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2015 SkillsUSA NLSC in Louisville, Kentucky

June 22nd, 2015

General NLSC photoUtah SkillsUSA student members and state advisors have arrived in Louisville, Kentucky to attend the 2015 SkillsUSA 51st National Leadership and Skills Conference. This year, the event will occupy a space equivalent to 16 football fields and 6,000 state champions will participate in 100 hands-on skills and leadership competitions. The 2015 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference will be a week of citizenship, a week of leadership, and a week of champions!

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

> Opening Ceremony: Tuesday, June 23 at 7 p.m. EDT
> Competitive Events: Wednesday, June 24-Thursday, June 25 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT
> SkillsUSA Night/Awards Ceremony: Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m. EDT

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“After 21 years in one location [Kansas City, Missouri], it presents a little more of a challenge to get ready, but it is going to be great. It will be the largest conference ever . . . We estimate the total attendance to be approximately 16,000. These numbers do not include judges, exhibitors, and other volunteers who are not registered participants,” said Tim Lawrence, SkillsUSA Executive Director.

 SkillsUSA: Champions at Work

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Paige Kirschbaum: From CTE Internship to College and Career

May 28th, 2015

Paige KirschbaumPaige Kirschbaum, a 2012 graduate from American Fork High School, attributes her education and future career success to the interior design courses she took in high school, her involvement in FCCLA, and her decision to participate in a CTE Internship.

From a young age Paige had a passion for interior design, “I spent hours drawing up floor plans while I was in grade school. It was important that once I moved beyond my elementary and middle school education there was an avenue for this passion, said Paige.”

At American Fork High School Paige was drawn to and participated in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Interior Design Pathway where she learned the elements of design. She also had the opportunity to be involved in designing the interiors for a home building project in Lehi, Utah. “While taking the [interior design] class I was introduced to color theory, model building, the principles and elements of design, and basic space planning. During my senior year, I was given the unique opportunity to take a new course called Advanced Interior Design. In this course, I spent time with the construction students developing a home project in Lehi, Utah. This allowed me a type of ‘real-life’ experience in design making basic selections for the interior of the home.”

While in high school, Paige was involved with FCCLA and competed in numerous state and regional competitions. Through FCCLA she learned business skills and made new friends. Paige describes the importance of her involvement in FCCLA. “My involvement in FCCLA was key during my high school years. It was there that I met a future colleague that attended Lone Peak High School. She continued, as did I, in pursuing the profession of interior design beyond high school. The next time I saw her was at the beginning of my freshman year with Utah State University’s Interior Design program. We became very close and plan to become business partners in the field. This all began with the connections made through FCCLA.”

After graduating from American Fork High School, Paige continued her education at Utah State University studying Interior Design. This summer she will spend eight weeks interning for Vicente Wolf Associates in New York City. “Vicente Wolf is Architectural Digest’s Top 100 Designer and has won numerous other awards. He is a well-known and praised designer in the industry. It is a privilege to be able to work as his intern this summer and I am definitely looking forward to the real-life experience from working hands-on with a New York designer and his team,” said Paige.

Paige attributes her successful preparation for advancement from high school to college (and soon a career) from the courses she took in Career and Technical Education and the opportunities she had in participating in a CTE Internship. “The most influential decision I made during high school was to participate in a [CTE] Internship. The path towards interior design began with my quick start into the field through my internship. Because my decision was made during high school I didn’t have to waste thousands of dollars in tuition trying to decide on a major. I walked into the university knowing exactly what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it. Utah State University has a very competitive program that I had heard about for years. I made it past the freshman review along with 16 others. There were over 40 applicants. A second review was made after my sophomore year and currently I will graduate with 14 other students. My high school education helped in pursuing such a rigorous program. I am grateful for the opportunities I was given at the beginning of my education. I look forward to becoming a NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer after graduation from Utah State University in May 2016.”

Blacktie & Barefoot: A Design by Paige Kirschbaum

Paige’s ISSUU Interior Design Portfolio  |  Paige’s Designs on Pinterest

Marianne Beck, Family and Consumer Sciences Education teacher and FCCLA Adviser at American Fork High School, expresses how important it is for students to participate in a CTE Pathway and CTE Internship. “As a Family and Consumer Sciences Education teacher, who teaches the Interior Design Pathway, I have enjoyed keeping in touch with students who have pursued their interests and have communicated how their interior design classes are what helped them discover their passion. The CTE Career Pathways program is a great way to help students discover how their classes can help them become college and career ready when they graduate from high school. It is also key that students involve themselves in the Work-Based Learning CTE Internship program, and different CTSOs [Career and Technical Student Organizations], to fully engage in all that they can to get the ‘real-life experience’ in the career they are interested in.”

Results: 2015 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival

May 14th, 2015

Bonneville_IT_IMG_5119On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, students from across the state gathered at Utah Valley University to display their digital artwork at the 2015 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival. From photography to 3D graphics to 2D animation, students competed in this yearly competition/festival to showcase his or her best work, and to see projects from all around the state.

Congratulations to the following students who placed “Best of Show.”

