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Set Goals with College and Career in Mind

June 30th, 2014

Setting goals to be ready for college and career is like planning for your day-to-day activities but with a bigger perspective. To get serious about planning for school success – both today and for your success in college and career – you need to have some goals in mind. Goals make planning meaningful. Remember, “if you don’t know where you’re going, you’re likely to end up somewhere else!” So, how do you know what goals to set? Do some serious thinking about what you want to accomplish in the future. Take some time to write down the steps (also known as ‘short term goals’) that will help you achieve your dreams. Once you have something in mind, planning will make more sense and hold more value. It will be easier to create a 4-year plan for high school and know what you need to do to be college and career ready.

What do you see yourself doing after high school: college, career and life? What is your “dream” for YOUR future? Start with at least three ideas or goals:

1. Your college dream:  _____________________________________________

2. Your career dream: ______________________________________________

3. Your life dream: _________________________________________________

What are some specific steps you can take to accomplish your dreams?






Begin by making your school experiences meaningful and productive, take charge!

> Take classes that:

  • Will prepare you to reach your goals.
  • Meet graduation requirements.
  • Will prepare you for 1, 2, 4, or more years of education and training after high school.
  • Will prepare you with marketable skills that lead to a job.

> Get involved and participate in a school club or other school activity groups.

> Track your success! Keep a file of your grades, school progress, and school activities.

Remember what you do now will lead to what you can do for college, career, and life in the future!

The blog is taken from the Utah Student Planning Guide Grades 9-12, page 8.

Julia Perry: Fashion Designer Extraordinaire

June 27th, 2014

By Holly Hutchings
Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, Dixon Middle School, Provo School District

Former Provo High School student Julia Perry returned from New York to give a fashion presentation at the 2014 Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Education summer conference! Julia shared an awesome presentation! I was in awe to hear about the amazing things she has been doing since she graduated from Provo High School in 2003!

During Julia’s senior year she participated in Provo High Schools pilot New York Field Study. I was astonished to see all the things she has done and the places she has been since she graduated. When Julia was in high school she was an amazing seamstress, and her skills have only culminated into magnificent from there!

At the conference, Julia told how she started heading toward a career that didn’t quite have her heart, so she decided to change direction and follow the direction that her heart was pulling her. This direction was FASHION! After Julia decided to change career direction she applied to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). (FIT is one of the top design schools in the United States and is the school where Calvin Klein received his training.) She got accepted and studied tailoring and women’s sportswear. After graduating from FIT, Julia went to work for some of the top fashion designers such as, Cynthia Rowley, Isaac Mitzrahi, Ralph Lauren, and a number of others! She also studied at the Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy.

Julia has pushed herself even further, not only has she worked with great fashion designers, she is on the road to becoming one! In February, Julia launched her own line of clothing—Point&Hue—at Fashion Week Las Vegas! Way to go Julia!

Check out Julia’s clothing line at www.pointandhue.com.

Julia is currently pursuing an MBA at Brigham Young University. Many people have asked Julia why she is pursuing an MBA. Her response, “People don’t understand how much of fashion is really a business. It’s artistic, but at the end of the day it’s a business. If you don’t sell you don’t stay in business, so it’s an important thing to learn.”

Related stories:
BYU student launches clothing line at Fashion Week Las Vegas
The Up & Coming

Utah TSA Student Members to Compete at National Conference

June 27th, 2014

Utah TSA student members are arriving in Washington, DC to attend the 2014 National TSA Conference. Middle/junior high and high school student members will compete in more than 60 competitive events based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

View Conference Program
SkillsUSA on Twitter #NatTSA2k14
SkillsUSA on Facebook #NatTSA2k14

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Washington, DC to compete at the TSA 2014 National Leadership Conference.

 TSA: A Tradition of Excellence

“The 2013-2014 national officers and I wish you the best of luck and thank you for all of your efforts. Without your devotion, TSA would not be as special as it is. Go forth and be the best in your competitions, learn, make some memories and have fun,” says Sanjay Koduvalli, National TSA President.

Utah Students to Compete at 2014 HOSA National Leadership Conference

June 25th, 2014

Today the 37th Annual HOSA National Leadership Conference begins in Orlando, Florida. The conference brings together more than 7,500 future health professionals from 50 states and territories to experience HOSA at its absolute best. Members will participate in educational and social learning activities, tour healthcare facilities, and visit exhibits presented by professional healthcare associations. Utah HOSA members are prepared to compete against their peers in 47 competitive events.

Join the conference by watching the:
> Opening Session: Wednesday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. CST
> Recognition Session: Friday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. CST
> Postsecondary College Awards Session: Saturday, June 28 at 4:00 p.m. CST
> Secondary Awards Session: Saturday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. CST

View Conference Guide
HOSA on Twitter #HOSAnlc2014
Like HOSA on Facebook #HOSAnlc2014
Watch HOSA on YouTube
Get the HOSA National Leadership Conference app HERE.

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Orlando, Florida to compete at the HOSA National Leadership Conference.

