Workforce development

75% of funding is committed to workforce programs. UMDC various programs conducted courses/programs, reached 2,282 students, included 150 schools, provided 16 courses/workshops, and filled 418 jobs. 

Significant support for programs to introduce Women and Girls to manufacturing. These include:

  • Tech MomsHelp mothers gain the skills, knowledge, and community support to confidently take the next step in their advancement toward a career in tech. To date there have been 2 cohorts with 44 women. ​ Making professional connections is also a strong outcome from this program. One participant made a connection and was offered a job. One month after starting the position her leadership team offered her a $5 an hour raise. This was her response: “What is even happening in my life right now?! I have NEVER once gotten more than a $1 “cost of living” yearly pay bump. (And even some of those I had to ask, and ask, and ask for!) If feels so strange, but so wonderful to have my work seen and appreciate! I never would have found it without my connections here at Tech-Moms. I can’t ever say thank you enough for showing me how much more is available to me and my family in this field.”
  • Welding Camp – Introduces girls to welding. “Spark Your Career” offer san entry point for women into manufacturing technologies. To date 32 girls have attended welding camp. Video
  • Utah 4-H Engineering Everything ProgramTo date, more than 1,200 girls have participated in the Engineering Everything 4H Program​
  • Technical Teacher Training – provides hands-on training to faculty members addressing unconscious bias, micro-messaging and engaged learning techniques to increase the number of females in STEM classes. ​ Number of students influenced as a result of this training: 5214/year
    • Average percentage of underrepresented minorities in a class: 11%
    • Average percentage of females versus males in courses: 16%
    • Students surveyed at the beginning of training: 895
  • Women’s Mentoring and Networking – for adult women who are interested in exploring careers in advanced manufacturing, or for women currently working in technical careers who are interested in up-skilling or re-tooling
  • Career Awareness Course Development – College and Career Awareness (CCA) teachers with a comprehensive Project-Based Learning (PBL) plan focusing on manufacturing​
  • SheTech – This program is the largest industry-led STEM program to activate, engage and inspire high school girls into STEM degrees and successful careers with over 5,000 participants in the last 2 events and over 150 schools involved

In development:

STEM programs included two new courses for Kindergarten to 8th grade to introduce manufacturing through the home-schooling programs offered by UDMC member, My Tech High. More than 200 students are in beta testing for the courses.

America Makes partnered with the Granite School district to scale a number of national assets locally to impact the UDMC. America Makes invited Granite School District to participate as a pilot school for the new NOCTI (National Occupational Competency Testing Institute) Essentials of Additive Manufacturing (AM) credential for high school students created in partnership with America Makes funded through a grant provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The STEM Action Center worked with the Department of Technology Services to create secure ways to loan out devices such as computers and 3D printers to schools and youth programs, ensuring all participants have access to the 3D printing curriculum created with America Makes regardless of current access to devices or an internet connection.

Additionally, in 2021, thanks to UDMC efforts, the state legislature funded the creation of a new joint program between Utah State University and Weber State University to develop an advanced degree in composites, the first in western United States. The program is expected to launch in September 2022.


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