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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
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
All ages
Tuition varies
Enrollment deadline: Varies

Utah Summer Camps – By county

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

Youth Education
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.
University of Utah
Ages: All ages
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
$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.
Canyons Technical Education Center
Ages: High school girls, grades 9-12
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.

Utah State University
Ages: High school juniors and seniors
$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.
Jordan Applied Technology Center (JATC)
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.


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!

Wade Titus: Future Biomedical Engineer

April 21st, 2014

Wade Titus, a senior at Roy High School in Weber School District, participated in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internship at JD Machine in Ogden, Utah where he became fascinated with the precision machining and fabrication of component parts. JD Machine is a world-class manufacturer of high value machined parts, sheet metal components and complex assemblies—utilizing the most advanced manufacturing technologies and equipment. Wade’s career goal is to become a successful biomedical engineer. This CTE Internship has assisted Wade in becoming college and career ready and he is now one-step closer to achieving his career goal. Wade tells about his experience at JD Machine.

“The great beast of what has become the world trade market has boomed because of what happens in these amazing shops. There are lathes and mills taking off thousandths of an inch, slowly shaping a product that you will be using tomorrow. Things as simple as a pen are machined by 2 ton machines that are more precise than a practiced brain surgeon in their operations. I am glad that during my last semester of school I decided to participate in a CTE Internship and to be involved in this importantly beautiful and precise industry. I am working in the delivery room of the future!

“Computers, airplanes, cars, phones, x-rays, desk chairs, stoves, microwaves, couches, houses, buildings, tools, surgical knives, missiles, tanks, and guns. Everything is machined. Precision products made by hulking masses of metal, intricately moving and scooping away material. Spindles and saws work without stop, humming and buzzing, slowly etching out the components to products we use every day in our lives. The machine shop is the delivery room of the future. Its mills and lathes transform crude blocks and bars into immaculate works of art. Each created so precisely a hairs difference could disqualify it from duty. In essence, the machinist is the creator of all that is and will be, operating the machines that create futures and innovates this world for the betterment of humans. Every measurement must be right. Every rhythmic pass of the endmill calculated to exactness.

“As I have worked with JD Machine I have begun to learn the basics of this great art that runs the world. I never noticed how many things get machined, or have a machined component part in them. Yet, without this seemingly miniscule, pathetic piece, the whole object would be rendered useless. It has truly amazed me what manufacturing has become. It’s not a factory with assembly line upon assembly line of mindless droning workers putting screws into holes, while making minimum wage. Instead, it’s precision machines operated by precision men and women learning and implementing lines of programs to make amazingly exact parts for our every day needs. This industry has truly sped up the progression of technology. These machines are capable of making thousands of clones of a part. These parts are made out of metals and plastics that most of us haven’t heard of like 410 stainless steel and aluminum-nickel-bronze. Working at JD Machine has made me question how anything was made before we had this great miracle of the modern machine shop.

Assemblers and fabricators assemble finished products and the parts that go into them. They use tools, machines, and their hands to make numerous products. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012 the median annual wage for assemblers and fabricators was $28,580. *

* Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupations Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

FCCLA Is a Part of Me

April 11th, 2014

By Lindsay Erekson, 2013-2014 Utah FCCLA State President

In March, we had a great Utah FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) State Conference, held at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah. Members had the opportunity to participate in STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events. STAR Events are competitive events for FCCLA that cover a variety of topics from Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) specific skills to general career skills and advocacy efforts.

At the conference, FCCLA members heard from Scott Backovich, an exciting keynote speaker, who inspired us to be the catalyst for good in our homes, schools, and communities. During the general sessions many chapters and members where acknowledged and rewarded for their efforts in FCCLA this year. At night students had the opportunity to network and make new friends across the state at our night activity. Our party “Pump it Up” encouraged members to be active and meet new people. At our closing session students were recognized with a bronze, silver, or gold medal for their accomplishments in their STAR Events. Last, but not least, we concluded with the installation of newly elected state officers. We congratulate each one on being chosen to lead the [Utah FCCLA] organization next year. They will do an amazing job.

FCCLA is “The Ultimate Leadership Experience”. In my year serving as the Utah FCCLA State President I have been impressed by all the amazing leaders we have in FCCLA. I have benefited immensely and grown in many ways. One year ago, I never could have imagined speaking in front of a group of more than 1,000 people, or that I would have influence on people I have never met, but this year I have done all of this. I have also had the opportunity to travel to Nashville, Tennessee to attend the FCCLA National Leadership Conference. While there I had the opportunity to learn all sorts of new leadership skills. Then, in October I got to attend FCCLA Capitol Leadership in Washington D.C. I loved learning about the way our government works and I was able to advocate for FCCLA and Career and Technical Education.

FCCLA is a part of me, and a part of all its members. I love the words from the FCCLA Creed:

 We are the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
We face the future with warm courage and high hope.

