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My CTE Internship Experience

February 25th, 2015

NiKelle Brown, a student at Richfield High School, participated in a CTE Internship at Barnett Orthodontics as part of the Work-Based Learning Program at her high school. Below NiKelle tells about her internship experience.

“I interned at Barnett Orthodontics as an assistant in training. I basically shadowed the office assistants and learned from them. I learned so much from this opportunity!

NiKelle Brown“I started out by scanning models and impressions, sterilizing instruments, and stocking patient units along with many other little jobs that keep things running smoothly. Eventually I was given the unique opportunity to actually work on patients. I was trained when to ask them to come on back and have a seat, then I simply untied their bands, took out their wires and told them to brush and floss, then to come back for the doctor to have a look at their progress. Working with patients also means developing X-rays, as well as taking initial photos and entering them into a specific record on the computer.

“I cannot begin to explain how educational and fun the entire internship was for me! I developed better people skills, as well as an understanding of what not only goes into keeping a busy business running, but also what a day in a career I am interested in pursuing is actually like. Participating in an internship is nothing like looking the career up online or even asking an experienced worker for a job description. Being an intern means actually getting your hands into the work and trying it out for yourself. These are real life situations with real life people and results! How much better can it get?”


Utah CTSO Leadership and Skills Conferences

February 24th, 2015

DECA photo 2Throughout March, Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) members across the state will gather together to compete in individual leadership and skill competitions. Students have been preparing all year for the opportunity to compete in the state competition with the aspiration to advance to the national competition this summer.

March 2-4: FBLA State Leadership Conference
Davis Conference Center – Layton, UT
FBLA provides students with opportunities for leadership, community involvement, business partnerships, and competition with other students in events ranging from Public Speaking to Job Interview to Parliamentary Procedures.
Utah FBLA has 2,970 members in 129 chapters.

March 10-11: FCCLA State Leadership Conference
Davis Conference Center – Layton, UT
FCCLA provides students with opportunities to attain knowledge, skills, and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in life, as well as promoting personal growth and leadership development.
Utah FCCLA has 3,077 members in 112 chapters.

March 12-14: FFA State Convention
Richfield, UT
FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
Utah FFA has 6,012 members in 80 chapters.

March 17-18: TSA State Conference
Davis Applied Technology College – Layton, UT
TSA is the only student organization dedicated exclusively to students enrolled in technology education classes in grades K-12. Students participate in chapter fund-raising activities and community service projects. Leadership training is offered to student officers at the local, state, or national levels.
Utah TSA has 2,906 members in 47 chapters.

March 19-20: HOSA State Leadership Conference
Davis Conference Center – Kaysville, UT
HOSA provides students with opportunities to attain the knowledge, skills and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in a health care profession, through leadership training, career training, and service projects.
Utah HOSA has 4,145 members in 89 chapters.

March 26-27: SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference
Salt Lake Community College – Salt Lake City, UT
SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. The organization builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education, and pride in the dignity of work.
Utah SkillsUSA has 2,045 members in 76 chapters.

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.

Over 23,000 Utah secondary Career and Technical Education students are members of one of seven CTSOs. 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.

Student Members Celebrate FFA

February 21st, 2015

Salem Hills FFA Chapter.jpgUtah FFA student members will celebrate National FFA Week, February 21-28, 2015. This year’s theme is Go All Out! The theme embraces more than 80 years of FFA traditions, while looking forward to the organization’s future. More than half a million members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state, and national levels. These members have a passion for agriculture.

In 1947, at a National FFA Board of Directors meeting, the week of George Washington’s birthday was designated as National FFA Week. Today, FFA Week always runs Saturday to Saturday and encompasses February 22, Washington’s birthday. FFA Week gives FFA members an opportunity to educate the public about agriculture. During the week, chapters will conduct a variety of activities to help others in their school and community learn about FFA and agricultural education.

Today’s FFA members are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Through agricultural and hands-on learning, they are preparing for more than 300 career opportunities in the food, fiber and natural resources industry.

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 610,240 student members as part of 7,665 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In Utah, there are 6,012 members in 80 chapters.

The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs.

Bringing Awareness to FCCLA

February 18th, 2015

Last week, FCCLA chapters across Utah celebrated National FCCLA Week. Read what several chapters did to celebrate.

Orem High School 2Orem High School FCCLA Chapter
“We’ve had a lot of fun this week celebrating and recognizing FCCLA Week at our school. We have been gathering students around one of the TV’s in the commons area to play Kahoot during lunch. We made one for every day and have awarded prizes to those who participate. Each day it teaches a little [something] about one of our FACS classes—interior design, foods, child development, FCCLA, and clothing. It’s so fun and everyone that plays loves it, said Sandy Kezerian, FCCLA Adviser, Orem High School.”

