BATC Buzz

Here on the BATC Buzz, you'll find a variety of content from various categories surrounding the BATC happenings.

Building Professionals Needed

"A survey released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) shows more than 85 percent of contractors in Utah expect to have difficulties in finding and hiring new building professionals. U.S. contractors' foremost challenge "is the growing shortage of qualified workers — especially craft workers — to fill available positions," said Stephen Sandherr, AGC's chief executive."

Read the article Utah Contractors Have the Jobs, But Need the Workers from the Salt Lake Tribune. Apply for our Building Technology and/or Cabinetmaking programs. Check them out here.

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Commercial Released

The Utah College of Applied Technology (the parent organization for Utah’s eight regional applied technology colleges (ATCs), has just released its latest television commercial in preparation for the NFL playoffs.

Cool, huh? Check out the commercial here, and support BATC!"

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Nine Students Honored at the Fire & Rescue RCA Graduation

BATC honored nine students who participated in their Fire Recruit Candidate Academy last Thursday.  The academy is a five-month program that teaches Firefighter I and II, along with Hazmat Awareness and Operations.  The students pride themselves as they endure many hours of training to successfully complete the requirements.

Bridgerland Applied Technology College RCA is one of two locations in the state that offers firefighter training in this format.  It's a pathway that not only prepares someone who wants to be a career firefighter, but takes them way beyond what is required to obtain firefighter certification.

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Simona Madsen

Student of the Month
for January

Program:
Business Technology

“Simona began the program with a little hesitancy, but quickly turned everything to full speed ahead!  Simona LOVES to learn and absorbs every subject just like a sponge! The more difficult the subject, the more she applies herself.  She possesses the work ethic and human relation skills to succeed in any employment situation.  Simona has proven to herself that she can excel in anything she puts her mind to.”
-Madlyn Huber, Instructor

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New Year, New You!

It’s a new year and you think, “Uggh, new year resolutions are so overrated.” Statistically, people just don’t keep their resolutions, actually, only 8 percent do! So, this year, we encourage you not to make your average resolution, but look deep within yourself and find your passion. This means, you not only set goals, but make this passion a part of your everyday life. Do something every day to be successful in what you choose to do. We all experience the ebb and flow of struggle and growth, just make sure you come out on top!

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Congratulations Graduates!

Graduation was held Thursday, December 11, with over 200 students being recognized. Mindi Ward from the Practical Nursing Program shared the story of her journey to Bridgerland and what she gained along the way. Mindi was also selected to represent BATC as the Student of the Year! (View video here.)

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Robotics Team Moving Forward

Kudos to Nathan Merrill, team captain for BATC’s Skunkworks Robotics Team. Nathan not only took the initiative to go after, but was awarded a $2,300 grant, which will allow two robot teams to participate in either the national or world competitions in March 2015. We look for great things from these bright, industrious, creative leaders of tomorrow. Great job!

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The Winner is...

Mindi Ward, Practical Nursing student, was awarded the BATC Student of the Year for 2014 on December 4. UCAT President Robert 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 Zion's Bank. We are so proud of Mindi and her accomplishments and can't wait to hear her speak at the upcoming graduation.

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Warming the Hearts of Others

A very special thanks to all those who participated in the BATC Business Coat Drive this year! The outpour of support was greatly appreciated and we hope your generosity sparked the beginning of a wonderful holiday season full of giving! Chantel Guinn and Mindy Anderson, Business students at the Brigham City Campus, collected over 820 articles of warm clothing during their two-week humanitarian project:
204 Adult Coats
316 Kids Coats
300+ Warm Clothing articles (Hats, Gloves, Sweatshirts, etc.)

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Police Academy Graduation

On Friday, November 21, there were 24 cadets who graduated from the Police Academy Program with several hundred attendees, which included police administrators, deputies, and officers from Box Elder, Cache, and Weber counties. We enjoyed the guest speaker, Sidney Groll, Director of Law Enforcement for the Department of Natural Resources, and presentation by the graduates. Eight instructors were recognized for going above and beyond in their teaching capacity.

