[Health Science] CTE Newsletter

Bell, Tara Tara.Bell at schools.utah.gov
Wed Jan 9 11:09:45 MST 2013


This is the current CTE Newsletter. It contains some great information on Health Science Careers and Pathways that you could use in class.

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Career and Technical Education News and Information
Educator Edition

January 2013

Message from Mary Shumway and Gary Wixom
Mary Shumway is the State Director of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the Utah State Office of Education
Gary Wixom is the Assistant Commissioner for Career and Technical Education at the Utah System of Higher Education

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What will the year 2013 bring? If you search the Internet you find predictions for the New Year in almost any area you are interested in exploring. Predictions for what will happen to the economy, predictions for what will happen in politics, predictions for what will happen in education, predictions for the latest in technology, and you can even read about predictions on what the predictions will be! We often use the start of the calendar year as a time to do a little predicting of our own future and make resolutions about how to be "better", to be "richer", or to be "smarter." Then, as the months slip away, we often settle in to what is comfortable and make little change in our lives.
A good way to start off the year 2013 is to make a goal to learn something new every day. After all, we are learning creatures-we come into the world needing to learn everything, and we spend the first years of our life focused on learning, so making a lifelong practice of learning is what makes humans unique. Today, learning is easier than ever before. We are confronted with loads of information on a daily basis. Information on any subject is just a click away on the Internet. What we do with that information is the key. Let's make the year 2013 a year of learning no matter what station of life you find yourself in.
Did you know that nearly 30,000 high school students not only are learning in high school, but at the same time they are earning college credit through the concurrent enrollment program? Last year students earned over 194,000 college credits while still in high school and got a head start on their college/career pathway.
Research is showing that students who participate in concurrent enrollment courses improve their chances for success. Career and Technical Education (CTE) is a great place to begin a concurrent enrollment experience. Students who participate in CTE concurrent enrollment courses reduce the likelihood of dropping out of high school, they generally obtain more academic and technical skill than other students, transition to postsecondary training at a higher rate, and have a greater opportunity to obtain employment leading to a livable wage.
There will be many opportunities to "learn" during 2013. If you are still in high school, look into the many career pathways that are open to you, and take advantage of the concurrent enrollment program. If you have moved beyond high school, choose a career pathway that will lead to good employment and personal fulfillment. In the year 2013, let's make it a year that we learn something new every day.

Career Highlight - Lesser Know Occupations in Healthcare
Healthcare offers some of the best opportunities in the economy, but includes workers in many occupations besides the familiar doctors, nurses and CNAs. Healthcare occupations require varying levels of education/training. Some workers are directly involved with patients, and others work behind the scenes. There are some workers in healthcare facilities that aren't specifically classified as healthcare workers - e.g., Hospital Receptionist, Janitors, Food Service Managers - but employment in this industry often translates into better wages even for workers in these occupations.

The table below reflects some lesser known occupations in healthcare. For more detailed information about these occupations, and others in which you may be interested, visit UtahFutures<https://www.utahfutures.org/>. Completing related Health Science Career Pathways<http://utahcte.org/career/health-science.php> is a good way to explore these occupations or to prepare for further study in college.


Interest Code*

US Employment



Nat'l Annual
Median Wage (2011)


Endoscopy Technician






1-2 years college








Nuclear Equipment Operation Technician






Some college

Neurodiagnostic Technologist




Faster than average



Opthalmic Medical Technologist




Faster than average


1-2 years college

Surgical Technologist






1-2 years college

*For descriptions of the interest codes included here - consistent with Holland Codes and Utah Career Fields - visit O*NET Online<http://www.onetonline.org/find/descriptor/browse/Interests/>.
Sources: U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (national), Utah Department of Workforce Services (state)

CTE Pathway News
[Description: Pathways Blue Box]Just in time for fall registration (2013-2014 school year), updated CTE Pathways charts are now available online at UtahCTE.org<http://utahcte.org/>. Each CTE Pathway chart shows the required CTE foundation courses, CTE elective courses, and state graduation requirements, along with workforce trends and sample occupations. This year a new CTE Pathway, Aviation Technology, has been added to the Skilled and Technical Education Area of Study.

Check out each individual CTE Pathway within each of the following eight Areas of Study.

Agricultural Education
<http://www.utahcte.org/career/agriculture.php>Business Education
<http://www.utahcte.org/career/business.php>Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Health Science Education <http://www.utahcte.org/career/family-consumer-sciences.php>

Information Technology Education
<http://www.utahcte.org/career/information-technology.php>Marketing Education<http://www.utahcte.org/career/marketing.php>
<http://www.utahcte.org/career/information-technology.php>Skilled and Technical Sciences Education<http://www.utahcte.org/career/skilled-technical-sciences.php>
<http://www.utahcte.org/career/information-technology.php>Technology and Engineering Education<http://www.utahcte.org/career/technology-engineering.php>

To view only the "blue box" section within each CTE Pathway chart you can access a separate document and poster HERE<http://www.schools.utah.gov/cte/pathways.html>.

