2006 — MotorFest, Career Days Meet Workforce Demands

20th Anniversary of the Utah Department of Workforce Services

2006 — MOTORFEST, CAREER DAYS MEET WORKFORCE DEMANDS

To help educate Utah students and the community about the need for skilled technicians, the MotorFest event was created. MotorFest provided 2,000 students in Salt Lake and Tooele Valley with hands-on exposure to the diverse careers in the automotive and diesel industry.

MotorFest, along with other events such as Construction Career Days, helped match students with workforce industry demands. These events continued through the years, morphing into the current Utah Career Days, which combines energy, manufacturing, construction, automotive and engineering career exploration for students.



2006 AT A GLANCE:

Carmen Bowles and Sheril Chapman at Utah Construction Career Days.


Career Day partners Keri Shoemaker (USU Utah LTAP) and Julie Bagley (Granite School District).


Kim Bartel talking with young students at MotorFest.


Laura Gentry helps run a booth at MotorFest.


MotorFest participants.


Don Salazar of CTI, former State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) member, teaches a participant about construction.




Melissa Finch (Mountainland Regional Director) and Karen Daniels (Provo Employment Center Manager) in 2006.

KEY MILESTONES:
  • Comprehensive Unemployment Benefits System (CUBS) goes live 
  • U.S. Department of Labor presents award to the UI division for overall performance excellence
  • Pinnacle Award presented from USDA Food and Nutrition Services for “Enhancing Administration of the Food Stamp Program through Technology” 
  • Filing UI weekly claims by mail is discontinued 
  • Last paper check for UI benefit payment issued
  • Centralized imaging created for the department
  • Logan Employment Center opened
  • Innovative labor market information released identified skill shortages specific to individual counties
2007 — MEDICAL ELIGIBILITY CONSOLIDATES TO WORKFORCE SERVICES