KAYSVILLE —Hundreds of skilled positions across the state are going unfilled because there aren’t enough qualified people to fill them.
The Davis Applied Technology College is working to remedy that, through a variety of financial and other options.
“There are a dozen careers with more jobs than they can fill,” said James Larson, public relations vice president for the DATC. “There are 350 jobs in the state that are going begging.”
Job categories include dental and medical assisting, nursing, welding, composites, automotive, information technology, medical billing and coding, and electronic health information technician.
A “Hot Jobs” scholarship is being offered that will pay 100 percent of tuition and fees for up to 900 hours of class work for the first four courses in a particular career path at the DATC.
The value of that scholarship can go as high as $4,800 including tuition and fees.
Those interested need to initially apply through the federal Pell grant program, Larson said.
“Employers need people to fill jobs and no one is responding to those jobs,” he said. “They’re (employers) not able to meet their production and other targets.”
Anxious to find qualified employees, employers are willing to provide guaranteed interviews and will work with qualified students to create internships and on-the-job training, Larson said.
“Time and money are always factors” to making these things happen, he said. The DATC has partnered with the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) to provide potential employees with options.
DWS has some day care funding assistance for those needing it and can also help provide money to help cover transportation costs, Larson said.
“We can make enrollment seamless, remove any obstacle to success,” he said. “We want to make sure our students succeed, get certified, so they can use their training anywhere.”
Students can also leave college debt-free or nearly so, Larson said.
“Last year, 6,800 students left with jobs. We have a 92 percent job placement rate,” he said.
“We’re also trying to educate parents of high school students that the DATC is dedicated to helping their kids fast track through their college education,” Larson said.
For example, if students attend DATC during part of their junior and senior years they can obtain DATC college credit, translating to 32 hours of credit at Weber State University.
If students continued in college, they could have a bachelor’s degree by the age of 20. With a flexible open entry-open exit program, students can attend classes at a time that meets their schedules.
For example, if a high school student is too busy to attend DATC during the day, they can attend classes at night or in the summer. Cost of that would be only $40, Larson said.
For more information about the DATC, visit www.datc.edu.