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Ag Teachers Are a Class Above

March 29th, 2016

Hurricane_Ag_IMG_4953Thinking about becoming an agriculture teacher? Here are the Top 5 reasons you should pursue a career in the classroom:

1. Ag Teachers Never Have the Same Day Twice.
One day, agriculture teachers might be in a classroom or laboratory, the next visiting students in the field, preparing teams for an FFA Career Development Event, or leading a community service activity with their FFA chapter.

2. There’s a Teacher Shortage.
Nationally, we need more agriculture teachers. That produces a climate ripe for achieving employment immediately after college graduation. It is estimated that there will be hundreds of unfilled positions across the United States this year, simply because not enough students are choosing to be agricultural educators. Agricultural educators are often on extended contracts, which means they get paid during the summer months and have the potential to earn a significantly higher salary than other teachers.

3. Share Your Passion.
For many FFA members, agricultural education has played a huge role in their lives. From classroom instruction to hours spent preparing and competing, it’s a contagious brand of leadership and skills development. What’s better than taking that enthusiasm and using it to teach the next generation of agriculture leaders? As an agricultural educator, you’ll be leading the way by sharing your passion for our future. Because agriculture is such a broad subject, we need people with all experiences and backgrounds. Urban agriculture is gaining in popularity, as is the addition of ag programs in urban settings. Did you know there are agriculture programs in Chicago and New York City? The only things potential ag teachers should have are a strong work ethic, dependability, and a passion for working with young people through agriculture.

4. It’s a Community.
Agricultural education is very much a family group. Ag teachers help each other out. That is one of the things that makes being an ag teacher so rewarding. The relationships you build with other ag teachers by going to workshops, state and national FFA convention, and other professional settings bring satisfaction and provide support when needed. Many states have mentoring programs for new ag teachers. These mentors guide you through your first few years on the job and help you become successful.

5. Make a Difference.
Agricultural education uses a three-circle model of instruction. These are classroom and laboratory instruction, leadership development, and experiential learning. The successful integration of each of these three components results in a strong program that produces well-rounded individuals who are prepared to be leaders in agriculture, business and industry. This allows you to reach students who might not succeed in a traditional classroom. It also allows cutting-edge topics like cloning, satellite mapping, biofuels, alternative energy and more to be introduced to the next generation of agriculture’s leaders.

Get Started in Agricultural Education
Talk to your teacher or school counselor about how to get started on the path to becoming an ag teacher. Here are some tips to help you get going:

> Talk to your ag teacher about what his or her job is like.
> Ask your teacher to schedule a job shadowing or internship experience for you.
> Develop a supervised agricultural experience program (SAE) involving agricultural education.
> Check out colleges and universities that offer a degree in agricultural education.

“Do what you love. Love what you do. Teach AG!” says Buddy Deimler, Agricultural Education specialist at the Utah State Office of Education and Utah FFA advisor.

Thanks to the National Association of Agricultural Educators’ Teach Ag campaign for much of this content. Learn about Teach Ag at www.naae.org/teaching.

The blog was originally posted on FFA New Horizons.


Ice and Ibuprofen

March 23rd, 2016

CaptureIt was the winter of my junior year when it all changed. Well, when I say it all changed, I mean my outlook on my future career as an athletic trainer. This change occurred when I was able to participate in the Work-Based Learning course. This course taught me the basis of becoming an adult. [I learned] responsibility, work ethics, and if I wrote down everything I have had the opportunity to learn more about, it would take at least five full pages.

My name is Makayla Esplin. I completed a CTE Internship at Intermountain Sports Medicine in the field of athletic training. I’m pursuing a career in sports medicine and this internship helped me realize what that career path entails. Some days it’s bustling with athletes and other days it’s a ghost town. Football season is the most meticulous and laborious, while in stark comparison basketball is the slowest.

This internship gave me the opportunity to develop skills in the field such as wrapping and taping detriments, filing paperwork, diagnosing injuries, and so much more. I play rugby and lacrosse so needless to say I get hurt quite frequently. This internship has given me the knowledge of how to avoid getting injured while I’m playing.

I feel fortunate to have been able to see athletic training in action, have hands-on experience in the field, meet and develop relationships with Travis Jackson and other athletes. As I head to college, I will be able to look back at this opportunity and it will help motivate me to graduate with my degree.

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Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise is one of ten Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Health Science Education program area. Career and Technical Education (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.

Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

O*NET: Quality Data to Inform Your College and Career Decisions

March 17th, 2016

CaptureO*NET – the primary source of occupational information in the U. S. – has just released version 20.2, with updates from the Tools and Technology (T2) project, and from the Alternate Titles project.

