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Are you currently enrolled in school?
Did you graduate from high school?
Did you earn a GED?
Are you currently working toward a GED?
Have you ever attended college?
Have you earned college credits?

Family and Household

Marital Status
Do you have children?
With whom do you live?
What is your available household income (before taxes)?


The Venture course meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30–8:30 p.m. If you have received a Bachelor’s degree, you are not eligible to participate in Venture.

Please indicate whether this works with your current work schedule (allowing travel time, too).
Employment Status


Will you need a TRAX/bus pass to attend classes?

Personal Statement

The personal statement is the most important part of the application. It helps us get to know who you are and why you are interested in Venture. Personal statements must be written by the applicant to be considered.

Please answer, in approximately 200 words, one of the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to further your education?
  2. Write about an event or situation in your life that had a significant impact on you.
  3. What are your goals and how do you envision the Venture course helping you accomplish them?
  4. What special skills or experiences would you bring to the Venture course?

Sample Assignment

The following is a sample assignment from the critical writing class in the Venture course. As part of your application, please read the article and complete the three questions below.

The New York Times

Sadiq Khan Elected in London, Becoming Its First Muslim Mayor


LONDON — In a Europe struggling with a rise in Islamophobia, riven* by debates about the flood of Syrian migrants and on edge over religious, ethnic and cultural disputes, London has elected its first Muslim mayor.

Sadiq Khan—a Labour Party leader, a former human rights lawyer and a son of a bus driver from Pakistan — was declared the winner after a protracted count that extended into Saturday. He will be the first Muslim to lead Britain’s capital.

The victory also makes him one of the most prominent Muslim politicians in the West.

London is hardly representative of Britain: About a quarter of its residents are foreign-born, and one-eighth are Muslim. And Mr. Khan is not the first Muslim to hold prominent office in Europe: Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, has had a Muslim mayor since 2009, and Sajid Javid is the British secretary of state for business.

*riven: split, divided, separated

Venture in the City of South Salt Lake is made possible through support from the City of South Salt Lake, Westminster College, Utah Humanities, the George Q. Morris Foundation, CIT Bank, the Marriner S. Eccles Foundation, the Henry W. & Leslie M. Eskuche Foundation, and Richard and Susan Jacobsen.

The Venture Course does not discriminate on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, age, religion, national origin, or handicapping conditions.