The Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership announced
$3.5 million in grants for Utah educators and industries to educate and prepare
students for high-demand jobs. The announcement came at an event held today at Natural History Museum of Utah.
Utah Department of Workforce Services Executive Director Jon Pierpont
highlighted the importance of aligning educational opportunities with economic
“In Utah, we enjoy a healthy economy and a
strong public education system, but it takes a collaborative effort to ensure
that they line up with each other,” said Pierpont. “These grants help students
prepare for employment and meet the workforce needs of industries in the
Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership, which
administers the grants, is a partnership between the Utah Department of
Workforce Services, Utah System of Higher Education and the Governor’s Office
of Economic Development.
Grants are available for public
post-secondary educational institutions, industry trade associations, public
school districts or individuals schools. Applications are due May 19. To learn more, visit jobs.utah.gov/department/ucap.html.
Grant Successes from 2015
Four programs that received grants last year
were at the event to showcase their successes. Grant recipients included the
Natural History Museum of Utah, Utah Aerospace Pathways, Machine Utah and the
The Natural History Museum of Utah created an
online program called ResearchQuest that allows students to collaborate to
solve real-world research problems, like identifying dinosaur fossils.
Utah Aerospace Pathways created an educational
pipeline to allow students to certify in aerospace manufacturing while still in
high school, through concurrent enrollment.
Utah promotes machinist apprenticeships that lead to good-paying jobs using
high-tech equipment to create parts for aerospace, medical, defense and
The CyberCorps program trains rural Utah high school students
to work as IT support in their own school, providing them both education and
real-world experience for an in-demand field.