Braden Evans, Architectural and Engineering Design
Braden Evans, student speaker at summer 2018 graduation, took the long road to Davis Technical College – literally. Traveling from Provo to Kaysville every day for Architecture and Engineering Design classes meant that Braden had to get up at 4:30 a.m. and didn’t get home until 6 p.m.
Davis Tech’s accommodations and scholarships helped keep Braden’s learning disability from interfering with his school work, but Braden’s tenacity and passion for architecture carried him through so that he could make the most of the opportunities he’s been given. He’s had his share of struggles, but as Braden says, “It’s worth it in the end.”
Braden is now employed as a drafter at JZW Architects.
Shayli Vigil, Nail Technician
“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.
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.