Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership

Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnerships - A Successful Model to Strengthen the Alignment Between Industry Needs and Educational Programs

Strengthening Alignments

The UCAP program is designed to strengthen collaboration between education, industry, and economic development in order to better respond to the needs of regional and statewide-designated clusters.

$2,000,000 in funding has been allocated to UCAP for the program year (April 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014). Grants are generally limited to $200,000 (plus matching funds) with a higher cap approved for consortium or regional partnerships upon approval by the UCAP Governing Board. Funding is distributed on a reimbursement basis, with outcomes being reported on a quarterly basis.

Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership

A collaborative partnership between:

  • The Department of Workforce Services (DWS)
  • The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE), and
  • The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

The UCAP program provides funding to public educational institutions to develop, implement or enhance educational programs that are responsive to regional and statewide industry needs. UCAP also provides funding to state and local economic developers that serve a state designated industry cluster or regional economic need.

Specifically UCAP was created to address the following four opportunities and concerns:

  • Goal 1—Increase Economic Cluster Connectivity and Educational Alignment
  • Goal 2—Respond to Industry Identified Skill Gaps
  • Goal 3—Enhance the Role of the Regional Institutions in Economic Development
  • Goal 4—Promote Regional Stewardship

Governor's Office of Economic Development - Economic Clusters

Governor's Prosperity 2020 Initiative

Utah System of Higher Education

UCAP News



Request for Grant Announcements