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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.

Students Win International Woodworking Awards

Three Corner Canyon student guitar-makers this summer won international awards and cash prizes at the Freshwood Student Competition at the Association of Woodworking and Furnishing Suppliers (AWFS) convention. The winners are:

-          Sadie Chidester, first place and $1,000, “Featherprint”

-          Jacob Rubisch, second place and $500, “Mahogany Gem”

-          Porter Thorkelson, honorable mention and $250, “Sun Burst.” 

Chidester, Rubisch and Thorkelson are among six students from Corner Canyon, and 19 high school students nationwide, who were selected to compete at Freshwood. The competition was held at the Las Vegas convention in July 2015. The international competition includes high school and college students from the United States and Canada. 

Sadie Chidester - Featherprint
Jacob Rubisch - Mohagany Gem
Porter Thorkelson - Sun Burst
  • Sadie Chidester - Featherprint
  • Jacob Rubisch - Mohagany Gem
  • Porter Thorkelson - Sun Burst