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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.

Focus On: Skilled and Technical Sciences Education

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Murray_STS_IMG_8169Skilled and Technical Sciences Education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in skilled trades and other technical occupations, as well as promoting quality programs based on recognized industry standards.

The Utah Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Pathways are based on the national skills standards, where applicable, and established state standards. Students have the opportunity to be a CTE Secondary Pathway Completer in one of twenty-two Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Pathways, within the following eight categories:

> Building Trades
> Communication
> Mechanics and Repairs
> Personal Services
> Precision Production Trades
> Protective Services
> Transportation and Material Moving
> Visual Arts

Bailey TolandWhile attending Stansbury High School, Bailey Toland participated in the Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Law Enforcement Pathway with the goal to pursue a career in criminal justice. Bailey was involved in the Salt Lake City Explorers Program, with the Salt Lake City Police Department, where she further explored a career in law enforcement by being involved in police operations. Bailey plans enter the Police Academy when she turns 21.

“CTE courses have helped me by giving me the chance to make sure I really wanted to go into a [law enforcement] career. CTE has given me a view on what to expect in college and the classes I will be taking. I have had a huge head-start on my classes for college because of CTE,” said Bailey.

Stars and Skills for the Top Ten Occupations in Skilled and Technical Sciences
The following are rated “5 Star” occupations by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, and each occupation is projected to –

  • Employ 1,670 or more Utah workers in 2022.
  • Offer openings for at least 70 new Utah workers every year through 2022.
  • Pay median hourly wages of at least $24.40 in Utah.

Focus on chartTop Ten Skills

Utah SkillsUSA 2015 NLSC Contest Results

Friday, July 17th, 2015

By Dave Milliken, National SkillsUSA Board Member
Utah Skilled and Technical Sciences specialist, Utah State Office of Education

RoboticsUtah SkillsUSA members joined their peers from across the country at the 2015 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) June 20-26, 2015, in Louisville, Kentucky. At the conference, 182 secondary (104) and postsecondary (78) Utah SkillsUSA student members competed in 77 of 100 skill competitions. Forty-seven of these students were medalists, with 24 receiving a gold medal, 12 receiving a silver medal, and 11 receiving a bronze medal. From architectural drafting to automotive refinishing technology to carpentry to welding fabrication, Utah SkillsUSA student members competed against their peers with a high level of skill, unmatched determination, and focused concentration.

For the first time in SkillsUSA history middle/junior high school students attended the NLSC and competed in one contest, the team engineering challenge. Although each Nicholas Pinchuk2middle/junior high student was young in age they competed with brave determination beyond their years, as high school and college SkillsUSA student members cheered them on.

In his keynote speech, Nick Pinchuk, Chairman and CEO of Snap-on Incorporated, told SkillsUSA members, “You are respected and connected and educated and motivated and dedicated and prepared and skilled! You are going to ensure the future of America. I have confidence in it and so should you.”

SkillsUSA Championships: By the Numbers
> 36 million dollars in total in-kind industry contributions (donated time, equipment, or materials)
> 1.2 million square feet (equivalent to the area of more than 20 football fields) of contest space
> 76,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits, including 122 companies and institutions
> 60,000 volunteer hours
> 6,106 competitors
> 1,125 medals presented (gold, silver, and bronze)
> 1,000 judges
> 650 technical committee members
> 600+ conference participants participated in the community service project sponsored by GOJO
> 340 National Education Team/volunteer conference management staff
> 175 recognition awards
> 150 Courtesy Corps volunteers
> 112 individuals and 12 teams received the President’s Volunteer Service Award
> 100 hands-on and leadership contests
> 75 $1,000 scholarships awarded to competitors for travel to the conference, sponsored by the mikeroweWORKS Foundation

General NLSC photoSkillsUSA members celebrated their talents and also celebrated the impact SkillsUSA has had on their personal lives, making each member a Champion at Work. In 1965, the founders of SkillsUSA and approximately 200 students and teachers held a conference in Nashville, Tennessee. They set in motion events and aspirations that are very real today. Five decades later, SkillsUSA has become an unstoppable nationwide network of students and instructors who share a common bond with industry.

