Salt Lake Community College
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is Utah’s largest college with the most diverse student body. It serves more than 60,000 students through 10 local campuses and online education. SLCC offers associate degrees and certificates, with credits transferrable to four-year colleges and universities.
The School of Applied Technology (SAT) at Salt Lake Community College officially came into existence on July 1, 2009. The current degree offerings include eight Certificates of Completion and 23 Certificates of Proficiency operating under variations of competency-based education. SLCC plans to expand the number and role of competency-based certificates, expecting to add three to five offerings within the next year. It is SLCC’s philosophy that its certificates should function as stand-alone workforce certificates, as well as access points into associate degree programs. This would create a unique application of the competency-based model that would appeal to a diverse adult population, serving students who need quick access to an entry-level position or an immediate start on an associate degree curriculum. The legislation associated with the SAT ensures that it serves “disadvantaged, educationally disadvantaged, or other at-risk students.” Currently, the student population in the School of Applied Technology is the most diverse at SLCC. The demographics of the SAT and the role it serves within the college make it a central point of the institutional effort to serve a diverse student population.