BATC Buzz

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

2016 Student of the Year - Ben Olsen

Ben Olsen, a certificate seeking student of our Automated Manufacturing & Robotics Program, was awarded the BATC Student of the Year for 2016. Ben Olsen comes to us from the United States Army where he proudly served as an Infantryman for a number of years. After a debilitating injury prevented him from continuing to serve, he decided to further his education through BATC. After trying a number of different industry fields, he finally found his true passion in the Automated Manufacturing and Robotics program. While there are many job options available to Ben, he hopes to one day use his knowledge to continue providing services for the military with his Robotics Training.

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2016 Student of the Year - Runner Up

2016 Student of the Year - Runner Up

Hayden Nielson, a certificate seeking student of our Career and Technical Education Program, was awarded the BATC Student of the Year – Runner Up for 2016. Hayden came to BATC as a senior in High School, a little unsure of what direction he wanted to take his career. Hayden has always loved computers and dissected his first computer at the age of three!

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Gretchen VanZanten

Gretchen VanZanten has spent her life taking care of others. Being the oldest of four children, she learned quickly how to be responsible at home while taking care of her siblings. Later, she learned the importance of good compassionate care when she comforted her mother after a miscarriage then as she cared for her diabetic grandmother. All of these circumstances collaborated into a burning desire to dedicate her life to quality care; she would become a nurse.

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BATC Instructor Earns 35 Years of Service Milestone with American Welding Society

BATC Welding Instructor Randee Munns will be awarded a Life Member status in the American Welding Society at a ceremony in Las Vegas this Friday, November 18. Through his continuing interest and support, Randee has achieved the 35 Years of Service milestone with the AWS, earning him a permanent Life Member Certificate. Randee has worked for BATC since...

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Fall Fashion Show 2016: One-Way Ticket to Fashion

BATC Fashion Merchandising students present their annual Fall Fashion Show. “One-Way Ticket to Fashion” will be the theme for the fashion show. The show will be held on November 10th and 11th, 7:30 p.m. at Bridgerland Applied Technology College, 1301 North 600 West. Tickets for the show are $5 and will be available at the door. Refreshments will be served.

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Jonathan Brunson

Jonathan Brunson sees cabinetmaking as an overlooked skill. “There’s so much you can do with it,” he declares. “You can literally build just about anything.” Jonathan is the father of three, who loves hunting, camping, hiking and building things. After spending some time in Phoenix, Arizona, where he studied motorcycle mechanics, Jonathan discovered that fixing bikes was not really what he wanted to spend his life doing. He began exploring the BATC Cabinetmaking and Millwork Program and enrolled in January 2016. Having been born and raised in Cache Valley, going to BATC was what he called a...

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Local High School Students Are First to Graduate from A.M. Robotics STEM Academy

The first students ever to graduate from the Automated Manufacturing A.M. Robotics STEM Academy at Bridgerland Applied Technology College began their journey in high school. Adam Allred, Bryce Petersen, Rudy Barker, Nathan Merrill, John Robinson and Andrew Raymond attended the early morning Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) broadcast throughout their senior years, allowing them to complete their entire certificate within five months of graduation from high school, opening up a pathway toward their associate degree at Utah State University.

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Culinary Arts Goes to Vegas!

BATC student MaKell Moore has a dream of owning her own bread and pastries bakery. She, along with six other students from the Culinary Arts Department, got a taste of what it takes to run a successful retail bakery as they consumed the competitive baking trends and cutting edge technology at the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) in Las Vegas. The four-day expo was comprised of over 1,000 different companies from all over the globe. Attendees were able to take advantage of educational programming, hands-on demonstrations and inspiring competitions as they...

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BATC is One of Three Institutions to Receive Award for Excellence in Manufacturing Education

In recognition of Manufacturing Day, Tooling U-SME, a leading provider of manufacturing training solutions, is recognizing Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC) as one of its 2016 Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center (TUPEC) Award recipients. BATC is one of three institutions receiving the award, which is presented to schools considered to be outstanding academic models for the advancement of...

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Jerry Rawson

After serving in the active Army for sixteen years, Jerry Rawson says that service comes naturally to him. During his military service, he flew Black Hawk helicopters out of Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia then out of Fort Drum in New York; he served in Afghanistan (2006) and again in Iraq (2009) before retiring from the service in California where he was supporting the National Training Center.
“I’ve always been the type of person who stopped and helped someone who needed help; I’m an idealist,” Jerry claims, which made pursuing a career in law enforcement a logical choice for him.  His only fear was that he was...

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Diesel Students Help Restore Truck for a Good Cause

BATC Instructor Steve Sweeten has worked for over a year to restore an old 1977 Kenworth diesel truck. With the help and support of Francis Trucking and Milk Money Trucking, Steve has given his students a unique, hands-on experience that went above and beyond the typical diesel curriculum.Last week the truck was driven to Joplin, Missouri, where it was put into the Guilty By Association Truck Show (GBATS). Steve’s truck was one of 518 big rigs that gathered from around the U.S. to be a part of the show. Though the show was made up of several show-stopping events, Steve’s main purpose in making the trek was to...

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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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