Education Guide: Weber State education in your backyard

Interior design student Camille VanAarle works with assistant professor Kristen Arnold.

When Camille VanAarle graduates from Weber State University this year, she will have visited Europe twice and Washington, D.C. once and will hold a job at a major Salt Lake City design firm.

Most importantly, she knows she will be a better citizen and mother.

VanAarle takes courses for her interior design – professional sales degree just a few miles from her home at the university’s Davis County campus, Weber State Davis, located at 2750 N. University Park Blvd., Layton.

Wanting to make changes in her life, she learned about WSU’s interior design program offered at the campus from a TV ad. After calling the university, she also learned she qualifies for the Dream Weber program, which offers free tuition and student fees to those with household incomes of $40,000 or less.

“I couldn’t believe I was going to be able to afford to go back to school,” VanAarle said.

WSU Davis students can select from 18 academic programs, including certificate and degree programs in computer science, nursing, respiratory therapy and business.  All classes are held at the campus, which is easily accessible from both I-15 and Highway 193.

Luis Ergon works at Hill Air Force Base and lives just east of the campus, where he earned his Master of Business Administration to advance his career.

“My classes provided deeper insight into the business world by learning material from both the professors and from the personal experiences shared by other students, professionals themselves from other fields and industries,” said Ergon, who graduated in December 2017.

Thanks to generous donors, the university will soon begin construction on a third building on WSU Davis’ 100-acre campus to house Weber State’s computer science, software engineering and automotive technology programs. Students at the campus enjoy plenty of parking space, and a seven-acre solar field provides 100 percent of the campus’ electrical needs.

In addition to WSU Davis, centers in Clearfield and Farmington Station offer classes and support to more than 4,000 students each semester. Forty-two percent of all Weber State students live in Davis County.

“One of the greatest things I’ve enjoyed about Weber State and the Layton campus is really the camaraderie and the personal relationships with professors,” said VanAarle. “Just to be able to get to know them, in a small-classroom setting and to be able to ask questions to get the help I needed.”

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