March 22, 2010
The extinction of Utah’s rural colleges (SLC Tribune)
Price » When, by some miracle, Scott Frederick graduated from Manti High School 30 years ago with a C average, he figured he was through with books and classes. The son of a miner, he started working in the energy-extraction industry, as do many other young men from central Utah.
He subsequently bounced between jobs that included audio-visual technician, laser-show producer and photographer. Along the way, he developed a love of reading and came to realize that he wanted the kind of job that required a college degree.
When his house burned down, Frederick used his $6,000 insurance settlement to enroll in the College of Eastern Utah, a small, two-year school in the state’s industrial heartland, where elk and pronghorn seem to outnumber people.
”I was really skeptical of the quality of the teachers and education. I had no idea what to expect,” says Frederick, a fit and wiry 47-year-old whose graying hair looks like it was styled back when Styx was still cool.