Innovative Tiny Home Solutions at Dixie Technical College

Walt Brooks wanted to create an innovative and local solution to bring vacation houses to state parks

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tah State Representative Walt Brooks recognized five students in the Drafting and Design Program at Dixie Technical College after they designed tiny homes that will be built in Utah State Parks.

Faculty and staff from the college along with members of the Utah State Parks Office joined in presenting each student with a plaque for their dedication and accomplishments on April 26. 

Brooks wanted to create an innovative and local solution to bring vacation houses to state parks and the state was able to approve all five of the designs that were made by the students.

“You guys took this by the bit and ran, and the innovation that came out of this was phenomenal,” Brooks said to the students. “We don’t get this level of quality out in the general population. That really says something to the program that you have at Dixie Tech.” 

President Jordan Rushton of Dixie Tech spoke to the students and congratulated them on their hard work.

“It’s been amazing to work with students,”

-Scott Strong, Deputy Director of Utah State Parks

“Certainly I think all of these students would agree that it improved their experience by having something real that they could do, and that’s what we’re all about here,” Rushton said.

Deputy Director of Utah State Parks, Scott Strong presented awards to Darci Hafen, Ethan Jeffs, Rebecca Ryan, Taylee Wood, Kayla Foster, and their instructor Bill McMurrin. Strong spoke of the positive effects that working with local colleges and universities has had on the parks. 

“It’s been amazing to work with students,” Strong said. “My dream and my vision is now that we have the drawings that we’ll be able to actually produce them. They’ll be designed and manufactured in Utah by students.”

Photos from our award ceremony. Full resolution photos available with link placed at the top of this article.

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