Salt Lake Community College’s biotechnology program received an $819,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to further efforts in the area of competency-based education.
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TAYLORSVILLE — Salt Lake Community College’s biotechnology program has received an $819,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to further efforts in the area of competency-based education.

Competency-based education allows students to demonstrate competencies at their own pace, moving on to the next course as soon as they are ready. Tuition is paid in an “all you can learn” subscription model, so students can save money if they accelerate their progress.

Aligning with and responding to workforce needs is a strategic priority for SLCC, and the college’s School of Applied Technology has already implemented the model for noncredit workforce education courses. The National Science Foundation grant will allow SLCC to implement competency-based education on a wider scale to the academic side of its operations, starting with its biotechnology program.

The biotechnology program has partnered with Nelson Laboratories, BioFire Diagnostics and ARUP Laboratories, three local biotechnology companies that anticipate creating hundreds of new jobs in the next five years, for development of new curriculum.