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Being Successful in Today’s Global Environment

May 5th, 2014

By Gary Wixom
Assistant Commissioner for Career and Technical Education
Utah System of Higher Education

I recently read an article detailing the challenge businesses are having today attracting and keeping skilled workers. Businesses are finding that it is not enough to find employees that fit their requirements, but are struggling to keep them. One of the solutions being suggested for companies is to build a career map for their employees. What is a career map? A career map for employees in a business is a clear pathway of professional development available to employees within the business entity.

This career map provides an employee with a clear, transparent “road map” for employees to grow, develop, and advance within the company. In turn, the company grows and advances. Most businesses understand that the success or failure of the company rests squarely on the skill level, and the productivity of their entry and mid-level employees. These are the individuals who are the backbone of the company—keeping these employees satisfied and progressing within the company brings success to the company as a whole.

If having a career map is important for a business to succeed in today’s global economy, having a well-defined career map is also essential for all students. What does a “career map” look like for a student? A career map for a student has the same characteristics of the career map for employees within a business.

A career map for a student should start early and provide a clear pathway through the educational environment of middle school, high school, and postsecondary training. Flexibility is an essential component, giving students clear direction but offering a pathway to a variety of professional occupational choices leading to jobs and careers that provide a living wage.

A well-defined career map for a student should provide a clear pathway to not only the completion of high school, but also completing the requirements by taking a rigorous course of study that gives them the skills that prepare them to be “College and Career Ready”. In the global world that we live in, everyone needs a set of basic skills that prepare them so that they can acquire the skills that lead to productive employment at a level that provides a livable standard of living.

As a student, ask yourself, do I have a career map? Be sure that you have a well-defined career map that will help you complete high school with a career pathway that leads you to a professional occupation of your own choosing. Need help creating the map? Visit with your parents, a teacher, or a career counselor and create a career map for yourself. Make sure it is written and then post it on your wall where you will see it regularly. The result will increase the chances of you achieving the goals that you have for yourself in providing an exciting a successful future.

STEM Occupations

May 5th, 2014

As per the recent message in this publication (“STEM 101,” April 2014), there is no universally agreed-upon definition of STEM. For the purposes of this month’s highlight, however, we’re focusing on occupations identified as STEM by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). BLS looked at occupations in six broad groups from the Standard Occupational Classification Manual: 1) Management; 2) Computer and Mathematics; 3) Architecture and Engineering; 4) Life, Physical, and Social Sciences; 5) Education, Training, and Library; and 6) Sales and Related. (Though Healthcare occupations are commonly included in STEM, BLS offers a separate analysis of that sector, to be shared in a later edition of this newsletter.) From the full list of 100 STEM occupations* in these groups, here are the top three occupations projected to have the most job openings nationally 2012-2022:

 

 

 

 

 

 

*See Table 1 in the Occupational Outlook Quarterly – with source cited as “2010 Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) System, SOC Policy Committee recommendation to the Office of Management and Budget. Healthcare occupations are not included.” Source of Utah data in these tables is the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

In the following table are three occupations from the BLS list that you can typically enter with less than a Bachelor’s degree, and that will grow much faster than average through 2022 (a percent of current employment; average growth rate across all occupations is 11 percent):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will notice that “Computer User Support Specialists” appears on both lists. The fact that this is an occupation that employs large numbers of workers, and that it is growing at almost twice the average rate, bodes well for students prepared for entry.  For comparison: twenty percent of the 658,500 Computer User Support Specialists is 131,700 – significantly more than twenty percent of the 169,900 (33,980) Web Developers.

In addition to the technical skills foundation required in STEM occupations, workers must also have critical and creative thinking skills, and strong communication skills – technical writing, public speaking, and interpersonal communication. You can start developing technical, thinking, and communication skills while still in high school. Whether your career interests lead to a STEM career, or any other, a high school program of study that includes participation in a CTE Pathway of interest to you will help you succeed.

Meet Caden Bushell: Future Business Manager

April 30th, 2014

“When I was in sixth grade I decided that I wanted to gain an education and become the first in my family to earn a college degree. Now that I am a senior, that goal to earn a college degree is underway. I will graduate [from high school] with 22 college credits and will be ready to continue on that path.

“My short-term education goal is to earn an associate degree in business. I aspire to lead others by example. I like being challenged and I would enjoy seeing progress from applying the skills I have learned.

“I enjoy learning about things that will make me more successful in the future. That is a big reason why I chose to take CTE classes in high school. With the Business Leadership [class] I wanted to understand the business side of a company and all of the pieces that go together to make any business successful. I am glad I have learned all that I have in my CTE courses. They have taught me that you need hard work, dedication, and discipline to achieve anything you aspire to do. I am glad I have taken advantage of all the educational opportunities available to me so that I can become a better person.”

