Welcome to Career and Technical Education (CTE)


Career and Technical Education provides all students access to high-quality, rigorous career-focused programs that result in attainment of credentials with labor market value.

Utah CTE At-A-Glance

2018-2019 At-A Glance Flyer
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  • 163,690 Students Enrolled in CTE Courses
  • 95% Graduation Rate for Students Who Are CTE Concentrators
  • 85,380 CTE Concurrent Enrollment (CE) Credits Earned
  • 121,835 CTE Skill Certifications Awarded
  • 16,580 Third-Party Certifications Earned
  • 90 Students Received CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award

Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Federal Education Act

Since 2006, nearly 1.5 million Utah students have benefited from the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Federal Education Act.


Perkins is dedicated to increasing learner access to high-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs of study. With a focus on systems alignment and program improvement, Perkins is critical to ensuring that programs are prepared to meet the ever-changing needs of learners and employers.

Perkins V Emphases

  • Programs of Quality
  • Ties to Local Economic Drivers
  • Career Pathways
  • Stakeholder Involvement
  • Credentials of Value

Perkins reflects the 100-year federal commitment to CTE by providing federal support to CTE programs and focuses on improving the academic and technical achievement of CTE students, strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improving accountability.

Perkins V Public Hearings

Public Hearings Dates

We are improving our Perkins V state plan. In an effort to increase high-quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, Utah CTE is looking for your input on the alignment to industry needs and increasing student access to high-quality education. Your input will help drive the implementation of CTE opportunities for students in Utah.


Credentials of Value

Perkins V Data

Perkins V Plan

Perkins V Major Tenets

Shift from Vocational Education to CTE: 11" x 17 " | 28" x 36"

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CTE Directions Newsletter


The CTE Directions newsletter is distributed via an automatic Utah Education Network (UEN) mailing service. To subscribe, select the appropriate link below and follow sign-up instructions:

Archived Newsletters

CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards


The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Scholarships and Tuition Awards are for outstanding CTE students in Utah. The scholarships/awards are sponsored by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) with funds provided by participating higher education institutions. The award amount varies by institution. Below is the list of participating institutions, the number of scholarships/awards offered, and the amount of the scholarship/award.

Bridgerland Technical College
2 Scholarships/Awards
Waives tuition up to $1,000. Books, tools, and other fees not included.

Davis Technical College
10 Scholarships/Awards
Up to $1,500 toward tuition and student fees.

Dixie Technical College
2 Scholarships/Awards
Full tuition for one (1) year.

Mountainland Technical College
18 Scholarships/Awards
Tuition only.

Ogden-Weber Technical College
8 Scholarships/Awards
One (1) year tuition or $1,800, whichever is exhausted first.

Southwest Technical College
3 Scholarships/Awards
Tuition waiver up to $1,000.

Tooele Technical College
6 Scholarships/Awards
$500 towards tuition and student fees.

Uintah Basin Technical College
7 Scholarships/Awards
Full tuition scholarship for one calendar year.

Dixie State University
4 Scholarships/Awards
Full tuition for one (1) year.

Salt Lake Community College
20 Scholarships/Awards
Full tuition for one (1) year.

Snow College, Richfield
2 Scholarships/Awards
$1000 tuition waiver.

Southern Utah University
1 Scholarship/Award
Full tuition for one (1) year.

Utah State University, Blanding
2 Scholarships/Awards
$1,000 tuition ($500 for two semesters).

Utah State University, Eastern
13 Scholarships/Awards
Full tuition. Books, tools, and other fees not included.

Utah State University, Moab
1 Scholarship/Award
$2,000 tuition ($1,000 one semester with renewal for next semester).

Utah Valley University
20 Scholarships/Awards
$1,000 per semester (2 semesters).

Weber State University
8 Scholarships/Awards
$2,000 ($1,000 for fall, $1,000 for spring).

Please note: 

  • CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards are only offered to the higher education institutions listed above.
  • The CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards may only be applied toward future programs and not toward any expense incurred as a high school student.
  • Each scholarship/award has different criteria for what the scholarship/award can be used. Please refer to the Institution Criteria Frequently Asked Questions for detailed information.
  • Applicants should work with their high school counselor and a CTE teacher when completing the application.
  • Applicants should follow directions on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Awards website with exactness to ensure the application is accepted and duly considered.


