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Welding in Nebo School District

January 7th, 2016

CaptureThe calendar says January, the temperature is cold outside, and it’s snowing. So to warm your day, we are reflecting on an event that students in Nebo School District participated in on a hot summer day.

Forty students enrolled in the welding program at Spanish Fork, Maple Mountain, and Salem Hills High Schools entered a float in the Spanish Fork Fiesta Days Parade. The float was a mobile fabrication shop displaying completed welding projects. In fact, students worked on welding projects while the float was in motion. A man along the parade route called out, “Keep those beads tight!” He was obviously a dedicated welder.

The fabrication trailer consisted of a large Miller 400 diesel DC power plant, a Miller Trailer Blazer, a Miller 252 mig, a 211 Miller Autoset, fabrication tables, and a cooling tank. The fabrication team consisting of Karson Jones, Allison Hallam, and Jared Graham welded non-stop during the entire parade route. They completed 150 receiver hitch logos for each community. The hitch logos were of the University of Utah and of Brigham Young University. The logos were plasma cut ovals that were prepared the day before. The mobile lab fabricators attached hitch stubs to each of the logos and the completed trimming was cooled. Hitch logos were then given to loyal fans along the parade route. Students escorted the lab distributing brochures describing the courses available in Nebo School District and the related career opportunities. In addition to the float, thirty students who had designed and fabricated drift trikes rode along the parade route.

The parade is just one of the many events these welding students participated in during the summer. They attended other community events in order to recruit and showcase the opportunities available to students in the welding and fabrication courses throughout Nebo School District.

Parade goers had never seen a welding float, so they were impressed with the fabrication trailer, the skills of each student, and the welding designs they created. Many commented that they thought the welding float was the best entry in the entire parade. “This opportunity was a great way to get the word out to the thousands of potential students about what opportunities await them in our educational system, said Jared Massick, teacher at Maple Mountain High School.”

View the fabrication trailer float in action at https://youtu.be/oLSDr8kjajw.


Welding is one of five Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Skilled and Technical Sciences/Precision Production Trades program area. To participate in the Welding Pathway talk to your school counselor.

2016 Utah CTE Graphic Design Contest

January 5th, 2016

Bear River_IT_IMG_0779The Business and Marketing Education specialist, at the Utah State Office of Education (USOE), is planning the 2016 Business and Marketing Education 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 conference. The graphic will be featured on the summer conference informational webpage, welcome poster, 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 by the state committee for Business and Marketing Education.

One entry will be selected. The winner will receive a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, generously donated by Adobe.
The winner will be announced by Monday, March 28, 2016.

Entry Requirements:
> Must be a Utah middle/junior high or high school student.
> Students entering the contest must be willing to sign the USOE/CTE media release, included on the entry form.
> Entry form can be found on the Business and Marketing Education webpage at http://schools.utah.gov/CTE/business/DOCS/SC_GraphicsContest.aspx.
> Only one entry/design per student is permitted.

Graphic Design Specifications:
All entries to the contest must comply with the following design specifications.
> Use the theme “Power of the Past, Force of the Future.”
> The design must be scalable in both large and small formats.
> All entries must be rendered in color (full color or two color).
> Entries must be created in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, or Photoshop.
> All design elements must be unlocked (i.e. NO imported PDF files).
> Design must consist of completely original artwork. All copyright laws must be followed.
-NO clip-art or stock illustrations.
-NO copyrighted material.
-Typography must be licensed for free commercial use.
> Welcome poster: size 21″ x 32″
> Thank you card: size 8.5” x 5.5” (folded in half)

The student must keep a copy of his or her original design until results are announced in March. *Upon notification, the winner will be required to submit a CD/DVD of his or her artwork designed in Illustrator or InDesign.
> The winning design becomes the property of the USOE.
> USOE will not return any entries.
> USOE retains the right to make modifications to the final design as necessary.

The winning designer will be fully credited with his or her design. The winner’s name and picture will be featured during the conference.