Caden Bushell
Jordan High School

 

 Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Caden Bushell
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

UtahCTE.org congratulates Caden Bushell on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Dixie State University. Caden was one of 96 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Meet Calvin Hill: Future Drafting Design Technician

April 30th, 2014

“My personal goal is to obtain an associate of science degree in pre-engineering with an emphasis in drafting technology. After obtaining this degree I will work as an engineering technician for a mechanical engineering company, providing the necessary drafting of the designs needed to produce the product efficiently and accurately.

“My training in CTE courses in high school prepared me for life after high school by helping me discover my love of drafting. I discovered that my desire to utilize my computer skills and my need for things to be ‘just perfect’ were best focused in the area of drafting design. I also learned that this was a viable career to which I could aspire. I also discovered the need for drafters in the world of engineering. I focused my CTE Pathway toward this career goal, and have taken some advanced drafting classes at the local Applied Technology College to improve both my knowledge of the field and my employability in the field.”

Calvin Hill
InTech Collegiate High School

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Calvin Hill
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

UtahCTE.org congratulates Calvin Hill on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to USU Eastern—Price. Calvin was one of 96 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards  banquet on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Meet Shelby Nelson: Future Cosmetologist

April 30th, 2014

“Creative and hands-on are both traits that I knew my future career would have to have in order to keep me excited and motivated for work. These are traits I looked for as I chose courses in school to help me in my career decision.

“The CTE courses I took in high school prepared me for life after high school by broadening my knowledge of what is available. The courses helped me realize a career can be fun while also being rewarding. You can enjoy your job while building relationships with clients and being creative, all while making a living.

“[Participating in a CTE] Pathway showed me what I enjoy and made it clear to me what career would be best for me to succeed.”

Shelby Nelson
Mountain Crest High School

 

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Shelby Nelson
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

UtahCTE.orgcongratulates Shelby Nelson on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Bridgerland Applied Technology College. Shelby was one of 96 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards  banquet on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Meet Thomas Jones: Future Computer Scientist

April 30th, 2014

“I want to earn a degree in computer science with an emphasis in computing and networking sciences. When I graduate from high school, I will have earned over 15 credits from Utah Valley University distance education classes.

“CTE courses prepared me for entering my chosen field of study. The knowledge from these classes has been and will be beneficial to my success in college. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of my technology-related CTE classes, such as Digital Media and Computer Technology. By taking these classes I have come to the realization that the field of computer science is the field I desire.

“My family has instilled the values of responsibility and hard work. I look forward to continuing my education and being a successful and contributing member of society.”

Thomas Jones
Wasatch High School

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Thomas Jones
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

UtahCTE.org congratulates Thomas Jones on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Utah Valley University. Thomas was one of 96 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards  banquet on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Meet Alison Peterson: Future Dental Hygienist

April 30th, 2014

“I am really excited to attend college and am looking forward to pursuing my goal of becoming a dental hygienist. I love learning, and plan on becoming the best hygienist possible. Another goal of mine is to be able to be part of a dental humanitarian group and go to different parts of the world to serve others and teach them. I have always had a passion for science and the way that it helps you think in different ways.

“I am currently [participating] in a CTE Internship at a local dentist office in our city. I have loved everything about it. It has taught me a lot about how the office functions and about the daily routine of a hygienist. It has been really fun getting to know patients and [providing] them a service. By taking CTE courses  I have learned about good jobs skills.”

Alison Peterson
Uintah High School

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Alison Peterson
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

UtahCTE.org congratulates Alison Peterson on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah Valley University. Alison was one of 96 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Meet Sarah Smith: Future Family and Consumer Sciences Education Teacher

April 30th, 2014

“I have always had a passion for cooking and working with others to solve problems. I now find myself ready to further my education to achieve my career goals. Throughout high school I have been in the ProStart program. Because of this great program, it will be a smooth transition for me to continue my education. I know that in the field of work I am interested in a lot of experience and practice is needed to become great.

“Throughout the past few years I have been given opportunities to gain some experience. I have been able to go to culinary training conferences and participated in catering jobs. Along with these opportunities I have also had some work experience. The jobs that I have had have not only taught me basic food safety, but also how to interact well with others. All of these skills are needed in my future career. I hope to be a FACS teacher. I have been inspired by many of my teachers and their passion to help students like me work hard for a bright future.

“I have completed many CTE courses, and all of these courses have helped me not only learn some of the material that I would have to teach, but how to work in a professional environment.”

Sarah Smith
Provo High School

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Sarah Smith
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

UtahCTE.org congratulates Sarah Smith on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah Valley University. Sarah was one of 96 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

2014 Summer Camps

April 30th, 2014

Plan now to participate in a summer camp and LEARN A NEW SKILL. Check out the list of summer camps below and choose one, two, or three camps that interest you. Attending a summer camp is a great way to learn a new skill, improve an existing skill, make new friends, and create lasting memories. Some camps have limited space, so don’t delay and register today. Talk to your school counselor or CTE teacher to locate other summer camps in your area.

