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UVU and USU receive funding for new tech program partnership

By Ashtyn Asay - | Nov 2, 2021

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File - Utah Valley University in Orem on Monday, May 18, 2015.

Utah Valley University and Utah State University have been awarded a $5 million grant from the Utah Legislature to support Utah’s budding tech sector.

The Deep Technology Talent Initiative has provided $5,013,900 to fund the Intermountain Intelligence, Industry and Security Consortium, called I3SC, which is a partnership between UVU’s Center for National Security Studies and USU’s Center for Anticipatory Intelligence.

“The next advancement in higher education requires us to play as a team,” Jeannie Johnson, director of the Center for Anticipatory Intelligence at USU, said in a press release. “USU is excited to lead out alongside UVU in creating a leading-edge learning team — the I3SC consortium — that includes industry, state, and federal partners working together in unprecedented ways to prepare our graduates to be leaders in innovation, security, and resilience.”

The I3SC partnership aims to produce students who will be able to continue developing Utah’s growing tech and security sectors.

This funding will enable the I3SC to work with leading partners in the tech industry such as Adobe, AgilePQ, FireEye, Fortem Technologies, Northrop Grumman, USU’s Space Dynamics Lab and Strider.

“Our state and country face a wide range of challenges, and the need for smart, skilled, and experienced professionals is greater than ever,” Ryan Vogel, director of the Center for National Security Studies at UVU, said in a press release. “The I3SC consortium between UVU, USU, and Utah industries will be a major player in preparing the workforce that can meet these challenges and help secure Utah’s emerging technology sector.”

A new program will be available to students at both UVU and USU through the I3SC, and the classes and credentials will be coordinated at both institutions. Areas of study will include artificial intelligence, security analytics, secure computing, cybersecurity, security studies and anticipatory intelligence.

According to a press release, the hope is that this new partnership will  provide students with a broader skillset, enable them to confront challenges that they may face within the tech industry and drive innovation forward.


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