A man from the small town of Liberty, Weber County, planned to become a diesel mechanic but then decided to turn his talents to the educational field.
That decision has ultimately led Charles M. Holmes to the superintendent post at the state's Sevier Valley Technological Center in Richfield.He vacates a stint of more than six years as superintendent of the Beaver School District and said he sees applied technology education as "the link between public education and job entry skills."
The new appointment will be effective Nov. 1.
Holmes concludes that "the coordination between the Center and other entities are critical to the Center's success. It provides the opportunity for adults and students, even before they leave high school, to obtain the needed job skills and employability."
He was selected to his new position by the Utah Board of Education and the Technology Center's local board.
"The appointment of Superintendent Holmes as chief executive officer of the SVATC is very positive for the six-county region served by the center," said Robert O. Bremes, associate superintendent of the applied technology education services for the Utah State Office of Education. "We look to Carl's leadership to move the SVATC to provide an even greater role in the occupational preparation of the high school and adult population of the region."
The new superintended graduated in diesel technology at then Weber Junior College after high school at Weber High. "My first intent was to be a diesel mechanic," he said.
But he changed his mind and continued school, getting a bachelor's degree in industrial arts education, a master's degree in industrial technical education and ultimately an administrative certificate, all from Utah State University.
Holmes began teaching industrial arts and vocational education and then taught drafting and architectural drawing at Weber State. Teaching then took him to South Junior High School in Salt Lake City until he was appointed assistant vocational director in the Weber School District.
After a short period of ranching in Oregon, he returned to teaching vocational agriculture and industrial arts. He entered the administration field as an assistant principal in Baker, Ore., and then became superintendent in Union, Ore.