Planning for Utah’s future workforce needs, Utah Valley University (UVU) and Mountainland Technical College (MTECH) signed an innovative articulation agreement today, creating a seamless pathway for MTECH graduates in HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and welding to earn an associate degree in business management at UVU in half the time.

Today’s agreement gives MTECH graduates in the four areas — HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and welding — 28 UVU credit hours toward a two-year business degree, which will cut the time to graduation in half. The program is available to students who graduated from MTECH in 2023 or later.

“This exciting partnership will greatly benefit our students with a clear pathway to further their education and expand their career opportunities,” said Clay Christensen, MTECH president. “There is no doubt that combining technical skills with business management knowledge gives our students an advantage in an increasingly competitive job market.”

Many of the MTECH students in these apprenticeships have expressed a desire to eventually run their own businesses in their areas of expertise. The new system will provide a faster and more efficient path toward a degree, giving students crucial coursework in accounting, marketing, management, and other key competencies for managing a business.

“UVU and MTECH are building Utah’s workforce by giving students diverse opportunities to gain relevant skills, knowledge, and credentials for the 21st century,” said Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez, president of Utah Valley University. “Our partnership exemplifies UVU’s commitment to collaborate with others to prepare students for success in work and life.”

The partnership is an example of UVU and MTECH’s efforts to provide students with clear educational pathways based on stackable degrees that save time and money.

The UVU program will be available both in-person and online, providing flexibility for students to choose the learning format that best suits their needs.

UVU maintains an ongoing relationship with MTECH, creating academic pathways between the two institutions. UVU has 16 articulation agreements with MTECH, including pathways for the Associate in Applied Science degree in technology and the Associate in Science in nursing (ASN) degree.

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About Mountainland Technical College

Mountainland Technical College is home to world-class technical education with campuses throughout Utah’s Wasatch Range. As Utah’s largest technical college, serving more than 6,000 students annually across 42 industry-focused programs, Mountainland’s mission is to enhance the employability of individuals through market-driven career and technical education.

About Utah Valley University

At Utah Valley University, we believe everyone deserves the transforming benefits of high-quality education — and it needs to be affordable, accessible, and flexible. With opportunities to earn everything from certificates to master’s degrees, our students succeed by gaining real-world experience and developing career-ready skills. We continue to invite people to come as they are — and leave ready and prepared to make a difference in the world.

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