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BATC Department Head Develops Worldwide Curriculum

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Paul James, Department Head for Apprenticeship, CDL, and Heavy Equipment Operator at BATC, was part of the Authoring Team for the NCCER Heavy Equipment Operations Third Edition textbook, a Pearson publication used worldwide. The curriculum for the textbook was revised as a result of the leadership of dedicated industry professionals from Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC), Carolina Bridge Company LLC, Caterpillar Inc., KBR Inc., Saiia Construction Company LLC, Skyview Construction and Engineering Inc., and Southland Safety LLC.

Paul has always loved working in the construction and maintenance field, which he has done for over 30 years. He says, “I am proud to serve as a subject matter expert for the development of the Heavy Equipment Operator program. NCCER relies heavily on industry experts to make sure their training programs meet industry standards. They are continually looking to improve the materials that have national recognition and widely accepted credentials.”

FFA Honorary Degree Awarded

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

BATC's Meat Department Head, Sam Hilton, has made the cut! He has been nominated to receive the Utah FFA Association Honorary State FFA Degree! The nomination comes as result of his many years of outstanding service and contributions. Sam has hosted the FFA Meat Judging contest for 18 years and has been in the agricultural and meat industries for many years. He believes what the FFA stands for and understands the value of its teachings so he continues to be a part of it.

Sam is a team player and knows the FFA contest is not just a one-person show; it takes a team. He would like to recognize the other great supporters of the contest, who are also instructors at BATC; Jason Rindlisbacher and Dave Seamons. Working together has brought them success in the FFA Meat Judging contest.

The Honorary State FFA Degree award presentation will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014. BATC congratulates Sam on this award and wishes him continued success in the future.

Bring on the sun!

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

The Brigham City Campus of BATC celebrated Technology Education Week by having a Luau. The winter blues had set in, so everyone decided that a summer party would be the best way to celebrate the education we are all involved in. Students decorated the conference room including artwork on the whiteboards. Everyone who attended was greeted with a lei and a pair of sunglasses. The room was decorated in summer décor with beach party music playing. We turned the thermostat up and some even wore Hawaiian shirts, Bermuda shorts and sandals. There was plenty of food, drinks in a swimming pool full of ice and a fun movie was playing and everyone enjoyed the warm party atmosphere. USU students and staff joined in as well as several of our neighbors from Driver License and Vocational Rehabilitation. We truly enjoy BATC and the education we are receiving. Everyone had a great time and we are looking forward to our next event!

Completion and Employment Rates Hit All-Time High

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Program completion and job placement rates for students at Utah's applied technology colleges reached a record high in 2013, according to annual statistics released today by the Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT).

UCAT campuses reported that more than 83 percent of certificate-seeking students completed their programs, a record high and a two percent increase from last year. Eighty-eight percent of the program completers were hired in their field of study or placed in additional education during 2013, significantly exceeding a national accreditation standard of 70 percent.

As a condition of continuing accreditation, the eight applied technology college campuses must meet annual performance standards for program completion, job placement, and licensure established by the Council on Occupational Education, a national agency that accredits career and technical institutions.

“These completion and placement rates are a reflection of UCAT’s success and its focus on training for the jobs and skills that Utah employers need most,” said UCAT President Rob Brems.

"The thousands of post-secondary certificates awarded to Utahns each year by UCAT campuses are an integral part of our state goal to have 66 percent of adults have a college degree or skilled trade certificate by 2020," said Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert. "UCAT is meeting and surpassing its goals, making it a wise investment that will reap great rewards for our citizens and state economy."

What is UCAT? 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.

Business Technology Students Go Above and Beyond

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Over 210 winter coats, pants, hats, gloves, toys, and other amazing items were delivered in December to CAPSA and Bear River Head Start. These two community outreach organizations were excited to receive the donations. Thanks to everyone at Bridgerland who assisted in collecting the much needed winter items!

The Business Technology Program’s annual “reach out to others” activity for 2013 was over-the-top successful! Paula Anderson, Angie Drollinger, and Jocelyn Torres represented the Business Technology Program and led the way for our two-part activity. Along with the Winter Clothing Drive, BTP students created gift bags for residents of Sunshine Terrace; and our full-time students delivered the gifts with face-to-face visits with Sunshine residents.

Thanks to the Business Technology Program students for going above and beyond in reaching out to others in the community!

Breakfast On the Run

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Did you know 93 percent of Americans agree breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet less than half (44 percent) are eating breakfast everyday?

Why is breakfast so important?

1. Provides Vitamins and Nutrients

2. Provides an Energy Increase

3. Enhances Memory and Concentration

4. Promotes a Better Mood

5. Helps to Counteract Weight Gain

So, if you want to do better on tests, concentrate more on your studies, feel better, have more energy during the day, and excel in school, work, or anything in your life - start by having breakfast!

To help you get started, here are 35 ideas of easy, cheap, and healthy - but fast - breakfasts. Enjoy!

Healthy & Fast Breakfasts

Auto Collision Students Still Seeing Benefits of Grant

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Christmas arrived early for our Auto Collision department when representatives from Larry H. Miller, Mark Kirk, Director of Collision Center Operations, and Patrick Nicholes, Assistant Director of Fixed Operations, presented students and staff with 44 new uniforms. The Auto Collision department received a grant from the I-CAR Education Foundation bringing new equipment, supplies, and further establishing and strengthening relationships with industry partners. “They have been really good to us. It’s been like Christmas every day!” exclaims Kevin Cornia. The Larry H. Miller group (who also delivered uniforms at Weber State and Granger High School) have collision centers throughout Utah and they are very dedicated to this next generation of workers. Explains Kirk, “The demand for skilled, well-trained technicians is great!”

Panna Cotta Uncovered

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

The local Women in Business enjoyed a step-by-step demonstration by Chef Rex Davidsavor of the BATC Culinary Arts Program. Panna Cotta was the dessert of choice and highlight of the presentation. Rex explained Panna Cotta as a versatile gelatin that can be enhanced with vanilla bean, mint, lemon, lavender, pumpkin, and many other flavors. Today, he chose lavender flowers and a berry topping that was delicious!

High school student, Chelsea Morley, is attending the Culinary Arts Program and created the composed salad of artisan greens, shrimp, and ginger sesame dressing. She is attending the program all day and is targeted to finish the certificate this fall. If finished as planned, she will be attending TUITION-FREE for the entire program and will quickly enjoy a fulfilling career in the food service industry.

Rex explained that his recipes are measured by weight, which is the most accurate. Scales are inexpensive and are easy to find. "Every kitchen should have one." Thank you to Culinary Arts for the following recipe!


Gelatin 1/2 oz

Water 4 fl oz

Heavy Cream 32 fl oz

Sugar 12 oz

Salt 1/2 tsp

Buttermilk 30 fl oz

1. Heat the heavy cream, buttermilk, sugar, and salt in a saucepan.

2. In a separate bowl, combine the gelatin and water until it is the consistency of applesauce. Let stand five minutes or so.

3. Mix the very warm cream mixture with the gelatin and stir until completely dissolved.

4. Pour into custard cups and refrigerate overnight.

5. To unmold, dip cups in warm water and slide a knife around if needed. Do not warm too much, or it will lose form. Turn upside down onto a serving plate and garnish as desired.

