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Snapshot from Hard @ Work

November 3rd, 2014

Hard @ Work is a presentation on Women in the Utah Labor Force by Lecia Parks Langston, Senior Economist, at the Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS). Lecia has been a DWS economist for more than 30 years, including six years as Chief Economist. This presentation, from August 2014, highlights findings of her latest study on women in the Utah labor force.

The two slides below are just a small sample of the fascinating picture Lecia reveals. View the entire presentation for more – e.g., female labor force participation by county and male-female college education gap.

After 1980, the participation rate of working women in Utah measure higher than the national rate.










This is key information – especially for Utah Female students – in developing college and career plans.











DECA: We Value Competence, Innovation, Integrity, and Teamwork

November 3rd, 2014

DECA Officers - use this photoDECA: We Value Competence, Innovation, Integrity, and Teamwork. DECA is the student leadership organization for business and marketing students that provides hands-on leadership development. Students learn how to develop, price, place, and promote products in the right business setting. The organization builds self-confidence, positive work attitudes, and communication skills. The mission of DECA is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

With over a 60 year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators, and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. DECA enhances the preparation for college and career by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community and promoting competition.

Utah DECA has set the following goals:
1. Reach 2,500 Utah DECA members.
2. Statewide community service. (Each Utah DECA chapter is currently raising money for the Mac’s Gift Children’s Cancer Foundation.)
3. Stronger communication with chapter officers.

There are 2,247 Utah DECA members in 57 chapters across the state. DECA members are empowered through experience to provide effective leadership through goal setting, consensus building, and project implementation. Student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, and experienced leaders. More than 70 percent of DECA members indicate that DECA has influenced their future career plans.

If you would like to become a DECA member talk to your school counselor to get connected with the DECA advisor in your school.


Mario Sanchez: Future Welder

November 3rd, 2014

Mario Sanchez (6)Mario Sanchez is a graduate of Wasatch High School and is attending Mountainland Applied Technology College where he is studying to become certified in welding. He is working hard to obtain the experience he needs for his future career. “I understand the experience I need in order to be successful in my occupational area involves a lot of training and practice. However, I also need a degree or a certificate in welding to obtain the right education required for a higher paying job.”

Education is important to Mario. His parents migrated to the U.S. and wanted him to work hard and get an education so that he would have opportunities that he couldn’t have otherwise. “My parents have taught me that if I work hard I can create a better life for myself. They sacrificed everything and worked so hard to give me this opportunity. With all my heart and sweat I’m not going to disappoint them. They are my heroes. I know that education is the power to success. A great man by the name of Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ I believe in this quote. I think that in order to change this world you have to understand how the world works,” says Mario.

Mario explains how high school wasn’t always easy for him. “In the beginning of high school it was not always easy for me to get good grades. But then I realized how important education is in my life and I made some changes. I became determined to graduate from high school, go to college, and work really hard. I took a lot of CTE courses such as auto mechanics at Mountainland Applied Technology College and three years of welding. I really enjoyed hands-on projects and creating and repairing things. I focused a lot of my time and effort to improve my skills and do my best in my CTE classes. The CTE classes helped me a lot. They prepared me for life and prepared me to get a good job after graduation. I never felt like I was wasting my time, but only improving my skills for the job market. I was always looking for a challenge and new things to learn. This helped me make the most out of my CTE experience. I am excited for my future and to do my part to contribute to society.”


Utah CTE Graphic Design Contest

November 3rd, 2014

Image for Nov-Dec 2014 blogThe Business and Marketing Education specialist, at the Utah State Office of Education, is in the process of planning the summer conference for Utah educators. The organizers of this conference invite YOU (Utah middle/junior high and high school students) to design the graphic for the summer conference program materials. The winning graphic will be printed on the program cover, welcome posters, vendor punch cards, and thank you cards. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your talent and creativity as you design a “unique graphic” for the conference.

Each entry will be judged, and a winner selected, by the state committee of Business and Marketing Education teachers. One entry will be selected and the winner will receive a one year subscription to the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite. This prize was generously donated by Adobe and has a retail value of $600.00.

Entry requirements:

  • Must be a Utah middle/junior high or high school student.
  • Design must consist of completely original artwork-absolutely NO clip-art or stock illustrations, and NO copyrighted material. Any typography must be licensed for free commercial use.
  • Designs must be scalable to work in both large and small formats.
  • Students entering the contest must be willing to sign a media release.

