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CTE Month Is February 2016

November 2nd, 2015

CTE Month imageJoin CTE students across the nation in celebrating Career and Technical Education throughout February. This year’s CTE Month theme of “Opportunities for Career Success” will give you the chance to tell the stories of leadership and excellence from your community and raise awareness of the crucial role that CTE has in readying students for careers.

We encourage you to participate in both national and local activities and events throughout the month. Your school district, school, and/or classroom can pick a day, a week, or the entire month of February to celebrate CTE. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to spotlight your CTE programs.

To assist you in your CTE Month planning, resources are available HERE. Below is a sample of a few of the available resources.

Announcement Flyer | 29 Things to Do During CTE Month | Advocacy for CTE
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On March 3, 2015, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 94
A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of Career and Technical Education Month.

FFA Chapter Highlight – Spanish Fork FFA

November 2nd, 2015

Spanish Fork FFASince the beginning of the school year, FFA members at Spanish Fork High School have been busy providing community service, competing in competitions, and teaching middle school students about agriculture. Their dedication to service in their community, their competitive spirit as they competed against their peers, and their passion for teaching Agriculture in the Classroom has cultivated their desire to make a positive difference in agriculture.

Community Service
In September, Farmer Randy Gordon donated three bins of pumpkins to the Spanish Fork Chamber of Commerce Harvest Moon Hurrah community event, however, the pumpkins needed to be washed. Spanish Fork FFA members quickly volunteered for the job. With a job well done, a sparkling clean pumpkin was given to each child at the Harvest Moon Hurrah.

Sterling Brinkerhoff
Sterling Brinkerhoff competed in the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off and placed second. His pumpkin weighed 514.5 pounds, 100 pounds more than third place. Sterling raised the pumpkin as part of his Summer Agricultural Project.

Spanish Fork FFA members had great success at the Utah State Fair. Dalton Sorensen won the blue ribbon for his champion hog and Kaitlin Hallam won Best in Show in the Agricultural Mechanics category.

FFA members taught students in an 8th grade class about the importance of agriculture. One activity included making ice cream, as students learned about dairy production. Another activity included dissecting an animal to learn about the parts of the anatomy.

Focus On: Skilled and Technical Sciences Education

November 2nd, 2015

Murray_STS_IMG_8169Skilled and Technical Sciences Education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in skilled trades and other technical occupations, as well as promoting quality programs based on recognized industry standards.

The Utah Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Pathways are based on the national skills standards, where applicable, and established state standards. Students have the opportunity to be a CTE Secondary Pathway Completer in one of twenty-two Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Pathways, within the following eight categories:

> Building Trades
> Communication
> Mechanics and Repairs
> Personal Services
> Precision Production Trades
> Protective Services
> Transportation and Material Moving
> Visual Arts

Bailey TolandWhile attending Stansbury High School, Bailey Toland participated in the Skilled and Technical Sciences Education Law Enforcement Pathway with the goal to pursue a career in criminal justice. Bailey was involved in the Salt Lake City Explorers Program, with the Salt Lake City Police Department, where she further explored a career in law enforcement by being involved in police operations. Bailey plans enter the Police Academy when she turns 21.

“CTE courses have helped me by giving me the chance to make sure I really wanted to go into a [law enforcement] career. CTE has given me a view on what to expect in college and the classes I will be taking. I have had a huge head-start on my classes for college because of CTE,” said Bailey.

Stars and Skills for the Top Ten Occupations in Skilled and Technical Sciences
The following are rated “5 Star” occupations by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, and each occupation is projected to –

  • Employ 1,670 or more Utah workers in 2022.
  • Offer openings for at least 70 new Utah workers every year through 2022.
  • Pay median hourly wages of at least $24.40 in Utah.

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Join the 88th National FFA Convention and Expo

October 28th, 2015

CaptureThe 88th National FFA Convention and Expo begins today, Wednesday, October 28, 2015. Join the convention live from Louisville, Kentucky. Here are four ways to stay connected with the FFA Convention and Expo:

  1. RFD-TV will broadcast each session. Visit the RFD-TV site for channel listings and more. Most sessions shown live on RFD-TV will also be simulcast on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio via RURAL RADIO Channel 147.
  2. More than 45 hours of the convention will be streamed live online. The broadcasts will be available at FFA.org/convention and can be viewed live or via the on-demand archive. The streams include nine convention sessions, six events from the CDE Finals Hall, and nine student workshops.
  3. Stay connected via the FFA convention app. This digital guidebook includes all of the convention and expo activities, maps, and more. The app is free and is available in the Apple and Android/Google stores.
  4. Join FFA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat (username: NationalFFA), Periscope, and FFA Pulse. #AmplifyFFA

During the convention FFA members will celebrate 85 years of the FFA Creed. The Creed was written by Erwin Milton Tiffany. The FFA Creed expresses Mr. Tiffany’s strong belief in the industry of agriculture and the core values of citizenship and patriotism.

