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!
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."
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:
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!
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!
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!
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 beautiful...it will help you lower your stress as well.
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. Houzz.com 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…..you “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.
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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]
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.
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.
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.
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.”
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 cachefoodpantry.com.
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.
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 subforsantaloganutah.org, or mail your donation to Cache County Sub-for-Santa, PO Box 4603, Logan UT 84323.
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!
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….
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 http://bear100.com 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!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Kip Nash, BATC Auto Collision student, thought it might be a long shot when he applied for the Chicago Pneumatic Tool Grant offered through the Collision Repair Education Foundation. Nash successfully competed with students all around the nation and was chosen as one out of only ten students in the United States to receive this award. His excitement was hard to contain as the package arrived with his new impact wrench, air hammer, die grander, reversible air drill, and air sander.
Nash is eager to put the tools to the test and says, "I am excited to be a part of this profession and enjoy every minute I spend working on cars! I now have a great base of tools to start my career and am motivated to put them to use."
Emilee Roberts, current BATC Fashion Merchandising student, was recently recognized in the Herald Journal for her interest in two very different worlds… fashion and farming.
Emilee has been attending the Fashion program at BATC during high school and will be able to finish the adult certificate by the end of summer. Her instructor, Colette Pulsipher, says, “She has been very self-motivated and hardworking. She has been amazing to watch as she has been involved in so many things in and out of the classroom. Emilee has been a teacher’s dream as a student. She is very focused and will do great things!”
Click to learn more about the Fashion Merchandising Program at BATC.
Herald Journal Article: Merging Fashion with Farming.
BATC Real Estate graduate, Myrna Emanuel, received the prestigious “ROOKIE OF THE YEAR” award by the Cache-Rich Association of Realtors for 2011. Awards are presented each year to outstanding realtors for their contributions to the organization, service to the community, and commitment to excellence in the field of Real Estate. Myrna was a student star in the 2009 Real Estate course, and continues to shine as an outstanding agent for Coldwell Banker Gold Key Realty. Congratulations, Myrna!
With 4,291 people from 23 area schools attending the annual Career Days event, BATC somewhat resembled a popular rock concert. What’s Career Days you say? It’s a unique technical College opportunity for middle- and high-school students to experience hundreds of diverse and exciting career opportunities hands-on. Attendees really begin to think about “What am I going to do when I grow up?”
Students were excited to participate in interactive exhibits, industry displays, and demonstration projects, which included racing robots with solar energy, painting a vehicle, driving heavy equipment, cleaning teeth, evaluating microscopic items, counting medications, wiring electrical circuits, welding, preparing emergency victims for transport, and much more! Twenty-nine College departments, 17 local business/agencies, and 31 pieces of heavy equipment kept the students thinking about a host of possible career paths.
This year students also competed in the Did You Know scavenger hunt where they searched for clues regarding career growth, DWS career ratings, local versus national wages, and special industry requirements. All correct entries were entered to win a drawing for a Kindle. The winners of the Did You Know competition/drawing are:
Bridgerland ATC, Cache Valley Electric, Department of Workforce Services, Interform, Komatsu Equipment, Logan City, Pathways, Utah 4-H, Whitaker Construction Co.
We also want to thank the exhibitors for their time and support in converting students' enthusiasm into a career path! Click here to view a list of exhibitors.
On April 25, the excitement was hard to contain as 80 nervous students from high schools all across the state prepared to participate in the FFA Veterinary Science competition. This is the first year Utah has held this FFA competition and also the first year the event has been recognized nationally. Exam components include identification of equipment, parasite, and breeds; calculations; demonstration of handling and restraint; demonstration of clinical procedures; and a team presentation on adult feline wellness. The competition was proctored by Animal Sciences faculty and students, while judging was performed by local veterinarians in cooperation with students in the Animal Sciences Program. Top scoring students will be recognized on a national level for their achievements.
Congratulations to Granite Mountain for winning! We would also like to recognize the following individual winners:
Participating High Schools: Cedar City, Delta, Granite Mountain, Gunnison, Herriman, Jordan Tech, Manilla, Manti, Mountain Crest, Mt. Nebo, North Sevier, Panguitch, Payson, Provo, Sky View, South Summit, Springville, Toole, Wasatch, and West Lake.
