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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

 

National FFA Week: February 20-27, 2016

February 19th, 2016

National officersEach year, FFA chapters around the country celebrate National FFA Week. The weeklong tradition began in 1947 when the National FFA Board of Directors designated the week of George Washington’s birthday as National FFA Week, in recognition of his legacy as an agriculturist and farmer. The first National FFA Week was held in 1948. Today, FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses February 22, Washington’s birthday.

National FFA Week did not start out as a week-long event. At first it was National FFA Day. The 1933 National FFA Convention Proceedings records the beginning of FFA Day in this way: “Stewart of Montana requested the floor at this time to present a matter of general interest. He suggested the idea of having a special Future Farmer Day some time during 1934, preferably on one of the regular national FFA broadcasting days. It was pointed out that the various state associations could perhaps plan special state broadcasts also on that day and that chapters might plan their father and son banquets on the date specified. The idea seemed to meet with general delegate approval and after some discussion it was moved by Stewart that the Board of Trustees arrange for such a day; motion passed.”

National FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA. It’s a time when members share with local, state and national audiences what FFA is and the impact it has on member every day.

There are a variety of events that will take place throughout the week, as local chapters communicate with others what FFA is all about, and ignite a passion for agriculture!

National FFA Week Events:

Saturday, February 20 Tractor Supply Company stores will add $1 at checkout to support FFA Grants for Growing.

Monday, February 22 Celebrate George Washington’s Birthday

Tuesday, February 23 Give FFA Day – A daylong campaign encouraging the public to support various needs impacting FFA members, including a scholarship and a blue jacket.

Friday, February 26 National Wear Blue Day

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Originally posted on FFA.org.

Internships Are Awesome

February 19th, 2016

Alex McGinnis Nelson - photoBy Alex McGinnis Nelson

CTE has prepared me for life after high school. Through my last years of high school CTE has been really great, and enjoyable. This year has been what I would call amazing! My wonderful teacher, Mrs. Kristi Kemp, has been remarkable. I have never had a teacher that has cared so much about students, and about our careers, as much as she did. She set up my entire internship. All I had to do was show up, take a few tests, interview, find a letter of recommendation, and boom I was in! I cannot say I just showed up. I was prepared. It was all of the preparation Mrs. Kemp helped me with that got me the internship. She taught me how to interview properly and how write a good resume.

I was never confident that high school would prepare me to be career ready. But now as I am finished with numerous classes, having had awesome teachers and experiences, I feel very comfortable to take a step into the big real world. This is all from mock interviews, practicing resume writing, and learning how to simply communicate better with others, in all aspects of business and or jobs. I’m so happy CTE has prepared me for the future. I’m glad I have been able to stick to it, push through, and have a desire to learn.

The internship I participated in was with Unified Fire Authority. Now I am dead set on becoming a firefighter. Internships are not easy though. At least mine was not. They treated me like the real deal. They let me do a lot on all the medical calls and had me pull a lot of hose. But you know what? It was a blast and it is my dream job now.

CTE classes actually prepare you for your future. It is the best way to get out and discover what you can go do for a career, how to apply for a job, and also learn a bunch of different skills that CTE has to offer. Internships are awesome!

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Firefighting is one of two Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Skilled and Technical Sciences Education/Protective Services program area. Career and Technical Education (CTE) Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Firefighting 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

The Unspoken Superpower

February 18th, 2016

Britnie Jenkins photo 2Here they come again. Walking so quietly down the hallway until they reach the door. They pause and then begin speaking and you realize that evil sound is back. Instead of the almost perfected “ball”, it is back to “balla” or “bawll”. It seems as if you are fighting the same supervillain over and over again. He just keeps coming back to fight, but one day he will disappear after enough attacks.

My name is Britnie Jenkins. I completed a CTE Internship at Birch Creek Elementary. My internship was in speech pathology working with children about five years old. I am pursuing a career in speech and this internship helped me realize that this is the “superpower” I want to develop and help others with.

