Elizabeth Rozick, Medical Assisting
“I love taking care of people, and that’s what Medical Assisting is all about."
Elizabeth Rozick wanted to apply to the nuclear medicine technology program at the University of Utah. The problem was, the program required prerequisites she didn’t have.
Not only did Davis Technical College offer the classes she needed, it also offered a certificate in Medical Assisting. But paying tuition at the University of Utah and Davis Technical College at the same time was expensive. Receiving scholarships lifted a huge burden for Elizabeth.
“As a student going to two schools, I can now focus more on my studies than financial stress,” Elizabeth says. Her scholarship saves her money on current tuition expenses and also paves the way for future financial savings. Elizabeth plans to use her Medical Assisting certificate to get a job that will help pay her way through school.
As a medical assistant, Elizabeth looks forward to gaining experience as she works toward becoming a nuclear medicine technician. She’s grateful that her scholarship will help her make a meaningful contribution.
Shayli Vigil, Nail Technician
“When I do my nails, I feel beautiful, and I hope that’s how my clients feel, too."
Shayli Vigil always wanted to learn how to do nails. But she needed some help to overcome the obstacles that blocked the path to her goals.
Shayli received her bachelor’s degree in Marriage and Family Studies from Brigham Young University-Idaho. Although she enjoyed her studies, Shayli’s lingering passion for nails was always in the back of her mind. “I love being creative and coming up with new designs,” Shayli says.
As a newlywed and recent college graduate, Shayli lacked the financial resources to return to school. Then the Davis Commissioners Cup Scholarship provided Shayli the opportunity to pursue her dream.
Now Shayli has a new level of confidence. She’s excited that she can combine her new career with her future family, and she hopes she can share her confidence with others.
Javier Santos, Practical Nurse
“We have to give back when we receive"
Sometimes, life can take unexpected turns. For Javier Santos, those surprising moments included leaving his native Colombia, moving to Utah, and making a major career change.
Javier is trained as a chemist. But when Javier’s first child was born prematurely, Javier was inspired by the nurses who cared for his entire family. Going back to school meant cutting back his work hours, which in turn made taking care of his family more difficult. That’s why Javier’s scholarship meant so much to him.
With plans to qualify as an RN from Weber State University, Javier recognizes that his understanding of Latin cultures will help future patients. Javier might never have guessed that he’d end up as a nursing student in Utah, but those unexpected moments became an opportunity to help others.
Amy Powell, Dental Assisting
When Amy Powell realized she wanted to pursue dentistry, she calculated that Davis Tech would help launch her career while saving her money and time. Amy was right–her dedication plus a Davis Tech scholarship made her goals more attainable.
As a high school senior, Amy completed the Chairside Dental Hygiene Assistant program, then transitioned into the Dental Assisting program. Now she’s pursuing a major in biology at Utah State University. Once she’s finished her degree, Amy plans to apply to dental school and then to become an orthodontist.
“I read a statistic that the average college student changes majors four times before second year,” Amy says. Davis Tech helped Amy be more deliberate about her goals. “Davis Tech gives you an opportunity to figure out what field you want to go into.”
Alison Williams, Cosmetology
Alison always wanted to do Cosmetology. When she graduated from high school, however, she felt pressured to go to a four-year university like her friends. After a couple of years, Alison realized that she needed a more hands-on approach to learning, so she enrolled in Davis Tech’s Cosmetology program.
“I support myself,” Alison says, “so my scholarships helped me to educate myself in something I love to do.”
After Alison graduated in 2017, she came back to Davis Tech as an employee. In addition to doing hair from home, Allison works as a dispensary/receptionist in Cosmetology. She loves working with clients and learning new skills.
Braden Evans, Architecture and Engineering Design
Braden Evans, student speaker at summer 2018 graduation, took the long road to Davis Technical College – literally. Traveling from Provo to Kaysville every day for Architecture and Engineering Design classes meant that Braden had to get up at 4:30 a.m. and didn’t get home until 6 p.m.
Davis Tech’s accommodations and scholarships helped keep Braden’s learning disability from interfering with his school work, but Braden’s tenacity and passion for architecture carried him through so that he could make the most of the opportunities he’s been given. He’s had his share of struggles, but as Braden says, “It’s worth it in the end.”
Braden is now employed as a drafter at JZW Architects.
Tyler Jacobsen, Architectural and Engineering Design
Tyler realized it was time for a change at the age of 20 when he was living with his parents and trying to support his young son on $10 an hour. He found the Architectural and Engineering Design program and decided it would be a great way to develop his interest in construction. But paying for school while earning $10 an hour was impossible. “I love the Financial Aid people,” Tyler says. “They covered all my tuition.”
Tyler, now employed at Penguin Insulation in Layton, loves his industry. “Being able to start a project, seeing a blank piece of land and being able to turn it into a home or a commercial building, even on the computer, is really exciting. With 3-D capabilities, you can build a home and walk through it before you lay one brick.”
Tyler’s newfound skills have helped him develop confidence. He signed his graduation papers and his salary contract the same day. He says, “I couldn’t be more thankful for what I’ve gotten from Davis Tech.”