Southwest Applied Technology College named Harsh Kansagra the SWATC 2014 Student of the Year. Kansagra won a $1,000 cash prize, donated by Zions Bank, and moves to the next step in pursuit of the UCAT Student of the Year title. The Southwest ATC Student of the Year will serve as…
Garrett Chatelain was announced as Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College’s Student of the Year at a November 19th reception honoring five finalists who competed in a rigorous series of interviews, essays, and presentations. Garrett, a Practical Nursing student, knew when he was just ten years old that he wanted to be…
Mountainland Applied Technology College announced the selection of Jordan Dahl as its 2014 Student of the Year at a MATC Board of Directors Meeting on December 17. Jordan received a $1,000 check courtesy of Zions Bank. He will represent MATC at the UCAT Student of the Year competition in late…
Dixie Applied Technology College announced the selection of Kasidi Havens as its first-ever Student of the Year at a student appreciation day last Tuesday. Kasidi was awarded a $1,000 check from Zion’s Bank during the event along with the title. A Pharmacy Technician graduate, Havens spoke to the crowd about…
Davis Applied Technology College announced the selection of Ty Jarry as the 2014 DATC Student of the Year at a recognition luncheon just before the holidays. Ty, a resident of Layton, received a $1,000 check from Zions Bank, and an opportunity to represent the DATC at the Utah College of…
Mindi Ward, Practical Nursing student, was named the Bridgerland Applied College Student of the Year for 2014 on December 4th. UCAT President Rob Brems and BATC Campus President Dr. Richard Maughan congratulated Mindi on a job well done and presented her with a $1,000 check donated by Zions Bank. Mindi…
On average, Utah high schools with students attending UCAT campuses enroll nearly 7% of their students in applied technology college courses, according to an analysis of three-year enrollment data. For the third consecutive year, Union High School in Roosevelt had more students and a higher share of its student body…
Uintah Basin Applied Technology College named June Corbett as the college’s first-ever Student of the Year. June was awarded the title at a banquet on Monday evening at the UBATC Vernal campus. President Aaron Weight awarded her the title and a representative from Zion’s Bank awarded her a check for…
Tooele Applied Technology College featured Wanda Held, its newly-named Student of the Year, at its largest graduation ceremony in history Thursday night. Wanda was awarded the title and a $1,000 check from Zion’s Bank in a TATC Campus Board of Directors meeting on November 5th. Wanda Held, a Medical Assistant…
In celebration of Veterans Day, we invited the UCAT campuses to tell us about some of their students and employees who have served our country. Read on for stories about veterans who have been served by the Applied Technology Colleges, or who are working at the campuses to provide great…
The Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT) is the parent organization for Utah’s eight regional applied technology colleges (ATCs). Established by the State of Utah, UCAT provides market-driven technical education through eight ATCs meeting the needs of Utah’s employers for skilled workers.
The ATCs prepare both adult and high school students to enter or advance in the workplace. Customized training is also provided to employers for their workforce through UCAT’s Custom Fit program.
Jared Taylor started in the Plumbing Apprenticeship program at Davis Applied Technology College with a junior and senior in high school. He has become the youngest journeyman in the state.
When asked about his educational experience, Jared said, “It was exciting and fun to work with the instructor and to do hands-on projects that helped me perform at a higher level on the job.” Jared is now the Vice President of Robert Speirs Plumbing, a business that his grandfather started in 1961. “We have 42 plumbers working for us,” said Jared. “We hire DATC students because they are fully trained, know how to do the work we need, and have high standards for quality.”
Medical Assisting Program
Juana has a young family but was determined to make schooling work for her. There were times she didn’t think she would be able to finish the Medical Assisting program, but she wanted to be a positive role model for her four children. She was fortunate to receive a scholarship that made it possible for her to finish in just 11 months. She is now working at the Midtown Clinic and absolutely loves what she does every day.
When asked about her experience Juana said, “ Please accept my deepest gratitude for making it possible for me to have a career, not a job. You have made an impact not only on me, but my children and their lives as well. Thank You!”
Medical Assisting Program
Dr. Spencer Ferrin began his career at the Ogden-Weber Tech College in the Medical Assisting Program. He credits his training and experience as a crucial step leading to medical school. He said, “The program provided me with much needed clinical experience that medical schools require for acceptance. Start at the tech college, there is not a better way to build your future.”
Dr. Ferrin graduated from the University of Utah and The Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his residency at SUNY in Syracuse, New York and then returned to Utah and worked as an ER Doctor. in Vernal, Utah. He is now an Emergency Room Physician at McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden, UT, where he plans to finish his career.
Sterling Coons is living proof that a certificate from DXATC can start students on a path to a great future. His interest in becoming a Pharmacist led him to our Pharmacy Technician Program, where he was a quick study and excelled. After completing the program, his knowledge and customer service skills landed him a job at Stapley Pharmacy, making it possible for him to earn a good income while completing his pre-pharmacy studies at Dixie State University. This past fall, he was accepted into Nevada’s Roseman Pharmacy School, taking yet another step towards his goal of becoming a Pharmacist.
Grand America Banquet Chef
In Junior High, Justin Williams was the only boy in his Home Economics class, but he didn’t care. He loved to cook! He continued to master his culinary creations in his Pro Start classes at Davis High School.
“I thought I knew everything there was to know about cooking, until I discovered the Culinary Arts program at DATC. The tuition was free for high school students, so I enrolled immediately. The training provided me an amazing opportunity to enhance my baking skills over my junior and senior years of high school.”
Justin graduated from DATC in September 2005 with a National Certification in Culinary Arts. He interviewed at the Grand America Hotel for a chef position. Justin received a Line Chef position, continuing to excel, Justin was promoted to Restaurant Sous Chef.“After working as a Sous Chef for about nine months, I was promoted to Banquet Chef. I continued to improve my managerial skills to oversee the 1700-person Thanksgiving brunch and 500-person Garden Café Restaurant,” said Justin. Now responsible for budgeting, payroll, ordering, menus and banquets Justin is enjoying a rewarding fast pace career. In return for his dedication, he has gone from a starting wage of $8.50/hour to $45,000 per year. In the future, Justin is interested in gaining the necessary skills to properly run his own restaurant and catering business.
Food–The Universal Language
Brittany Butler always had a love for baking. She discovered this love when she stayed home to take care of her dad who had cancer. “I would bake stuff during the day while he was sleeping. He wouldn’t eat any of it, so I gave it to his doctors. I became very popular at the University of Utah,” Brittany laughs.
Having always worked retail, Brittany jumped at the chance when her in-laws offered to help pay for culinary school. “I was tired of working retail and I got excited to make a career change into something I love.” Brittany immediately enrolled in Davis Applied Technology College’s Culinary Arts program in August 2010.
She took first place in a SkillsUSA competition in commercial bakery, made gingerbread houses for the Grand America, created menus and meals for faculty, staff and students for an entire month, helped teach high school students, and currently sets out a beautiful display daily for the salad bar.
“Everybody loves food and it’s universal, which is what I love about it.”