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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.