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Have You Ever Wondered Where Beef Comes From

February 17th, 2015

Kenyon Munk 2My name is Kenyon Munk and this year I am involved with the Career and Technical Education Internship program at my school, Richfield High. I have really enjoyed working and learning at the Cowley Farm and Feed Lot.

When you go to the store or a restaurant and get a yummy juicy hamburger, have you ever wondered where that beef comes from? At the Cowley Farm and Feed Lot I have learned what it takes to raise, feed, doctor, and take care of the cattle that are used to produce all of our beef.

It has been really interesting to see the daily operations of a feed lot. Every day we feed over 2,500 head of cattle. During the winter the cattle are [taken] off the mountain grazing land and stored at the feed lot. We have been expanding our operations weekly as more cattle come in. We take care of them until they get big enough and then they are sent to the butcher to be processed for packaging and then delivered to your local store.


Animal agriculture in Utah represents the single largest sector of farm income in Utah. According to the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, cattle and calves are raised on 6,458 farms throughout Utah. In 2013, cash receipts for cattle and calves totaled more than $360 million.

Join Kenyon and become involved in the Agricultural Education program at your school. Talk to your school counselor to sign up for a class today.


FCCLA Week is February 8-14, 2015

February 9th, 2015

FCCLA%20Week%20Profile%20PictureFamily, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will join more than 200,000 members in celebrating National FCCLA Week February 8-14, 2015. This year’s theme is “Together We Are United!” in recognition of the many things FCCLA students and advisers represent—both as individuals and as members of their chapters, state associations and the national FCCLA organization—in their families, schools and communities. During National FCCLA Week, members plan and carry out activities to address teen and societal concerns and show how Family and Consumer Sciences education can help them achieve the Ultimate Leadership Experience.

Monday, February 9
Media Blitz – Together We Are Making Headlines!
Hit up social networks and spread the word about what your chapter is up to! Take FCCLA out into the community by approaching local businesses about advocating for FCCLA! Get your whole school involved by advertising what your chapter is doing for FCCLA week!

Tuesday, February 10
Partner Advocacy – Together We Are at the Table!
Share Our Strength. Chapter members are encouraged to budget and prepare a meal for their family. Then as a family, contribute the same amount of money spent on that meal to SOS to enable others to have a healthy meal.

Wednesday, February 11
RED out for FCCLA – Together We Are United!
Wear RED! Showcase friendships made through FCCLA with posters/photos around school as well as in social media; submit photos of as many people wearing red in group shots to demonstrate how FCCLA is “united”.

Thursday, February 12
The Ultimate Throw Back Thursday – Together We Are Making History!
Chapters are encouraged to inundate social media with photos of members and chapter photos from as far back in FCCLA’s 70 year history as possible, all with the hashtag, “ #TUTBT”.

Friday, February 13
Member Recognition – Together We Are FCCLA!
Send thank you notes from advisers and chapter officers to FCCLA members. Recognize chapter members on social media. Set up an “FCCLA members only” photo booth during lunch with props to commemorate FCCLA Week.

National FCCLA Week and CTE Month is a great time to get excited for all that’s to come and all that’s involved with the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America!

It’s never too late to get involved with FCCLA! If you’re not a member of FCCLA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the FCCLA adviser in your school.

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Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has over 200,000 members and over 5,500 chapters from 49 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.

I Love the Work Phlebotomists Do

February 9th, 2015

Annie Christensen

My name is Annie Christensen, and I’m a senior at Richfield High School. Last semester I had the opportunity to participate in a CTE Internship at the Sevier Valley Medical Center. I worked in the laboratory where I learned many new things from the phlebotomists and the lab techs. I learned how to draw blood, what different tests mean or do, what blood is made of, how to use the machines, and so much more! I even got the chance to draw one of the lab techs blood. This was a totally new experience and I loved learning. I also got to have my blood drawn to run tests on it myself. I discovered my blood type, examined my blood cell counts, and ran other tests. I learned how to do all of this from the lab. I love doing blood typing. The people I worked with were awesome, and so willing to help me learn. I loved having a sneak peek into the medical field.

This experience definitely impacted some of my future decisions. It helped me decide whether I want to pursue a medical career. I love the work phlebotomists do, and how there is something new [to learn] every day! It is so interesting to me. This whole experience has been very beneficial.