Maple Mountain High SchoolMaple Mountain High School and Payson High School FCCLA Chapters
The FCCLA chapters of Maple Mountain High School and Payson High School joined together to celebrate National FCCLA Week.

Westlake High School FCCLA Chapter
Monday – To kick off the week chapter members handed out Smarties® candies to the student body with a message letting them know that more than half of teens killed in car accidents were not wearing a seatbelt. So, they are “smart” to buckle up and not text while driving.

Tuesday – For “Taffy Tuesday” chapter officers gave red and white taffy to members with the message: “FCCLA is the ultimate leadership experience, focusing on character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communications, practical knowledge, and career preparation. Thank you for being a member.”

Wednesday – For “Waffle Wednesday” members, who wore their chapter shirt, were treated to a waffle during lunch.

Westlake High School - Hide the logo contestThursday – For “Thirsty Thursday” red drinks were available for members with the message: “FCCLA is the only student run organization with family as its focus. FCCLA helps you grow as a leader because of the many service and leadership opportunities. Thank you for supporting FCCLA.”

Friday – FCCLA chapter members asked the student body to wear red. Chapter officers visited classrooms and handed out candy to those students wearing red.

During the week members hid the FCCLA logo throughout the school building and gave out free cinnamon roll coupons to those who found it. “It has been a great week bringing awareness to FCCLA, said Candace Wilson, FCCLA Adviser, Westlake High School. Check out our Facebook page Westlake High School FCCLA-Utah.

Have You Ever Wondered Where Beef Comes From

February 17th, 2015

Kenyon Munk 2My name is Kenyon Munk and this year I am involved with the Career and Technical Education Internship program at my school, Richfield High. I have really enjoyed working and learning at the Cowley Farm and Feed Lot.

When you go to the store or a restaurant and get a yummy juicy hamburger, have you ever wondered where that beef comes from? At the Cowley Farm and Feed Lot I have learned what it takes to raise, feed, doctor, and take care of the cattle that are used to produce all of our beef.

It has been really interesting to see the daily operations of a feed lot. Every day we feed over 2,500 head of cattle. During the winter the cattle are [taken] off the mountain grazing land and stored at the feed lot. We have been expanding our operations weekly as more cattle come in. We take care of them until they get big enough and then they are sent to the butcher to be processed for packaging and then delivered to your local store.


Animal agriculture in Utah represents the single largest sector of farm income in Utah. According to the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, cattle and calves are raised on 6,458 farms throughout Utah. In 2013, cash receipts for cattle and calves totaled more than $360 million.

Join Kenyon and become involved in the Agricultural Education program at your school. Talk to your school counselor to sign up for a class today.


FCCLA Week is February 8-14, 2015

February 9th, 2015

FCCLA%20Week%20Profile%20PictureFamily, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will join more than 200,000 members in celebrating National FCCLA Week February 8-14, 2015. This year’s theme is “Together We Are United!” in recognition of the many things FCCLA students and advisers represent—both as individuals and as members of their chapters, state associations and the national FCCLA organization—in their families, schools and communities. During National FCCLA Week, members plan and carry out activities to address teen and societal concerns and show how Family and Consumer Sciences education can help them achieve the Ultimate Leadership Experience.

Monday, February 9
Media Blitz – Together We Are Making Headlines!
Hit up social networks and spread the word about what your chapter is up to! Take FCCLA out into the community by approaching local businesses about advocating for FCCLA! Get your whole school involved by advertising what your chapter is doing for FCCLA week!

Tuesday, February 10
Partner Advocacy – Together We Are at the Table!
Share Our Strength. Chapter members are encouraged to budget and prepare a meal for their family. Then as a family, contribute the same amount of money spent on that meal to SOS to enable others to have a healthy meal.

Wednesday, February 11
RED out for FCCLA – Together We Are United!
Wear RED! Showcase friendships made through FCCLA with posters/photos around school as well as in social media; submit photos of as many people wearing red in group shots to demonstrate how FCCLA is “united”.

Thursday, February 12
The Ultimate Throw Back Thursday – Together We Are Making History!
Chapters are encouraged to inundate social media with photos of members and chapter photos from as far back in FCCLA’s 70 year history as possible, all with the hashtag, “ #TUTBT”.

Friday, February 13
Member Recognition – Together We Are FCCLA!
Send thank you notes from advisers and chapter officers to FCCLA members. Recognize chapter members on social media. Set up an “FCCLA members only” photo booth during lunch with props to commemorate FCCLA Week.

National FCCLA Week and CTE Month is a great time to get excited for all that’s to come and all that’s involved with the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America!

It’s never too late to get involved with FCCLA! If you’re not a member of FCCLA, and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the FCCLA adviser in your school.