I was able to work with many of the aids and the director in the preschool, but Kristen Ralphs was my main supervisor. When I would first arrive, we would work with the preschool students mostly in small groups and once a day as a large group. From working in the preschool, I learned that there is so much more to speech pathology than just working with what comes out of the mouth. I was able to work with several of the students who use cards to speak, or American Sign Language (ASL), or even those who will blink, clap, or smile to show what they want.

I was also able to work with some of Kristen’s speech only students. While in these groups, I have seen and learned how to test children to determine if an Individualize Education Program (IEP) is needed. Kristen let me basically take over running these groups. However, she still decided when to start a new speech sound and what words to use. About halfway through my internship I felt like I was starting to be able to tell when to move on and how to fix the sounds.

I feel like even with my limited education and experience in this area, I was able to participate fully and learn so much. I know as I continue on through college, and the rest of my life, this internship will help me in my interactions with people, especially small children. As I pursue this career, I will be forever grateful for this opportunity, the relationships I developed, and how I will be able to apply all I learned to my future career as a speech pathologist.

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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

My Love for Animals

February 17th, 2016

By Emily Price

Emily Price - photo editedWhat led me to become a certified vet assistant? There are many choices that I could have chosen to go with, but I know that being in the medical field is my career. I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I was younger, I just knew that my love was working with animals. Early in my childhood my love for animals hit hard. Every time an animal was injured or hurt I wanted to help. After all of these experiences I knew that saving and helping animals is what I wanted to do [for a career].

My junior year came and I signed up for the vet program at the Jordan Applied Technology Center. I took the summer program. Working with the animals had to be the best summer ever. I was able to have fun, but also get certified. I learned many techniques that I will use for the rest of my life. Being part of this program I was able to go to an alpaca farm and give immunizations. At Ching Farms we were able to go out every week and volunteer with the therapy injured animals. I was able to watch acupuncture and chiropractic work done on a horse.

In high school I have taken many CTE classes like equine science, animal science 1 and 2, and I have taken zoology. I have had many teachers help shape my life for this career and I couldn’t have done it without them.

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Animal Systems is one of five Career and Technical Education Pathways (CTE) in the Agricultural Education program area. To participate in the Animal Systems Pathway talk to your school counselor.

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

This CTE Internship Has Prepared Me for Life After High School

February 16th, 2016

Brittany Kadleck photoBy Brittany Kadleck

My life changed the day I started my CTE Internship at Howe Dental. From the very first day I felt something special while being in that office. The day I met my mentor, Pat, was the first time I got to watch someone in action, completing the skills and tasks I told myself I would one day like to do. I loved it. I loved watching and I loved learning. It wasn’t long before Pat exceeded my expectations.

I expected most of my internship to be observing, but it was much more. Pat taught me everything she did. She made it a learning opportunity. She explained what she was doing and why she was doing it. She explained terms, that I am sure are simple vocabulary to her, that I would have never known. She gave me teeth sheets to help me study the terms she used when talking about places on a tooth. She spent a lot of our free time explaining the best ways to get in the hygiene program in college. Pat did not just answer my questions, but she provided me with a visual way to learn. I learned so much about the human mouth, and learned so much about the tools used in a dental office to clean teeth.

Along with all of the learning I also made a lot of friends. Everyone was so welcoming. Even though I was well below everyone in knowledge and skill I still felt a part of their team. That was something I never expected to get out of this internship. It changed my life. It helped me make so many decisions that I was struggling with about my future.

Because of my internship, I plan to look for a job as a dental assistant in the summer. I plan to start my fall semester at Weber State University and get a degree in dental hygiene. Hopefully, with all of my careful planning and hard work I can get accepted into the Dental Hygiene Program in 2017.

This internship has prepared me for life after high school more than anything else. I have loved it. I have especially loved spending it at Howe Dental. They have an incredible staff, and a brilliant dentist. Which is why I have switched dentists and I can’t wait to go back for my cleaning.

