DWS Press Release
August 27, 2016

Utah funds $3.4 million in grants for workforce development

SALT LAKE CITY - SALT LAKE CITY (May 11, 2016) - The Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership today announced the recipients of more than $3.4 million in grants. Each year the partnership awards grants to strengthen collaboration between education, industry and economic development leaders to better respond to the needs of regional and state-designated industry clusters.

"It is essential for Utah to build workforce development programs that align with the needs of employers," said Jon Pierpont, executive director of the Department of Workforce Services. "With these funds we can target specific industries and education programs that directly benefit our labor force and economy."

"The Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership enables us to make important investments in local industries and communities," said Val Hale, executive director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. "Success requires a 'big picture' approach, and sustainable economic growth starts with education."

"Education preparing students for careers in Utah's growing industries is essential in order to meet our state's workforce demands," said Utah Commissioner of Higher Education David Buhler. "This year's Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership grantees show the diverse workforce needs of various regions of the state. This program allows us to foster partnerships in key areas to improve the educational and economic outcomes for all Utahns."

The grants are funded through the Department of Workforce Services. This year, the department also received $1 million from USA Funds to expand and replicate successful career pathway programs.

This year's grant recipients are located throughout the state, involve multiple education partners in both public education and higher education, and align with several different industries. The 21 grant recipients for 2016 are listed below.





BioUtah ($193K)

Northern Utah

Medical Innovations Pathways - developing curriculum and marketing for high school and adult pathways to the medical manufacturing field

Granite School District, SLCC

Davis Applied Technology College ($190K)

Northern Utah

Mobile Welding Training Center - develop mobile training lab and create capacity for 120 new training slots


Dixie Applied Technology College ($100K)

Southern Utah

Diesel Technology Expansion & Pathway to Employment - expand capacity for high school and adult learners

Washington School District

Granite School District ($193K)

Northern Utah

Granite Technical Institute Utah Aerospace Pathways (GTI UAP)


Jordan School District ($100K)

Northern Utah

Southern Utah

STEM Endorsement/Industry Partnership (STEM-EIP) - 40 teachers to earn STEM endorsements


Nebo School District ($193K)

Northern Utah

Systemic IT pathway to develop STEM pipeline - high school STEM ambassadors mentor elementary students; students participate with school helpdesks


Northern Utah Curriculum Consortium ($254K)

Northern Utah

Northern Utah Pathway to Employment (NU-Path) - helping underemployed adults become licensed teachers

WSU, Box Elder, Davis, Murray, Ogden, Rich, Weber, Cache, Morgan, North Summit, Park City, and Tooele School Districts

Northern Utah National Tooling & Machining Association ($53K)

Northern Utah

Machine Utah - expand number of employers offering internships


Ogden Weber Applied Technology College ($193K)

Northern Utah

Northern Utah Aerospace Pathways (NUAP) - expanding number of high schools, teachers and students in program

Ogden School District

Salt Lake Community College ($193K)

Northern Utah

Utah Diesel Technician Pathway (UDTP) - marketing program and opening up slots for high school students and adult learners

Jordan School District, Canyons School District

Snow College ($134K)

Central Utah

Strengthening Local Farms and the Rural Economy through Agricultural Mechanics - develop curriculum for high school students

Central Region CTE Pathways (Juab, SD North Sanpete, South Sanpete, Millard, Tintic)

South Sanpete School District ($74K)

Central Utah

Tri District Pathway Initiative


Southern Utah University ($99K)



Southern Utah

R2D2Careers! (Robotics to Development to Careers) - train high school teachers and create a career pathway for high school students

Iron School District

Southwest Applied Technology College ($128K)

Southern Utah

Coding & Web Development Pathways for Southern Utah

Iron, Beaver, Kane and Garfield School Districts

Thunder Ridge Elementary ($55K)

Central Utah

Seed to STEM Green House

Juab, North Sanpete

Utah Manufacturer's Association ($250K)

Northern Utah

Central Utah

Southern Utah

Eastern Utah

Make Utah Manufacturing Your Future - increasing public awareness and training high school students and adult learners


Utah State University – Moab ($145K)

Southern Utah

Career and Technical Education

Grand School District

Utah Valley University ($241K)

Northern Utah

Career and College Pathway Health Sciences Partnership - develop health care pathway program for high school students and adult learners, as well as training for teachers

MATC, Nebo, Provo and Wasatch School Districts

Weber School District ($200K)

Northern Utah

3D Printing and CNC Program Alignment


Weber State University ($177K)

Northern Utah

Concept Center Internship Program


Women Tech Council ($300K)

Northern Utah

Southern Utah

SheTech - Expand SheTech to 2 Franchise locations (WSU, DSU), offering certifications, internships, mentoring

UVU, WSU, DSU, STEM AC, Mountainland Region CTE


About the Utah Cluster Acceleration Program:

The partnership is a collaboration between the Department of Workforce Services, the Utah System of Higher Education and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. The program is designed to strengthen collaboration between education, industry, and economic development by focusing on four objectives:

  1. Increase economic cluster connectivity and educational alignment
  2. Respond to industry identified skill gaps
  3. Enhance the role of the regional institutions in economic development
  4. Promote regional stewardship of grantees’ contributions to workforce development

For more information about the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership, visit https://jobs.utah.gov/department/ucap.html