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Microsoft Office Specialist Utah State Championship

April 21st, 2015

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Utah students, between the ages of 13 and 22, interested in participating in the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Utah State Championship and qualifying for the MOS U.S. National Championship must pass one of the following exams by Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

> Microsoft Office Specialist Word (2013 or 2010)
> Microsoft Office Specialist Excel (2013 or 2010)
> Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint (2013 or 2010)

The student who submits the highest passing score will be named the 2015 MOS Utah State Champion in their exam track. All previous exam scores during the 2014-15 school year will be factored into the MOS State Championship rankings.

Current Rankings
As of April 13, 2015, the schools listed below have the top three students in each exam track.

MOS Word 2013
1. Timpanogos High School
2. North Sanpete High School
3. Snow Canyon Middle School

MOS Excel 2013
1. Timpanogos High School
2. Herriman High School
3. Dixie Middle School

MOS PowerPoint 2013
1. Brighton High School
2. Salem Hills Jr. High School
3. Box Elder High School

MOS Word 2010
1. Canyons Technical Education Center
2. Canyons Technical Education Center
3. Canyons Technical Education Center

MOS Excel 2010
1. Tooele High School
2. Canyons Technical Education Center
3. Canyons Technical Education Center

MOS PowerPoint 2010
1. Copper Hills High School
2. Copper Hills High School
3. Copper Hills High School

Copper Hills High School was selected by Microsoft to be featured in a promotional video highlighting the importance of becoming certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist. “The students coming out of my class, these guys are rock stars with Microsoft. They’re absolutely amazing. When they become certified I look at them as 100 percent as good as I am in whatever the certification is,” said Brandon Jacobson, Business teacher at Copper Hills High School.

During the month of May, the respective state champions will be announced, awards will be dispersed, and invitations will be extended to participate in the MOS U.S. National Championship in Orlando, Florida, June 18-20, 2015.

Makayla Hendricks to Receive National CTE Student Innovator Recognition Award

April 20th, 2015

Photo - Makayla HendricksMakayla Hendricks, Utah FCCLA State President, has been selected to receive the National CTE Student Innovator Recognition Award by the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE). This is an incredible honor for the Bountiful High School junior and for Utah FCCLA. The National CTE Student Innovator Recognition Award acknowledges students who exhibit excellence, dedication, leadership, and innovation within the field of Career and Technical Education (CTE), as well as within their respective Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Nominees were evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Work indicating a high level of accomplishment in the field of CTE. Accomplishments including everything from high grades to completion of innovative individual and group projects—inside and outside the classroom—related to CTE.
  • Involvement with co-curricular CTE opportunities, including CTE related leadership activities within schools, communities, and a CTSO.

Mckayla appreciates the opportunity she has had to participate in CTE, FCCLA, and FBLA. “Career and Technical Education has played a large part in my success in high school, and in my young adult life. CTE courses have been my favorite classes, and they are also the ones that I’ve learned the most from. By excelling in CTE courses, my high involvement in FCCLA, as well as FBLA, and my experience through the CTE Internship program qualified me to receive the National CTE Student Innovator Recognition Award.”

When Mckayla was asked how CTE has made in impact on her life she responded, “CTE courses have played a large role in my life, and will continue to be a part of it. The skills I’ve learned through CTE courses and by participating in CTSOs have far better prepared me for my future than any other activity. CTE courses and CTSOs have challenged me and changed my life. I wouldn’t be half the person I am today without Career and Technical Education.”

Virtual Healthcare Interactive: Mother-Infant

April 16th, 2015

JATC_HS_IMG_2732On Thursday, April 23, 2015, Utah Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school students across the state of Utah will participate in a Virtual Healthcare Interactive (VHI) live broadcast, in partnership with the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) and Intermountain Healthcare.

The two-hour event begins with students watching a pre-recorded mother-infant surgery, followed by a live chat with surgeons/physicians using real-time technology. In conjunction with the live broadcast, students will receive exposure to a variety of healthcare careers related to the surgery, as well as pre- and post-event curricula and activities designed to provide them with the background information they need in order to understand the surgery/procedure.

