Bell, Tara Tara.Bell at schools.utah.gov
Mon Mar 4 13:55:32 MST 2013

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Career and Technical Education News and Information
Educator Edition

March 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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During the recent State of the Union Address<http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2013/02/12/2013-state-union-address-0#transcript>, President Obama said that we must attract more jobs to our shores, that we needed to equip our citizens with additional skills so they can do those jobs, and we need to insure that hard work actually leads to a decent living. The President has identified some important goals with significant challenges attached. Moving the economy forward, particularly decreasing the unemployment rate has remained difficult for far too long.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides the answer to one of those challenges, making sure that there are skilled workers trained and ready to fill the jobs of today and tomorrow. By the year 2020, Utah is working to achieve the goal that 66 percent of adults will hold a postsecondary degree or a certificate. As we move toward that goal, it is interesting that many of the highest occupations in demand are in the areas of Career and Technical Education. Nursing and health occupations lead the list, and then operations management, sales, manufacturing, accountants, and construction managers. To be successful in these areas you need specific "skills" and those skills are obtained through Career and Technical Education training.

Successful skill attainment in these CTE areas requires careful career planning early in the educational sequence. Utah has great secondary programs that provide skills and will start students on a career path leading to employment or additional training. Connecting secondary and postsecondary programs together provide an efficient way for students to gain the skills necessary for occupations that provide a livable wage.
Did you know?

  *   CTE programs help students achieve graduation at a higher rate than other students. The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 90.18 percent compared to a national graduation rate of 74.9 percent. i
  *   CTE is an answer for the current a future shortage in skilled workers. Experts project 47 million job openings in the decade ending 2018. About one-third of those jobs will require an associate degree or certificate, and nearly all will require real-world skills that can be mastered through CTE. ii
  *   CTE helps students be successful in attaining postsecondary certificates and degrees. Seventy percent of students concentrating in CTE areas stayed in postsecondary education or transferred to a four-year degree program. That compared to an overall average state target of 58 percent. iii

February was national CTE month and across the country states and organizations highlighted CTE programs. As the nation continues to recover from the great recession, and jobs expand and the economy grows again, it is a great time for CTE to take its place in helping the nation reach the goals that have been set.

The future is bright for those students who are prepared and obtain the skills that will be in demand for the economy of tomorrow. Assist students in their career planning and help them understand the importance of participating in a CTE Pathway.

i U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, Report to Congress on State Performance, Program year 2007-2008. Washington, D.C.
ii Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce via Harvard's Pathways to Prosperity report, p. 29, http://cew.georgetown.edu/jobs2018/
iii U.S. Department of Education, http://www2.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/2010report/fy2010-apr.pdf

Career Highlight - Sales Occupations
A sales occupation can be a good career choice for students with varying interests, since just about every product needs someone to take it from producer to buyer. For example, if a student loves science, he or she might enjoy working as a sales representative for scientific or technical products. If a student enjoys construction, he or she might excel as a building materials representative. Not all sales occupations are high paying, but the table below reflects a number of sales occupations in which workers earn higher than the national median ($16.27/hour). Read more about sales occupations in the Occupational Outlook Quarterly<http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2011/summer/art03.pdf>.


2010 Utah

Annual Openings

Annual Growth-

Utah Median
Hourly Wage

Level for

Wholesale & Mfg. Sales Reps.





High School

Tech. & Scientific Prod. Sales Reps.






Insurance Sales Agents





High School

Financial Services Sales Agents






Real Estate Agents





High School

Advertising Sales Agents





High School

NEW CTE Resource

[Description: Area of Study Posters]Eighteen new 11" x 17" color posters have been posted online<http://schools.utah.gov/cte/publications.html> to assist you in promoting your CTE programs. There are two posters for each Area of Study-Agricultural Education<http://schools.utah.gov/cte/documents/publications/AOSPosters_Ag.pdf>, Business Education<http://schools.utah.gov/cte/documents/publications/AOSPosters_Business.pdf>, Family and Consumer Sciences Education<http://schools.utah.gov/cte/documents/publications/AOSPosters_FACS.pdf>, Health Science Education<http://schools.utah.gov/cte/documents/publications/AOSPosters_HS.pdf>, Information Technology Education<http://schools.utah.gov/cte/documents/publications/AOSPosters_IT.pdf>, Marketing Education<http://schools.utah.gov/cte/documents/publications/AOSPosters_Marketing.pdf>, Skilled and Technical Sciences Education<http://schools.utah.gov/cte/documents/publications/AOSPosters_STS.pdf>, and Technology and Engineering Education<http://schools.utah.gov/cte/documents/publications/AOSPosters_TechEng.pdf>.

