Central Region Career Days
On Tuesday, April 12, 2012, 10th grade students from the Central Region gathered together to participate in a Career Day event highlighting Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathways. The event was held at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield where 1,100 students explored numerous careers by participating in hands-on activities. Participating high schools included:
Students had the opportunity to explore over 60 different careers featured at the Career Day event. Local businesses set up interactive booths/displays where students were able to “try on a career” working hands-on using tools and equipment. “This year we focused on nontraditional careers. Upon arrival each student received a ‘Nontraditional Passport’ to record the careers they explored. Every student took the opportunity to explore four nontraditional careers for their gender,” said Darlene Wabel, Central Region CTE Pathways Coordinator.
Throughout the event students had a wonderful time exploring careers and participating in hands-on activities with local businesses. Students were engaged and eagerly participated in the many activities available, which included:
AT&T – Students learned how electronic communications work.
BLM – Students were introduced to the varied careers offered at many BLM locations.
Brooklyn Gardens – Students learned how to plant seeds for a greenhouse and how the to care for the plants for retail sale.
Central Utah Corrections – Students were able to see the day in a life of a corrections officer and the many things that challenge them on a daily basis from those confined in prison.
Central Utah Public Health – Students were shown how to give an injection and then practiced on oranges.
Mountain America Credit Union – Students learned how to manage a debit card.
National Weather Service – Students learned about how weather influences many careers and about the career of forecasting weather.
OSHA – Students learned how to put on and wear a safety harness.
Redmond Salt – Students learned how salt is mined and learned about the many products made from salt. They also learned how salt is used to enhance wildlife production.
SUU Engineering – Students built bridges from paper and then tested there strength with a coin.
Sevier County Sheriff – Students learned about careers in law enforcement, including occupations in the SWAT team and in the DARE program, learning about the equipment used to serve and protect the public.
Sevier Valley Hospital – Students looked at blood slides from the lab and learned how to use equipment in respiratory therapy.
Sprockets - Students used tools of the trade in repairing ATV’s and motorcycles.
USU Extension – Students had to identify different types of animal feed and select those that would increase animal production.
Utah Division of Natural Resources – Students learned the responsibilities of a Fish and Game Warden and those who grow the fish in the hatchery environment.
Thalman Orthodontics – Students were shown how an orthodontist learns to straighten teeth.
Wells Fargo – Students learned about bank accounts and filled out deposit slips.
Students had to dress in proper attire to work on a lifelike patient. Nursing is a nontraditional career for males.
A pilot is a nontraditional career for females.
A nontraditional career is any occupation in which women or men comprise 25 percent or less of its total employment. CTE students in the Central Region are among the 325,000 secondary and postsecondary CTE students in Utah. For information about the CTE classes offered at your school talk to your school counselor or visit UtahCTE.org.
Career and Technical Education: Preparing Students for College and Career!