Workforce Wednesday: Utah Funds $3.4 Million in Grants for Workforce Development

The Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership today announced the recipients of more than $3.4 million in grants. Each year the partnership awards grants to strengthen collaboration between education, industry and economic development leaders to better respond to the needs of regional and state-designated industry clusters.

“It is essential for Utah to build workforce development programs that align with the needs of employers,” said Jon Pierpont, executive director of the Department of Workforce Services. “With these funds we can target specific industries and education programs that directly benefit our labor force and economy.”

“The Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership enables us to make important investments in local industries and communities,” said Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “Success requires a ‘big picture’ approach, and sustainable economic growth starts with education.”

“Education preparing students for careers in Utah’s growing industries is essential in order to meet our state’s workforce demands,” said Utah Commissioner of Higher Education David Buhler. “This year’s Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership grantees show the diverse workforce needs of various regions of the state. This program allows us to foster partnerships in key areas to improve the educational and economic outcomes for all Utahns.”

The grants are funded through the Department of Workforce Services. This year, the department also received $1 million from USA Funds to expand and replicate successful career pathway programs.

This year’s grant recipients are located throughout the state, involve multiple education partners in both public education and higher education, and align with several different industries. The 21 grant recipients for 2016 are listed below.




BioUtah ($193K)

Medical Innovations Pathways - developing curriculum and marketing for high school and adult pathways to the medical manufacturing field

Granite School District, SLCC

Davis Applied Technology College ($190K)

Mobile Welding Training Center - develop mobile training lab and create capacity for 120 new training slots

Dixie Applied Technology College ($100K)

Diesel Technology Expansion & Pathway to Employment - expand capacity for high school and adult learners

Washington School District

Granite School District ($193K)

Granite Technical Institute Utah Aerospace Pathways (GTI UAP)


Jordan School District ($100K)

STEM Endorsement/Industry Partnership (STEM-EIP) - 40 teachers to earn STEM endorsements


Nebo School District ($193K)

Systemic IT pathway to develop STEM pipeline - high school STEM ambassadors mentor elementary students; students participate with school helpdesks

Northern Utah Curriculum Consortium ($254K)

Northern Utah Pathway to Employment (NU-Path) - helping underemployed adults become licensed teachers

WSU, Box Elder, Davis, Murray, Ogden, Rich, Weber, Cache, Morgan, North Summit, Park City, and Tooele School Districts

Northern Utah National Tooling & Machining Association ($53K)

Machine Utah - expand number of employers offering internships

Ogden Weber Applied Technology College ($193K)

Northern Utah Aerospace Pathways (NUAP) - expanding number of high schools, teachers and students in program

Ogden School District

Salt Lake Community College ($193K)

Utah Diesel Technician Pathway (UDTP) - marketing program and opening up slots for high school students and adult learners

Jordan School District, Canyons School District

Snow College ($134K)

Strengthening Local Farms and the Rural Economy through Agricultural Mechanics - develop curriculum for high school students

Central Region CTE Pathways (Juab, SD North Sanpete, South Sanpete, Millard, Tintic)

South Sanpete School District ($74K)

Tri District Pathway Initiative

Southern Utah University ($99K)

R2D2Careers! (Robotics to Development to Careers) - train high school teachers and create a career pathway for high school students

Iron School District

Southwest Applied Technology College ($128K)

Coding & Web Development Pathways for Southern Utah

Iron, Beaver, Kane and Garfield School Districts

Thunder Ridge Elementary ($55K)

Seed to STEM Green House

Juab, North Sanpete

Utah Manufacturer's Association ($250K)

Make Utah Manufacturing Your Future - increasing public awareness and training high school students and adult learners


Utah State University – Moab ($145K)

Career and Technical Education

Grand School District

Utah Valley University ($241K)

Career and College Pathway Health Sciences Partnership - develop health care pathway program for high school students and adult learners, as well as training for teachers

MATC, Nebo, Provo and Wasatch School Districts

Weber School District ($200K)

3D Printing and CNC Program Alignment

Weber State University ($177K)

Concept Center Internship Program


Women Tech Council ($300K)

SheTech - Expand SheTech to 2 Franchise locations (WSU, DSU), offering certifications, internships, mentoring

UVU, WSU, DSU, STEM AC, Mountainland Region CTE