“This has been an exciting year of growth and positive change for HOSA, and we’re only getting started. We look forward to celebrating our accomplishments with you in Orlando. Let’s impact our future at this year’s National Leadership Conference,” says Antonio Hernandez, National HOSA President.

SkillsUSA 2014 National Leadership and Skills Conference

June 23rd, 2014

Utah SkillsUSA student members and state advisors have arrived in Kansas City, Missouri to attend the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Throughout the week long conference, first place state competition winners will compete against their peers in 99 hands-on skills and leadership competitions. Leadership contestants will demonstrate skills including extemporaneous speaking and conducting meetings by parliamentary procedure.

Join the conference by watching a live stream of the opening ceremony, competitive events, and the awards ceremony, beginning Monday, June 23.

> Opening Ceremony: Wednesday, June 25 at 7 p.m. CDT
> Competitive Events: Wednesday, June 25 and
Thursday, June 26 beginning at 8 a.m. CDT
> Awards Ceremony: Friday, June 27 at 6 p.m. CDT

View Conference Program
SkillsUSA on Twitter #NLSC14
Like SkillsUSA on Facebook #NLSC14

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Kansas City to compete at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference.

“We are going to Kansas City for one purpose only, to provide [Utah] students an opportunity to test their skills at the highest level of national competition. . .We will graciously accept the results, whatever they are. . .” said Richard Wittwer, SkillsUSA Utah State Director.

 SkillsUSA: Champions at Work

Related story:
Lehi students prepare for SkillsUSA nationals

Kansas City Here We Come!

June 18th, 2014

By Tim Lawrence
Executive Director

This afternoon a huge tractor trailer left the SkillsUSA National Leadership Center here in Leesburg, Virginia headed to Kansas City. The truck was “loaded to the max” with National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) programs, office equipment, electronics for registration, the Championships, and every file and document imaginable to support our big event. Some staff is already on site and more leave everyday headed to Kansas City.

This 50th NLSC marks what will be the largest national conference in our history with the largest group ever registered for the conference and the SkillsUSA Championships. There will be dynamic sessions, lots of learning and growing, and thousands of lives changed for the better.

Non-profit organizations like SkillsUSA don’t last 50 years without a dedicated team of hard working people who make great things happen every day. And I realize, as does the board, staff and foundation that this event continues to grow and impact more students and teachers for one primary reason – the outstanding work that you provide to your state association. No student comes to NLSC without the encouragement of that special instructor, dedicated administrator and the leadership of the state director. We salute you, thank you and look forward to seeing you in just a few short days.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in a few days. Safe travels to all of you and your delegations!


This blog post was originally published on the SkillsUSA.org on June 18, 2014.

CTSO Members to Compete in National Competitions

May 30th, 2014

Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) members have been working hard all year preparing for the opportunity to compete at national CTSO competitions. The top competitors from each CTSO competed first in district competitions and then advanced to state competitions. The first place winners from state will compete this summer (June or July) in national competitions. UtahCTE.org wishes each CTSO member success as they show off their skills and compete.

SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference
June 23-27, 2014 Kansas City, MO
SkillsUSA – An Association of Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Students
Conference theme: Champions At Work
Keynote speaker: Chris Fischer
Watch: SkillsUSA Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Schedule
2014 SkillsUSA State Winners

The mission of SkillsUSA is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. The SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference will showcase Career and Technical Education students. More than 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and representatives from more than 1,100 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions will participate in the event, with more than 6,000 students will compete in 99 hands-on skill and leadership competitions.

HOSA National Leadership Conference
June 25-28, 2014 Orlando, FL
HOSA – Health Occupations Students of America
Conference theme: HOSA: The Future Starts Now
Keynote speaker: Dr. Michio Kaku
Watch: HOSA Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Schedule
2014 HOSA State Winners

The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill, and leadership development of all health science education students. The 37th Annual HOSA National Leadership Conference will bring together more than 7,500 future health professionals from 50 states and territories to experience HOSA at its absolute best. The National Leadership Conference provides a great opportunity for students and advisors to learn and grow. HOSA members will participate in educational and social learning activities, tour healthcare facilities, visit exhibits presented by professional healthcare associations, and compete in events.

TSA National Conference
June 27-July 1, 2014 Washington, DC
TSA – Technology Student Association
Conference theme: The Spirit of Innovation
Keynote speaker: Jimmie L. Davis, Jr.
Watch: TSA Conference Promotional Video
: Conference Schedule
View: 2014 TSA State Winners

The mission of the Technology Student Association (TSA) is to foster personal growth, leadership, and provide opportunities in technology, innovation design, and engineering. Since 1978, more than 2 million student members have participated in TSA programs and activities. On June 27, 2014 TSA members nationwide are expected to attend the National TSA Conference in Washington, DC. Middle/junior high and high school student members will compete in more than 60 competitive events based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

FBLA National Leadership Conference
June 29-July 2, 2014 Nashville, TN
FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America
Conference theme: Excellence in Action
Keynote speaker: Sabrina Thompson
Watch: FBLA Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Schedule
2014 FBLA State Winners

The mission of FBLA is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. At the National Leadership Conference, FBLA members will convene to compete in leadership events, share their successes, and learn new ideas about shaping their career future through workshops and exhibits.This four-day conference is considered the pinnacle of the FBLA experience, especially for those running for national office. FBLA has forged partnerships with industry leaders to underwrite competitive events and scholarships for students achieving national ranking.

