Carbon County Commissioner Will Serve as Moderator at the 2018 Western Career Pathways Conference


Press Release

Implementing various Career Pathways Programs has become essential to develop a prosperous economic future for communities across the nation. Carbon County Commissioner Jake Mellor has been asked to serve as a moderator at this year’s Western Career Pathways Conference (WCPC) being held on May 30 through June 1 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mellor serves as the Chair for the Department of Workforce Services Career Pathways Board and as a member of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) Talent Ready Utah team. Mellor will moderate a break out session titled “Advancing Economic Development in the Rural West: It Can Be Done!” This panel will feature leaders who not only believe it is possible, but are making it happen.

Last year, the WCPC was hosted in Denver, Colo., and this year it will be hosted in Salt Lake City. According to the conference overview on its website, the 2018 WCPC is uniquely focused on an issue central to the future of our economy and society: how can we build an education and workforce development system that will prepare ALL young adults for careers leading to economic independence? This will be an action oriented conference in which teams from the participating states will work together to develop plans for addressing such issues as the skills gap, strengthening connections between business and education, providing high-quality career development and career pathways, and much more.

The Western Pathways Conference will attract national leaders from business, education, government and philanthropy to share knowledge, experience, ideas, and best practices. The conference is organized and hosted by the Global Pathways Institute at Arizona State University in partnership with the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Salt Lake Chamber, Business-Higher Education Forum, Education Commission of the States, Junior Achievement of Utah and the Colorado Business Roundtable.

For more information or questions, contact Commissioner Mellor at (435) 636-3226 or email

For more detailed information regarding the WCPC, visit

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