When Governor Herbert announced the Utah Aerospace Pathways program, it was met with industry professional support and student interest. Industry leaders formed an unprecedented partnership with the government and education leaders to address a critical need for skilled workers. The partnership ultimately launched the Utah Aerospace Pathways program, which allows high school students to graduate with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing.
Adding to the development and partnership, Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox, along with Utah aerospace industry partners and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), announced the newly formed Utah chapter of Aerospace States Association (ASA) in a special event at the State Capitol on February 26, 2016.
Lt. Gov. Cox will chair the Utah chapter of the ASA, which advocates for state-based initiatives that strengthen U.S. leadership in aviation and space. “Utah’s new ASA chapter formalizes our continued dedication to the aerospace industry,” Lt. Gov. Cox said. “Our state works extremely well with industry partners, and establishing this platform will further the positive impact of our public-private collaboration.”
By joining the ASA, Utah benefits from additional representation in federal aerospace and aviation policy development as well as collaboration with other member states. The organization advocates for issues that align with top priorities in Utah’s aerospace industry: research and design funding; workforce training; economic development in aerospace and aviation; excellence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; and keeping states competitive in a global marketplace.
Information & words adapted and used from GOED news release.
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