Staff and leadership at Tooele Applied Technology College presented 104 certificates of completion to students at a semiannual student recognition ceremony held at the campus Thursday.
The ceremony was held to recognize students who completed certificates between November 2013 and May 2014.
Because of the open enrollment and competency-based education offered at TATC, students start and complete their certificates at different times throughout the year, said Scott Snelson, TATC campus president.
“Many of our students have faced a variety of struggles as they worked to complete their education,” he said.
Two of the newly certified students spoke at the ceremony.
The first was Doug Perkins, a veteran who also has 30 years of experience working in Utah mines, according to Snelson.
Due to injuries received in the military and while mining, Perkins is no longer able to work. The Veteran’s Administration funded his retraining in business technologies, Snelson said.
“It is really something to become employable again,” said Perkins. “I am very grateful for this school, its staff and students, for putting up with an old man like me wandering the halls.”
Heather Baldwin, a working mother, who received a certificate of completion in the clinical medical assistant program, also spoke at the ceremony.
“My education here at TATC prepared me with all the skills I needed to be successful at my internship at the IHC Instacare facility,” she said. “I have already had an interview and will start a new job soon.”
In 2013, 77 percent of TATC students completed their course of training and 92 percent of graduates were placed in jobs in their field, according to Snelson.
Thursday night a total of 104 certificates were presented, including 23 certificates in certified nursing assistant, 23 in phlebotomy technician, 20 in medical office laboratory technician, nine in welding technician, six in clinical medical assistant, six in receptionist, four in front office support, three in cosmetology/barbering, three in networking technician, two in computer upgrade and repair, and one each in accounting clerk, executive assistant, administrative clerk, and office clerk.
Keynote speaker, Dr. Edward Dalton, chairman of the Tooele County Alliance for Education, Employment, and Economic Development, encouraged students to continue their education.
“Education makes us better,” he said. “Learn to love learning and continue to learn, either through formal or informal learning.”
Created by the state legislature in 2009, TATC is one of eight regional campuses that are part of Utah College of Applied Technology. The other seven campuses are located in Logan, Kaysville, St. George, Lehi, Ogden, Cedar City and Roosevelt.