OGDEN -- The Commission of the Council on Occupational Education has reaffirmed Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College's institutional accreditation for the next six years.
Ogden-Weber Tech's administration and faculty members had worked and planned for that result. The surprise was that the C.O.E. gave no recommendations or suggestions for improvement, which is unusual.
"It is rare for an institution to come through an accreditation of this magnitude with no findings or even a hint of a suggestion," said Collette R. Mercier, OWATC president. "This is a reflection of our people, their commitment to students, their pride in doing things the right way, and to our employer partnerships.
"The site team came from around the country and had visited technical colleges of all sizes and types. They took the opportunity at the end to provide comments, and they talked about how impressed they were with our program quality and the pride they saw in everything we do."
Accreditation site team member Diane Blair, of Georgia, commented on the high standards of the faculty's work.
"One of the things I heard more than anything else is, 'We are so proud of our students, our programs, our facilities, our equipment,' " Blair said. "Pride shows in everything you do."
Anne Matthews, committee chairwoman, compared the school's graciousness to that found in the South.
"When you're born and reared in the South, graciousness, social graces, hospitality and decency are ingrained in you. Being here, you'd think you were in the South," Matthews said. "I've had the pleasure to visit in your state many times, not just with the tech college, and I've found it to be this way every time I've been here. It's been one of the most pleasant, if not the most pleasant visit, that I have experienced. There's nothing negative to say. It's just all a plus."