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CTE Internship with a Smile

March 31st, 2015

Emily Goldman photo 1b

By Emily Goldman, student at Sky View High School

My name is Emily Goldman and I had the opportunity, during the winter of 2014-2015, to complete a CTE Internship at Dr. Grays Dental Office in the field of dental assisting. I am planning to pursue a career as a dental hygienist, and this internship let me get my foot in the door and see how a dental office really is. It also helped me have a better understanding of all of the procedures and tools that are needed to run a dental office successfully. I developed so many helpful skills that will help me not only at work, but also outside of the office.

As a dental assistant I had to learn surgery steps, names and functions of tools, and the proper ways of cleaning the exam rooms. I also had to gain a very comfortable relationship with patients as well as the parents of patients, so they would have no worries of how a surgery or a cleaning would go. While waiting for the doctor I would have to keep a conversation with patients, which helped me with my social skills. I absolutely loved every minute of interning at Dr. Gray’s office, and that had a lot to do with the other dental assistants as well as the hygienists and receptionists. They were all so patient and understanding and helpful in whatever task that I was asked to do.

I am so thankful that I was able to have this chance to see if it was what I really wanted to do, and it is due to the amazing people who helped me see all the good of a dental office.

Trip W Club Sponsors a Dinner Meeting

March 27th, 2015

By Steven Jualio-Martin, welding student at Highland High School

Steven Jualio-Martin photoOn March 10, 2015, Salt Lake City School District welding teacher, Denise Hevner and the Trip W Club (welding club) held a dinner meeting with guest speakers. The purpose of the dinner meeting was to inform students and their parents/guests about the many career opportunities in the field of welding. Together they brought in six guest speakers that are currently working in different areas of the industry.

One of the speakers was a young man by the name of Emilio Quintana. Emilio is a former student of Ms. Hevner and is a Weber State University student who is working on getting his engineering degree in welding. He mentioned the fact that you can make money by creating art through welding. It’s very interesting what you can do with welding! The fact that you can make money by making art speaks volumes to some. You could be an entrepreneur and start your own business.

Despite the fact that welding comes with a good salary, Nick Price from the DATC (Davis Applied Technology College), pointed out that you don’t need to have a huge salary to be happy. He shared his story about opportunities he’s had to get better paying jobs in the field, but turned them down to be a teacher. “It’s about finding your passion and doing what makes you happy. You know you have found your career when you look forward to going to work on Monday,” said Nick.

20150310_191631_resizedIMG_6052Jason Hart from Lincoln Electric brought in a virtual reality welding machine to demonstrate how it works. What make this a great training tool is that it gives you instant feedback on your travel speed, travel angle, work angle, arc gap and position. It will rate and score the weld upon completion. This kind of technology is the future of welding education.

All of the guest speakers shared their own experiences and perspectives on how to get started in the welding industry. After the dinner meeting, there was a question and answer session for both parents/guests and students to talk with the guest speakers about more detail and personal information. Parents/guests seemed pleased to learn of the potential for a well-paying career in welding.

America is short more than 200,000 welders right now. If you have the skill and you enjoy it, there is a career waiting for you. The welding industry doesn’t just mean getting under the hood either. That is only one branch of the career path tree. There are many career options if you like welding, and it doesn’t mean you have to be a welder. Learning to weld is just the foundation.

IMG_6055We’d like to give a special thanks to all of our guest speakers:
Nick PriceDATC
Bob NorthLocal 27 Iron Workers Union
Woody Cook – SME Steel
Emilio Quintana – Weber State University student
Bob UdySalt Lake Community College
Jason HartLincoln Electric

 

 

My CTE Internship at Esplin-Weight Attorneys at Law

March 26th, 2015

By Bilmer Chacon, student at Spanish Fork High School

Bilmer ChaconHello, my name is Bilmer Chacon. I am a senior attending Spanish Fork High School. My career goals for the future are to go into law or the computer science industry, so I have been interning at Esplin-Weight Attorneys at Law in Provo, Utah to find out more about one of my career interests.

Esplin-Weight is a law firm handling a variety of cases from adoptions to business matters and divorces. I have had the opportunity to intern with Trent Cahill, one of the firms’ attorneys. Each day when I arrive he updates me on current cases he is working on, how he will handle the case and what approach he plans to take to assist the client. I have been taught to make and file documents and have been able to attend and learn about different aspects of the court. Each employee at Esplin-Weight has been instrumental in explaining things I didn’t understand, showing me what they do in their different jobs, and providing information on what it takes to become a lawyer.

