Being Successful in Today’s Global Environment

I recently read an article detailing the challenge businesses are having today attracting and keeping skilled workers. Businesses are finding that it is not enough to find employees that fit their requirements, but are struggling to keep them. One of the solutions being suggested for companies is to build a career map for their employees. . . . → Read More

A Message for CTE Educators

February was Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. All across the country people were celebrating the important contribution that CTE is making to individuals, to communities, to the economy, and to the nation’s labor force as the United States struggles to get its economy moving. . . . → Read More

What Will the Future Look Like?

The Great Recession has had an impact on the lives of American citizens that will be felt for a long time to come. Trillions of dollars of American wealth were lost and the impact on employment had disrupted plans of both the young and the old. . . . → Read More

A Back-to-School Message for CTE Educators

Mary Shumway, State Director of Career and Technical Education

It’s hard to believe but it’s that time of the year again – the beginning of a new school year. As Career and Technical Education (CTE) educators, you no doubt spent part of your summer updating your knowledge and skills to ensure that your classroom experiences are better than ever. Welcome back! . . . → Read More

A Great Time for CTE

During the recent State of the Union Address, President Obama said that we must attract more jobs to our shores, that we needed to equip our citizens with additional skills so they can do those jobs, and we need to insure that hard work actually leads to a decent living. . . . → Read More

Back to the Future?

Gary Wixom, Assistant Commissioner of CTE, Utah System of Higher Education

Could it be September again already? That means back to school for students and teachers. For most it is an exciting time, for some there is anxiety and some uncertainty. However, the beginning of a new school year gives everyone an opportunity to set their sights on new goals and new achievements. . . . → Read More

CTE Directions: Make a Wise Career Choice

Gary Wixom, Assistant Commissioner of CTE, Utah System of Higher Education

We are hearing a lot these days about “career pathways” and the importance of making a “wise choice” when making a decision about which career pathway to follow. Students are being asked to make this choice early in their educational experience. Choosing a career pathway is an important decision and one needs to understand the process of making career choices, but should also realize that choosing a career is not a onetime event. Career management is a life-long skill that develops for most people over many years. . . . → Read More

Communication Skills—A Career and Technical Education Specialty

Gary Wixom, Assistant Commissioner of CTE, Utah System of Higher Education

There are many factors that come together to make a business successful. You need a good product, you need the right market conditions, and you need skilled employees. Often business executives complain that one of the things that their employees lack is good communication skills. What does that mean? Everyone communicates today. Everyone has a cell phone, an iPad, an iPod, or a portable computer of one kind or another. People are texting, emailing, and posting to Facebook all the time. So what is the problem? . . . → Read More

Postsecondary Training More Important than Ever

Gary Wixom, Assistant Commissioner of CTE, Utah System of Higher Education

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. . . . → Read More