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Mountainland Applied Technology College, now known as MTech, is a technical college in which highschool students can go and pursue a future career while still earning high school credit. They can pursue anything from dentistry, culinary arts, medical assisting, cosmetology, and much more. However, it’s not just for highschool students! If you've already graduated, you can enroll here and take whatever course you like. This is a great way to get certified in something that interests you and it’s a lot cheaper than going to a 4 year college and taking classes you don’t want to take.
There are many different class times offered so you can find a time that works best for you. If you’re an early bird they have a 7:30 to 10:30 am class. If you like to sleep in they have an 11:30 to 2:30 class. And finally, if you’re a night owl, they have 6 to 9 pm classes.
Moutainland Technical College (MATC) was originally established as Moutainland Applied Technology Center in November 1989. It was under the guidance of Mountainland Regional Vocational and Technical Education Coordinating Committee (VTECC). This committee was composed of superintendents from seven school districts, the president of state higher education institution, and several private sector employees serving Mountainland Region.
The initial funding came about in 1992 from state appropriations, state and federal grants, and local resources. An ongoing funding source was appropriated by the Utah State Legislature and allocated to MATC through both the State Board of Education and State Board of Regents.
MATC has grown a lot over the years. There are campuses in Orem, Spanish Fork, Lehi, and American Fork. In 2005, MATC surpassed 500,000 hours of training and in 2008, they surpassed 750,000 hours. Mountainland Technical College is the fastest growing campus within the Utah College of Applied Technology system. In 2013, they posted the largest growth in membership hours and produced the largest number of COE accredited certificates of all ATC’s in the state of Utah for the second year in a row.