Graphic design requirements:

  • Full color
  • The design must be scalable in both large and small formats
  • Program size: 8.5” x 11”
  • Poster size 21″ x 32″
  • Submit design in a 300 dpi vector/.ai file format.
  • Graphic files should be submitted on a CD/DVD in a vector format.
  • Include one color 8.5” x 11” landscape copy of the program cover design. (Only the program cover should be submitted.)
  • There is no set theme, so use your creativity.
  • The winning design becomes the sole property of the Utah State Office of Education.
  • The winning designer will be fully credited with their design. The name and picture of each winner will be featured on the summer conference program.

Entry MUST be received by Monday, January 5, 2015.

The winner will be announced by Monday, March 2, 2015.

Questions? Contact: Andrea Curtin – Utah State Office of Education – 801-538-7976.

January will be here before you know it, so don’t delay in creating your design for the Business and Marketing Education summer conference program cover. Good luck!


Savid Acuna: Future Carpenter and Business Owner

October 6th, 2014

Savid Acuna (4)Savid Acuna recently graduated from Murray High School where he completed the Skilled and Technical Education Carpentry Pathway and earned 20 concurrent enrollment credits.

“My professional goal is to one day own and run my own construction business. I love to build. I love to take a set of blueprints and construct a beautiful, safe, and functional structure that I am proud of. I love to solve problems, work hard, and at the end of the day see what I’ve created. I want to own my own company because I feel that by being a leader I can have a bigger influence to help others be successful. It is the American Dream. In order to accomplish my goal, I realize that it is going to take a lot of hard work, education, and experience, says Savid.”

While in high school, Savid was actively involved in the building of a 1,800 square foot home. “It had a real world setting, such as having to meet deadlines and problem solving to fix certain situations within the build.”

Savid received a CTE Scholarship to Salt Lake Community College, where he will continue his studies in carpentry. “My long term educational goal is to obtain an AS degree in construction management. I then plan to enter the workforce. I would like to work for a big residential local builder and work for them until I have enough experience, and capital, to go on my own. To enter a career in construction [with experience] is key, but to succeed in current times education is the next most important tool to have.”


Sydnee Dayley: Future Dental Assistant

October 6th, 2014

Sydnee Dayley -Sydnee Dayley is a graduate of Mountain Crest High School, in Cache School District, and currently attends Bridgerland Applied Technology College where she is studying to become a dental assistant. While in high school Sydnee participated in a CTE Internship at Spring Creek Dental while taking courses in the CTE Health Science Education Dental Pathway. “The high school dental assisting program has helped me beyond measure. I always knew I wanted to be in the dental field and this [program] gave me the assurance I needed. The opportunity I had to gain this knowledge of my passion for the dental field as a junior in high school has greatly [impacted] my future,” says Sydnee.

Susanne Kuresa, an administrator at Logan City School District, describes Sydnee as a people person who easily establishes and maintains rapport with others. “Children, youth, and adults alike enjoy Sydnee’s company. She puts everyone at ease and makes them feel good about themselves. Sydnee brings to every situation a warm smile and cheerfulness. These skills will set her apart as a leader in the college classroom and in her chosen career.”

Sydnee credits the teachers at Mountain Crest High School for her success. “I could never thank [the teachers] enough. I know that payment for the [skills] I have acquired is to pursue what I have learned to love.”

FFA Members Prepare for National Competition

October 6th, 2014

Hurricane_Ag_IMG_4940The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through Agricultural Education to 579,678 student members in grades 7-12 who belong to one of 7,570 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In Utah, there are approximately 6,000 FFA members in 80 chapters.

FFA members are preparing to compete at the National FFA Convention October 29–November 1 in Louisville, Kentucky. Sarah Draper, Utah FFA State Vice President, encourages student members to “Keep pushing full throttle! Practices might be hard to plan and get everyone together but practicing will pay off! Like they say, practice makes perfect.”

Tell me it can’t be done, and I’ll do it.
Tell me the goal is too high, and I’ll reach it.
Place an obstacle in front of me, and I’ll soar over it.
Challenge me, dare me, or even defy me;
But do not underestimate me.
For when I am wearing my FFA jacket, anything is possible.

