Some of you long-term residents may remember a little college in Orem called Utah Technical College. This small school later became known as Utah Valley Community College, then Utah Valley State College, and finally Utah Valley University, the name by which we know it today. The growth of this school has been astounding, with enrollment more than tripling in the past 20 years. UVU has truly become one of the centerpieces of our city.
Earlier this month I was able to participate in the groundbreaking of a new classroom building at Utah Valley University. With enrollment now over 31,000, UVU needs more classrooms to keep up with student demand. The new building will have 34 classrooms, student study rooms, faculty offices, and a 1,000-seat auditorium. This remarkable addition to the University should be finished by the end of 2014.
We are proud to have UVU play such a vital role in our city, and we are excited to have a university with even more to offer!