Mayor's STEM Initiative
Under the leadership of Ogden City Mayor Mike Caldwell, the Business Development team works tirelessly to identify the labor needs of our most important industry clusters and of Hill Air Force Base. Our expanding aerospace, advanced materials, information technology, and software development industries require highly-skilled, highly-educated technology and engineering professionals.
The Business Development division works with our partners at Hill Air Force Base, Weber State University, the Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College, the Davis Applied Technology College, and the Ogden, Weber, and Davis School Districts, to fill the pipeline with competent professionals highly educated in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Currently, the Business Development division is partnering with the Utah STEM Action Center to produce the Utah STEM Call-to-Action Forum, a two-day event at Weber State University hosted by the National Defense Industry Association which will take place August 19 and 20, 2015.
Ogden is home to Weber State University (WSU), which has an enrollment of over 26,000 students. Weber State University offers more than 250 certificate and degree programs (the largest undergraduate offering in the state), hundreds of online classes, and many other educational opportunities. WSU has well-regarded programs in sales, manufacturing, engineering technology, and computer science.
Also located in Ogden is the Ogden-Weber Tech College (OWATC), which serves more than 6,000 students each year. OWATC offers hands-on technical education, with more than 300 technical skills courses in 40 employment categories. OWATC partners with industry to provide Custom Fit training for more than 200 employers each year and provides many of its students with internships and on-the-job training.
Utah offers a variety of programs that can assist companies with their specific training needs. Applied technology colleges (including OWATC) offer Custom Fit training. Companies identify their training needs and then work with the colleges to coordinate and develop the appropriate training programs. Subsidies are available through Custom Fit to help companies defray their training costs.
The Utah Department of Workforce Services (DWS) also offers assistance through an On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program. OJT provides employers with the opportunity to hire individuals that have experience in a given industry but require additional training specific to their new job requirements. Employers coordinate with DWS to identify qualified individuals and provide them with needed training. DWS reimburses employers for a portion of the training costs. DWS also offers companies tax credits through the Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program. Tax credits are provided for employees hired from targeted groups of job seekers (e.g., veterans). The credits range from $2,400 to $9,600 per new hire.