Rosemary Wright knew she needed to brush up on her office skills after a nagging shoulder injury prompted her to leave a job at Meals on Wheels she'd had for 12 years.
Wright turned to the Moun-tain-land Applied Technology Center, where she spent two months in a training program learning the basics of operating a professional business office."It helped me 100 percent in my abilities," said Wright, who now works in the plant operations office at Utah Valley State College. "It was well worth it."
The technology center - one of UVSC's remaining ties to the school's original trade-training mission - annually helps some 15,000 people like Wright get training for careers in high-demand fields.
Wright doesn't hesitate recommending technology center programs to anyone who wants to sign up for job training or a refresher course.
At the center, local businesses work side-by-side with instructors to create training programs for specific community needs, school officials say.
Royanne Boyer, dean of the technology center, says a new $6 million building on UVSC's west campus will make it easier for high-school students looking for a career and displaced workers seeking another chance to enroll in supplemental education courses.
"Our mission at the MATC is to make training accessible at every age level," she said. "We make retooling of skills fast, convenient and dynamic, making the MATC a marvelous resource for everyone."
Non-college credit courses offered through the department include truck driving, boiler operation and maintenance, computer programming, basic office skills and accounting.
Police dispatchers and nurses aides can also certify at the technology center.
Prospective students are invited to visit the 52,000-square-foot facility Thursday, Aug. 13, at an open house from noon to 7 p.m. Final landscaping preparations are now being worked on at 983 S. Geneva Road.
School officials initially planned to remodel a 59,000-square-foot building on Canyon Road, across the street from Brigham Young University in Provo. But the cost of an upgrade would have exceeded the amount of funds available.
About $3 million in state funds and $3.5 million earned from the sale of the Provo campus to BYU paid for the new building, which school officials say is equipped with the latest technology for training in specialized fields.
Three houses on Geneva Road were acquired and razed to make way for the campus plan, which includes a rodeo arena and more buildings for classrooms. An armory also is being built on the west campus.