Frequently Asked Questions for Parents of High School Students
- What is technical education?
Technical colleges provide career education and training that is designed to provide students with applicable knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the work place. Technical education delivers a huge advantage because students are trained using the most advanced technology available. Upon completion of their program TATC students are highly skilled and sought after by employers because of their quality technical education.
- What types of degrees or certificates are offered?
TATC offers certificates and licensures in many different industries that are “in demand” in and around Tooele County. Completion of a certificate in their chosen program shows that they completed their program and passed each module with high competency.
- Is technical education respected in the community/work place?
Yes it is! In fact at the technical college we are dedicated to providing students with quality education that they can take literally “take to work”. Many of our programs have internships and/or clinical programs that provide real-world experience for our students! Because of TATC’s outstanding reputation for providing relevant education, local businesses and employers often come to us FIRST to fill their employment needs!
- What can my child study at Tooele Applied Technology College?
With over 26 programs to choose from, the answer is just about everything! We have programs in the areas of manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, business, information technology and service. To view all of the specific programs offered at our technical college, please view our program listings.
- Can we afford it?
Yes! Remember tuition is free for high school students! When your child turns 16 or has completed the 10th grade, he or she can start taking classes at TATC. High school students only pay program and book fees depending on the course they choose. Upon completion of high school, the TATC offers scholarships and other financial assistance options that are available to students. Take a look at our Financial Aid page for more information.
- How does the scheduling work for high school students?
Scheduling is convenient. We offer flexible schedules for all of our students. High school students will work with their high school counselors/CTE coordinators to determine a schedule that will allow them to get all the classes they need to graduate from high school, and still be able to take classes at the TATC. Evening and summer classes are also a good option.
- Will TATC courses transfer to other educational institutions?
Yes. TATC currently offers articulation (transfer of credits) Utah State University. High school students must check with their CTE Coordinator to determine which of the high school classes are articulated with TATC. (see articulation page).
- What is the benefit of self-paced education?
Self-paced education "you learn your way in your own time." Studies show that students that are engaged in a self-paced learning environment learn material more efficiently. This approach allows students to work quickly through areas that they may have a strong knowledge base in, and yet slow down when they come to material that may prove to be more challenging. The end result is that students who finish a self-paced program are more likely to enter the work place, or 4 year college or university, and already have the skills to be a self-motivated, capable self- learner, and independent worker/student. Students are required to meet a minimum standard of 80% progress.
- How can my child benefit from technical training if plan on attending a 4-year college or university after high school?
Technical education affords many benefits! By taking advantage of technical education in high school your child will have the skills to:
1. Find employment making good money while in college. For you as a parent this could mean less worry about funding further college education. It can also help your child will be more independent.
2. Become a self-motivated, responsible, independent self -learner who will thrive at other educational levels simply because of their experience and the study skills they will acquire during their technical training.
3. Have an instant advantage over other students who have not had technical education. By obtaining this “hands-on” education doors can open for your student. If your student wants to go into engineering, the medical field, information technology, or the business world, they will go further because of the “hands-on” foundation they received at TATC.
- Who is the college accredited through?
Tooele Applied Technology College (TATC) is accredited through The Council on Occupational Education (COE). Learn more at www.council.org
- How do we get started?
It’s easy. Talk to your student’s high school counselor/CTE coordinator today or stop by the college to speak with one of our enrollment specialists.