The COVID-19 pandemic devastated our local and national economies.
Access to higher education was identified as a vital part of restarting the economy and preparing individuals to reengage in the workforce.
Utah's colleges were poised to provide rapid training of the in-demand skills needed to restore our economic trajectory through the Learn & Work in Utah program.
The Utah Legislature worked to support short-term, industry-focused training by providing almost $15 million of state funding designed to eliminate the cost of student attendance in key programs across the state
The higher education system responded by implementing over 150 different programs aligned with regional needs.
- Health Care;
- IT, Web design and support;
- Small business support, and more.
The Learn & Work In Utah program enrolled over 5,600 students (tuition-free) across Utah in meaningful short-term training designed to help them stay in their job, improve their job or find their DREAM JOB!
So far 1,211 students have completed their programs with more than 315 Utahns reporting they have found work as a result, with many more to come.
Though the program itself has wrapped up for now, the Utah State Legislature is in session right now, and they're hopeful a second round of this funding will be approved to offer these programs again, tuition free.
For more information visit inutah.org/learn-work.