Alexa Hyde: Future Elementary Education Teacher

February 3rd, 2015

Alexa Hyde - in front of school

Alexa Hyde, a student at Sky View High School, recently participated in a CTE Internship at Sunrise Elementary School. During her internship she worked with elementary students while being mentored by elementary education teacher Helen Hellstern. “I enjoyed working with Ms. Hellstern because she is an amazing teacher and has been so helpful in giving me ideas for when I have my own classroom. She put me in charge of responsibilities ranging from the simple task of writing the students names on assessments to teaching my own station,” says Alexa.

Alexa learned a lot from participating in a CTE Internship. The internship provided a real world experience to assist her in making a career decision. “Because of this experience I know for sure that I want to pursue [a career] in elementary education. I have absolutely loved my involvement with the students and have learned so much from them. Every child is so different and unique in their own way, and I have learned how to adjust to meet the need of every child. I’m excited to graduate and head to college where I will be able to take classes that will get me closer to my dream job. I am so thankful for the great experience I have had through the Work-Based Learning program.”



SkillsUSA: Serving More than 11.6 Million Members

February 3rd, 2015

Gojo community service 2014SkillsUSA is a nationwide network of students and instructors in a common bond with powerful industry partnerships, serving more than 11.6 million members for over 50 year. SkillsUSA not only empowers its member to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens, but also provides quality education experiences in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. In Utah, there are more than 2,000 members in 76 chapters.

SkillsUSA members don’t just have a great passion for what they can achieve, but also for what they can contribute. SkillsUSA’s Program of Work actively involves members in community service. SkillsUSA cultivate engaged citizens who not only love what they do, but who also respect the power they have to make a difference in the lives of others.

Utah SkillsUSA has the following goals: 1. Increase secondary and postsecondary member participation.2. Encourage all members to become stronger advocates for CTE. 3. Encourage members to engage in meaningful community service activities. 4. Encourage full member participation in SkillsUSA programs and events.

This year, SkillsUSA celebrates 50 Years of Champions at Work. In conjunction with this celebration, student members across the country will celebrate SkillsUSA Week February 8-14. WATCH how SkillsUSA is making a difference in the lives of student members.

 SkillsUSA represents: Friendship. Leadership. Champions. Professionalism. Success. Direction.



Governor Herbert Declares School Counseling Week in Utah

February 3rd, 2015

School Counselor - BLS imageGovernor Gary R. Herbert declared February 2-6, 2015, School Counseling Week in Utah. Utah joins the national observation to focus attention to school counselors’ vital role in helping students succeed academically and plan for a career.

“Supporting school counselors is part of the investment we make to provide an educational system where the rising generation can realize its potential,” Governor Herbert said. “School counselors work in partnership with administrators, teachers and parents to address any challenges students may experience and focus on positive ways to enhance students’ personal, educational and career development and success.”

The declaration in Utah is sponsored by the Utah School Counselors Association. The association believes that guidance and counseling must be an integral part of every student’s education experience.

CCGP blog declaration - corrected versionSchool Counselors:
> Are employed in public and private schools to help students reach their full potential.
> Are actively committed to helping students explore their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents, as these traits relate to career awareness and development.
> Help parents focus on ways to further the educational, personal, and social growth of their children.
> Work with teachers and other educators to help students explore their potential and set realistic goals for themselves.
> Seek to identify and utilize community resources that can enhance and complement comprehensive school counseling programs and help students become productive members of society.

In Utah, there are more than 1,000 school counselors. The Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance: K-12 Programs strive to have every student in the state of Utah graduate from high school with the skills, knowledge and dispositions essential for success.

FBLA Week is February 8-14, 2015

January 13th, 2015

National FBLA officers 2014FBLA-PBL student members in chapters across the nation will be celebrating FBLA-PBL Week February 8-14, 2015. Members are encouraged to publicize their activities, boost their membership, and gear up for spring events.

Monday, February 9, 2015
National Presidents Forum and Fight to the Finish
All three division national presidents (FBLA, PBL, and the Professional Division) will host a live Internet broadcast to kick of FBL-PBL Week. The Fight to the Finish contest recognizes the top 10 states with the most completed Business Achievement Awards.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Each One Reach One Day
Talk to peers and community members about your FBLA-PBL experiences and ask them to join your chapter.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Adviser Appreciation Day/Professional Attire Day
Dress for success and show appreciation for those that teach, lead, and mentor your chapter.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Career Awareness Day
Get involved with your Professional Division and connect with community leaders.

Friday, February 13, 2015
Community Service Day
Choose a community service project to support. Suggested activities include working with the March of Dimes, volunteering at a homeless shelter, or conducting a blood drive.

