OGDEN -- Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College is being awarded Best in State for vocational training this year. The awards were created by the Best in State organization of Orem to recognize the best individuals, businesses and organizations in Utah every year.
The college will be honored during a gala May 29 in the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City.
"It's quite amazing," said OWATC President Collette Mercier. "It's quite an honor to be selected for that type of recognition."
Mercier said this was the first time the college has earned the Best in State award.
Nominations are received every spring and are reviewed by more than 100 judges to determine who was best in their category.
Judges look for applicants that excel in their endeavors, use innovative approaches or methods and contribute to a better quality of life.
Mercier said OWATC's practice of connecting students with local employers while they are working through their programs is a unique point that contributed to the recognition.
"They need skilled workers," she said about the employers that work with the college. "A skilled work force is very important to the economy. Not only are the students benefiting from the skills and the great jobs they get, the company also benefits. It's a win-win for everyone."
She said the focus on Weber County and the quick turn-around -- many programs can be completed within a year -- help to benefit the community and the local economy.
The college has been in operation for the past 39 years. It has more than 300 technical-skills courses in 53 employment categories, and serves more than 10,000 students a year.