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SkillsUSA Utah 2016 NLSC Contest Results

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

IMG_0119Congratulations to the 187 SkillsUSA Utah student members who competed at the 2016 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference last week. The SkillsUSA Championships had over 6,200 competitors in 100 hands-on skill and leadership contests. SkillsUSA adds contests to the SkillsUSA Championships each year to meet the demands of new and expanding occupations. SkillsUSA instructional programs represent 130 different occupational areas. More than 100 Utah advisors, administrators, parents, and family members observed SkillsUSA Utah members compete in 78 contests.

“Our SkillsUSA Championships showcases the best students in the nation. This is a 36 million dollar investment that will cover 20 football fields of floor space. That’s more than 24 acres. In fact, this is the largest national skills competition in the world. There will be over 6,000 competitors in 100 contests. And, our partners have invested over 60,000 volunteer hours to make this week happen,” said Tim Lawrence, Executive Director, SkillsUSA.

SkillsUSA Utah Medals: By the Numbers

Secondary SkillsUSA Utah Student Members
14 national medalists
> 6 gold medalists
> 2 silver medalists
> 6 bronze medalists

Postsecondary SkillsUSA Utah Student Members
38 national medalists
> 16 gold medalists
> 16 silver medalists
> 6 bronze medalists

At the conference, Utah ranked 6th in medals (52 total medals) received for any one state. Students competed with a high-level of skill, determination, and concentration, representing the state of Utah, their high school, and SkillsUSA Utah extremely well.

SkillsUSA Championships: By the Numbers
> 36 million total in-kind industry and education contributions (This includes donated time, equipment and materials.)
> 1.2 million square feet of contest area—equivalent to the area of 20 football fields or 24 acres.
> 58,840 total volunteer hours during the week (This includes technical committee members, courtesy corps, national education team, judges and alumni.)
> 6,200 contestants
> 1,100 contest judges from business and labor
> 1,080 awards: gold, silver, and bronze medals and more than 480 recognition awards
> 654 contest technical committee members
> 100 contests
> 64 skilled and technical sciences contests
> 18 leadership development contests
> 11 occupationally related contests
> 7 demonstration contests

The SkillsUSA Championships requires a massive amount of equipment and materials, including:
> 9,500 bricks
> 7,000 lunches served to competitors and judges
> 1,500 blocks
> 1,000 computers
> 50 trucks
> 60 stoves, and complete laboratories for machining, welding, auto repair and painting.

The cost of electricity usage for the 2015 SkillsUSA NLSC totaled over $150,000 (combined electric bill and in-kind services).

The SkillsUSA Championships is the national competition for public middle-school, high-school, and college/postsecondary students enrolled in Career and Technical Education programs. SkillsUSA organizes this event, which is considered the largest skill contest in the world and the single greatest day of industry volunteerism in America.

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SkillsUSA Utah Members to Compete in Louisville

Monday, June 20th, 2016

General NLSC photoSkillsUSA Utah  student members and state advisors have arrived in Louisville, Kentucky to attend the 2016 SkillsUSA 52nd National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). The NLSC will showcase the best SkillsUSA members in the nation. More than 16,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and business partners are expected to participate in the event. More than 6,000 students will compete in 100 hands-on skill and leadership competitions.

Join the conference by watching a live stream of the opening ceremony, competitive events, and the awards ceremony, beginning Tuesday, June 21.

Opening Ceremony: Tuesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. EDT
Student Community Service Projects: Tuesday, June 21 – Thursday, June 23
Competitive Events: Wednesday, June 22 – Thursday, June 23 at 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT
SkillsUSA Night/Awards Ceremony: Friday, June 24 at 6 p.m. EDT

View: Conference Agenda
Twitter: @SkillsUSA
Facebook: SkillsUSA
YouTube: SkillsUSA
Snapchat: @SkillsUSAsnap
#NLSC16

Get: SkillsUSA National Conference App

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Louisville, Kentucky to compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

SkillsUSA: Champions at Work

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Meet Jacob Michael Argyle: Future Aerospace Composites Technician

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Jacob Argyle (STS)“As I progressed through school, I never saw myself going to a four-year college. I was more interested in a career where I could move around and work with my hands. When I got into junior high school I took CTE classes like woodworking, metals, and basic welding. I really enjoyed them. When I got to high school, my counselor told me about Mountainland Applied Technology College (MATC) and that I could begin training for a hands-on career while in high school. It caught my attention. I decided that composites would be the best option for me.