So far I have loved everything I’ve learned. Even though it will be a challenge to become a lawyer, thanks to the people at Esplin-Weight, it is now something I think I can do and that I would enjoy doing!

 

A Head-Start on Pursuing My Dreams

March 25th, 2015

By Merralee Young, student at Sky View High School

Merralee Young photo 2“When I was in fifth grade, I had the most amazing teacher. She taught us how to be respectful and responsible. Through her teaching style, she treated all of her students equally and made us all feel like we were important and had something to share with the world around us. Elementary school is such a critical time. All of the kids need someone to teach them to love school, and to teach them how to be a respectable member of society. Ever since fifth grade, I have had a desire to have that same kind of influence on other kids that my fifth grade teacher had on me.

“I’m Merralee Young. In the winter of 2015 I completed a CTE Internship at Sunrise Elementary School in the field of elementary education. I got to work with Mrs. Hellstern in her afternoon kindergarten class. I’m pursuing a career in elementary education and this internship has really helped me get out of my comfort zone and really get to see what elementary education has in store [for me]. It was a great experience to spend so much time with such a great teacher. Kindergarten can be a hard age, but Mrs. Hellstern is very good at what she does. I think she understands what level of cognition the students are at and knows just when and where to push her students to do their best. For example, Mrs. Hellstern’s class has their own mission statement, separate from the schools. One of the key words in this mission statement is “synergize.” She was teaching her kindergarten class how to work together, or synergize, by reading them a story and giving each student a partner to work on an assignment together. It was something none of the students had much experience with, but they responded very well.

“I feel fortunate to have been able to work one-on-one with the students, and observe what it takes to be a teacher. I had the chance to do things like organize files, do crafts with the students, and read stories to the class. When I was responsible for a group of students, it felt a little out of place to take charge because I don’t get to play the teacher role in my life very often. I found that it’s harder than it looks to be in charge of 25 children, but that it’s something I’m very capable of doing. My favorite part of this experience is how rewarding it is. I love interacting with the kids, and hearing their funny stories. It’s also pretty neat to see how the students learn and progress, even in just a few short months. I have definitely learned some amazing things that will give me a head-start on my career in elementary education.”

Merralee Young photo 1

 

Join CTE at the 2015 Utah STEM Fest

March 24th, 2015

Middle/junior high school students, and their families, are invited to attend the 2015 Utah STEM Fest March 25-27, 2015 at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

Utah STEM Fest is an innovative workforce development tool designed to provide students with hands-on exposure to diverse and exciting careers. Through interactive exhibits students will learn about careers, Milford_TE_IMG_4459discover the technical skills required to be successful in a career, and find out how to train for jobs in some of Utah’s fastest growing industries, including:
> Aerospace
> Automotive and Diesel
> Construction
> Energy and Energy Efficiency
> Engineering
> Manufacturing and Composites

STEM Fest mapSTEM Fest is about innovation and how to harness it. It’s about imagination and how to fuel it. Students and their families will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on experiences in science and technology. Be sure to stop by the USOE/Career and Technical Education booth located at C15 in the exhibition center.

Who: Utah middle/junior high school students

What You Can Expect to See at Utah STEM Fest:
> BYU’s soft-robot and unmanned aerial vehicle
> Discovery Space Center
> Larry H. Miller race car
> Superhydrophobic material
> Supermileage vehicle

When:
> Wednesday, March 25, Thursday, March 26, and Friday morning, March 27: Open to middle/junior high school students.
> Friday, March 27: Open to the public from 2:00-8:00 p.m.

Where: UCCU Events Center on Utah Valley University Campus 800 West University Parkway, Orem, UT

Why: To learn about future career opportunities that align with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines.

Questions: Contact Carl Lyman – carl.lyman@schools.utah.gov

STEM Career Resources:
STEM Career—Learn about STEM careers and available scholarships.
STEM Girls—Find out about the career opportunities for women in STEM.
O*NET—Explore STEM careers by discipline.

