Uintah Basin Applied Technology College, A new kind of learning
Located in the Uintah Basin, Uintah Basin Applied Technology College has offered practical education since 1968, the first technical school in the state of Utah. Its main campus is located in Roosevelt and has a newly constructed campus conveniently located in Vernal. Uintah Basin Applied Technology College offers convenient schedules, competency-based learning, and training opportunities in high-demand fields.
The Uintah Basin Area Vocational Center opened its doors to students on September 1, 1968. The center was funded, in part, by a $100,000 Federal Vocational Grant through the efforts of Utah Representative Dan Dennis. The Duchesne County School District matched the grant dollar for dollar, and a center for adult and high school vocational and technical education was established.
George Thatcher was the first director of the center, as well as the part-time electronics instructor. The school districts operated the center during these early years. The opening of UBAVC was timely, as the Central Utah Project was just getting started and the Bluebell oil field was coming into production.
In 1972, the state legislature put all three existing area vocational centers (Sevier, Uintah Basin, and Bridgerland) directly under the Utah State Board for Vocational Education. A local governing board was appointed consisting of members from Duchesne, Uintah, and Daggett County school boards.
During that same year, planning began for a new, larger building and campus so that the center could accommodate both adult and high school students. Property was donated jointly by Uintah and Duchesne school districts for a facility that would serve multidistrict needs, and ground was broken at the present Roosevelt site on November 7, 1975.
Effective July 1, 1990, the Utah State Legislature changed the name of the center to Uintah Basin Applied Technology Center to more accurately reflect the purpose and philosophy of the school as a technical training facility for the region.
In June of 2001, Governor Michael Leavitt called a special legislative session that resulted in the approval of HB 1003, which created the Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT). On September 1, 2001, the governance of UCAT and its eight regional campuses, including UBATC, changed from the Utah State Board of Education to the Utah State Board of Regents. HB 1003 also allowed the UCAT campuses to offer a limited number of Associate of Applied Technology degrees.
In 2009, a legislative taskforce re-examined the proper role and mission of the state’s applied technology colleges. The taskforce decided that UCAT schools should concentrate their mission focus on issuing certificates and let the community colleges have the responsibility for providing associate degree programs. This new legislation also established the UCAT Board of Trustees, which became the new governing body with oversight for all UCAT schools.
Funding for a new building in Vernal was approved in February, 2007, backed by strong support from the local community and state legislators. The ground breaking was held April 12, 2007 and the building was completed July 1, 2009. The ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the new facility was held August 7, 2009.
UBATC has served the Uintah Basin for over 40 years. Many changes have taken place in the governance of the institution; however, the primary mission of providing quality technical education to the citizens of the Uintah Basin has not changed. The college is committed to this mission and excited about what lies in the future for the institution, students, and the community and businesses they serve.
Three Types of Education:Technical Education
These areas of study focus on training students for better jobs. The tech college offers a wide variety of certificate programs.Employer and Community Education
With courses ranging from Excel to woodworking, these classes offer easy enrollment and convenient schedules. They are a great way to stay sharp, learn a new hobby, or increase job skills. Courses run from 3 to 40 hours in length.Custom Fit
This innovative program helps businesses be more competitive and increase productivity. Ongoing classes such as forklift certification, marketing, and quality management allow businesses to send workers for training as needed. The real strength of Custom Fit is in designing individualized courses focused on the specific needs of local businesses. Many companies qualify for government funding to help offset the cost.
The tech college conducts education in a way quite different from the traditional manner followed by U.S. high schools, colleges, and universities. In traditional education, high school and university students learn and progress by beginning and completing classes at the same time (e.g., quarters, semesters) and graduate after they have completed all prescribed classes on a grade-to-grade basis. In competency-based education, students are allowed to learn and progress by beginning their courses the day they arrive at the campus. They graduate when they have mastered the skills and competencies of all required courses.
A Career and Technical Education Institution Accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE). Uintah Basin Applied Technology College is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education. The Council on Occupational Education can be contacted at (800) 917-2081 or at 7840 Roswell Road, Suite 325, Atlanta, Georgia, 30350,www.council.org.