  • Over one thousand new technology examples (gathered from employer job postings and other sources) were connected to 414 occupations. Samples of Technologies that may help users discover occupations that are suited to their skill sets include –
    • Analytical or scientific software – CNC Consulting Machinists Calculator; EditCNC software; Kentech Trig Kalculator.
    • Computer based training software — Learning management system LMS software.
    • Database user interface and query software — Microsoft Access; Structured Query Language (SQL).
    • Graphics or photo imaging software — Microsoft Visio
  • 857 alternate titles related to 266 O*NET occupation titles were added. “Alternate titles” are often the titles job seekers are more likely to see listed when openings are posted. Here are several examples:
    • The O*NET occupation, “Biomedical Engineer,” could be called (for example) –
      • Biomedical Technician,
      • Biomedical Manager, or
      • Clinical Engineer
    • The O*NET occupation, “Nursing Assistant,” might be referenced as (for example) –
      • Certified Medication Aide (CMA),
      • Certified Nurses Aide (CNA), or
      • Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA)

O*NET is a comprehensive and rich database of occupations in our U. S. economy. It is updated regularly, and is a key source of information for the developers of programs such as My Next Move, Mi Próximo Paso, My Next Move for Veterans, and O*NET OnLine, as well as UtahFutures. These programs provide user-friendly access to help users discover occupations consistent with their needs and interests. In addition, these programs can help users find the related training and education options that will promote their career success.

Apply Now: Young Technology Scholar Scholarship Award

March 16th, 2016

Desert Hills_IT_IMG_4958Novell and the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) are pleased to present the annual Young Technology Scholar (YTS) Scholarship Award. This award honors high school seniors who have demonstrated high-tech experience and leadership abilities in their schools and communities.

Who: Utah high school seniors who have taken, or are currently taking, the Novell CNA or SUSE LINUX Fundamental course, and two have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

What: Young Technology Scholar Scholarship

When: Winners are selected by the YTS Scholarship Committee, which consists of representatives from the Utah State Office of Education and Novell. Award recipients will be notified in May 2016.

How: To apply, students are required to submit the following with the application:
> YTS cover letter with student photo
> Two teacher recommendations
> Resume
> Academic transcript
> Essay of 1,000 words or less on the topic, “How a Novell certification will help me achieve my future goals.”
> Copy of your Novel Linux certification, or CompTIA Linux+ certification or score report if completed (A Novell Linux certification, or Linux+ certification is not required to apply for this scholarship, but proof of certification must be submitted to the USOE prior to receiving any scholarship monies if the applicant is selected.)
> Signed Media Release Form

Application Deadline: Friday, April 15, 2016

Awards: One grand-prize winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship, while additional winners will receive scholarships up to $2,000.

Ag Educators: Nominate an Outstanding FFA Student

March 16th, 2016

Buddy with studentsThe DEKALB Ag Accomplishment Award showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students. The award is presented annually to one FFA student per chapter, who exemplifies scholarship, commitment and work ethic.

DEKALB is pleased to recognize these select students for their hard work, dedication and passion for pursuing a fulfilling career in agriculture. These students demonstrate promising young talent and are the rising stars of agriculture.

Who: FFA student members

What: DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award

How: To nominate a student, FFA Ag educators/advisors should complete the application and submit the form online.

Deadline: May 1, 2016

Call for Entries: 2016 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival

March 15th, 2016

Tooele_IT_IMG_0141Utah high school students are invited to submit entries for the 2016 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival. The Utah Digital Media Arts Festival is a yearly competition/festival that gives Utah high school students the opportunity to showcase his or her best work, and for students to see projects from all around the state. The entry deadline for submitting entries for the 2016 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival is Friday, April 8, 2016 at 11:59 pm.


Who: Utah High School Students

What: 2016 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival

Where: Utah Valley University

When: Tuesday, May 3, 2016

How: Schools can submit four entries in each category. Individual students can submit one entry in two categories.

Category Guidelines: Submit vector graphics, raster graphics, photography, animation—stop-motion, 2D animation—traditional or digital, audio, video, 3D graphics, 3D animation, Web design, and game design.

Entry Form: Contact the Digital Media Arts teacher at your school.

Entry Submission Deadline: Friday, April 8, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

Fee: There is no fee to submit entries. However, there is a $12 fee to attend the 2016 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival.

Prizes: First place winners receive a one-year subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud, along with a plaque, gift card, and a certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Zoe Tippets - Poster winner2016 Poster Contest Winners
Best of Show – Zoe Tippetts, Corner Canyon High School

Second Place – Stephany Alfaro, Clearfield High School

Third Place – Brady Hartog, Hillcrest High School

2016 T-Shirt Contest Winners
Best of Show – Zoe Tippetts, Corner Canyon High School

Second Place – Stephany Alfaro, Clearfield High School

Third Place – Brady Hartog, Hillcrest High School

Innovative Technologies Earn Support of GOED

March 10th, 2016

JATC_HS_IMG_2609The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) recently approved grants totaling $2,459,700 for 25 startup companies under the Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program (TCIP). The program is designed to provide funding that can help small businesses and university teams to bring innovative technologies to the market. The table below is a sample list of grant recipients, organized by broad cluster (Utah “targeted industry”) with their award amount, a short description of their innovative technology, and the CTE Pathways that can get students started in related college and career opportunities beyond high school. Click HERE for the full list of grant recipients.