Friday, November 1, 2019
CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards Application Goes Live

Friday, January 31, 2020
CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards Application Due to USBE

March 2020
CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards Recipients/Winners Notified by E-mail provided on scholarship application.
Note: If you do not receive an award notice by Monday, April 20, 2020, you are not a recipient of a scholarship.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards Recipient Banquet
Salt Lake Community College, Redwood Campus, Student Center Oak Room, Salt Lake City, Utah
Salt Lake Community College Map

Application Scoring

CTE scholarships are competitive.  CTE scholarships awards are based on total points, and every point counts. Make every effort to respond to each prompt to the best of your ability.  Distinguish yourself from your peers by highlighting your experiences that helped you prepare for college-level study in your chosen career.

Strong scores are usually the result of some degree of discussion and reflection prior to filling out the application.  Your responses must be your original work.  Consider developing a few rough drafts and having a parent, teacher, or school counselor review them and provide feedback prior to completing the scholarship application.

The highest scores are given to applicants whose responses contain multiple, directly related examples.  The content of each response will strongly support the applicant’s qualifications for a scholarship.  Responses will be clearly written and concise.  A professional tone and style will be evident in your writing.  Content that is unstructured, disjointed, or contains pervasive errors in mechanics, usage, spelling, or grammar will not score well.

Application Preparation

Prior to filling out the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards application, please review the application questions that will require more consideration when filling out the application.

  • Describe the Work-Based Learning (WBL) experience you had during high school (Grades 9-12).
  • If you participated in a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) during high school, explain what leadership and workplace skills you developed and explain how it benefited you in your career preparation. For example, workplace skills could include communication, problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, dependability, accountability, etc.
  • What other leadership, citizenship, and/or service experiences did you participate in during high school (Grades 9-12)?
  • Outline and discuss your educational and occupational goals. Highlight the CTE training this scholarship will provide you if you receive a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award.
  • Reflecting on your high school years (Grades 9-12), how did CTE courses you completed prepare you for life after high school? What advantages did they provide for your college and career plans?
  • What advice would you offer to future students about taking CTE courses during high school?
  • Was there an educator (teacher, counselor, administrator) who was especially influential in your career choice? If so, who? What did they do to help you?

Qualifications and Application

Before beginning the 2020 CTE Scholarship and Tuition Awards Application, all applicants need to meet all the eligibility qualifications and have the following documentation and information ready to upload. You must confirm each of the eligibility qualifications and documentation requirements to enable the 2020 CTE Scholarship and Tuition Awards Application.

Eligibility Qualifications

  • Lawfully present in the United States and must be a current Utah resident.
  • A high school senior, currently enrolled in a Utah public secondary school.
  • Eligible to graduate from a Utah public secondary school before September 1, 2020.
  • Applicant must verify the CTE program he/she wants to enroll in is offered at the selected institutions. Please refer to the Institution Criteria Frequently Asked Questions for detailed information.
  • The applicant may accept other private scholarships. However, be aware that at some participating institutions, applicants cannot accept a CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award and another scholarship from the same institution.

Documentation Requirements

Scholarships and Tuition Award Qualifications and Application Form

Institution Criteria Frequently Asked Questions

Each institution has different criteria on how the awards can be used. Please make sure to review each institution’s criteria below. The information below will let you know if a scholarship can be deferred, if a scholarship can begin in the summer, if it can be combined with another scholarship, etc.


2019 Winners List 

2020 Public Relations Flyer

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CTE Programs in Utah Colleges and Universities
Please check to see if the CTE program you want to enter is offered at the institution you want to attend.

  1. Visit HigherEdUtah.org
  2. Click on USHE Majors Guide
  3. Click on Public Colleges and Universities
  4. Review public institution directions, definition and program listings.

