In today's world, education and training are key elements for achieving success. For almost 75 years, Salt Lake Community College has positively impacted hundreds of thousands of lives through the transformative power of education. Education also drives economic growth for all of Utah and promotes a more prosperous and equitable society.
As our state emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic damage, there is no better time to invest in education. SLCC has many learning options for those ready to take advantage of the growth opportunities that will be part of Utah's economic rebound.
More earning potential in less time
When most people think of college, they think of earning a four-year degree. While a bachelor's degree can increase marketability, the average wage of new college graduates is around $54,000, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. But data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that many fields offer jobs that pay $60,000 a year or more and only require an associate's degree or certification. SLCC offers degrees and training in many of these fields, which include dental hygiene, occupational therapy, radiology, computer network support, electronics and more.
Even those who choose to pursue an undergraduate degree can significantly benefit by spending their first two years at a community college. Students who take this approach will save about $10,000 in tuition and fees compared to attending all four years at one of Utah's universities.
Education and training for in-demand jobs
Some of the most active sectors in Utah's economy are poised for rapid growth. These include health care, information technology, manufacturing, technical training and transportation. In support of Utah's economy, SLCC has a number of short-term training programs and courses for people looking to quickly increase their skills or switch careers. These programs are specifically designed to help Utahns who are unemployed or under-employed train for jobs in current high demand. Scholarships are available to help offset the cost of tuition, and all of these programs can be accomplished by investing a few hours to a few months of training.
SLCC is also involved in Utah Works, a free, short-term training program for individuals interested in working for local companies engaged in advanced manufacturing. Advanced manufacturing involves the use of new and innovative technologies to create products, and Utah Works courses offered at the college are designed jointly by SLCC and its industry partners. The program provides training in the fields of composites and assembly for aerospace and defense, injection molding for the medical device industry, and mechanical/electrical assembly for commuter rail manufacturing. Tuition is funded through the Governor's Office of Economic Development.
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.
Small business resources at SLCC
Utah's entrepreneurs have also been deeply impacted by COVID-19, and while federal stimulus programs have been available to help business owners weather the storm, understanding and accessing these programs is often difficult.
Through its innovative entrepreneurship center, known as "The Mill," SLCC is helping business owners who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic through its COVID-19 Business Recovery Assistance Team (BRAT). The BRAT is composed of expert business professionals from SLCC's Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and their sole assignment is to work with small businesses in Salt Lake and Summit counties that are struggling due the pandemic.
The goal of the BRAT is to get important information to businesses in a timely manner, assist with understanding and applying for the various loans and grants, and provide business owners with one-on-one counseling in the areas of operations, finance and marketing. Under a new Administration and Congress, changes to aid programs are expected, and the BRAT is ready to help small business owners take advantage of new resources that may become available in the months ahead.
For some, the pandemic may have provided unexpected small business opportunities. SLCC can help here as well through its Everyday Entrepreneur Program. This 12-week course offered at The Mill is designed to advance the startup and growth of small businesses using current tools and market trends. The program is taught in a peer-learning environment with like-minded individuals, where entrepreneurs share their personal ideas and their own experiences, providing a rich and comprehensive learning environment.
More information on SLCC's entrepreneur programs can be found on The Mill's website.
Take your next step
With an economic rebound on the horizon, now is the time to boost your education and build a brighter future. If you're ready to gain valuable knowledge and skills to help you secure a stable job or even to advance your current position, SLCC may be just what you're looking for.
For additional course information or instructions to apply, visit SLCC.edu today.