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UVU Tree Dedicated to Sederburg’s Commitment to Jobs Program

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August 17, 2010
For Immediate Release

For more information: Michelle Scott (801) 722-3269
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Karissa Neely (801) 863-6351

Community business leaders and Utah Valley University officials will come together tomorrow, Aug. 17, at noon to pay tribute to former UVU President and current Utah Commissioner of Higher Education William Sederburg for his dedication to the Skilled2Succeed program.

Honoring attendees will include UVU President Matthew S. Holland, Certiport CEO Ray Kelly, UVU Foundation Chairman Matthew Yarro, leaders from the Navajo Nation, and representatives from Kelly Services, DirectPointe, the Utah Army National Guard, Community Access, Utah Technology Council, Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce and LDS Employment Services.

Sederburg, as then-president of UVU, and Certiport started the Skilled2Succeed program in 2005 to train underserved individuals in the community in essential computer skills needed for successful employment. Certiport provided scholarships to qualifying individuals to participate in the program. The first Skilled2Succeed class graduated in the summer of that year and went on to successfully find jobs.

“We want to thank Commissioner Sederburg for all of his support with the Skilled2Succeed program — a program that is dedicated to providing less fortunate individuals  with the digital skills needed to secure career and life opportunities,” said Ray Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of Certiport. “When public and private sectors of a community come together to discover solutions to real-world challenges, there is no limit to what they can achieve, individually and collectively.”

Sederburg and the program’s first 12 Skilled2Succeed graduates originally planted a tree, located just west of the UVU Browning Administration building, to mark the beginning of the program and symbolize the growth that distance learning brings. Today, the program has blossomed to include nearly 500 graduates.

“My Certiport IC3 certification (Internet and Computing Core Certification) not only helped me find my first job, it helped me launch my own computer business to serve seniors who have never had computer training so that they can get online and connect with their families,” said Debbie Flynn, an 2009 graduate of Skilled2Succeed and an IC3 authorized instructor.

The Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC³®) provides students and job-seekers with the foundation of knowledge they need to succeed in environments that require the use of computers and the Internet. The Global Standard 3 is an internationally recognized standard for digital literacy and reflects the most relevant skills needed in today’s academic and business environments.

“A job can disappear in the blink of an eye, but your skills remain with you,” said Michelle Scott, UVU Foundation chair for the ambassador committee and vice president of grants, e-training and corporate social responsibility at Certiport. “The economic challenges serve to deepen our resolve to create meaningful education to employment programs. Commissioner Sederburg taught us that true vision is the faith to believe before you can see or know how the end result turns out. He created a pathway for business, community and academic institutions to collaborate, build and grow together.”

The event will be held at noon tomorrow, on the lawn west of UVU’s Browning Administration Building, 800 W. University Parkway in Orem, near the Skilled2Succeed tree. Visitors can park in the L Parking Lot just outside the Sorensen Student Center.

The public is welcome to attend.

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