CTE Directions

Career and Technical Education News and Information
Educator Edition

March 2012

Message from Mary Shumway and Gary Wixom
Mary ShumwayGary WixomThere is light at the end of the tunnel. We are finally seeing the end of the “great recession”. Although the U.S. unemployment rate remains high, it dropped by 0.2 percentage points in January to 8.3 percent and there are some positive signs that the economy is getting stronger. Here in Utah the unemployment rate is 2 percent lower than the national figure and we ended the 2011 year with a rate of 6 percent. This lower percent is good news, but here are some interesting facts about the unemployment rate here in Utah.

Did you know that?
10.7 percent of 25 to 34 year-olds with a high school degree are unemployed.
·4.9 percent of 25 to 34 year-olds with a bachelor’s degree are unemployed.

But only
·3.2 percent of 25 to 34 year-olds with an associate degree are unemployed.

Obtaining a skill after graduating from high school has never been as important as it is today. At least 66 percent of jobs in Utah will require more than a high school diploma by 2018. We know that there will be a skill shortage in many areas unless more students make the transition between high school graduation and postsecondary training. Here are some of the jobs that are growing the most here in Utah.


> Accountants
> Allied health occupations
> Automotive service technicians and mechanics
> Computer support specialists

> Hospitality and tourism
> Manufacturing

> Registered nurses

> Transportation and distribution

Obtaining additional skill training after high school results in a higher salary and helps to ensure a steady job during difficult economic times. By choosing the right major students maximize their return on their effort. Not everyone must choose a major with a high salary at the other end, but being informed about where their choice of major is leading is important. Here are two websites and an article that will give students some information that will help them make a wise career choice: UtahFutures.org, CampaignForYoungAmerica.org, and College Majors, Unemployment and Earnings.

CTE Month RECAP Activities and Events

  • February 2National Job Shadow Day
    Job Shadow Day exposed students to careers where they were able to see first-hand what skills it takes to be successful in the workplace. Students across the state participated in jobs shadows and learned from experts in fields ranging from dental hygiene to film production to marketing to animation.
  • February 2CTE Career Day
    Throughout February, Personal Career Briefs were posted every day on Twitter, Facebook, and the Utah CTE blog. The Career Briefs were a way for students, and the public, to participate in a virtual mini-job shadow every day of the month.
  • February 13Virtual Healthcare Interactive Live Event
    Students across the state watched a taped of an artificial heart surgery telecast and spoke with the surgeon live about the procedure. Read more about this event below.
  • UACTE Day on the HillFebruary 15UACTE Day on the Hill
    CTSOs, work-based learning, school counselors, and administrators gathered at the capitol, during the legislative session, to showcase their programs to members of the legislature.
  • February 23CTE Social Media Advocacy Day
    The national Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) asked administrators, teachers and students to advocate for CTE through their social media networks. What did you tweet? What did you post on your Facebook page? Thank you for advocating for CTE every day of the year!
  • February 29CTE Moment
    Thank you to those individuals who sent a photo of a CTE Moment to UtahCTE.org. Be sure to follow Twitter on Wednesday, March 7 to view the 12 winning photos. A photo will be posted each hour beginning at 9:00 a.m. The collection of 12 photos will then be posted to Facebook.

Career Highlight Human Services Workers
Human service workers are employed by public and private organizations and agencies that assist people in need. The workers evaluate clients’ needs and develop plans that will help each client overcome current challenges. The key role human services workers play is to put the plan into action, either by providing direct services or coordinating services of other organizations. Types of human services organizations include:

  > Employment agencies
> Food and nutrition agencies
> Housing and shelter organizations
> Target population services organizations
(e.g., foster and adoption agencies, senior citizens centers, women’s centers)
> Legal and victims assistance organizations
> Public safety and disaster relief organizations
> Youth development organizations

Interpersonal and communication skills are critical for workers in this field. They also need to be able to work effectively as a member of a team, think creatively, and have compassion and patience – even when under stress. Human service workers typically complete postsecondary degrees in human services, counseling, social work or psychology. The level of education often dictates the type of work someone may perform and the amount of responsibility that they bear. Associate degree level workers may interview new clients, manage the details of cases, and connect them with appropriate services. Those with bachelor’s degrees spend much of their time managing cases, but may also provide some clinical support. A master’s degree enables human service workers to focus primarily on clinical work. For more information, read the full article in the Occupational Outlook Quarterly.

Virtual Healthcare Interactive (VHI)
On Monday, February 13 Health Science Education students from across the state participated in a Virtual Healthcare Interactive live broadcast, in partnership with the Utah State Office of Education and Intermountain Healthcare. The two-hour event began with students watching a pre-recorded Artificial Heart/LVAD surgery followed by a live chat with Dr. Reid using real time technology. There were 11 broadcast sites with approximately 300 students participating from 11 school districts and 32 high schools. Fox 13 reported on this event. Watch the story HERE.

VHI Story

“This was so cool! I’m really looking into being a cardiac surgeon.”
–-Michael Zoumadakis, Skyline High School

“Being able to see the heart beat live like that was incredible. It was so fascinating to me to see a real surgery.” –-Haleigh Bills, JATC
“Seeing the heart beat made me realize how amazing it is. It makes me want to be part of the surgical team.
–-Alex Stark, Park City High School

“Talking to Dr. Reid was fun and helpful.” –-Taryn VanAusdal, Southwest Applied Technology College
“This virtual heart surgery program has opened my eyes to the vast occupations involving the heart,”
–-Anand Singh, Granger High School

Sneak Peek CTE Moments
Here is a sneak peek of a few CTE Moment photos. Be sure to follow Twitter on Wednesday, March 7 to view the 12 winning photos.

CTE Moment Preview

San Juan High School
Auto Competition

CTEC Health Science
students learn how to use
protective gear.

Hillcrest students enjoy a
great win at the Metro
Region DECA Competition.

Iron County High School students during a basic welding class.

World Digital Library
World Digital LibraryAre you familiar with the World Digital Library (WDL)? WDL hosts approximately 5,000 primary documents and images from collections around the world. The WDL can be searched by date, era, country, continent, topic, and type of resource. Awesome!

YouTubeHow many times have you planned to use a YouTube video in a presentation only to find that you are unable to connect to the Internet? Now you can save and transfer YouTube videos to an iPad and play it from the “Photo Roll” without being connected to the Internet. Learn how HERE.


March 1-2: DECA State Career Development Conf.
Davis Conference Center - Layton, UT
March 15-16: HOSA State Conference and Competition Davis Conference Center - Layton, UT
March 2: Utah State Board of Education Meeting
250 East 500 South – Salt Lake City, UT
March 21-22: FCCLA State Convention
Davis Conference Center - Layton, UT
March 8: ProStart State Competition (Culinary-Mgmt.)
University Park Marriott Hotel - Salt Lake City, UT
March 23: TSA State Conference
Jordan ATC - West Jordan, UT
March 8: Utah State Charter School Board Meeting
250 East 500 South – Salt Lake City, UT
March 29-30: FBLA Spring Leadership Conference
Davis Conference Center - Layton, UT
March 8: Utah FFA Association State Convention
Richfield, UT
March 29-30: Utah SkillsUSA Leadership & Skills Conf.
Salt Lake Community College - Salt Lake City, UT
March 12-April 13: Natl. Financial Capability Challenge
Challenge Sponsored by the US Dept. of Treasury

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