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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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Utah FCCLA Fall Leadership: Empowering Members

October 1st, 2015

Fall LeadershipBy Nikki Sue Larkin, Utah FCCLA State Adviser

Utah FCCLA Fall Leadership, September 22-23, 2015, was a great week for all young leaders involved. We had a wonderful turnout with chapter officers from all over Utah. With the introduction of the National FCCLA theme for this year, “Empower”, our state officers have set four goals for all chapters to make this year successful.

The four goals are:

Membership (Active Duty Award)
Chapters must participate in and complete the “Go for the Red” national program, and submit the Go for the Red application for national recognition.

Community service (Call to Action Award)
Chapters must complete at least one chapter service project for the school or community, and document it through pictures and descriptions.

Career Connections (Detective Award)
Chapter members must participate and complete the FCCLA National Program Career Connections.

Promote and Publicize FCCLA (News Flash Award)
Chapters must send an article about their chapter to the FCCLA newsletter, or a local newspaper.

Once chapters have completed each goal they will receive the Hero Award.

Abby StephensWe had the privilege of listening to Abby Stephens as our keynote speaker. She shared her story of perseverance as she encountered a tremendous trial, which would affect her for the rest of her life. She inspired us to stand up and empower others to stand up as we all fall in our own lives.

Day two of Fall Leadership, chapter officers and advisers went to many workshops that will empower them throughout the year. There were many things taught and learned in the workshops about offices, National Programs, and becoming a better leader. Everyone who attentively participated, learned, and grew as a leader, making this an empowering 2015 year at Fall Leadership.


Experiencing a Tradition

September 30th, 2015

Wyatt McDaniel - state sentinel V2By Wyatt McDaniel, Utah FFA Sentinel

FFA members across the country have the opportunity to attend the 88th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, October 28-31, 2015. These members will travel for hours by airplane, bus, train, and vehicles to experience an everlasting tradition that they will never forget. This is a tradition that has been alive and well since the very first FFA convention held in Kansas City, Missouri in 1928.

The theme for the 88th National FFA Convention is “Amplify, Boost Your Impact.” This theme has challenged FFA members to get out of their comfort zone and to be a part of something bigger. Members of the organization have already been boosting their impact by participating in various projects such as the #speakag campaign, which challenges members to stand up and be an advocate for agriculture. As well as the #teachag campaign that encourages members to become an agricultural educator.

The convention itself is split into various sessions in which members, advisors, and guests can attend. In these sessions you can experience live music from the National FFA Band and Chorus, amazing award and degree presentations, inspirational thoughts from the National FFA Officer Team, as well as extraordinary guest speakers such as the creator of Kid President, Brad Montague; past professor of Texas A&M University and character coach for the Aggies, Dr. Rick Rigsby; and our own Amberly Snyder, former Utah FFA Association President.

The Expo includes many exhibits to see as well as opportunities to participate in hands-on activities. Exhibitors include many large companies such as John Deere, Lincoln Electric, Monsanto, CSX, Case, Justin Boots, Dodge RAM, and many more. The purpose of the Expo is for attendees to explore many of the products and careers in the agricultural field.

The tradition of the National FFA Convention and Expo enhances the lives of more than 60,000 members through first-hand experiences that happen at this convention. You can find more information about the National FFA Convention and Expo at www.ffa.org/convention.

2015 Utah CTSOs Fall Leadership Conferences

September 29th, 2015

2015-16-FBLA-State-Officers-2Utah Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) Fall Leadership Conferences are in full swing. FCCLA and DECA have already had an amazing conference where state and chapter officers across the state gathered together to learn, plan, and prepare for the 2015-2016 school year.

During October, SkillsUSA, TSA, HOSA, FBLA, and FFA state officers will host a leadership conference for state chapter officers to collaborate with each other, engage in learning activities, and prepare for the months ahead. State Officers will also develop leadership skills in order to strengthen their respective CTSO.

October 8: SkillsUSA Utah Leadership Training Institute – Utah Valley University
October 10: TSA Fall Leadership Conference – Layton High School
October 26-27: HOSA Fall Leadership Conference – Marriott, Hotel
October 29-30: FBLA Fall Leadership Conference – Salt Lake Hilton Center
October 28-31: National FFA Convention and Expo – Louisville, Kentucky

CTSOs present organized activities for student members to gain personal and leadership skills, making them more employable, preparing them to become productive citizens, and assisting them in assuming positive roles in the home and community.