There will be eight broadcast sites across the state, including those within technology centers. More than 350 high school students from 15 high schools in 7 school districts, as well as physicians from Intermountain Healthcare, will participate in this event. The participating school districts are Cache, Canyons, Juab, Provo, Rich, Tooele, and Weber.

With increased confidentiality concerns, Work-Based Learning experiences have decreased in the healthcare area over the last few years. Engaging students through technology allows hospitals to bring more students into their environment with limited liability exposure and minimal interruption to the hospital.

USOE Health Science Education Specialist Rachel Decker says, “With more stringent privacy laws and regulations, it has become increasingly difficult for students to do job shadows and internships in a hospital setting. Through the Virtual Healthcare Interactive partnership, the students are able to learn about a variety of careers involved in the patient care process and then observe an operation as if they were there in the operating room. They also have the opportunity to interact with the surgeon and ask questions as they are watching the surgery. VHI allows students chances to experience an operating room and surgery that they would normally not have.”

Healthcare is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the U.S., employing over 18 million workers in more than 200 careers. Over the past decade, the healthcare industry has added 2.6 million jobs nationwide. According to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, the U.S. will need 5.6 million more healthcare workers by the year 2020.

Cameron White: Director of Food Services

April 13th, 2015

Cameron White photoCameron White graduated from Ogden High School in 2010. While in high school, he participated in the ProStart program where he was mentored by Janae Hudman, FACS ProStart teacher. Because of his experience in Career and Technical Education and ProStart, Cameron has successfully found his niche.

After graduating from high school, Cameron decided not to enter culinary school, but instead chose to work under Jason Hess, the original owner and master chef, at Jasoh restaurant located on Ogden’s Historic 25th Street. Cameron later changed restaurants to work under the guidance of Elio Scanu, who started Zucca Trattoria in South Ogden. Later he moved to Mountain Ridge Assisted Living, in South Ogden, to the position of head chef. Now, at the ripe old age of 22, Cameron was recently promoted to the Director of Food Services for Mountain Ridge.

Cameron is in charge of all aspects of the kitchen, manages a staff of 15 employees, and oversees the overall food systems management. He provides three meals a day, for a minimum of 89 people, and designs menus for many different dietary restrictions, as well as for the public who come to eat with residents.

Mrs. Hudman recently visited with Cameron and was impressed with his competence as he explained his role as a boss and executive chef. Cameron told me, “I learned good stuff and bad stuff from former bosses. I am using the good stuff here.”

Cameron’s father expressed how proud he is of his son and for the training he received in high school. “As his Dad I’m immensely proud of him and want to thank Mrs. Hudman as the one who started him on this path of success! He continues to mesmerize everyone he works with, not only with his knowledge of gourmet cooking, but the whole industry,” said Steve White.

CTE Pathways at Mountain Crest High School and Beyond

April 8th, 2015

By Lisa Jones, School Counselor Intern

Mountain Crest_TE_IMG_0367As a part of a plan to prepare students for college and careers, Mountain Crest High School offers a wide variety of CTE Pathways to students. Each CTE Pathway consists of relevant classes that offer students the opportunity to earn skills certificates to validate their accomplishments. The experience students gain in these pathway courses sharpens the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will put students ahead of the game for a well-paid and satisfying career. Putting aside the fact that completing a CTE Pathway jump-starts your postsecondary education, what’s the bonus of receiving such a certificate? A great looking résumé and a standout job application!

Like other students across the state, students at Mountain Crest High School who are interested in completing a CTE Pathway meet with their school counselors, set goals, and make plans to start on the career path of their choice. In addition, all students across the state are well served by Regional Pathway Coordinators who assure that they have the information they need to benefit from the hands-on learning, college credit, and money-saving opportunities that the CTE Pathways offer. These students will be ready when college and career opportunities arise!

