Compendium of Budget Information for the 2014 General Session
Appropriations Subcommittee (PDF)
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In the June 20, 2001 Special Session, the Legislature passed House Bill 1003, "Applied Technology Governance," establishing the Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT). On September 1, 2001, UCAT became Utah's tenth institution of higher education.
UCAT's mission is to meet the needs of Utah's employers for technically-skilled workers and to promote local and statewide economic development by providing market-driven technical education to secondary and adult students. Each of the eight UCAT campuses places a strong emphasis on providing programs that prepare students for high-wage, high-demand jobs. This is accomplished through competency-based education and training programs, which may be long-term, short-term, apprenticeship, or custom-designed for individual employer needs. Most of the programs are offered in an open-entry, open-exit format providing flexibility for students and employers. Students are assisted in acquiring the basic skills necessary to succeed in these technical training programs. UCAT prepares students to enter, re-enter, upgrade, or advance in the workplace.
In creating UCAT, the Legislature moved five Applied Technology Centers (ATCs) and four Applied Technology Center Service Regions (ATCSRs) from the governance of the State Board of Education to the Utah System of Higher Education. The former Wasatch Front ATCSR underwent a name change to the Salt Lake-Tooele Applied Technology College Campus. The Southwest ATCSR was divided into two campuses: the Southwest and Dixie Applied Technology College Campuses. All assets associated with each ATC and ATCSR were transferred to the respective campuses, with the Southwest's funding being allocated between the Southwest and Dixie Applied Technology College Campuses.
Since its creation, UCAT has undergone many changes. In 2003, the Central Applied Technology College was merged with Snow College, and in 2007, the Southeast Applied Technology College was merged with College of Eastern Utah. During the 2009 Legislative Session, UCAT's governance over post-secondary career and technical education was separated from the Board of Regents and placed with the UCAT Board of Trustees. The Salt Lake/Tooele Applied Technology College was separated with the Salt Lake County portion being transferred to Salt Lake Community College and the Tooele County portion being established as the new Tooele ATC.
The eight applied technology college campuses offer over 290 accredited programs and within each program there are many more career opportunities. All UCAT campuses are fully accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and many programs hold additional accreditations.
UCAT's flexible schedule is ideal for working adults with limited time and for high school students desiring to supplement their high school schedule. High school students enroll tuition-free; tuition for adults is minimal. Students may register at any time during regular business hours and receive instruction in a self-paced format.
The following laws govern the Utah College of Applied Technology:
UCAT funding is comprised of General Fund, Education Fund, and Dedicated Credits.
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COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.