It's Time in A Capella

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

We love to see projects completed by students and are particularly fond of this one:

"My name is Calee Frederick. I am an adult student in the Media Design Program at the BATC Brigham City Campus. Some of my best friends and I used to go in the big, empty commons area after school and we would each sing difference parts of songs. (Harmony, bass, melody, etc.) I have always thought the idea of only using our voices and no instruments is way cool! We have all gone different directions and I really missed singing those A Capella songs. I thought to myself, “I wish I had five copies of myself so I can have my very own A Capella group...” Then the idea hit me! I sang the song and used my skills with video editing to put it together. I have always wanted to be a music video director and editor, so hopefully in the future I can edit footage of someone famous and for all to enjoy!"

Cadets Prepare for the Finish Line

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

The BATC Police Academy class of 2013 will join together one last time to celebrate their accomplishment of successfully completing the Police Academy program. A graduation ceremony will be held on Monday, November 25, 6 p.m. at BATC's Main Campus in Room 171E.

There will be 27 graduates recognized as becoming certified Law Enforcement officers in the State of Utah. The cadets have received three certifications during their 11 months of training making them eligible to work as patrol officers, correction officers, and many other various job positions related to law enforcement. At the time of graduation, 16 cadets have received employment with different law enforcement agencies throughout the region and many others have contingent job offers upon completion.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony will be James Swink, Cache County Attorney. Following the speaker, various instructors and cadets will be recognized with special awards including Class Valedictorian, Firearms Top Shooter, and Outstanding Physical Fitness.

The Police Academy at Bridgerland Applied Technology College is a satellite academy for Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) in Salt Lake City. The academy begins every January. To apply, an entrance exam must be taken, which is available April-October. Once testing has been cleared, an application may be submitted prior to November 1. Learn more about the Police Academy here.

Living on the Edge

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

The Fashion Merchandising Program will present their annual Fall Fashion Show on November 14 and 15 at 7:30 pm, at Bridgerland Applied Technology College, 1301 North 600 West, Logan. “Living on the Edge” will be the theme for the fashion show and students enrolled in BATC Fashion Merchandising classes are responsible for coordinating the clothing, choreography, music, advertising, and all other elements of the show. Forty Fashion Board models from six local high schools will be modeling apparel and accessories courtesy of JC Penney’s, Maurices, Old Navy, Rue 21, and The Buckle. 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.

A collection designed by students inspired the theme of the show. Items were purchased from Deseret Industries with a $15 budget and were then completely deconstructed, redesigned, and remade to be edgier, grungier – a major fashion trend this season.

Bring your friends and enjoy a great night full of music, all the latest fashion trends, custom made designs, and light refreshments. This is an event you won’t want to miss!

Brush. Floss. Rinse.

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Among many worthy causes and themes for the month of October is National Orthodontic Health & Dental Hygiene Month. Good oral and dental hygiene is greatly affected by how much you stick to your daily regimen.

1. Brushing your teeth is the cornerstone of any good oral hygiene routine. Always be sure to brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. The size and shape of your brush should fit your mouth allowing you to reach all areas easily. Don’t forget to replace your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed.

2. Make sure to use an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. It makes no difference whether you choose a manual or powered toothbrush—just make sure to brush twice a day, every day.

3. Yes, you gotta floss every day! Dental floss or interdental cleaners are a BIG part of keeping tooth decay and gum disease at bay. After flossing, follow up with a good mouth wash to rinse and kill the remaining plaque and germs brushing didn't get throughout the rest of your mouth.

Interested in the Dental field? Check out the BATC Dental Assisting Program.

Having Fun in Business

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

The Business Technology Program believes that education needs to include a little fun. On August 28, they had their annual water balloon volleyball game that ultimately ends up with someone, usually an instructor, getting soaked.

World Championship Qualifier

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Following up on a previous post... Jesse Dunn participated in the USA Triathlon National Championships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. With over 2,000 male participants, Jesse finished 42nd overall and placed 15th in his age group qualifying for the 2014 World Championships! He completed in the Olympic discipline of the National Championship which included a 1,500 meter swim Jesse completed in under 24 minutes, a 40k bike race he finished in 58 minutes, and a 10k run he did in 34 minutes and 37 seconds! Go Jesse!

Automotive Service -- Leaders in Technology

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

The BATC campus was the host site for the 2013 CTE Automotive Conference. The purpose of the conference is to keep the Automotive instructors in Utah up-to-date on changes occurring in the industry. The focus this year was on non-traditional technologies with visits to the USU Bio Energy Lab where they are making Bio-Diesel out of waste products and algae. Other site visits included, who sells electric vehicle conversion kits and manufactures electric car controllers; Autonomous Solutions, another local company that makes unmanned vehicles; and Wolford V-Twin, a Harley shop that specializes in high performance Harley Davidson and Sam Weston Restorations for vehicles that compete in concourse car shows.

Industry presenters include Permatex, Gates, Toyota, Honda, Chevrolet, and Hyundai. For further information about our Automotive Program click here.

BATC Employee Invited to Compete in USA Triathlon National Championships

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Jesse Dunn, an employee in the Culinary Arts department at BATC, is currently preparing for the USA Triathlon National Championships in the Olympic discipline, which will be held Aug. 10 in Milwaukee. Nearly 2,000 triathletes completed the Olympic course at nationals a year ago. Dunn was invited by USA Triathlon to the prestigious race after faring very well at the St. George half ironman, which took place May 4.

The 21-year-old, who returned from serving an LDS Church mission to North Carolina last December, was 153rd out of nearly 2,700 triathletes at the St. George half with a very competitive time of 4:54:16, which was good enough for second place in his age division. “It will be pretty awesome to see where I’m at against the best in the nation, see how everyone else is and where my training’s at,” said Dunn, who has made it a goal to place in the top 10 in his age group.

On July 6, Jesse took the top spot on the podium of the 9th Cache Valley Super Sprint Triathlon, beating out two former champions of the event, Neal Legler and Glen Busch, twice. That’s because Dunn, Legler and Busch— along with 13 other male and seven female competitors — completed the course twice. For the first time in the triathlon’s nine years, athletes were given the option of competing in the double sprint, which is a new experience for most local triathletes. After trudging through a 500-meter swim, a 12.5-mile bicycle ride and a 5-kilometer run, double sprint competitors did the same thing all over again. It’s the first time Dunn has done an Olympic-distance triathlon under this format. Dunn took the lead for a good while transitioning from the bike to the run the first time around and ended up completing the course with an impressive time of 1 hour, 54 minutes, 7 seconds.

All our best in Milwaukee, Jesse. We’re cheering for you!

Picture and facts courtesy of, Jennifer Meyers, Jason Turner

Police Officers Get Lifesaving Advice

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

The number one killer of police officers in America is automobile accidents. So far this year, 22 police officers have lost their lives due to auto related accidents. The class "Beyond the Cones" examines this phenomenon from both a financial and human perspective. It focuses on solutions to reduce deaths, injuries, and the high cost of property damage.

The 2013 Officer Fatality Statistics (as of July 5, 2013) show an increase in Auto accidents by 11%, a decrease in gunfire by 5%, and an increase in other by 5%. A total increase in fatalities of 13%.

The Bridgerland Applied Technology College felt this was an important topic for our regional police officers and community members. We contracted with Lifeline Training for the presentation. Our instructor was Sgt. Keith Wenzel who recently retired from the Dallas, Texas Police Department after nearly 30 years of service. This class filled quickly, as did our parking lot, with nearly 110 officers in attendance! Officers came from southern Idaho, Box Elder, Rich, Cache, and Salt Lake Counties. A common remark from those attending was "Every police officer should be required to take this class.” Needless to say, the class was a huge success!

