Services & Benefits

The Adult Education program currently offers the following learning pathways, which will help adults 18 and older to increase their wages, start a new career, and reach their education goals:

Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential

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 Culinary Employment Training

Sauté is a 12-week in-house culinary employment training program. Applications are accepted year-round with enrollment opening three times per year. Courses are taught by trained chefs with extensive experience in the culinary industry. 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 through Sauté Catering or Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services’ Millcreek, Draper, or Midvale Senior Cafes.

ACHIEVE! Financial Literacy Classes

The ACHIEVE! program is an in-house financial asset building service that reduces and eliminates barriers to employment, self-reliance and further education. Case managers employ the Arizona Self-Sufficiency matrix to identify critical needs as a part of the career advocacy process before clients engage in an evidence-based curriculum which includes job readiness, relationship building, credit repair, financial planning and other skills critical to job and future success.

GED Prep Program

Ready to get your GED? We offer free online resources and individualized support to help you reach your goals!

  • Regular check-ins
  • Free online resources
  • Partnership with in-person GED classes
  • Math tutor available
  • Practice tests
  • All fees, including exam fee, covered

Post-Secondary Education Referrals

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.

English Second Language (ESL)

Want to learn English? We have classes available! There are morning and evening classes available. You can also improve your English – since we offer 5 levels of English learning! We have childcare available on site when you are in class.

Please apply online and we will reach out to you.


All adults 18 and over with any skill or learning level. Non-native English speakers are welcome to join!

By income
All income levels are accepted.

By location
Residents of Salt Lake or Tooele Counties.

What to Expect

Here is a timeline for what to expect to start our Adult Education courses and classes.

  • Step 1

    Fill out our Online Interest Form below to let our Adult Education staff know which programs you're interested in.

  • Step 2

    Our team will reach out to you within a few days to finish applying for your program of choice over the phone.

  • Step 3

    Start classes! Begin learning the skills you need to reach your educational and career goals.

Learn More

To get more information about the Adult Education programs, fill out the form below.