All entries must be received (not postmarked) by the close of business on Thursday, January 21, 2016.

Submitting Your Design:
Mail or hand deliver the following: (1) the entry form, (2) a sample welcome poster printed in a smaller scale of 8.5” x 11″, and (3) a printed copy of the thank you card.

Submit Your Design To:
Laura deShazo | Graphic Design Contest
Utah State Office of Education
250 East 500 South | P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200

Focus On: Health Science Education

December 4th, 2015

West_HS_IMG_2180Health Science Education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in the classroom, experiential education in the laboratory, work-based learning opportunities in clinical settings, and leadership skills through HOSA: Future Healthcare Professionals.

The Utah Health Science Education Pathways are based on the national skills standards and the national career cluster pathways for healthcare. Through health science courses, students can gain an important foundation of knowledge and skills necessary for continued education in health sciences. Students have the opportunity to be a CTE Secondary Pathway Completer in one of ten Health Science Education Pathways, within the following four categories:

Biotech Research and Development
Health Informatics
Therapeutic Services

Blake HarrisBlake Harris, a graduate of Timpanogos High School, participated in the Health Science Education program area during high school. Blake’s goal was to be a CTE Pathway completer in the Emergency Medical Technician Pathway. (A CTE Pathway completer is a secondary student who has completed three credits in a single CTE program of study.) Blake achieved his goal and was recognized by the state and Alpine School District. At an award ceremony, Blake received a CTE Secondary Pathway Completer Recognition Award and received a cord to wear at graduation.

“With having the end goal of completing a CTE Pathway in mind all year it has helped me prepare for my future career in medicine. Taking all of the required classes, and then some, have been challenging but worth it. It has already helped with job and college applications. After going through all of these classes and extracurricular activities it has definitely helped start me in the right direction for my future. Plus I got a cool cord at graduation that I got to keep!” said Blake.

Stars and Skills for the Top Ten Occupations in Health Science
The following are rated “4- or 5-Star” occupations by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, and require a bachelor’s degree or less for entry.

Listed in order of the total number of people projected to be working in each occupation by 2022, all of these occupations –

  • Offer openings for at least 20 (and up to 970, in the case of registered nurses!) new Utah workers every year through 2022.
  • Pay median hourly wages of between $19.40 and $40.20 in Utah.

Occupation chartTop Ten Skills









My Neverland

December 4th, 2015

classroom 1Peter Pan and I have something great in common, we both don’t want to grow up. The way Peter Pan fixes his problem is by flying to Neverland and living with the lost boys. I however can’t fly, so I chose to stay in first grade where I never have to grow up.

I’m Aubre Wursten and in the fall of 2015 I completed a CTE Internship at Birch Creek Elementary in the field of elementary education. I feel fortunate to have been able to participate with and learn all of the skills and patience it takes to be a teacher. I developed skills that will help me work with children and prepare them for the greatness that I know they will all show throughout their lives. As I continue to learn about childcare and education I will always remember this great opportunity with working with these incredible children and my amazing mentor, Mrs. Jackson. I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked alongside Mrs. Jackson and see her great example of how to find the potential that all students have.


Early Childhood Education is one of seven Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program area. CTE Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Early Childhood Education Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

State Partnership with Code.org

December 4th, 2015

CTEC_IT_IMG_0998The Utah STEM Action Center and the Utah State Office of Education has partnered with Code.org. This partnership will bring computer science to Utah K-12 students and increase participation in computer science courses by women and underrepresented students of color.

Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding computer science education by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and minorities. Their vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to have access to computer science education. Code.org believes computer science should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.

“Our partnership with Code.org and the Utah STEM Action Center is another great example of how Utah is leveraging public-private partnerships to offer better educational opportunities for students,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Brad C. Smith. “This partnership gives students a chance at a better, more prosperous future for themselves and a better, more prosperous future for Utah.”

During the week of December 7-13, 2015, join the tens of millions of students across the world to participate in the Hour of Code event. No experience is needed! Learn more HERE.


