Good news for education in Utah

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So far, December has been a good month for education in Utah. Gov. Gary R. Herbert proposed $422 million in new money to public and higher education earlier this month, and two reports released this week show improvements in student graduation and enrollment.

High school graduation rates in the U.S. are at an all-time high and Utah’s graduation rate of 83.9 percent is above the national average, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Center for Education Statistics. READ MORE

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Source: edweek.org (as reported by the U.S. Department of Education)

Additionally, postsecondary enrollments in Utah increased by 8.7 percent in 2015, according to a report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released Wednesday. This means more Utahns will have the skills necessary to find better-paying jobs in our diverse workforce. VIEW THE REPORT

Lastly, new funding has been secured to replicate Utah’s innovative Aerospace Pathways program (UAP) into other industries. Work-based learning programs are designed to increase career opportunities for Utahns by aligning their skills and activities with workforce needs.

For example, UAP offers students the opportunity to train and certify in aerospace manufacturing while still in high school, through concurrent enrollment. Students who enroll will graduate from high school with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing and a paid internship opportunity. Upon completion of the UAP program, they will be able to begin work with one of Utah’s aerospace partners.

The UAP program was created by a unique partnership of state government, education leaders and the aerospace industry. It will be expanded in one year to also provide pathways into the industry for underemployed and unemployed Utahns in the workforce.

Education continues to be the governor’s number one budget priority. The governor believes Utah’s continued economic success and prosperity is dependent upon our education system and thanks our dedicated teachers, schools and education leaders for their commitment to Utah children.