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.
2017-2018 At-A Glance Flyer
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CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards are for outstanding Career and Technical Education (CTE) students. The awards cover up to one year of tuition. Eligible applicants have a 1:2 odds of receiving an award. Would you spend four to five hours compiling a portfolio to receive well over $1,500? That's the reality of students applying for the over 100 CTE scholarships and tuition awards.
CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards are open to any graduating senior student who plans to get CTE training after high school in one of the following career clusters:
Candidates must be:
Immediate employment after completing training program is a requirement for all potential award recipients. Employment goal must be clearly stated in the student's narrative addressing the following:
Each nominee must complete the online application form with exactness. The application must include all the requested information, including all attachments, and be submitted electronically to the Utah State Board of Education no later than Friday, February 1, 2019 at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.
Please check to see if the CTE program you want to enter is offered at the institution you want to attend.
Thursday, November 1, 2018
CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards Application Goes Live
Friday, February 1, 2019
CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards Application Due to USBE (Online Process)
Friday, March 1, 2019
CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards Recipients/Winners Notified by E-mail
Note: If you do not receive an award notice by Monday, April 22, 2019, you are not a recipient of a scholarship.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards Recipient Banquet
Salt Lake Community College, Redwood Campus, Student Center Oak Room, Salt Lake City, Utah
“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.
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As an industry partner, start making a difference today. Become a standards rater. Ratings help shape the makers of tomorrow and future employees.
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Computer Science K-12 Framework
Progression Chart of K-12 Computer Science Standards
The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) recently formed a Computer Science Task Force to establish a vision for computer science in the Utah Public Education System. The Task Force identified a strategic plan, including six recommendations, to successfully implement computer science education within the K-12 education system. In June 2018, the strategic priorities (six steps) established by the Task Force to accomplish this vision were presented to the Utah State Board of Education and were subsequently approved. The priorities are:
The first strategic priority has been developed and approved by the Utah State Board of Education. Implementation of the framework is the next step within this strategic plan.
Considering the increasing demand for computational thinking skills, an ever-growing need for digital literacy competency in tech-heavy careers, and the environment we find ourselves in, the Utah State Board of Education has approved the Utah Computer Science K-12 Framework (UCSK12F). This is the first step in the strategic plan to address this need and engage students at all levels. Every Utah learner deserves the opportunity to take courses that highlight computer science concepts and skills, within their level of comprehension, thus acquiring competent skills throughout the process.
The Computer Science K-12 Framework represents a vision in which all students engage in the concepts and practices of computer science. Beginning in the earliest grades and continuing through 12th grade, students will develop a foundation of computer science knowledge and learn new approaches to problem solving that harness the power of computational thinking to become both users and creators of computing technology. By applying computer science as a tool for learning and expression in a variety of disciplines and interests, students will actively participate in a world that is increasingly influenced by technology.
The Computer Science K-12 Framework envisions a future in which students:
Broaden Participation in Computer Science
The framework is designed for all students, regardless of their age, race, gender, disability, or socioeconomic status. The structure and content of the framework reflect the need for diversity in computing and attention to issues of equity, including accessibility.
Focus on the Essential
The framework describes a foundational literacy in computer science, rather than an exhaustive list of all computer science topics that can be learned within a K-12 pathway. Additionally, the framework uses jargon-free, plain language that is accessible to instructors and the public.
Do Not Reinvent the Wheel
The framework is based on a history of professional research and practice in computer science education, that includes work from the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), AP CS Principles curriculum framework, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for curriculum guidelines for undergraduate computer science programs, including frameworks from other countries and the adaptation of other states.
Inform with Current Research and Guide Future Research
The framework reflects current research in computer science education, including learning progressions, trajectories, and computational thinking. Remaining questions have guided a research agenda that will inform future revisions to the national Computer Science K-12 Framework. Utah will evaluate the research and analyze if there is need for modification.
Align to Nationally Recognized Frameworks
Because the Computer Science K-12 Framework will exist alongside those from other subjects, it is intentionally structured in a similar way as other frameworks, such as the Framework for K-12 Science Education. The use of a lens of concepts and practices to view and describe K-12 Computer Science provides greater coherence across subject areas.
If a local education agency (LEA) or individual school is already in the process of implementing computer science access for all students, or has just begun, the UCSK12F provides a coherent vision for inspiring further efforts. Local policy and implementation must go hand in hand to provide high-quality computer science opportunities for all students.
The purpose of the framework is to support districts/schools and charter schools in evaluating, refining, and monitoring the essential systems, structures, and practices necessary to achieve greater outcomes beginning in our elementary schools with competencies in keyboarding, appropriate and responsible use of technology, and basic coding principles. Implementation can happen very organically at a local level. Educator training and workshops are currently being held throughout the state. If you have questions regarding UCSK12F, feel free to communicate with us.