“My long-term occupation and educational goal is to get a job working in the aerospace industry making composites. I appreciate the opportunity I have had to pursue CTE classes, both in high school and in the composites program at MATC. I feel like I have a head start on my future career. I feel that through taking CTE classes I was able to find a plan that will work for me.”

—Jacob Michael Argyle, Pleasant Grove High School

Jacob Michael Argyle - STS

UtahCTE.org congratulates Jacob on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Mountainland Applied Technology College. Jacob was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

Apply Now: The mikeroweWORKS Foundation Competitor Scholarship

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Dave and Mike RoweIn partnership with SkillsUSA, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation is proud to offer a scholarship opportunity for SkillsUSA members. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation scholarship provides assistance to eligible students who are pursuing an education in manufacturing, construction, automotive, engineering, and STEM-related careers. Apply now to receive financial assistance to attend the SkillsUSA National Championship in Louisville, Kentucky.

What: The mikeroweWORKS Foundation Competitor Scholarship 

Who: SkillsUSA student members (secondary and postsecondary) who have competed and placed first in their state association competition.

Why: To receive financial assistance to attend the SkillsUSA National Championships, June 20-24, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.

How:
> The award is based on a student-written, one-page narrative, describing the financial need for the scholarship, including the lack of school or community resources in order to attend the 2016 SkillsUSA National Championships.
> A letter of support/recommendation written by the students advisor, or state director.

Requirements:
> Must be a gold medal winner at the 2016 state competition, advancing to national competition.
> Have never attended the National Leadership and Skills Conference prior to this year.
> Be a SkillsUSA member in good standing.
> Must reasonably demonstrate financial need for scholarship.

Deadline: Application is due Friday, May 27, 2016 (midnight EDT).

View the list of 2015 scholarship recipients.

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The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that promotes work ethic and supports the skilled trades. As CEO of the Foundation, Mike Rowe spends a significant amount of time speaking about the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work, highlighting the widening skills gap, and challenging the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path for the most people. Through its scholarship programs, including the Work Ethic Scholarship Program and the SkillsUSA Travel Scholarships, the Foundation provides financial assistance to qualified individuals with a passion to get trained for a skill that is in demand. The Foundation has been instrumental in granting more than $3 million in education for trade schools across the country. For more information, go to www.mikeroweworks.org.

I Completed a CTE Internship in the Field of Videography

Friday, February 26th, 2016

I’m Spencer Funk. I completed a CTE Internship at Rescue 1 Studios in the field of videography. Because of this experience I am going to be able to understand what it takes to be a sole proprietor. I learned that you may have your own office and get to have a fantastic income, but you do pay the price for that income. You have no one else to bounce ideas off of and you have to do all of the work. You don’t get paid overtime, you just get what is there and nothing more. If you have a low income month you have low income for your family or for yourself that month. If you have a high income month you get a high income for yourself or family.

I have had the chance to learn how to use video and photo editing software and make my own videos and photos. I learned how to use a camera more efficiently to take a picture. All in all, this has been a fabulous experience in my life that will help me decide what I want to go into when I grow up. Videography could very well be the career of my choice.

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Commercial Photography is one of two Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Skilled and Technical Education/Visual Arts program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Commercial Photography Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education 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

I Always Knew I Wanted to Become a Cosmetologist

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Jordan Leigh HamiltonBy Jordan Leigh Hamilton

As a young girl, I always loved playing with hair and painting fingernails. As I grew older, I always knew I wanted to become a cosmetologist. I was very fortunate to have my credits close to being done in order to graduate, so I was given the option to participate in a CTE Internship. I knew I wanted to take this opportunity seriously, as I chose to go to Amara Hair Salon. I fell in love and knew this is what I wanted to do to make a living.

