Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership
(UCAP): Aligning Industry Needs with
Jessica Miller, UCAP Project Manager, Utah System of Higher Education
Brenda Luther, University of Utah Director, Care Management Programs
What state are you from?
What are the key industries in your state or your region?
What are the current initiatives already occurring in your state?
Strengthening the alignment between industry needs and educational programs with partnerships
Goal 1 —
Cluster Connectivity and
• Goal 2 —
Respond to Industry
Identified Skill Gaps
• Goal 3 —
Enhance the Role of the
Regional Institutions in Economic
• Goal 4 — Promote Regional
Box Elder County
University of Utah
University of Utah & Salt
Approved Applications Summary
Application Title: Key use of funds:
Utah Unmanned Aircraft
System Test Center
Cell Therapy & Regenerative
Church & State Business
Business Infrastructure &
Business Creation, Training
2014 UCAP Grant Awards – Training Programs
Ogden Weber ATC
Salt Lake Community College
Southern Utah University
Uintah Basin ATC
Utah State University, Moab
Utah State University
Utah Valley University
Weber State University
& Robotics BATC
Plastics Molding Skilled
Key use of funds:
Replicate Robotics program on another campus
New Program Development &
Program Expansion &
IT/CS Expansion Program
Replicate CIS Program at a different campus
New Program Development &
Workforce Development for MSC Aerospace
Well Control / Safety
Technical, & STEM
New Program Development;
Connect CTE Pathways,
Connect After-school Program
Workforce in Eastern Utah New Program Development
Production Control and
New Program Development
The priority initiatives for UCAP were:
• Care Management – program and curriculum implemented for post BSN level nurses.
• Residency Program –Capstone combined residency to integrate graduate nurses in to practice.
• Innovative Clinical Placement – clinical placement opportunities other than traditional experiences to meet clinical educations outcomes and quality of clinical experiences for nursing students.
1. Organize healthcare industry to assess the unique care management needs in Utah’s community.
2. Base curriculum on regional industry as well as national standards of care management.
3. Prepare a program of study that can be shared by other nursing and social work higher-ed systems.
CARE MANAGEMENT Industry Partners
• University of Utah Health Care
CARE MANAGEMENT Higher Education
“Care management competencies lack an educational pathway.”
To continue the profession of nursing as the leader of care management and population management— balancing cost, quality, and access .
Clinical, financial, and psychosocial theory and experience to be successful in these roles.
University of Utah developed Program of Study and Course Objectives for:
–Post Baccalaureate Certificate
(approved by Utah Board of Regents and UofU
Industry identified expert care managers
U of U enrolled first Cohort at the U of U from these industry experts
Expand the certificate to an Interdisciplinary status for nurses, social workers and other healthcare professions
Programs of Study and Course Objectives for
Certificate Program shared with partnering
Partnering Universities taking POS and course approvals through their own institution processes.
Partnering universities collaborating on shared faculty load, payment from student to teaching institution per course.
Already connected groups
Education and Industry healthcare leaders already meeting in one forum
Using what we have
The CON already had structure of certificate and
Master’s programs in other specialties
Recognition and Support
Recognize, call-out, support the progress noted
Continued connection with partners for next steps
Identifying other strengths in other facilities to support the goals
• Or share your State’s current initiatives
Jessica Lucero Miller, PhD
UCAP Project Manager,
Brenda Luther, PhD, RN
Director & Asst. Prof.
University of Utah firstname.lastname@example.org