Joy Tlou is with Salt Lake Community College and explains some of the benefits of Career and Technical Education.
1. Career Options
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) Career and Technical Education (CTE) offer more than 100 programs that are designed to prepare students to enter the workforce and offer hands‐on learning skills while acquiring a certificate or an Associate Degree. Students in CTE programs are highly recruited by businesses and industries and often receive a “career” after graduating, not just a “job”.
2. Benefits of SLCC’s CTE Programs
The CTE programs at SLCC are the most affordable, accessible and flexible than any other CTE programs throughout the state. SLCC faculty is current and advanced in their industries, which provides a valuable educational experience to students. They’re experts in their field and have worked or currently work in the industry and allow students to Step Ahead in their future career without a significant cost investment.
We’ll highlight three popular areas of Career and Technical Education:
Culinary Arts – The Recipe to Success
• For more than 15 years, the Culinary Arts program at SLCC has prepared students for career as chefs or food and beverage supervisors in a wide range of industries.
• SLCC offers the only culinary arts program in the state of Utah accredited by the American Culinary Federation.
• The American Culinary Federation says program that earn their approval “distinguish” themselves from hundreds of other post-secondary culinary programs in the national and abroad.
• Graduated students have an advantage when seeking employment, because certification is representative of having the knowledge and skills to be successful.
• Fulfills the requirements for the National Restaurant Association and American Culinary Federation Certifications.
Careers & Salary
Chef, Baker, Lead Cook, Kitchen Manager, Line Supervisor – Average hourly wage: $22.50
Mathematics, business math, marketing and art design-including three dimensional
Visual Art & Design – Creative Minds
• Those with an aptitude in creative problem solving, drawing, design, photography and computer related visual communication should consider this rapidly expanding and competitive field.
• Program allows students to specialize in six different areas: Animation, Design, illustration, multimedia, photography and electronic publishing.
Careers & Salary
Photographer, graphic designer, advertising/marketing, illustrator, animation artist – Average hourly wage: Wide Range
All visual arts, Mathematics, computer science, communication, English and creative writing
Physical Therapist Assistant – No Physical Limits
• A physical therapist assistant is a health care provider who provides therapy interventions under the general supervision of a physical therapist. PT assistants work in hospitals, nursing homes, rehab centers, schools and homes.
• The physical therapist assistant program at SLCC is the only PT assistant program in a public institution, in the state of Utah. Currently there is a high demand for SLCC graduates.
• The PT Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in physical therapy education.
• Graduates are able to sit for the national exam for physical therapist assistants.
Careers & Salary
Physical Therapist Assistant – Average hourly wage: $19.00
3. Degrees & Certifications
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees are programs of study intended to prepare students for entry-level careers. Many of the courses contained in AAS degrees will transfer to other institutions due to articulation agreements. Check with individual department coordinator or advisor for specifics. The degree is awarded in a specific program area. For example: “Associate of Applied Science in Accounting” or “Associate of Applied Science in Welding.”
Certificate of Completion and Diploma These certificates are designed for entry-level employment or subsequent completion of an associate degree; they may be in rapid response to business and industry. At SLCC, Certificates of Completion and Diplomas are awarded through the various Schools. Programs are comparatively short-term (generally one year in length) and may be measured by credit hours, clock hours, or competencies.
You can find more information online at www.careertrainingSLCC.com.