Work-based learning programs expand in Utah

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Gov. Gary R. Herbert visited southern Utah Tuesday to announce the expansion of an innovative work-based learning program that will allow high school students to qualify for jobs in the growing aerospace industry.

The Utah Aerospace Pathways program (UAP), launched last September, will now be available to high school students in the Iron County School District. Through UAP concurrent enrollment, students will be able to train with local industry partners, complete an internship and graduate with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing.

“Innovative public-private partnerships continue to improve our education system,” Gov. Herbert said. “Utah’s aerospace industry is growing, and we are excited to expand opportunities for more students to find good jobs through this program.”

Iron County is home to MSC Aerospace and its subsidiaries as well as Metalcraft Technologies and SyberJet Aircraft. MSC Aerospace has partnered with the Iron County School District and will offer internships through the UAP program.

The average salary for an individual working in the aerospace industry is approximately $68,000 plus benefits. There are more than 100 private sector aerospace firms in Utah, employing approximately 20,000 people.

UAP is currently available in the Granite and Davis School Districts. The Dept. of Workforce Services hopes to expand the program to unemployed and underemployed Utahns within a year.

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