Nearly 200 students have been involved in the first summer school session conducted by the Sevier Valley Applied Technology Center in Richfield.
The staff and administration are pleased with the participation, particularly because students are not oriented to summer school, said Richard Maxfield, ATC superintendent."If a student has a summer job just for spending money, he would be better off taking advantage of our training opportunities," he said. "The summer school is part of our game plan to support economic development."
Maxfield added that completion of one of the ATC's two-year programs will significantly increase a student's ability to get a good job and increase his or her earning power.
Inmates at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison are taking advantage of the ATC's educational programs. The superintendent said two of the school's 12 available educational programs are being offered at the prison.
Schedules for fall classes are available. Also, an essay contest is being sponsored, and an open house is planned Aug. 25. The essay contest is open to children and adults, and the theme is "Building Options Through Education."
Fall quarter at the center will begin Sept. 28. Financial-aid applications should be completed as soon as possible. For information about courses and other programs call the center at 896-6354.
Courses offered include drafting, welding, certified nursing assistant, nursing, cosmetology, graphic arts, commercial art, multimedia, automotive technology, auto repair, culinary arts and data entry/computer basics.