The Bryman School, 1144 W. 3300 South, will celebrate its 20th anniversary in Salt Lake City Thursday, Sept. 27, with an open house for students and alumni.

The event will be highlighted at noon with a program featuring South Salt Lake Mayor Jim Davis. He and the South Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce will recognize the school's growth and achievements.The original Bryman School was opened in 1960 in Los Angeles. Since opening in Salt Lake City in 1970 as a training center for medical assistants and secretaries and dental assistants, the Utah program has added the American Technical Center, which provides courses in broadcasting. A program in travel services was added in 1979, followed by courses in office-systems management and information-systems management. Programs to prepare automotive technicians and hotel/motel management were added later. The private school is accredited by the National Association of Trade and Technical Schools and some of the programs are individually accredited by review programs.

From 22 students, the student body has increased to near 600 per year. Placement averages from 80 to 100 percent, depending on courses, and the schools are now located in a new 52,000-square-foot facility.

John and Elaine Cowan own and operate the school.