Industry Standards Rating Tool

“Your role in providing input and support in aligning industry-recognized standards to provide meaningful educational, job and career pathways represents a very valuable contribution.” — Thalea Longhurst, State Director, Career and Technical Education


How can you make a difference in education? Get yourself set up as a standards rater. Industry leaders and educators need to work together now more than ever. There are millions of jobs that need to be filled, and students need the knowledge and skills in order to fill the positions and get started on a successful career.

This project connects industry leaders and educators and provides a way for industry to rate the importance of the knowledge and skills contained in courses offered for a particular industry and skill level.  When industry and government align to develop the workforce, the community benefits. It’s a win-win to place high school students on the fast-track to careers while lowering unemployment and strengthening the economy.

Industry Recognized Standards across Career Clusters

21st Century Skills

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Architecture and Construction

Arts, Audio/Visual Technology and Communication

Business Management and Administration

Education and Training


Government and Public Administration

Health Science

Hospitality and Tourism

Human Services

Information Technology

Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security



Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

Get Started

As an industry partner, start making a difference today.  Become a standards rater.  Ratings help shape the makers of tomorrow and future employees.

Precision Exams Links

5 Ways Your Business Can Help Students Get the Skills They Need to Succeed
View a short video introduction to the standards rating engagement initiative.

Company Information Collection Tool
Get involved. Share more about your organization and the types of employees you will need.

Rating Tool
Take the next steps. Start rating standards.

Utah Computer Science K-12  

Utah Computer Science Education Master Plan | Utah Computer Science Education Master Plan Executive Summary

Utah Computer Science Standards

  • Utah K-5 Computer Science Standards
  • Utah 6-12 Computer Science Standards (Draft)

    On December 5, 2019 the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) approved to begin the 30-Day Public Review period of the Draft 6-12 Computer Science Standards for grades 6-12. During this time, all members of the public are invited to carefully review the standards. Thank you for your contribution to Utah computer science education. 

Utah K-12 Computer Science Planning Grant


House Bill (H.B. 227): Utah Computer Science Grant Act established the Computer Science for Utah Grant Program in 2019 for purposes of implementing the Utah Computer Science Education Master Plan. The grants are for the express purpose of “improving computer science outcomes and course offerings, demonstrated by the creation and implementation of a local agency computer science plan and the effective implementation of approved courses and the provision of effective training opportunities for licensed teachers.” House Bill (H.B. 227): Utah Computer Science Grant Act. Details of the Utah Computer Science Grant Program state that eligible local education agencies can apply for the grant, submit it to the state board of education for review and recommendation to the talent ready board for approval based upon the following criteria:

Local Education Agencies (LEA) shall submit a written 4-year “computer science plan that addresses the recommendations in the Utah CS Master Plan identifies targets for improved computer science offerings, student learning and licensed teacher training; describes a professional development program and other opportunities for high-quality professional learning for licensed teachers or individuals training to become teachers. Includes a detailed budget, communication, and reporting structure for implementing the computer science plan.”

This planning grant is to provide resources to support LEAs in engaging key stakeholders, such as teachers, to begin the process to develop the LEA full computer science plan detailed above.

K-12 Computer Science Planning Grant Application (Google Doc)

LEA Webinar Overview and Technical Guidance

October 30, 2019
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. 
Join WebEx Meeting
This meeting will be recorded and posted in the Frequently Asked Questions for future viewing.

Frequently Asked Questions Document, Legislation, and Code (Google Doc)

Interim Feedback Dates
  • Friday, November 1, 2019 by 5 p.m.
  • Friday, November 8, 2019 by 5 p.m.

LEAs who submit their applications by the following the dates/time will receive feedback from the Utah State Board of Education review team prior to the final due date.  

Application Final Due Date

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by 5 p.m.
Upload completed K-12 Computer Science Grant Application Fiscal Year 2020 document. (Qualtrics)

All Local Education Agencies (LEA) are highly encouraged to submit a draft prior to the final due date.

Contact Us

Joel Marquez, Specialist
Computer Science
Phone: (801) 538-7843 | E-mail

Ashley Higgs, Specialist
K-8 Career and Technical Education
Phone: (801) 538-7594 | E-mail

Kristina Yamada, Specialist
Information Technology
Phone: (801) 538-7849 | E-mail

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