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Focus On: Technology and Engineering Education

February 2nd, 2016

JATC_TE_IMG_2663Technology and Engineering Education is committed to preparing students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities by teaching them to understand, design, produce, use, and manage the human-made world in order to contribute and function in a technological society.

The Utah Technology and Engineering Education Pathways are based on established state standards and national standards for courses that serve to introduce students to the world of engineering and engineering technology. The courses are designed to give students relevant engineering experiences where they use language arts, math, and science concepts in real-world applications and settings.

Beginning the 2016-2017 school year, the CTE Pathways within the Technology and Engineering Education program area will expand from two to five. Students have the opportunity to be a CTE Secondary Pathway Completer in one of five Technology and Engineering Education Pathways.

Architectural Design (CAD/Drafting)
Mechanical Design (CAD/Drafting)

The Hillcrest High School Husky Robotics Team, under the direction of their teacher Clief Castleton, is working on a project to develop a new technology that will help students with physical challenges. Using infrared technology, the Team is working to create technology that will allow students to use the motion of their eyes to interact with computers. Although the infrared technology already exists it is very expensive. The Husky Robotics Team version would cost a lot less.

The Team was the recipient of the KUTV Channel 2 “Pay It Forward” program. They received $500 from Mountain America Credit Union to help with their project. The news story, Pay It Forward: Robotic help for special needs students, can be viewed at KUTV.com.

Stars and Skills for the Top Ten Occupations in Technology and Engineering
The following are rated “4- or 5-Star” occupations by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, and most require a bachelor’s degree for entry. (The only exception is electrical and electronics engineering technician, which requires an associate degree.)

Listed in order of the total number of people projected to be working in each occupation by 2022, all of these occupations –
> Offer projected openings for 20-180 new Utah workers every year through 2022.
> Pay median hourly wages of between $27.30 and $53.10 in Utah.

Occupation chartSkills chart

ACTE Trophy Design Contest

February 2nd, 2016

The Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has announced a first-ever student contest to re-design the 3D-printed trophies for the ACTE Excellence Awards. The ACTE Excellence Awards promote excellence in Career and Technical Education, recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to CTE.

In 2013, ACTE presented its national winners with the first ACTE trophies created by 3D printers. ACTE partnered with Stratasys to manufacture the 3D printed trophies, designed by Douglas Koch, associate professor and chair of the School of Technology at the University of Central Missouri. The ACTE Trophy Design Contest will give students the opportunity to share their skills and talents as they design a unique 3D image for the trophy. The winning trophy design will be printed by Stratasys and presented to the 10 national award winners at the 2016 ACTE Awards Banquet.

Who: The contest is open to secondary, postsecondary, and adult CTE students in 3D design courses or other CAD courses.
Prize: $1,000 scholarship
How to Apply: Online at the ACTE Awards Portal
Deadline: Entries are due by Sunday, May, 1, 2016.

For contest details and requirements visit acteonline.org and search for 2016 Student Trophy Design Contest.

The Making of the ACTE Awards


18 and Going Back to the 5th Grade

February 2nd, 2016

classroom 1Being 18 years old during the last stretch of senior year can be tough. Having full blown senioritis, stacks of homework, tests, college applications, decisions to make, and wanting to be done, but not wanting to grow up is extremely stressful. Luckily, I decided to go back to the 5th grade. Well, kind of.

My name is Alix Crossley. I completed a CTE Internship at Sunrise Elementary in the field of elementary education.

This experience has been absolutely incredible! I feel fortunate to have been able to experience a classroom environment first hand. I have learned so much and had a blast. There is no other class I would rather be in than Miss Nelson’s 5th grade class. She is an outstanding teacher who not only excels at teaching her students, but has taught me an unbelievable amount. I don’t know how to explain all that I have learned from the students. They are examples to me with each of their unique personalities and strong desires to learn.

I not only observed Miss Nelson’s teaching, and how a classroom operates, but also walked around and assisted the students in their work. I also corrected assignments, passed out papers, read books to the class, led the students in a review game, and helped with whatever else there was that needed to be done. These things were all fun, but my favorite daily ritual occurred at the end of the day when I stood at the door and gave the students high-fives as they left. What better way to end my day than with 26 hand slaps and smiles.

I will never forget this awesome opportunity, what I’ve learned about teaching elementary school, or the many relationships I’ve developed. I wish this experience could last forever and I know it can. That’s why I want to be an elementary school teacher. I want to continue in this career and teach students for the rest of my life.

I now know there is no better place to be than in a 5th grade class, no matter my age.

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Early Childhood Education is one of seven Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Early Childhood Education Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success

Meet Brennon Spangler: Future Computer Programmer

February 1st, 2016

Brennon Spangler - photoBrennon Spangler has enjoyed success in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes he has taken during high school. Through study and practice he has found an industry he is passionate about. His goal is to become a computer programmer. With the skills Brennon has developed in CTE, along with his determination and drive, he is on the path to having a successful and satisfying career.

