The Venture Course at Weber State University
The Venture Course in the Humanities provides adults facing economic barriers with a chance to start college. Modeled on the Clemente Course in the Humanities, created by educator and journalist Earl Shorris in 1995 and now an international movement. Venture is a year-long, introductory humanities course taught by university and college faculty in Salt Lake City, Ogden and southern Utah (Cedar City region).
Venture includes sections in literature, American history, art history, philosophy, and writing/critical thinking. Successful students of Venture in Salt Lake City receive credit from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. In Ogden, Weber State University provides credit for Venture. In southern Utah, Venture students receive credit from Southern Utah University.
In Ogden, the Venture Course meets 6:00-8:00 p.m. from September through April at the Weber State University Community Education Center, 2955 Harrison Blvd., Ogden, Utah.
Residents of Weber, Davis or Box Elder county wishing to apply for Venture should contact Tonia Wilson, 801-589-1324 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Thank You to the following individuals who make this program possible:
Alan E. and Jeanne N. Hall Endowment for Community Outreach
Utah Humanities Council
"I found strength in myself by critically thinking about others remarks. My critical thinking skills were very rusty but this course helped me fine tune them and add more perspective. I put my critical thinking skills to use in my personal life and believe it has benefited my family, myself and parts of the community I am active with." "I loved the Venture Course because I was considering going back to school for the first time in over ten years and I was very nervous about it. I was happy to have been a part of the Venture program because it helped me get my feet wet and ease back into school. I enrolled at Weber State spring semester 2012 and I am planning on continuing my education to become a nurse."
"The Venture program has strengthened my life and my family's life. I've opened my mind so much more than before. I trust the educational path now. When I started I looked to see if this was really an open door. I have so much joy and hope now because it really was an open door with treasure after treasure behind it."