Real Estate Proves to be Good Neighbors

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Kyle Saunders, Business Department Head, and Gordon Miller, Director of Real Estate, at Bridgerland Applied Technology College, participated in the Cache-Rich Association of REALTORS Good Neighbor Committee Road Side Clean-up project this year. This clean-up project is one in which Cache-Rich Association of REALTORS® has accepted the responsibility of cleaning both sides of the highway from the south borders of Richmond, Utah to a point about 2 miles farther south going towards Smithfield.

Many of those who attended were former student graduates of the BATC Real Estate program. Former student volunteers were Greg Henderson, who was in charge that day, Michael Althouse, Jodi Endicott, Travis Johnson, Leigh Loughney and Jennifer Zook. Special thanks go to our wonderful photographer Emma Maples for her willingness to participate and render her expertise.

Many of the fun things discovered during the clean-up, were of course, the usual paper products, beer cans and bottles, cardboard boxes and tire treads. But, two of the most interesting items were a nest of mice found inside an old carpet that had found its way along the roadside by a female volunteer and then two snakes found by our infamous leader Kyle Saunders.

Over all it was a wonderful outing to have experienced by everyone that rendered service.

Auto Collision Students Win Big

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

The Auto Collision Department at BATC is proud to announce the winners of a scholarship and two tool grants.

Jessie Jensen, the winner of the 2013 ABRA Auto Body & Glass Tool Grant & 2013 PPG Foundation Scholarship, is thrilled for the opportunity the tool grant and scholarship provides for her future. “This grant allows me to purchase great quality tools I will use in my career as an Auto Collision technician. Additionally, the scholarship will fund tuition, books, and the other tools I will need. This is all really helpful and I am so grateful to be able to accept such a great scholarship and tool grant.” Jessie further states, “I chose Bridgerland because it was a great hands-on college. I have loved every minute at Bridgerland. It has been a great experience because it has taught me new things that I will use in my career choice.”

Chad Mcken, the winner of the 2013 3M Hire Our Heroes Veteran Tool Grant, said, “This tool grant gives me the opportunity to learn with quality tools that are hard to afford as a student.” Of his experience at BATC Chad replies, “My instructors have helped me tremendously. They are so knowledgeable and are always excited and positive. I chose Bridgerland because the college has a reputation for providing good quality training. Their staff is very helpful in admitting new students and selecting a schedule that works best for the student.”

Congratulations! All the best to you both as you complete your programs at BATC.

Gone Fishin'

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Lefty Lish has been an instructor for the Professional Truck Driving (CDL) Program for the past several years. He has decided that he wants to spend some more time at home with his family and have some fun. He has been very dependable and a patient and very knowledgeable part of our program. We will miss him.

Best of luck Lefty!

NYC Fashion Trip 2013

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Recently the BATC Fashion Merchandising program went on their annual trip to New York City. Every year this trip provides a great opportunity for students who are interested in pursuing fashion further, to visit the fashion capital of the United States and all it has to offer in areas of education, history, architecture, and even entertainment. This year was no different. Students covered the city from top to bottom…..literally walking the soles of their shoes off, on the streets of the city to become very familiar with the subway system, between each stop on the itinerary. Not only did the students take in general “tourist” sights of the city such as Time Square, Rockefeller Center, 5th Avenue, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Empire State Building etc., but they were also able to participate in some very special fashion oriented stops along the way. The students were wide eyed with anticipation and excitement at one of our first appointments of the trip; Seventeen Magazine. Located in the stunning, all green energy Hearst Tower building, the girls were able to get a behind-the-scenes look into where the magic happens at Seventeen, from stepping inside the editorial fashion & beauty closets, to seeing first-hand editors and marketing pros busy at work on all the latest and greatest for fall’s upcoming issues. They also took part in a Hat Shop/Store owner in the SOHO District, attended the PUNK “From Chaos to Couture” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and toured two prestigious colleges, Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons, in areas of Fashion Merchandising, Art and Design.

Although the weather was not great, the girls trooped on through pouring rain even having to go through multiple umbrellas. There was a break in the weather one day of the trip and they took full advantage walking the entire Brooklyn Bridge, taking in spectacular views of Manhattan and Brooklyn as well the Statue of Liberty. Students were also able to treat their eyes to the master craftsmanship, beauty, and detail of several cathedrals, churches and city buildings all over New York City. Another special moment of the trip was attending the 9/11 memorial site at the World Trade Center. We all had overwhelming feelings of sadness, joy, strength, hope, patriotism, and gratitude.

Aside from all of the history, architecture, and workshops, it wouldn’t be a trip to New York City without some entertainment as well. The students were able to attend a few Broadway shows such as Newsies, Wicked, and the favorite show of the trip as well as recent winner of 6 Tony awards, Kinky Boots! Between Broadway shows, shopping all the greatest stores fashion has to offer and of course plenty of great food, there wasn’t a dull moment. It truly was a wonderful trip that all of the girls will remember for a lifetime!

Congratulations, Graduates!

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Bridgerland honored graduates from the last six months at ceremonies on Thursday, June 20. Graduates, friends, and family heard from two speakers, Burdette W. Weston, a member of the BATC Board of Directors, and Julie Henderson, a BATC Student of the Month, Medical Assisting Program. The theme from H. L. Hunt generated many ideas: “Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work!” Burdette Weston challenged the graduates to remember that part of their education is learning to look around to see wide possibilities. Good luck, Graduates, as you look for possibilities!

Filming for 48 straight: BATC Joins International Contest Shoot

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

BATC Digital Productions instructor, John Goodman, students, and volunteers participate in the 48-hour film project and win 'Audience Choice Award'!

Read the Herald Journal article here.

...and watch it here:

Senator Urquhart Speaks for ATCs

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

By: Steve Urquhart, Utah State Senator

Utah’s Applied Technology Colleges (ATCs) prepare people for great careers. The ATCs provide short-term instruction (weeks or months) in fields where employers are begging for skilled workers, and in many cases where employers are paying big bucks for those skilled workers.

ATC programs focus on careers that are booming. If students in a particular program don’t find work, that program is shut down, and the resources are reallocated to programs that are leading to actual jobs. As a result of the marketplace focus, ATC students are quickly snatched up by employers.

The economic reality is that more Utahns should go to the ATCs than to college [higher education]. Let me explain it by the numbers.

One. ATC students complete their programs, get jobs and start careers.

Two. Only 1 out of every 3 students who start public college in Utah graduates.

Three. College graduates often cannot find jobs. In fact, many Utahns finish college, can’t secure a good job, go to an ATC to get specialized training, and, then, enjoy great careers.

Four. Half of all college graduates who do find a job, find a job that doesn’t require a college degree.

Five. Many college graduates with jobs don’t earn enough to pay off loans they took out to get the degrees they didn’t need to get the jobs they have.

Economically, college can be a good bet, if—if, if, if—students are academically prepared (data shows that unprepared students have slim chances of earning a degree), if they don’t go deeply into debt, and if they get a degree that is relevant to the marketplace. Remember, 2/3 of Utah college enrollees don’t earn a degree; of the 1/3 that do earn a degree, it does not help them find a job half the time.

I want my kids to go to college, because I think they will be adequately prepared so that they likely will complete degrees that are relevant to the marketplace. (There are other very important reasons also, but, without the degree, college is an overly expensive way to develop and round a person). Additionally, I want my kids to receive technical training, so that they will have marketable, applied skills.

