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Take Responsibility for Your Education

By Mary Shumway
State Director of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
Utah State Office of Education

Beginning the third week of August educators and students across the state will return to school to begin a new school year. As you prepare for the first day of school we encourage you to take responsibility for your education and we challenge you to set goals and do everything you can to succeed.

Participation in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathway will help prepare you for college and career success. CTE Pathways show students a direct connection between doing well in high school and being able to transition smoothly to postsecondary opportunities (college) or immediately entering the workforce (career). Concentrating in and then completing a CTE Pathway will give you an advantage as you progress from high school to college and career. For answers to frequently asked questions about CTE Pathways read FAQ CTE Pathways.

Throughout the summer teachers have attended various CTE summer conferences and trainings to aid them in preparing for the new school year. They are ready to educate, train, encourage, and arm you with the tools and skills you will need as you study, learn plan, and prepare for college and career, and to compete in a global economy.

Students, plan now to meet with your school counselor to create your plan for high school, college and career. Your school counselor can assist you as you plan your class schedule and make your goals for life after high school. Planning and preparing are key elements to your college and career success.

CTE Back-to-School Planning Guide

  • Schedule a meeting with your school counselor to map out your CTE classes throughout high school and your postsecondary options most relevant to your chosen career.
  • Create a portfolio in UtahFutures.org and/or add to your existing portfolio.
  • Become a member of a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).
  • Juniors: Ask your school counselor if you are on track to become a CTE Pathway completer. (A CTE Pathway completer is eligible to receive a Secondary Pathway Completer Recognition Award at graduation.)
  • Seniors: Apply for a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award. Applications are due February 25, 2013.
  • Join the UtahCTE.org online communities—Twitter, Facebook, Utah CTE blog—to connect with CTE throughout the year.

Students, let us know what you are doing and learning in your CTE classes. Are you an FFA member participating in the Utah State Fair in September? Are you preparing for a CTSO state competition? Are you planning to do an internship? Will you be receiving a Secondary Pathway Completer Recognition Award? Tell us how CTE is helping you reach your career goals. Email your CTE testimonial and/or stories to UtahCTE@schools.utah.gov.

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