2D Animation Kenneth Volcanes, Clearfield High School

3D Animation Tyler Anderton, Nebo ALC

3D Graphics Calvin Crowther, Davis High School

Audio Brian Williams, Granite Technical Institute

Game Design Carson Howe, Bear River High School

Photography Desyni Preece, Bountiful High School

Raster Graphics David Ha, Granite Technical Institute

Stop Motion Rustin Strachan and Cameron Linde, Nebo ALC

T-shirt/Poster Paul Amstone, Layton High School

Vector Graphics Bobbie Fonnesbeck, Canyons Technical Education Center

Video Ben Alyk, Mikayla Hipwell, Mathew Gates, and Parker Jenkins, Clearfield High School

Web Design Jackson Howe, Jordan Applied Technology Center

View the full list of winners.

Save the date for the 2016 Utah Digital Media Arts Festival to be held in May 2016. Watch for details at www.udmaf.org.

FFA Has Taught Me to Reach for the Stars

May 12th, 2015

Animal science and biology are my passion! There are so many different areas to choose from such as wildlife biology, fish [and game], animal biology, and much more. Becoming a biologist requires a lot of hard work, and passion for animals and the outdoors.

Shaylyn photoI am Shaylyn Knappenberger. Throughout high school I have taken animal science courses, been involved with FFA, and had work-based learning experiences that have allowed me to worked with biologist and conservation officers across the state, on ride-alongs and other field experiences.

Working with biologist and conservation officers exposed me to many different elements of the job. I have experienced writing tickets for going off the posted trails to transplanting antelope. Working with both sides of the Division of Natural Resources has showed me that this job is very diverse and the work is not always easy, but worth it.

I established many relationships with biologist and conservation officers. The more I went on ride-alongs, and helped with transplanting animals, the more confident I became in helping and doing things they asked of me. I love learning new things and advancing what I know in this field. On each ride along I learned new things and got to experience more than I did before.

My experience in FFA has helped tie all of my learning and experiences together. FFA has taught me to reach for the stars and go for my dreams. I have been able to take my education one step further by participating in science fair projects and competitions such as vet science and judging livestock. It has taught me about more than just wildlife and everyday pets. I have also been able to learn, develop, and use leadership skills that I will be able to use throughout my future career.




Riverton High School Students Win State Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition

May 8th, 2015


Congratulations to the Riverton High School automotive team, Wade Tate and Cason Hales, who took first place at the 2015 state Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition. The competition took place May 6, 2015, at Salt Lake Community College, where ten two member teams competed to successfully debug a 2015 Ford vehicle. The competition required teams to make repairs with the highest quality workmanship (in the lowest total time) within 90 minutes.

Wade, Cason, and their instruction Jay Hales will travel to the national competition in Dearborn, Michigan, headquarters of Ford Motor Company, to compete for nearly $12 million in scholarships and prizes, June 7-9, 2015.

2015 State Ford/AAA Auto Skills Competition Results

1st Place – Riverton High School
Team: Wade Tate and Cason Hales
Instructor: Jay Hales

2nd Place – Olympus High School
Team: Brinton Neff and Andrew Lodder
Instructor: Chris Nielsen

3rd Place – Provo High School
Team: Christian Beaumont and Rich Shriber
Instructor: Alan Gatenby

4th Place – Clearfield High School
Team: Dallas M Stoker and Cole W Younger
Instructor: Ed Schimer

5th Place – Timpview High School
Team: David Forsythe and Jose Estrada
Instructor: Rich Lamb

6th Place – Woods Cross High School
Team: Joseph Jackson and Mason Newton
Instructor: Evan Kirk

7th Place – Emery High School
Team: Tuckett Allred and Hunter Jefferies
Instructor: Mike Kava

8th Place – Davis High School
Team: Jake Hoffman and Brett Winterton
Instructor: Tom Housley

9th Place – Syracuse High School
Team: Tyler Fralick and Caleb Hill
Instructor: Wayne Burbank

10th Place – Bountiful High School
Team: Jackson A Naegle and Mitch A Alsop
Instructor: Erick Winkler

Related stories:
Standard Examiner: Davis schools show muscle in automotive repair competition
Deseret News: Students show their drive in auto skills competition

2015 CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards

May 4th, 2015

Emily Hopes (HS)On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, the 29th Annual Career and Technical Education (CTE) Scholarships and Tuition Awards Banquet took place at Salt Lake Community College. This banquet is a longstanding tradition used to honor CTE students throughout the state who have been selected to receive a scholarship and tuition award from a postsecondary institution in Utah.

Each award recipient was one of 204 applicants who applied for a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. At the banquet, 102 scholarships were awarded to high school CTE seniors for up to one year’s tuition at a postsecondary institution.

By the year 2020, two out of three jobs will require some postsecondary education and training. CTE is an essential component in filling these job openings. The jobs of today require advanced skills and technical training. Students wanting to stay competitive in the job market need specific training, education, and skills to compete successfully.

Utah is working to achieve the goal of 66 percent of adults holding a postsecondary certificate or a degree by the year 2020. Each student who received a scholarship will have an advantage not only in furthering his/her education, but in attaining a postsecondary certificate or degree through his/her hard work and perseverance.

We offer our congratulations and best wishes to each award recipient as he/she advances to college and career and prepares to successfully compete in a global economy.

Educators, plan now to encourage next year’s seniors to apply for a 2016 CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award.

High school juniors, it’s not too early to begin thinking about applying for a 2016 CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. Take a look at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards Web page and become familiar with the guidelines and application.

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.