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Utah’s technical colleges maintain an elevated and unique stature as eight of the state’s 16 public postsecondary institutions. This profile highlights the legislative evolution of Utah’s technical college system from vocational centers to its current role as postsecondary institutions with a significant role in Utah’s attainment and economic development initiatives.
There are more area technical centers (ATCs) in the United States than there are community colleges. Despite their prevalence, ATCs are not well understood and, as a result, are often overlooked in wider discussions and decisions regarding postsecondary education and workforce development. These under-utilized public institutions can and should be better leveraged to help more learners equitably access and attain postsecondary education and related credentials of value. Doing so will help close skill and equity gaps and ensure that more Americans have the skills, competencies and credentials they need for future career success and economic prosperity. Building Better Futures for Learners: A 50-State Analysis of Area Technical Centers examines these under-studied and under-utilized public assets.