CTE Classes Have Made a Huge Impact on My Life

October 8th, 2015

Michael Brannen - photoBy Michael Brannen, a graduate of Herriman High School

CTE classes have made a huge impact on my life decisions and future goals. I first started taking a basic Web design class because I love computers, and decided I would take any class that would let me be near them. Well, it turned out that I loved Web design so much, I went on the next year and took the Web development class at the Jordan Applied Technology Center. Now because of my little decision to take a CTE course around computers, I know that I will move on to a computer science degree and pursue a career in Web development. The difference in a CTE course, like the one I took, is that I got to take on my own clients and build my own products. Throughout the year, not only did I learn all sorts of Web development skills, but I gained general professional skills that I can use to get a job with certifications to prove it.

Utah HOSA State Officers Attend Washington Leadership Academy

October 6th, 2015

Washington LA- attendeesBy Denise Abbott, Utah HOSA State Advisor

HOSA-Future Health Professionals, the largest national organization for middle school, high school, and postsecondary/collegiate students with an interest in the health profession, held its 9th Annual Washington Leadership Academy September 19-22, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. Nearly 200 state and local HOSA officers from 32 states joined together to learn the importance of Community, Accountability, Relationships and Excellence. This year’s Washington Leadership Academy taught leaders how to CARE by:

> Engaging with their COMMUNITY.
> Understanding the significance of establishing and maintaining ACCOUNTABILITY.
> Learning the value of building healthy RELATIONSHIPS.
> Realizing the benefit of exemplifying the EXCELLENCE during one’s leadership journey.

Arlington National Cemetery - laying the HOSA wreathThroughout the four days, the future health professionals heard dynamic speakers, participated in interactive workshops and leadership building activities, paid tribute to fallen heroes at the Arlington National Cemetery, toured the nation’s landmarks, and saw democracy firsthand by visiting with members of Congress.

The Washington Leadership Academy was attended by Omar Ramirez (Southern Utah University), Utah HOSA State President; Josh Pinnock (Viewmont High School), Utah HOSA Vice President over Davis County; Weston Lee (Weber High School) Medical Reserve Corps Liaison.

In addition to attending workshops and listening to guest speakers, the Utah HOSA State Officers met with representatives from the offices of Congressman Stewart, Congresswoman Love, and Congressman Bishop.

COL Deydre Teyhen, DPT, Ph.D., OCS, Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Health, Office of the Surgeon General, Defense Health Headquarters, was a dynamic opening session speaker challenging HOSA members and advisors to examine their daily habits and stressing the importance of physical activity, sleep, nutrition, emotional and physical health. In being a great leader, don’t forget to care about self! (VIEW speech of COL Deydre Teyhen.)

HOSA-Future Health Professionals was honored to host RADM Boris Lushniak, Deputy Surgeon General, for his final appearance prior to his retirement from public office. RADM Lushniak reflected on medical innovations through his lifetime and envisioned the future of medicine that the students would experience and help in creating. (VIEW speech of RADM Boris Lushniak.)

Byron Garrett, award winning author and educator, demonstrated his great commitment to our nation’s youth as he challenged those in attendance to take hold of their future and become a dream maker. (VIEW speech of Byron Garrett.)

The Washington Leadership Academy concluded with Kelly Barnes, motivational speaker and trainer, by reminding HOSA leaders their purpose, their responsibility to others and to the organization, how to value each other, and the importance of serving others. (VIEW speech of Kelly Barnes.)

Health science/biomedical science education teachers attended the conference learning how to motivate and help develop their officer teams’ leadership potential and how they can help maximize their state initiatives throughout the year.

HOSA members left Washington with increased knowledge, new skills, and confidence to act in ways that will help their state organization, their schools, their communities, and their country.

Omar - Weston - Josh with Stephanie Dearie Legal Asst. for Congresswoman Mia Love

Left to right: Weston Lee, Josh Pinnock,
Stephanie Dearie, Legal Assistant for Congresswoman Mia Love,
Omar Ramirez

EngineerGirl Essay Contest – Responsible Engineering

October 5th, 2015

Milford_TE_IMG_4427Would you describe yourself as inquisitive, systematic and observant? Are you good at using math, applying physics to solve problems, and figuring out how things work? Do you like to conduct experiments, learn about technology and find answers to technical questions?

