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UVU Awarded Grant To Expand IT Programs

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October 25, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Heather Wrigley

Utah Valley University has been awarded $157,000 through a new grant program that funds training for students in highly sought-after fields. The University has designated the money to expand its information technology programs to help meet the demands of IT-related employers in Utah County.

“We are grateful for the recognition that UVU is a leader in identifying and supporting opportunities for community collaboration and in-demand career training,” UVU Vice President for University Relations Cameron Martin said. “These funds will be used to engage industry and to develop educational programs that will meet significant needs for specific industry occupations.”

The money will go to support UVU’s computer science and software engineering career pathways, well-defined programs of study developed earlier this year as a part of UVU’s Business Engagement Strategy. The BES was created in 2011 following discussions with local business, community and educational leaders and is a key part of UVU’s overall goal to develop a well-trained workforce and other factors critical to regional prosperity by working closely with the surrounding business community and local leaders.

“Investing in education today builds the foundation for a strong economy tomorrow,” said Commissioner of Higher Education Dave Buhler. “We’re pleased to implement these programs and expansions to support Utah’s economic engine.”

The grant program is part of the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership project, which was created in 2008 to better align industry workforce needs with education programs. It is a partnership between the Department of Workforce Services, the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Utah System of Higher Education. Money is allocated to expand or create programs in information technology, healthcare, energy, manufacturing and other related fields.

“Business owners throughout Utah are clamoring for skilled workers, and this program helps train students in these growing fields,” said DWS Executive Director Jon Pierpont. “This newly approved grant money will fund vital high-tech learning programs that our students want and our businesses need.”

The $157,000 is part of $1 million that UCAP approved for the expansion or creation of programs at higher education institutions throughout the state including Uintah Basin Applied Technology College, Dixie State University, Mountainland Applied Technology College, Utah State University Eastern’s Price campus, Dixie Applied Technology College and the University of Utah.

“As our state economy grows, businesses are counting on the state to have a partnership in place that will train the workforce of tomorrow,“ said Spencer Eccles, GOED executive director. “Today’s students need training that will insure our businesses have a workforce with the right skill sets and the UCAP program helps to meet that need.”

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