We have harmed a generation by loosely giving the guidance to “go to college.” While “post-secondary education” is more important than ever, modern economic realities no longer reward the “go to college” vagueness. The best guidance is to “get the post-secondary education that best fits your interests, preparation, financial situation, and the marketplace realities”, and start getting it as early as possible.

For many Utahns, these factors suggest that they’d be best off by starting a program at their local ATC. Also, FYI, should the student decide to then pursue an associate or bachelor degree, in many cases the work of an ATC student converts to college credit.

Kandace Oldroyd Scholarship Recipient

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Brenda Zarate is married and mother to four children. On top of this, she works full-time. It was difficult for her to come to classes, but she is very happy that she made the choice to return to school. She is excited to further her education.

Her plan is to eventually become a registered nurse. She plans to apply for BATC’s PN program, become a licensed practical nurse, and be accepted into the new RN program through Weber State University at BATC.

The best thing that Brenda enjoys about the CNA class is that it is hands-on. If she doesn't understand something, her instructor will work with her until she gets it. She loves clinicals as well, saying that “they are pretty awesome.”

She is very thankful for being awarded this scholarship, and will never forget that she received it. She says that it is the nicest thing anyone has ever done for her, and that she and her family are very grateful for this award.

“Brenda is very enthusiastic and positive about the CNA program. She is very eager, willing, and excited to learn new skills.” -Shawna Peterson, CNA Instructor

2013 Fashion Trends - From Runway to Reality

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Flowers are blossoming, trees are blooming and Spring Fashion is no different. Here is a look at all the latest trends in Fashion being seen from the runway. The best part is we will not only be educating you on the these trends but also showing you how you take these more costly, unobtainable looks and make them a reality here locally, using clothing from our very own Cache Valley Mall and other local retailers.




Denim is definitely having its day! For years denim has been bleached, dyed, frayed, deconstructed, studded, cuffed and sleeveless. It may get a twist each season but it always seems to be a fashion staple and this season is no different. The current spin we are seeing is all about denim on denim. The trick is to make sure you are mixing up both the fabric washes, and the weight of the fabric, for example light wash chambray shirt on top and a darker wash jean on bottom or vests and jackets mixed in with dresses, shorts, pants etc.




Sure, white is one of those noncolors that never really goes out of style, but this latest crop of basic white pieces gives us even more reason to wear it head to toe. What makes white extra special this season is it’s being paired with bright vibrant pops of colors; electric pinks, zingy oranges, neon yellows and greens etc. You’ll see these colorful and classic combos in breezy blouses, structural suit pieces, crisp tops, cardigans, capris and everything in between — the Spring '13 white with color is one that really has infinite styling possibilities.




“Spring trends” might typically bring to mind just pastels and soft feminine florals, but this season, designers have put the emphasis on strong, bold black and white looks as well. You’re eyes aren’t fooling you seeing designs made from fabrics with patterns of all kinds; chevron, checkerboard, diamonds, stripes and many more. The best part is, black and white can be worn all year round, it’s easy to pull off at any budget, and sleek enough for the office or a date night.




After fall 2012’s whirlwind of fur, brocade, and embellishment it was a breath of fresh air to see a little razzle dazzle on the runway in: globally inspired prints, patterns, mix and match combinations, beading, jewels, etc. You could see influences everywhere from India and the Middle East to Russia, Asia and Africa. These looks bring the word versatility to life by being the perfect casual attire or the most elegant evening wear. Adding even more interest to these exotic infused looks is all world accessories; head wrap scarves, beaded motifs, woven belts etc.




Maxi’s are making a glorious comeback this spring in a rainbow of colors, patterns and prints. You’ll see everything from soft florals to graphic stripes even pretty pastels to eye catching hues of orange and green. Perfect outfit for a shopping trip around town, the beach or even dressed up with a spring wedge heel. The best part is for those chilly days or an evening out you can pair it with another one of spring’s coolest trends, the leather jacket. Always a classic and the twist for this season is we are seeing it in a variety of colors and its breathable and lightweight!

Tell us! What are your favorite spring fashions? Comment and be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to the Cache Valley Mall.

BATC Hosts FFA Competitions for Vet Tech and Meat Services

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

On April 24, 2013, the BATC Veterinarian Assistant/Pre-Vet Tech Program hosted the Utah Future Farmers of America (FFA) Veterinary Competition for high school students. FFA teams from around the state including 152 students, in 38 teams, competed. Competitions include a drug dosage and calculations exam, a veterinary general knowledge exam, a surgical prep, and a feline veterinary visit demonstration. This is the first year this event will be nationally recognized, which will allow students to earn scholarships. All four students from the first place team will be able to attend the national FFA competition where they could earn a scholarship.

Meat Services also hosted the FFA Meat Judging Competition on Tuesday. This was the 18th year the Meat Services department has organized this event. The instructors and students took on all of the preparations: slaughtering, cutting, wrapping, and eventual selling of the product. Sam Hilton, department head, says, "We had 134 students and 34 teams participate in the competition. We are very proud of how the event comes together."

Full-Tuition Scholarships Awarded

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

BATC is excited to announce 40 full-tuition scholarships have been awarded to regionally graduating high school students. Recipients were chosen through competitive application and personal interviews where applicants identified technical strengths, academic preparedness, and career dedication. Students eagerly accepted this financial award knowing it provides a valuable springboard into the technical training required to turn their career dreams into reality. Congratulations and Good Luck!

The following lists the number of students awarded scholarships at schools in the region:

Bear River: 7

Box Elder: 4

Cache High: 1

Fast Forward: 2

Home School: 1

Logan High: 1

Mountain Crest: 13

Rich High: 3

Sky View: 7

The Art of Style

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

The Fashion Merchandising Program will present their annual Spring Fashion Show on April 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm, at Bridgerland Applied Technology College, 1301 North 600 West, Logan. “Art of Style” will be the theme for the fashion show and students enrolled in BATC Fashion Merchandising classes are responsible for coordinating the clothing, choreography, music, advertising, and all other elements of the show. Thirty-two Fashion Board models will be modeling apparel and accessories courtesy of The Buckle, Down East Outfitters, JCPenney, Maurices, Old Navy, and Rue 21. 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.

Why watch Project Runway on TV this week when you can see a live, full-scale fashion show right here in our own community? Bring your friends and enjoy a great night full of music, all the latest fashion trends, custom made designs, and light refreshments. This is an event you won’t want to miss!

First Impressions

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Professional makeup artists Katie Harrop and Jana Judkins traveled from Rexburg, Idaho to treat the Interior Design, Fashion Merchandising, and a handful of Business Technology students to a demonstration on the importance of proper makeup and application tips for the workplace. Their resounding advice included owning a set of professional makeup brushes, and even more importantly, proper skin care – men included. “Cleanse, nourish and protect your skin morning and night,” chimed the pros. “The most artfully applied makeup is no substitute for neglected skin. Good, healthy skin is the foundation for everything! After that, do yourself a favor and schedule a one-on-one consultation with a professional makeup artist to learn how to enhance your own personal features.”

Lately you’ll find our Interior Design students polishing up their job seeking skills by focusing on interview skills, body language, wardrobe selection, and personal presentation –all in an effort to make a great impression as they prepare to schedule interviews and enter the workplace. They have learned there’s no second chance to make a great first impression!

Adult Education - Service Award

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Sean O’Leary, Academic Learning Center Department Head, was presented a Service Award by the Utah Association for Adult, Community, and Continuing Education (UAACE). UAACE recognized Sean for his efforts and dedication to all adult learners and commended his commitment to Bridgerland Literacy, the Cache Interagency Council, and Bridgerland Applied Technology College. UAACE finds Sean’s 15+ years of dedication to education praiseworthy … and so do we! Congratulations on this award, Sean!

