Utah Valley University students who live in southern Utah County have another location choice for classes this semester — Santaquin City Hall.
Santaquin opened its public safety training room in the city building this year for UVU students to take 15 courses ranging from American Popular Music to math, according to UVU’s website. Classes are held every day of the week, except Tuesday and Thursday nights because those times are reserved for city business, said Dennis Marker, Santaquin’s community development director.
Marker said the city did a survey of residents and 80 percent of respondents said they supported having UVU courses taught in the city building.
“They provide whatever the students’ needs are,” Marker said. “Classes are taught on campus, and through the Utah Educational Network are broadcast into the building.”
The classes are open to any currently enrolled UVU student, not just Santaquin residents.
“Our council and city are excited to have UVU down here,” Marker said.
He said the city sees the courses as beneficial to residents and businesses and as a way to provide training to the workforce and provide additional economic development.
In addition to its main campus and its venue in Santaquin, UVU offers courses in Spanish Fork (Spanish Fork High School), Springville (Springville High School and the Advanced Learning Center), Lehi (Mountainland Applie
Technology College at Thanksgiving Point), Saratoga Springs (Westlake High School), at the National Guard Building just west of UVU in Orem and at its campus in Heber.