I am blessed to have the opportunity to participate in an apprenticeship at Amara, instead of going to actual hair school. I will learn all I need to know in the salon, and hopefully work there after I am through. I highly recommend participating in a CTE Internship.

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Cosmetology is one of two Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Skilled and Technical Sciences Education/Personal Services program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Cosmetology/Barbering Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education 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

Internships Are Awesome

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Alex McGinnis Nelson - photoBy Alex McGinnis Nelson

CTE has prepared me for life after high school. Through my last years of high school CTE has been really great, and enjoyable. This year has been what I would call amazing! My wonderful teacher, Mrs. Kristi Kemp, has been remarkable. I have never had a teacher that has cared so much about students, and about our careers, as much as she did. She set up my entire internship. All I had to do was show up, take a few tests, interview, find a letter of recommendation, and boom I was in! I cannot say I just showed up. I was prepared. It was all of the preparation Mrs. Kemp helped me with that got me the internship. She taught me how to interview properly and how write a good resume.

I was never confident that high school would prepare me to be career ready. But now as I am finished with numerous classes, having had awesome teachers and experiences, I feel very comfortable to take a step into the big real world. This is all from mock interviews, practicing resume writing, and learning how to simply communicate better with others, in all aspects of business and or jobs. I’m so happy CTE has prepared me for the future. I’m glad I have been able to stick to it, push through, and have a desire to learn.

The internship I participated in was with Unified Fire Authority. Now I am dead set on becoming a firefighter. Internships are not easy though. At least mine was not. They treated me like the real deal. They let me do a lot on all the medical calls and had me pull a lot of hose. But you know what? It was a blast and it is my dream job now.

CTE classes actually prepare you for your future. It is the best way to get out and discover what you can go do for a career, how to apply for a job, and also learn a bunch of different skills that CTE has to offer. Internships are awesome!

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Firefighting is one of two Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Skilled and Technical Sciences Education/Protective Services program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Firefighting Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education 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

I Am Looking Forward to My Career in Automotive Mechanics

Friday, February 12th, 2016

By Kambren Wilcox

Fremont_STS_IMG_5416Throughout high school the courses I have taken have taught me how to be patient, work with my hands, and feel the satisfaction of finishing a project successfully. I have also spent many hours teaching younger students how to weld and about safety issues. I believe if time is spent on a project then it should be done to the best of my ability. I spent most of my CTE classes in metal shop, where I also learned automotive maintenance. This helped me decide to focus my interest for further education and a career in automotive mechanics.

As I look back at my time spent in CTE classes, I realize there was a great amount of responsibility and trust placed on me from my teachers because of my honesty and natural abilities. I spent a lot of time working while in high school, so this caused me to schedule my time, be productive, and still find time to have the social interaction that only happens in high school. My jobs have been varied, but always included opportunities for me to work with my hands, fix something that quit working, and helping people. I am looking forward to my career in automotive mechanics, because this is my comfort zone.

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Automotive Service Technician is one of four Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Skilled and Technical Sciences Education/Mechanics and Repairs program area. To participate in the Automotive Service Technician 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

 

Star Wars and SkillsUSA

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

2015-2016 National OfficersDid you know that Star Wars and SkillsUSA have a lot in common? Jedi Knights who had Master Jedi mentors grew stronger through structured competition and were committed to being good citizens of the universe. “This education framework of technical skills, personal skills, and leadership skills resulted in a highly effective Order that protected the Republic for hundreds of years.”1 Like the Jedi Knights, SkillsUSA members have teachers and advisors who mentor and support them throughout high school, college, and career. The SkillsUSA Framework illustrates how students fulfill the mission of the organization to empower members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens.

SkillsUSA has an impact on the lives of America’s future workforce through the development of personal, workplace, and technical skills that are grounded in academics.