Gaga for Green

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Have you noticed green popping up in fashion and interior design? That's because emerald green has been selected as PANTONE'S 2013 COLOR OF THE YEAR. Green is a refreshing color that has a naturally calming effect. So, not only is it will help you lower your stress as well.

6 Tips - Choosing Paint Colors for your Home

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Jeri Cheney, interior designer and past student, provided the following tips. Thanks Jeri!

Choosing paint colors for your home can be a daunting task. There are so many to choose from. Who knew there were so many shades of white?! I’ve outlined some steps to help you in your decision making so you can hopefully get it right the first time.

1. Location! First consider where your room is located. If it is a south facing room and gets abundant sun, cooler colors or neutral colors would work well. The opposite is true if your room is north facing and doesn’t get a lot of light. In this case, you would probably want warmer colors or at least have warm undertones.

2. What colors are you drawn to? There are several different ways to discover what colors you prefer. Having a Pinterest account and pinning rooms that speak to you is a great way to discover what you like. is another great resource to make a board. There are also many Web sites that have quizzes that you can take that can lead you in the right direction. You can try out the quiz at mycolortopia or try out the color personality quiz at voiceofcolor . These tests have you answer questions based on your personality and preferences. It’s fun to give it a try.

3. Mood. Ask yourself what mood you are trying to set in the room. In a bedroom, most of us prefer calm and relaxing versus bright and bold. Paler colors can set just the right mood. Maybe in your kitchen you prefer a lot of energy. In that case a bright yellow or red may be just the ticket. Do some research and find out how every color can adjust the mood of the room. I love color, but I also love change. So for me, the best bet is going neutral in my main spaces so that I can change out rugs, pillows, art, etc. to update my look.

4. Starting Point. Sometimes you just need a starting point. That starting point could be a favorite piece of art, a great piece of fabric, or maybe a photo from a vacation. Whatever it is, make sure you absolutely love it!

5. You’re Getting Closer! Now that you have your colors narrowed down, go to the paint store and start comparing. I always suggest that no matter what the color, make sure the color has some gray in it. The reason is because it will feel better and not seem so harsh. Now before buying a whole gallon, get a sample and either paint part of a wall or at least a sample board. Move the board throughout the room and see how it looks at different times of the day. Another fun idea is to go to the Sherwin-Williams Web site and use the color visualizer to upload a picture of your room and actually see it in your new color.

6. Now You’ve Done It! So you did it! You picked the paint and spent hours on taping, priming, painting, and painting again. You look around and… “hate” it! Or maybe you really just don’t know what you were thinking. I always tell my clients to spend some time with their new color. Sometimes you may get, what we call in the business, “color shock”. When I finally got rid of my red walls, I really missed them for the first few days, until I got used to the color. Now I can’t imagine them being any other color. It takes time to adjust to color. So wait awhile before making any rash decisions.

Please comment and let us know if this was helpful.

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Nail It! Give Yourself a Pedicure Like the Pros

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Spring is just around the corner, which means sandals and bare feet. It’s a fact of life, people notice your manicure and pedicure. With a little care you can eliminate the embarrassment of ending up with stained nails, chipped polish, and cracked heels. Here are some of our most favorite pedicure tips.

1. Begin by soaking your feet in a warm footbath, with water at 104 degrees.

2. Once the feet are soaked (and the skin soft), take a pumice stone, rough skin remover, or foot scrub and remove any hard dead skin from the heels, sides, and soles of the feet.

3. If you are out of your favorite moisturizing scrub, make your own. Mix ½ cup olive oil with ½ cup sea salt. Apply to wet feet and massage, particularly in areas that need extra exfoliation. The salt invigorates the skin and helps improve circulation, while the olive oil packs a ton of vitamin E, a crucial antioxidant that provides allover hydration. It feels great and your feet will be as soft as a baby’s butt!

4. Dry your feet thoroughly

5. Cut the toenails square along the top, following the shape of the toe and taking care not to cut them too short. Do not cut the corners of the nail back into the nail grooves as this may lead to an ingrowing nail. Smooth sharp corners with the coarse side of an emery board. Gently slide the end of an orange stick under the cuticle at the base and sides of the nail, lifting the cuticle slightly as you do so. Be gentle, persuade don’t push.

6. Apply hand cream to the feet, rubbing in well. Knead and massage every inch of the sole, heel, and top side of the foot. If you wish, you can now add polish.

For an extra spa feeling to your home pedicure, nuke a damp towel in the microwave for a couple of minutes, and wrap your moisturized feet in the warm towel. Enjoy! [source: Vogue Complete Beauty]

Free pedicures given away! Just comment and tell us your favorite techniques, products, ideas, etc.


Make this a career! Check out the Cosmetology Program - Cosmetology/Barbering, Esthetics, and Nail Technician.

Students Visit World Market

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Seven Interior Design students and department head/instructor, Heidi Stephenson, made the 423 mile trip to the Las Vegas World Market. Interior Design students from BATC have been attending market since 2007. “It’s a rare and special opportunity for students to be exposed to the interior design industry on a large scale. We attended classes, visited showrooms, met authors, and sales representatives alongside industry professionals including buyers, architects, entrepreneurs, and designers.”

“This market field trip re-ignited the passion I have for interior design and gave me a whole new outlook, enthusiasm, and increased the level of optimism with regard to my future, career goals, and aspirations!” says student Carline Paulsen.

Some of the groups’ favorite classes include: “How Fashion Influences Home Décor”, “Business Lesson – 5 Steps To Building Your Talent”, “ Visual Storytelling,” and class taught by Design Icon 2013 winner and author, Alexa Hampton. “Hampton impressed upon us that any job is a good job, a great opportunity to learn, grow, and further develop our craft,” said Janae. Additionally, students met designer/TV personality Monica Pederson (host of Designed to Sell and Bang for Your Buck shows) and Angelo Surmelis (Rate My Space HGTV show), Harlan Kent (Yankee Candle CEO guest on “Under Cover” show). “We were so impressed with their talents and achievements, while being so warm, kind, fun, helpful, and encouraging. We saw first-hand how a great career in this field is totally possible while having a fulfilling personal life, even if you come from a small town. We can go anywhere from here,” chimed Janae.

The World Market consists of three spacious buildings with permanent as well as temporary showrooms. “It was so fun to talk to industry professionals. They were so excited to meet us, share their work and expertise with us. Angelo suggested that we further expand our creativity and knowledge of interior design by taking classes in related fields such as fashion, photography, or art,” explained Janae.

Julie DiCarro returned home excited and motivated to start her own online gift and design business. “My coach at work has arranged for me to take a self-employment workshop to learn how to run a business online! I had never considered such a thing prior to this field trip.”

“Market was exhilarating, inspiring, motivating, and at the same time, exhausting,” proclaims the students who admitted struggling with sore feet, tired backs, and brain and sensory overload. “If given the chance, we’d definitely go again!”

Student attendees Jacquelyn Grisham, Janae Wright, Emily Gines, Carline Paulsen, Julie DiCarro, Brittany Cross, Marilyn Miller, and BATC instructor Heidi Stephenson.

Smiles Made Stronger

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

February is NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DENTAL HEALTH month. BATC helps raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums!

So, what have our Dental Assisting students been up to?

