New Health Technology Building to be Constructed on OWATC Campus
$21.8 million project funded during 2009 Legislative Session
Ogden, Utah (March 16, 2009) - Ogden-Weber Tech College President Collette R. Mercier announced today that the Utah State Legislature has awarded the college in excess of $21.8 million to construct the first new building on the campus in more than 15 years. The Barker Family Health Technology Building will be named for long-time Weber County philanthropists and supporters of technical education, Samuel H. and Marian K. Barker. The Barker family, through the auspices of the Samuel C. and Myra G. Powell Foundation, made a significant leadership donation to a $1 million equipment fund for the project. Other major supporters include: C. Walker Cross Foundation, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, American Dream Foundation, Stewart Education Foundation, McKay-Dee Hospital Foundation, Haven J. Barlow, J.T. and L.T. Dee Foundation, and Ogden Regional Medical Center.
The $1 million investment by foundations, corporations, and private individuals will be used by the college to purchase new equipment for the 13 healthcare program areas to be housed in the Barker Family Health Technology Building. The OWATC Foundation is still seeking an additional $200,000 to meet its $1.2 goal for the equipment fund.
Completion of the Barker Family Health Technology Building will address the critical regional and national shortage of healthcare professionals by providing adequate space, and updated technology and equipment to train aspiring healthcare professionals. The new facility will double the college’s capacity for training and job placement for healthcare professionals, significantly increasing the number of healthcare workers for the local community.
“Assuring a future of qualified and compassionate healthcare workers is our critical goal,” stated Campus President, Collette R. Mercier. “Our generous donors, the Governor, and legislatures understand the acute need for more healthcare workers to provide the medical services we’ll need for ourselves and our loved ones for many years to come.”
The college’s 13 healthcare programs train nurses, medical assistants, lab and pharmacy technicians, medical office personnel, dental assistants, and phlebotomists. The college currently enrolls over 600 students a year in its healthcare occupations programs. The new facility will eventually allow the college to serve 1,200 students