BATC Business Technology students gained skills, inspiration, insight, and expertise at the annual Administrative Professional’s Conference on April 19. Students training to be Administrative Professionals attended conference sessions on dealing with change, balancing stress from work and family, and using color professionally. Each student understands the complexity of a career in today’s workforce and enjoyed walking away with new ideas and tactics to help them achieve their true administrative potential.
When cabinetmaking instructors agreed to have students build 75 inline styling stations for the growing Cosmetology program, they had no idea the experiences this project would provide. Students recently completed this nine month project and the results are astonishing! While the arched reception desk is the significant highlight; students and instructors enjoy equally the new styling stations, product displays, lockers, and mobile manicure tables. From layout to installation, cabinetmaking students continue to talk about the hands-on experiences; and the instructors are proud of the premier craftsmanship the students demonstrated. A special thanks to all those students who contributed. The lab looks beautiful!
BATC is excited to announce 42 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!
Summary of Students by High School
Energy costs are on the rise! Attend BATC’s Green Building Symposium Friday and Saturday (March 30-31) to learn the latest energy reduction techniques. Whether you are employed in building trades or just a curious home owner, come to learn how “Going Green” can benefit you. Who knows … This could be the start of a new career or a new money saving hobby. If you find you are interested in pursuing a Green Career, BATC currently offers training at NO COST TO YOU! (Click to learn how.) There has never been a better time to join the energy saving movement, but education and training are crucial to understanding sustainable strategies, initiatives, and implementation. Join us March 30 and 31 to learn more!
On February 25, 2012, BATC Dental Assisting students donated their time to provide free, comprehensive dental care for over 75 underserved children from our community. The state wide Give Kids A Smile Campaign was held at BATC with 14 local dentists providing services including, exams, coronal polishes, fluoride varnishes, radiographs, sealants, and fillings. Children ages 18 months to 15 years old were treated, and patients needing extensive services were referred to local dentists who volunteer to provide follow-up treatments.
...at a glance
14 Dentists, 33 Dental Assistants, 8 Dental Assisting Instructors, 9 Pre-Dental Students (USU), 75 exams, 64 coronal polishes, 63 fluoride varnishes, 45 radiographs, 75 sealants, and 44 referrals for more treatments.
After this experience … one thing is certain … everyone walked away with … A SMILE!
"This real experience was amazing. Working with the children creates a great learning environment." -student
"The most challenging thing was taking x-rays on children because they don't keep their mouths open long enough to take the x-ray." -student
Dental professionals from around the state were instructed in Radiology safety by our very own Wendi Wilde, BATC Dental Department Head. Wendi was selected to present at the Utah Dental Association annual convention hosted in Salt Lake City. This premier class provided attendees with the latest radiology techniques and provided an opportunity to obtain a state issued safety certificate. Way to go Wendi!
Bicycles are becoming ever more popular since the downfall of our economy and the rise in gasoline prices. The media is saying that gas prices should be up to $5 a gallon by this summer. Bikes are a great way to get around. With bikes of all kinds hitting the market, it’s much easier to go to the store and be able to carry your groceries home on your bike than ever before. Web sites like atomiczombie.com show how to build custom bikes and trailers and gives you an idea of what is possible.
BATC is offering a class to show you how to fix and adjust one of those bikes in the back yard that has just been sitting there rusting. We can’t fix them all in one class, but we show you all you need to know to get a great jump start.
Bikes are a great way to save money and the environment. For those of you who have trouble with getting up hills, there are electric motors that can be added to your bike. Some will even charge the battery on the downhill side. The possibilities are endless! Learn more about bikes and GO GREEN!
Fix Your Ride! (Bicycle Repair) Course Description: Find out what it takes to become a bicycle technician. Learn preventive maintenance while working on a bicycle. Complete rebuilds possible. Topics include basic maintenance of chain and gears, adjustment of brakes, derailleur, head sets, hubs, spoke truing, and bike fitting. Professional tools available with expert advice and training. Replacement parts will be available at cost. Free basic tool kit, patch kit, and text. Students must provide a bicycle to repair. For more information contact Leonard at 801-540-6938. Call Student Services at 435-753-6780 to register.
