BATC Buzz

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

BATC Foundation Meets for Scholarship Report

The Bridgerland Applied Technology College Foundation (BATCF) met on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, to hear a report from the previous scholarship recipient and to select a new recipient for the fall semester. May 2016 scholarship recipient, Teresa Scheurich, was not able to attend the meeting on Wednesday so BATC Vice President over Student Services, James White, spoke in her behalf. He stated that Teresa was able to finish her Veterinary Assistant/Pre-Tech education and has since 

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Dr. David R. Woolstenhulme Selected as UCAT Commissioner

At the conclusion of their quarterly meeting, the Board of Trustees of the Utah College of Applied Technology has selected Dr. David R. Woolstenhulme to serve as the first Commissioner of Technical Education. The selection of the Board must now be approved by Governor Gary R. Herbert with consent of the Utah State Senate. Dr. Woolstenhulme is the Executive Vice Provost at Utah State University, a post he has held since 2014. A former President of the Uintah Basin Applied Technology, Dr. Woolstenhulme also served...

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Lettie Larsen: Student Success

Throughout her life, Lettie Larsen has worked on a family farm where she has fixed engines, repaired broken pipes and changed the oil on the machinery. System repairs have always made sense to Lettie so it was only natural for her to pursue a career in mechanics. “Originally I wanted to start out with small engines,” she explains, “but then I was told about the high school diesel classes at Bridgerland Applied Technology College.” As Lettie began to explore the option, she discovered that BATC’s diesel shop houses a variety of big engines to work on, plus...

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Cayle Herbaugh

While working as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Cayle Herbaugh decided she wanted a steady job in a career that she would enjoy; one that would allow her to focus more on medical and health care. In November 2015 Cayle enrolled in the Medical Assisting Program at Bridgerland Applied Technology College.“I went to school originally because I am a single mom and I wanted to make sure I had more to offer my daughter than a [basic entry-level] job,” Cayle says with a smile. “I wanted to work hard and go to school and make a better life for myself and for her.” And she’s doing just that. Cayle plans to have her externship completed...

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Grants Awarded to Machining Technology and Auto Collision

On July 13the BATC Machining Technology Program was awarded a $15,000 grant by The Gene Hass Foundation. This foundation was established by Gene Haas, owner of Hass Automation, Inc., to provide scholarship funds to post-secondary programs that teach CNC Machine Technology, Adult CNC training or Engineering while incorporating CNC training in the curriculum. BATC will use this grant to provide scholarship funds...

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Jorie Reed

Student of the Month for July

Program: Interior Design
 
“Jorie is a great student but more importantly, she is an overall good person. Not only does she work hard on her own projects but she is just as dedicated to others’ projects that she is asked to assist with. She pays attention to detail and is professional when working with others. Jorie is committed to her education, is constantly improving herself, and is open to critique as a way to continue to improve her skills and...
 

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BATC Fashion Program Visits NYC

Another BATC Fashion trip for the books! A group of 12 of us from the BATC Fashion Merchandising Program went to New York City this year and we conquered every end of the city from top to bottom! We took in all the usual sights of The Big Apple: the Rockefeller Center, Statue of Liberty Cruise, 911 Memorial, Museum, Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Time Square and much more.
We enjoyed a special visit to Mood Designer Fabrics, (which was filled with thousands of bolts of fabric, trim, buttons, leather, beads etc. that you could only dream of); we made custom floral crowns with M & S Schmalberg at their 4th generation headquarters factory in the renowned garment district; and we enjoyed a one-on-one visit with fashion favorite Linda Pagen in her...

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Why Composites?

Royal Hafen has always had a passion for aerodynamics. Finding him wrapped up in the study of airplane wings or sailboat hulls was always common. It is no surprise that he has chosen a career path in composites.

After earning a degree in drafting, Royal jumped on the chance to further his education by attending the Advanced Composite & Fabrication evening courses at BATC. Almost immediately, a whole new world opened up to him! While on a field trip with his Composites class, Royal visited ENVE Composites where he spoke to them about his drafting experience and employment goals.  Even though he was, at the time, a beginner student in the Composites course, the company recognized...

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Step Up! Go Out and Make a Difference!

Congratulations to all of our graduates who were honored Thursday, June 16, at BATC's semi-annual graduation ceremonies! The room was filled with family, friends, faculty, and smiling supporters of the many students who have obtained their certificates in the past six months. 

Jaqson Belnap from the Automated Manufaturing & Robotics Program represented the graduates as the student speaker, sharing his journey and thoughts about his time at Bridgerland. You will find his story at this link: http://batc.edu/blog/2016/02/success-story-jaqson-belnap

Special guest speaker for the evening, Dr. Dave R. Woolstenhulme, shared his vision of the many educational opportunities available through the Pathways Stackable Programs.  Executive Vice Provost at Utah State University, he also serves Bridgerland as a member of the Board of Directors and has been instrumental in creating the Stackable Programs between Bridgerland and USU. His vision of allowing students to take their 900-hour certificates and receive credit towards an associates degree...

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Bransen McCall

Student of the Month for June

Program: Auto Collision
 
“In the time that Bransen has been here in the Auto Collision Program, he has shown me many great qualities. He always comes each day with a good attitude and willingness to help with any project that he is asked to be a part of. His ability to learn the many new skills needed to be successful in the auto collision field is exceptional. He has a passion for cars and it shows through his ability to pay attention to the critical details needed to succeed in the industry. I am certain he will have a long, successful career in the auto collision industry!"  

Andrew Arave, Instructor

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Animal Sciences: Five Ways to Keep Your Pet Happy

Pets. They're our best friends, our greatest supporters, our faithful confidants. We feed them, play with them and show them off. Overall, animals are easy to please but, are we really doing the things that genuinely keep them happy?

