A skilled workforce essential to businesses needs to be trained and qualified in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and math.
In Utah, educators are taking the call for a more skilled and qualified workforce seriously. New after school programs focusing on STEM tutoring and career exploration are being introduced to students through the Ogden School District and the YMCA of Northern Utah.
It doesn’t stop with students. People in the workforce are also able to get training. Recently, Instructure, a technology company which specializes in online learning partnered with Salt Lake Community College providing supplemental training for its employees.
Utah school officials are hoping that success for students and sustainability for businesses will be the result of the supplemental instruction. “That is our goal,” said Karen Gunn, associate provost of economic development and business partnerships at Salt lake Community College. “It’s really critical to ensure that if we’re trying to recruit companies to the state, that they know they have a skill-ready workforce at varying levels, regardless of whether it’s a post-secondary certificate of completion, all the way up to the advanced degree level.”