We were excited to see a number of leaders from Utah's life sciences industry join Gov. Gary Herbert in September to celebrate the launch of the new Medical Innovations Pathways program, which is the second installment of a collaborative effort to address some of Utah's most pressing workforce needs.

The first installment was the Utah Aerospace Pathways program, which launched in 2015. These pathways programs provide Utah high school students with the opportunity to receive a certificate in a specific skill and enter the workforce upon graduation. They also receive hands-on training through job shadowing and internships.

The life sciences field in Utah is expanding at a rate of more than four percent per year and the state is home to more than 1,000 life science companies that employ nearly 34,000 people. We are thrilled to see this new pathways program take flight and believe it will help our life sciences industry find the skilled workforce it needs to meet growing demand.