Students participating in Career and Technical Education Pathways have the opportunity to be in the following CTSOs.

Agricultural Education
Business and Marketing Education
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Health Science Education
Information Technology Education
> FBLA  > SkillsUSA  > TSA
Skilled and Technical Education
> SkillsUSA  > TSA
Technology and Engineering Education
> SkillsUSA  > TSA

State and chapter officers, we want to hear about your conference and what your CTSO is planning for the year. Send your stories and photos to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

If you are not a member of a CTSO, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the CTSO advisor in your school.

Aerospace: The Career of a Lifetime

September 4th, 2015

Bonneville_STS_IMG_5146Today Governor Gary R. Herbert announced the Utah Aerospace Pathways (UAP) program, which will provide Utah students the opportunity to graduate high school with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing and begin an aerospace manufacturing career. This unique program has brought aerospace industry representatives, education leaders, and together in an unprecedented collaboration.

“The creation of the Utah Aerospace Pathways program will benefit Utah students for generations to come. This is among the first time industry partners and K-12 educators are working closely together to directly address their workforce needs in the state,” Gov. Herbert said. “We look forward to unlocking more opportunities with industry leaders to improve education and to ensure lasting economic growth in Utah.”

The first semester of the program will take place in high schools in Granite and Davis School Districts, while the second semester will take place at Davis Applied Technology College and Salt Lake Community College. Students will also participate in a paid internship during their senior year of high school.

“Improving our education system is the most important thing we can do to build a strong economy for the future,” said Larry Coughlin, general manager of Boeing Salt Lake. “This program provides students who have a passion for technology and innovation the opportunity to become familiar with aerospace manufacturing and get hands-on experiential learning.”

Upon completing the UAP program, along with passing pre-employment requirements, students will be certified to begin work with one of the aerospace partners in Utah. Not only will the students begin work at a family-sustaining wage— many of the industry partners have agreed to provide tuition reimbursements after a BoeingSLC_2015-0506_HiRes-7043Sminimum of one year working for the company. If the student prefers, they can pursue training within their company and work their way up there.

The six aerospace industry partners in Utah are Boeing, Harris, Hexcel, Hill Air Force Base, Janicki, and Orbital ATK. The industry partners have worked closely together with the Utah Manufacturers Association to provide paid internships during the certification process and define the requirements to hire these students out of high school.

Here’s how it works:

High School
> During your senior year, prepare to earn an industry-recognized certificate.
> Students must complete three courses of training (about 156 hours), which includes an after high school hands-on paid intern-ship (48 hours).
> Receive .50 credit through instructor and practical training in a   manufacturing-related course at your high school.
> You will participate in hands-on composite training at Davis Applied Technology College (DATC) or Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) and receive an additional .50 credit through your high school.

Paid Internship
> Participate in a paid 48-hour hands-on internship that will jump-start your career, and receive a .25 credit.
> Earn an industry-recognized certificate during your senior year while interning with one of six industry partners—BOEING, HARRIS, HEXCEL, HILL AIR FORCE BASE, JANICKI, Orbital ATK.
> Gain the experience, knowledge, and skills to qualify for a full-time position with one of the six sponsoring aerospace companies.

College and Career
> Earn a starting hourly wage of $12 and increase your opportunity by strengthening your skills and talents.
> Begin or continue your postsecondary (college) education while earning a living receiving a tuition reimbursement.

In Utah, aerospace and defense is a $5.4 billion industry (GOED). In 2013, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $77,506, annually, including pay and benefits (Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2013). A career in the aerospace industry is high skill, high wage, and high demand.

To participate in the Utah Aerospace Pathways program, beginning in fall 2015, contact your Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher or school counselor. They will provide you with the information you need to get started on THE CAREER OF A LIFETIME!

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Related articles:
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Salt Lake Tribune: Utah high schoolers can start building planes under new program
Standard Examiner: Aerospace careers fast-tracked by new Utah program
Channel 2: Utah Aerospace Pathways program win-win for local students, companies
Channel 4: Partnership will take Utah high school students to new heights
Fox13: Aerospace training program promises Utah students high paying jobs at low cost
KSL: Pilot program give high schoolers paid internships in aerospace industry

Utah FCCLA Members Compete at National Conference

August 11th, 2015

2015 NLCLast month, Utah FCCLA student members traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the 2015 FCCLA National Leadership Conference. With the theme of “Together We Are Healthy”, 211 students and 92 advisers/chaperones from Utah attended dynamic workshops and break-out sessions, participated in STAR Events, met new people and expanded their leadership potential. At the conference members networked with their peers from across the country as they competed in STAR Events.

STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation. Utah student members competed with a high level of skill and preparation in each event, with 211 participating in 32 different events. Of these students 171 were medalists with 74 receiving gold medals, 85 receiving silver medals, and 12 receiving bronze medals. HERE is the list of medalists.

Congratulations to McKayla Hendricks, from Bountiful High School, who was selected as a National FCCLA Officer. She will serve as the Vice President of Public Relations on the National Executive Council.

Adviser Awards:
Antoinette Dee, Monument Valley High School; Camille Hicks, Riverton High School; Charri Jensen, Corner Canyon High School; Denise Dewsnup, Delta High School; Jean Manuela, Pleasant Grove Jr. High School; Laurie Hansen, Salem Hills High School; Sandy Hopkins, Timpanogos High School; Sherry Heaps, Payson High School and Susan Smith, Grantsville High School.

“I am proud of our students and advisers/chaperones as they represented Utah in a very professional way. Many thanks to the all those that made this an incredible experience,” said Nikki Sue Larkin, Utah FCCLA State Adviser.

Kandace Alvey, Utah FCCLA Vice President of Social Media, tells UtahCTE.org about the 2015 FCCLA National Leadership Conference.

IMG_1931Q: What was your favorite part about the conference?
A: My favorite part about the 2015 FCCLA National Leadership Conference was the network of determined youth. When I came in contact with all of the state officers and members from around the country it put me in awe of what they have accomplished. It is amazing what can happen when 3,000 members connect through a single conference. The outcome of this is a ginormous network of amazing people that advocate for FCCLA.

Q: What impacted you the most about the conference?
A: The one thing that impacted me the most was when I had the opportunity to reach out to members and help them in any way that I could. Before I was an FCCLA state officer it was the best part of my day when someone would reach out to me and help me, and now I can be on the other side. While at nationals I learned how much FCCLA can help youth now and in the future.

Q: What verbal feedback have you received from those who attended the conference?
A: An advisor said, “For me and my students NLC was amazing! I was able to see my students super excited as they achieved. I loved that they were able to experience FCCLA at the national level and see just how big our organization really is. Besides sightseeing, our favorite part was all of the times the whole delegation was together. It was a great conference! After we got back, one of my students let me know that it was the highlight and best week of the summer for her and I’d have to say that I agree!”

A student from my chapter stated, “My favorite part of NLC was getting to know other members of FCCLA. I created relationships that helped me gain more confidence. I also enjoyed gaining more leadership experience through the STAR Events program. It is a skill that will greatly benefit me in my life. I greatly enjoyed NLC, and I hope to be able to participate next year!”

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Utah TSA Members Triumph at National Conference

August 3rd, 2015

IMAG0250Last month, Utah TSA (Technology Student Association) first place state winners competed at the 2015 National TSA Conference in Dallas, Texas. Middle/junior high and high school student members participated in 60 competitive events. Each event was based on principles and concepts they learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects.

At the conference, more than 21 middle/junior high and high school student members placed in the top ten in the nation for their exceptional achievement in 19 technology-based competitive events. Among these winners were two high school students who placed first in four VEX Robotics competitions, and one middle school student who placed first in the System Control Technology competition.

FIRST PLACE – High School
VEX Robotics – Combined Skills
VEX Robotics – Excellence Award
VEX Robotics – Head-to-Head
VEX Robotics – Robot Skills
COOPER GRAY and ADAM JOHNSON (Davis High School)

FIRST PLACE – Middle/Junior High School
System Control Technology
JAY CLIFT (Oak Canyon Junior High school)

HERE is the list of contest results.

TSA is the only student organization dedicated exclusively to students enrolled in technology and engineering classes in grades 7-12. TSA fosters personal growth, leadership training, career development, teamwork, community service, competitive events, and student recognition to supplement the curriculum in technology and engineering. Utah has 3,279 members in 53 chapters.

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Utah FBLA Members Excel at National Competition

July 21st, 2015

Fall Leadership Conf. 2012_2More than 8,500 of America’s best and brightest high school students traveled to the Windy City to Step Up to the Challenge as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win more than $175,000 in cash awards.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL), held its FBLA National Leadership Conference in Chicago on June 29-July 2. Participants from across the United States attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 55 business and business-related competitive events.

