New Student Orientation
Policies and Procedures
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
In simple terms, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, is a way to keep your data private. Your data includes any information about you including your name, contact info, attendance, progress and your grades. It can only be shared with others if you directly allow it. This applies to all students regardless of age. If you have parents, legal guardians, spouses, emergency contacts or other persons who you may need us to share information with, you must submit the FERPA Release Form directly to Student Services.
To share information you must download, print, complete, sign and submit the FERPA Release form. This form must be submitted directly to Student Services.
Refunds and Withdraws
In the event a student needs to withdraw from a program, MTECH provides a process for both the withdraw and the refund, if appropriate. Information about refund and withdrawal policies and procedures can be found in the MTECH Student Handbook as well as in the MTECH Policies, Plans and Procedures (Policy 600.615).
New students should thoroughly review the Program Syllabus on the first day of class to allow time to withdraw if the student finds it necessary.
Attendance and Progress
Due to the hands-on nature of the training received, attendance is very important in all MTECH programs. It is very difficult to make up missed training. 85% attendance is the minimum standard for all MTECH programs. However, some programs have more strict attendance rules that must be met in order to receive the licenses, certificates or graduate from MTECH.
The following attendance rules apply to all students: When a student has low attendance or progress, the instructor will meet with the student and fill out a 2 week Academic Improvement Plan. At the end of two weeks, progress on the plan will be evaluated. Students who fail to improve will be required to meet with the Academic & Career Counselor and be placed on a probationary contract. Failure to keep the commitments made on that contract may lead to dismissal.
For more information on attendance refer to the MTECH Student Guide.
As per the UTech Policy 201.4.3, if a student accumulates ten consecutive absences from the scheduled class time they may be dropped from their program.
Media Consent Notice
Student group photographs, quotes, and other types of media information may be taken of persons in an MTECH classroom, lab, or on the MTECH Campus grounds, as needed by the college. These forms of media may be used for public relations, marketing communications and MTECH publications without the expressed consent of the individuals.
Should specific information of a single student be obtained, a student must sign a consent form to release the information for Mountainland Technical College to use the media in any channel other than internal data and reports.
High School Tuition Waived Until Graduation Only
High school students who are still enrolled in a program after their status has changed from high school student to post-secondary student are required to pay tuition for any remaining tuition hours. This means that when you or your high school class graduates, you are no longer considered a high school student by the state of Utah and are financially responsible for any additional hours that you attend your MTECH program.
You will want to make sure your parent/legal guardian is aware of this from day one. What this means is: Adults pay all tuition and fees before the class begins. High school students pay fees at the beginning of the school year but tuition will not be charged until your high school class graduates. After high school graduation, you will be considered an adult and tuition on remaining hours will be due at that time. Currently, tuition is $2.10 per hour.
Certificates and Graduation
MTECH teaches skills that lead to good employment. It is a College that emphasizes doing. Students complete courses in their program by showing what they can do. This is different than traditional education. Sure, theory is part of each lesson, but the most important part is being able to perform the skills required for your chosen occupation. Your success at MTECH will be dependent on the skills you learn to do.
MTECH does not grant credit and a degree, like a university. When you complete your MTECH program, you will receive a Program Certificate that lists the skills you have mastered. In many programs, you may also earn an industry certification, or become licensed. While you can take your skills and move on for more education at a university, MTECH’s emphasis is to get you employed as soon as you complete.
Each May, graduation ceremonies are held to honor students who have completed their program. These events are large and loud, with family and friends in attendance. There, they can see you walk down the aisle in your graduation gown, and receive your Program Certificate from MTECH. There is no charge for graduation, and you will receive an invitation in April with important details for your night of recognition.
Grievances, Appeals and Re-Enrollment
Most students sail through their program at MTECH without a hitch. However, if things aren’t going well, there is something you can do. If you have a complaint about a fellow student, the way things are done in class, something amiss in the building, etc., please contact your instructor for help.
If your complaint is about your instructor, it is a good idea to try talking it out with them. Bring up the issue in a professional manner, in a private place. At MTECH, we try to resolve issues informally first, with the person we have the complaint with. That is the way people operate in the working world.
If you feel like your complaint is not heard, or is not resolved, contact the Program Director that your instructor reports to. You can find out who this is by calling 801-753-4100, and telling the receptionist which program you are in.
For problems that can’t seem to be resolved informally, there is a formal process that can be used. See the Student Guide or Student Grievance Policy 600.608 at mtec.edu. There, you can find information on filing a written grievance. This grievance will be reviewed by the Appeals Committee, and you will get a response in writing.
If a student withdraws, or is withdrawn involuntarily due to violation of the Student Code of Conduct, or lack of progress, there are rules that govern how and when they may return to MTECH. These may be found online at mtec.edu/policies under Admissions and Enrollment Procedures 600.604A.