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William Yocom: Future IT Technical Support Specialist

Monday, June 24th, 2013

William Yocom, a student at American Fork High School, recently received a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award to Utah Valley University. William will be studying for a career in the Information Technology industry. “I want to become a programmer with industrial design skills. This would make me very marketable with companies that design computer games, product design and anything within the entertainment business, says William.”

William works at Office Max where he does graphic design work and printing. “My current job has taught me how to work with the public and complete projects on time. To succeed at any occupation you need to be on time, dress well, get along with coworkers and know what you are doing, says William.”

William describes how Career and Technical Education has prepared him for life after high school. “The CTE courses I have taken helped me get the technology skills that I will use in college and on the job. In my classes I have learned some programming, Web page development, and Linux skills. I am glad that I had the opportunity to take CTE classes. I feel better prepared for college and the work place because of them.”

While in high school William took several CTE skill tests and says, “My skill certificates helped me get my current position. They interviewed three of us and I got the job. They liked that I had the skill certificates to back up my skills. CTE classes set me apart and gave me opportunity.”

Watch what William has to say about why he participated in the IT program at American Fork High School and in the Novell Young Technology Scholar Program.

CTE Students Compete in Digital Media Arts Festival

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Congratulations to the 160 Utah high school students who competed in the Digital Media Arts Festival held at Utah Valley University. Students from 19 high schools throughout Utah entered a digital media project in one of twelve categories. Entries were judged on technical and artistic value. Students spent hours working on their projects in order to compete against their peers in this final digital media competition.


 Below are the 2013 winners:


View some of the winning projects:

Information Technology occupations are high skill, high wage, and are in high demand, especially in Utah. In Utah, tech companies employ about 140,000 people, paying approximately 57 percent higher salaries than the statewide average. Check out the Career and Technical Education Information Technology Digital Media Pathway.

If your interested in participating in the Digital Media Arts Festival next year talk to your school counselor or Career and Technical Education teacher for details on how to enter.

The 2014 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival will be held the first week of May at Utah Valley University.

Parker Kingsford: Future Computer Engineer

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Parker Kingsford
Occupational Goal: Computer Engineer


“I have felt great interest in becoming a computer engineer since I started working with computers at the age of 10. I love technology and engineering, to solve and fix problems. I like to design new computer systems that can be more effective in day-to-day life. Becoming a computer engineer would incorporate some of my greatest passions and joys in life.

“I am currently attending Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC) in Sandy, Utah. I am enrolled in the Computer Repair and Network System course. This program has helped me earn many industry-level certifications including: CompTIA, IT Strata Fundamentals, IC3, Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA), OS Fundamentals, and Security and Academy of Information Technology certifications. At CTEC, I was recently recognized as the most outstanding PC repairman for the first semester.”

—Parker Kingsford, West Jordan High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Parker on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Salt Lake Community College. Parker 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: Parker Kingsford
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology 


Students Compete in Utah IT Challenge

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Throughout April students across the state of Utah competed in the annual Utah IT Challenge. This event was held in conjunction with the Microsoft IT Academy, a national program that provides industry-leading technology skills. Utah’s IT Challenge included Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications. This year Utah’s IT Challenge was held in three regions—Salt Lake Region, Northern Region, and Central Region. From Photoshop to CIW Site Design to Oracle Java, over 60 students—grades 9-12—took the challenge to compete among their peers. Over 100 tests were taken with 16 MTA certifications awarded.

 Students who achieved the highest score in each IT Challenge area:


Each Adobe first place winner was awarded Adobe Suite software, generously donated by Adobe. Other first place winners were awarded Windows 8 operating system, generously donated by Microsoft. Novell donated a nice laptop bag for the top Linux winner.

Adobe Photoshop winners
Left to right: Sienna Pickard, Sarah Cotner, Ty Bayn,
with Francie Stewart, Certiport representative

Students who participated in the Utah IT Challenge further developed his/her skills in industry-leading technology that will jump-start his/her future career in the IT industry. In Utah, tech companies employ about 140,000 people, paying approximately 57 percent higher salaries than the statewide average.1

If you’re interested in competing in the Utah IT Challenge next year contact your Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher to learn how to prepare and register. Learn about the CTE Information Technology Pathways HERE.