Taylor Hortin, a graduate of North Summit High School says, "The CTE courses I took in high school provided me with a lot of knowledge that I will need and use in my future career. I have learned many skills pertaining to nursing. Each class has taught me something new. The CTE courses have made me set more occupational goals. These courses helped me realize what I want to do in my future and as a career."

February Is CTE Month!
Get ready, get set, and mark your calendars now; February is CTE Month! Students, educators, and administrators across the state will join the 14 million secondary and postsecondary CTE students nationwide in celebrating Career and Technical Education<http://utahcte.org/> (CTE) during the month of February. This year's theme is Career and Technical Education: Pathways to College and Career Success. Schools can pick a day, a week, or the entire month to spotlight CTE programs. Resources<http://schools.utah.gov/cte/month.html> are available on [Description: February Is CTE Month] UtahCTE.org<http://utahcte.org/> to assist you in your CTE Month celebrations. Promote CTE by participating in statewide activities throughout the month. CTE Month is a great opportunity to promote your programs and advocate<http://schools.utah.gov/cte/documents/month/AdvocacyForCTE.pdf> for CTE.

Check out the list of 28 Things to Do During CTE Month<http://www.schools.utah.gov/cte/documents/month/ThingsToDo.pdf> and tell us how your school, classroom, or CTSO is going to celebrate. Email your stories to UtahCTE at schools.utah.gov<mailto:UtahCTE at schools.utah.gov>.

Details about CTE Month activities will be announced on Facebook and Twitter. Visit UtahCTE.org to join our communities today!

CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards
[Description: CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards]REMINDER! Applications are due by Monday, February 25, 2013 for the opportunity to receive a CTE Scholarship and Tuition  Award<http://utahcte.org/educators-parents/scholarships.php>. Encourage high school seniors to prepare their portfolio NOW.

Who: CTE high school seniors.
What: CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award.
Where: Scholarships and Tuition Awards offered at a Utah postsecondary institution.
When: Scholarship and Tuition Award winners will be notified on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
Why: Receive up to one year's tuition ONLY for CTE training after graduating from high school.
How: Create a portfolio by following the application instructions HERE<http://schools.utah.gov/cte/documents/scholarships/application.pdf>.

DEADLINE: Applications MUST be postmarked by Monday, February 25, 2013.

Secondary Pathway Complete Recognition Award

Have you heard about Secondary Pathway Completer Recognition Award? This CTE award program is now in its sixth year. [Description: Secondary Pathway Completer Recognition Award] High school students across the state are eligible to receive the CTE Secondary Pathway Completer Recognition Award upon successfully completing the required courses in a specific CTE Pathway. Students are recognized by the state, school district and high school, either at graduation or at a separate ceremony.

Chelsie Swanger, a graduate of Olympus High School says, "The CTE programs at my high school were a huge part of my inspiration to become an automotive technician. . .I have gained not only automotive skills but I have also gained a sense of self confidence. If it had not been for my automotive class and my wonderful instructor I would not have the same, if any, career goals I have today."

If your district is not participating in this program we encourage you to contact the Pathways Coordinator<http://www.schools.utah.gov/cte/pathways_coordinator_contacts.html> in your region to learn more about the program.


January 9: Utah State Charter School Board Meeting
<http://www.schools.utah.gov/charterschools/State-Charter-School-Board/2012-Board-Meetings.aspx>250 East 500 South - Salt Lake City, UT

January 14-30: FFA Area Competitions<http://www.schools.utah.gov/cte/ag_calendar.html> throughout Utah

January 10: Utah State Board of Education Meeting
<http://www.schools.utah.gov/board/Meetings/Agenda.aspx>250 East 500 South - Salt Lake City, UT

January 17: FBLA Northern Region Competition
<http://www.schools.utah.gov/cte/business_ctso.html>Weber State University - Ogden, UT

January 13: Stock Market Game<http://www.stockmarketgame.org/> Awards Banquet
Joseph Smith Memorial Building - Salt Lake City, UT

January 28: First Day of the Utah Legislature
<http://le.utah.gov/>Utah State Capitol - Continues through March 14

Career and Technical Education: Preparing Students for College and Career

Join CTE on Facebook <http://tiny.cc/facebook-UtahCTE> and Twitter<http://twitter.com/UtahCTE> at www.UtahCTE.org<http://www.UtahCTE.org>

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Link to the online version: http://www.schools.utah.gov/cte/newsletter/january2013educator.html.

Tara Bell
Health Science Education Specialist, USOE
(801) 538.7843
(801) 538.7868 - fax
250 East 500 South
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah  84114-4200

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