Ogden City Business Development recognizes that access to a highly skilled labor force is a key decision driver for businesses. Ogden is ideally located for companies to access a robust workforce from across the Wasatch Front.
Within 45 minutes of Ogden, the employed population is more than 410,000. In the Ogden-Clearfield MSA, 93% of the working-age population has at least a high school degree or General Education Development GED and 42% has a post-secondary degree.
The Ogden City team actively coordinates with industry, education, and government partners to ensure that our region develops talent with the skills required by business.
For example, there has been a statewide collaboration to fund the Utah Aerospace Pathways Program, which gives high school students the opportunity to complete internships and graduate with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing. A similar Tech Pathways program is now under development for the IT & software industry. Regional collaboration has also resulted in the Machine Utah program, an industry-led effort to engage and train machinists.
Weber State University (WSU)
Weber State University, a public university in Ogden, has an enrollment of nearly 28,000 students. Ranked 86th in “Regional Universities West” by US News & World Report, WSU offers more than 225 certificate and degree programs (the largest undergraduate offering in the state) and 14 graduate degrees. WSU has well-regarded programs in:
- Computer science
- Engineering technology
The university emphasizes accessibility and community-engaged learning (such as experiential learning, capstone projects, and internships).
Ogden-Weber Technical College (OWTC)
Ogden-Weber Technical College serves more than 6,000 students each year. OWTC offers hands-on technical education, with more than 300 technical skills courses in 32 employment categories. OWTC has particular strengths in:
- Industrial automation
- Non-destructive inspection
The college also partners with industry to provide employer-driven technical training, internships, and on-the-job training.
Ogden is located within one hour of other major educational institutions, including:
- Utah State University
- University of Utah
- Westminster College
- Davis Technical College
- Bridgerland Technical College
- Salt Lake Community College
Email our office for help connecting with these education partners to identify opportunities from curriculum development, to apprenticeships, to research partnerships.
The State of Utah provides several job training assistance programs:
- Custom Fit Training is offered by Utah’s technical colleges. The colleges develop and coordinate training programs customized to employers’ needs. Up to 35% of the employers’ training costs may be covered.
- On-the-Job Training (OJT) is offered by the Department of Workforce Services (DWS). DWS helps employers provide training for new hires specific to their new job requirements. DWS reimburses employers for up to 50% of the participants’ wages during training.