“I have always known that I wanted to go into something with computers. Through the CTE classes that I have taken in high school I have been able to narrow that down. I now know that I want to go into programming. Taking web/mobile app development at the Jordan Applied Technology Center (JATC) has helped me to know that this is the industry that I love. I have loved being able to do real world work with real clients. This has helped me to receive knowledge that will be extremely valuable in the world of work,” said Brennon.

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Programming and Software Development is one of four Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Information Technology Education program area. To participate in the Programming and Software Development Pathway talk to your school counselor.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success

Apply Now for a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award

January 28th, 2016

Alberto Cruz (HS)

Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school seniors, NOW is the time to apply for a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. Eligible candidates are those who are planning to attend a postsecondary institution in a CTE program. The training must result in:

  1. An associate degree or less.
  2. A bachelor’s degree with a teaching credential
    in a CTE area.

Last year, 204 high school seniors applied for a Utah CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award, with 50 percent (102) of the applicants receiving a college scholarship.

What: CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards

Who: Utah High School Seniors
CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards are open to any graduating senior student who plans to obtain CTE training after high school. Candidates must be a legal U.S. resident, have senior status and graduate from a Utah-sponsored, public, secondary school before September 15, 2016.

Where: CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards are to Utah postsecondary institutions. Detailed institution information is located HERE.

How: Complete the application located HERE.
Mail or hand deliver the application to the Utah State Office of Education.

When: The application is due and must be postmarked no later than Monday, February 22, 2016. Hand delivered applications should be delivered to TC Tomlin at the Utah State Office of Education. Winners will be notified on March 11, 2016.

Utah State Office of Education
250 East 500 South
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200

Additional information: Visit http://schools.utah.gov/CTE/main/Scholarships.aspx.

“All of the CTE courses that I took helped me learn critical thinking skills and to pay attention to detail. As soon as I took the CNA course I knew from that moment on that I was going to stay in the medical field, and try as hard as I could to [become] a radiologist. CTE has prepared me for what I want to do in life and has given me a small taste of what it is like to work in this field of study,” said Alberto Cruz, 2015 CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award recipient.

Bear River Region School Districts Partner with BATC in Robotics Training

January 26th, 2016

Capture 2The Bridgerland Applied Technology College Robotics STEM Academy was formed in 2014, thanks to a $500,000 grant awarded by the STEM Action Center of Utah. The Robotics STEM Academy gives students at Bear River, Box Elder, Logan, Mountain Crest, Rich, and Sky View High Schools the chance to obtain a 900-hour certificate from BATC through classes held at their high schools. Students have the opportunity to learn skills such as industrial robot programming, automation, basic electrical principle, microcontrollers, drone aviation, advanced composites, PLC programming, and much more.

The Robotics STEM Academy was developed using hybrid and distance education systems, leveraging the talents of every instructor at the Bear River regional schools. Early morning lab classes, originating from BATC, are broadcast using the Utah Education Network (UEN) to all six high schools. Duplicate UEN receive sites, labs and equipment are set up at each location.

A live broadcast streams each day from the BATC West Campus, where enrolled students have the opportunity to participate in this interactive broadcast. Local high school instructors can have their students participate in the broadcast live, or use it as a recording later.

Capture 1Upon completion of their certificate students have multiple options including:
> Participating in an internship and employment opportunities with companies such as Autoliv and Nucor.
> Continuing their education to attain an associate or bachelor’s degree.
> Having their coursework count toward 30 (postsecondary) credits, the equivalent of about $7,000 in tuition, books, and fees.

Robots and additional automation are being quickly added to manufacturing facilities in the Bear River Region, which perform welding and pick-and-place operations. The Utah Manufacturers Association and companies such as Autoliv in Brigham City and Tremonton, Pepperidge Farm, Icon Health and Fitness, Gossner Foods, MOM Brands, Schreiber Foods and many others have expressed support for this program and look forward to having local students working at their facilities.

Automated manufacturing in the Bear River Region is helping local companies compete at an international level, and the industry is growing rapidly both locally and nationally. Automated manufacturing in the state is high on the list of key industries under the Economic Development Corporation of Utah.

Robotics Stem Academy Logo

Box Elder School District students, to participate in the
BATC Robotics STEM Academy contact your school counselor.


National Employment Projections 2014-2024: Selected Highlights

January 19th, 2016

The U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released employment projections for 2014-24. Here are a few highlights with regard to occupational employment as projected through 2024:

  • Healthcare Support occupations, and Healthcare Practitioners/Technical occupations are projected to be the two fastest growing occupational groups.
  • Two major occupational groups – Production occupations, and Farming, Fishing, and Forestry occupations – are projected to have declining employment.
  • For 11 of the 15 fastest growing occupations, some level of postsecondary education is typically required for entry.

Quick Overview of Total Projected Employment

Chart - Total Projected Employment 2024


Another way to look at the new BLS data is to organize the projections by level of education. Of special interest to Career and Technical Education, are occupations that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a Bachelor’s Degree, shown in chart below.

