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Training tip: Make summer a season for skill-building

While not exactly an idle time, July on campus tends to be relatively subdued as summer semester students dig in for finals and preparations continue for the fall semester.

But preparing doesn’t just have to mean buying supplies, designing courses, and testing IT systems. It can also mean making yourself a more proficient professional.

What that looks like is up to you. Perhaps you want to expertly hone a skill in which you’re now only a novice or learn something completely new — all from the comfort of your cubicle or home office. Maybe summer’s the perfect time to take stock of where you’d like your career to go and how you’d like to get there.

Whatever your motivations are, professional training can help.

“Success in any career requires you to truly embrace the idea of lifelong learning and make yourself available to ongoing training and education,” said Cassandra Van Buren, director of UIT’s Strategic Communication team in the Deputy CIO organization. “I’m often amazed at the volume of professional development opportunities available to members of the U community, but you have to know where to look.”

If you’re interested in free or reduced-cost training, growing your professional network, or joining a peer organization in your industry, we hope the following list of professional development resources, while not exhaustive, gives you a roadmap for earning or maintaining a professional credential, learning the ins and outs of a particular product, and gaining greater confidence in your daily work.

Continuing Education

Udemy for Business

Campus and hospital staff with an IT role may access Udemy for Business (UFB) at no cost. UFB’s 3,500+ online, on-demand course collection includes high-quality content in multiple disciplines, such as IT, development, leadership, and project management.

To request a UFB account, complete the “Udemy Account Access” form in the Service Catalog (login required). It takes approximately one business day to process the request and grant access. The U’s Udemy portal can be accessed at To log in, enter your uNID and password. Please note, if you go directly to, you will be charged for the courses you enroll in.

ITIL 4 Foundations certificate

Need an ITIL 4 Foundations certification? Course instructor Craig Bennion, UIT's ITSM process manager, recently added new dates for the two-day online class.

ITIL 4 Foundations classes provide a practical understanding of the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) at the foundation level, in preparation for the ITIL Foundation in Service Management exam.

Cybersecurity training and resources

Did you know the Information Security Office (ISO) offers a variety of cybersecurity training and resources for U of U and U of U Health employees?

Training for campus employees is available in Bridge (login required), the U’s Human Resources training platform. Modules can be taken at any time and by any campus employee.

Available modules:

Information security training for U of U Health employees is available in the Learning Management System (LMS) and Cornerstone Learn mobile application (login required) as part of the annual HIPAA Security module.

Additional training for all campus and U of U Health employees is available in the KnowBe4 platform (login required), which the U recently licensed. Topics and modules will be added regularly.

IT organization memberships

Joining a professional organization taps into knowledge from industry leaders, with the potential to expand networks and make your job easier. UIT contracts with several top-tier, IT-related research groups to give members of the U community complimentary access to privileged research, professional development, and other opportunities.

Organizations include:

  • Education Advisory Board (EAB)
  • Gartner Inc.
  • Internet2
  • Westnet
  • The Center for Internet Security

Free Microsoft Office 365 training

UIT and Microsoft are hosting a series of free Office 365 training sessions every week through August 17. Sessions will take place each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to noon via Microsoft Teams Live. Registration is required.

Remaining dates, topics, and registration links:

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Last Updated: 7/28/22