Davis Technical College Ruby Gala Celebrates 40 Years


Davis Technical College (Davis Tech) may be aging, but it isn’t slowing down. Davis Tech celebrated 40 years of changing lives at a gala event featuring high-energy entertainer Alex Boyé on March 29 at the Davis Conference Center. The Ruby Gala celebrated Davis Tech’s achievements and raised money for student scholarships and a new Allied Health Building.

The black-tie event featured songs by Boyé, who also served as emcee. Through music and spoken tributes, Davis Tech honored the contributions of individuals and communities who have played a significant role in the creation, growth and mission of the College. Some of these included Senator Haven J. Barlow, Senator Jerry W. Stevenson and Davis Technical College president Michael J. Bouwhuis.

The new Allied Health Building is an important event in the College’s continued growth. Since Davis Tech was established in 1978 as the Davis Area Vocational Center, it has grown from 968 students to over 6,000 students today. Through several name changes, additions, new buildings and new programs, Davis Tech has adapted to the changing needs of the local economy and its growing student body. Without more space, Davis Tech cannot increase enrollment to meet workforce demand, particularly for medical and dental caregivers in the community. The building will expand Davis Tech’s capacity to accommodate the increasing number of Allied Health students resulting from industry growth.

“As Davis Technical College reaches our 40-year milestone, we continue to grow,” says Michael J. Bouwhuis, president of Davis Technical College. “We are proud of Davis Tech’s achievements to date, and we know our new Allied Health Building will help us continue to change students’ lives for years to come."