KAYSVILLE — Davis Technical College broke ground Thursday for the college’s new Michael J. Bouwhuis Allied Health Building, named for a retired president of the college. The campus is located at

“The (building) eliminates the single biggest barrier to training the health care workers our growing communities need: space to grow,” said Darin Brush, president of the college, in a press release. “We are deeply grateful to our foundation, our generous donors, and the Utah State Legislature, without which this building would not be possible.”

The region surrounding the college is expecting a 32% increase in healthcare jobs, according to an email from Melanie Hall, director of marketing and community relations for the college.

“We couldn’t be more excited and optimistic about this building,” Hall said. “The ability to grow these programs and meet the need of our healthcare employers is crucial.”

Hall said some programs have doubled in size since the current facility was built. Others, like the Practical Nursing program, have had to limit enrollment. The college has received as many as 500 applications for 90 spots in the program.

Davis Tech first asked the Utah Legislature to fund a new facility for allied health professions 11 years ago. In March 2018, the legislature finally funded the building, committing approximately $34.4 million to the project.

Another $1.4 million for the project came from private donors, including Merit Medical Systems, Davis Hospital and Medical Center, Davis Technical College Foundation, Intermountain Healthcare and many others.

Method Studio, an architectural and design firm in Salt Lake City, designed the building.

Allied health programs are popular among Davis Tech students. A third of the student body is pursing training in these fields, according to the Davis Technical College Foundation website.

Twelve allied health programs at the college will call the new building home: Practical Nurse, Surgical Technology, Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assisting Firefighter, EMT, Advanced EMT, Health Information Technology, Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy, Radiology Practical Technician and Nurse Assistant.

The building will also house classroom and lab space for Weber State. Davis Tech partners with Weber in providing a direct transfer to the university’s Registered Nurse program. Students who participate can complete the entire RN program on the Davis Tech campus.

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