Saturdays March 10 & 17, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., $45, West Campus Room 1908, Logan, UT
Interior Design student, Brittany Cross, will be suspending her training at BATC while she assumes her other responsibilities fueling Apache helicopters with the Utah Army National Guard. Brittany has served for 3½ years and is being deployed in January for a 12-month mission.
Brittany enjoys the relationships she has developed with her fellow soldiers and is excited to explore a new culture and implement the training she has received. However, she will miss being able to pursue her natural passion of expressing her creativity through interior spaces while she is away. “I am excited to observe architecture and hand-woven textiles from other cultures while I’m away. I hope to incorporate these ideas into my interior design assignments when I return.”
Her husband, Cade, is a Cadet in the USU ROTC Program and will stay in Logan attending USU while he awaits Brittany’s return. We will miss you Brittany – Good Luck and God Speed!
Bridgerland Applied Technology College is excited to announce the new Recertification training for non-affiliated fire fighters approved by the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy. This new training option provides certified individuals, who are not currently employed with a department, a pathway for recertification before his/her state certifications expire! For more information about this new opportunity contact Jeremy at (435) 994-1947.
Congratulations to over 190 BATC graduates recognized at the semi-annual graduation ceremonies held Thursday, December 15, at the main campus in Logan.
Graduates were honored to hear words of advice from Representative R. Curt Webb, Utah State Legislature. Rep. Webb discussed being dedicated, not only in school, but also in future employment. He asked graduates to take a look at Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the extra meaning it gives to the idea of dedication. Dedication brings success!
The year 2011 marked the 40th Anniversary of Bridgerland Applied Technology College. Graduates got the opportunity to take a walk through BATC’s history with the help of the BATC Campus President, Dr. Richard L. Maughan.
Good luck, graduates! The faculty and staff at Bridgerland ATC wish you success!
BATC Cosmetology and Esthetician students had an opportunity of a lifetime when they traveled to Wendover to assist professional Photographer Steve Harrington in his annual three-day “Team Steve Workshop.” BATC students were invited to provide hair and make-up services for models posing in photo themes ranging from Vintage WWII to Post-apocalyptic Fantasy.
The students learned first-hand from photographers across the globe how lighting (both artificial and natural) coupled with photo surroundings directly affects the photo outcome. Students felt preparing models for a period “before their time” was challenging but letting their creativity run free for the fantasy shoot was the most fun.
A special thanks to Shelley and Steve Harrington for this amazing experience!
Several current and past BATC fire recruit students along with their instructors participated in the 5k First Dam Fun Run. Participants from the RCA program agreed to increase the intensity of the competition by running in fire safety turn outs. One student, along with instructor Heath Banbury, endeavored to “best the rest” by completing the course while breathing from Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA).
The Saturday fun run started with the first snow storm of the season but warmed to a balmy temperature in the low 40's as RCA participants crossed the finish line. Three RCA runners impressed the crowd by placing and receiving ribbons in their age divisions. Not bad with the extra weight and bulk from the turn outs!
Thanks to all who participated. The RCA participants are looking forward to more of these fun community events in the future.
Our Interior Design students understand the importance of both beautiful and functional design; but now, a third element — sustainable design — is equally important. Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, and 13% water consumption, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity.
Students were excited as Steven Winter, FAIA, sustainable/green building pioneer talked about his experiences as Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council that developed and launched the internationally recognized green building certification LEED®—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®).
Winter challenged all professionals to design with sustainability in mind. Noting that greater building efficiency can meet 85 percent of future U.S. demand for energy and has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.
"This excellent opportunity broadened our understanding of environmental differences that we, as designers, can make while still designing attractive spaces our clients will love."
While returning from an ambulance transport assignment from Ogden to Primary Children's Medical Center, Scott Kidman, a BATC Fire and Rescue graduate, spotted flames in a four story downtown Salt Lake apartment building. Detouring to investigate, Kidman realized the fire extended from the first floor to the roof creating a very dangerous situation. After calling in the fire to Salt Lake City Dispatchers, Kidman and his partner immediately began evacuating occupants—they evacuated over 30 people before additional fire personnel arrived. When asked if he felt like a hero, Kidman responded, "No, this is an everyday job for us; you know, firefighters are kind of adrenaline junkies, and we just love the chance to hop on a fire." Kidman, 34, commutes from Cache County for his job at the Ogden Fire Department. Way to go Scott!
