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Meet Colton Zilles: Future Butcher

May 4th, 2015

Colton Zilles photo“The CTE classes I have taken in high school, such as agricultural systems and technology, animal science, and floriculture, have given me the basic skills, knowledge and abilities to allow me to obtain employment in any of those fields. These classes have shown me just how many different employment/career opportunities there really are in the world after [I graduate from] high school. The animal science class really helped me with deciding which direction I would like to go with my education and career.

“The steps necessary to obtain my goal are to attend Bridgerland Applied Technology College, become certified in meat cutting, and secure employment in a local grocery store or butcher shop. The CTE animal science class helped me learn about the proper care needed to produce the highest quality market animals, and what to look for in a good meat animal. I plan to use this knowledge to help me get started in my job field.”

—Colton Zilles, Mountain Crest High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Colton on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Bridgerland Applied Technology College. Colton was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Meet Madison Warner: Future Marketing Communications Manager

May 4th, 2015

Madison Warner photo“I have put a lot of thought and research into my college and future occupational plans. Preparing myself to attend a university is a step that I am working on every day. I have done this by being diligent with my schoolwork and excelling in what I love to do. I have found that marketing is something that I have a passion for, and I desire to continue this through my education and future occupation.

“I have been preparing myself for a job in this field by choosing a Business and Marketing CTE Pathway. Joining DECA in my junior year truly jump-started my love for marketing. I have thrown myself into this area and found that I have a true passion and natural skill for marketing.

“Discovering that I love marketing has helped me to decide on my future career. I want to be a marketing communications manager. I have chosen to work toward a bachelor’s degree in marketing because of the CTE Pathway I was involved in throughout high school.”

—Madison Warner, Herriman High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Madison on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah Valley University. Madison was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Meet Kayla Clopten: Future Early Childhood Educator

May 4th, 2015

Kayla Clopten - formal“The CTE classes I have taken throughout high school have introduced me to my dream career path. When I started in high school, my grades were not the best and I did not enjoy school. Foods 1 became one of my favorite classes and changed my view of school. That foods class introduced me to Family and Consumer Sciences classes that I enjoyed. My GPA has improved and I have been on the honor roll for the last two years.

“In high school I focused on completing the CTE Child Development Pathway. After taking child development my sophomore year I decided I wanted a career working with children. Each year, as I planned my schedule, I followed the Child Development Pathway. I have taken all of the classes in the pathway that are offered at Kearns High School. CTE classes helped me figure out what career I want in the future.”

—Kayla Clopten, Kearns High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Kayla on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Salt Lake Community College. Kayla was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Meet Taylar Brown: Future Nurse

May 4th, 2015

Taylar Brown“I just completed my CNA course, where I discovered a passion for both medical terminology and first aid. This led me to apply for the EMT course. I soon learned that by taking these two courses and having my CNA and EMT license, I have the potential to work in the emergency room as a CNA at a hospital. Working in an emergency room is something I have always thought would be an exciting and satisfying job. I love the idea of having to be quick on my feet and constantly thinking about what to do next. I feel that this is my passion because it fits my personality.

“By taking the CNA and EMT courses in high school, through the Career and Technical Education Therapeutic Services Nursing Pathway, I’m better prepared to enter the workforce. These courses allowed me to gain hands-on learning and on-the-job training through internships, and receive instruction from actual teachers who work in the field. I can leave high school with experience that enables me to enter the workforce in a meaningful field, as opposed to an entry-level position making minimum wage.”

—Taylar Brown, Riverton High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Taylar on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Salt Lake Community College. Taylar was  one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Meet Ronald Johnson: Future Network Systems Engineer

May 4th, 2015

Ronald Johnson photo - color“CTE courses have helped me prepare for my life after high school by giving me the knowledge, technical skill, and experience that I need to help prepare myself for the future. I have been focusing on Information Technology because it is the field that I have always wanted to go into. This field is the future, and I want to be a part of it.

“My goal in Information Technology is to gain as much knowledge and experience as I can to succeed in the field that I love. After my training at the DATC, I plan to find a job in application development. I see myself involved in multiple aspects of this field. This experience will impact my family greatly, because I will be the first person in my family going to college. I will also be giving my mother relief, knowing I will be okay in the future, and it will also set a good example for my younger sister.”

—Ronald Johnson, Mountain High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Ronald on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Davis Applied Technology College. Ronald was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Meet Trever Gardner: Future Diesel Mechanic

May 4th, 2015

Trever Gardner photo 2“I am very grateful for the opportunity I have had to take CTE classes while I have been in high school. Along with my CTE courses, I have completed a CTE Internship at a local garage in my community. Because of the courses I have taken, the safety certifications I have earned, and my internship, Jiffy Lube hired me on the spot. Many of my friends are amazed that I am earning so much money while still in high school, but I understand that my CTE courses gave me real-life, marketable skills.