May this list inspire students to think about the potential contributions they have to make to these clusters, and to get started now by charting a course in high school that includes completion of a CTE Pathway!


CTE Makeover Challenge

March 9th, 2016

American Fork_TE_IMG_3463The U.S. Department of Education invites schools to enter the CTE Makeover Challenge by submitting a design for a CTE makerspace.

A makerspace is an environment or facility that provides resources, materials, and equipment for students to conceive, create, and collaborate through making. Making refers to a hands-on learning approach that encourages students to imagine, create, and tinker through the process of manufacturing, testing, and demonstrating their ideas.

Through making, educators enable students to immerse themselves in problem-solving and the continuous refinement of their projects while learning essential 21st-century career skills, such as critical thinking, planning, and communication. The U.S. Department of Education is seeking models of CTE makerspaces across a wide range of facility types, such as classrooms, libraries, and mobile spaces, that it can share with educators to encourage the creation of affordable, scalable, and replicable makerspaces.

All eligible schools will gain access to the CTE Makeover Bootcamp, a 6-week program that provides resources and expertise in makerspace design and lesson planning. $200,000 in cash and other prizes will be distributed to a maximum of 10 honorees to turn their vision for a makerspace into a reality. Honorees will produce and submit a video tour of their constructed makerspaces and compile an online portfolio of materials for use in the CTE Makerspace Showcase, which will take place at the World Maker Faire in New York City, October 1-2, 2016.

Who: Eligible public high schools, including charter schools, technical high schools, and regional technical centers serving grades 9-12.

To enter this Challenge, entrants do not need to be receiving Perkins IV funding, but MUST be eligible to receive it. If you are unsure whether your school is eligible for Carl D. Perkins funding, please check with your school’s administration, or contact your local CTE director.

What: CTE Makeover Challenge

Why: Makerspaces typically provide access to materials, tools, and technologies to allow for hands-on exploration and participatory learning. A makerspace is a place where people come together to design and build projects.

How: Design models of CTE makerspaces across a wide range of facility types, such as classrooms, libraries, and mobile spaces that strengthen student’s career and technical skills. The creation of the makerspaces should be affordable, scalable, and replicable makerspaces that can be shared with educators.

Prizes/Awards: 10 schools will win prizes to help build their makerspaces. The total cash prize pool is $200,000. Prize competition is funded by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV or Act).

Submit entries: www.CTEMakeoverChallenge.com

Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2016

Questions? Contact Albert Palacios at albert.palacios@ed.gov

Save the Date: Utah’s FIRST Robotics Competition

March 9th, 2016

FIRST 2014-AmForkUtah’s FIRST Robotics Competition, one of the most impressive high school robotics competitions in the western USA, will take place on Friday and Saturday March 18-19, 2016 at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. Forty-four teams of high school students from 10 states and Canada will be competing for a spot at the FIRST World Championship. Winners will qualify for over $25 million in college scholarships.

Who: High school teams from 10 states and Canada

What: 2016 Utah’s FIRST Robotics Competition

Where: The Maverik Center, 3200 South Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, Utah

When: Friday and Saturday March 18-19, 2016

The public is invited to attend the 2016 Utah’s FIRST Robotics Competition. The event is free. Parking is free.

Children of all ages can collect pins and trinkets from the teams in the pit area and talk to high school students about their robots.

Co-sponsored by: Larry H. Miller Group, L3Communications West, and Tesoro.

The Utah High School Entrepreneur Challenge

March 8th, 2016

JATC_TE_IMG_2668The Utah High School Entrepreneur Challenge is sponsored by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah. The Challenge is designed to encourage high school students to explore innovation and entrepreneurship.

Who: Utah high school students, ages 14-18 years old

What: The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

How: Organize a team of up to five students and work together to create a business idea.

Competition Packet: For competition details go HERE.

Application Deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2016

Finalists Announced: Friday, April 15, 2016

Presentation, Judging, Awards Event: Saturday, May 14, 2016

Prizes: Over $22,000 of cash and in-kind prizes
Division A Winner – $5,000 cash
Division B Winner – $5,000 cash
People’s Choice Award – $1,000 cash
Lassonde Studios Housing Scholarship – $10,000 in housing scholarships
Event Awards – $1,300 cash

Questions? Email hsuec@utah.edu | Website lassonde.utah.edu/hsuec

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah