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New School Year = New Opportunities

Students across the state of Utah are returning to school to begin a new school year. With a new school year comes new opportunities. Opportunities to:

  • Set goals. Make educational goals that are specific to what you want to accomplish during the school year. Goals should be specific, measureable, attainable, and realistic. Setting a timeline with each goal is a great way to plan and prepare for tomorrow and the future.
  • Learn a new skill. Participating in Career and Technical Education (CTE) will provide you with the technical skills and academic knowledge you will need to prepare for life after high school—future employment and/or a successful transition to postsecondary education.
  • Participate in hands-on learning activities. Taking CTE courses are a great way to participate in a variety of hands-on learning activities that will jump-start your career by preparing you for high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand occupations.
  • Complete a CTE Pathway. Juniors: Ask your school counselor if you’re on track to become a CTE Pathway completer. A CTE Pathway completer is eligible to receive a Secondary Pathway Completer Recognition Award at graduation.
  • Join a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO). Involvement in a CTSO is a great way to develop leadership skills and positive work values.
  • Participate in a job shadow or internship. A job shadow or internship is an excellent way to experience “real life” work situations and understand how classroom learning is applied in the world of work. Talk to the Work-Based Learning coordinator at your school and sign up for a job shadow or internship today.
  • Apply for a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. Seniors: Applications are due Monday, February 24, 2014.
  • Plan for life after high school—college and career. Talk to your school counselor about training and education beyond high school. Your school counselor can guide you as you plan your high school courses and prepare for the future.

We invite you to sign up for the CTE Directions newsletter and to join the UtahCTE.org online communities—Twitter, Facebook, Utah CTE blog—to connect with CTE throughout the year.

Tell UtahCTE.org what your plans are for the new school year. Send your comments to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

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