The International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) represents over 298,000 professional firefighters and has chosen Jeremy Robertson, BATC’s Fire and Rescue Coordinator, as one of only two firefighters in the nation to attend the 101st Harvard Trade Union Program – an opportunity valued at over $20,000.
Since 1942, this prestigious program has been offered through Harvard’s Law School and admits only 40 experienced union professionals from across the nation. Jeremy was selected through an extremely competitive application and is excited to participate in this intensive training learning from lawyers, economists, arbitrators, and union consultants. Topics include strategic planning, leadership and change, union governance, dispute resolution, essential skills for management within labor organizations, and much, much more.
BATC is honored knowing Jeremy, along with a colleague from Kansas City, will represent well all of the outstanding men and women in the firefighting industry. Best of luck, Jeremy!!
Industry professionals are invited to join Bridgerland Applied Technology College in Logan, UT and the Collision Repair Education Foundation the morning of Friday, September 23rd for a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of the school winning the second annual Ultimate Collision Education Makeover $50,000 school grant in 2010. In the end, through the additional generosity of the collision industry, Bridgerland Applied Technology College ended up receiving over $100,000 in products, doubling the original budget of the grant.
On display during the event will be the tools, equipment, supplies, and other items that the school obtained through the grant. The event will include presentations from school administration and Collision Repair Education Foundation staff, meet and greet with students, tours of the facility, and a breakfast prepared by the school’s culinary department.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation would like to officially recognize the following industry companies who supported the 2010 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant program: Airgas; Alldata, LLC; Amerex Corporation; A.N. Designs (UltraWiz); Anest Iwata; ArcOne; Audatex, a Solera company; Auto Body Tool Mart; Automotive Recycler Association; AutoZone; ChemSpec USA; Chicago Pneumatic; Chief Automotive Technologies; Cintas; Craftsman; Dan-Am Company, SATA Spray Equipment; Elektron; Equalizer Industries; Ergodyne; E-Z Red; Fibre-Glass Evercoat; GEICO; Hobart Welding Products; Honeywell/Sperian Safety Products; I-CAR; LKQ Corporation; Mac Tools; Mechanix; Miller; Milwaukee; Mitchell; Motor Guard Corporation; Muscle Car Network of Central Florida; Panasonic; PPG; Rubber Seal; Rust Oleum; SAS Safety Corp; Sherwin Williams Automotive Refinishes; Steinel America; Sterling Auto Body Centers; and Valeo.
Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Scott Kruger said, “We are proud that in the Makeover grant program’s first two years, we have awarded over $550,000 to 73 collision school programs through the generosity of our industry supporters. The Education Foundation invites any and all industry professionals to attend the ribbon cutting of our 2010 Makeover winner, Bridgerland Applied Technology College. The over $100,000 in donated tools, equipment, and supplies received by this school’s collision program is a testament to the industry supporting its future. On behalf of the Foundation’s employees, volunteers, and Board of Trustees, we thank the participating companies for making this possible for both Bridgerland and the other Makeover applicant schools.”
The year was 1971 and ….
Walt Disney World opened, a new stock-market index called Nasdaq debuts, Intel released the world’s first microprocessor, the Baltimore Colts won Superbowl V, the Sonny and Cher comedy hour premiered, and Bridgerland Applied Technology College was born.
BATC was initially organized under the State Board of Vocational Education; and, in 1971, started enrolling students in a variety vocational courses at the original location of Sky View High School. For several years, BATC functioned without a permanent home when finally in 1984 the Main Campus building (the Wurlitzer piano factory) was acquired. Since then, BATC has expanded into four buildings to cover the increasing demand from the tri-county (Box Elder, Cache, and Rich) area it serves. Since 1987, BATC has seen 394 percent growth in student membership hours with astounding training results like…..
While many things have changed in the last 40 years (including our name), BATC has consistently provided hands-on, competency-based education for a myriad of technical careers. Unlike many educational experiences, students find our instructors do not just lecture and they do not just take tests. Our instructors are experts in their career fields and function as personal tutors to help students not only learn but also master the material.
