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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.

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 post-secondary educational institutions to develop, implement, or enhance educational programs that are responsive to regional and statewide industry needs or industry trade associations located in Utah that serve a state designated industry cluster or regional economic need. UCAP also provides funding to public school districts, individual schools, or charter schools to develop, implement or enhance career pathway programs and connecting them to post-secondary institutions.

The program is also intended to increase the number of individuals who earn industry-recognized credentials, develop ca¬reer pathways with multiple entry and exit points for students along the post-secondary education continuum and create systemic change by establishing processes and programs that better connect education, the workforce and employers.

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 of grantees' Contributions to Workforce Development

UCAP Projects Highlights & Outcomes

Governor's Office of Economic Development - Economic Clusters

Governor's Prosperity 2020 Initiative

Utah System of Higher Education


Request for Grant Announcements