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I’m Excited to Begin My Engineering Career

March 7th, 2016

Denisse Martinez photoBy Denisse Martinez

Throughout my high school career engineering CTE classes were limited, but the ones offered were very much appreciated. I took technical drawing and introduction to engineering. While those classes provided insight to the engineering world, the hands-on projects were limited. Yet, this year I had a once in a lifetime opportunity. A new program was going to be [launched]: Utah Aerospace Pathways.

As soon as I [found out] about the program I signed up and enrolled. I’ve had the opportunity to learn how to operate some of the basic machines like the manual mill, the manual lathe, and see how the CNC mill and the lathe operate. I am also being educated in composites. The manufacturing of composites is a growing industry and therefore competitive. The class teaches the basic components at the same time allowing students to receive hands-on experience. We learn that there is a ratio between resin and matrix and apply that concept by making a project. By completing this course I am considered for a job opportunity with a composites company like Hexcel, Harris, Boeing, or Orbital ATK.

I have finished enough of the course to get a paid internship at Hexcel. I had the opportunity to meet with them last night and discuss the details of my internship. We discussed when I would be completing my 48 hour internship, the uniform needed, the appropriate shoes, and a picture ID badge. I’m excited to begin my engineering career while still in high school!

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The Utah Aerospace Pathways program provides Utah students the opportunity to graduate from 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.

 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 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!

 

Focus On: Family and Consumer Sciences Education

March 7th, 2016

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FACS) helps prepare students for family life, work life, and careers in family and consumer sciences by providing opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.

The Utah FACS Education Pathways are based on national skills standards and the national cluster pathways for FACS. By taking FACS courses, students learn core knowledge and skills that prepare them for independent living and the workforce, which increases personal and community well-being. Students have the opportunity to be a CTE Secondary Pathway Completer in one of seven Family and Consumer Sciences Education Pathways:

Consumer Economics Services
Early Childhood Education

Family and Human Services

Fashion Design, Manufacturing and Merchandising

Food Science, Dietetics and Nutrition

Food Services and Culinary Arts

Interior Design

Melodie Marshall photo 1Family and Consumer Sciences Education courses provide students with skills needed to balance life and careers. Last year, more than 34,000 students were awarded a CTE Skill certificate in FACS Education, indicating a high level of performance.

Melodie Marshall participated in a CTE Internship during her senior year of high school in the field of elementary education. “What could be better than spending two hours with six and seven year olds, four days a week?” said Melodie.

Melodie Marshall photo 5Like so many high school juniors and seniors who participate in a CTE Internship, Melodie learned essential job skills as she interned with a workplace professional. “I had the opportunity to spend two hours every day as an intern under Mrs. Penman in a first grade class. This has been an amazing experience, I have learned so much under Mrs. Penman’s direction. I have gained an improved work ethic, better organizational skills, and speed. Participating in a CTE Internship is one of the best decisions I ever made.”

Stars and Skills for the Top Ten Occupations in Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS)

The following are rated “4- or 5-Star” occupations by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, and require a bachelor’s degree or less for entry. Occupations listed in the chart below are listed in order of the total number of people projected to be working in each occupation by 2022, with the largest occupations first.

Other notes regarding the occupations within the FACS Area of Study:

  • The largest occupations (i.e., those occupations in which large numbers of workers are employed) for which FACS students are preparing will be found in two major Standard Occupation Codes: SOC #25-0000, Education, Training and Library Occupations, and SOC #21-0000, Community and Social Service Occupations.
  • Unfortunately, wages for many of these occupations – especially early career – are relatively low. Further education, training, and work experience become all the more important for career advancement.
  • Workers attracted to these occupations are often motivated by helping people and making a positive difference in the lives of others.

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Top Ten Skills

 

Mass Production Bonanza

March 3rd, 2016

Group photoBy John Bass
Technology Education Teacher, American Fork Junior High

I want to tell a story, I don’t tell very many stories but I want to tell this one. It’s about my ninth grade intro to manufacturing class and the mass production unit, where my students are given a problem to create a wooden vehicle that has three or four wheels. The vehicle is no bigger than a piece of paper and has three or more parts. You will notice that I didn’t say car or truck, I said vehicle. Anything that transports people counts and I have had some amazing ideas from my students.

The whole project starts with brainstorming and sketching. It’s one thing to have a bunch of ideas, but it’s another thing to start drawing the ideas on paper to see how they look. Each student draws at least four ideas. Using a computer-aided design (CAD) program, they pick their two favorite ideas and create a three page set of plans from those sketches.

Once each student has created two sets of plans they whittle their ideas down, by pairing up with a friend. From their four sets of plans they choose one that they like and build it in the woodshop as a prototype. From the prototypes I choose the one that I like the best and that all my classes will mass produce. I don’t mean 20 or 30 vehicles per class. I mean 350 vehicle packets made by my students using jigs and fixtures, so that each vehicle has identical and interchangeable parts.