FCCLA National Leadership Conference
July 6-10, 2014 San Antonio, TX
FCCLA – Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
Conference theme: Soar
Keynote speaker: Consuelo Castillo-Kickbush
Watch: FCCLA Conference Promotional Video
Conference Schedule
2014 FCCLA State Winners

The mission of FCCLA is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. The FCCLA National Leadership Conference will empower members to spread their wings, put their ideas into action, and inspire chain reactions in all aspects of their lives.Through competitive events, dynamic workshops, and youth networking, members will partake in The Ultimate Leadership Experience.

We want to hear about the national leadership conference you attended and the skill competition you participated in. Send your stories to utahcte@schools.utah.gov.

More than 22,000 Utah secondary Career and Technical Education students are members of a Career and Technical Student Organization. CTSO members are doing great things and are having a positive impact in schools and communities throughout the state.

If you are not a member of a CTSO, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the CTSO advisor in your school.

Meet Aimee Taylor: Future Business Owner

May 28th, 2014

Aimee Taylor, a senior at Union High School in Duchesne School District recently received a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award to Utah Valley University. Below, Aimee tells about the class that influenced her career decision.

“Throughout my entire high school experience I have wondered what I would do after high school. What I would make a career out of and use to start my life as an adult? What did I want to do with the rest of my life and how would I prepare to do these things?

“The past four years of high school has helped me make the decisions to answer these questions. I took many classes that I thought would be relevant and help with my decisions. I took agricultural, welding, automotive, and business courses. During the first semester of last year, I took an Accounting 1 class for a math credit and ended up really enjoying the class. I knew after taking this class, and another accounting class, that I wanted to make a career out of accounting.

“My career goal now is to be successful in the accounting and business fields. I have been taking [concurrent enrollment] classes at Uintah Basin Applied Technology College (UBATC) that have hopefully helped me prepare for my college experience at Utah Valley University (UVU).

“My biggest personal non-career goal is to make a change in whatever way possible. There are so many who don’t have the opportunity to go to college and achieve their goal of getting a degree and I would like to one day make it possible for those who are not as fortunate. As a business owner I would be in a position to offer scholarships to eligible students.

“In order to be successful in achieving these goals I’m going to work hard, study, do my best in my classes, and meet the challenges that come my way. I’m ready and anxious to begin my future.”

  Aimee Taylor
Union High School



 Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Aimee Taylor
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology


Students Learn About Careers at Utah Career Days Event

May 23rd, 2014

Recently, 3,800 middle/junior high and high school students from across the state met on the campus of Davis Applied Technology College (DATC) for the 2014 Utah Career Days event.

During the two day event, students discovered, learned, and prepared for jobs of the future by learning about career opportunities. Dozens of local businesses participated in the event and helped to empower students with career information and discussed the technical skills required for a specific career. Students had the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities related to a variety of careers. Students talked to industry personnel about career opportunities as they rotated between four areas of activities and presentations.

Jordan High School Counselors @ Work

May 22nd, 2014

In a previous blog, we featured a senior student at Jordan High School, who acknowledged the efforts of her counselors toward ensuring that students are college and career ready by the time they graduate high school. At the same time – and this is spring of her senior year – the student said that she had yet to make a final decision about a career direction, let alone which college she would attend in the fall.  In an ideal world, these are choices that would have been made much earlier – hopefully as a result of the fabulous Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program components that offer many opportunities to explore career interests and take related Career and Technical Education CTE courses and to build the academic foundation to succeed in high school and beyond. The counselors at Jordan High School are working diligently to make this a reality.

April Sagala                         Ann Marie Proctor

For Jordan High School counselors, including April Sagala and Ann Marie Proctor, efforts in the area of helping students line up financial aid start soon after the holidays and continue full steam ahead through early April. They specifically target juniors for “Scholarships 101” sessions, but also encourage younger students as well as seniors to attend. They want to make sure that all students are well informed regarding scholarships to increase the likelihood of the students winning those awards by knowing and meeting criteria early. Scholarship information is also accessible via a robust Web page maintained by the counseling department. Other financial aid resources offered by the counseling staff include Free Application for Financial Student Aid (FAFSA) workshops, a Parents’ Night, and numerous helpful links to outside sources of financial aid information – e.g., U. S. Department of Education, UHEAA, and FinAid.org.

 The Senior Green Sheet, a monthly newsletter especially for seniors, is another impressive resource provided by Jordan’s counseling staff. These counselors are obviously dedicated to ensuring student success. Now if only students would take better advantage of all the help and expertise made available to them!