Press Release
July 18, 2019

Utah funds more than $1 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 (July 18, 2019) — Today the Utah Department of Workforce Services announced $1 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.  

“With today’s hot economy, more than ever it is essential for education and industry to work together to solve workforce challenges,” said Jon Pierpont, executive director of the Department of Workforce Services. “This year’s grant winners have demonstrated a spirit of collaboration between industry and education with the overall objective to build Utah’s workforce.” 

Talent Ready Utah supports the state’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. 

Today’s announcement featured Horizonte Instruction and Training Center’s project on creating a pathway to health care professions.  

“Our goal is to provide more opportunities for our students to succeed,” said Joshua Bell, principle at Horizonte Instruction and Training Center. “By creating a pathway program in the health care industry where we know there are high-skilled and high-demand jobs, our students will be on a path to a successful career.”

Talent Ready Utah grants are administered through the Department of Workforce Services with state funds. The 2019 Talent Ready Utah grant recipients are: 





Horizonte Instruction & Training Center


Provide a pathway to healthcare professions by offering Certified Nursing Assistant training and employment while pursuing a high school diploma or GED and bridge access to college enrollment. 

Salt Lake Community College

Itineris Early College High School


Expand the Young Adult Tech Industry Career Readiness Program, a two-year, technology, design and soft-skills job training program to prepare for employment in the tech industry.

Carbon High School, Pinnacle Academy

Morgan School District


Morgan School District (MSD), and Davis Technical College will collaborate to expand Career and Technical Education (CTE), and Davis Tech course offerings to students at Morgan High School

Davis Technical College

Rural Water Association of Utah


Implement an apprenticeship program to train operators for drinking water and wastewater systems across Utah

Southern Utah University


Implement the Utah Aviation Maintenance Technician Pathway (UAMTP) which consists of hands on Aviation Electronics Training, and innovative online training

Tooele Technical College


Purchase a high fidelity OB simulation mannequin (SimMom®) to expand nursing training and provide clinical hours through simulation in Tooele County

Utah State University

Utah State University


Prepare students for careers in Outdoor Products and Recreation Design, Manufacturing and Distribution, and Advanced Materials

Weber State University


Create a more flexible schedule and curriculum with new entry points along the Computer Science career pathway to include open entry, open exit, apprenticeships and degree completion in three years

NUAMES, Davis SD, Ogden SD, Morgan SD, Utah Technology Council

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, and industry partners.