Fire truck 2I understand that 350 vehicle packets may seem a little excessive, but it’s for a much greater purpose. My eighth grade classes collaborate with every third-grade class, in every elementary school, that feeds into our junior high school. That means that we are mass producing enough vehicles for every third-grade student that comes into our junior high school. On the day of the field trip my students take the bus out to the elementary school and become the teachers, as they teach and explain how to build the vehicle. With hammers, that they have premade earlier in the semester, they help the third-grade students build the vehicle. Then they give it to them as a gift.

Of course this activity takes almost the entire term to pull off. But the feeling of accomplishment and the sense of pride felt by my ninth grade students is well worth it. As an added bonus, this activity meets almost all of the standards for the ninth-grade introduction to manufacturing class. Manufacturing is a team effort, everyone has a part to build, and each part must be perfect or the class fails. When we start the mass production section of this unit I tell my students you must succeed, you are not allowed to fail. DSCF7649And they do succeed!

This activity has become a tradition shared between my ninth-grade classes and the third-grade classes of every elementary school in Alpine School District. I am at the point in my teaching career that when I introduce the mass production unit to my students I say, “Do you remember in third grade when a ninth-grader helped you build the vehicle?” Eighty-five percent of the hands will shoot-up and they will shout out, “I do. I made a diesel.” or “I do. I made a motorcycle and I still have it.” Then I get to say, “Now it’s your turn.” And off we go.

This semester we made a fire truck with a moving ladder. What a great time!

 

The Endless Possibilities of Making a Difference in the Medical Field

February 29th, 2016

By Laura Sofia Ortega

Laura Sophia Ortega photoThe first CTE class I enrolled in was medical terminology. I was surprised how much fun this class was! We would do hands-on activities to visualize the information we were taught. I also went to many activities at the University of Utah, including Future Doctors and Advancing Youth in Medical Education.

My junior year I enrolled in a medical anatomy and physiology, where we went in-depth [learning] the functions of the body. My instructor organized a field trip with her anatomy and physiology professor at Utah State University to visit their cadaver lab. This experience was such a great [addition] to this CTE course.

Laura Sophia Ortega photo 2I also attended the Health Career Summer Camp at St. Mark’s Hospital. I never thought I would be interested in surgery. They allowed us to go into the surgery rooms and perform a mini-demo with real surgical tools and technology. I also talked with nurses which helped me realize that I want to become a nurse.

This year I am a medical assisting student that will be starting my externship in the Pediatric Clinic at the University of Utah Hospital. I know that being a medical assistant will help me become the best nurse I can be. I plan on attending the University of Utah to become a nurse.

I am grateful for the opportunity to have taken these classes because they have expanded my vision, by showing me the endless possibilities of making a difference in the medical field.

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Nursing is one of ten Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Health Science Education program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Nursing Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success

I Completed a CTE Internship in the Field of Videography

February 26th, 2016

I’m Spencer Funk. I completed a CTE Internship at Rescue 1 Studios in the field of videography. Because of this experience I am going to be able to understand what it takes to be a sole proprietor. I learned that you may have your own office and get to have a fantastic income, but you do pay the price for that income. You have no one else to bounce ideas off of and you have to do all of the work. You don’t get paid overtime, you just get what is there and nothing more. If you have a low income month you have low income for your family or for yourself that month. If you have a high income month you get a high income for yourself or family.

I have had the chance to learn how to use video and photo editing software and make my own videos and photos. I learned how to use a camera more efficiently to take a picture. All in all, this has been a fabulous experience in my life that will help me decide what I want to go into when I grow up. Videography could very well be the career of my choice.

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Commercial Photography is one of two Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Skilled and Technical Education/Visual Arts program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Commercial Photography Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success

My Chosen Career Path

February 25th, 2016

Kash Allen photo 2Cancer, cysts, and lipomas are things that most people will probably only experience a few times in their lives. I’m Kash Allen and I am able to observe and learn about each of these every day of the week, thanks to the Work-Based Learning program.

Whether it’s seeing half of somebody’s cheek folded off their face, or the top of their nose wide open, for the purpose of removing cancer, not only do I get to view this, but I get to see how these lesions are treated. Dr. Nathan Hanson, located in Logan, Utah, is a highly respected dermatologist who has a thriving business and I feel very lucky to be his shadow, as I intern during my senior year of high school. As an aspiring anesthesiologist, I love this opportunity to be able to work side-by-side someone in the medical field, and gather information regarding my chosen career path.

