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Invest in You, Too - Salt Lake Community College
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   Rick Bouillon
  Associate Provost, Workforce and Economic Development
  Salt Lake Community College


Invest in You, Too is a partnership between Salt Lake Community College’s (SLCC) Division of Workforce & Economic Development (WED), Utah’s Department of Workforce Services (DWS) and employers from the Medical Device manufacturing industry. Individuals selected by DWS to participate in this program were single mothers seeking to overcome intergenerational poverty, defined by the State of Utah as poverty in two or more successive generations. Program eligibility requires having been on public assistance for at least 12 months as a minor, as well as having accessed public support for 12 months as an adult. Once selected, students spend 40 hours a week learning both technical knowledge and skills in four core Medical Device content areas. Life and soft skills were integrated into the program. Each cohort is limited to 15 students.

The technical content includes an orientation to the field of medical device manufacturing, basic manufacturing skills and an introduction to FDA Regulations and quality systems. Once students successfully complete the program, they receive a Medical Device Processes and Practices certificate, representing 96 hours of training. Throughout the 13 weeks, students tour various Medical Device companies with their cohort and DWS staff team. This gives students exposure to different companies, helping narrow their focus as they make career decisions. Additionally, graduates are recognized for completing 180 hours of life skills/empowerment training from DWS. This training covers topics such as building confidence, handling change, setting boundaries and goals, interviewing and resume writing. Students are expected to arrive on a SLCC campus promptly at 8 AM every day. This program exposes students to college courses, many for the first time in their lives. Highly qualified instructors are from industry and life coaches from DWS.

Upon completion, medical device companies have guaranteed an interview for every graduate. This certification has led to careers in the Life Science industry, a high growth business sector in Utah. The best part of this program is seeing the transformation that happens to students upon completion. At the end of the 13 weeks, students have overcome huge barriers and have found confidence and the power to change their lives. A formal graduation is held on campus where students are presented with their Medical Device Processes and Practices certificate. Families are invited to attend and students are encouraged to speak about their experiences. Our industry partners measure success by the well-qualified individuals they are able to hire following this program. DWS measures success by the number of participants who are able to secure a living wage and no longer need public assistance. SLCC measures success by the number of individuals completing the program, student learning and improved employability in a high-demand industry. By these measures, this program is extremely successful.


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