Utah College of Applied Technology’s job-training partnership with private businesses, known as Custom Fit, benefited nearly 17,000 students last fiscal year, according to UCAT’s annual report.
Students and employees completed 271,000 hours of training with 1,283 partnering businesses under the program, launched 25 years ago and funded by a legislative appropriation. UCAT is a state-supported, eight-campus network of trades schools.
"UCAT does what employers need — it’s at the core of our mission," said Rob Brems, president of UCAT, in a press statement. "Custom Fit is helping hundreds of businesses give Utah a competitive edge for today’s global marketplace. Our applied technology college campuses are ready and proud to respond quickly to company training needs."
The 25-year-old Custom Fit program operated under a $3.3 million appropriation last year and at least 40 percent of students’ training costs are supposed to be borne by participating businesses. Last year, however, company contributions amounted to $1.9 million, a little less than 40 percent of the program’s total cost.
— Brian Maffly
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