The Adult Education Program currently offers the following courses, certifications, and other educational opportunities:
Utah Community Action offers in-house classes in English as a second language (ESL). The purpose of ESL training is to offer practical English skills so students can gain employment, receive a promotion in their current line of work, or acquire skills necessary to advance in education. Classes are available at three Head Start locations and cover topics including English reading, math, listening, speaking, and writing. ESL classes are free, and childcare is provided.
Utah Community Action provides referrals for adults interested in earning their GED or high school diploma. Courses are offered by community partners and are available in many locations throughout the Salt Lake and Tooele Valleys. These courses often provide flexibility to fit the needs of the students enrolled, and many classes are instructed by licensed K-12 teachers.
Utah Community Action offers an in-house Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) to qualified applicants. The CDA is the most widely recognized certification in early childhood education, and it offers great career potential once completed. Getting a CDA requires 120 hours of class instruction, plus an additional 480 hours of preschool classroom experience. Classes are held once a week and follow a school-year schedule.
Sauté is a 10-week in-house culinary employment training program offered by Utah Community Action and Head Start. Courses are taught by Head Start chefs and are offered year-round. Students graduate with a ServSafe® certification, fundamental understanding of culinary job skills, and cost-efficient nutrition-planning skills, as well as résumé and interviewing skills. Upon graduating, students are eligible to gain work experience at the Café Evergreen at the Millcreek Education Center.
Utah Community Action provides referrals for adults interested in post-secondary education. UCA refers interested adults to our partnering local colleges and applied technology centers, where students can pursue vocational, career, and technical training. When possible, UCA also provides students with the direct contact info of the program administrators.
The purpose of the Adult Education Program is to help adults with low- to moderate-income levels obtain the knowledge and skills they need for work, additional education, family self-sufficiency, and community involvement.