SESSION TITLE:  Utah's Rural Online Initiative: Connecting Rural Communities with Remote Work

DATE: September 23, 2020 | 3PM ET

PRESENTER: Paul Hill, Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development
Utah State University

SESSION DESCRIPTION: To help rural communities prepare for the future, USU Extension created a new program to assist people in developing skills needed for remote work. The purpose of the Rural Online Initiative program is to provide Utah’s rural workforce with education, training, and services for online opportunities in remote employment, freelance work, and e-commerce.

PRESENTER BIO: Paul Hill is a tenured Extension Associate Professor and County Director for Utah State University where he leads economic development and 4-H STEM education programs in Washington County. He has been awarded the Utah Governor’s Medal for Science Technology and the USU Faculty Innovator Award for his work in spreading remote work, the Maker Movement, and 4-H computer science programs statewide. Paul received a national fellowship with the eXtension Foundation to study the economic impacts of the Maker Movement nationwide and represented Utah as a Maker Ambassador to the White House during the 2016 National Maker Faire. In 2013, Paul piloted the first 4-H Computer Science Clubs and is currently serving as a co-principal investigator for the National 4-H Computer Science Pathway program to reach 300,000 youth in 41 states with $7.5M in funding from Google. In 2018, Paul was selected to serve as the principal investigator for the Rural Online Initiative which was funded under House Bill 327 for a $2.2M appropriation. This Rural Online Initiative provides Utah’s rural workforce and businesses with education, training, and services for online opportunities in remote employment, freelance work, and e-commerce.


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