Utah SkillsUSA: By the Numbers
Congratulations to the Utah SkillsUSA secondary and postsecondary student members who competed in 29 different contests at the 2015 SkillsUSA NLSC. More than 120 Utah advisors, administrators, parents, and family members observed Utah SkillsUSA members compete.

Secondary SkillsUSA Student Members
6 national medalists
> 4 bronze medalists
> 1 silver medalists
> 1 gold medalists

Congratulations to the high school student members who came close to standing on the medals podium. Six students earned a fourth place finish and two earned a fifth place finish in their respective contests.

Postsecondary SkillsUSA Student Members
41 national medalists
> 23 gold medalists
> 11 silver medalists
> 7 bronze medalists
Utah Valley University earned more medals than most of the states competing; and Southern Utah University, Salt Lake Community College, and several of the Utah College of Applied Technology Colleges dominated in many of the competitions.

Congratulations to the postsecondary student members who came close to standing on the medals podium. Ten students earned a fourth place finish and ten students earned a fifth place finish in their respective contests.

Utah ranked fifth in receiving the most medals of any one state, moving up from seventh last year. HERE is the list of contest results.

2015 SkillsUSA NLSC in Louisville, Kentucky

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

General NLSC photoUtah SkillsUSA student members and state advisors have arrived in Louisville, Kentucky to attend the 2015 SkillsUSA 51st National Leadership and Skills Conference. This year, the event will occupy a space equivalent to 16 football fields and 6,000 state champions will participate in 100 hands-on skills and leadership competitions. The 2015 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference will be a week of citizenship, a week of leadership, and a week of champions!

Join the conference by watching a live stream of the opening ceremony, competitive events, and the awards ceremony, beginning Tuesday, June 23.

> Opening Ceremony: Tuesday, June 23 at 7 p.m. EDT
> Competitive Events: Wednesday, June 24-Thursday, June 25 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT
> SkillsUSA Night/Awards Ceremony: Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m. EDT

View Conference Agenda
Follow SkillsUSA on Twitter #NLSC15
Like SkillsUSA on Facebook #NLSC15

“After 21 years in one location [Kansas City, Missouri], it presents a little more of a challenge to get ready, but it is going to be great. It will be the largest conference ever . . . We estimate the total attendance to be approximately 16,000. These numbers do not include judges, exhibitors, and other volunteers who are not registered participants,” said Tim Lawrence, SkillsUSA Executive Director.

 SkillsUSA: Champions at Work

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Huge SkillsUSA event opens next week

Riverton High School Students Win State Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition

Friday, May 8th, 2015

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Congratulations to the Riverton High School automotive team, Wade Tate and Cason Hales, who took first place at the 2015 state Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition. The competition took place May 6, 2015, at Salt Lake Community College, where ten two member teams competed to successfully debug a 2015 Ford vehicle. The competition required teams to make repairs with the highest quality workmanship (in the lowest total time) within 90 minutes.

Wade, Cason, and their instruction Jay Hales will travel to the national competition in Dearborn, Michigan, headquarters of Ford Motor Company, to compete for nearly $12 million in scholarships and prizes, June 7-9, 2015.

2015 State Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition Results

1st Place – Riverton High School
Team: Wade Tate and Cason Hales
Instructor: Jay Hales

2nd Place – Olympus High School
Team: Brinton Neff and Andrew Lodder
Instructor: Chris Nielsen

3rd Place – Provo High School
Team: Christian Beaumont and Rich Shriber
Instructor: Alan Gatenby

4th Place – Clearfield High School
Team: Dallas M Stoker and Cole W Younger
Instructor: Ed Schimer

5th Place – Timpview High School
Team: David Forsythe and Jose Estrada
Instructor: Rich Lamb

6th Place – Woods Cross High School
Team: Joseph Jackson and Mason Newton
Instructor: Evan Kirk

7th Place – Emery High School
Team: Tuckett Allred and Hunter Jefferies
Instructor: Mike Kava

8th Place – Davis High School
Team: Jake Hoffman and Brett Winterton
Instructor: Tom Housley

