About the K-16 Alliance

The Mountainland K-16 Alliance unifies the efforts of school districts, charter schools, technical colleges, and higher education in helping the students of the Utah mountain region have a positive and successful educational experience.

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The K-16 Alliance empowers all students to succeed in their educational journey toward post-secondary opportunities, responsible citizenship, and life-long learning.

President and Vice President of UVU

UVU Initiatives and Academics

President Astrid Tuminez Provost Wayne Vaught

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Trish Baker, Special Assistant to the Provost

Articulated Pathways & Post-Secondary Preparation

Special Assistant to the Provost, Trish Baker

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Vessela Ilieva, Dean of UVU School of Education

Professional Development Coordinating Committee

Dean Vessela Ilieva

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Rick Nielson, Nebo School District Superintendent

K-12 Public School Superintendents

Superintendent Rick Nielson

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Clay Christensen, MTECH President

Mountainland Technical College

President Clay Christensen

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Jennilyn Derbridge, Principal of UCAS

Charter Schools

Principal Jennilyn Derbridge

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Focus of the Work


  • Completion
  • CTECC – Perkins/CTE
  • Articulation/Pathways
  • Citizenship
  • Digital and Financial Literacy
  • Post-pandemic Issues
  • Advising Partnerships
  • Social-Emotional Well-being


  • Educational scholarship
  • Innovation
  • Educator Preparation
  • Digital Competency for teachers