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Students Participate in 9th Annual Career Days

May 17th, 2016



As part of Career Days there was an information scavenger hunt contest for students to participate in. The prize for the winners of the scavenger hunt, in each of the four Career Days sessions, was a GoPro bundle. In order to qualify for the contest, participants needed to find the answers to questions that were on signs at each of the Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC) Department booths. There were also questions that students had to observe or ask someone in order to find the answer. Over 4,000 students participated in the contest.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Lillian AubleAlice C. Harris Intermediate School

Lillian Auble_Alice Harris Intermediate






Kali RichardsSouth Cache 8-9 Center

Kali Richards_South Cache





Yessenia TovarSpring Creek Middle School

Yessenia Tovar_Spring Creek





Brynn WellsBox Elder Middle School

Brynn Wells_Box Elder Middle School






“These four students worked really hard and paid close attention to the information that was being shared at the event. Out of 4,050 students that attended [Career Days], these four young ladies did an amazing job and worked hard to be the winners,” said Jeannie Johnson, event coordinator.


More than 4,000 students participated in the 9th Annual Career Days held on the campus of Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC) May 4-5, 2016. Students interacted with business and industry while learning about careers and essential occupational skills. Students were exposed to career opportunities through participating in an array of hands-on activities in three exhibit areas.

Exhibit Area 1: Heavy Equipment
Students were able to visit with industry experts about career opportunities, while trying their skills at operating heavy equipment. Students learned how excavators, graders, loaders, backhoes, and concrete mixers worked and operated.

Exhibit Area 2: Trades Area
Students learned about careers in auto collision, automotive services, building technology, cabinetmaking, diesel, machining, welding, heavy equipment operator/CDL, electronic engineering, and automated manufacturing and robotics.

Exhibit Area 3: Trades Area
Students learned about careers in business, culinary arts, dental assisting, drafting, fashion merchandising, health sciences, interior design, meat cutting, real estate, cosmetology, e-Commerce, vert tech, and information technology.

“With the beautiful spring weather in Cache Valley, and the excitement of students learning new things, the event was a success,” said Jeannie Johnson, event coordinator.

“We were fortunate enough to have the AirMed helicopter come both days as well as the Mountain Star AirCare helicopter. Both helicopters were a wonderful learning ‘center’ as students were able to ask questions of the pilot, EMS, and nurse on board. They were also able to climb in and out of the helicopters and get a feel for the small work area.”

Read what participants said about Career Days at BATC.

STUDENT: “This has been the best day of the whole school year!”

TEACHERS: “Thank you for another great BATC Career Day! I have heard nothing but raving reviews from our students. Several have said it has been the best day of the entire school year.”

“Please thank all of the wonderful people that took part to help our students see and experience the possibilities that lie before them.”

“What a great job you did in organizing the Career Days event. Our kids had a good time. Thank you for all the time and effort you put in to getting the event together.

“AMAZING!!! What a great way to end the Career Development Activity (CDA) lessons in the College and Career Awareness curriculum. The kids and our staff loved it.”

SCHOOL COUNSELOR: “You and your BATC crew are awesome!”

CTE DIRECTOR: “This is my first year visiting the event. I had no idea what a great opportunity this has been for our students.”

EVENT COORDINATORS: “Thank you to the sponsors who made Career Days 2016 possible. Thank you to the exhibitors who provided equipment and materials that engaged students in hands-on learning activities, while being exposed to career opportunities. And, thank you to the Department of Workforce Services who provided volunteers each day.”

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Makayla Hendricks Awarded U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education

May 4th, 2016

Photo - Makayla HendricksToday U.S. Secretary of Education John King announced the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 160 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

Congratulations to the following U.S. Presidential Scholars from Utah:

U.S. Presidential Scholar in Academics
Jennifer A. Ban, Logan High School
Anthony L. Cheng, Hillcrest High School

U.S. Presidential Scholar in Arts
Aubree A. Oliverson, Mountain Heights Academy

U.S. Presidential Scholar in Career and Technical Education
Makayla Hendricks, Bountiful High School

Makayla Hendricks was one of the inaugural 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars awarded in the area of career and technical education. Last year, President Obama signed an executive order to expand the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program to include Career and Technical Education students.