“I understand that Jiffy Lube is simply a stepping stone to my future goals. The money I earn at Jiffy Lube will help me pay for school, as well as develop additional soft skills in customer service. I am learning, by working with Jiffy Lube, how a sound business model works.

“Using the CTE Pathways program has helped me learn to set goals and make wise choices when picking elective courses during high school. My goals for the future will be to get my diesel mechanic certifications, as well as a business degree, which will help me to someday own my own business.”

—Trever Gardner, Grantsville High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Trever on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Salt Lake Community College. Trever was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

Meet Michael Peters: Future Engineering Technician

May 4th, 2015

Michael Peters photo“I want to be an engineering technician and work with engineers and designers in changing and modifying designs to make them work better. I really want to make a difference in the world.

“I have completed 21 college credits even before entering college. I feel more prepared to go into college classes because I have been taking CTE classes. The tech design classes have taught me computer-aided design, and I will be a certified draftsman by the end of the class. I will be able to take this [certification] to any drafting company and they will recognize that I have been trained. CTE classes have also helped me think more like an engineer and helped me open my mind to the new things that are possible. I have had college-level classes in high school, so I am ready for the level of learning required in college.”

—Michael Peters, Bountiful High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Michael on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Utah Valley University. Michael was one of 102 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet Tuesday, April 28, 2015.


Career Snapshot: Two Quick Lists

May 4th, 2015

Innovations_HS_IMG_0629The Utah Department of Workforce Services has updated their Utah Job Outlook brochure with 2012-2022 data. Here’s a look at what’s in store when you check out the full publication; two quick lists:

Occupations With Most Annual Openings*
*   Numbers in parentheses reflect the number of projected annual openings statewide.                                      

  • Retail Salespersons (2,360)
  • Customer Service Representatives (2,340)
  • Food Prep. & Serving Workers, incl. Fast Food (2,060)
  • Cashiers (1,590)
  • Waiters & Waitresses (1,130)
  • Office Clerks, General (1,080)
  • Laborers & Freight, Stock, & Material Movers (1,050)
  • Registered Nurses (1,000)
  • General & Operations Managers (970)

Fastest Growing Utah Occupations**
** Percentages in parentheses reflect projected annual growth rate for occupations with at least 100 openings annually.

  • Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary (6.5%)
  • Market Research Analysts & Marketing Specialists (5.3%)
  • Home Health Aides (5.1%)
  • Nurse Practitioners (4.7%)
  • Medical Secretaries (4.5%)
  • Cement Masons & Concrete Finishers (4.4%)
  • Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technicians (4.2%)
  • Drywall & Ceiling Tile Installers (4.2%)
  • Personal Care Aides (4.2%)
  • Software Developers, Applications (4.1%)
  • Dental Hygienists (4.1%)
  • Painters, Construction & Maintenance (4.1%)


Kaitlin Hallam: 2015 Utah Sterling Scholar

May 1st, 2015

Kaitlin Hallam 2015 Sterling Scholar

Congratulations to Kaitlin Hallam, senior at Spanish Fork High School, who was selected as the 2015 Utah Sterling Scholar in the area of Skilled and Technical Sciences. Kaitlin has been an active member of FFA since 2011. From building an 18 foot, dual 7500 pound axle, flatbed utility dump trailer to raising a 38.6 pound tom turkey to placing first in the Animal Systems competition at the 2015 FFA Agriscience Fair, Kaitlin has been very successful in each project she has pursued. In fact, she is currently completing a 32 foot gooseneck electric over hydraulic tilt trailer.

Throughout the past several years, Kaitlin has won many awards as she competed against her peers in a variety of regional and state competitions. Her skill, talent, perseverance, and desire to do well has catapulted her to achieve her goals as she prepares to advance from high school to college and career.

Kaitlin has developed a great deal of self-confidence through her achievements, but says her greatest feeling of self-worth came from turkeys she raised for her agri-science research project, and then donated those turkeys to needy families in the area at Thanksgiving time. “The ability to help those who are truly in need has been the greatest feeling of satisfaction and joy in the world,” said Kaitlin.

Kaitlin FFA Nationals 2014Kaitlin will tell you that much of the success she has enjoyed has been the direct result of an incredible volley of local CTE teachers and state advisors who have continually dared her to step out of her comfort zone on a daily basis and venture to be more. Her toughest challenge has been welding in a nontraditional occupation for women.

