The Venture Course in the Humanities
What is Venture?
Venture is Utah's Clemente Course! The Clemente Course in the Humanities is a community-based program offering accredited college courses in the liberal arts, tuition-free, to people living on low incomes who have limited access to college education. To this end, it mobilizes social services and community organizations, state humanities councils, and institutions of higher learning. Books, course materials, access to childcare and transportation are provided without charge. Classes are taught by college and university professors. More than 7,000 students in multiple states have enrolled in CCH, many of whom earned college credits and successfully continued their college education. The Clemente Course is supported in this endeavor by a dynamic partnership with Bard College, which for 20 years has granted academic credits to many affiliate programs, while also providing key support through academic oversight, collaborative fundraising, professional development, and outreach.
Venture in Salt Lake City, Utah
Venture is a free two-semester college course in the humanities for anyone who dares to dream. This accredited evening course, taught by Westminster College faculty, gives students new ways of thinking about their lives and their world, developing their ability to think and write critically and empowering them to take more control of their future. Using discussion and reflection to learn and primary sources as texts, Venture uses the liberal arts to help liberate the mind.
Who Attends Venture?
The application process includes the completion of online application forms, and interviews which will be held early summer. Individuals who are accepted into the program will be notified after completing the application and interview process.
WHAT Venture Course Graduates Say
“I am very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Venture program. Every instructor was wonderful and going to class was an enjoyable experience I looked forward to every week. My family and I are on a better track for becoming self-sufficient. I would recommend this program to anyone. Thank you to everyone involved who made this possible!”
“Venture has made me feel alive again. It has been so refreshing and stimulating to be around so many like-minded people. The teachers have taken the time out of their lives to be active, caring participants in ours, which not only has taught us so many things about the subjects themselves, but has also shown us that each one of us can and needs to be active, caring participants in our own lives and in this world.”
What Westminster College graduates say about Venture
As I sit at my desk working on a paper for my graduate Human Development class at Loyola University, I pause and "pinch" myself to reflect on how I got here. Venture. I'd always had the "idea" of going to college tucked into a corner of my mind and my heart, but I saw college as a thing that other people did. Why not me? No resources, no money, no encouragement, and no idea about how to “bridge the gap.” The Venture Course was that bridge. Venture gave me the confidence I needed. It said "yes" when everything and everyone else said "no.” It said "possible" when “impossible” tried to control my mind. The humanities opened up a new way of thinking about and relating to the world that finally made sense to me. It taught me new vocabulary and helped me know that I fit into this world just by being. Because of my experience in The Venture Course I will never again believe in "impossible."
Robin Smith, McNair Scholar, Westminster College Graduate, 2013