More than 100 Utah FBLA students advanced to the national finals, from the state competition held in March, and many were victorious in their events. More than 100 Utah FBLA student members received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2. View the list of winners HERE.

The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to the competitions, students immersed themselves in educational workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and attended motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

718687_nBeginning in the fall, Utah FBLA members will prepare for region and then state competitions. Each first place winner, from the state competition, will advance to the 2016 FBLA National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, June 29-July 2.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., is the largest and oldest student business organization, with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit fbla-pbl.org.


Utah SkillsUSA 2015 NLSC Contest Results

July 17th, 2015

By Dave Milliken, National SkillsUSA Board Member
Utah Skilled and Technical Sciences specialist, Utah State Office of Education

RoboticsUtah SkillsUSA members joined their peers from across the country at the 2015 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) June 20-26, 2015, in Louisville, Kentucky. At the conference, 182 secondary (104) and postsecondary (78) Utah SkillsUSA student members competed in 77 of 100 skill competitions. Forty-seven of these students were medalists, with 24 receiving a gold medal, 12 receiving a silver medal, and 11 receiving a bronze medal. From architectural drafting to automotive refinishing technology to carpentry to welding fabrication, Utah SkillsUSA student members competed against their peers with a high level of skill, unmatched determination, and focused concentration.

For the first time in SkillsUSA history middle/junior high school students attended the NLSC and competed in one contest, the team engineering challenge. Although each Nicholas Pinchuk2middle/junior high student was young in age they competed with brave determination beyond their years, as high school and college SkillsUSA student members cheered them on.

In his keynote speech, Nick Pinchuk, Chairman and CEO of Snap-on Incorporated, told SkillsUSA members, “You are respected and connected and educated and motivated and dedicated and prepared and skilled! You are going to ensure the future of America. I have confidence in it and so should you.”

SkillsUSA Championships: By the Numbers
> 36 million dollars in total in-kind industry contributions (donated time, equipment, or materials)
> 1.2 million square feet (equivalent to the area of more than 20 football fields) of contest space
> 76,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits, including 122 companies and institutions
> 60,000 volunteer hours
> 6,106 competitors
> 1,125 medals presented (gold, silver, and bronze)
> 1,000 judges
> 650 technical committee members
> 600+ conference participants participated in the community service project sponsored by GOJO
> 340 National Education Team/volunteer conference management staff
> 175 recognition awards
> 150 Courtesy Corps volunteers
> 112 individuals and 12 teams received the President’s Volunteer Service Award
> 100 hands-on and leadership contests
> 75 $1,000 scholarships awarded to competitors for travel to the conference, sponsored by the mikeroweWORKS Foundation

General NLSC photoSkillsUSA members celebrated their talents and also celebrated the impact SkillsUSA has had on their personal lives, making each member a Champion at Work. In 1965, the founders of SkillsUSA and approximately 200 students and teachers held a conference in Nashville, Tennessee. They set in motion events and aspirations that are very real today. Five decades later, SkillsUSA has become an unstoppable nationwide network of students and instructors who share a common bond with industry.

Utah SkillsUSA: By the Numbers
Congratulations to the Utah SkillsUSA secondary and postsecondary student members who competed in 29 different contests at the 2015 SkillsUSA NLSC. More than 120 Utah advisors, administrators, parents, and family members observed Utah SkillsUSA members compete.

Secondary SkillsUSA Student Members
6 national medalists
> 4 bronze medalists
> 1 silver medalists
> 1 gold medalists

Congratulations to the high school student members who came close to standing on the medals podium. Six students earned a fourth place finish and two earned a fifth place finish in their respective contests.

Postsecondary SkillsUSA Student Members
41 national medalists
> 23 gold medalists
> 11 silver medalists
> 7 bronze medalists
Utah Valley University earned more medals than most of the states competing; and Southern Utah University, Salt Lake Community College, and several of the Utah College of Applied Technology Colleges dominated in many of the competitions.

Congratulations to the postsecondary student members who came close to standing on the medals podium. Ten students earned a fourth place finish and ten students earned a fifth place finish in their respective contests.

Utah ranked fifth in receiving the most medals of any one state, moving up from seventh last year. HERE is the list of contest results.