Added Val Hale, executive director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development: "Success requires a 'big picture' approach and sustainable economic growth starts with education."
The largest recipient was the Women Tech Council, which received $300,000 to expand the SheTech program to Weber State and Dixie State universities, offering certifications, internships and mentoring in tech careers.
Another sizable grant ($254,000) went to the Northern Utah Curriculum Consortium, which involves Weber State and 11 northern Utah school districts that will help underemployed adults become licensed teachers.
The Utah Manufacturer's Association got $250,000 for educational programs that increase public awareness around the state about the importance of future manufacturing in Utah.
A $241,000 grant will help Orem-based Utah Valley University to work with Nebo, Provo and Wasatch school districts on a health care career-pathway program and to help train teachers.
The smallest grant ($53,000) went to the Northern Utah National Tooling & Machining Association to increase the number of employers who can offer internships to beginning machinists.