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How COVID-19 funding is helping students at SLCC

How COVID-19 funding is helping students at SLCC


The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 has disrupted our economy unlike any event in decades. Thousands of our community members have been negatively impacted in all aspects of life, especially in their employment. Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is well-positioned to help reverse the local economic impacts of COVID-19 by offering short-term workforce training and certificates, focused on the needs of employers in high demand areas.

Some of the most active sectors in our economy that are poised for rebound and growth include healthcare; business and finance; information technology; professional development; energy; manufacturing; technical training; and transportation. Throughout the pandemic, SLCC has remained in contact with its business partners in key industry sectors and has been there to assist with their hiring and onboarding needs.

If you are a Utah resident who is unemployed, furloughed or underemployed due to the effects of COVID-19 and looking for an opportunity to sharpen your skills, enhance your career or start a new one, funding is now available to cover short-term training courses and certificate programs at SLCC. Whether your aim during these uncertain times is to pivot in a new direction, sharpen your current skill set or re-enter the job market, we are ready to help.

Learn & Work in Utah

In early August 2020, SLCC, along with other participating institutions across Utah, received funding through the federal CARES Act. A portion of this funding is earmarked to cover tuition and other costs for 27 short-term workforce training, certificate and college credit programs for those impacted by COVID-19. This funding, along with direction from the Utah Governor’s Office on Economic Development (GOED) and the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE), has created the Learn & Work In Utah initiative, designed to teach students the skills employers are seeking today. Programs include composite technician training; clinical lab assistant; emergency medical technician; injection molding; law enforcement; medical device manufacturing; truck driving; SolidWorks and AutoCad training; and many more.

Other career training programs with tuition assistance

In addition to the Learn & Work in Utah program, SLCC offers many other programs for which tuition is covered by CARES Act funding. These programs include certified nursing assistant; computer programming; cybersecurity; manual machining; network support; truck driving; electronics assembly; electromechanical assembly; and Windows network and server administration.

How COVID-19 funding is helping students at SLCC
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The aim of these programs is to help people find employment through short-term training that leads to specific high-demand careers. If you are a Utah resident, United States citizen and are now unemployed or underemployed due to COVID-19, you are qualified for this free training and coursework. These can be completed by investing a few hours to a few months of training, and each has been designed with the assistance of industry professionals from their respective areas of expertise.

Take your next step

To get started, check out our Career Training and Learn & Work in Utah information at and select a program/course in your area of interest that is eligible for federal CARES Act funding, which covers the cost of tuition. On-campus or online, SLCC can help you reach your academic and career goals with flexible, affordable, personal and transferable education.

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