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CTE Students Are Enthusiastic About Information Technology Education

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.

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