SUU Offers Second Round of Free Learn and Work Certificates

Published: November 19, 2020 | Author: Susie Knudsen | Read Time: 2 minutes

Six CertificatesAfter great success, the Community and Professional Development department at Southern Utah University (SUU) has received approval to offer a second round of online, tuition-free certificates. Due to seating being available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Six of SUU’s most popular professional-level certificates launched this fall will run again in January. Made possible through the Learn and Work in Utah initiative, funding is provided by the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development and its Talent Ready Utah team, in partnership with the Utah System of Higher Education.

Certificate programs are designed to help Utah residents impacted by the coronavirus pandemic by offering industry-specific training to upskill, boost their resumes, and get back to work. All certificate courses result in university credit and courses begin Jan. 11, 2021 and vary in time commitment.

“Participating in the SUU Parks and Public Lands Stewardship Certificate has been a great way for me to ease back into school without any financial impact,” said Ginger Hall, SUU Professional Development student from Cedar City, Utah. “I’ve been apprehensive about going back to school to finish my degree and it’s given me the confidence to know it’s possible.”

A full listing of SUU’s tuition-free certificate opportunities includes: Online and Remote Teaching Foundations, Community Health Worker, Cyber Security Fundamentals, Enriched Teaching Skills & Practices for the Professional Instructor, Remote Work Foundations and Principles of Contemporary Animal Services.

SUU’s Executive Director for the Office of Regional Services, Stephen Lisonbee, said the funding will be used to provide training for over 265 participants in the six certificate programs designed to help tool individuals for new jobs or career advancements. Combined with the first round of certificates these programs will impact 523 individuals.

“We are honored to make this investment to help Utah’s workforce,” 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 & 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 July, the Utah State Legislature allocated $4,500,000 to the Utah System of Higher Education to create in-demand, short-term educational programs to promote furloughed, laid-off, or dislocated workers, as well as underserved or other populations affected by COVID-19 in accordance with the federal CARES Act.

Learn more about the opportunities and training offered by SUU Community and Professional Development.

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