Issue Background

Improving Cedar City’s public schools, enriching the education of Cedar City’s youth, and expanding the role of career training, higher education, and lifelong learning are major priorities of the Cedar City community. While the City does not have direct control over school administration or curriculum, it does provide a variety of services and programs related to education and learning.

Southern Utah University has continued to become a large part of the local economy and has been adding educational opportunities to the City and the Iron County region. SUU has also been expanding beyond a regional focus, with strong efforts to recruit students from not only all areas of Utah, but from the burgeoning Las Vegas area as well. Relations between the community and the University are excellent, and the concerns and aspirations of Cedar City and the University are generally aligned.

The education subcommittee of the recent Vision 2050 initiative discussed issues that are in need of improvement in the Cedar City area.  These include things such as supporting efforts to expose students to entrepreneurism at an earlier age and helping schools adapt to a changing economy.

Emerging Issues

Potential Goals and Investments

  1. (from previous plan) Support a wide variety of educational opportunities throughout the City as a means of sustaining Cedar City’s community and economic development activities. Coordinate City efforts with Iron County School District, Southern Utah University, Southwest Applied Technology College, and other public and private schools, business resource centers, and the state.
  2. The City might be able to facilitate initiatives such as ‘maker spaces’.

Contacts + Reference Materials

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