Higher Education in the Basin Provides Hope During Tough Times

While economic downturn has been hard on Basin families, it has also inspired an increase in locals pursuing higher education. According to UBATC representative Paul Hacking, the networking between USU and UBATC is providing opportunities that are helping local families during this tough time. “Higher education is important and is shown to improve income level and quality of life in communities,” shares Hacking. “When the economy is doing well, then our focus is on helping people in their careers but when the economy has slowed, higher education becomes even more important because it helps people prepare for new opportunities and most importantly, it offers people hope for their future.” Another huge advantage when it comes to higher education in the Basin is the networking between UBATC, USU and the school districts. High school students in the Basin have the opportunity for concurrent enrollment which literally translates into time and money saved for Basin students and their families. 


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.