Javier Santos, Practical Nurse
“We have to give back when we receive"
Sometimes, life can take unexpected turns. For Javier Santos, those surprising moments included leaving his native Colombia, moving to Utah, and making a major career change.
Javier is trained as a chemist. But when Javier’s first child was born prematurely, Javier was inspired by the nurses who cared for his entire family. Going back to school meant cutting back his work hours, which in turn made taking care of his family more difficult. That’s why Javier’s scholarship meant so much to him.
With plans to qualify as an RN from Weber State University, Javier recognizes that his understanding of Latin cultures will help future patients. Javier might never have guessed that he’d end up as a nursing student in Utah, but those unexpected moments became an opportunity to help others.
Amy Powell, Dental Assistant
When Amy Powell realized she wanted to pursue dentistry, she calculated that Davis Tech would help launch her career while saving her money and time. Amy was right–her dedication plus a Davis Tech scholarship made her goals more attainable.
As a high school senior, Amy completed the Chairside Dental Hygiene Assistant program, then transitioned into the Dental Assisting program. Now she’s pursuing a major in biology at Utah State University. Once she’s finished her degree, Amy plans to apply to dental school and then to become an orthodontist.
“I read a statistic that the average college student changes majors four times before second year,” Amy says. Davis Tech helped Amy be more deliberate about her goals. “Davis Tech gives you an opportunity to figure out what field you want to go into.”
Alison Williams, Cosmetology
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.