The National Academy of Engineering is inviting all students (girls and boys) in grades 3-12 to write an essay on “Responsible Engineering.” How would you protect the environment and the safety, health, and well-being of the public as a responsible engineer? Visit EngineerGirl.org, a website highlighting engineers and engineering careers, to learn about the specifics of the contest.

Submission are due by Monday, February 1, 2016. Winners will be announced late spring or early summer. First prize winners, in each of the three grade categories (Elementary School, Middle School, and High School), will receive $500 in cash.

Rules and Requirements | Submission Form | Question and Answers

Learn about the Career Pathways in Technology and Engineering Education.

Health Science Education Opened My Mind to a Medical Career

October 5th, 2015

Derick RojasDerick Rojas, a graduate of Viewmont High School, participated in the CTE Health Science Education Pathway while in high school. From taking health science education courses to participating in a CTE Internship to receiving concurrent enrollment credit at Weber University Derick successfully prepared for college and his future career.

“At the beginning of my sophomore year, I didn’t have a clue or idea what my future career would be. Taking Intro to Health Science opened my mind to a medical career. The teacher was an excellent teacher because she was an experienced respiratory therapist and with that knowledge she gave us tips and information about careers and college. She was always there to help me learn about everything. After taking that class, I soon [advanced] to the Certified Nursing Program. I loved that class and became a teacher’s assistant. I know now that taking that one class in my sophomore year helped me to know what career I want to pursue.”

To learn more about the Health Science Education Pathways click HERE.

Utah Student Planning Guide, Grades 9-12

October 5th, 2015

CCR snippetChanges are coming to the Utah Student Planning Guide, Grades 9-12 (English and Spanish), and we need your help! We’re gathering information from educators, students and parents to:

  • Retire pages that are no longer relevant.
  • Update pages with current, high quality information.
  • Define new topics to be addressed, based on student interests and needs.
  • Format the full publication to reflect a new look and feel.
  • Increase distribution and access to students, and to the educators and parents who help them design their college and career plans.
  • Enhance student usage by making the full Guide available for download. Students can save a PDF copy, and mark it up/fill it in/personalize with their own information. They will be able to review, save, and share their personalized copies at will.

What do you think? Will you please choose at least three of the bullets in the list above, and take the time to send related comments, questions, and concerns about the changes being proposed? Specific references for suggested new content, as well as ways to increase awareness and distribution of resources are especially welcome. SEND TO: kris.dobson@schools.utah.gov prior to October 30, 2015.

Focus On: Business and Marketing Education

October 5th, 2015

Business imageBusiness and Marketing Education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities through technical instruction in the classroom, experiential education in the laboratory, student internships, and through leadership and personal development by participating in student leadership organizations.

Business and Marketing Education places an emphasis on accounting, finance, administrative and technical support, entrepreneurship, management, hospitality and tourism, and marketing. By taking Business and Marketing Education courses, students develop the academic knowledge and technical skills to successfully advance to the fast-paced business world. Students have the opportunity to be a CTE Secondary Pathway Completer in one of five Business and Marketing Education Pathways.

Accounting and Finance
Business Administrative and Technical Support
Entrepreneurship and Management
Hospitality and Tourism

Each course in Business and Marketing Education prepares students to advance toward higher education, as well as acquire immediate job skills. Students learn how to become productive employees and gain the academic skills to increase their earning potential while in high school. In 2014-2015, more than 7,100 students were awarded a CTE Skill Certificate in Business and Marketing Education, indicating a high level of performance. The certificates issued to students can be used when seeking a job or in applying for further education and training, as evidence of his/her accomplishments.

Janie Robinson“Every CTE course I took prepared me for my future. The courses gave me skills, and improved the skills I already had, to prosper in college, my career, and future. I gained more knowledge about businesses and learned techniques which will help me to continue improving my skills and ways to incorporate those skills into my everyday life,” said Janie Robinson, a graduate of Fremont High School.

Stars and Skills for the Top Ten Business and Marketing Occupations
The following are rated “5 Star” occupations by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, and each occupation–
>Is projected to employ 1,500 or more Utah workers in 2022.
>Will offer openings for at least 60 new Utah workers every year through 2022.
>Pays median hourly wages of at least $22.70 in Utah.

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