Shayli Vigil, Nail Technician

Shayli Vigil

“When I do my nails, I feel beautiful, and I hope that’s how my clients feel, too."

Shayli Vigil always wanted to learn how to do nails. But she needed some help to overcome the obstacles that blocked the path to her goals.

Shayli received her bachelor’s degree in Marriage and Family Studies from Brigham Young University-Idaho. Although she enjoyed her studies, Shayli’s lingering passion for nails was always in the back of her mind. “I love being creative and coming up with new designs,” Shayli says.

As a newlywed and recent college graduate, Shayli lacked the financial resources to return to school. Then the Davis Commissioners Cup Scholarship provided Shayli the opportunity to pursue her dream.

Now Shayli has a new level of confidence. She’s excited that she can combine her new career with her future family, and she hopes she can share her confidence with others.

Tyler Jacobsen, Architectural and Engineering Design

Tyler Jacobsen

Tyler realized it was time for a change at the age of 20 when he was living with his parents and trying to support his young son on $10 an hour. He found the Architectural and Engineering Design program and decided it would be a great way to develop his interest in construction. But paying for school while earning $10 an hour was impossible. “I love the Financial Aid people,” Tyler says. “They covered all my tuition.”

Tyler, now employed at Penguin Insulation in Layton, loves his industry. “Being able to start a project, seeing a blank piece of land and being able to turn it into a home or a commercial building, even on the computer, is really exciting. With 3-D capabilities, you can build a home and walk through it before you lay one brick.”

Tyler’s newfound skills have helped him develop confidence. He signed his graduation papers and his salary contract the same day. He says, “I couldn’t be more thankful for what I’ve gotten from Davis Tech.”

Alison Williams, Cosmetology

Alison Williams

Alison always wanted to do Cosmetology. When she graduated from high school, however, she felt pressured to go to a four-year university like her friends. After a couple of years, Alison realized that she needed a more hands-on approach to learning, so she enrolled in Davis Tech’s Cosmetology program.

“I support myself,” Alison says, “so my scholarships helped me to educate myself in something I love to do.”

After Alison graduated in 2017, she came back to Davis Tech as an employee. In addition to doing hair from home, Allison works as a dispensary/receptionist in Cosmetology. She loves working with clients and learning new skills.