Students in the Dental Assisting Program are expanding their experiences by volunteering in community-based learning opportunities. Traditionally, oral health initiatives have utilized our students to assist with fluoride rinses to prevent dental caries. However, this year students will add to their resume by assisting district nurses and local dentists in applying topical fluoride varnishes to local elementary students and Head Start clients. Fluoride varnish is a thin coating of resin that is applied to the tooth surface to protect it from tooth decay.

A Computer Submerged in Oil?

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Some people might wonder why a person would want to build a computer submerged in oil. Well, the answer is simple – because you can! At BATC, recycled computer parts from hard drives to operational motherboards wait for application. When all the parts except a case were available, IT instructor Jason Leikis decided to build an oil submerged computer. Jason was inspired with the idea at a BATC Tech Expo knowing, “It would be cool to show students in the IT program just what is possible!” After 150 hours, the fully functional computer is complete!

For all you "true geeks" dying to know the details. Jason tells us more...

A true test to see if you are geek is if you find this interesting enough to continue reading about how I built my system.

First off none of this project would have been possible without the support of my Department Head Kevin Erickson and my brother Kurt Leikis. My brother stayed by my side for over 7 days and 150 hours out 168 possible hours during the Thanksgiving break. So a big thanks to both Kurt and Kevin for their support! The idea of an oil submersion computer actually came from a tech expo a few years back. We had the expo over at West Campus and I was still just an IT student but I was chatting up a local vendor and he asked if I had ever heard of one of these oil computers. Well I had not. So we pull up some YouTube videos on the idea. It was cool and it left an impression in my mind of the some of the cool possibilities you can do for your computer builds.

So after three years had passed and I became a full-time IT Instructor, I had slowly acquired various computer parts; from hard drives to a fully operational motherboard with no case for it to reside in. Then the idea of the oil submersion came to the front on my mind and thought, “Wouldn’t this be a cool idea to show students that come through our program what is possible?” I brought the idea to my department head and he instantly loved the idea. I started looking at all the various oil cooled computers on YouTube and started to compile a list of supplies needed to make this happen.

The hardest part is finding a large amount of medical or food grade mineral oil. The purer the oil, the clearer it is giving you a great fish tank quality look. There are lots of work a rounds to just pure mineral oil, some use baby oil but the smell isn’t always desired, as well as vegetable oil which tends to be very yellow and will go bad after a short while. While those are good ideas they are not always the best for long-term cooling. I went around the valley and found five gallons of mineral oil, some acrylic sheets, a fish tank, rocks, air pump, bubble stones, and LED lights. Now I have the starter kit for an oil submersion computer.

The next part is just up to you on how you want to build it but my brother told me he knew how to bend acrylic so we started coming up with our design. We spent a little more time then needed on this phase but since I didn’t have the money to go out and buy new material if we messed up we wanted to make sure we made our cuts right. I liked the idea of making two 80mm fans sit at an angle above the rocks so that took extra time to make those happen. While my brother was busy cutting out the design for the motherboard tray I went and washed the gravel for the bottom trying to get rid of as much dust as possible so it wouldn’t contaminate the oil. It was a little harder to dry the rocks off then I thought so I actually just put the rocks for five minutes at a time and let the water evaporate seemed quicker than using a heat gun.

Following that we had to find a way to bend the acrylic without cracking it. That part I left up to my brother he made all the bends on this project and it went well. The only thing with acrylic to remember is not to heat it up too much as bubbles start to form in the plastic. We then marked where the motherboard was going to sit and we drilled our holes and put the standoffs in so we could attach the motherboard. Then we marked and cut the holes for the angled fans, as they we mounted on the top of the stand we needed to cut a large opening for the fluid to pass through.

As my brother worked on cutting those out I took my power supply a part (not recommend) just too gain access to the fan that had stopped working years before. There was nothing wrong with the power supply but since the fan stopped working I could not trust it in my computer at home any more. After carefully taking apart the fan and finding that the magnet and coils had oxidation on them all it needed was a rubber eraser to clean that off. Then I replaced the old burned out cold cathode light tubes with new bright blue LED strips. Put it back together and poof it looks like it did when I first bought it back 2006.

Then we were ready with the fans and motherboard we keep doing dry fits again and again then added the bubble stones and air lines. I had to do all custom wiring to make sure I had the most minimal amount of wires showing. When we were positive about the lower half and how it was going to fit we moved onto the top tray/lid piece. The idea for this was my brothers and so all credit goes to him for this part. I worked on building housing for the hard drive which would have a fan attached to the inside for a little cooling. I used the side of an old white computer case and then just painted it black after I had everything cut and bent. The hard drive was just placed in an adapter for 5.25” bay. It was extra out of my home computer case. As well as the small shields that sit on the front of the lid assembly. One side is for the power cables and the other is just for the power and reset switches.

All the small details and tools needs to make this happen are just too many to name. Over all we just kept working and figuring out how to add certain things or scrap the idea completely. Then on Sunday night we began to fill it up with the mineral oil; with even powered on to make sure at any point if something stopped working we wouldn’t have to empty the oil to replace or fix it. Up to this point was a lot of hours and it was so satisfying to plug up the bubbles and watch it work without a problem. I did run into a few problems that I had to try and fix after we put this all together. The memory was put in according to the motherboard print but found out it was incorrect. So I had to swap two sticks to make it dual channel. Plus all the jumpers for the USB connections were not active after shutting down. Meaning I couldn’t use the keyboard or mouse to bring the system out of sleep. So by moving the jumper over, it would keep a constant 5 volts to the USB port enabling me to wake the computer properly.

The next problem I ran into was that the video card I was using was creating too much heat at idle so over time the oil would naturally get warmer. To fix this I have tried 4 other video cards and have stopped on this GT610 I had bought a few months back to run dual monitors. The new series run much more efficiently than previous cards using less power and in turn less heat is produced. I upgraded the AMD Athlon X2 3800 2.0 GHz with a X2 5000B+ 2.6 GHz. Unfortunately The CPU cooler bracket was too old to hold on an aftermarket cooler and the small tabs broke. So I put on an Antec Kuhler H60 Closed System CPU water cooler. So technically I have a water cooled/oil submerged system. The system runs great!

The cooling of this system has been awesome! The CPU currently after running for 4 1/2 hours this morning is still 21 C, the video card is at 32 C and the oil temp is 25 C. The max temp of the oil gets only to 37 C. This system also allows me to overclock the 2.6 GHz processor to 2.783 GHz with no heat gains. I know that 183 MHz isn't a lot but this is an old motherboard. I was surprised it let me overclock the system by 7% in the first place. I tried to overclock it outside of the oil and it would never let me. This is an awesome enough system that I replaced my quad core i7 office computer with this machine because of how well it works and performs. Plus the cool geek factor registers a 10 on my scale. Thank you all for the all the help, support, and interest shown in this project I was glad to try my skills at this idea turned into reality.

Find out more about starting your career in Information Technology at BATC.

Student Wins Logo Contest

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

We congratulate Jami Strong, BATC Media Design student and winner of the Logan Library Logo Contest!

"The contest caught my eye while I was working on the Illustrator 1 curriculum. I thought it would be fun to see what I could do with it. I am thrilled that my logo was selected!"

After two eliminations, Jami's logo was chosen by the seven members of the Logan City Library Board. The logo she created will be inserted into the O of the traditional Logan City Logo and will soon begin to appear on all their branded materials.

“I’ve always loved art and have wanted to go back to school for years now, so when my youngest child started first grade August of 2012, I took the plunge. Bridgerland has been a great fit for me as a busy mother of four. I attend classes a minimum of 20 hours a week, and have the flexibility of choosing my hours so it works seamlessly with my children’s school and activity schedule.”