4-H Summer Camps
June—August
Come explore the wonderful, slimy, wet, magic and beautiful world of nature at the USU Botanical Center this summer! Each summer camp in our series is designed for a particular age group and is full of fun hands-on experiments for investigating the world in which we live.
Sponsored by: Utah State University Botanical Center
Location: Varies
Ages:
All ages
Cost:
Tuition varies
Enrollment deadline: Varies

Utah Summer Camps – By county
June—August

Learn a new skill at one of the many summer camps throughout Utah.
Location: Varies
Ages:
All ages
Cost:
Tuition varies
Enrollment deadline: Varies

Youth Education
June—August
Prepare your gear. . .SUMMER IS ALMOST HERE!!! Get ready for another fantastic summer with Club U Camps at the University of Utah. There are a variety of classes for students of all ages. From graphic arts, to 3D game design, to exploring engineering, students will learn lifelong skills.
Location:
University of Utah
Ages: All ages
Cost:
Tuition varies
Enrollment deadline: Varies

Summer Game Camps
June 16-20
Using Game Maker attendees will learn how to create a 2D video game. At the end of the week, the games created by the participants will be judged with winners receiving prizes.
Location: Weber State University
Ages: Grades 9-12
Cost:
$30.00 – registration fee includes T-shirt, book/software, and lunches
Enrollment deadline: Saturday, May 31, 2014

Girls Code @ CTEC – Summer Programming Workshop
June 23-27: Session 1 –Beginning coding (no coding experience required)
July 7-11: Session 2 – Intermediate coding (some coding experience required)
Girls Code @ CTEC is a weeklong program designed to encourage high school age girls to learn and be involved with computer science. Learn how to create applications for Android phones and tablets.
Location:
Canyons Technical Education Center
Ages: High school girls, grades 9-12
Cost:
$25
Enrollment:
Applications are currently being accepted.

Biotechnology Summer Academy
July 7-11
Learn how research is done in labs through planning and practice of daily research experiments and activities. You will conduct hands-on experiment that impact actual scientific projects at Utah State University.

Location:
Utah State University
Ages: High school juniors and seniors
Cost:
$200 — registration fee includes five-days of room and board
Enrollment deadline: Friday, June 20, 2014

Engineering Camp
July 28—July 31 (Session 1)
August 4-7
(Session 2)
Learn about the engineering behind what makes things work by participating in hands-on activities.
Location:
Jordan Applied Technology Center (JATC)
Ages:
8th, 9th, 10th grade students (2014-2015)
Cost: $10.00 — registration
fee includes T-shirt and lunch
Enrollment deadline:
June 2, 2014

Tell UtahCTE.org about the camp you attended, what you learned, and the hands-on experiences you participated in. Send your stories to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

Meet Terry Rawley

April 25th, 2014

Meet Terry Rawley, Director of Layton High School’s Child Development Center

Though pre-school children and their parents have a deep appreciation for the opportunities extended by Layton High School’s Child Development Center, the focus of the Director of the program is on the participating high school students. The Director, Terry Rawley, acknowledges that not every one of the high school students taking Child Development courses will ultimately achieve the CDA credential, but she expects every one of them will be a better parent or adult role model as a result of what they learn.  Ms. Rawley has a contagious enthusiasm for education, and says that her first criterion for hiring assistants is that they’re in love with education and learning. She works tirelessly to ensure that the environment supports every kind of learning, including caring and kindness. She was particularly excited by the opportunity to re-design the Center about four years ago. Layton High School added a new library, and the old library was reinvented as a place to better serve both the pre-school children and the high school students who work with them. 

Also known as the Early Childhood Education Pathway, the Layton High program serves 250 high school students each semester, and there is always a waiting list for the infants and toddlers who enable the highly interactive learning. There are three groups of these younger learners: infants (0-23 months), ages 2 and 3, and ages 4 and 5. Each young child has the benefit of individual attention from high school students across the course of every day. The Center opens at 7:00 AM each school day, and closes at 4:30 PM – and yes, they serve breakfast, lunch, and two snacks!  Before and after school hours the Center is staffed by paid interns who are working to meet the internship requirements of the CDA credential.  The Foundation courses for the Pathway include Child Development, Early Childhood Education I, and Food & Nutrition I. Specific topics include:

  • Planning a safe, healthy learning environment.
  • Advancing children’s physical and intellectual development.
  • Supporting children’s social and emotional development.
  • Understanding principles of child development.

These topics and others are specified in the CDA credentialing program, and are addressed in the Pathway foundation courses as well as within subsequent elective courses. Students need just 3.00 credits (2.00 credits of Foundation coursework, and 1.00 credit in Electives) to be a Pathway Completer. Those students who pursue the CDA credential must meet additional requirements, including internship hours, and an exam.

The Layton High School Child Development program is just one example of the fabulous opportunities delivered by Utah Career and Technical Education (CTE). Check out Pathways in other CTE Areas by visiting UtahCTE.org, and talk to your school counselor about the opportunities available to you!