UTC Press, 1986-01-20
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i ! " i"i it i 1 li ' m iii in m i "i i 1 mnw mnmitm njw m niminiw Mum wiw mi ii ti i mn jun gf r"f"mrm iii--r- n ,,, ,-,1,11, , ,- MM..,I w m-iW inwirwufciniiiiiwni - J i i t J 1 J ' J 1 J u J i Qs3i fciSTW i?N-wj awcai?-j vjgrsBasia' asift STOoKrOG 3T jv ny )j...iuij u ' jjjjiff iiun. , Volume 14 Number 15 THE OFFICIAL STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF THE UTAH TECHNICAL COLLEGE PRO VOOREM Box 1609, Provo, Utah 84603 Monday, January 20, 1986 Participants Benefit by Tom Green The Department of Continuing Education, in cooperation with the Utah State Division of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and the Springville Ambulance L Ed Scott and Wayne Oviatt, both Provo ; I I if U UVIDA Boost to Local Economy by Sheila Schmall Geneva Steel has been slowly sinking under economical pressures. When Geneva finally closes its doors, Utah Valley will not become the "ghost town" predicted. Why? Due to the efforts of the Utah Valley Industrial Development Association the economy will be strong enough to withstand this devastating blow. For 20 years the UVIDA has brought new industry and business to Utah Valley, creating new jobs. It has unified the cities, towns, and counties in Utah Valley to provide land, energy, and other incentives to bring economic growth into the Utah Valley. President J. Marvin Higbee, Displaced by Sondra Scott The dictionary defines "dislocated" as put out from the usual or proper relationship; displaced from the normal position; or, thrown into confusion or disorder, disrupted. The Orem UTC campus had hundreds of students to whom this term applies: The steelworkers of Utah Valley. Mike Jones (not real name) came to the valley three years ago from the steel mill in Youngstown, Ohio, transferred to the Geneva Plant of United States Steel, right into the "golden handcuffs of security." Jones had just one year to go to retirement. Today, he finds himself between a rock and a hard place. Yet, the resolution of his conflict isn't exactly promising. He can stay here, catching what outside work he can in the community while living below subsistence level, and hope the dead slag in cold hearths fires to life again. Or,' he can move back to Youngstown or some other community and make a fresh start at age 42. You ask: Why Association, are sponsoring an Emergency Medical Technician course beginning January 25. The course is designed to train those individuals who are interested in advanced, professional level medical emergency care. The course is not solely intended for those who are City firefighters, have EMT training. president of the Utah Technical College, was also president of the UVIDA in 1985. It was the most successful year on record due to the participation and the cooperation of the cities in Utah Valley. Not to mention the leadership and the tireless efforts of all the members of UVIDA. According to the President's report, last year 3,700 new jobs were announced, coming from 14 new industries and 11 expansions in firms assisted by UVIDA in previous years. Also, more than $30 million in capital investments were attracted, $300,000 in new tax base for city and county governments and school districts has been generated. An estimated 10,000 more Workers would he consider it necessary to move elsewhere? Why not make a fresh start right here? He could do like so many others and seek retraining at the Tech, or just move straight into the local job market. The truth is, there is a less than benevolent attitude toward the dislocated steelworkers in the business community. Steelworkers were some of the highest paid members of our little society. They were lifted to prosperity by a national giant. They are subject to recall, if somewhat doubtful. Other employers know full well the workers would return overnight to Geneva if recalled. To the steelworker, Geneva represents security in the form of a national company, union, and a product that is a basic commodity. It is certain where their loyalties lay. Another opinion widely held in the community is that of the steelworkers range of skills being relatively narrow. Yet another, if not cruel belief, is that the workers were paid to sleep; prospective employers wonder how well a low- From EMT Course seeking employment in the medical profession. The course is also designed to help those who are unsure in "what to do" situations involving medical emergencies. Mike Johnson, InstructorCoordinator of the course, said any individual can benefit from taking the program. V. - Photo by P. Dolinar. jobs should open up in the next two to five years. As the Stauf-fer plant nears completion, 1500 jobs will be available in food processing and packaging, trucking, office and other administrative jobs. Stauffer's location in Springville was due partly to the location of the Utah Technical College. The students who graduate from here will be able to find jobs. There will not be any need to move out of state so the economy is strengthened. American Stores also plans to build a warehouse in Southern Utah Valley. Its location here will create another 6-700 jobs. The UVIDA is also trying to attract machinists jobs in manufacturing of aircraft parts, electronics, computer technology, and a possible Left With Many Geneva Steel workers have Photo by P. Dolinar. production steelworker will perform for them. Exception is sure to be taken to the above notions, but there is no use denying their existence. There is no quick fix for the problem. Are they society's casualty? Who's job is it to fix the situation? Society's or the JL 'A I . Geneva Y.'orks j ' . . United States Steel j ft ' i 1 i P I Hit Those individuals seeking medical careers can benefit as well as those seeking instruction for their own personal use. The EMT trainipn class is much more than just a first-aid course. Persons taking the course will learn such procedures as: the measurement and assessment of vital signs, how to manage persons with head, chest, abdomen, and pelvic injuries etc. The course runs from January 25 to March 15. The classes will begin at 6 p.m. and will go to 10 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration fees for the class will be $275. This fee includes a