The World of Physical Therapy

November 30th, 2015

Carter photo V2What is physical therapy and why do we have it? My name is Carter Beck and I’m going to take you through a tour in the world of physical therapy. During the fall of 2015, I had the opportunity to intern with John Berryhill in his clinic, Berryhill Physical Therapy. I have always been interested in physical therapy and after completing this [CTE Internship] I have gained a better knowledge of what happens in this career. Even with the little experience that I have in this field I was able to participate in so many great opportunities. Do you know how to care for a patient who has had a total knee replacement? Do you know how to get them back to full motion of the joint? These are just a few things that I have learned how to handle while working in the clinic.

PT photo 1The picture on the left is of a patient who has received a total knee replacement and is going through the physical therapy program. He is going through what we call the “Motion Program.” This program is my favorite program because it requires a great amount of accuracy and precision, so that the joint doesn’t get damaged. At the end of the program we test the joint and help it gain more and more motion after every session.

PT photo 2The picture on the right shows the patient stretching out his knee prior to getting tested on range of motion.

I feel fortunate to be trusted by the patients that I have been able to provide care for and appreciate the relationships that I have made with them, as well as my co-workers. These amazing people have taught me so much in just a short time and were more than willing to take me under their wing and show me the ropes. As I head to college, I plan to continue on this path of becoming a physical therapist and hopefully running my own practice someday. While spending time with John in his clinic, he challenged me to learn the names and uses for all of the [physical therapy] equipment in the office. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to do it at first, but after putting [the equipment] to use with the patients I learned all [of the names].

PT equipment 1This is one of the rooms in the office where we store a tiny portion of the equipment. There are many pieces that have dual purposes that I never would have thought about. In our clinic we use things like Wii Fit to help patients gain balance and motion. It makes me laugh watching the elderly patients try to operate a modern video game.

Because of this experience I am going to follow my dreams and become a [physical] therapist. After seeing the happiness in someone’s eyes once they can walk on their own again after a stroke, or being able to use their hand after getting it smashed to pieces, I can’t help but think of all of the other things that I could help people with in this field down the road. It makes me happy to see people who are happy and physical therapy gives me the chance to make people happy every single day. I would like to thank the entire Berryhill Physical Therapy office staff for letting me come and be a part of their success.


Physical Therapy (Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise) is one of ten Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Health Science Education program area. CTE Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

The Bliss of Accounting

November 23rd, 2015

Bryaden at deskThe world of accounting is a series of ups, downs, side to sides, and all around. It is a world of adventures and many great lessons to learn. I’m Brayden Austin. In the fall of 2015, I completed a CTE Internship at Allred Jackson in the field of accounting. Now you might be asking yourself, how can accounting be adventurous?

I was able to work with my great mentor Kara Downs, who gave me great and challenging projects to work on. Through these projects I was able to find adventure and great lessons along the way. Being able to problem solve and work through situations where I have not been educated enough on that subject were the best learning experiences throughout this internship.

Because of this experience, I am going to be more [prepared] when I go into the field of accounting. I will be able to understand and apply it to real hands-on learning experiences. To be taught and learn some of the basics of QuickBooks and apply it by doing real accounting for business and people has been an amazing learning experience. I know that I will be able to apply that knowledge in years to come.

I feel very fortunate to have been able to develop a relationship with Kara and all of the other amazing people that I had the opportunity to come in contact with at Allred Jackson. Everyone has been so nice and kind to me, making it a very fun and comfortable environment to work in and feel welcomed. As I head to college, I know I will use all of the information that I have learned from this internship. As I make connections with my great co-workers, I know if I had any questions or concerns I would be able to take it to them. My internship at Allred Jackson has been such a good learning experience. I have been able to have many hands-on learning [experiences], been able to meet great people, and learn more about the field of accounting.


Accounting is one of five Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Business and Marketing Education program area. CTE Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Accounting and Finance Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

A Place to Shine

November 16th, 2015

Shari Lyn Bair photoI’m Shari Bair. In the fall of 2015, I completed a CTE Internship at Sunrise Elementary in the field elementary education. I feel fortunate to have been able to see the classroom from a different perspective, that is, the teacher’s perspective. I was able to experience the stress of being put on the spot; along with the difficulty of not knowing the answers to every question I was asked. I am honored to have built new relationships with these outstanding students, and [the teacher] Stacy Blauer. This will help me better pursue this career in my future.

Shari Lyn Bair photo 3“I did it!” Those are the words that you hear a lot in the third grade. You may not remember exactly what you “did”, but you just might remember how excited you were when you accomplished even the smallest of tasks. These third graders not only learn the book curriculum, they learn that in this classroom we are all friends. As they have learned this, I noticed how they are always helping and looking out for each other. I have developed skills by watching them. They are my greatest examples, who not only I have taught, but they have taught me. Stacy Blauer has been so helpful in guiding me through this internship, by letting me teach my own lessons and giving me pointers here and there.


Early Childhood Education is one of seven Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program area. CTE Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Early Childhood Education Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.


Sarah Draper Elected National FFA Western Region Vice President

November 10th, 2015

Sarah DraperSarah Draper, a graduate of Box Elder High School, and an agricultural education major at Utah State University, was elected the 2015-2016 National FFA Western Region Vice President. Each year at the National FFA Convention and Expo, six students are elected by delegates to represent the organization as National FFA officers. Delegates elect a president, secretary, and vice presidents representing the central, southern, eastern, and western regions of the country.

Sarah is the tenth National FFA officer elected from Utah since 1931. She is the eighth Utah FFA member to hold the office of Western Region Vice President. Sarah is the first female to be elected as a National FFA officer from Utah. She is the first National FFA officer elected from Utah in forty-two years.

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Sarah has been very active in the leadership of FFA. In 2014-2015, she served as the Utah FFA Vice President. She is very talented, very bright, comes from a very strong family, and is of the highest character. Sarah has been working hard to prepare herself since she was selected as Utah’s candidate in May. She also attended several training opportunities for National Officer Candidates this summer. I am excited for Sarah and for Utah FFA. This is a great opportunity,” said Buddy Deimler, State FFA Advisor and Western Region State Advisor.

Utah FFA Facts:
> 6,249 FFA members. The number of FFA members has doubled in the past 10 years.
> 133 Agricultural Education teachers in Utah. This number increases each year.
> 44, or 33 percent, of the 133 Agricultural Education teachers are female.
> 3 new FFA programs/chapters were added this year. They are, Tintic High School in Eureka, Roots Charter School in West Valley City, and Jordan Applied Technology Center in Riverton.

WATCH Sarah Draper introduce herself to FFA members throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Related stories:
Utah FFA Member, Utah State University Student Elected Western Region Vice President of 2015-16 National FFA Officer Team

National FFA officers elected at 88th National FFA Convention

New National FFA officers aim to ‘inspire members’

William “Buddy” Deimler Named NASAE Outstanding State Supervisor

November 6th, 2015

Buddy Deimler photoCongratulations to Buddy Deimler who was honored as the Outstanding State Supervisor by the National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education (NASAE) at the 88th National FFA Convention and Expo last week. “Only one person is named each year and it is the highest honor given by NASAE,” said Brett Evans, Utah FFA Association State Executive Secretary.

The NASAE award annually recognizes one member who has made outstanding contributions to agricultural education state supervision. The purpose of the award is to recognize and encourage superior contributions to the field of supervision in agricultural education.

On the award plaque Buddy received it states, “As a true leader you have the confidence and courage to make tough decisions and the compassion to listen to the needs of other. Because of the quality of your actions and the integrity of your intent, you have overcome barriers to success that would have caused others to falter or fail. You have been decisive where others have hesitated. You will always be recognized as an outstanding leader in Agricultural Education for your efforts.”

Buddy has been involved in the agricultural education profession for more than 35 years. He is currently the agricultural education state specialist at the Utah State Office of Education, the state FFA advisor, and serves on the national FFA board of directors representing the western region.