Our goal was, is, and always will be … “Get In, Get Out, Get a Job!” While there is so much more we could say, our alumni really say it best…….
"BATC had the programs that I could take in my time frame to further my career." "I am grateful to have a job where I get to do exactly what I love. There is nothing better than waking up in the morning and looking forward to going to work."
"BATC had the programs that I could take in my time frame to further my career."
"I am grateful to have a job where I get to do exactly what I love. There is nothing better than waking up in the morning and looking forward to going to work."
"I've never regretted a day at BATC. The program got me ready for a great career!"
"Shortly before graduating, I was offered a full-time job, which I absolutely love. My instructors worked with me so I could finish my coursework, maintain my work schedule, and still graduate on time."
"Bridgerland gives you hands-on education for what you will face in the workforce. The instructors care about you and help you succeed. I am grateful every day that I attended BATC and will continue to encourage others to attend as well."
Bridgerland Applied Technology College is excited to announce a new educational pathway for its students. BATC’s 900+ hour certificates convert directly to 30 semester credits at Utah State University in the new General Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree.
In just a few simple steps, BATC graduates can earn a General Technology AAS degree with an emphasis in Allied Health, Business, Design & Creative Arts, or Technology Systems:
1. Successfully complete an approved BATC certificate of 900 hours or greater in one of the following program areas:
American Sign Language • Auto Collision • Automotive Service • Building Technology • Cabinetmaking • Business • Cosmetology • Culinary Arts • Dental Assisting • Diesel • Drafting • e-Commerce • Electronics • Fashion • Heavy Equipment Operator • Industrial Automation • Information Technology • Interior Design • Machining • Meat Services • Media Design • Medical Assisting • Practical Nursing • Welding
2. Contact a USU advisor and apply for admission at (435) 919-1226
3. Complete additional USU requirements outlined in your chosen emphasis area
4. GRADUATE WITH AN AAS DEGREE!
Find out more about programs at BATC, click here.
BATC’s Film Team recently competed in the tenth annual world-wide competition known as “The 48-Hour Film Project.” The 48-Hour Film Project is a wild and sleepless weekend in which a team creates a movie—writes, shoots, edits and scores it—in just 48 hours. On Friday night, you get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all to include in your movie. In only 48 hours, the movie must be complete.
BATC Digital Broadcasting instructor, John Goodman, along with his students decided to accept the 48-hour challenge with the talented locals of Cache Valley. Out of a hat came the topic – “anniversary/birthday” – and without any pre-planning or strategizing, the makings of a masterpiece began. Technical Director, Larry Soule, turned the backyard of his home into a live movie set complete with camera, boom mic, characters, and a small filming crew.
Goodman and his crew started writing the script Friday at 7 p.m. and completed by about 7 a.m. the next morning. After an hour of sleep, it was time for filming with the anticipated, "That' a wrap!" occurring on Saturday evening. Final editing consumed Sunday with the final product coming together just in time for the 7 p.m. delivery deadline. In 2010, nearly 40,000 film-makers made 3,000 films in 80 cities on 5 continents, and this year the competition expanded. The BATC 48-hour film premiered at both the Megaplex 12 and the Gateway in Salt Lake City winning the Audience Award for their short-film.
“It’s a lot of work, but it is also a lot of fun. It’s a great teaching opportunity.”
Congratulations to BATC graduates recognized at the semi-annual graduation ceremonies held Thursday, June 16, at the main campus in Logan. Over 227 students were recognized for completing their training during the first half of 2011. Bridgerland's open enrollment approach to training means students are graduating and moving into the workforce every week of the year instead of all at once, increasing the ability of students to locate excellent positions with less competition.
Graduates at June's celebration were honored to hear some words of advice from Representative Jack R. Draxler, District 3, Utah House of Representatives. Rep. Draxler challenged the graduates to develop a habit of service. He reminded the graduates that the future can't be left to someone else--everyone has to be in the game! It isn't just about you anymore, he reminded the graduates. It's about your families, your extended families, your friends, your communities. Do your part to achieve the kind of society that all of us want!
Good luck, graduates! The faculty and staff at Bridgerland ATC wish you success!