Adult Education

Notice: ESL, CDA, GED, and ACHIEVE! classes are available online and accepting applications. ACHIEVE! is only for current clients at this time. Sauté classes have been canceled until further notice.

Make Progress Through Education

Our Adult Education program offers classes and educational resources to help adults obtain employment, increase their wage-earning potential, and decrease barriers to self-reliance. Get started today.

Current Programs

The Adult Education program currently offers the following courses, certifications, and educational opportunities:

English as a Second Language (ESL)

UCA offers in-house classes to help adults reach their English language goals. By offering practical English skills, students can the confidence and skills they need to obtain employment, receive a promotion in their current line of work, or advance in their education. Classes are available at our South Salt Lake location. Topics covered include 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’s. 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.

Sauté Culinary Employment Program

Sauté is a 12-week in-house culinary employment training programs. 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.

Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)

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.

Post-Secondary Education

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.

How to Apply

To get more information about the Adult Education programs, contact our Adult Education Coordinator Carolyn Christensen.

Carolyn Christensen