National Ag Week Omelet Cook-off

March 20th, 2015

IMG_0203In celebration of the first day of spring, and to celebrate National Ag Week, Utah FFA hosted an omelet cook-off at the Utah State Fair Park. Teams competed to cook the best tasting and most creative omelet in 15 minutes. The competition was “egg-citing” to watch as each competitor “scrambled” to create an omelet that would impress the judges.

Four distinguished guests—Christina Nolasco, former State FFA President; Randy Rigby, President, Utah Jazz; LuAnn Adams, Commissioner, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food; and Governor Gary Herbert—were deemed “egg-cellent” judges for the event. Judges
“egg-amined” each omelet for appearance and taste to crown an “egg-ceptional” winner in two categories.

Haley Smith, KSL TV, won “Most Creative” omelet and an Oakdell Eggs representative won “Best Tasting” omelet. Both individuals were “egg-static” to be named the winner of the 2015 Omelet Cook-off.

Related Story:
KSL Morning Show – National Ag Day Omelet Cook-off

Update: FIRST Robotics Competition

March 19th, 2015

FIRST 2014-1Congratulations to Annie Yun and Jacob Fishman who qualified to advance to the 2015 National FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis, MO on April 22-25, 2015. The FIRST Championship is the culmination of the season’s FIRST programs, bringing together robotics competitions for the ultimate Sport for the Mind™. Teams will compete for scholarships ranging from a one-time award of $500 to full four-year tuition.

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award
Annie Yun

Team 3006 – Red Rock Robotics – Salt Lake City, UT
Jacob Fishman
Team 3245 – The Ravens – Sandy, UT

Team 3239—Birds of Prey of Layton, Utah received the Industrial Safety Award. Although the team will not be advancing to national competition, the award they received celebrates their progress in the competition, beyond safety fundamentals, by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards. Congratulations!

Related Stories:
High School Students Compete in Regional Robotics Competition in Salt Lake City
Robots and Their Child Overlords Invade Utah for a Day
Robotics Competition Inspires Future Engineers
Teams Compete to See Who Can Build the Fastest Robot

Emotional Range of Motion: The Other Side of Physical Therapy

March 17th, 2015

By Blake Jordan, student at Sky View High School

Blake Jordan photo 2“One more, come on one more! Get there, get there, get there! You can do this!” The physical therapist screams at his rehabilitating patient. The final rep is completed, and thus proves the patient’s physical state has been tested and proved to be improving greatly. The patient feels great physically, and hasn’t been able to work his muscles this hard since the accident, and knows he can get back to performing the usual tasks that he was debilitated from. However, he has an extremely difficult time getting any rest in the evening. Every night he wakes up around 3:30 in the morning, screaming, and cold sweat streams from his pores. His mind replays the final stages before the accident. The desperate honking, the headlights launching towards him—at an incredibly high speed—and the closing of his eyes with no idea of what is to come next.

How absolutely horrifying would this situation be if it were you? You can recover physically, that part is the easy part compared to the long rocky road of the mental recovery. Our brains have the tendency to tie an emotionally challenging event to a certain sight or smell that is chemically tied to that specific event. This is why some smells bring back good memories, or bad memories. Or, what if you see something that reminds you of a hard time suffered years ago, it still flashes in your mind as if it was just happening again. Often physical therapists tend to stay strictly to their title, physical therapy. However, Sharik Peck is very unique, because he almost mainly concentrates on the mental side of recovery. I’ve witnessed Sharik practically blur out a bad memory by mixing chemical releases in the brain at the same time, causing the memory to not be as severe and to help the emotional state of the patient. This experience has completely changed the way I look at the study of medicine and the medical professional field.

Blake Jordan photo 3I aspire to be a doctor one day, and have taken major strides as a young 17 year old to get there. This will help me to be a more personable doctor. Granted, I’m not planning on going into physical therapy, but the lessons remain the same. All doctors should care about every single one of their patients and help them in a way that is unique to that doctor. This will create an amazing bond between doctor and patient and both will be much more relaxed and comfortable in that environment.