9th Place – Syracuse High School
Team: Tyler Fralick and Caleb Hill
Instructor: Wayne Burbank

10th Place – Bountiful High School
Team: Jackson A Naegle and Mitch A Alsop
Instructor: Erick Winkler

Related stories:
Standard Examiner: Davis schools show muscle in automotive repair competition
Deseret News: Students show their drive in auto skills competition

Meet Trever Gardner: Future Diesel Mechanic

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Trever Gardner photo 2“I am very grateful for the opportunity I have had to take CTE classes while I have been in high school. Along with my CTE courses, I have completed a CTE Internship at a local garage in my community. Because of the courses I have taken, the safety certifications I have earned, and my internship, Jiffy Lube hired me on the spot. Many of my friends are amazed that I am earning so much money while still in high school, but I understand that my CTE courses gave me real-life, marketable skills.

“I understand that Jiffy Lube is simply a stepping stone to my future goals. The money I earn at Jiffy Lube will help me pay for school, as well as develop additional soft skills in customer service. I am learning, by working with Jiffy Lube, how a sound business model works.

“Using the CTE Pathways program has helped me learn to set goals and make wise choices when picking elective courses during high school. My goals for the future will be to get my diesel mechanic certifications, as well as a business degree, which will help me to someday own my own business.”

—Trever Gardner, Grantsville High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Trever on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Salt Lake Community College. Trever was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Save the Date: Utah 2015 Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

20140501_095314On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 20 high school students from across Utah will gather together to compete in the state Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition at the Miller Campus of Salt Lake Community College. Students, working in teams of two, will compete to successfully debug a 2015 Ford vehicle. The competition requires repairs to be made with the highest quality workmanship (in the lowest total time) within 90 minutes.

The qualifying process began in February with 276 Utah students, in 19 high schools, taking the Ford/AAA written exam in order to have the opportunity to compete in the state hands-on competition. Those students scoring the highest participate in the hands-on competition. The exam includes 50 questions (10 each) in the following five areas:

  • Environmental and generic safety practices
  • Steering suspension and brakes
  • Electrical
  • Engine performance
  • Power train (engine to drive wheels)

The ten teams (two students in each team) participating in the state competition on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 are:

  • Bountiful High School Jason Naelge and Mitch Alsop
  • Clearfield High School Dallas Stoker and Cole Younger
  • Davis High School Jake Hoffman and Brett Winterton
  • Emery High School – Tuckett Allred and Hunter Jefferies
  • Olympus High School – Brinton Neff and Andrew Lodder
  • Provo High School – Christian Beaumont and Rich Shriber
  • Riverton High School – Wade Tate and Cason Hales
  • Syracuse High School – Tyler Fralick and Caleb Hill
  • Timpview High School – David Forsythe and Jose Estrada
  • Woods Cross High School – Joseph Jackson and Richard Whittaker

The winner of the state competition will advance to the national competition in Dearborn, Michigan (home of Ford Motor Company headquarters) June 7-9, 2015, to compete for nearly $12 million in scholarships and prizes.

The Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition fosters students’ interest in the automotive industry through a spirited nationwide competition with opportunities to win prizes, scholarships, tools and awards along with an experience that could help shape the future of their careers. The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills program helps to ensure future technicians are well-educated to meet ongoing changes in the industry. With more jobs available than workers to fill, a career as an automotive technician provides a promising future.

The work of automotive service technicians and mechanics has evolved from simply mechanical to high technology. According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, in Utah, an experienced automotive service technician earns an hourly wage of $17.20, or $35,776 per year. This occupation is projected to grow 2.3 percent through the year 2022.

If being involved in the automotive industry interests you, contact your school counselor to register for classes in the Career and Technical Education Automotive Service Technician Pathway.

Trip W Club Sponsors a Dinner Meeting

Friday, March 27th, 2015

By Steven Jualio-Martin, welding student at Highland High School

Steven Jualio-Martin photoOn March 10, 2015, Salt Lake City School District welding teacher, Denise Hevner and the Trip W Club (welding club) held a dinner meeting with guest speakers. The purpose of the dinner meeting was to inform students and their parents/guests about the many career opportunities in the field of welding. Together they brought in six guest speakers that are currently working in different areas of the industry.

