DWS Press Release
June 26, 2018

Utah funds more than $1.8 million in grants for workforce development
Talent Ready Utah grants bring industry, education and government
together to support Utah industries and workers

SALT LAKE CITY (June 26, 2018) — 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."

Talent Ready Utah supports the governor's strategy for a qualified workforce in creating a public and post-secondary education system that is more responsive to industry needs. Key initiatives focus on increasing the number of employers who invest in providing high-quality, work-based learning opportunities and by developing a pipeline of talent. Talent Ready Utah grants support the development of these partnerships between industry and education.

Talent Ready Utah grants are administered through the Department of Workforce Services with state funds. The 2018 Talent Ready Utah grant recipients are:






Bridgerland Technical College


Develop advance work-based learning and hands-on labs for controls engineering and automation manufacturing to train students in remote locations as well as onsite at industry partner locations to upskill incumbent workers

Utah State University, Box Elder, Cache Logan City, Rich School Districts

Dixie State University


Develop and expand pipeline of students and talent to feed the emerging biotechnology sector in southwestern Utah

Southern Utah University, Washington County School District

Mountainland Technical College


Develop marketing campaign to raise awareness of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, education & career pathways leading to increase enrollment leading to high-growth, high-wage jobs

All eight campuses of the Utah System of Technical Colleges, Utah State Board of Education, Utah State University, Snow College, Salt Lake Community College

Mountainland Technical College


Develop AAS degree to meet new industry requirements and increase capacity by adding simulation lab and anatomical table for additional operatory space

Utah Valley University, Alpine, Provo, Nebo, South Summit, Wasatch School Districts

Ogden-Weber Technical College


Develop youth apprenticeship program model beginning with Industrial automation maintenance to replicate across all of their high-wage, high-demand programs

Weber State University, Ogden, Weber School Districts

Uintah Basin Technical College


Create Healthcare Simulation Education Center at Roosevelt campus to increase capacity to respond to projected increase in demand for allied health workers in rural Utah

University of Utah


Replicate and expand the successful Utah Neurodiversity Workforce Program education to employment pathway for neurodiverse STEM students in Northern, Central and So. Utah

Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Dixie State University

Utah Technology Council


Establish Utah's first comprehensive apprenticeship program in the tech Industry to include pre-apprenticeship, junior apprenticeship and full apprenticeship opportunities

Salt Lake Community College, Utah Valley University, Canyons, Alpine, Nebo School Districts

Utah Valley University


Expand Diesel Tech Pathways program in the Mountainland Region and Tooele

Mountainland Technical College, Tooele Technical College, Alpine School District

Weber State University


Enhance career pathway with stackable credentials and internships for high-wage, high-demand jobs in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Industry

Ogden-Weber Technical College, Davis Technical College, Ogden, Weber School Districts

Whitehorse High School


Develop new Virtual Reality, Computer Programming and Entrepreneurship Academy to include afterschool program time, workshops and apprenticeships.

About Talent Ready Utah:

Talent Ready Utah was created in direct response to industry's need of a skilled workforce to fill high-skill, high-wage jobs. Talent Ready Utah develops industry and education partnerships to build Utah's workforce to meet this need. Talent Ready Utah is a collaborative partnership between the Governor's Office, Governor's Office of Economic Development, Department of Workforce Services, Utah State Board of Education, Utah System of Higher Education, Utah System of Technical Colleges, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, Dell EMC and Women Tech Council.

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