Jami is now finishing up on Illustrator 3 and plans to complete the program at the end of this year.

The winning logo design:

Building The Best-Trained Workforce in the Nation

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

The Utah Applied Technology College (UCAT) system has always known the fundamental relationship between technical training and career success. Now a Georgetown University study has discovered the value of Technical Certificates touting they are the fastest-growing post-secondary credential in the United States!

Technical training has always been BATC’s mission and student achievement is our measurement of success. Year-after-year our students make us proud and 2012 is no exception! BATC once again exceeded the national accreditation outcome standard of 70 percent.

  • 86 percent of BATC certificate students who completed their program successfully landed a job or continued their education
  • 99 percent of our students who took a career licensing test PASSED

Each year UCAT awards thousands of Technical Certificates with plans to push those numbers even higher as they work toward Governor Herbert’s Education Excellence goal of having 66 percent of Utah’s workforce with a post-secondary credential by 2020.

What's For Dinner - Chicken Roulade?

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

BATC student, Harime Driggs, provided a step-by-step demonstration on the classic French cuisine – Chicken Roulade – to the local Women in Business. The demo covered everything from preparing the chicken for poaching, stuffing and rolling techniques, and utilizing temperatures rather than cooking time. With a variety of filling options, Harime chose spinach, feta, and roasted red pepper. Special instruction was provided on choosing complimentary sides to provide the right balance of meal color. While attendees learned they eat first with their eyes, they all agreed sampling the finished product was far better than simply enjoying it with their eyes! Great Job, Harime.

Graduation December 2012!

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Congratulations to BATC graduates recognized at the semi-annual graduation ceremonies held Thursday, December 13, at the main campus in Logan. Over 170 students were recognized for completing training the last half of 2012. Graduates were honored to hear from Dr. Ed Redd, recently elected to the Utah House of Representatives, District 4. Dr. Redd challenged the graduates to take their certificates and move forward! Never stop learning—become indispensable—never let yourself get obsolete!

Good luck, graduates! The faculty and staff at Bridgerland ATC wish you success!

Operation Vortex

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Five BATC employees recently deployed with FEMA’s Utah Task Force I for tornado response and recovery training. Two members participated in the non-stop supply convoy to Colorado with their planned routes altered due to simulated tornado activity. This two-day training was staged in an area outside the Colorado airport littered with abandoned homes and barns.

Day one simulated the first twelve hours after touchdown. The morning began with participants being notified of “tornado touchdown.” Arriving at the scene, participants found cars and bodies littered the impact area with a parking garage collapse. Organizing the chaos, Jeremy and Wes, Technical Search Specialists, utilized dogs, hearing equipment, and cameras to locate victims needing rescue, assess building damage/safety, and identify hazardous material exposures. Bryan, Rescue Specialist, then began working in debris littered situations to quickly get victims to medical care. Jeff, Medical Specialist, cared for severely injured patients including a pregnant woman needing a cricothryotomy (a surgical incision made through the skin and cricothyroid membrane to establish patent airway during certain life-threatening situations). Frankie, HazMat Specialist, provided evaluation of other HazMat participants as they assessed dangerous chemical exposures and performed decontamination processes (including for the search dog).

Training of this magnitude utilizes skills of fire fighters, emergency technicians, physicians, nurses, and engineers. Nearly fifty agencies at three locations tested their response to worst case scenarios. The primary objective of disaster training is to bridge jurisdictional lines and to cooperate with rescue partners needed to support large scale response and recovery efforts.

From BATC Runway to New York

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Gina Wiberg always knew she loved the world of fashion, but something inside of her sparked when, as a Mountain Crest Freshman, she participated in the BATC fashion show. The catwalk craze paid off for Gina when she was discovered by a fashion scout. Competing in the show “Scouted,” Gina was selected to sign on with a New York agency.

But Gina will be the first to admit she loves more than just the runway experience. The hands-on learning style at BATC has allowed her to experience first-hand every aspect of creating a fashion show from theme selection and trend forecasting to choreography and advertising. “The fashion field is about so much more than modeling.”

Gina’s long-term career goal is, of course, anything to do with fashion; but in the meantime she plans to continue with the BATC Fashion Merchandising program along with a month in Paris expanding her modeling portfolio for the next step in her fashion career. Good Luck, Gina!

“The best part of BATC is the instructors. They are always there to help and they genuinely care about me.”

Students Fill A Need With Food

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

While the economy is showing signs of improving, for many families, an unexpected auto repair, an illness, or even an accident can be what forces them to choose between groceries, rent, utilities, and health care. The Cache Community Food Pantry, in operation since 1970, has provided assistance to individuals and families during their toughest times under the belief that "no individual should go to bed hungry."

Cosmetology and Business Technology students have worked hard this year to support the Cache Community Food Pantry in their remarkable journey in serving more than 58,600 individuals yearly. Together students, faculty, and staff collected over 2,700 food items to help stock the shelves of the expanded pantry facilities and to help end our community fight against hunger.

If you too are interested in donating to the Cache Community Food Pantry, more information can be found at

Enchanted Fairytale

Posted By: Emily Hobbs
Fashion show

Attendees of the annual Fall Fashion show were once again aweinspired as models from 1-year to 18-years presented a range of fashion from local retailers to one-of-a-kind designs in a fun-filled and magical night. But who makes this all of this possible?

Twice a year students in the Fashion Merchandising program start by voting to select a show theme. Once established, students roll up their sleeves because this is when the work really begins. Fashion students are responsible to forecast trends, name sets, select outfits, write choreography, choose music, create props, design and build backdrops, and generate advertisements. All of this along with any sewing needed to complete the themed sets. But wait …. there’s more.

When each model’s outfit has been selected, it must be prepared for the show, so students de-tag, de-sensor, de-lint, steam, and organize outfits by model.

Then it’s time to set up the stage, organize chairs, print programs, and pick up refreshments. Finally, their hard work has paid off when the lights dim and the music starts…….

All too soon the show is over and it’s time for the students to start “undoing” the process. Students meet early Saturday morning to re-tag, steam, hang, and return clothes to the local retailers who so generously contributed to the show. Another successful show – job well done students!

A special thanks to: Buckle, DownEast, JCPenney, Old Navy, Petals and Promises, and Rue 21.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Many children may be busy writing their letters to Santa, but this year the local Sub-for-Santa program is struggling. For the first time in 35 years, the Cache County Sub-for-Santa program is at risk for closing. Last year the Sub-for-Santa program helped 1,350 children, but according to assistant director Candida Jensen, “We do not have the funding that we need to move forward with the campaign this year.” Without help from the community, hundreds of children could be going without Christmas.

Cash donations have historically been enough to cover the annual overhead costs, but like other non-profit organizations Sub-for-Santa has been struggling financially in the economic downturn. Although volunteers have seen people who used to sponsor five or six children now just take one, every child on their list received Christmas gifts last year.

Will you help us help them? Bridgerland Applied Technology College has committed to donating workspace from October through December to eliminate storage costs. If you are interested in volunteering or donating, call 760-6126, visit, or mail your donation to Cache County Sub-for-Santa, PO Box 4603, Logan UT 84323.

Getting More Out of Life

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Students in the Culinary Arts Program were inspired by local entrepreneur, Kristen Bowen, owner of Living The Good Life Naturally. Having dealt with her own personal health battles, Kristen decided to take charge and change her life. She turned her vulnerability into a strength and made a commitment to helping others do the same.