Each school/district/region chooses the CTE Pathways that will best serve their students. You can see the full list of CTE Pathways in which Utah students are participating HERE.


Become a Certified Microsoft Office Specialist

April 6th, 2015

Bear River_IT_IMG_0672Do you like formatting documents, creating spreadsheets, or developing electronic presentations? Are you proficient in a Microsoft Office program—Word, Excel, or PowerPoint? If you answered yes, you can become certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) by taking a MOS exam at one of the 74 testing sites in Utah. Becoming certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist will give you a competitive edge in the job market by displaying your advanced Microsoft Office skills.

Utah students, age 13 to 22, are eligible to participate in one of six competition tracks by submitting a qualified, passing score on any of the following exams by May 20, 2015:
>Microsoft Office Specialist Word (2013 or 2010)
>Microsoft Office Specialist Excel (2013 or 2010)
>Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint (2013 or 2010)

To date, Utah students have taken almost 12,000 exams and passed more than 6,000 exams. In addition, more than 5,800 Utah students have certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist.

Students who certify as a Microsoft Office Specialist qualify—highest score, lowest time—to compete in the state, national, and world competition. At the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist Utah State Championship, now through May 20, 2015, student competitors will showcase their expert skills using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and the top winners, one per track, will represent Utah at the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Championship in Orlando, Florida June 18–20, 2015.

In May 2015, invitations to the U.S. National Championship will be extended to top students from Utah who have entered a qualified exam entry. During the 2015 MOS U.S. National Championship event, student competitors will take a unique competition exam in their track, further testing their knowledge of the applications. In conjunction with the event, Certiport will host the inaugural 2015 CERTIFIED Educator Conference. CERTIFIED will be a place for teachers who offer certification in their classrooms to share best practices, learn what is new, and learn why certification is valuable.

“The growing popularity of MOS certification in Utah shows our dedication to college and workforce readiness, and the competition is a way to get kids even more excited,” said Laura deShazo, Utah State Office of Education. “We look forward to seeing students perfect their Microsoft skills and represent our state at the MOS U.S. National Championship. Being named best in the state at Microsoft Office is a resume booster and an experience the winners will never forget.”

May 20, 2015 is the deadline for students to enter the MOS U.S. National Championship. For official rules, prizes, promotional materials, and current rankings talk to the business or Information Technology (IT) teacher in your school, or visit 2015 MOS Utah State Championship.

2015 MOS U.S. National Championship
Who: Utah middle/junior high and high school students
What: 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist National Championship
Where: Orlando, Florida
When: June 18-20, 2015

CTE Students Amazed at All the Things to Do at STEM Fest

April 6th, 2015

By Judy Newton, Kurt Twining, and Bethann Martin
CTE Intro teachers at
Evergreen Junior High

STEM Fest 1Five yellow school buses, five team teachers, 250 7th graders with permission slips, and 15 parent chaperones can make for one very exciting, high energy day. STEM Fest at Utah Valley University was calling to our school, Evergreen Junior High, and we met the challenge. Every 7th grade CTE Introduction student was invited.

STEM is a buzzy acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Last week President Obama announced a $240 million initiative paid for with private donations to stimulate students’ interest in these areas. In our own state, Governor Herbert has organized the STEM Action Center, dedicated to “promoting science, technology, engineering and math through best practices in education to ensure connection with industry and Utah’s long-term economic prosperity.” As a result, Utah’s school children have been making the bus ride to a series of STEM activity days.

Throughout the country in STEM fields, there are more jobs available than people qualified to fill them. For the most part, these are high paying jobs. Looking to set-up a better pipeline of students graduating and working in STEM fields, hundreds of companies had booths at the STEM Fest with hands-on activities to engage students and spark their inquiring minds. Career options for girls and minority groups were especially encouraged.

STEM Fest 5Ava F. and Brooklyn K. certainly had a fun time. “The corn starch pool was really fun.” Brooklyn commented. “We got to walk across a mixture of corn starch and water.”

