Davis Applied Technology College (DATC) was established in 1978 and offers an open system of education to students in the areas of Davis County and Morgan County, Utah. Rather than keeping a strict system of quarters or semesters of classes, DATC offers classes year-round, allowing students to gain instruction at any time.
Originally founded as a vocational school in Layton (called Davis Area Vocational Center), the early focus of the school was on the basics; ESL courses, elementary English and Mathematics were the main subjects. By 1987, after better facilities were built in nearby Kaysville, the school became Davis Applied Technology Center and the extension in the curriculum was complete.
Agreements between the college and certain local universities have allowed for credit equivalency for those students that wish to continue on with their studies and receive a baccalaureate degree.
- In the School of Business, students can take the Business Technology, Financial Administration or Managing Bookkeeper curriculum.
- The School of Construction offers programs in Heating and Air Conditioning, Electrician Apprentice and Plumbing Apprentice.
- The School of Health Professions has programs in Dental Assisting, Medical or Nurse Assistant, EMS or Surgical Technology and more.
- The School of Information Technology offers certificates in Web/Graphic Design and Information Technology.
- In the School of Manufacturing, students can focus on Architectural and Engineering Design, Electronics or other machine operation disciplines.
- The School of Service Professions gives students the opportunity to study subjects like Cosmetology or the Culinary Arts while also offering training to be a paralegal or law office assistant.
- The School of Transportation is for students wishing to pursue a career in automotive repair.
DATC has been accredited by the Council on Occupational education.
“We Change Lives” is the philosophy the school stands by to this day.