Davis Applied Technology College
|Davis Applied Technology College|
|Type||Public, Two-Year Technical College|
|President||Michael J. Bouwhuis|
|Location||Kaysville, UT, USA
|Accredited By||Council on Occupational Education|
|Colors||Red and Gold|
|Affiliations||Utah College of Applied Technology, Utah System of Higher Education|
Davis Applied Technology College (DATC) is a public technical training institution located in Kaysville, Utah. It provides competency-based education in an open-entry, open-exit environment which prepares over 7,400 high school and adult students with career and technical skills. Students may start or end at any time during the year and progress at a rate suited to individual learning style.
Training is provided at the Kaysville, Utah campus, in local high schools, and at DATC Freeport in Clearfield, Utah.
Davis Applied Technology College offers certificate programs that take two years or less to complete in the Schools of Business, Construction, Health, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Service, and Transportation Industries. Four-year apprenticeship programs, as well as job seeking skills, basic math and English, and workplace relations are also offered.
Adult Education and English as a Second Language courses are taught through Davis School District at the Kaysville campus.
Programs coordinate with an employer advisory committee to review programs standards as they relate to industry demand and employment verification.
Davis Applied Technology College is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.
Davis Applied Technology College had its genesis in the early 1970s. To meet the demands of training immigrants in English and vocational skills, Davis School District started the Davis Vocational Center. It was located in a former elementary school in Layton, Utah.
The Davis Vocational Center began by offering classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), Basic English, Basic Math, and business classes. The classes were open to both adults and high school students. Agencies such as departments of rehabilitation and other division in the Department of Labor requested additional training.
The Utah State Board of Education realized the need for a larger vocational training facility in the future and purchased 68 acres (280,000 m2) east of Davis High School in Kaysville, Utah. On this site, two buildings were constructed to house expanding technical programs. ESL and business classes remained at the Layton site.
In 1978, Davis School District officials were successful in their request to make the Center a state vocational school under the jurisdiction of the Utah State Board of Education. The Davis Area Vocational Center was established to serve Davis and Morgan counties.
For the first five years, the Center operated out of the two original existing buildings and temporary classrooms as well as leased, rented and borrowed space. Beginning in 1983, the State constructed an additional 155,000 sq ft (14,400 m2). of space in three phases which were completed in 1987.
In 1991, the Davis Area Vocational Center’s name changed to Davis Applied Technology Center. This change signaled the importance of technological applications in the workplace and technology training through applied principles.
In 1998, the Center expanded its current facility by 34,000 sq ft (3,200 m2) to accommodate new health programs and open additional space for existing programs.
In June 2001, a special session of the Legislature passed House Bill 1003, creating the Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT), the state's 10th newest institution of higher education. The new legislation changed the institution’s name from Davis Applied Technology Center to Davis Applied Technology College.
With a $2.2 million gift from the Roy and Elizabeth Simmons Family Foundation and other donations, DATC opened an entrepreneurship center on the school’s main campus in 2006. The 16,000 sq ft (1,500 m2). facility houses the Davis Business Alliance, a small business development office, the Davis Chamber of Commerce, Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE), Utah Bid Development Solutions (UBiDS), and Grow Utah Ventures.
In 2009, DATC added a 64,000 sq ft (5,900 m2). building to its campus. Named after the founder of technical education, the Haven J. and Bonnie Rae Barlow Technology Building houses the manufacturing, information technology, and transportation programs.
Founded in 1993, the DATC Foundation assists DATC financially by providing scholarships, equipment, and other support for technical education.