“Yeah,” Ave agreed. “In science, we learned about how corn starch and water can be hard if pushed quickly and watched a video of someone walking across it, but at STEM Fest we actually got to experience it.”

Both girls really loved the hands-on application of science concepts at STEM Fest. In fact, most students were amazed at the high energy and things to do at STEM Fest. We soon realized there just wasn’t enough time to “sample” all of the offerings. It was said that over a three day period of time, STEM Fest attracted over 12,000 students. Evergreen Junior High was thrilled that 250 of them were ours.

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College and Career Awareness

April 2nd, 2015

Cedar City_IT_IMG_4499Have you heard the news? CTE Introduction is changing to College and Career Awareness. This seventh grade course is designed to acquaint students with the Utah labor market and the employment opportunities for which they can prepare by defining a College and Career Ready Plan. College and Career Awareness offers exploration and preparation in college and career pathways, focusing on jobs that are high skill and high demand, as well as satisfying and financially rewarding.

The College and Career Awareness course is designed to help students identify their interests, abilities, and skills. During the course students will:

  • Become knowledgeable about the importance of career options and career planning; self-knowledge/self-efficacy (interest, aptitude, ability); current and emerging occupational information; and the preparatory steps for college and career readiness.
  • Improve development in core subject content that is necessary for college and career readiness; explore relevant education, training, and career opportunities essential for success.

During the year long course students will explore skills, knowledge, and concepts related to CTE College and Career Pathways in:

  • Agriculture
  • Business and Marketing
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Health Science
  • Information Technology
  • Technology and Engineering, Skilled and Technical Sciences

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Save the Date: Utah 2015 Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition

March 31st, 2015

20140501_095314On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 20 high school students from across Utah will gather together to compete in the state Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition at the Miller Campus of Salt Lake Community College. Students, working in teams of two, will compete to successfully debug a 2015 Ford vehicle. The competition requires repairs to be made with the highest quality workmanship (in the lowest total time) within 90 minutes.

The qualifying process began in February with 276 Utah students, in 19 high schools, taking the Ford/AAA written exam in order to have the opportunity to compete in the state hands-on competition. Those students scoring the highest participate in the hands-on competition. The exam includes 50 questions (10 each) in the following five areas:

  • Environmental and generic safety practices
  • Steering suspension and brakes
  • Electrical
  • Engine performance
  • Power train (engine to drive wheels)

The ten teams (two students in each team) participating in the state competition on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 are:

  • Bountiful High School Jason Naelge and Mitch Alsop
  • Clearfield High School Dallas Stoker and Cole Younger
  • Davis High School Jake Hoffman and Brett Winterton
  • Emery High School – Tuckett Allred and Hunter Jefferies
  • Olympus High School – Brinton Neff and Andrew Lodder
  • Provo High School – Christian Beaumont and Rich Shriber
  • Riverton High School – Wade Tate and Cason Hales
  • Syracuse High School – Tyler Fralick and Caleb Hill
  • Timpview High School – David Forsythe and Jose Estrada
  • Woods Cross High School – Joseph Jackson and Richard Whittaker

The winner of the state competition will advance to the national competition in Dearborn, Michigan (home of Ford Motor Company headquarters) June 7-9, 2015, to compete for nearly $12 million in scholarships and prizes.

The Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition fosters students’ interest in the automotive industry through a spirited nationwide competition with opportunities to win prizes, scholarships, tools and awards along with an experience that could help shape the future of their careers. The Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills program helps to ensure future technicians are well-educated to meet ongoing changes in the industry. With more jobs available than workers to fill, a career as an automotive technician provides a promising future.

The work of automotive service technicians and mechanics has evolved from simply mechanical to high technology. According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, in Utah, an experienced automotive service technician earns an hourly wage of $17.20, or $35,776 per year. This occupation is projected to grow 2.3 percent through the year 2022.

If being involved in the automotive industry interests you, contact your school counselor to register for classes in the Career and Technical Education Automotive Service Technician Pathway.

CTE Internship with a Smile

March 31st, 2015

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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.