School Improvement Network CEO and President Chet Linton, Utah Governor and Business Coalition Outline Plan to Make Salt Lake City a Technology Capital

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Linton and Governor Show How STEM Education and Technology Jobs Will Improve the State Economy and Quality of Life

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School Improvement Network President and CEO Chet Linton together with Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Prosperity 2020, a coalition of business leaders, unveiled a vision to make Salt Lake City one of the top ten centers for technology jobs and businesses in the country.

Together, the three groups outlined the importance of education as the foundation of a skilled workforce that can support technology jobs and businesses.

“The issue is no longer knowledge,” said Linton, speaking as a member the Utah Technology Council board of directors. “Now the issue is skills…Every one of you in here was taught to have a knowledge base, and that you’d get the job you needed if you’ve got the knowledge, but that’s not our world anymore.”

As part of the vision, the governor and Linton emphasized the importance of quality science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to create an educated workforce to support technology-heavy jobs.

“Great jobs and businesses start with well educated workers,” said Governor Herbert. “By bringing industry and education together we start recruiting tomorrow’s scientists in today’s classrooms. Utah technology jobs pay 57 percent more than the state’s average wage. This improves individual lives and the economy.”

Linton assured everyone present that the governor’s vision was possible, and choked up as he said it all starts with teachers and teacher effectiveness.

“We have new standards,” Linton said. “We have high expectations. We can do everything the governor proposed, but we have to support the [teachers]…We’ve got to make sure they can get trained, and we’ve got to help them understand the new ways to teach.”

Click here to watch the full version of Linton’s speech with Prosperity 2020.

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