Four More Tuition-Free Certificates to Boost Your Resume

Published: September 02, 2020 | Author: Haven Scott | Read Time: 2 minutes

Southern Utah UniversitySouthern Utah University has added four more certificates to help Utah residents and employers impacted by COVID-19, bringing the total of no-cost certificates to 11 with room for 435 participants.

The certificates are being offered as part of Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s Learn and Work initiative, which funds grants to Southern Utah University to help participants earn certifications they can use to boost their resumes, learn new skills for their jobs, and to help those displaced by the new coronavirus.

“The new coronavirus pandemic has adversely affected many Utah families and community members,” said Dave R. Woolstenhulme, the state’s commissioner of higher education. “As our state begins the process of economic recovery, higher education will serve a pivotal role in helping individuals re-skill and re-enter the workforce. We want Utahns to know that these educational programs can help them develop and sharpen the skills needed to prepare for their future.”

Covering a variety of disciplines, this latest approval adds four more no-cost certification programs to the SUU fall lineup: Entrepreneurship Case Studies and Mentoring, Systems Agility and Innovation Management, Principles of Contemporary Animal Services, and Remote Work Foundations, said Melynda Thorpe, executive director at SUU Community and Professional Development.

“Learn & Work In Utah” was launched by the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) and its Talent Ready Utah team, in partnership with the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE). In early August, SUU was awarded grants to start certificate programs for Parks and Public Lands Stewardship, Online and Remote Teaching Basics, Better Your Business, Community Health Care Worker, Basic Cybersecurity Certificate, Enriched Teaching Skills for Professionals, and an Aviation Maintenance General Training Certificate.

“Each certificate is designed to prepare individuals for immediate and relevant workforce opportunities,” said Thorpe. “Our certificates are also uniquely designed to stack into SUU SUU Community and Professional Development 351 W. University Blvd. COC 003 Cedar City, Utah 84720 - (435) 865-8259 Email: - Website: bachelor and master degree programs providing participants who are interested in completing degrees with a financial head start.”

Funding for participants is provided by a grant from the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development and its Talent Ready Utah team, in partnership with the Utah System of Higher Education, to develop and deliver free professional development certificate programs to help those displaced during the coronavirus pandemic.

“This one-time opportunity is exciting to be able to offer to those who are displaced from employment, looking to upskill into an in-demand occupation or advance within their industry. We are honored to make this investment to help southern Utah,” said Stephen Lisonbee, executive director for the SUU Office of Regional Services. “Rural counties in the region have been especially hard hit. These funds will help us get the necessary training and counseling to our neighbors in outlying communities.”

Learn more about the offerings from the Community and Professional Development Office at Southern Utah University.

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