Personal Skills

  1. Integrity
  2. Work Ethic
  3. Professionalism
  4. Responsibility
  5. Adaptability/Flexibility
  6. Self-Motivation

Workplace Skills

  1. Communication
  2. Decision Making
  3. Teamwork
  4. Multicultural Sensitivity and Awareness
  5. Planning, Organizing, and Management
  6. Leadership

Technical Skills Grounded in Academics

  1. Computer and Technology Literacy
  2. Job-Specific Skills
  3. Safety and Health
  4. Service Orientation
  5. Professional Development

 

SkillsUSA Framework graphic

The Framework:

  • Provides a common language for students to articulate what they gain from SkillsUSA participation to employers, school administrators, parents and other students.
  • Assesses student skill development along a learning continuum of awareness, demonstration and mastery.
  • Creates a vision for SkillsUSA programs at the local, state and national levels to ensure quality student-led experiences that build skills in all members.
  • Empowers every student to achieve career success.
  • Delivers a skill set demanded by business and industry, but lacking in many employees.
  • Ensures that every student member receives a consistent and specific skill set.

1 Read the story SKILLS FOR LIFE in the TIN CAN WIRE by Lorrie Bryan.

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Fifty years ago, 200 students, teachers, and administrators held a conference at a hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. In founding the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, their goal was to establish a nationwide organization to represent trade and industrial education and to serve student needs.

Now, SkillsUSA is a nationwide network of students and instructors in a common bond with powerful industry partnerships, serving more than 11.6 million mem­bers. SkillsUSA changes lives every day. Students discover and grow their career passions and appreciate their own self-worth through the work and dedication of instructors, administrators, association directors, industry partners and alumni.

SkillsUSA Utah has more than 2,000 members in 79 chapters. Members are actively involved in SkillsUSA programs and events, leadership opportunities, community service activities, and advocating for Career and Technical Education. To become a member of SkillsUSA talk to the SkillsUSA advisor in your school.

 

Welding in Nebo School District

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

CaptureThe calendar says January, the temperature is cold outside, and it’s snowing. So to warm your day, we are reflecting on an event that students in Nebo School District participated in on a hot summer day.

Forty students enrolled in the welding program at Spanish Fork, Maple Mountain, and Salem Hills High Schools entered a float in the Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Parade. The float was a mobile fabrication shop displaying completed welding projects. In fact, students worked on welding projects while the float was in motion. A man along the parade route called out, “Keep those beads tight!” He was obviously a dedicated welder.

The fabrication trailer consisted of a large Miller 400 diesel DC power plant, a Miller Trailer Blazer, a Miller 252 mig, a 211 Miller Autoset, fabrication tables, and a cooling tank. The fabrication team consisting of Karson Jones, Allison Hallam, and Jared Graham welded non-stop during the entire parade route. They completed 150 receiver hitch logos for each community. The hitch logos were of the University of Utah and of Brigham Young University. The logos were plasma cut ovals that were prepared the day before. The mobile lab fabricators attached hitch stubs to each of the logos and the completed trimming was cooled. Hitch logos were then given to loyal fans along the parade route. Students escorted the lab distributing brochures describing the courses available in Nebo School District and the related career opportunities. In addition to the float, thirty students who had designed and fabricated drift trikes rode along the parade route.

The parade is just one of the many events these welding students participated in during the summer. They attended other community events in order to recruit and showcase the opportunities available to students in the welding and fabrication courses throughout Nebo School District.

Parade goers had never seen a welding float, so they were impressed with the fabrication trailer, the skills of each student, and the welding designs they created. Many commented that they thought the welding float was the best entry in the entire parade. “This opportunity was a great way to get the word out to the thousands of potential students about what opportunities await them in our educational system, said Jared Massick, teacher at Maple Mountain High School.”

View the fabrication trailer float in action at https://youtu.be/oLSDr8kjajw.

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Welding is one of five Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Skilled and Technical Sciences/Precision Production Trades program area. To participate in the Welding Pathway talk to your school counselor.