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It is expected that more than 41,000 students will study on the main and secondary campuses of the UVU this fall.

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Students of the UVU will find their way through the science building on campus on Monday, August 23, 2021.

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It is expected that more than 41,000 students will study on the main and secondary campuses of the UVU this fall.

Students of the UVU will find their way through the science building on campus on Monday, August 23, 2021.

Utah Valley University announced that five of its engineering programs and others have been accredited. The announcement came as students returned to class this week for the new fall semester 2021.

The UVU now offers five engineering courses – civil, computer, electrical, mechanical and software engineering – which have been accredited by the engineering accreditation committee of the non-profit accreditation committee for engineering and technology (ABET).

The UVU’s Construction Management course has also been accredited by the ABET Accreditation Commission for Applied and Natural Sciences, while the Computer Science, Business Informatics and Computer Science courses have been re-accredited by the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission. The UVU now offers a total of nine ABET-accredited courses.

The announcement of the accreditations comes at a time when, according to a statement from the university, there is a pronounced need for more engineers, computer scientists and site managers in Utah.

“Last year the universities in Utah combined produced more than 3,000 engineers and computer scientists, but there were about 4,000 vacancies in the Utah workforce. Construction companies are also struggling to find people to keep pace with the ever-increasing need for skilled managers to oversee further building expansion in Utah, ”the announcement said.

“One of the UVU’s long-term strategies is to train and prepare graduates to meet Utah’s labor needs,” said UVU President Astrid S. Tuminez in the announcement. “From now through 2028, experts estimate that Utah will need more than 3,600 new engineers per year. The UVU’s new engineering and IT programs were developed to support this need. “

“Since the introduction of our latest engineering courses (civil, mechanical and electrical engineering) in 2018, we have seen a 144.33% increase in engineering graduates at UVU,” added Tuminez.

According to a recent study by the Kem C. Gardner Institute, the population of Utah County is projected to reach 1.6 million people by 2065 and will almost mirror the population of Salt Lake County, with 28% of the state’s population expected to live in Utah County.

The study project is expected to create 576,000 jobs in Utah County and increase its share of total state employment from 17% to 24% of all state employment. A third of the state’s new jobs are expected to be in Utah County.

“In order to be professionally fit, the engineering, IT and technology graduates of the future must not only have a good basic knowledge, but also be innovative, ethical, team-minded, communicative and understanding global problems,” said Saeed Moaveni, Dean of College of Engineering and Technology at UVU, in the announcement.

“What sets our programs apart from other engineering and technology programs is our hands-on approach to engineering and technology education and the encouragement of our students to apply and test their practical knowledge in professional settings and competitions,” added Moaveni.

Further information on the UVU’s engineering programs can be found on the school’s engineering page at UVU.edu/engineering.

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