One of the speakers was a young man by the name of Emilio Quintana. Emilio is a former student of Ms. Hevner and is a Weber State University student who is working on getting his engineering degree in welding. He mentioned the fact that you can make money by creating art through welding. It’s very interesting what you can do with welding! The fact that you can make money by making art speaks volumes to some. You could be an entrepreneur and start your own business.

Despite the fact that welding comes with a good salary, Nick Price from the DATC (Davis Applied Technology College), pointed out that you don’t need to have a huge salary to be happy. He shared his story about opportunities he’s had to get better paying jobs in the field, but turned them down to be a teacher. “It’s about finding your passion and doing what makes you happy. You know you have found your career when you look forward to going to work on Monday,” said Nick.

20150310_191631_resizedIMG_6052Jason Hart from Lincoln Electric brought in a virtual reality welding machine to demonstrate how it works. What make this a great training tool is that it gives you instant feedback on your travel speed, travel angle, work angle, arc gap and position. It will rate and score the weld upon completion. This kind of technology is the future of welding education.

All of the guest speakers shared their own experiences and perspectives on how to get started in the welding industry. After the dinner meeting, there was a question and answer session for both parents/guests and students to talk with the guest speakers about more detail and personal information. Parents/guests seemed pleased to learn of the potential for a well-paying career in welding.

America is short more than 200,000 welders right now. If you have the skill and you enjoy it, there is a career waiting for you. The welding industry doesn’t just mean getting under the hood either. That is only one branch of the career path tree. There are many career options if you like welding, and it doesn’t mean you have to be a welder. Learning to weld is just the foundation.

IMG_6055We’d like to give a special thanks to all of our guest speakers:
Nick PriceDATC
Bob NorthLocal 27 Iron Workers Union
Woody Cook – SME Steel
Emilio Quintana – Weber State University student
Bob UdySalt Lake Community College
Jason HartLincoln Electric

 

 

Stacie Chatterton: Future Police Officer

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Female Officer, Is it Possible?
By Stacie Chatterton, student at Sky View High School

Stacie Chatterton photo 1There is a point in every kid’s life where they dream big. Everyone wants to be the person that everyone looks up to. It could differ between a firefighter, astronaut, doctor, or even a police officer. The more they grow up the more options they know they have and choose to become something else. For me, becoming a police officer is only the beginning of my dream. I have had many opportunities in the past couple months to get up close and be a part of law enforcement.

[I was] able to go on a ride along with different [police] officers to get the point of view of what it is like to be out on the road. I learned how the computers worked and everything that it was used for, which always was a huge curiosity for me. I learned the police talk they always use. I’m pretty good at being able to describe and/or say what they are saying, “Alpha-2-November-Hotel-4-7-Oscar.”

I was also able to meet with a K9 Unit officer Corporal Kleven and his partner Jaxon. He was super generous in helping to describe his duties and even stretched the rules for me and allowed me to go on a ride along with him, which was the best experience. He also did a one-on-one drug search at the police department so I could be up close and watch. Corporal Kleven taught me how the [K9 Unit] accepts dogs and trains them, how to use hand signals and offer treats to Jaxon.

Stacie Chatterton photo 2The best part of my CTE Internship was being able to have Officer Kerr, at Sky View High School, be a big part in helping me put all of this together. He taught me a lot of things that most [people] wouldn’t know. I had the chance to write tickets, go on patrol, watch security footage, and my most favorite part was him hand cuffing me.

There were a few things, out of many, I had an opportunity to be a part of because of the Work-Based Learning class at Sky View High School. This was the best class I could have chosen. Because of this experience it has put a whole new view on how I see law enforcement, and it helped me decide that I really want to stay on this pathway. My personal view of police officers is that they are there to help keep the community safe. There are bad ones out there, but most are not. The view of them right now is not a good one, but if you actually give them a chance, and not get in trouble with the law, you will see they are only there to help.