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Supercomputing Competition

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Are you passionate about computing? Would you describe yourself as an analytical thinker, independent, logical, curious, and observant? Are you good at solving math problems, focusing your attention, understanding scientific theories, and applying existing technology in creative ways? Do you use or write computer programs, play or develop video games, or try out new technology? Do you continually think about new ways to program a computer? Have you always wanted to work on a supercomputer, programming a multi-processor environment?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then you will want to apply for the opportunity to participate in the upcoming Supercomputing Competition that will be held this spring.

The Supercomputing Competition is an event put on by the University of Utah’s Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) and will provide Utah High School Supercomputing Competition (UHSSC) participants with a chance to become familiar with supercomputing.

The UHSSC uses retired supercomputers that are no longer suitable for research, but are more than suitable for use by high school students. This year the UHSSC will be recycling an Angstrom Titan64 Supercomputer, provided by CHPC, to build ten smaller machines which will be used by the UHSSC teams.

WHAT: Supercomputing Competition

WHO: All Utah high school students

WHERE: The Competition will be held as part of the Salt Lake Valley Science
and Engineering Fair at the University of Utah.

WHEN: March 28, 2012

HOW: Visit uhssc.org to apply. Applications are due December 15, 2011.

Eight teams will be selected to compete in the Supercomputing Competition. Six to ten students and one mentor will comprise each team. Each team will execute the following three challenges:

  1. Systems Optimization Challenge: Each team will modify their system running identical code, and minimize the execution time.
  2. Software Optimization Challenge: Each team will be running with the same system parameters and modify and extend a software module to minimize the execution time.
  3. The “Hotseat” Challenge: The teams are presented with a problem and asked to generate the code and optimize their system at the SLVSEF site.

The execution times of the three challenges will be combined to assign a Grand Prize winner.

Don’t delay. Apply now for the opportunity to compete in this Supercomputing Competition!

A Dynamic Duo in Web Design

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Elli Peterson became interested in web design when she wanted to make a custom template for her forum. Rico Montoya signed up for a web design class because he was interested in learning a skill that he had fun doing, and would make for a good career. “I think a really big factor that has made me pursue Web Development as a career is the relaxed environment that the industry portrays. The more laid-back attitude means a less stressful of a work environment, and really helps to make working easier,” said Rico.

At the beginning of the school year, Elli Peterson and Rico Montoya partnered to design a website for the Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC) Auto Collision Repair teacher, Mr. Wootton. They not only designed each web page, but filmed and edited the auto class video featured on the home page. Elli and Rico worked exceptionally well as a team and their partnership continued as they competed in numerous SkillsUSA competitions throughout the year.

In March, Elli and Rico competed in the SkillsUSA regional Web Design competition and took 1st place. They then advanced to the state competition. “State was a bit more intense; there were kids from other counties, some as far as Davis, as well as another team from our school,” said Elli. Elli and Rico wowed the judges with their Web page and took 1st place. In June, they competed at the National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. At the national competition each team was required to complete a series of challenges, with a focus on website usability and accessibility with at least one challenge related to scripting. Elli and Rico competed against 31 other teams and took 2nd place.


Elli submitted four pieces in the Salt Lake Community College 2011 Art Show. She won the Web Design portion of the competition and Elli was awarded a $50 cash prize. “Not big money, it got me a tank of gas, but it was a cool experience and that’s what I’m after,” said Elli. Then in May, Elli took “Best of Show” and Rico took 1st place in the Web Design competition (HTML/CSS Website) at the 2011 Utah Multimedia Arts Festival, at Utah Valley University.

Elli and Rico donated their talents and skills to a non-profit organization called Green Eyes in Africa and created an incredible banner/masthead for the website. During their senior year they interned with Oozle Media a local Web Development company. Upon graduation they were both hired by Oozle Media as full-time employees. “Eli and Rico are doing an incredible job and the company is extremely pleased with their new employees. Now they are talking about hiring more of our students and creating a high school to work type program at our school,” said David Kidd, Web Development instructor at the Canyons Technical Education Center.

“The goal of my class is to make the students as marketable as possible in Web Development by helping them earn college credits, industry certifications, and work experience while having fun at the same time. The way I teach my students is by hands-on, real world, projects that are given to them by me, industry professionals, and clients,” said Mr. Kidd.

“Mr. Kidd inspired me to work hard by his personal attitude and outlook about Web design. He was always showing us cool new technologies and was always very excited about our projects. His own achievements inspired me,” said Rico.

