What is Career and Technical Education?
Career and Technical Education (CTE) is the name for what was formerly known as Vocational or Applied Technology Education. "CTE provides students with technical training to prepare for a successful career. The structured training each student receives gives him or her the tools needed to be successful in a career after high school and/or further his or her post-secondary education, whether technical school, two-year college, or four-year college. Each student is encouraged to explore various CTE Areas of Study and to develop the essential skills to feel competent in entering today’s competitive job market." - USBE website
CTE is more than just an option for students not planning on attending college. According to the the Utah State Board of Education, it is "essential for all students, providing them with a foundation of academic knowledge and essential technical skills. CTE courses and programs introduce students to career options and assist them in making informed educational choices." - USBE website
Programs and Pathways
Grand County High School (GCHS) offers programs in Agricultural Education, Business and Marketing Education, Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS), Technology and Engineering, Health Sciences, Commercial Art and Graphics, Video Production, Commercial Photography, Automotive Service Technician, Woodworking and Information Technology.
We are currently adopting the national Career Cluster framework and adapting our programs and Pathways to reflect this perspective.
Students are required to earn 1.5 credits of CTE to graduate.
Each year at the Senior Awards we recognize graduating seniors who earn a Pathway (3 credits in foundation and advanced CTE courses in one Pathway, approximately 6 classes). Our students have also been awarded CTE scholarships to post-secondary technical education programs in the state the last five years.
Our students also participate in Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) including FFA, FCCLA, FBLA and SkillsUSA. In 2019 DECA was added.
There have been several CTSO top finishers and state representatives from GCHS. In 2018 we had a first and two second place finishers at SkillsUSA (formerly VICA). Grace Osusky (2018 co-valedictorian) took gold in extemporaneous speaking, Ryan Reed took silver in related technical math, and Fernando Harrison took silver in action skills. Fernando also placed in 2019. Sadie Farnsworth placed second in Interior Design at the 2019 FCCLA competition.
Kortney Backus represented GCHS as a state officer in the FFA organization. She served as state FFA President in 2017-18.
In 2018-19, a Bicycle Technician program was added to our offerings. With a grant from the Utah State Board of Education, GCHS partnered with Project Bike Tech and Poison Spider Bicycles to offer the curriculum, equipment, and expertise to provide students with an industry supported educational experience.
Also new in 2018-19 are an expanded health science curriculum including opportunities for students to earn certification in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).
CTE Concurrent Enrollment Options
In the last few years, GCHS has worked closely with USU Moab to provide our students with concurrent enrollment courses for our CTE students so that they can earn both college and high school credit while taking CTE courses delivered locally.
Building Construction is offered by USU Eastern (formerly CEU) at no cost to students. They can pay a concurrent enrollment fee and earn college credit if they choose.
Together, we have applied for and received grant funding for new and existing programs allowing students to earn "stackable credentials," earning credit in high school toward CTE certificate, associate, bachelor degree programs and beyond.
If you have any questions about programs or Pathways we offer at GCHS, please don't hesitate to call or stop by the Technical Science and Art Center located next to the high school.
Director, Career and Technical Education
Grand County School District