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The Utah State Legislature recently approved a Strategic Workforce Initiative (SWI) grant to Southern Utah University to support the growth of the Utah Rotor Pathway Program, a government-industry-education partnership preparing Utah students for high-growth occupations while serving regional industry workforce needs. The grant totals $386,000 per year for three years, for a total of $1,158,000.
The grant monies will provide faculty to teach ground instruction in Utah high schools, fund a helicopter simulator that will be utilized for career and technical education instruction, and offer maintenance instruction in a hybrid online environment. The program also received an initial grant by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert through the Utah Department of Workforce Services.
The Utah Rotor Pathway Program was launched in the fall of 2019 with just two high schools participating. Since that time, 12 more high schools have signed up. Students from nine of Utah’s 29 counties can participate, including Beaver, Iron, Kane, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, Utah, Washington, and Wayne.
“I am grateful to the Utah state legislature for fully funding the SWI grant for the Utah Rotor Pathway Program,” said Cade Clark, VP of government affairs, Helicopter Association International and co-chair of the Rotor Pathway Program. “We have also benefited from the leadership of Gov. Herbert, Lt. Gov. Cox, and their team at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Talent Ready. The people of Utah should be proud that their state is investing today to build the workforce of tomorrow.”