Most Job Openings
Associate’s Degree or Postsecondary Award

Chart - Occupations Requiring


This is just the beginning of the information available about employment in the U.S. through 2024. Check out other data of interest in the latest edition of Career Outlook, or watch the Data Snapshot Video below that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) developed.



Star Wars and SkillsUSA

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.


Verizon Innovative App Challenge: Two Utah Teams Win Best in State

January 13th, 2016

CaptureMiddle/junior high and high school students from across the country submitted concepts for an innovative app for the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. This national competition, created by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association, challenged student teams to develop mobile application concepts that addressed a need or problem in the students’ communities or schools. The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is designed to respond to a critical need, to inspire student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

A panel of judges assembled by the Technology Student Association, which included educators and industry experts, evaluated all submissions according to the judging rubric. The judges reviewed all the complete submissions to identify one winning team from grades 6 through 8 and another winning team from grades 9 through 12 from each state and the District of Columbia. All of the Best in State winning teams are eligible to win the App Challenge Fan Favorite award.

The two Best in State winning teams in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge for Utah are:

DaVinci Academy — Middle School
App Name: AllerScanner
The AllerScan mobile app can let millions live another day by simply scanning bar codes of foods while shopping. A personalized allergen list will be displayed to help consumers choose foods that will not harm them.

Herriman High School
App Name: ShoutStudy
The ShoutStudy app connects students to their peers, giving them the help they need to graduate from high school.

Business teacher, Randall Kammerman describes the ShoutStudy app. “It is student-driven homework helper app. Kids with solid abilities register for subjects they can help with. Kids with needs register and send a “shout” when they need some help. The app hooks up requests via video chat or text chat. Kids help kids solve problems in a non-threatening way. Helpers get ‘points’ that can be redeemed in various ways.” The team included DECA, TSA, FBLA, and MustangTV students.

DaVinci Academy and Herriman High School have the opportunity to compete for the title of Best in Nation and for the Fan Favorite award. Teachers, students, and the community have a chance to choose a national winner of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge. The team that receives the most votes for its app concept will win the App Challenge Fan Favorite award.

The Fan Favorite team will be awarded $15,000 for their school, resources from MIT to develop their app concept into a working app, and an all-expenses paid trip for each team member (including a parent/guardian) to the 2016 National TSA Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in June.

There are two ways to vote:
1. Online:
>DaVinci Academy at http://appchallenge.tsaweb.org/vote/5480
>Herriman High School at http://appchallenge.tsaweb.org/vote/2726

2. By phone:
>DaVinci Academy – text the code SHOUTAPP2 to the number 22333.
>Herriman High School – text the code ALLERSCAN2 to the number 22333.

Only one vote per phone or mobile device. Standard texting rates apply.


Additional Information
Vote Now FAQ
Verizon Innovative App Challenge 2015-2016 Best in State Winners
Verizon Innovative App Challenge Past Winners

Focus On: Agricultural Education

January 11th, 2016

Agricultural Education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in agriculture through technical instruction in the classroom, experiential education through the laboratory and Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAEP), and leadership and personal development through the FFA.

The Utah Agricultural Education Pathways are based on the national skills standards and the national cluster pathways for agricultural education. By taking Agricultural Education courses, students learn to value and understand the vital role of agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems in advancing personal and global well-being. Students have the opportunity to be a CTE Secondary Pathway Completer in one of five Agricultural Education Pathways:

Agricultural Systems Technology
Animal Systems
Food Production and Processing Systems
Natural Resource Systems
Plant Systems

Madyson Smith photo 3Madyson Smith found her passion for floriculture while participating in the Agricultural Education Plant Systems Pathway. “Up until my sophomore year of high school, I was completely clueless as to what I wanted my career to be when I graduated. College was a terrifying thought that I was certain was only for old people like the seniors to think about. Then I took my first agriculture class, which everyone assumes is strictly about farm animals, and it introduced me to plant biology. I then continued my curiosity with plant science and took two trimester classes my junior year. The classes took place mostly in the school greenhouse, where I learned to grow plants and flowers from seeds. This is where I found my passion for flowers,” said Madyson.

In the fall, Madyson completed a CTE Internship at Corner Floral where she learned more about plants, flowers, and floral design. “I want to pursue a career in plant and soil science, and I feel this internship has helped me get a feel for what I want to study and get a head start. I’m so fortunate to have access to so many resources to help me prepare for a career. I was able to find out exactly what I wanted to do and do it while still in high school.”

Stars and Skills for the Top Ten Occupations in Agriculture
The following are rated “4- or 5-Star” occupations by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, and most require a high school diploma and work experience for entry. The exceptions are: environmental science and protection technician (including health), which requires an associate degree, environmental scientist and specialist (including health), which requires a bachelor’s degree, and urban and regional planner, which requires a master’s degree.

Listed in order of the total number of people projected to be working in each occupation by 2022, all of these occupations –
> Offer projected openings for 10-80 new Utah workers every year through 2022.
> Pay median hourly wages of between $19.30 and $33.10 in Utah.

Occupations chartSkills chart