Open for Business
Utah State University Eastern’s second onramp onto the education highway was officially opened Jan. 8 with the cutting of a ribbon in front of the college’s new Center for Workforce Education building.
USU Eastern Chancellor Joe Peterson compared the new center to a highway entry point. He said that just as the student center, located next door, provides an entryway to higher education degrees and programs, the workforce center opens an additional onramp for education and job opportunities.
It is not by accident that the new center is now located along a prominent and busy corridor of the campus. Like the student center, the workforce center will serve as a vital campus and community hub. It will provide key community and student services, Peterson said.
The center is a resource to students in areas such as college readiness and career advising, and a vital link between businesses, students, agencies and the university. It is already providing training programs in a dozen areas including the health profession and in business management and entrepreneurship. It also houses the Small Business Development Center, said Russell Goodrich, associate vice chancellor over professional and technical education.
It’s not only a place where students are welcomed, but also the community for internships, customized training and business services, he said.
“Our function is to help businesses and students determine where they are now and what steps they need to take next to get to where they want to go,” Goodrich said.
Kind of like a highway map. A good thing to have before hitting the road.
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