Welcome to Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Mission

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.

Overview

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 Comment

Perkins V Utah State Determined Performance Levels (SDPL) Revised

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 performance targets and definitions. Your input will help drive the implementation of CTE opportunities for students in Utah.

Resources

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

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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 Summer Conference

Each year, Utah Career and Technical Education (CTE) educators from across the state will participate in the Annual CTE Summer Conference. The CTE staff, at the Utah State Board of Education (USBE), has worked diligently to deliver high quality professional development for CTE programs. Conferences will be held in various locations across the state. This is the premier opportunity for Utah CTE educators to hear about the latest industry and education trends. Educators will receive hands-on training, important teaching techniques and CTE initiatives that support high quality instruction.

Summer 2020

Aaron Bodell

Phone: (801) 538-7855 | E-mail

Automotive
June 16-19 (Cancelled)

Photography/Digital Media/Video and Audio (Broadcasting)
June 8-9 (Cancelled)

Commercial Art
Date and Location to Be Announced (Cancelled)

Construction Trades
June 11-12 (Cancelled)

Graphic Communications
June 4-5 (Cancelled)

Ashley Higgs

Phone: (801) 538-7594 | E-mail

College and Career Awareness New Teacher Training
July 28-29
via WebEx

Education and Training
K-12 Teaching as a Profession
June 8 (Cancelled)

Brandon Jacobson

Phone: (801) 538-7946 | E-mail

General Financial Literacy Summit
June 18-19 (Cancelled)

Work-Based Learning
April 24 (Cancelled)

Breckon Heywood

Phone: (801) 538-7572 | E-mail

Business, Finance, and Marketing
June 8-10 (Cancelled)

Buddy Deimler

Phone: (801) 538-7856 | E-mail

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
California Agricultural Tour
June 15-19 (Cancelled)

Welding and Machine Tool
June 10-11 (Cancelled)

Doug Livingston

Phone: (801) 538-7598 | E-mail

CAD Architectural Drafting
June 15-16 (Cancelled)

Engineering Principles 1 Online Workshop
June 15-19
Massively Integrated Data Analytics System (MIDAS) Course Registration: #31997-3
Participants must make their own arrangements for using shop space and equipment.

Engineering Principles 2 Online Workshop
June 22-26
MIDAS Course Registration: #32002-3
Participants must make their own arrangements for using shop space and equipment.

Doug Livingston (Continued)

Robotics 1 Workshop 
July 6-10
Location to Be Announced
No charge, lunch not provided.
MIDAS Course Registration: #41921-3 

Robotics 2 Workshop 
July 13-17
Location to Be Announced
No charge, lunch not provided.
MIDAS Course Registration: #41922-3 

Technology and Engineering
June 11-12 (Cancelled)

Utah Skilled and Technical Science Educators (USTSE) Woods Workshop 
June 11-12 (Cancelled)

Woods Conference
June 10 (Cancelled)

Joel Marquez

Phone: (801) 538-7843 | E-mail

Computer Science and Information Technology
June 10-12 (Cancelled)

Kim Herrera

Phone: (801) 538-7647 | E-mail

Safe and Healthy Schools 
November 17-18
Megaplex Theatres at Jordan Commons, 9335 South State Street, Sandy, Utah 84070
Lunch not provided.

Student Support Services College and Career Readiness Certificate Program
Offered Online Fall and Spring Semesters

Kristina Yamada

Phone: (801) 538-7849 | E-mail

Computer Science and Information Technology
June 10-12 (Cancelled)

Photography/Digital Media/Video and Audio (Broadcasting)
June 8-9 (Cancelled)

Lola Shipp

Phone: (801) 538-7890 | E-mail

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Pathways
Food Science, Dietetics and Nutrition, Interior Design, Fashion Apparel and Textiles, Pre-K: Early Childhood Education, Culinary Arts, Community, Family and Social Services 
June 17-18 (Cancelled)

Maren Hansen

Phone: (801) 538-7535 | E-mail

Health Science
June 9-10 (Cancelled)

Personal Care Services
Cosmetology, Barbering, Esthetician, Nail Technician
June 8-9 (Cancelled)

Protective Services
No Conference 2020

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

Overview

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

Finance

Government and Public Administration

Health Science

Hospitality and Tourism

Human Services

Information Technology

Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security

Manufacturing

Marketing

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 were invited to carefully review the standards. The standards are pending USBE approval.

Utah K-12 Computer Science Grant

Overview

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.”

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

Computer Science "Access for All"

Each student in a Utah secondary public school will have access to robust and varied computer science courses by 2022. All students will enter secondary schools with exposure to computational thinking and competencies in digital literacy. This begins in our elementary schools with competencies in keyboarding, appropriate and responsible use of technology, and basic coding principles.

Many students will self-select a pathway of study when they reach high school and may not be in computer science. The state K-5 and 6-12 Computer Science Standards are written to include core computer science skills of critical thinking, problem solving, computational thinking, and mathematical reasoning in all subjects. “Access for All” is a means of approaching K-12 integration of computer science core skills to build a long-term sustainable program.

Interim Feedback Dates

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.  Please note that we will only evaluate and give feedback on fully completed sections of your document.

  • Early Action K-12 Computer Science Plans
    Friday, May 1, 2020 by 5 p.m.
  • Traditional K-12 Computer Science Plans
    Monday, June 15, 2020 by 5 p.m.
Application Final Due Date
  • Early Action K-12 Computer Science Application
    Friday, May 15, 2020 by 5 p.m.
  • Traditional K-12 Computer Science Application
    Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by 5 p.m.

Upload completed K-12 Computer Science Grant Application Fiscal Year 2021 document. (Qualtrics)

Frequently Asked Questions 

Review updated K-12 Computer Science Grant structure, information and frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions (Google Doc)

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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