Founded in 1971, Bridgerland Applied Technology College (BATC) is nationally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and one of the eight Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT) campuses throughout the state of Utah. It is a public, 2-year college dedicated to technical education and training. The college offers associate’s degree in Applied Technology, as well as statewide certificates of completion, regional certificates of proficiency, workforce development, and continued education opportunities for lifelong learners.
The school’s mission is “to deliver competency-based, employer-guided career and technical education to both secondary and post-secondary students through traditional and technology-enhanced methodologies.” The college also aims to support the educational and economic advancement of the surrounding Bear River Region.
The college offers programs that prepare students for over 400 careers and has 86% placement and 99% licensure rates. Bridgerland programs tend to follow a competency-based individualized learning and teaching model that is considered a progressive educational tool and unique to UCAT campuses.
Areas in which degrees are offered include Auto Body Repair, Automotive Mechanics, Business Administration and Management, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Dairy Science, Dental Assistant, Diesel Engine Mechanics and Repair, Drafting, Industrial Electronics Installation and Repair, Industrial Machinery Maintenance and Repair, Law Enforcement and Police Science, Machine Shop Assistant, Meatcutter, Medical Assistant, Nurse Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Practical Nurse LPN Training, and Welding.
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Admissions are open to any student who is at least 16 years old, states a technical objective, can benefit from training, and meets all criteria specific to the type of program to which they are applying. Criteria varies depending on whether the student is applying to a preparatory program, a short-term program, or an online course.
Enrollment operates on an open-entry / open-exit basis, which allows students to enroll at any time of year, given there is space available.
The college has a Program Participation Agreement with the United States Department of Education, which allows eligible students to receive Pell Grants and other forms of federal aid. To be eligible, students must be full-time, first-time undergraduates.
Scholarship and fellowship aid is available to students through federal grants, state and local grants, and institutional grants.
Total enrollment is less than 500. The ratio of men to women is nearly 1 to 1, and about 90% of the student body is considered White non-Hispanic.
There are a variety of on-campus services available to students. A full-service bookstore sells textbooks, school and office supplies, class materials, candy and snacks, greeting cards, gift selections, backpacks, and clothing. The campus Learning Center offers students a quiet study area with wireless Internet and computer workstations, and has open student access Monday through Friday. Other student services include a cafeteria and Retail Meat Services, where a variety of meats are cut by staff and students of the Meat Services Department.
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Students can choose to live in on-campus housing provided by Utah State University. Otherwise, all students live off-campus. There are many housing options within walking distance of campus, in terms of rentals as well as sales.
Located in Utah’s beautiful northern region, the area surrounding the campus, known as Cache Valley, is made up of mountains and canyons that provide the perfect setting for a wide variety of outdoors and recreational activities, including both winter and summer sports that range from skiing, to golfing, to water-skiing.
Students can take advantage of the plethora of community events and dining and entertainment venues to be found in the area.
The school’s campus is also not far from the historic Brigham City, where students can travel for the annual Peach Days celebration. Brigham is also home to the Thiokol, the company that created solid rocket boosters for the Space Shuttle.
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