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Granite Technical Institute wows at Career and Technology Education open house

Feb 27, 2017 03:38PM ● By Aspen Perry

Farm to table, current medical anatomy student dissects cow eyeball at CTE open house. (Aspen Perry/City Journal)

By Aspen Perry | [email protected]
On the evening of Feb. 2, students and parents packed the halls of the Granite Technical Institute (GTI), eager to see all the Career and Technology Education (CTE) open house had to offer with educators ready to demonstrate and discuss career path possibilities.
The mission of CTE is, “to help students discover educational purpose, personal potential, and a pathway to their future with courses and training aimed to help ninth- through 12th- grade students academic and career growth.”
The vast amount of career pathway courses through the CTE includes: health science and technology, computer science and robotics, engineering, information technology, biotechnology, culinary arts, aviation, agriculture, cosmetology, and home building to name a few.
During the open house, there were live demonstrations with students able to get hands-on experience. On the fourth floor, students interested in the Medical Anatomy program observed current students dissect a cow’s eyeball.
For students with plants to move on to medical school, courses in the health sciences program would serve as a foundation. As Carma Varas-Dental, faculty member in the health science department, explained, “It would provide a foundation for the classes they have to take… medical anatomy and physiology would help them with the human physiology they’re required to take (in a pre-med program)… it’s a good core to give them a leg up on courses they would be taking.”
Biotechnology first-year students showed off the lab and discussed how biotechnology will help them in their career.
One student described his plan to try out for an internship with a local biotech company, in the hopes of turning that into a career.
In contrast to his peer, the second male student explained how the course helped him weigh the options biotech offers, “I’m looking at careers and pathways in medical, but I enjoy the skills I learn in this class and also the discernment of whether I want to work in a lab.”
College credit programs are available to students of Granite School District, in addition to offering a clear career path, certification, or college credit are given for little cost. Generally, cost includes a one-time $40 enrollment fee to Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), $50-75 for book rental, and a $25 course fee.
Through CTE, obtaining 3 college credits in finance or accounting would cost under $100 with books included in the fees. In contrast to taking the same course and earning the same credit hours at SLCC which would cost $494.50 plus books, in accordance with the SLCC tuition andfee rate of 2016-2017 academic year.
CTE offers programs that can be taken either at GTI campus or junior high and high school campuses throughout the Granite School District. Students at Granger who wish to enroll in the Academy of Finance have three potential location options: Cottonwood High, Skyline High, or GTI.
The GTI campus holds more course options, and many courses offer bus accommodations to and from the GTI campus. During the open house students and parents were impressed with the GTI campus. Complete with four floors, each has labs and classroom space designed to fit the model of what students would find in that career field.
In addition to receiving college credit or certifications based on the subject students decide on, in programs where applicable, paid internships are also available.
For college bound students, CTE strives to assist students in receiving scholarships or financial awards by working with the Utah State Board of Education, in partnership with Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE). According to the CTE scholarship webpage, last year almost one of every two applicants received an award.
For more information on CTE programs and registration visit CTE homepage on