 1 Utah Technology Council

Supercomputing Competition

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Utah high school students are invited to participate in the 2013 Utah High School Supercomputing Competition (UHSSC) to be held at the University of Utah on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Applications are due by Sunday, December 30, 2012. So, don’t delay in submitting your application for the opportunity to participate in this event. Teams will be announced as the applications are received.

The Supercomputing Competition is an event sponsored 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. This competition provides an opportunity for Utah students to learn hands-on about the art of programming computer clusters.

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 using the Bootable Cluster CD distribution. Each of the clusters have been modified to have a faster interconnect and a more portable form factor.

WHAT: Utah High School Supercomputing Competition
WHO: Twelve selected Utah high school teams
WHERE: The Competition will be held as part of the Salt Lake Valley Science
and Engineering Fair at the University of Utah.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
HOW: Visit uhssc.org to apply. This year, the application process has changed to allow any motivated team a chance to participate. Please ask your mentor to contact Dan McGuire for more details.

Applications are due no later than December 30, 2012. Teams will be announced as the applications are received, so don’t delay submitting your application.

Twelve 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 two challenges:

  1. Software Optimization Challenge: This challenge requires that each team write an application to evaluate the “roundness” of a range of integers from a given minimum value to a given maximum value, where the minimum value is greater than zero and the maximum value is less than 10 million. The application should sort these numbers first by roundness, then by numerical value.
  2.  The “Hotseat” Challenge: The teams are presented with a problem and asked to generate the code and optimize their system at the SLVSEF site. Teams will have 6 hours to complete this challenge.

Cash awards will be awarded to the winning teams. A $400 award will be awarded to the team winning the Software Optimization Challenge and a $600 award will be awarded to the team that wins the Hotseat Challenge.

Hurry and don’t delay, apply now for the opportunity to compete in this Supercomputing Competition!

CTEC Students Excel in Programming/Software Development Pathway

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Cody Henrichsen, computer programming instructor at Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC), has involved his class in many computer competitions throughout the past year. Students learned how to build a computer from scratch using a retired supercomputer at the Utah High School Supercomputing Competition, they competed in programming competitions and took industry tests at the Utah IT Challenge Competition, and they built a robot to perform specific tasks at the Lego® Robotics Competition. During the summer Cody held a workshop to introduce girls to programming and computer science. The class was a hit and Cody plans to hold the workshop again during the summer of 2013.

Utah High School Supercomputing Competition
The Utah High School Supercomputing Competition is an event put on by the University of Utah’s Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) and provides 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 past year the UHSSC recycled an Angstrom Titan64 Supercomputer, provided by CHPC, to build ten smaller machines which were used by the UHSSC teams. “CTEC students entered the Utah Supercomputing Competition and won two of the four prizes. The teams won the Software Optimization prize, and both teams competed in the Hot Seat challenge, but when the other teams at the competition were not able to complete it, the organizer changed the remaining prizes to a persistence challenge which CTEC also won. Students were able to learn how to program in the Python language as well as use multiple processors to solve large problems quickly. This contest also inspired many students to switch their personal system to the Linux operating system because of the performance controls it provides,” says Cody Henrichsen.

The winners of the Utah High School Supercomputing Competition were:
> Skyline High School – Systems Configuration Award
> CTEC Team #2 – Software Optimization Award
> CTEC Team #2 – Persistence Award
> North Summit High School – Creativity Award

Utah IT Challenge Competition
The Utah IT Challenge Competition is sponsored by the Utah State Office of Education, Utah Valley University, and Certiport. Students are invited to compete in programming competitions and to take industry exams—Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), Adobe Certified Associate (ACA), and Hewlett Packard ATA Certification. Awards and prizes are given to the top three students in each category.

Students from CTEC, Salt Lake City Skills Center, and students from American Fork, Clearfield, Layton, and Syracuse High Schools all placed in the top three in thirteen competitive events. CTEC students won all three of the team programming prizes and the top individual programming prize. LIST OF WINNERS

Lego® Robotics Competition
Using Lego® bricks students work in teams to design, build, and program a robot with moving parts that will perform assigned tasks. Teams compete against one another for scholarships and prizes.

In the 2012 Lego® Robotics Competition CTEC students placed third overall. “The first contest was to create two robots, one a daughter robot carried on the back of the “mother” robot that would retrace the path across a maze. The second contest was to build and program a robot that could move a variety of objects across a field. The third contest was to build a robot that could navigate an obstacle course. The CTEC students created robots that accomplished all three of these tasks and we are looking forward to competing in the Lego® Robotics Competition again this year,” says Henrichsen.

