KAYSVILLE—Davis Technical College is receiving a boost from Intermountain Healthcare (IHC) to help fund the construction of its Allied Health Building. IHC announced recently that it will donate $100,000 to the school.
“We are grateful to Intermountain Healthcare, one of our community partners, for this donation,” Davis Technical College President Michael J. Bouwhuis said in a release. “These funds will increase Davis Tech’s ability to provide caregivers that will meet growing demand in the community.”
The building has been in the planning stages for almost 10 years. In addition to the IHC donation, Gov. Gary Herbert announced during the unveiling of his budget plan at DTC, that he will recommend funding for the building from the Utah Legislature in 2018.
To offset the projected cost of $35.5 million for the building, the DTC hopes to receive $34 million from the legislature and the remaining $1.5 million from private donors, the release said.
“As a technical college, it is difficult to raise funds in the community, making it harder to compete with our higher education partners,” said Bouwhuis in the statement. “Each year that the building is not funded, the need for the building has continued to grow, and we are now at a critical place where we need more classroom and lab space to educate our community’s caregivers. Davis County employers like Intermountain recognize that demand is growing and this donation is a significant step toward fulfilling that need.”
Technical training in several programs such as Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assisting, Surgical Technology and Practical Nurse will be provided at the new Allied Health Building.
“Health organizations like Intermountain benefit from and employ Davis Tech students,” DTC Foundation Director Marcie Valdez said in the release. “Private donors like Intermountain help us provide employers with a skilled and qualified workforce. The number of students enrolled in the School of Health Professions has nearly doubled since the current medical wing was built in 1999 and the school has increased from four to 10 programs in that time. Programs are displaced both on and off campus, classrooms are overcrowded and many offices built for one instructor house three. The lack of capacity to grow prohibits increased enrollment, which is needed in order to meet employer demand for medical and dental caregivers in the community. A new Allied Health building at DTC is an investment in education and healthcare that will benefit the community for many generations to come. The DTC Foundation wishes to thank IHC for its commitment to the education of the next generation of caregivers.”