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Governor's Education Adviser to CSD Students: ‘Don’t Give Up, Be Open to Change'

Governor's Education Adviser to CSD Students: ‘Don’t Give Up, Be Open to Change'
The path Tami Pyfer took to finding her dream job wasn’t exactly how she imagined it would be.

The Governor’s Education Advisor had three life goals when she was in the eighth grade. First, she wanted to be a mother—check. Second, she wanted to be a teacher—check. Third, she wanted to be a famous singer—still working on that one.

“The advice I would give…is don’t give up on your dreams, but be open to change,” Pyfer told an audience of about 100 students and their mentors at Canyons’ Job Shadow Day luncheon on Tuesday. “Sometimes dreams change. Sometimes you don’t even know what your dream is.”

Pyfer, for example, thought achieving her life goals would involve taking one job and working at it for 30 years before she retired. She didn’t plan on joining the city council where she lived, or teaching at a university, or becoming the Governor’s Economic Advisor, but each of those opportunities brought her to where she is now, in a profession she says she loves.

CSD’s Job Shadow Day is an opportunity for students to get a taste of career paths they may love. Mentors from businesses throughout the county, from architecture firms to engineering groups, orthodontists, media organizations, a veterinary hospital and more met their students Tuesday morning to give them an on-site, hands-on glimpse into what it is like to walk a day in their shoes. Students worked with their mentors throughout the morning, then gathered for a lunch at Gardner Village and to listen to Pyfer, the keynote speaker.

Canyons Board of Education President Nancy Tingey, Vice President Steve Wrigley and Board member Clareen Arnold attended the event along with Superintendent Dr. Jim Briscoe, Associate Superintendents Dr. Bob Dowdle and Dr. Kathryn McCarrie and Work-based Learning Facilitators from all of Canyons’ high schools.

Some of the students found potential in their shadowed occupation, while others may have been less enthused. Either way is a win, Briscoe told the group.

“Today’s experience might help you make some decisions that might save you from changing majors later in college,” Briscoe said during his brief remarks. “It’s an amazing experience and it will help you get where you need to go. There are so many opportunities. Look for them.”

One student said completing a job shadow experience last year confirmed for her that it was not the career she was interested in pursuing. But this year, her experience was different. She was excited and thrilled to discover a new avenue in business that could also satisfy her creative side.

“It’s what I’ve been looking for,” said Lauren Wilson, a senior at Corner Canyon. “I found something that suits my needs and wants. I feel really good after this.”

Hunt Electric Scholarships Awarded

Luke GarciaHunt Scholarship pic 2018 got a jolt of good news on Thursday before school: The Jordan High senior is among five students to earn Canyons School District’s inaugural Hunt Electric Merit Scholarships. Reserved for hard-working students who aspire to work in the electrical industry, the full-ride scholarship covers the cost of college tuition, books and fees — while also providing recipients with 8,000 hours of paid, on-the-job training — everything they need to pass the state Journeyman’s licensure exam. The students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and remain gainfully employed by Hunt Electric throughout the duration of the scholarship. But they’ll be paid full-time wages, in addition to having the cost of their postsecondary education covered. “This is a fantastic opportunity, and a great example of how by partnering with industry, we can set students up for success in the workplace while addressing the needs of private industry,” says CSD’s Career and Technical Education Director Janet Goble. Utah faces a skilled labor shortage, and electricians are especially in high demand. “There’s huge demand for skilled workers in this area, and it’s a career track that pays well,” Goble says. The scholarship was brokered by the CTE team and representatives of Salt Lake City-based Hunt Electric, Inc. Following is the full list of recipients:
Luke Garcia, Jordan High
Hayden Stoddard, Brighton High,
Andrew Jones, Corner Canyon High
Isaac Guevara, Corner Canyon High
Jacob Lord, CTEC/Alta

Utah Businesswoman Gail Miller Urges Students to Stay Curious, Embrace the Unknown

Millerside.jpgGail Miller may refer to herself as an “unwitting businesswoman.” She may be unassuming and understated. But don’t underestimate this quiet titan, activist and philanthropist. 

When her husband, Larry H. Miller died from complications of diabetes in 2009, she could have sold the family’s business empire: some 60 car dealerships and a handful of professional sports teams, retail properties, movie theaters, and more. “I certainly didn’t need the headache of running a business that large, and I didn’t need the money,” she recalls. But she felt responsible for perpetuating the family legacy, its founding principles and its philanthropic efforts.

“I am a businesswoman, not because I chose to be one, but because I decided to continue on the path that Larry and I started 39 years ago,” she said Wednesday speaking to a roomful of teen participants in Canyons District’s 8th annual Job Shadow Day. “For as long as I’m able or have anything to say about the Larry H. Miller Group of companies, I will continue to promote the values upon which it was built and continue our commitment to make the communities where we do business better places to live, to work and to play.”
Every year in February, a cohort of CSD students get a chance to spend half-a-day shadowing professionals in fields, such as, marketing, architecture, public works, medicine, or finance —and then network with their sponsors over lunch. This year about 100 students and 40 companies took part in the event, which marks the beginning of Career and Technical Education Month.

CSD Administrator Joins ‘Dirty Jobs’ Host in Testifying Before Congress

Janet Goble, Director of Career and Technical Education (CTE) for Canyons School District, joined “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe in asking Congress to strengthen public education programs that give students hands-on work experience. 

They were among four experts invited to testify Tuesday, Feb. 28 before the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education at a hearing that was live-streamed on YouTube.
At the hearing, Mike Rowe, the CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation and TV host of "Dirty Jobs" and "Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” discussed how CTE programC5xungtXEAA6Lzb.jpgs help prepare students for successful careers and meet the economic needs of communities across the country, according to a press announcement.  

Goble highlighted some of the educational programs, business partnerships and work-based learning opportunities that are made possible through the Carl D. Perkins Act. Utah’s Canyons School District offers 35 formal programs of study through which students earned nearly 2,000 industry credentials last year, says Goble, who serves as Administration Division Vice President of the national Association for Career and Technical Education. They range from the traditional cosmetology and construction programs to those designed to meet the workforce needs of the booming, high-tech healthcare industry. 

The Perkins Act also makes it possible for schools to market science and engineering to young girls, and host Job Shadow activities where students test-drive a career of their choice, Goble says. See below for Goble's full written testimony:

Pro Athlete’s Career Advice: Have a Healthy Disrespect for the Impossible

John Madsen has a healthy disrespect for the impossible.

It's how he explains his unlikely path to the National Football League - a career he launched without ever having played a game of high school football - and it's what he instills in the young athletes he mentors today through his John Madsen Performance training program.

"Dream big. Anything is truly possible. It happened for me. It could happen for anybody," he told teen participants of Canyons District's 7th annual Job Shadow Day. "And when you dream big, I want you to be a little unrealistic."

Every year in February, a cohort of CSD students get a chance to spend half-a-day shadowing professionals in marketing, architecture, public works, medicine, or finance - to name just a few of the fields - and then network with their sponsors over lunch. This year, 89 students and 41 companies took part in the event, which marks the beginning of Career and Technical Education Month (CTE).

"By partnering with the business community, CTE programs prepare students for the workforce by exposing them to the technologies and job skills they'll need," said Janet Goble, Canyons District's CTE Director. Job Shadow Day is a natural extension of that, because it allows students to test-drive a profession, make early workforce connections and gain some "real world" experience.