“We extend congratulations to each of these students for their incredible leadership, service, and accomplishments and wish them continued success in their future endeavors!” said Sharon Lee Miller, Director of the Division of Academic and Technical Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education.

On June 19, 2016, each U.S. Presidential Scholar will be recognized in a ceremony in Washington, DC, with each honoree receiving a Presidential Scholar Medallion.

A complete list of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars is available at the Presidential Scholars Program homepage.

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CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards

May 4th, 2016

Elvis Mateo Mendez III - HSOn Tuesday, April 19, 2016, the 30th Annual Career and Technical Education (CTE) Scholarships and Tuition Awards Banquet took place at Salt Lake Community College. This banquet is a longstanding tradition used to honor CTE students throughout the state who have been selected to receive a scholarship and tuition award from a postsecondary institution in Utah.

Each award recipient was one of 214 applicants who applied for a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. At the banquet, 102 scholarships were awarded to high school CTE seniors for up to one year’s tuition at a postsecondary institution.

By the year 2020, two out of three jobs will require some postsecondary education and training. CTE is an essential component in filling these job openings. The jobs of today require advanced skills and technical training. Students wanting to stay competitive in the job market need specific training, education, and skills to compete successfully.

Utah is working to achieve the goal of 66 percent of adults holding a postsecondary certificate or a degree by the year 2020. Each student who received a scholarship will have an advantage not only in furthering his/her education, but in attaining a postsecondary certificate or degree through his/her hard work and perseverance.

We offer our congratulations and best wishes to each award recipient as he/she advances to college and career and prepares to successfully compete in a global economy.

Educators, plan now to encourage next year’s seniors to apply for a 2017 CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award.

High school juniors, it’s not too early to begin thinking about applying for a 2017 CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. Take a look at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards Web page and become familiar with the guidelines and application.

Meet Karlie Ault: Future Veterinary Technician

May 4th, 2016

Karlie Ault (Ag)“My goal is to complete the pre-veterinary program and receive my associate degree from Utah State University Eastern. After getting my degree I want to become a certified technician.

“A Caring Vet Animal Hospital in Lindon has given me the opportunity to be an intern during my senior year. In February I was hired as an employee. While going to school I plan to stay at A Caring Vet Animal Hospital.

“I took many CTE classes in high school that I feel were beneficial to me in preparation for my college education to become a technician. Biology, chemistry, animal science and veterinary assisting helped me understand cells and how a body functions. I have a passion for animals and their well-being and want to pursue a career in agriculture.

“My CTE Pathway was Animal Systems. I’m so glad I chose this pathway to help start my education to become a veterinary technician.”

—Karlie Ault, American Fork High School

Karlie Ault -Ag

UtahCTE.org congratulations Karlie on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah State University Eastern. Karlie was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

Meet Rory James Pollard: Future Business and Marketing Teacher

May 4th, 2016

Rory Jame Pollard (BusMkt)“My goal after high school is to attend Weber State University (WSU) and pursue my dream of becoming a high school business and marketing teacher, as well as a DECA advisor. I want to be able to inspire students to follow their business and marketing dreams just as I have been inspired to follow mine.

“The business and marketing courses that I have taken in high school have really influenced me in the direction I would like to go for my future education and career. My marketing classes, my internship, and being an active member of DECA have helped to confirm my love of marketing, and have left no doubt in my mind that I want to be able to share my love and knowledge with my own high school students and classes one day.

“I have loved taking all the CTE classes. These classes have prepared me for my future career and have also given me life skills that will help me achieve my goals and dreams. By the time I graduate from high school I will have received 18 credits at WSU through the concurrent enrollment classes I have taken in high school. I am very passionate about business and marketing and I am so excited to share that passion with future generations.”

—Rory James Pollard, Fremont High School


UtahCTE.org congratulates Rory on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Weber State University. Rory was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.


