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Workforce Inclusion & Successful Employment (WISE) Program

Salt Lake County is experiencing amazing prosperity, but we have unequal economic opportunity. A person born a certain race, gender, or in a certain zip code, regardless of ability, is likely to make half the income of other people in the County. WISE will help low-income and diverse communities launch into high-paying jobs.

WISE will provide grants to support individuals navigating workforce development programs. The goal is to:

  • Increase access to workforce development programs
  • Improve completion rates of these programs
  • Improve job placement in better jobs


The County is funding Trainers who provide workforce development programs and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) that support low-income and diverse communities.

Grantees are providing the following services:

  • Outreach to community members to show a path to a better career and create a plan for success.
  • Advising for academic/training programs at improved student-to-advisor ratios. This will provide academic support to help participants complete their education goals.
  • Resource Navigation to ensure people get the resources they need to thrive in training programs (i.e., housing assistance, childcare, transportation, ESL, technology assistance, etc.).
  • Career Coaching to prepare participants for job searches. This will help connect them to quality jobs before, during, or after training.
  • Mental Health Counseling to support participants with their mental and emotional well-being.


2022 Selected Partners:


  • Salt Lake Community College
  • University of Utah UHealth WISE


  • City of South Salt Lake
  • Journey of Hope
  • Utah Community Action
  • Women of the World

The County will issue an RFA for $2 million in additional contracts in July 2023. 




Jayla Lundstrom, Economic Development Coordinator

Phone: 385-468-4873