Girls Code at CTEC
This summer CTEC held a two day workshop to introduce programming and computer science to high school girls in the Salt Lake Valley. Ten students participated and learned how to create apps for the Android environment using AppInventor. Presentations were given by women currently working in Computer Science and Information Technology. Listen to Cody talk about the event on KUTV.

UtahCTE.org congratulates the students at CTEC, and at other schools across the state, who have competed in the above IT competitions. We wish each student all the best as they prepare for IT competitions this year.

If you’re interesting in participating in one of the six Career and Technical Education Information Technology Education Pathways talk to your school counselor.

Computer Programmers and Software Developers Make Life Easier and Fun!

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Computers are so important in our everyday lives. We use computers throughout the day to do everything from communicating with colleagues, family and friends, to researching a topic, to composing a letter, to creating a spreadsheet, to reading the news. With technology right at our fingertips we are able to instantly send a text or an email to someone on the other side of the world. Social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook allow us to post our thoughts and photos for anyone to see. When you think about it, it is absolutely mindboggling and amazing. We use apps on our smartphone or tablet to read the news or an e-book, check the weather, play a game, shop, or send a message. We expect our “computers” to be fast and work properly without any glitches. Did you ever stop to think who makes all of this possible? Computer programmers and software developers do!

Using a specialized code, computer programmers develop software applications that make our life easier and FUN! Computer programmers turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. Does this sound like something you would like to do? Students interested in programming/software development can participate in the Career and Technical Education Programming/Software Development Pathway at their high school.

My class is a challenging course that involves a real world programming language and prepares students for the challenges that they will face in the future—in college and the workforce. In the computer programming/software development class students complete projects using mySQL databases, the Android mobile environment, as well as integrating at least one other language,” says Cody Henrichsen, computer programming instructor at Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC).

Students in the CTEC computer programming/software development class work on projects integrating Java and mySQL programming so they can interact with databases within their regular Java programming. Students study Android mobile development and develop an app to release on the Android Marketplace. “Last year, as a class project, students developed two apps that are going to be added to the marketplace this month. We developed apps that showcase the CTEC programs and offer a vocabulary study tool for a variety of classes including programming, cosmetology, electrical, and fire science. We are preparing them for release on all three of the major mobile environments,” says Henrichsen.

Students participating in the Programming/Software Development Pathway have the opportunity to participate in the following events throughout the year.

> Utah High School Supercomputing Competition
> Utah IT Challenge Competition
> Lego® Robotics Competition

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment in computer systems design and related services is projected to increase by 45 percent through the year 2018. According to the Utah Technology Council, the technology industry represents 14.3 percent of the state’s total payroll, which includes over 100,000 high-wage jobs, having an economic impact of approximately $7 billion.

Would you describe yourself as an analytical thinker, independent, curious, and observant? Are you good at solving math problems and applying existing technology in creative ways? Do you like to play video games, try out new technology, and work on your own? If you answered yes, then a career in Information Technology may be of interest to you. Talk to your school counselor to learn more about the Programming/Software Development Pathway.

Jenny Whitecar: Future Video Game Designer/Programmer

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Jenny Whitecar
Occupational Goal: Video Game Designer/Programmer

“My goal is to become a video game designer or programmer. I want to work with Disney in their gaming department. . . The classes I took in high school have taught me about how to work with computers and shown me how to do some programming and design. They have taught me to use the programs that I would be using in my career field, and have given me a taste of what programming and design are like.

“The classes have helped me decide what kind of career I would like the most and [would] do my best at. The classes held my interest as both an artist and a technology fan. It has a great combination of creative leeway and a chance to advance in the growing market of technology.” —Jenny Whitecar, Syracuse High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Jenny on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to the Davis Applied Technology College. Jenny was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

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

Scratch Day: Meet, Share, Learn

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Scratch Day is an annual event where students, parents, teachers, and hobbyists join together to write computer programs. People from all over the world gather at local events to meet with other Scratchers, share their projects, experiences and stories, and learn from one another.

What is Scratch? Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create interactive games, stories, animations, music, and art. At http://scratch.mit.edu/ you can view the 2,455,513 projects from Scratchers around the world. The diversity of projects shows the creativity of each Scratcher.

