Utah College of Applied Technology Article

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Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT) was a system of eight regional applied technology college (ATC) campuses in the state of Utah. UCAT was a public post-secondary institution and is governed by an 18-member Utah College of Applied Technology Board of Trustees. The UCAT president was the chief executive officer of the Board of Trustees and carried out the day-to-day business of the College. Each regional applied technology college campus had a board of directors composed of business and education leaders from the region who provide advice about the current needs of employers for technically skilled workers. Each regional applied technology college campus was led by a campus president who served as chief administrative officer.

During the 2012-13 academic year UCAT served over 35,000 part and full-time students. About 25% of UCAT's students are high school-age students who spend part of their day learning technical skills at regional applied technology college campus. About 75% of UCAT's students are adults who are seeking new skills to obtain employment or are upgrading their current employability skills. UCAT students who complete their training programs are awarded certificates that indicate the mastery of specific employability competencies in their area of study.

Another feature of UCAT was its Custom Fit program which served approximately 14,000 students during the 2012-13 academic year. Custom Fit works with Utah companies to address their identified need for increasing the skills of incumbent employees. Utah companies utilizing the Custom Fit program provide a 50% or more company cash contribution to the cost of the program.

Each regional campus of the Utah College of Applied Technology is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. This national accrediting body specializes in accrediting career and technical education institutions that focus on a technically trained workforce.

Utah System of Technical Colleges

In 2017, the Utah State Legislature replaced the Utah College of Applied Technology with the Utah System of Technical Colleges (USTC). Each of the former regional applied technology colleges were renamed as "technical colleges."

The Utah System of Technical Colleges is a statewide network of 8 Technical Colleges providing market-driven technical education to meet the needs of Utah’s employers. Their mission to meet business and industry needs for technically-skilled workers and promote economic development by providing market-driven technical education to secondary and adult students. Their mission is accomplished through competency-based education and training programs, which may be long-term, short-term, apprenticeship or custom-designed for individual employer needs. [1]

The Utah System of Technical Colleges is governed by a Board of Trustees who represent businesses, industry, trades and apprenticeships from every region of the state. Members of the Board are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Utah State Senate. With the consent of the Governor and confirmation of the Utah State Senate, the USTC Board of Trustees appoints a Commissioner of Technical Education.

Office of the Commissioner of Technical Education

Commissioner of Technical Education: Dave R. Woolstenhulme, Ed.D.

Associate Commissioner for Instruction/Student Services: Jared Haines

Assistant Commissioner for Planning, Finance and Facilities: Tyler Brinkerhoff

Assistant Commissioner for Institutional Data and Research: Zachary Barrus

Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs: Joseph M. Demma

Utah System of Technical Colleges headquarters are located at: 2801 N Ashton Boulevard, Lehi, Utah 84043. [2]

Website: http://ucat.edu/

Utah Technical Colleges

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