Utah Education Network (UEN) Launches Television Programming for High Schoolers and College Students Seeking Jobs and Opportunities
“UtahFutures Hour” Airs Weekday Evenings at 6:00 pm MT beginning June 5th on UEN-TV SALT LAKE CITY
(June 5, 2017) – Today, the Utah Education Network (UEN) announces the launch of “UtahFutures Hour,” an hour of television programming every weeknight throughout the summer. This programming is designed to assist youth and adults with career exploration and preparation. UtahFutures Hour is an initiative of UtahFutures.org, which supports youth and adults with career and education planning tools, test preparation, and helpful links to promising job opportunities. Airing on Channel 9.1 throughout Utah, UtahFutures Hour is carried on local cable and satellite services. For more detail visit: http://utahfuturesonramp.org/utahfutureshour.shtml.
“With the fastest population growth rate in the country, Utah’s need for informed college and career exploration has increased significantly,” said Max Gonzales, Project Coordinator at UEN. “UtahFutures.org and supporting educational television programming like UtahFutures Hour are designed to help prepare Utahns for education and career opportunities.”
Debuting Monday June 5th at 6:00 p.m. MST, the first half of UtahFutures Hour takes viewers on inspirational career road trips with Roadtrip Nation, which follows a group of three young adults in each episode as they travel across the United States in search of meaningful vocations. Embarking on journeys of self-discovery and career exploration, the young “roadies” travel in a bright green RV and interview fascinating leaders from all walks of life along the way—from animators to lawyers, chimpanzee veterinarians to guitar makers, monks to engineers. Fields such as science, technology, engineering, math, design, arts, and cybersecurity are explored.
From 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. MST, Workplace Essential Skills offers practical advice for those seeking employment or navigating a new position. By exploring scenarios from four different workplaces including construction, manufacturing, health care, and the retail/service industry, the program helps the unemployed and underemployed build skills and opportunities. The program also identifies job search strategies, shares tactics for the first year on the job, and offers opportunities to improve reading, writing, math, problem solving, and communication skills in the workplace. Workplace Essential Skills is produced by public media partner KET/The Kentucky Education Network.
Additionally, short clips of Utahns--from prominent politicians to everyday citizens-- will air during UtahFutures Hour to encourage viewers to explore UtahFutures.org. Continuing throughout the fall, the video campaign guests include: Tami Pyfer, Education Advisor to Governor Gary Herbert; Rep. Angela Romero, Utah State Legislature; Lindsay Storrs, Meteorologist, KUTV; Sandi Pershing, First Lady, University of Utah; Jeff Van Hulten, Lawyer, Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development; Trevor Myrick, Data Analyst, InMoment; Lauren Wilson, Miss Utah; Rep. Robert Spendlove, Utah State Legislature; Rep. Justin Fawson, Utah State Legislature; Michelle Dumas, Web Designer, Utah Education Network; Jose Enriquez, Director, Latinos in Action; Erin Faraclas, Physical Therapist, Utah Valley Hospital; Mark Middlebrook, Director of Marketing/Public Relations, Mountainland Applied Technology College; Madison Potts, Certified Medical Assistant, Utah College of Applied Technology; Angelina Kump, School and Community Outreach Instructor, Utah’s Hogle Zoo; Erica Hansen, Social Media Director, Utah’s Hogle Zoo; Erika Crook, Associate Veterinarian, Utah’s Hogle Zoo; and other career professionals throughout Utah.
The UtahFutures Hour kickoff will also be shown on campus televisions across the eight Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT) locations throughout the state in Logan, Ogden, Kaysville, Tooele, Lehi, Roosevelt, Cedar City, and St. George.
UtahFutures.org helps students to make education and career plans online, together with their parents and school career counselors, and manage Student Education and Occupation Plans in public schools. UtahFutures.org is also designed to support students beyond secondary education and extend resources to adults seeking adult education, higher education, and career opportunities. UtahFutures is governed by a Steering Committee of Founding Partners and supported by an Advisory Board represented by various departments of the State of Utah.
The Utah Education Network
UEN-TV (KUEN) is operated by the Utah Education Network to educate, engage, and enrich the lives of Utah residents through public media broadcast programs and services. The Utah Education Network (UEN) is part of the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN), a nationally recognized innovator in broadband and broadcast delivery of educational and telehealth resources to students and educators, patients and clinicians statewide. UETN provides network, application and support services to more than 1,500 schools, colleges and libraries. It also serves more than 70 hospitals, clinics and health departments in urban, suburban and rural areas of the state.
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