May is National Pet Month so we thought we'd shed some light on our Pre-Vet Tech/Veterinarian Assistant department. According to BATC Animal Science Instructor, Susan Curtis, pet needs are basically straight across the board. Whether we have dogs, cats, snakes, birds or bunnies, here are five simple tips she gives on how to keep our pets happy.

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Career Days 2016

Students from 21 surrounding junior highs came together at BATC's Main Campus for our annual Career Days. Booths and stations were filled with activities that gave the students a glimpse into dozens of different occupations available to them if they choose to begin their education and training through BATC. Thanks to all the sponsors and participants that helped to create this successful event!

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Katelyn Purbaugh

Student of the Month for May

Program: Business Technology
 
“Totally amazing! That's the best way for me to describe Katelyn's success in the Business Technology Program. Katelyn entered the program with a plan. She has, course by course, attacked her goal and knocked out each subject with incredible quality and quantity. I appreciate Katelyn's drive and her ability to self-manage. Katelyn possesses traits that employers want: great human relation skills, the ability to solve probelms, a willingness to work hard and pay the price, and a positive attitude. Congratulations, Katelyn!"  

Madlyn Huber, Instructor

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Flashback Friday: BATC Spring Fashion Show 2016

Florals, Boho and denim were all the center of attention during the BATC Spring Fashion Show in March.  Models strolled down the catwalk in front of sold out crowds while pictures from actual runways and local retailers were projected onto the four giant screens behind them, portraying spring’s hottest trends. This show, nine BATC Fashion Merchandising students teamed up with local retailers and vendors from throughout Cache Valley to showcase styles and looks that they felt were important to promote and highlight. 

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Utah FFA Association State Career Development Event at BATC

Halls were filled with the future of agriculture this week as BATC hosted two of the events during the annual Utah FFA Association State Career Development Event.

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All New Information Technology Classroom

The Information Technology Department is super excited about their newly remodeled classroom! From the custom-designed flooring to the custom-built oil submersion computer, this room screams "This is IT"! 

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Business Administrative Conference 2016

Nearly seventy students and faculty members gathered Tuesday morning for another successful BATC Business Administrative Conference. Students from the Logan and Brigham City BATC campuses attended the annual event where they met, mingled, and learned from three very successful, motivating businesspeople from the community.

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Welding Technology Skills Contest 2016

Sparks were literally flying Thursday morning as students from across the Wasatch corridor gathered at BATC's annual Welding Technology Skills Contest. 

A total of eighty-four participants competed in the three-part contest which consisted of a written test, a 3G Certification Plate (SMAW) and a welding configuration from a GMAW blueprint. Judges Jeff Baldwin from Progressive Construction and Doug Johnson from Praxair rated individual participants based on knowledge, precision, and skills. Awards donated by our sponsors were given to the top twelve competitors in both the BATC-enrolled and the non-

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Emilee Roberts

When fashion student, Emilee Roberts, was given the opportunity to work for successful designer out of Connecticut, she immediately knew it was a chance of a lifetime.

In 2015, Rhone Apparel, a strong yet classic men's activewear line, hired Emilee to run their bookkeeping and finances. Since then, she has been processing their accounts receivable, tracking their inventory and reconciling bank accounts for the company as they distribute their lines to Bloomingdales and Nordstroms among other stores across the nation. Plus, she does it all from the comfort of her own home.

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Interior Design: Turning Classrooms into a Literal Work of Art

The purpose of Interior Design is to push the limits of design and predictability in order to bring personality into an otherwise blank structure and recently the BATC Interior Design Program has done just that. 

Students from the program have spent the last several months learning how to tap even deeper into their "inner creative junkies" as they’ve remodeled the entire Interior Design department with repurposed materials. Nearly every material was either used and donated or purchased second-hand in an effort to teach the students what it's really like to work within a client's budget, which the student's discovered quickly was fun but hard work. 

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Peggy Shumway

“Peggy is an amazing student; dedicated to her coursework and willing to put in the time and effort needed to be successful. Peggy is kind, compassionate, and always emphasizes on the positive side of things. Even as a busy mom, she has been able to focus on her education and accomplish the goals she has set for herself. Peggy will be an excellent MA!”  

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BATC Cybersecurity Team Takes First Place

Congratulations to Team VanGuard, a cybersecurity competition team from BATC! Having recently competed against other teams throughout the state of Utah, they took first place at CyberPatriot VIII – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.


Though this was their first year of competition, Team VanGuard's performance earned them First Place in Utah in the Gold Tier after competing against 491 other national teams in their tier. The team's score for this round has placed them as tenth highest in the nation and they will now move forward into the Regional Round.

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Liana Busby

“Liana has an incredible work ethic, as is evidenced in how quickly she has moved through the fashion program. She began in October of 2015 and is just one or two courses away from graduating! She is already working in the merchandising field at the local Rue 21. Liana is focused, driven, hard working, positive, and happy. I see endless possibilities for her future!”  

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Success Story: Jaqson Belnap

Jaqson Belnap is literally living proof of Bridgerland ATC's theme, "Career in a Year". He enrolled in the Automated Manufacturing & Robotics course on January 5, 2015 and was hired by Set Point Engineering Systems in Ogden, one of the world's premier providers of custom automation on January 4, 2016.  

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BATC's VEX Tournament 2016

When teams of students from throughout the Wasatch Front gathered for the 2016 VEX Tournament at BATC last Friday, it was obvious that two team qualities were essential: innovation and technological skills. 

Students ages 14-18 arrived at the West Campus multipurpose room bright and early for Friday's 8 a.m. check-in; each team eagerly clutching the robots they had spent several previous months constructing. Tools and wires and power equipment lined the tables where students repaired and adjusted their creations;

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