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March 13, 2013

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Give Where You Live on March 22

Salt Lake City − On Friday, March 22, Utahns will have a new opportunity to prove their record-breaking generosity by contributing to their favorite nonprofit organizations and schools. The day of giving, dubbed Love UT Give UT, allows citizens to contribute to the organization of their choice.

            “Utahns always lead the nation for charitable giving. This year we are launching an innovative online event that can help Utahns learn about and give to hundreds of nonprofit organizations and schools across the state,” explains Fraser Nelson, executive director of the Community Foundation of Utah.

            The virtual fundraising event aims to grow philanthropy and community throughout the state. For more information or to give, visit www.loveUTgiveUT.org.

 

 

U of U Professional Education Debuts Project Management Program

Salt Lake City − Professional Education at the UNIVERSITY OF UTAH recently rolled out one of the nation’s most comprehensive project management training programs. With offerings for every stage of a project manager’s career, this new program targets both seasoned managers and those looking to shift careers.

    The new program includes five certificates—including an all-online Applied Project Management certificate—which are designed to be completed by working professionals in just a few months. Other certificates include Project Management Fundamentals, Master Certificate in Project Management, Advanced Project Management, and Strategic Project and Program Management.

    “Project management presents a unique career opportunity,” says Anne O’Brien, director of Professional Education at the U. “It’s one of a few professions where you don’t need a graduate degree but can still earn six figures. Plus, these skills are becoming essential in almost every industry, so project managers can easily switch industries.”

    According to a recent Project Management Institute report, 71 percent of project managers reported increases in compensation in 2011. Those earning the Project Management Professional (PMP) credential reported an additional salary increase of 16 percent.

 

HireVue Rolls Out CodeVue

By Di Lewis

South Jordan − For many companies, hiring talented technical people is time-consuming and confusing, and that’s what HireVue wants to fix, says Scot Sessions, HireVue marketing director. The company, which offers video and digital interviewing, recently expanded its offerings with the launch of CodeVue, a platform that allows companies to effectively interview technical candidates.

When hiring for programming positions, many companies are stuck doing ineffective white board interviews. To solve this problem, HireVue searched for a way to allow technical applicants to prove their skills. The company found a solution in CodeEval, which it acquired in August of 2012.

Now dubbed CodeVue, this program lets job candidates take an online test and interview at any time of day. The recruiter or hiring manager can look at responses at their own convenience and can see all of one candidate’s answers or compare candidates responses to the same questions. CodeVue can digitally test candidates in 13 programming languages and can be adjusted for difficulty level.

“The initial reception has been, ‘Wow, I don’t have to sit through a white board interview anymore,’” says Sessions.

The company plans to use CodeVue to set up other automated tests and interviews that could evaluate candidates in programs like PowerPoint, Adobe Creative Suite, etc.

 

Provo Craft Partners with Anna Griffin

South Jordan − Provo Craft announced a partnership between its Cricut line of products and Anna Griffin, a renowned designer in the stationery and paper crafting industries. The partnership will create an exclusive collection for the Cricut Cuttlebug machine.

The Cricut Cuttlebug, an embosser and die-cutter, is part of Provo Craft’s Cricut line of electronic cutting machines.

“Our mission is to inspire people to do creative things. Anna’s stunning creativity brings the inspiration that our consumers want and love. We are excited to be working with her on this Cricut Cuttlebug collection,” says Ashish Arora, CEO of Provo Craft. “We couldn’t be happier with the designs Anna has created, and we know our consumers will be thrilled with all the possibilities this collection will allow.”

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