Training workers for high-tech industrial production should be the focus of Utah's economic development efforts because those jobs spur the economy and fit well with the state's highly educated population.

"We cannot continue to be a prosperous country by cooking each other's food and washing each other's clothes," Gov. Norm Bangerter during dedicatory services for Snow College's new TeeD Center Friday."We need to produce," the governor said, and the road to production is training people for jobs in the new high-tech areas.

"In net terms," Bangerter said, "the high-tech industries have added over 17,000 new jobs to our state's economy since 1975. Currently, Utah is second in the nation in the creation of high-tech jobs, second only to California."

Snow College's new TeeD (Technology and economic development) Center has an important role to play in educating people for the new industrial era, Bangerter said.

"During the past 20 years, entrepreneurs from around the nation and the world have come to Utah to build components for our national defense, to develop artificial organs and to even establish the headquarters of the chocolate chip cookie.

"It is imperative that all of our students become technologically literate," Bangerter said. "We need to entrepreneur, we need to innovate, we need to train our people if we are to maintain our superiority in technology."

Other speakers reiterated Bangerter's emphasis for the nation and the state to provide their people with technological training.

Max Lowe, state commissioner of vocational education, said, "By the year 2000, 49 million people will need to be retrained for jobs in the new technological era, and another 40 million - mainly women and minorities - will be entering the work force.

"Institutions like your TeeD center are prepared to provide the necessary training. We don't need more of the education leading to baccalaureate degrees. But we do need more of the education that prepares people for jobs in the high-tech industries."

"This day marks the end of a dream," said Claudia Jarrett, Snow College's director of vocational education. The dream began in 1898 with a two-year program that gave young women training in secretarial work.

By 1914, the program had been expanded to include trades like blacksmithing and carpentry. In 1939, the college acquired its first vocational building with an emphasis on auto mechanics, welding and the building trades.

"The TeeD center, built almost upon the ashes of an old cannery," will enable us to serve well the people of an area that suffers from a high employment rate and a low per capita income."


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Per-pupil expenditures

The first column of figures is per-pupil expenditures, adjusted for differences in price levels, 1986-87. The second column of figures is the average annual increase from 1959-60 to 1986-87, adjusted for inflation.

New York $6,465 4.2%

Alaska 6,363 5.1%

New Jersey 5,611 5.3%

Wyoming 5,373 4.2%

Massachusetts 5,321 4.5%

Rhode Island 5,275 4.4%

Vermont 5,224 4.6%

Connecticut 5,180 4.5%

Delaware 4,815 3.9%

Montana 4,717 3.7%

Maine 4,639 4.9%

Pennsylvania 4,630 4.1%

Maryland 4,580 4.4%

Wisconsin 4,578 4.0%

Oregon 4,407 3.5%

New Hampshire 4,394 4.1%

Colorado 4,159 3.8%

Minnesota 4,119 3.6%

Kansas 4,110 4.1%

Nebraska 4,091 4.1%

Florida 4,083 4.3%

Michigan 3,993 4.1%

Iowa 3,980 3.8%

West Virginia 3,979 5.1%

Hawaii 3,905 4.3%

New Mexico 3,897 3.6%

Washington 3,879 3.4%

Virginia 3,846 4.9%

North Dakota 3,828 3.4%

Illinois 3,826 3.4%

South Dakota 3,740 3.2%

Nevada 3,639 3.0%

Arizona 3,631 3.2%

South Carolina 3,597 5.2%

Missouri 3,591 3.7%

California 3,578 3.2%

Ohio 3,567 3.7%

Indiana 3,552 3.5%

Georgia 3,544 4.8%

North Carolina 3,480 4.7%

Texas 3,352 3.8%

Oklahoma 3,245 3.6%

Arkansas 3,067 4.4%

Tennessee 3,021 4.3%

Louisiana 3,020 2.9%

Idaho 2,907 3.2%

Kentucky 2,791 4.3%

Alabama 2,770 3.9%

Mississippi 2,680 4.2%

Utah 2,516 2.6%

Source: Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations