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    About 100 Canyons District students attended a luncheon to celebrate getting a taste of the professional world during the recent Job Shadow Day.

    Thanks to dozens of willing professionals involved in careers ranging from human resources and architecture to retail and running a city, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 started with students attending work and observing their professional mentors’ normal job routines. Then, the professionals and students networked further by attending a luncheon at Gardner Village hosted by Canyons' Career and Technical Education Department. 

    “Amazing things happen when we partner with those who are in the industry,” said Trish Thomas, District CTE Coordinator, as she watched the crowd mingle.

    The keynote speaker of the luncheon was entrepreneur Jason Bangerter, who shared some of his latest projects with the crowd. Bangerter, who founded Struck, a world-renowned local branding firm, was encouraged by a teacher when he was in high school, Thomas said, and that early beginning helped him to achieve his dreams.

    “Our biggest motivation is to help students make career connections now,” Thomas told the crowd.  Thomas is among the Canyons District staff that planned events and activities to celebrate National Career and Technical Education Month throughout February.

    Many of the students did their best to look the part for the experience — so much so that it was hard to tell who was a student and who was a professional as the two groups chatted with each other over lunch.

    Brighton High sophomore Valeria Heredia said she was delighted that her job shadow experience in a retail setting included trying on clothes to become more knowledgable about the product. “I want to do it again next year,” Heredia said.

    Her mentor for the day, Tasha Hilton, who is the manager of a local Maurices clothing store, beamed as she listened to Heredia describe how fun her experience was. Hilton knows first hand how helpful participating in a job shadow event can be. “When I was in high school, I remember doing a job shadow,” Hilton said. “It made us more career-focused than other students, so to have that option in the community, I think, is really important.”
    Say goodbye to the era when students didn’t choose a career until college. These days, after taking Career and Technical Education classes in high school and middle school, students hit the ground running with credentials and certifications in a field before they even graduate.
     
    From sports medicine and automotive skills to 3-D animation and social media marketing, the possibilities available to students have changed with advances in technology. Students can still learn kitchen skills, like the good old days, but now they’re learning technical aspects about nutrition or taking classes that prepare them to become chefs.
     
    In recognition of the benefits of these kinds of classes, the U.S. Department of Education and the Association for Career and Technical Education have chosen February as National CTE Month to highlight the skills students can learn while in school. Schools throughout Canyons District will host a variety of events and activities during the month.
     
    “The public perception is that vocational education is like when they were in high school,” says Janet Goble, Canyons’ Director of Career and Technical Education. “It has become much more technical.”
     
    Canyons CTE class offerings span a wide field of career opportunities, from digital photography and architectural design to robotics and information technology courses. While many of the classes are offered at each of the District’s five high schools, classes also are available at Canyons Technical Education Center, a magnet program for juniors and seniors. Students at CTEC can earn their Certified Nursing Assistant and Emergency Medical Technician credentials or Adobe and Microsoft computer programming certifications, among other things.
     
    In addition to CTE activities that will be hosted at Canyons’ high schools and middle schools in February, the following events will also take place:
     
    Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014
    Healthcare Career Fair
    About 100 students from Canyons District will join students from five other districts in the county to attend a health fair at Granite Technical Institute to meet health care professionals.
     
    Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
    Student Job Shadow Day
    About 100 students will be paired with a professional to watch him or her in a real-world work setting. Professionals vary from veterinarians to marketers. Applications are now being accepted from students who wish to participate. Students should see their Work-Based Learning Facilitator to apply.
    A spotlight will be cast on Canyons Technical Education Center's stellar programs during a 4 to 8 p.m. open house on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.
     
    Students of all ages and their parents and guardians are invited to the free event at the campus, 825 E. 9085 South. Visitors will be treated to tours throughout the technical center, said CTEC Principal Ken Spurlock.  
     
    “I love showing off the programs and what we have to offer the students,” Spurlock said.  “I really believe in what we do, and it’s wonderful to see our students grow and change.”
     
    Spurlock said the open house has been designed so that parents and students can see the possibilities of becoming trained in high-wage, high-skill fields.
     
    “This is the first step in the door for many of our students who want to attend college,” he said.  “We help put them on that path, and it helps parents to see that our students are becoming ready for that next step.”    
     
    To spark interest and engage prospective students, CTEC faculty and current students have planned demonstrations of the school’s programs. Career and Technical Education coordinators also will be on hand to answer questions.
     
    Spurlock says CTEC, which partners with Salt Lake Community College, Utah Valley University and Utah State University-Eastern to provide college credit to successful students, has changed with the times. Technology is a focus of many programs.
     
    Even in a traditionally blue-collar field as building construction, students become well versed in various computer programs. “Students learn that they need to be computer literate to understand their jobs completely,” he said.

    Questions?  Please call CTEC at 801-826-6600. 
     
    CTEC Programs
    Building Construction
    Business Leadership
    Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
    Computer Systems
    Computer Programming
    Cosmetology/Barbering
    Criminal Justice
    Digital Media/3D Animation
    Emergency Medical Technician
    Fire Science
    Heavy Duty Mechanics/Diesel
    Medical Assistant
    Medical Forensics
    Nursery Horticulture
    Welding Technician
    Gentlemen – and women – start your engineering! Some 200 students from 20 teams throughout the Western United States gathered Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at Hillcrest High for the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff – one of several hundred similar events that took place all over the world that day. The Kickoff was an opportunity for teams from all over the world to come together to share in the excitement of seeing the new game unveiled. Participating Canyons' teams are from Alta, Brighton, Corner Canyon and Hillcrest high schools.

    This year's game is "Arial Assist." Teams have six weeks to create robots that can launch giant balls into goals. Teams earn points by scoring as many balls in goals as possible during a 2½-minute match, by having robots work together to score goals, by throwing and catching balls over a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor as they move the ball down the field. Last year, teams created robots that could launch Frisbees. At the Kickoff, teams received kits containing parts they'll use to begin constructing their robots. The teams will unveil their robots at the regional contest, scheduled for March 13-15 at the Maverik Center.

    Last year, Hillcrest won Rookie of the Year honors and advanced to the world competition.
    Gone are the days of boys-only science, technology, engineering and mathematics classes. Canyons District is going the extra mile to make sure young women are exposed to fields that traditionally have been dominated by men — and encouraging them to take classes that would open doors to those careers.

    One of the events in this effort was the "You Go, Girls — No Limits!" career fair, which featured a keynote address by a professor of management from the Utah Valley University Woodbury School of Management. Dr. Susan Madsen, who also is the director of the Utah Women and Education Project for Utah, spoke about the importance and benefits of education for women.

    A select group of 200 eighth-grade girls from all eight Canyons District middle schools participated in the event, which was held in the fall. Organizers in CSD's Career and Technical Education Department have planned the event for two years and plan to do it again next fall.
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