There is no theme or content requirement for the categories. As long as it is school appropriate, you can create whatever you want!

2. How many entries can I submit in each category? Utah schools can submit four entries in each category, regardless of class size. Individual Utah students can submit two different categories. Schools are invited to hold their own competitions to pick entries that will move on to the festival.

3. Can students use photos they have found online in their designs? For the T-Shirt/Poster, and Graphics, and Photography categories, the work must be 100 percent student original.

4. Can copyright music be used in video and animation submissions? If copyright music is used in the video and animation categories, students must receive written permission from the original artist. This permission must be submitted along with the entry.

5. Can Creative Commons music be used in video and animation submissions? Creative Commons music can be used if the artist, song, and URL where found are attributed in the credits. Students will also need to attribute on the entry form.

DMAF T-shirt and poster winner 2015Category Guidelines: How to submit vector graphics, raster graphics, photography, animation—stop-motion, 2D animation—traditional or digital, audio, video, 3D graphics, 3D animation, Web design, and game design.

Entry form: Contact the Digital Media Arts teacher at your school.

Entry submission deadline: Friday, April 10, 2015 at midnight.

Fee: There is no fee to submit entries. However, there is a $12 fee to attend the 2015 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival, which will be held May 5, 2015 at Utah Valley University.

Prizes: First place winners receive a one-year subscription to the Adobe Creative cloud, along with a plaque, gift card, and a certificate.

News: Follow Utah Digital Media Arts Festival on Facebook.

Congratulations to Paul Amstone, student at Layton High School, who won the 2015 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival T-shirt and poster contest.

Hour of Code

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Bear River_IT_IMG_0672Plan now to participate in the second annual Hour of Code event during the week of December 8-14, 2014. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students throughout the world. Last year’s Hour of Code event was a huge success. In one week:

  • 15 million students worldwide learned an Hour of Code.
  • More girls tried computer science than in the last 70 years.
  • There were 41,409 Hour of Code events around the world.

This year the Hour of Code event has a goal to reach 100 million students. “In fifteen years we’ll be teaching programming just like reading and writing . . . and wondering why we didn’t do it sooner,” says Mark Zuckerberg. Watch the video highlighting the Hour of Code.

Participate at your school. Participate in your community. Participate at your workplace.

Meet Thomas Jones: Future Computer Scientist

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

“I want to earn a degree in computer science with an emphasis in computing and networking sciences. When I graduate from high school, I will have earned over 15 credits from Utah Valley University distance education classes.

“CTE courses prepared me for entering my chosen field of study. The knowledge from these classes has been and will be beneficial to my success in college. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my technology-related CTE classes, such as Digital Media and Computer Technology. By taking these classes I have come to the realization that the field of computer science is the field I desire.

“My family has instilled the values of responsibility and hard work. I look forward to continuing my education and being a successful and contributing member of society.”

Thomas Jones
Wasatch High School

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

UtahCTE.org congratulates Thomas Jones on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Utah Valley University. Thomas was one of 96 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards  banquet on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.