As I head to college, I will have already developed valuable skills in the medical field that most will not be able to say they did. I work at a doctor’s office, working on data entry and billing insurance companies to make sure revenue is generated for the clinic. That is the insurance and billing side of healthcare. I’m also interning for Sharik and seeing the one-on-one actual doctor patient experience of healthcare. I want to express my sincere gratitude to Sharik, and his wife/business partner Cheryl Peck, for granting this amazing opportunity to me and for helping me develop valuable skills in the healthcare world. I’m Blake Jordan. In the winter of 2015, I completed a CTE Internship at Maximum Function Physical Therapy in the field of physical therapy.

Call for Entries: 2015 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival

March 16th, 2015

GTI_IT_IMG_1732The entry deadline for submitting entries for the 2015 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival is Friday, April 10, 2015 at midnight. The Utah Digital Media Arts Festival is a yearly competition/festival that gives Utah high school students the opportunity to showcase his or her best work, and for students to see projects from all around the state.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

1. What should my entry be about? There is no theme or content requirement for the categories. As long as it is school appropriate, you can create whatever you want!

2. How many entries can I submit in each category? Utah schools can submit four entries in each category, regardless of class size. Individual Utah students can submit two different categories. Schools are invited to hold their own competitions to pick entries that will move on to the festival.

3. Can students use photos they have found online in their designs? For the T-Shirt/Poster, and Graphics, and Photography categories, the work must be 100 percent student original.

4. Can copyright music be used in video and animation submissions? If copyright music is used in the video and animation categories, students must receive written permission from the original artist. This permission must be submitted along with the entry.

5. Can Creative Commons music be used in video and animation submissions? Creative Commons music can be used if the artist, song, and URL where found are attributed in the credits. Students will also need to attribute on the entry form.

DMAF T-shirt and poster winner 2015Category Guidelines: How to submit vector graphics, raster graphics, photography, animation—stop-motion, 2D animation—traditional or digital, audio, video, 3D graphics, 3D animation, Web design, and game design.

Entry form: Contact the Digital Media Arts teacher at your school.

Entry submission deadline: Friday, April 10, 2015 at midnight.

Fee: There is no fee to submit entries. However, there is a $12 fee to attend the 2015 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival, which will be held May 5, 2015 at Utah Valley University.

Prizes: First place winners receive a one-year subscription to the Adobe Creative cloud, along with a plaque, gift card, and a certificate.

News: Follow Utah Digital Media Arts Festival on Facebook.

Congratulations to Paul Amstone, student at Layton High School, who won the 2015 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival T-shirt and poster contest.

Stacie Chatterton: Future Police Officer

March 11th, 2015

Female Officer, Is it Possible?
By Stacie Chatterton, student at Sky View High School

Stacie Chatterton photo 1There is a point in every kid’s life where they dream big. Everyone wants to be the person that everyone looks up to. It could differ between a firefighter, astronaut, doctor, or even a police officer. The more they grow up the more options they know they have and choose to become something else. For me, becoming a police officer is only the beginning of my dream. I have had many opportunities in the past couple months to get up close and be a part of law enforcement.

[I was] able to go on a ride along with different [police] officers to get the point of view of what it is like to be out on the road. I learned how the computers worked and everything that it was used for, which always was a huge curiosity for me. I learned the police talk they always use. I’m pretty good at being able to describe and/or say what they are saying, “Alpha-2-November-Hotel-4-7-Oscar.”

I was also able to meet with a K9 Unit officer Corporal Kleven and his partner Jaxon. He was super generous in helping to describe his duties and even stretched the rules for me and allowed me to go on a ride along with him, which was the best experience. He also did a one-on-one drug search at the police department so I could be up close and watch. Corporal Kleven taught me how the [K9 Unit] accepts dogs and trains them, how to use hand signals and offer treats to Jaxon.

Stacie Chatterton photo 2The best part of my CTE Internship was being able to have Officer Kerr, at Sky View High School, be a big part in helping me put all of this together. He taught me a lot of things that most [people] wouldn’t know. I had the chance to write tickets, go on patrol, watch security footage, and my most favorite part was him hand cuffing me.

There were a few things, out of many, I had an opportunity to be a part of because of the Work-Based Learning class at Sky View High School. This was the best class I could have chosen. Because of this experience it has put a whole new view on how I see law enforcement, and it helped me decide that I really want to stay on this pathway. My personal view of police officers is that they are there to help keep the community safe. There are bad ones out there, but most are not. The view of them right now is not a good one, but if you actually give them a chance, and not get in trouble with the law, you will see they are only there to help.