What: Lt. Governor Spencer Cox and students of the Bridgerland Applied Technology College will tour the Autoliv manufacturing facility in Brigham City to highlight a new robotics training grant for the school.
Where: Autoliv North America
250 North 900 West
Brigham City, Utah
When: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
Spencer J. Cox, Lieutenant Governor
Bridgerland Applied Technology Students
Rob Brems, President, UCAT
Jon Pierpont, Executive Director, DWS
Vincent Mikolay, Managing Director, GOED
Dave Buhler, Commissioner, Higher Education
Various local elected officials
Visuals: Tour participants will walk through the massive manufacturing floor, where dozens of colorful robots create parts for airbags. The area is noisy with lots of movement.
Background: High-tech companies like Autoliv have a hard
time filling open jobs because they need advanced skillsets. The state created the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership (UCAP) to provide grant money to expand higher education programs in these highly demanded fields. Bridgerland Applied Technology College was recently approved to receive $174,560 to enhance their robotics program, which will teach students the skills needed to work at places like Autoliv. It is one of more than a dozen similar programs, which have received nearly $2 million in total funding.