textbook, workbook, and training packet. Those who successfully complete the class, as well as satisfactorily pass the Utah State exam, will qualify to be a Utah Emergency Medical Technician. Enrollment is limited to 36. Those interested in the course can register in person on the Provo UTC campus in room MW 118 or by contacting Mike Johnson at extension 563. prosthetics company that will produce artificial limbs. As technology becomes more specialized, "trades will always be needed." Later in 1986 there will be a Utah Valley Databook and four brochures available from the UVIDA and Metro Utah's matching funds program. Utah Valley's economy will not falter thanks to the efforts of the UVIDA. The UTC's role in the economical expansion is clear. Quality education is a necessity to a secure economy, business growth and maintenance in Utah Valley. The UTC provides this training. The students attending here now are the technical and vocational leaders of the future. Few Options already been laid-off and more are individual's? Larry Holt, Assistant Director of Cooperative Education at the Tech, sees many of the workers who have come to UTC to retraining. He thinks some of them may have unrealistic expectations. 'The starting salaries in many of the professions they Boaetlgeti by Jeff Gammon Faced with eliminating a $25 million short-fall in the Utah State Budget, legislators have found themselves up in arms at capitol hill. Even though the legislators are the ones who must decide how to bring the state's "piggy bank" up to par, they definitely aren't the only ones feeling pressure concerning the matter. Since almost 50 percent of the state budget is devoted to education, students and educators, among others, are beginning to wonder how they will be effected by the decisions made during this legislative session. UTC President J. Marvin Higbee said the state education budget will be greatly influenced by the $25 million short-fall. "The revenue picture is very bleak," stated Higbee, "right now, there are two major ways to deal with the situation." Alleviating the short-fall by taking the necessary money from a $76 million emergency flood fund, or making a two percent budget cut for all state institutions were the options he stressed. If the legislature decides to make the budget cuts, UTC at ProvoOrem would lose approximately $220 thousand. According to Higbee, there would be many ways for the college to compensate for these cuts. "We would have to reduce the size of our classes, refrain from buying new equipment, reduce our hourly-paid personnel, and probably greatly reduce our summer school programs," Higbee commented. It is also possible that the state may have to make four percent budget cuts, instead of two percent, if the legislature decides not to cut public education, which is protected by law. UTC, as a higher education institution, would then be rut projected to join their ranks. hope to enter is considerably below the wage level they were used to," says Holt. "In a field such as graphics, it may take ten years to equal the equity they had with the steel plant. Some of the workers are steered into areas by a consensus of opinion that may not be 1 DmniCBaoG s $440 thousand. "A four percent budget cut would be very serious," said Higbee. Tm not sure where we'd go, it could force us to cut entire programs." Among Utah's state-sponsored schools, UTC at ProvoOrem receives the least amount of state money. The national average of expenditures per student is just under $4 thousand, while $2,349 a year is spent on each student attending school on this campus. Increasing the state's economic base, increasing taxes, and raising tuition are three methods president Higbee predicted to battle the high cost of education. Higbee stated that it will probably take a combination of all three methods, but to "plan on a six to ten percent, or possible higher, increase in tuition to take place next year." The need for added money will continue to grow as long as the college does. "If we stretch any more well break the rubber band," Higbee remarked, "With increasing enrollment and such a lack of money we're in serious danger." Enrollment at UTC is expected to jump from over six thousand students today to between ten and 12 thousand by the early 1990s. Higbee expressed his fears that the college won't be abie to provide students with the educational experience they deserve without a budget that can compensate for the rapid growth. Higbee remarked that, in spite of the circumstances, there really is a bright side to look on. He pointed out the beautiful campus, desirable programs, and the other positive aspects about the college. Even though budget cuts and exploding enrollment may be waiting in the wings, he commented that, "the state of Utah is doing the best they can do to provide a good education for all students." accurate." Holt says retraining at the Tech offers the workers many benefits. The main one being the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) Program some 220 of them are attending and are paid while they attend UTC. This serves as a supplement to welfare or unemployment. Their eligibility for the program requires that they not be merely phased-out employees, and competition from foreign steel markets in turn fulfills the requirement. "One mistake I think we're making here," says Holt, "is that presently the Tech has no mandatory assessment of interests of skills for these people. Testing services are available, but not required."When asked what counsel he would give the workers. Holt replied, "For the most part, the business sector is more competitive than the steel plant has been for years. There is an attitudinal adjustment that must take place within the individual as well as the community. Re-entry skills are valuable, but without the former, a problem still exists." Continued on page four.
|Title||UTC Press, 1986-01-20|
|Description||UTC Press was the name of the student newspaper for Utah Technical College at Provo/Orem from February 07, 1985 to June 1, 1987.|
|Publisher||Utah Valley University|
|Subject headings||Utah Technical College at Provo/Orem--History; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
|Source||The Press Pulse, 1986-01-20|
|Rights||Copyright 2013 Utah Valley University|