BATC Buzz

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

Rich County School District Honors President

The Rich County School District held a special day of recognition to highlight the contributions of President Dr. Richard L. Maughan and his efforts to serve many thousand secondary and adult students in the rural northern Utah area.

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Kyle Saunders, Real Estate Agent

With BATC’s Real Estate celebrating its eighth year, Kyle Saunders (Business Department Head), who oversees the program under the direction of Gordon Miller, decided he wanted to better understand the world of real estate. With trepidation at the thought of going back to school, Kyle not only successfully completed the course but also passed the State exam with 100 percent! He is now a sales agent with Century 21, N&N Realtors and is excited about both his new understanding of the program and his part-time real estate career. Congratulations, Kyle!

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Skyler Doxey

Student of the Month
for May (Logan)

Program:
Veterinarian Assistant/Pre-Vet Tech

"Skyler first attended the program as a high school student and couldn't wait to come back following graduation as an adult student. She hit the ground running and has excelled at all aspects of this program. She is a natural leader and is extremely compassionate with the animals."  -Susan Curtis, Instructor

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VEX Robotics - Featured on ABC 4 & KSL

The students and instructors who make up the BATC VEX Robotics team were invited to showcase their skills on Good Things Utah and KSL's The Browser today. First, in all their glory, the BATC team who earned the title of 'National Champions' met head-to-head with Davis High School, World Champions, in a segment all about Robotics. It was fun to see these bright students show off their hard work and abilities. Next, we meet teammates Jeff and Nate Merrill up close as they give away their secret (well, it was a secret) winning strategy. Congratulations to the two teams and we wish you luck in future competitions!

Segment: ABC, Good Things Utah
Segment: KSL, The Bowser

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Chad McKen

Student of the Month
for April (Logan)


Program: Automotive Service

“With much on his plate, Chad’s approach to school is extremely focused – he serves in the National Guard and has a family to provide for.  He has a goal in mind and his training here at BATC is part of his plan to realize those aspirations.  Because of his outstanding skills, leadership abilities, and motivated attitude I believe he will be successful in his future endeavors.”
Mike Nield, Department Head

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Spring Fashion Show - Artistic Impression

BATC Fashion Merchandising students present their annual Spring Fashion Show. “Artistic Impression” will be the theme for the fashion show. The show will be held on April 16th and 17th, 7:30 p.m. at Bridgerland Applied Technology College, 1301 North 600 West. Tickets for the show are $5 and will be available in advance at the BATC bookstore or on the nights of the show at the door. Refreshments will be served.

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VEX Robotics - National Champions

Congratulations to Nate Merrill and his VEX team for winning the National VEX Robotics Championship! Now it's on to the World Championship competition!

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We are PASSIONATE about SUCCESS

Do you want to know why we LOVE working at BATC? We get to see, and hear, amazing stories of students receiving great jobs and accomplishing incredible things! These are a few of our recent favorites:

  • From the community: “I sent a client to BATC last summer who was struggling with a divorce. The only job she could find with insurance benefits was a lunch-lady position with the school district; however, it only paid minimum wage and lasted nine months out of the year. As you could imagine, things were a little tight for her and her children. She asked if I thought she could qualify for grants, in order to attend USU and pursue a four year degree. I suggested she consider one of your certificate programs, in order to complete in a shorter amount of time that also complied with her financial situation. Three months and $350 later she passed the CNA program and found a job where she made an extra $10,000 last year. She has now been offered a full-time position with benefits that will nearly double her income. Your program and staff really helped her to gain her confidence and dignity back. BATC has the power and ability to change people's lives.”

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Chantel Quinn

Student of the Month
for March (Brigham)

Program:
Business Technology

"Chantel is an amazing addition to the Business Program. She comes to school ready to take on new challenges and maintains a positive viewpoint on life. Her driving motivation is her 15-month-old daughter Lucy for whom she wants to provide a bright future. Chantel is friendly and respectful to her peers and instructors."

- Kristen Bogue, Instructor

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He Created a Legacy...

Dr. Richard L. Maughan, President of Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC) for more than 40 years, announced Friday, March 13, 2015, that his tenure at the helm of BATC, one of the most successful and innovative Applied Technology Colleges (ATC’s) in the state and across the country, will come to a close with his retirement, effective June 30, 2015.

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Jasmin Reyna

Student of the Month
for March (Logan)

Program:
Medical Assisting

“Jasmin completed the Medical Office Administration Program while she was in high school and then started the Medical Assisting Program with BATC in July 2014. She is an exceptional student. For someone so young, she has an amazing work ethic and I am very impressed with her ability to set goals and reach them in such a timely manner.” 
-Kandice Maughan

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VEX State Tournament Champions

Our Automated Manufacturing & Robotics program qualified all three of their robots for state this year at the State VEX Tournament held at Utah State this weekend.

Teams 185A and 185D also worked together and won the entire tournament! This means they have qualified for the National and World tournaments!

Congratulations!  Click to view video of tournament. Learn more about BATC Robotics here.

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Teri Sorensen

Student of the Month
for February (Brigham City)


Program: Esthetics

"Teri works very hard and is excelling in all areas of esthetics. She is constantly helping everyone out and gives attention to small details that others may miss. We love having her in our program; she is a great example."

-Reygan Bodily

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Hannah Patterson

Student of the Month
for February (Logan)


Program: Fashion Merchandising

“Hannah Patterson is an absolute gem!  She works three jobs and is attending school every day to complete the Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management certificates. The combination of her work ethic, creativity, passion, raw talent, and delightful personality make her the total package for the fashion industry and any other industry for that matter.”

-Hailey Christensen, Instructor

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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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