Each poster showcases each CTE Pathway within the Area of Study and includes occupational and industry facts. Check out each poster today. Download, print, and then display a poster in your classroom today!

2013: The Year of the Farmer

As an update to the FFA blog<http://www.utahcte.org/blog/2013-the-year-of-the-farmer/> posted on UtahCTE.org, in less than a week, Chrysler's Super Bowl ad, "So God Made a Farmer" was watched, shared, or emailed more than 10 million times. Incredible! Through December 31, 2013, each time the video is watched, shared, or emailed Ram Trucks will make a donation, of up to $1 million, to the National FFA Organization<https://www.ffa.org/Pages/default.aspx>. (The $1 million donation is based upon a $100,000 donation per 1 million times the ad is watched, shared, or emailed.)

Please continue to share the video link<http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130207/AUTO0101/302070463/1361/Chrysler-Super-Bowl-ad-tops-10-million-viewings> and show Ram the power of Agricultural Education and FFA!

Jordan Applied Technology Center (JATC)

JATC has developed a video highlighting Career and Technical Education programs. Jason Skidmore, Career and Technical Education Director in Jordan School District says, "We are fortunate that we offer all of these classes to our students. This is what our business and industry partners are asking for. [Description: Jordan Applied Technology Center] They want students who have skills, whether they be in a high school program or at the JATC [students are] doing internships, job shadows, or externships. They are so lucky!"

CTE students learn by doing and it all starts in the classroom. Watch the video HERE<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORtaBixPS68>.

Denise Abbott

Utah CTE congratulates Denise Abbott who has been elected the 2013 HOSA<http://www.hosa.org/> Inc. Board of Directors Chair.

[Description: Denise Abbott]"We are proud to have Denise's motivation, experience and leadership on the HOSA Inc. Board of Directors in her new role as Chair and we are confident that she will help to continue moving the mission of HOSA forward across the nation with our members and partners," says Dr. Jim Koeninger, Executive Director, HOSA-Future Health Professionals.
"I am very honored to be serving at both the state
and national levels to help promote CTSOs."
                                               Denise Abbott

Utah Legislative Session - Ends March 14
To follow education bills through the last two weeks of the
2013 Legislative Session click HERE<http://schools.utah.gov/law/Legislative-Session.aspx>.

REMINDER - It's Time to Spring Forward!

It may look and feel like winter outside, but spring is just around the corner. (At least that's what Punxsutawney Phil<http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/groundhog-day-punxsutawney-phil-predicts-early-spring-article-1.1253756> determined when he crawled out of his lair on February 2.) In conjunction with the arrival of spring comes Daylight Saving Time<http://www.timetemperature.com/tzus/daylight_saving_time.shtml>, so get ready to spring forward! On Sunday, March 10, don't forget to change your clocks forward one hour before you go to sleep, or you may be late for something important.


March 1: Submissions Due for National Youth Safety Video Contest<http://www.careersafeonline.com/index.php/safety-video-contest>

March 14: FFA State Convention
<http://www.utffa.org/>Snow College - Richfield, UT

March 6-7: FBLA Spring Leadership Conference
<http://utah-fbla-pbl.org/fbla/conferences/>Davis Conference Center - Layton, UT

March-14: 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

March 7: ProStart<http://www.schools.utah.gov/cte/facs/ProStart/default.htm> State Competition (Culinary-Mgmt.)
Salt Lake City, UT

March 19-20: TSA State Conference
<http://www.utahcte.org/blog/its-coming-tsa-state-conference/>JATC - West Jordan, UT

March 7: Virtual Healthcare Interactive<http://www.schools.utah.gov/cte/hs_vhi.html> (VHI)

March 20: Supercomputing Competition
<http://www.utahcte.org/blog/supercomputing-competition-2/>University of Utah - Salt Lake City, UT

March 8: Utah State Board of Education Meeting<http://www.schools.utah.gov/board/Meetings/Agenda.aspx>
250 East 500 South - Salt Lake City, UT

March 21: HOSA<http://www.schools.utah.gov/ate/HST/hosa.html> Leadership Conference
Davis Conference Center - Layton, UT

March 10: Daylight Saving Time<http://www.timetemperature.com/tzus/daylight_saving_time.shtml> Begins

March 22: Jump-Start Scholarship<http://www.utahjumpstart.org/> Applications Due

March 11: Registration Closes for TSA State Conference<http://www.utahcte.org/blog/its-coming-tsa-state-conference/>

March 28-29: SkillsUSA<http://skillsusa-utah.org/> Utah Leadership and Skills Conf.
Salt Lake Community College - Salt Lake City, UT

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Link to the online version: http://www.schools.utah.gov/cte/newsletter/march2013educator.html.

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

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