“As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.”

Join fellow Scratchers at the University of Utah on Saturday, May 12, 2012 to meet, share, and learn. Organized by the Utah CSTA (Computer Science Teachers Association).

Who: Students, parents, teachers, and hobbyists – Ages 8 and up.

What: Scratch Day

Where: University of Utah
Warnock Engineering Building (#62)
CADE lab (room 24)
Salt Lake City, UT

When: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Time: 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Registration fee: $5.00

Registration deadline: Saturday, May 5, 2012

Share your Scratch stories and projects with UtahCTE.org. Send an email to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

“I’m prepared to repair computers after high school!”

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012


The Computer Repair and Networking class introduces students to the inner workings of computers and networks. Students learn how to troubleshoot and repair various hardware, software, and configuration problems. Students also learn how to install basic computer components as well as to install and configure software ranging from operating systems to applications. Students learn how to design, install and troubleshoot Local Area Networks (LAN) Wide Area Networks (WAN).


Q&A with Lezlie Harper: Network Systems Instructor at the Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC).

Question: What do you want parents and the community to know about your class?

Answer: The Computer Repair and Networking class at CTEC is awesome. Students in this class are trained to work on both the hardware and software components of computers. Students learn to remove virus and spyware programs on computers; they learn to speed up the computer by using tools like Disk Cleanup and Defrag. Students learn to save money by building their own computers from scratch. We have assembled ten new computers this year and are scheduled to complete builds for other students in the computer department at CTEC. During the networking portion of the class students learn to avoid security breaches and hacks. Upon completion of this class, students will be able to configure and monitor routers.

Question: What is the number one challenge for students as they begin to learn networking?

Answer: The number one challenge for students in beginning networking is memorizing the protocols and acronyms used in networking. Without this basic understanding, students can’t adequately complete the hands-on tasks necessary to configure routers and set up networks.

Question: What projects are your students working on?

Answer: Students are currently working on a series of lap tops. Some of the lap tops are older and students are freeing up space to make the computers run faster. Some of the lap tops are currently broken. Students are troubleshooting the lap tops to determine the problem; students will then theorize about solutions and then implement the solution.

In the near future students will meet with representatives from ZAGG, a Salt Lake County-based company that makes see-through protective film for electronic devices, to submit a proposal for the possibility of creating a computer whose tower can be completely submerged in water—an underwater computer build.

Question: Explain the idea/concept behind “an underwater computer build?”

Answer: The underwater computer build will eliminate the need for cooling in the computer case. Without the need for fans, and other liquid cooling methods which are expensive, students want to maintain the temperature of the computer with easily available water. This will save space in the case as well. If successful, the technology could be used in laptops, tablets and other devices. Then there is the “COOL” factor. Imagine being the first one on the block with a computer built in your fish tank! These students are always thinking . . .

Question: What upcoming events are students preparing for?

Answer: On March 7 and March 14, students will be working with the community to upgrade, speed-up, and repair slow or broken computers. Students will be repairing community computers at CTEC from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

Question: Are students in your class participating in the upcoming Utah SkillsUSA competition?

Answer: Yes. On March 30 approximately 60 students from Canyons School District/Canyons Technical Education Center will compete in the Utah SkillsUSA competition at Salt Lake Community College where students will demonstrate a myriad of skills and compete against all other high schools in the state.

Question: Are there other competitions that your students are preparing for?

Answer: Yes. In March, eight students will compete in the Cisco NetRiders IT Skills Challenge world-wide competition. In this competition students will take tests to prove their knowledge and program a simulated router. Then in May, twenty-eight students will participate in the IT Challenge hosted by Utah Valley University. Students will compete for prizes and earn industry certifications.

Question: What are students saying about your class?

“It is hard to pinpoint one thing I’ve learned in this class. Everything I’ve learned is applicable to real-world careers and college,” said David Butler III.

“I’ve learned about how computers talk to each other while receiving the IC3 and A+ certifications,” said Ben Conder.

“I’m prepared to repair computers after high school. I’ve learned communication skills, although sometimes people look at me weird when I introduce myself and shake their hand. I love it!” said Justin Jones.

 Visit UtahCTE.org to learn more about a career in Information Technology and the Network Systems Pathway.