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

Madison Sickler: Future Accountant

February 15th, 2016

Madison Sicker photoMadison Sickler participated in a CTE Internship during her senior year where she learned about the field of accounting. As a result of her successful internship Madison received a job offer. Madison tells how her interest in math and participating in a CTE Internship influenced her decision to pursue a career in accounting.

“Growing up I was teased for being the ‘dumb blonde’ in my group of friends. I will admit that I was a bit more ditzy than a few of my friends, but one thing that they knew I didn’t screw-up was anything that dealt with numbers. It was a bit strange to them that I excelled at math, but was a bit clueless at everything else. As I got older and dyed my hair brunette, my love of math stayed with me and has affected my life immensely. It’s changed the courses I took in school, the way I’ve budgeted my income and spending, and the colleges I’ve looked at. One of the biggest decisions it’s affected is the decision I’ve made to become an accountant and earn my CPA. Although I felt good about that career [choice], I wanted to make sure it was the one for me. Fortunately, Terrilyn Stapley and Thomas Gibbons (Stapley Accounting Services, LLC) have been kind enough to let me join them in their office and work with them as an intern. I’ve loved being able to see all of the ins and outs of accounting and auditing and getting to know not only the good sides of the career, but the bad sides as well. I could not express how much of an eye opening experience this has been, nor could I thank Terri, Tom, and Connie [enough] for all that they have taught me.”

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Accounting and Finance is one of five Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Business and Marketing Education program area. CTE Internships are part of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. To participate in the Accounting and Finance Pathway talk to your school counselor. To participate in a Career and Technical Education (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 Am Looking Forward to My Career in Automotive Mechanics

February 12th, 2016

By Kambren Wilcox

Fremont_STS_IMG_5416Throughout high school the courses I have taken have taught me how to be patient, work with my hands, and feel the satisfaction of finishing a project successfully. I have also spent many hours teaching younger students how to weld and about safety issues. I believe if time is spent on a project then it should be done to the best of my ability. I spent most of my CTE classes in metal shop, where I also learned automotive maintenance. This helped me decide to focus my interest for further education and a career in automotive mechanics.

As I look back at my time spent in CTE classes, I realize there was a great amount of responsibility and trust placed on me from my teachers because of my honesty and natural abilities. I spent a lot of time working while in high school, so this caused me to schedule my time, be productive, and still find time to have the social interaction that only happens in high school. My jobs have been varied, but always included opportunities for me to work with my hands, fix something that quit working, and helping people. I am looking forward to my career in automotive mechanics, because this is my comfort zone.

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Automotive Service Technician is one of four Career and Technical Education Pathways in the Skilled and Technical Sciences Education/Mechanics and Repairs program area. To participate in the Automotive Service Technician Pathway talk to your school counselor.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) 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

 

Fun at STEM Fest

February 11th, 2016

STEM Fest - from KurtBy Kurt Twining
Pre-Engineering and Technology Teacher
Evergreen Junior High

Last week, hundreds of volunteers from businesses and educational institutions across the valley converged on the South Towne Exposition Center to give away thousands of T-shirts, pieces of candy, flyers, business cards, Frisbees, backpacks, pencils, pens, and even sunglasses. Why all of this free stuff? They came to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to the thousands of students who would be visiting the STEM Fest from February 2-4.

All College and Career Awareness classes at Evergreen Junior High made the short bus ride to STEM Fest on Feb. 3. One student lamented “I didn’t go, but I saw a lot of my friends’ snapchat stories and it looked fun.”

Students were impressed by all of the displays and interactive booths. “It was really interactive. It was fun,” one student remarked. Another said the thing they liked best was “where you had to build a boat … to carry the most nuts. It was fun.”

Another display that impacted students was the flight simulator. One student said, “I liked the airplane simulator, I almost did a barrel!” A student nearby added, “I crashed.”

While opinions on the best booth varied, what all students agreed on was the STEM Fest was fun. Whether it was the activity by the State Highway Patrol teaching students what it is like to ‘walk the line’ under the influence, or the Paul Mitchell School students doing hair, all students found something that interested them and learned a little bit about STEM.

 

This blog was originally posted on the Evergreen Junior High website.