With 4,000 unfilled tech jobs, a new state program at Utah high schools will be ‘an important investment in our future,’ Gov. Herbert tells Silicon Slopes delegates

Thursday, February 08, 2018

These statistics came up repeatedly Friday, on Day Two of the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit.

In Utah, there are 4,000 unfilled technology jobs. On average, they pay $81,000 a year.

But the state’s universities are producing 400 computer science graduates a year. Even with lots of in-migration, the gap between the industry’s demand for skilled workers and the available labor supply is widening while more high-tech companies are lured to set up shop on the Silicon Slopes — an area of southern Salt Lake and northern Utah counties.

Gov. Gary Herbert laid out the state’s plan to fight that existing and foreseen labor shortage, saying school districts in three Wasatch Front counties will kick off his IT Pathways Program this fall.

“This is an important investment in our future,” Herbert told thousands of delegates at the Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City. “Our goal is to set the stage to have a computer science program in all of our schools.”

The IT Pathways Program is scheduled to be launched in:

Utah County • Students from Nebo, Alpine and Provo school districts will receive tech training from officials with Mountainland Technical College in Orem and Utah Valley University.

Salt Lake County • Canyons District students will get instruction through Salt Lake Community College and the University of Utah.

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