“I am usually one of few girls in most of my CTE classes. This triggers one of three reactions from the rest of the boys: instant harassment, showing off, or competition. I try to remain calm in any situation and make friends. I have found that most boys are receptive to my friendship and are eager to be helpful. They even seem to enjoy it when I am able to keep up with a new skill or even out do them from time to time. However, there are a few who expect me to cower to them. This is problematic because I am a fierce competitor and I know that I can do anything that I put my mind to. Overall, I have enjoyed learning how to balance what I say and do without compromising my own skills and performance,” said Kaitlin.

Kaitlin - auto repairKaitlin acknowledges the impact FFA and CTE has had on her education and preparing her for college and career. “My involvement in the Skilled and Technical Sciences [classes] already has and continues to enrich my life by helping me develop lasting values like hard work, dedication, and responsibility. Welding has given me an opportunity to train my hands to be steady, my eyes to be sharp, my mind to concentrate, and my imagination to go wild. Furniture construction has pushed me outside of my comfort zone and helped me gain knowledge in a subject I knew absolutely nothing about. Auto body has shown me that even if something is old and broken down it can still be re-built and have lasting value. Last but not least, leadership has given me the ability to plan, organize and not only lead people through a difficult situation, but support and encourage them to do the same.

farming 2“Beside these skills, I have learned crucial values, including hard work, dedication, and responsibility. I have learned how to set goals which have led to success in many areas. I have also realized how much more I need to learn in order to be truly successful. My CTE classes and my leadership experience in 4-H and FFA have laid a strong foundation on which I can build upon. I plan to go to college to complete a teaching degree. I like the idea of ‘paying it forward.’ I have had a wonderful education experience and I hope to provide that for the future students I will teach.”

After graduating from high school in May Kaitlin will continue her studies at Brigham Young University. She plans to complete a degree in education and hopes to teach in some area of agriculture.

Watch Kaitlin’s Journey


2015 Sterling Scholar Awards Ceremony

Utah CTSO Members to Compete in National Competitions

May 1st, 2015

Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) student members are preparing 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 student member success as they show off their skills and compete.

National_SkillsUSA_Officers_2014-15SkillsUSA 51st Annual National Leadership and Skills Conference
June 22-26, 2015 Louisville, KY
SkillsUSA – An Association of Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Students
Conference theme: Champions at Work
Keynote speaker: TBA
Watch: What is SkillsUSA?
View: Conference Agenda

The mission of SkillsUSA is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens. The 2015 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference will showcase Career and Technical Education students. More than 15,000 students, teachers, education leaders, and business partners from more than 1,100 national corporations, trade associations, businesses and labor unions will participate in the event. More than 6,000 students will compete in 99 hands-on skill and leadership competitions.

photo 6 - Utah HOSA state officersHOSA 38th Annual National Leadership Conference
June 24-27, 2015 Anaheim, CA
HOSA – Health Occupations Students of America
Conference theme: LEAD
Keynote speaker: Dr. Sampson Davis
View: Conference Guide
View: 2015 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. HOSA students are the pioneers who will tackle the hardships and will LEAD us through the health challenges of the 21st century and beyond. The 38th Annual HOSA National Leadership Conference will bring together more than 8,500 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.

2014-15 state officersFBLA National Leadership Conference
June 29-July 2, 2015 Chicago, IL
FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America
Conference theme: Step Up to the Challenge
Keynote speaker: John Beede
Watch: FBLA Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Guide
View: 2015 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.

TSA state officersTSA National Conference
June 28-July 2, 2015 Dallas, TX
TSA – Technology Student Association
Conference theme: Designing Your Dreams
Keynote speaker: Dr. Jessica Chandler
Watch: TSA Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Schedule
View: 2015 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. During this annual conference over 65 middle school and high school technology-based student competitions will be held, based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Approximately 5,000 TSA members from across the country are expected to attend the conference.

FCCLA photo 1FCCLA National Leadership Conference
July 5-9, 2015 Washington, D.C.
FCCLA – Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
Conference theme: Together We Are . . .
Keynote speaker: TBA
Watch: FCCLA Conference Promotional Video
View: Conference Schedule
View: 2015 FCCLA State Winners

The mission of FCCLA is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. At the FCCLA National Leadership Conference student members will participate in workshops, network with members, compete for gold, and unite for amazing general sessions. Together We Are Active. Together We Are Leaders. Together We Are Family. Together We Are Stronger. Together We Are Healthy. Together We Are Ready.

We want to hear about the national leadership conference you attend and the skill competition you participate 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.