The turn of the 18th century was a time of growth for higher education in Utah. The institutions known today as the University of Utah, Utah State University and Weber State University were established in 1850, 1888 and 1889, respectively.
To teach commercial subjects and place graduates in business positions, J.A. Smith founded what is now Stevens-Henager College in September of 1891. One hundred and twenty-five years later, Stevens-Henager College is celebrating this milestone.
“While the name, size, and scope of our college has certainly changed over the past 125 years, one thing hasn’t changed—our unwavering commitment to student success,” said Eric Juhlin, president of Stevens-Henager College. “Our focus on doing everything we can to make students successful is what we are all about. It is the singular purpose that guides everything we do. We are dedicated to helping students achieve their goals, improve their lives, and get a much better job sooner. And we have generations of successful graduates to demonstrate our results.”
At its establishment, the college was called Intermountain Business College. Over the next 68 years, the college was known as Smithsonian Business College, Moench University of Business, and West Haven Business College. The name was changed to Stevens-Henager College in 1959.
The college now has nine campus locations throughout Utah and Idaho, including Murray (Salt Lake City), West Haven (Ogden), Orem (Provo), Layton, Logan, St. George, Boise, Nampa and Idaho Falls.* It offers job-focused degrees in healthcare, business, technology and graphic arts. Courses are taught by experienced professionals, offering a hands-on approach to higher education.
While its student body represents diverse backgrounds and experiences, Stevens-Henager College tailors its degree programs to nontraditional students, specifically working adults.
“We’ve geared all of our degree programs really to be not only career-specific, but to be focused on that adult learner who’s coming back to school and needs additional support, needs focused curriculum, needs career-specific curriculum, rather than a lot of electives that may not really add any value to their future career,” Juhlin said.
Campuses held individual celebrations throughout September. Students, staff, and the community shared in the celebration on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using #SHCTurns125.
Stevens-Henager College provides career-focused higher education to students in Utah and Idaho. Offering both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in healthcare, business, graphic arts and technology, Stevens-Henager is committed to preparing professionals for meaningful careers and an increased sense of satisfaction. Dedicated to advancing higher-education opportunities in its communities, Stevens-Henager is the only college in Utah to offer free GED® test credential and other degree preparatory programs through its Good Neighbor Initiative.** For more information or to speak to an academic advisor, please call 801-312-0079. Stevens-Henager is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
*Idaho Falls is a branch campus of CollegeAmerica, Flagstaff AZ.
** These services are not within the institution’s scope of accreditation.