Students learned about her battle with Celiac Disease (gluten intolerance), which affects one in 89 people in Utah. Many restaurants and food services are realizing this important segment of the food industry and students were encouraged to be aware of it as they start their careers.

Kristen asks, "Are you making decisions today to be able to do what makes your heart sing?" The choices of today affect the success of your future. Kristen has a very successful business and shared her tips for success with thoughts on how to "make your world a cleaner, healthier, natural, and more sustainable place."

Thank you Kristen for inspiring us!

Interior Design Concepts for the Not So Big House

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Sarah Susanka, famous architect and author, opened the Interior Design student’s eyes to unique design possibilities for the average American home. Sarah is an advocate for “not so big” homes believing it’s not how large a house is but rather the quality, comfort, and usefulness of the home. Students felt her passion for utilizing rooms for many purposes – learning empty rooms don’t bring families together. Instructor, Heidi Stephenson, plans to incorporate Susanka’s book, Home by Design into her Space Planning course.

Sarah continued to inspire the students through concepts outlined in her nine books, but the biggest surprise of all was when she focused on following your dreams, the foundation from her book The Not So Big Life. Being a writer was a dream Sarah was told by her parents was “unrealistic,” but she believed in herself enough to try. Students left motivated and summarized the experience with….

“Sarah inspired to follow my dreams and to continue with my passion for painting”

“I am excited to help design spaces that are both useful and personable”

“Designing for family function is so rewarding”

“One person can make a big difference through design in how people live”

BATC Rocks the House with Volunteers for the Bear 100

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

The Bear 100 is an ultra-marathon single participant race that occurs the last Friday and Saturday in September of any year between Logan, Utah and Fish Haven, Idaho with about 75% in Utah and 25% in Idaho. For 14 years, this race has attracted runners from all over the world. Starting out with 17 runners, the first year, the race has grown in popularity to some 260 entrants this year. With that kind of increase in popularity, you can imagine the need for volunteers who can help pull off this 36-hour timed event.

Wayne Moore, a BATC employee for over 21 years has helped with the race since it began. He has worked primarily with Aid Stations which assist the runners as they pass various checkpoints on the run. This year the need seemed greater than ever before, so Wayne put out the word to BATC employees who might be willing to help. The response was fantastic. “I work with an absolutely wonderful group of folks, so I invited anyone who had a desire to participate, and at least 10 employees of BATC helped directly with the race, and they in turn added an additional 30+ more people who helped in a variety of ways for the race. Wayne was Aid Station Captain for Richards Hollow, mile 22.50, and had an additional 10 people working at his Aid Station. Kayleen Payant, a BATC employee helped at Richards Hollow.

Three other BATC employees were Aid Station Captains for this year’s race. Gordon Anderson took on the Cowley Canyon Aid Station at mile 29.98. Gordon, along with his wife Paula and their two sons, had Karen Albiston and Dale Maples from Bridgerland assisting him. Gordon said “any day in the mountains is better than a day at the office.” He also said “sign me up for next year, we had a great time”. Al Dustin took on the Logan River Aid Station at mile 69.54. They had a longer window of service with 3 different shifts of people assisting. Emma Maples and Nicole McInelly from BATC helped at the Aid Station. Rex Davidsavor and John Krusi from Culinary Arts also helped Al organize his Aid Station. Al had 10 others helping him at their Aid Station. Jason Rindlisbacher took the longest Window of Service Aid Station at Ranger Dip, mile 92.20. Jason did not have the luxury of getting shifts of personnel lined up, so he supervised the entire operation. Jason had his wife Cheryl and son helping, along with 5 other volunteers. Jason felt like he had ran the Bear 100 (after 18 hours of duty) by the time he finished that tour of duty, which was longer than the record-breaking time of 17 hours 50 minutes for the fastest runner. Way to go Jason and company.

Heather Toone, also a BATC employee, and her two sons helped at the Temple Fork Aid Station, mile 45.15. Other BATC employees offered to help, but had some conflict with the timing of the race. What an awesome bunch of people who work at BATC. Thank you Bridgerland for helping in a huge way make the 2012 Bear 100 Race so successful. Check out if you want to find out more about the race or the results. Want to know an awesome fact or two? Out of the 230 racers that started and 170 that finished, the 7th runner across the Finish Line was female with a record time of 22 hours 10 minutes. Out of the top 20 finishers, 4 were women. Wow, way to go ladies!!

Quality Education Attracts Students from Around the Nation

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

The results of a Google search brought Texas native, Emma Martino, to Logan, Utah, to pursue her educational dream in fashion merchandising. Not wanting to attend a traditional four-year College, Emma focused on finding a school with reputable training that focused on skills she wanted to learn. Her experience at BATC…“So far I absolutely love it!”

Experiencing the personal attention provided by the instructors and the importance of hands-on education, Emma has learned school doesn’t have to be intimidating. “BATC has a very welcoming environment where the instructors are always there whenever I need them. I’ve learned that I CAN DO IT!"

"Even though it was nerve wracking moving to Utah, BATC has opened up career opportunities that wouldn't have otherwise been available to me.”

Emma isn’t the first student to relocate to attend BATC. Our reputation has attracted students from around the nation including, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut , Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oregon, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

On the Road Again

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

It's bitter sweet that we get to wish Dean Potter the best as he heads into retirement. Dean, a valued “over the road” instructor in the Professional Truck Driving (CDL) Program, has decided it's time to hit the road doing exactly what he wants to do. At almost 78, we decided we couldn't argue. His dependable, patient, and knowledgeable ways will definitely be missed. Many happy trails, Dean!

Stomp the Mud

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Heavy Equipment Operator students utilized their newly developed skills by volunteering to dig obstacles for the STOMP THE MUD OUT OF CHILD ABUSE charity event. Their assignment was to help create the messiest, most marvelous obstacle course ever encountered. The final product was a course made with mud, paint, slops, suds, high pressured hoses, and more.

This charity event was sponsored by ARS Flood and Fire Cleanup and included a Jailbreak theme with races: crawl through sinister tunnels, mountaineer a monster mud mountain, dodge dastardly deputies’ paintballs, and roll through the Sheriff’s slop. All proceeds benefit the Child and Family Support Center in their mission of strengthening families and protecting children.

USDA Grant Awarded to BATC

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

BATC received $50,000 from the US Department of Agriculture to assist with improvements in rural area education. Approximately $20,000 will be used to purchase a driving simulator and upgraded trailers that meet inspection standards for the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) courses. The remaining $30,000 will be used to purchase commercial grade equipment for the Cache Business Resource Center - Kitchen Incubator - providing FDA approved equipment for food associated start-up businesses.

Traversing 28 Miles of Mountainous Terrain

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

On June 30, just as the sun crested the horizon of the Rocky Mountains, our very own Wayne Moore, along with 119 other anxious runners, prepared to traverse the mountainous terrain around Logan Peak. During this extremely challenging event, runners travel 28 miles with an elevation change of over 7,200 feet. This rigorous type of elevation change makes this event comparable to many 50K races. What many of us couldn’t imagine attempting, Wayne successfully did! WAY TO GO, WAYNE!

Dream Big -- Dream Often

Posted By: Emily Hobbs

Bridgerland’s graduation was held Thursday, June 14, with students graduating from 25 programs. Guest speaker Robert O. Brems, President of the Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT), asked the graduates to remember four words from his speech, “Dream Big—Dream Often.” He challenged the graduates to take their credentials and do something great, remembering that it’s not the number of times we fail but the number of times we get up that determines our success.