Today the Department of Workforce Services announced $1.8 million in grants to better meet the state’s skilled workforce needs. Talent Ready Utah grants are designed to strengthen collaboration between industry, education and economic development leaders to create talent pipelines for high-demand, high-wage occupations.
“Solving Utah’s workforce needs will take creativity and collaboration,” said Jon Pierpont, executive director of the Department of Workforce Services. “The grant winners we are announcing today have demonstrated true collaboration between industry and education to solve a workforce need. We are looking forward to seeing their success grow over the next year.” More...
Utah is home to nearly 65,000 refugees, most of whom live in the Salt Lake Valley. Many refugees face great challenges after resettlement in the United States as they begin building their new lives in America. The Utah Refugee Services Office partners with Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office to help connect refugees with volunteer mentors who can help refugees better integrate into their new communities.
Having a friend to help navigate a new area helps a person feel more comfortable and confident, which is why volunteers are crucial in the refugee resettlement process. Volunteers can help refugees learn how to use public transit, navigate the city and integrate into the community.
The Know Your Neighbor Program provides volunteers with three different options for service: