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Considering Careers? Consider This!

With support from American Graduate: Getting to Work, UtahFutures is helping raise awareness of the many ways Career and Technical Education can help Utahns prepare for high-wage, in-demand careers that do not require a college degree.

Take a virtual roadtrip with UEN-TV

Discover new routes to success with the travelers in the big green RV! Roadtrip Nation airs throughout the summer on UEN-TV:

  • Hour-long specials follow groups of young adults as they meet with inspiring mentors who have built rewarding careers with CTE training, associate degrees and other credentials. Mondays at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 9 p.m.
  • Thirty-minute episodes take roadtrippers to meet with (and learn from) professionals from a wide range of industries in places like Hawaii and NYC. Tuesdays–Fridays at 6 p.m.

Plan your path to a great summer

Whether you’re about to graduate or just looking forward to summer break, it’s a great time to consider how your interests, needs and opportunities for education and career are aligned. has plenty of tools to help you do just that:

Make a well-informed decision

Deciding between a technical certificate, an Associate’s and a four-year degree? Our friends at PBS Digital Studios have a great breakdown of factors to consider—and they might not be what you think!

Which is better? Trade school or a four-year degree? This video from PBS explores both options.

Discover modern career pathways

Watch and share the recording of “Life After High School”, an online event for students, parents and educators. The event includes a screening of Skill Powered, in which three young adults discover pathways to careers that don’t require a college degree, and a chat with a career education expert about opportunities in Utah.

Life After High School Recording

Apprentices get paid to learn

An apprenticeship is an important step for advancement in many technical careers. To qualify for this paid position, you typically need some training in the trade. Fortunately, high school students have free tuition at Utah Technical Colleges, so they can save money by preparing before graduation. Learn more about apprenticeships and other work-based learning opportunities at

Paul Danenberg’s apprenticeship has connected him with opportunity, mentorship and an income.

Energize learning with CTE

Does high school feel more like a parking lot than a runway? Energize your education with hands-on learning through Career and Technical Education (CTE) through your school or local college. Students who complete 1.5 or more credits in a single program of study are more likely to graduate from high school and there are scholarships available for postsecondary training. Learn more.

CTE helped a future engineer decide on his college major.
Earning a certificate while still in high school helped this Welder win scholarships.
What do you think?

Is it valuable to learn skills you may never use in a future job? Why or why not?


Need more ideas for talking about the future? Get questions like this with the free UtahFutures Conversation Cards app from itunes or Google Play.

Coming Up

All Month
American Graduate: Supercharged Opportunity tells the story of Conchetta, a Utah woman whose path to a rewarding career started with a chance encounter and an apprenticeship. Discover why she loves being an electrician and why she says more women should consider trade careers. Watch here.

November 22
Congratulations to the students to be celebrated at the Southwest Technical College's Student Achievement Dinner! 

December 11
Five After Five offers discounted admission to the Natural History Museum of Utah on Wednesdays. Explore the collections and consider the variety of technical careers that support the construction of museums and the creation their stunning displays. 301 Wakara Way, SLC. 5-8:30 p.m. 

March 4
The Utah Valley Job Fair connect job seekers with career opportunities at more than 100 employers, including some of highest-paying companies. This event is free for participants at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo. 2-5 p.m.

UtahFutures & American Graduate

UtahFutures American Graduate is part of American Graduate, a national project made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Learn more about the UtahFutures American Graduate project.