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Utah Governor Tours UVU, Says Education is Top Budget Priority

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December 4, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Layton Shumway

Labeling education his top priority, Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert unveiled his budget recommendations for the 2015 fiscal year at a special event on the Utah Valley University campus. UVU President Matthew S. Holland then led Herbert on a tour of the University’s cutting-edge facilities and engaged learning projects in the College of Technology & Computing.

“It’s an honor for us to host this event,” President Holland said. “I think it’s fitting that we’re doing this in our computing and technology building. This has been a major focus of the governor, it’s a very critical part of our economy, and it’s a growing and vibrant showcase element of what we’re doing here at Utah Valley University.”

Gov. Herbert chose to announce his proposed budget at UVU because of the University’s increasingly significant role in raising the bar for higher education in the state and its substantial contributions to economic development.

“It is indeed an honor to be here at Utah Valley University,” Herbert said. “I have a high regard for this institution and its contributions to our state in so many different ways.”

The tour included demonstrations of student projects and high-tech labs on campus, such as:

• the Electrical Automation and Robotics Technology Lab, which helps 100 percent of UVU mechatronics students obtain lucrative jobs upon graduation;

• a 3-D printer, which allows students to design three-dimensional images on a computer and then “print” a physical object recreating the design;

• an x-ray fluorescence spectrometer, which students to identify the chemical composition of rocks and materials, aiding Utah’s mineral industry;

• the Digital Animation Lab, where students learn to create movies, television shows, video games, apps and websites using the same state-of-the-art equipment as professionals in the industry.

Herbert’s budget recommendations established his continuing support of education and his focus on better aligning higher education with the necessary resources to achieve his goal of 66% of all Utahns acquiring a certificate or degree by 2020.

As a broad point of access to higher education and a robust advocate of science, technology, engineering and math fields, UVU plays a vital role in helping the state reach this goal, which Herbert sees as an economic necessity.

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