Around Utah

Devin Felix

August 9, 2013

“Utah’s entire economy is driven by the strength of tech,” says Joe Swenson, a UTC trustee and CEO of IMAGINE LEARNING. “The world has changed drastically, and it’s not going back. The more emphasis we can put on STEM education, the better.”

Because of these concerns, UTC organized a pilot program with Canyons and Alpine school districts to promote STEM careers. The program’s first event was held Wednesday at IM FLASH TECHNOLOGIES in Lehi. Other company visits will be scheduled in the future.

A group of 75 high school juniors were able to get a first-hand look at the impact they could have in a STEM career at IM Flash Technologies. Students rotated through different stations and got to participate in activities such as chemical deposition experiments, UV light changes experiments and nano microscopy demos.

“It is critical to the future of economic development of Utah that we show our students the importance of STEM,” says Richard Nelson, president and CEO of UTC. “We must do what is necessary to get them excited about the career opportunities that emphasize STEM skills—the ‘hot jobs.’

“Utah has many more technology jobs than we are able to fill,” Nelson adds. “Because of our lack of qualified talent, our technology companies are being required to import skilled workers from out of state and some are opening offices elsewhere. We need to do all we can to provide a workforce here in Utah that meets the needs of industry.”

Utah Valley

Lehi – The THANKSGIVING POINT MUSEUM OF ANCIENT LIFE opened its hands-on exhibit, Tinkering. The exhibit features activities that encourage participants to innovate items to be tested in scientific experiments.

Provo – BYUTV became available to all Bright House Networks markets in both HD and SD in Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana and Michigan.

Pleasant Grove – INFLUENCE REAL ESTATE opened a new location at 597 S. Pleasant Grove Blvd., Ste. 9.

Provo – VERACITY NETWORKS made its high-speed internet and phone services available to residents and businesses in South Salt Lake and Orem.

American Fork – The dental software and services division of HENRY SCHEIN broke ground on its new office in American Fork.

Provo – BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY students won or raised more than $500,000 for startup ventures during spring semester with a variety of technologies.

American Fork – GREEN POLKADOT BOX INC. retained MERRIMAN CAPITAL, INC. as capital markets advisor to advise management on strategic initiatives focused on increasing shareholder value.

Spanish Fork – WELLS FARGO began construction on a new location at the corner of 200 East and 1000 North, which is scheduled to open Oct. 21.

Provo – PIONEER BOOKS purchased the building at 450 W. Center St. and began renovating the 6,000-square-foot space with plans to relocate from its Orem location.

Corrective Education Company hired JEFF MITCHELL as CEO, RICHARD HADDRILL as chairman of the board, GROVER TRASK as head of strategic government affairs, JEFF POWERS as senior vice president of business development and MIKE MCINELLY as vice president of product and operations.

Utah Valley University appointed MICHAEL J. SAVOIE as the dean of the College of Technology and Computing. He most recently served as director of the Center for Information Technology and Management. appointed MICK HOLLISON, former Citrix global vice president of integrated marketing and strategy, as its new CMO.


UVU Breaks Ground on New Classroom Building

Orem – UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY President Matthew S. Holland and the UVU campus community broke ground on a new $54 million classroom building, which received state approval at the close of the Utah Legislature’s 2013 general session. The facility is planned to deliver much-needed physical learning space for students and faculty at space-strapped UVU, which is projected to be the largest public institution of higher education in the state by 2022, with more than 46,000 students.          

The classroom building will provide 244,000 additional square feet of study and learning spaces, including more than 3,000 classroom seats per hour. The facility will feature 34 classrooms ranging in size from 40 to 330 seats and a 1,000-seat auditorium. It will also house group study facilities and faculty spaces.

“This state-of-the-art structure will provide students with the requisite learning environment that will lead to their lifelong success outside of the classroom,” says Holland. “We applaud Gov. Gary Herbert, Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, the Utah Legislature and the UVU community for their continued support and resolve in helping make this facility a reality.”

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