CTE Scavenger Hunt encourages high school students to explore class and career options


A student is awarded a basketball signed by the Jazz team    A student is awarded a gift certificate after participating in a CTE Scavenger Hunt
Students receive prizes for participating in the CTE Scavenger Hunt


February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month! To celebrate, the district's CTE team invited high school students to participate in a week-long scavenger hunt to explore class and career options. Students competed in six easy, fun challenges related to college and career pathways, including locating upcoming meeting schedules for the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) within their respective schools, pinpointing their career aspirations, and outlining the qualifications needed for their desired professions.


For example, to complete one of the challenges, students had to share what they learned about CTE internships. A freshman from Green Canyon High School wrote, “Internships allow students to be more independent and have more of a chance for a full, successful future. Being a CTE student also improves your academic performance. These skills can help me prepare early for college and career options I can enjoy. Taking these classes also can allow me to try new things early to see what I enjoy doing.”


With every challenge completed, students were entered into a drawing to win prizes. These prizes, which were generously donated by local businesses and companies, included a signed basketball from the Utah Jazz, a Discover Cache Valley Flight pass, a Cherry Peak Ski Pass, a makeup session with professional makeup artists, Aggie Ice Cream gift cards, and many more. 


“My favorite part of the scavenger hunt was reading the responses that came in,” CTE Specialist Heather Mickelson expressed. “We have amazing students! Our future is in great hands.”


During this week-long scavenger hunt, 904 students submitted their responses for the competition. Between 200 and 270 students participated at each of the four high schools, with the slim majority of students being Juniors. The CTE team awarded 130 prizes to the participating students. Teachers also had the opportunity to participate in the competition in the hopes of receiving prizes.


“I was excited to see the amount of student participation,” CTE director John Anderson said. “It was confirmed that the activity was beneficial when students said they learned things from the experience.”


CTE classes provide students with opportunities to succeed in the 21st-century workplace. To keep pace with the rapidly changing business and economic environment, these classes offer areas of study to help match education and workplace needs. They allow students to gain in-depth knowledge and develop skills aligned with specific post-secondary programs leading to degrees or certificates. CTE was designed to assist our high school students in preparation to transition to post-secondary education, obtain career and technical education skills, and have a solid academic education. 


“CTE programs guide students into college careers based on their aptitudes and interests,” Anderson explained. “CTE truly opens opportunities for students to be prepared for success in a changing world.”