The mission of FBLA-PBL is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

February is CTE Month

January 13th, 2015

JATC_HS_IMG_2447During the month of February, students, educators, and administrators across the state will join secondary and postsecondary students nationwide in celebrating Career and Technical Education (CTE). Schools can pick a day, a week, or the entire month to spotlight CTE programs.

The 2015 CTE Month theme is:
Recognizing Classroom Innovators

Goals of CTE Month:
> Inform students about the importance of choosing a CTE Pathway.
> Increase student awareness of careers, education, and training.
> Strengthen student engagement through the College and Career Plan.
> Increase parent involvement and awareness of CTE programs.
> Promote discussion of postsecondary options—training certificates, and degrees.

CTE Month is a great opportunity to promote your programs
and advocate for CTE.
> Check out the list of 28 Things to Do During CTE Month.
> Share your CTE story with policymakers at the local, state and federal levels, as well as your community.
> Write a blog about an event in your school and submit it to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.
> Make a 90-second video about CTE and submit it to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

Details about CTE Month will be announced on Facebook and Twitter.
Visit UtahCTE.org to join our communities today!

Consider making the following activities part of your celebration:
> Decorate your school with banners and posters.
> Post electronic announcements to your school website, marquee, and bulletin boards.
> Have an open house for parents and the community.
> Make a video profiling successful alumni and where they work.
> Using social media, post on Facebook and tweet the CTE Month events at your school.

“CTE classes contributed to my academic success and future occupational plans.”
Melissa Haws, graduate Woods Cross High School

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From Raccoons to Anacondas

January 13th, 2015

Mario Thurston with dog 2In the field of veterinary medicine, you are exposed to many different kinds of species, diseases, medicine, and procedures. Becoming a veterinarian is extremely difficult, just getting into a vet school is more competitive than getting into medical school. In the end, it is worth all the hard effort.

I am Mario Thurston. In the fall of 2014, I completed a CTE Internship at North Cache Veterinary Service in the field of veterinary medicine.

During this internship I was exposed to many things. For example, I have been able to assist in taking x-rays of a pet raccoon, and extracting maggots that had gotten into the animal bites on a raccoons leg. The only way to do this was to inject salt water in the hole and squeeze all the maggots out. This was the only time during my internship that I felt queasy, but it was definitely an eye opening experience for me. I then realized that sometimes the things the veterinarian has to do are not always fun, or cool, but just down right gross. Because of this experience, I will be ready and not surprised when an owner tells me to shave off half the hair on their pet’s body and get hundreds of maggots out.

I also established a relationship with all of the workers during my internship. The veterinarians were comfortable in asking me to do certain things. After a while I was comfortable enough to complete tasks that I knew had to be done during the day. In doing this I earned respect from the workers at the clinic. Although I did have to ask questions when I was not completely sure of what I was doing I was able to learn most tasks quickly. From documenting and filing to taking vital signs and injecting vaccinations.

Dog kennelsUnfortunately, there was a cow that died when two of the veterinarians were trying to save it. While I was pushing liquids into the cow, through an IV, it started thrashing around, and eventually died. It was intoxicated, and the owner waited three days to bring it in.

The clinic also takes dogs for boarding. So every time I arrived at the clinic, there was a new dog. In this picture, all of the kennels are occupied, and one even has two dogs in it. My responsibility was to make sure they had food and water and were taken to a grassy area often. I also helped clean all of the dog kennels and enjoyed spending some time playing with them.

Engineering for You Video Contest

January 12th, 2015

Milford_TE_IMG_4456Throughout history, engineering has advanced civilization from the way we connect with each other, to the way we heal, to how we get around, and simply have fun. But society still faces major obstacles. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has outlined 14 game-changing opportunities for the 21st century called the Grand Challenges for Engineering and they want YOU to create and submit a 1-2 minute video that shows how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure, and/or joyous world!

Who: The competition is open to all individuals or teams in four competition categories.
> Middle school students and younger (grades K-8)
> High school students (grades 9-12)
> Postsecondary students (2-year college through graduate school)
> General public

What: Create and submit a 1-2 minute video focused on one or more of the 14 NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering.

When: Competition opened Monday, January 5, 2015 and continues through Monday, March 2, 2015.

Why: Show how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure, and/or joyous world.

How: Select at least one of the 14 NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering and create a 1-2 minutes video showing how engineering will create a more sustainable, healthy, secure and/or joyous world in the future.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, March 2, 2015 by 12 pm eastern standard time.

Winners will be announced in September 2015
Grand Prize: $25,000
People’s Choice Award: $5,000
Other Prizes: The top videos in each competition category are eligible for a prize of up to $5,000.

For more information: http://www.nae.edu/e4u2/