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Community Outreach and Economic Development

Department

Name: Community Outreach and Economic Development
Location: EE 201
Telephone: 801-863-7570
Email: Robyn.Farnsworth@uvu.edu
Web Address: http://www.uvu.edu/communityoutreach
Associate Provost: Trish Baker (Interim)
 
 

MISSION STATEMENT

Community Outreach and Economic Development provides engaged learning experiences in response to the region’s educational needs that drive economic vitality in support of the dual mission of the University.

 
 

Community Outreach Focus

Community Outreach & Economic Development (COED) is comprised of several departments: Community Education, Executive Education, Concurrent Enrollment, Career & Technical Education, Extended Studies, Small Business Development Center, Business Resource Center, and the Thanksgiving Point and Wasatch Campuses. COED coordinates with and supports academic departments in offering certificates and two-year degrees. The Business Resource Center and Small Business Development Center foster startup and existing business success throughout the Utah County and Wasatch County communities with one-to-one business advising and small group trainings.  For detailed information on a given department or academic program, please refer to the information provided under each alphabetically-listed department name in the catalog or contact the appropriate academic advisor.

Business Resource Center ( www.uvu.edu/brc )

The BRC is a business center serving the Utah Valley region in economic development, workforce education, entrepreneurship, and startup business incubation. There are several agencies offering services at the BRC, including:

  • Small Business Resource Development Center (SBDC)  helping entrepreneurs get started in business and help small businesses grow to the next level.
  • Veteran Business Resource Center (VSBDC) working with veteran owned businesses to help them launch and grow.
  • Entrepreneurial Launchpad helps entrepreneurs through training, networking and mentoring through all the early stages of starting a company.
  • Procurement Technical Assistance Center works to aid small businesses with their government contracting needs and information. PTAC is available for consultation, contract review and negotiation for government contracting.

Career and Technical Education

The Career & Technical Education department at UVU supports and provides opportunities for students to acquire and use high-quality technical and career skills through focused, engaged learning, to prepare them for meaningful employment in a competitive global workforce. Types of programs include: Certificates of Proficiency and Completion and AA, AS, and AAS degrees.

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent Enrollment is a Utah Valley University high school partnership program where qualified students earn college credit.  College classes are taught at the high school by UVU-approved high school instructors using college curriculum and assessment.  The Concurrent Enrollment Office, UVU Academic Departments, and the partnering high schools work closely together to uphold the academic quality of each course.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education is comprised of four departments: Executive Education and Community Education. These departments are community and university resources for individuals and companies wanting to improve on a personal, educational and/or professional level. Students are taking courses to pursue personal or professional interest, gain general knowledge, learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills, or enrich their personal understanding of a wide variety of topics.  These courses do not offer college credit, but in some cases noncredit or continuing education students can earn continuing education units, certifications or other evidence of class completion to meet personal or professional requirements. Noncredit course work cannot be substituted for a credit requirement or any required course on a degree pathway.

  • Executive Education offers both open enrollment and custom courses and programs for workforce development, personal professional trainings and leadership and C-suite trainings. The program includes professional certificate trainings in a variety of industries from programming to HR. In 2020 the first international leadership program is launching with Executive Education and will focus on global leaders building Entrepreneurial Ecosystem maps.
  • Community Education offers a huge variety of life-long learning opportunities for youth, adults and seniors. From Ballroom to Banjo those who wish to learn something new can find a class in Community Education. During the summer, a plethora of youth summer camps cover topics from art to aviation and robots to cooking. Choose from hundreds of classes for learning during any stage of life with UVU Community Education.

Wasatch Campus

Located two miles north of Heber City on Highway 40, the UVU Wasatch Campus offers educational opportunities to area residents. Degrees offered from the Wasatch Campus include Associate of Science degrees in Behavioral Science, Business Management, and University Studies. Students can also earn a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. UVU Wasatch is also a service center for educational needs in the community with admissions, advising, testing, and tutoring services available. The campus also offers community education classes and hosts conferences, meetings, and events.