I believe that FCCLA members have been prepared to lead in their families, in their careers, (future and present) and in their communities. It is this preparation that causes “warm courage and high hope.” I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of the adventure of Utah FCCLA.


2013-2014 Utah FCCLA State Officers


Save the Date: 2014 Renewable Energy Fair

April 9th, 2014

Plan now to attend an electrifying event on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Milford High School in Milford, Utah. For the sixth year in a row, Milford High School is hosting the Renewable Energy Fair where you will learn about renewable energy, the science behind it, its uses, and viability.

Milford is surrounded by large scale commercially produced renewable energy, where students use renewable energy at the school every day. The Fair explains how renewable energy is used and why it is important. The Fair will showcase the resources that make large scale production possible.

Andy Swapp, CTE teacher at Milford High School and founder of the Southwest Utah Renewable Energy Center, is passionate about renewable energy and the future of his students. “I want my students to become critical independent thinkers. I also want them to have fun learning! There’s something about creating your own power that is very exciting and – pardon the pun – empowering! Renewable energy allows students to put into action the math, science, and technology that they have accumulated in their high school career. The Renewable Energy Fair is a place to see what advances are taking place, network, and dream about your sustainable future.”

The culminating event at the Fair is an electric car endurance race. High School teams bring electric cars they have built and race for one hour. The car with the best endurance is awarded a trophy. Last year, Delta High School was awarded the first place trophy for their achievement in building a car that ran on renewable energy.

The Milford High School Renewable Energy class helps host the Fair every year and is an integral part of the Southwest Utah Renewable Energy Center. “The leadership acquired at this event is a learning and growing experience like no other. No matter how dark and dreary the news may get we have a bright future!” says Andy.

Who: Utah middle/junior high and high schools, postsecondary institutions, and the general public

What: 6th Annual Renewable Energy Fair

When: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Milford High School– 62 North 300 West – Milford, Utah

Why: Learn about renewable energy, the science behind it, its uses, siting, installation, and viability.

> Opening Ceremony
Miss Utah, Ciera Pekarcik, and a local radio personality from the Rob and Dez B92.1 Morning Show will MC the event.
> Renewable Energy 101 breakout sessions
> Industry vendor booths
> Electric Car Endurance Race

Questions: Contact Andy Swapp at 435-387-2751 or andy.swapp@beaver.k12.ut.us

Related videos:
> The County Seat –Discussing Renewable Energy
American Wind Power – Clean. Affordable. Homegrown.
Firstwind Milford

Caid Lunt: Preparing for College and Career

April 8th, 2014

Caid Lunt, a junior at Weber High School, has a career goal to work in the Information Technology industry—digital media/multimedia. Caid recently participated in a CTE Internship at Weber State University in the Multimedia Services department where he developed his skills in graphics and animation. Through this internship experience Caid is preparing for college and career!

“My CTE Internship experience in the Multimedia Services department at Weber State University has been a great learning and eye-opening experience. I have been able to learn and enhance my skills towards narrowing down career options. My talents in graphics have been greatly improved. I have been working with [the Multimedia Services department] to master the program of Adobe After Effects, as well as other Adobe products to develop a greater knowledge, and capability for being able to design motion graphics and animation. This internship also focuses on other sides of media, such as video production. I have been given multiple opportunities with hands-on experience doing camera operating and editing. This has boosted my experience and capabilities to get a feel for what the real world of multimedia is like. This experience has taken my level of skill with multimedia to new levels.

“My main focus during this internship is graphics and creating animation. I have a real interest in this field, and I really enjoy it. Colby, my main mentor, has helped me reach limits I never thought possible with After Effects. He has taught me skills, as well as introduced me to tutorials to increase my knowledge and ability to produce graphics. He has also taught me to push myself to try new things and learn new strategies for sparking creativity. Before this internship, I was barely able to use After Effects and now I am able to produce simple but intricate graphic designs.

“I am also learning more about the field of producing videos. Weber State University [produces] a wide variety of videos, so I have been able to learn to scrub though old and new types of footage to be used for campus projects. I am also getting experience with operating cameras, as well as devices, such as Phantom GoPro helicopters, and Glide-Cams. I am getting hands-on experience with what multimedia consists of on a daily basis and building my experience portfolio.

“This internship has helped me define my career path. I look forward to [participating in another] CTE Internship my senior year in the multimedia field. This internship has expanded my skill set and prepared me for my future career.”

Caid is involved in HOSA—Future Health Professionals—and recently competed in the HOSA State competition in the Public Service Announcement (PSA) event. His PSA highlighted child hunger prevention and featured the service project at Weber Weekend Food Packs—a program to help feed hungry kids on the weekends. His public service announcement took first place at the competition and can be viewed HERE.

Caid has been awarded an $80,000 scholarship to Westminster College where he will study Information Technology in the area of digital media/multimedia.

Work-Based Learning lets students see how classroom instruction connects to the world of work and future career opportunities. If you’re interested in participating in a CTE Internship talk to the Work-Based Learning Coordinator at your school.