FFA Officers Team (best)

Utah FCCLA Conducts a Successful Fall Leadership Conference

October 3rd, 2014

Alesha Hurst photoBy Alesha Hurst, Utah FCCLA VP of Public Relations

There’s nothing like the sound of hundreds of cheering teenagers to put you in a good mood, especially when they are young leaders who aim to make the world a better place. While standing onstage amidst a sea of smiling FCCLA student leaders, I felt so much pride for the outstanding organization that had brought us all together and united us in a single cause.

This remarkable event, the 2014 Fall Leadership Conference for the Utah delegation of FCCLA, proved to be a huge success as chapter officers from across the state attended leadership training workshops and participated in team-building activities. Students left the conference with fun ideas for their chapters and a renewed urge to spread the word about FCCLA.

Workshops included information about specific offices and their duties, as well as parliamentary procedure and other important topics. The focus of the conference was to give inspiration for activities and methods of leadership so that the FCCLA members of Utah would be able to have an effective, productive year. In my opinion, we accomplished our goal.

Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox was the keynote speaker for the conference. He delivered an encouraging speech about the importance of learning from failures in order to have success in life. He shared interesting stories and gave a wonderful presentation that left students feeling empowered and ready to lead.

In addition to leadership activities, members had the opportunity to give service by participating in our fundraiser for Share Our Strength, a national campaign dedicated to ending childhood hunger. We ended up raising $354.50 for the program, and as a reward, the attendees were able to watch four state officers get pied in the face. The lucky recipients of the pie facials were Tanner Richardson, Maddie Barr, Wesley Carter, and Kayla Orton.

The Utah FCCLA Fall Leadership Conference was a fantastic experience for everyone involved, and I cannot wait to see what FCCLA has in store for its members next!

FCCLA members serve photo 2 - cropped


My CTE Internship Prepared Me for the Workplace

September 29th, 2014


My name is Jessica Smith and I work for Utah State University at the Center for Human Nutrition Studies as a cook for The Polyphenol Study. I started this job in March as part of my CTE Internship through the Work-Based Learning class at Sky View High School. My internship ended in May, but I was asked to continue working for the study until it ends in November.

The Polyphenol Study is a controlled feeding study to test the affect of polyphenol on the gut bacteria. The study includes thirty participants who spend six weeks on a high polyphenol diet and six weeks on a low polyphenol diet. For the study, I do all of the same tasks I did as part of my internship, including accurately measuring ingredients, proper temperature control of foods, prepping and cooking meals, serving meals to the participants, and cleaning, and sanitizing the work area and dishes.

I plan on going into the field of dietetics and this job allows me to see [and experience] the food service and research side to dietetics. The study also counts as part of my hours needed to apply to the dietetics program at Utah State University.

It is such a rare and incredible opportunity to have a job in my field of study before I begin college. My CTE Internship opened up this job opportunity for me and allowed me to make connections with people who can help me get into the dietetics program at Utah State in the fall. I would highly recommend the Work-Based Learning class to every student at Sky View High School because it has prepared me for the workplace and college more than any other class I have taken.

Polyphenols are a group of chemicals found in many fruits, vegetables, and other plants such as berries, walnuts, olives, tea leaves, broccoli, grapes, and chocolate. They are classifies as antioxidants, meaning that they remove free radicals from the body. Free radicals are chemicals that can cause damage to cells and tissues in the body. Learn more about The Polyphenol Study at

My CTE Internship at Birch Creek Elementary

September 22nd, 2014

Aubrey photo 2My name is Aubrey Snyder; I am 18 years old and a graduate from Sky View High School. My story starts with my twin brother, Tyrus, who has Down syndrome. Tyrus and I are as close as any siblings could get and are each other’s best friends. Tyrus has taught me many things in life, including compassion and patients towards those with or without disabilities. He has also taught me that a disability is merely a title that does not actually define a human being as a whole; in fact he calls me the “weirdo” more than anything. As a result of these qualities I have been successful in being a friend, peer tutor, and teacher to those with disabilities. In high school, I was given a wonderful opportunity to do a CTE Internship at Birch Creek Elementary in Special Education under the supervision of Becky Winn to further my knowledge in this field. I was lucky enough to receive a job through this internship as a Life Skills aide for summer school.

Aubrey photo 3 - editThis fall, I’m working as an aide at Birch Creek Elementary while attending Utah State University. One of the classes I’m taking is Finance 3000, an upper level class. Thanks to the concurrent enrollment finance class I took at Sky View High School this Finance 3000 class is easy.