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Surgical Technician is one of ten Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Health Science Education program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Surgical Technician Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success

Teaching the Minds of Our Future

February 24th, 2016

Kylie McMorris with studentsHave you ever stopped to think about the future? Who’s going to be in charge of what happens to the world when we’re no longer around? Who’s going to be the President? Who’s going to continue to invent technology and advance the world’s knowledge? I know exactly who, because I teach the future every day. First grade is a critical time in every child’s life. You may not remember being in first grade, but I guarantee you remember the things you learned. First grade was where you learned to read, where you learned to write, where you learned that 3+5=8. These basic skills that you use every day were taught to you in first grade, and teaching these things to a room full of fidgety, curious six year olds is a pretty big job. Luckily we have people like Mrs. Jackson who are willing to put all their time and energy into creating the best possible learning environment for these kids.

I’m Kylie McMorris. I completed a CTE Internship in the field of elementary education. I’ve had the experience to teach, as well as to learn from 22 incredible first graders. Every day they teach me how to love life and learning, as well as so many other things. With help from their amazing teacher, my mentor, Holli Jackson I have learned and experienced more than most people ever will in high school. Because of this experience, I will be able to better use my senior year to take classes related to this field that I now know I want to be involved in. I will be able to go to college with experience that will put me ahead and help me to more easily pursue this career. I am so grateful for the opportunity that I’ve had to work in a fun, loving environment doing what I love to do.

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Early Childhood Education is one of seven Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Early Childhood Education Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success

Utah CTSO Spring Leadership Conferences

February 23rd, 2016

GOV_3015_w520During February and March, student members of Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) from across the state will gather together to participate in leadership and career development conferences. At each conference, student members will compete in a variety of skill competitions. Students have worked hard throughout the year preparing for each competition. The top three winners of each state competition will advance to the national competition for their respective CTSO.

February 25-26, 2016: DECA State Career Development Conference – Davis Conference Center – Layton, UT

March 7-9: FBLA Leadership Conference – Davis Conference Center – Layton, UT

March 10-12, 2016: Utah FFA Association State Convention – Richfield, UT

March 15-16, 2016: TSA State Conference – Davis Applied Technology College – Kaysville, UT

March 17-18, 2016: HOSA State Leadership Conference – Davis Conference Center – Layton, UT

March 22-23, 2016: FCCLA State Conference – Davis Conference Center, Layton, UT

March 31-April 1, 2016: SkillsUSA Utah Leadership and Skills Championships – Salt Lake Community College, Redwood Campus – Salt Lake City, UT

We want to hear about your conference, your skill competition and what your CTSO chapter has planned for the rest of the school year. Send your stories to utahcte@schools.utah.gov.

More than 22,000 Utah secondary Career and Technical Education students are members of a CTSO. CTSO members are doing great things and are having a positive impact in schools and communities throughout the state.

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.

I Always Knew I Wanted to Become a Cosmetologist

February 23rd, 2016

Jordan Leigh HamiltonBy Jordan Leigh Hamilton

As a young girl, I always loved playing with hair and painting fingernails. As I grew older, I always knew I wanted to become a cosmetologist. I was very fortunate to have my credits close to being done in order to graduate, so I was given the option to participate in a CTE Internship. I knew I wanted to take this opportunity seriously, as I chose to go to Amara Hair Salon. I fell in love and knew this is what I wanted to do to make a living.

I am blessed to have the opportunity to participate in an apprenticeship at Amara, instead of going to actual hair school. I will learn all I need to know in the salon, and hopefully work there after I am through. I highly recommend participating in a CTE Internship.

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Cosmetology is one of two Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Skilled and Technical Sciences Education/Personal Services program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Cosmetology/Barbering Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success

I’m Planning on Pursuing a Career in Physical Therapy

February 22nd, 2016

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You just had a tendon removed from your leg, so how will your body be able to function properly? Physical Therapy. I’m Kylee Woodward. I completed a CTE Internship at Preston Physical Therapy in the field of physical therapy.

I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to not only see, but experience what physical therapists do on a daily basis. Due to the variety of injuries and patients each day is never the same. I also developed skills in connecting with people. Each patient is different, so you must find diverse ways to motivate that person so they can achieve relief. I have found that those who recovered quickly were the ones who established relationships with the employees. They came in every day wanting to work hard and improve from the day before.

I’m planning on pursuing a career in physical therapy. This internship helped me know exactly what it’s like, and I loved everything about it. As I head to college I will remember everything I enjoyed about physical therapy. It will make pursuing my career worth it.

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Physical Therapy (Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise) is one of ten Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Health Science Education program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a CTE Internship talk to the WBL coordinator at your school.

Career and Technical Education provides all students with a seamless education system from public education to postsecondary education, driven by a Plan for College and Career Readiness/SEOP. Through competency-based instruction and hands-on experiences, students obtain certified occupational skills, culminating in further education and meaningful employment. CTE prepares students for careers that are most in demand and that are part of the economic development of the state.

Career and Technical Education: Opportunities for Career Success