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Orem — 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,” said Cameron Martin, UVU vice president for university relations. “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.
“Investing in education today builds the foundation for a strong economy tomorrow,” said Dave Buhler, commissioner of higher education. “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.
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.