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Mary Brown

Student of the Month
for December (Logan)

Program:
Fashion Merchandising

“Mary was an absolute delight to have as a student. With a smile on her face and without one complaint, Mary was always very creative, detail oriented, and extremely dedicated to her schoolwork.”  -- Hailey Christensen, Instructor

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Fabulous Fashion Show - It's a Wrap

The BATC Fashion Merchandising Department just finished their annual Fall Fashion Show.  With record breaking attendance for show history at BATC, and an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from the community, models, and students, the show was a complete success!  The theme for the show was, “Legends of the Fall”.  The students enrolled in the Fashion Merchandising classes were responsible for coordinating the clothing, choreography, music, advertising, and all other elements of the show, which featured clothing from retailers in the Cache Valley Mall, DownEast, and Old Navy.

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Make Kids Smile

During the month of November, the Business Technology Department is excited to be collecting donations of new stuffed animals. The collections will be donated to the North Logan Fire Department. The firemen will give the stuffed animals to children who are victims of domestic violence or whose lives have been changed due to emergency situations. Please donate a new stuffed animal in one of the red boxes distributed throughout the Main Campus, West Campus, or Brigham City Campus by November 21.

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Amy Butts

"I received a job in the field of dental assisting before I graduated thanks to hard work, and the awesome instructors at BATC. I have been an official member of the Haws Family Dentistry dental team for the past 4 months, and I have loved every second of it. I would have to consider myself a lucky part of the 85% of BATC students obtaining employment in this career field. Thanks to everyone involved in my success at BATC!" - Amy Butts

Thank you Amy! And good luck on the job!

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Fire & Rescue Services - Excels again!

The Fire & Rescue Services RCA Program passed the accreditation site visit with the Utah Fire & Rescue Academy. We are good for another 5 years! Thanks to everyone who participated.

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Mindi Ward

Student of the Month
for November (Logan)


Program: Practical Nursing

"If I ever had to choose a student to care for me, it would be Mindi.  She has the perfect mixture of book-smart, clinical skills, and caring.  She is a fantastic person and is dedicated to her profession and her schooling."  -- Natalie Britt, Instructor

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Brooke Martinez

Student of the Month
for October (Brigham)

Program:
Cosmetology - Esthetician

"I like the Esthetics program because I get to work with different clients to help them with skin care. The hands-on training prepares me for the real world and the teachers are great!"

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Abby Allison

Student of the Month
for October (Logan)


Program: Dental Assisting

“Abby Allison is an amazing student who is reaping the benefits of hard work, determination, friendliness, and professionalism.  She gained employment during her externship because of her outstanding people and dental assisting skills.”

Kendra Howle, Clinical Instructor

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See If You Can Pass the GED

We can't see your future, but we can see if you'll pass the GED test! Starting today, September 22 through October 3, you can take the practice test for free! Contact the BATC Academic Learning Center for details at (435) 750-3165 or academic@batc.edu.

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DeAnne Francom

Student of the Month
for September (Brigham)

Program:
Business Technology

"If you are considering BATC for school, you won't regret it. The instructors have helped me stay positive and motivated to complete the Business Technology Program! I enjoy the friendly environment - everyone is always eager to help."

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BATC Ice Bucket Challenge

We accepted the challenge! We got wet, we donated, and we paid it forward! We nominate each and every one of our amazing students to make a difference.

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Michelle Rose

Student of the Month
for September (Logan)


Program: Medical Assisting

“As a devoted wife and mother of four it hasn’t been easy for Michelle to be a full-time student, but she has set definite goals for herself and has worked hard to meet those goals.  She is an amazing student, and is very friendly, outgoing, and goes out of her way to help others.  Michelle is extremely kind, caring, and compassionate; she will be a real asset to the field of healthcare."

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Bragging Rights for Medical Assisting

We just received the results for the CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) exam - that all of our Medical Assisting students take each year. We are excited to announce that we have a 100% pass rate (compared to the national pass rate of 67%)!!

Way to go Medical Assisting instructors and students - you rock!

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Brent Marchant

Program: Business Technology

"If I were looking for an employee with excellent skills, dependability to the max, a great work ethic, and a calm and balanced approach to life, that person would be Brent!

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Robotics Fair

Young engineers enjoyed showcasing their mechanical innovations at the first-ever Robotics Fair.  Amazing stuff, kids!!! 

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