Rico Montoya

While in high school, Elli earned the IC3 and the CIW Site Development Foundation Certification. Rico earned the IC3, the CIW Site Development Foundation, and the Internet Business Foundation Certifications. Both are achieving their goals and are making a mark in the Web Design industry.

Elli Peterson and Rico Montoya: College and Career Ready!

CTE Students Are Enthusiastic About Information Technology Education

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

This week, Governor Herbert announced that EMC Corporation, a global information technology leader, is coming to Utah. EMC Corporation will open a new customer support center adding 500 new jobs to Utah’s IT industry by the end of 2015. “The fact that a world-wide company like EMC expands operations in Utah underscores that this state continues to be among the leading IT locations anywhere,” said Governor Herbert.

Utah has a robust high-tech environment with over 4,200 high-tech companies in Utah, with a combined payroll of $3.6 billion. In Utah, the average IT salary is 58 percent higher than the statewide average. Many high-tech companies have been founded or are headquartered in Utah. These companies include Pixar, Omniture, WordPerfect, Novell, IM Flash, Iomega, and Atari.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides the foundation for Utah’s high-tech workforce. Through participation in one of six CTE Information Technology Education Pathways, students receive hands-on training and experience, while having the opportunity to obtain industry certification. Utah students have been recognized for their excellence in computer skills and technology at many national competitions, including Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA), SkillsUSA, and the Technology Student Association (TSA).

Career and Technical Education students are enthusiastic about the IT training they received in high school.

Brian Clark, a graduate of Bryce Valley High School and CTE scholarship recipient says, “I was able to take my first class in computer technology in the ninth grade, and this is where my interest in computers started. I have worked with my dad building several of our home computers, networking them together to share a printer, and troubleshooting home technical problems. I found through these experiences that I really like working with computers.” Brian plans on a career in Information Technology with an emphasis in computer technology and network administration. “I would eventually like to own my own business helping companies with computer installation and repair.”

Taylor Wilson, a graduate of Pleasant Grove High School says, “I took many CTE courses throughout high school, but found my love for multimedia during my senior year. While I took many CTE courses in high school, the multimedia course opened up a whole new world to me. I learned what it takes to create and to produce. For my third term project I produced a full length CD of me playing the guitar and singing. It was exciting and a great experience. I believe my career chose me and I am excited about that. I have always been told that if you do something you love, you will never work a day in your life.”

Ronnie Dodds, a graduate of Panguitch High School says, “The CTE classes I’ve taken during the past four years of high school have helped reinforce my decision of seeking an education in computer engineering. My CTE computer classes have helped me broaden my view of this field. Computer classes have given me resources I would not have had, and have helped me expand my knowledge.”

“Our educational system continues to produce high-quality and productive employees. Utah’s workforce is second to none.” said GOED executive director, Spencer Eccles.

Get started in an Information Technology Education Pathway today. Employers in Utah are waiting to hire skilled students from across the state to help them succeed, to be competitive, and to further advance their companies in a global marketplace.

CTE Information Technology; get started!

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Did you know that Career and Technical Education (CTE) offers six Information Technology (IT) Career Pathways to help students get started in a related job and/or education and training? By following one of the six IT Pathways students will become college and career ready. From Database Development and Administration and Technical Support (Information Support and Services Pathways), to Digital Media, Network Systems, Programming, and Web Development (Interactive Media Pathways), IT students prepare to apply the technical knowledge and skills they learn in order to pursue professional roles in diverse organizations.

Rebecca Lofley

Information Technology is the field of the future and is rapidly growing, with the demand for skilled individuals high. Read about Danielle Knapp’s experience as a Digital Media Student; Chelsea Richards’ success at combining her artistic talents with Web Development; and Rebecca Lofley’s journey to discover her inner “computer fanatic.”

Training and education beyond high school is important for success in a career in Information Technology. Whether students choose a one-year certificate, a two-year associate or technical degree, a four-year bachelor’s degree, or an advanced degree will depend on his or her career path.

Check out estimated employment demand and salaries for IT occupations in Utah here.

CTE offers Pathways to YOUR future; get started!

My CTE Experience

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

By Brady Earl
Student, Logan High School

I have been taking tech classes since sixth grade and all have been excellent, but my favorite tech class of all is Computer Programming. That class has really opened a lot of doors for me. I’ve already gained basic skills that would enable me to start a career in programming today if I wanted.

One reason I love my course in computer programming is that the class runs like a company; we aren’t “students,” we are employees. We have a specific task and a limited time to finish it – great preparation for people who go into programming. It is a very fast-paced class and helps us prepare for the real world. Technology is a good field to get into. Technology runs the world! If you don’t know anything about technology and how it works, well, get started and prepare to LEARN QUICKLY.