FCCLA photo 1

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education. FCCLA has over 200,000 members and over 5,500 chapters from 49 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.

I Love the Work Phlebotomists Do

February 9th, 2015

Annie Christensen

My name is Annie Christensen, and I’m a senior at Richfield High School. Last semester I had the opportunity to participate in a CTE Internship at the Sevier Valley Medical Center. I worked in the laboratory where I learned many new things from the phlebotomists and the lab techs. I learned how to draw blood, what different tests mean or do, what blood is made of, how to use the machines, and so much more! I even got the chance to draw one of the lab techs blood. This was a totally new experience and I loved learning. I also got to have my blood drawn to run tests on it myself. I discovered my blood type, examined my blood cell counts, and ran other tests. I learned how to do all of this from the lab. I love doing blood typing. The people I worked with were awesome, and so willing to help me learn. I loved having a sneak peek into the medical field.

This experience definitely impacted some of my future decisions. It helped me decide whether I want to pursue a medical career. I love the work phlebotomists do, and how there is something new [to learn] every day! It is so interesting to me. This whole experience has been very beneficial.

Alexa Hyde: Future Elementary Education Teacher

February 3rd, 2015

Alexa Hyde - in front of school

Alexa Hyde, a student at Sky View High School, recently participated in a CTE Internship at Sunrise Elementary School. During her internship she worked with elementary students while being mentored by elementary education teacher Helen Hellstern. “I enjoyed working with Ms. Hellstern because she is an amazing teacher and has been so helpful in giving me ideas for when I have my own classroom. She put me in charge of responsibilities ranging from the simple task of writing the students names on assessments to teaching my own station,” says Alexa.

Alexa learned a lot from participating in a CTE Internship. The internship provided a real world experience to assist her in making a career decision. “Because of this experience I know for sure that I want to pursue [a career] in elementary education. I have absolutely loved my involvement with the students and have learned so much from them. Every child is so different and unique in their own way, and I have learned how to adjust to meet the need of every child. I’m excited to graduate and head to college where I will be able to take classes that will get me closer to my dream job. I am so thankful for the great experience I have had through the Work-Based Learning program.”



SkillsUSA: Serving More than 11.6 Million Members

February 3rd, 2015

Gojo community service 2014SkillsUSA is a nationwide network of students and instructors in a common bond with powerful industry partnerships, serving more than 11.6 million members for over 50 year. SkillsUSA not only empowers its member to become world-class workers, leaders, and responsible American citizens, but also provides quality education experiences in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. In Utah, there are more than 2,000 members in 76 chapters.

SkillsUSA members don’t just have a great passion for what they can achieve, but also for what they can contribute. SkillsUSA’s Program of Work actively involves members in community service. SkillsUSA cultivate engaged citizens who not only love what they do, but who also respect the power they have to make a difference in the lives of others.

Utah SkillsUSA has the following goals: 1. Increase secondary and postsecondary member participation.2. Encourage all members to become stronger advocates for CTE. 3. Encourage members to engage in meaningful community service activities. 4. Encourage full member participation in SkillsUSA programs and events.

This year, SkillsUSA celebrates 50 Years of Champions at Work. In conjunction with this celebration, student members across the country will celebrate SkillsUSA Week February 8-14. WATCH how SkillsUSA is making a difference in the lives of student members.

 SkillsUSA represents: Friendship. Leadership. Champions. Professionalism. Success. Direction.



Governor Herbert Declares School Counseling Week in Utah

February 3rd, 2015

School Counselor - BLS imageGovernor Gary R. Herbert declared February 2-6, 2015, School Counseling Week in Utah. Utah joins the national observation to focus attention to school counselors’ vital role in helping students succeed academically and plan for a career.

“Supporting school counselors is part of the investment we make to provide an educational system where the rising generation can realize its potential,” Governor Herbert said. “School counselors work in partnership with administrators, teachers and parents to address any challenges students may experience and focus on positive ways to enhance students’ personal, educational and career development and success.”

The declaration in Utah is sponsored by the Utah School Counselors Association. The association believes that guidance and counseling must be an integral part of every student’s education experience.

CCGP blog declaration - corrected versionSchool Counselors:
> Are employed in public and private schools to help students reach their full potential.
> Are actively committed to helping students explore their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents, as these traits relate to career awareness and development.
> Help parents focus on ways to further the educational, personal, and social growth of their children.
> Work with teachers and other educators to help students explore their potential and set realistic goals for themselves.
> Seek to identify and utilize community resources that can enhance and complement comprehensive school counseling programs and help students become productive members of society.

In Utah, there are more than 1,000 school counselors. The Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance: K-12 Programs strive to have every student in the state of Utah graduate from high school with the skills, knowledge and dispositions essential for success.