Meet Mattie Lynn Case: Future Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher

May 4th, 2016

Mattie Lynn Case (FACS)“At the beginning of my senior year I discovered that my interest in Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) was no longer just a hobby but had grown into a passion. I specifically want to be a foods and ProStart teacher.

“The CTE courses I have taken in high school have done nothing but prepare me for my life after high school. I have learned many valuable skills that will help me succeed during college and during my career. By taking the CTE courses I have been able to be involved with FCCLA, which has taught me people, leadership, and community skills. These are all traits I have developed and will need to use on a daily basis during my career as a teacher.

“My participation in CTE classes during high school has taught me valuable skills and lessons I will carry with me for the rest of my life. My time spent in these classes has also influenced my decision to become a Family and Consumer Sciences educator someday. My participation in CTE is not something that will cease after I graduate from high school; I plan on becoming further educated in the area and hope to one day educate others.”

—Mattie Lynn Case, Herriman High School

Mattie Lynn Case - FACS

UtahCTE.org congratulates Mattie on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah Valley University. Mattie was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuitions Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

Meet Marie-Chantal Niwenshuti: Future Nurse

May 4th, 2016

Marie-Chantal Niwenshuti (HS)“Taking the certified nursing assistant class at Granite Technical Institute has really helped me understand the background of nursing and has increased my desire of wanting to become a nurse. In the CNA class I learned many skills. Most importantly I learned how to interact with people from all walks of life and care for them in the ways I would want my loved ones to be cared for.

“It’s a requirement for many RN programs to have your CNA before applying to nursing school. I’m glad that CTE gave me the chance to complete that requirement while in high school. The CTE courses I have taken have prepared me for my future by giving me the privilege to become trained in two areas related to my dream career and finding out that I really like it.

“My personal goal is to attend Weber State University. After completing the RN nursing program I will work part-time as a nurse and continue going to school to get my BSN.”

—Marie Chantal Niwenshuti, Taylorsville High School

Marie-Chantal Niwenshuti - HS

UtahCTE.org congratulates Marie Chantal on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Weber State University. Marie Chantal was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

Meet Lauren Yancey: Future Graphic Designer and Animator

May 4th, 2016

Lauren Yancey (IT)“From the time I was little, my biggest life goal has been to graduate from college. Almost everything I have worked for throughout my life has contributed to achieving this goal. From this same early age, I also knew I wanted to pursue a career in the arts.

“My career goal is to one day be able to do what I love, by creating artwork and animation that will improve the lives of others—whether in entertainment, education, or any other form. I believe that artwork has the power to change lives. However, I know that without a college education my goals would become dreams that would become exceedingly difficult to achieve.

“To reach my goal of becoming a graphic designer and animator, I will need to gain both an education and extensive experience in both of these fields. I have begun my experience and education by taking multiple CTE classes while still in high school, that will prepare me for the fields of graphic design and animation. The CTE classes have given me the preparation and foundation for college that I will need to stay one step ahead in order to succeed.”

Lauren Yancey, Hunter High School

Lauren Yancey - IT

UtahCTE.org congratulates Lauren on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Salt Lake Community College. Lauren was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

Meet Jacob Michael Argyle: Future Aerospace Composites Technician

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.

Meet Preston Henke: Future Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technician

May 4th, 2016

Preston Henke (TE)“I have been fortunate enough to enroll in a variety of technical courses along with my general high school curriculum. CTE classes have shown me a clear path for my future, because I have been able to experience more than just math and English. I have always been very curious as to how things work. I like to fix things, solve problems, and tear things apart just to put them back together again, or maybe see if I can make them work better.

“During my senior year I was accepted into a mechanical engineering internship at a local power plant. This internship combined with my engineering classes, I believe, has given me a great insight to what the future holds for me. I have been able to try it out—give it a test run, so to speak. I like the way it fits! I believe an aerospace engineering and operations technician job is exactly what I want. I will be able to build, test, and maintain aircraft.”

 —Preston Henkie, Delta High School

Preston Henke - TE

UtahCTE.org congratulates Preston on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Utah State University Eastern. Preston was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.