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New Honors Program Boost for Transferring Students, Applying for Scholarships

  Kathy Tran-Peters is hopeful more students will discover the college’s burgeoning Honors Program this year. The program was launched last fall, but at a time when people were preoccupied with the pandemic – most students were not aware of what Tran-Peters, coordinator of Honors and Interdisciplinary Studies at Salt Lake Community College, had to offer. She says the program is designed to increase opportunities and enhance students’ academic experiences by leveraging High-Impact Practices (HIPs), reflective ePortfolios, honors courses, small cohorts, and enrichment experiences. While in the Honors Program, students receive individualized success coaching, financial support and faculty or peer mentoring.  “The goal of the Honors Program is to work alongside students in defining and achieving their version of what success means to them and removing any obstacles or barriers that may be preventing students from achieving their vision,” says Tran-Peters. Michael Young As a cohort, student
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Women's Soccer Takes Runner-up Title In National Tourney

  Women's team celebrating their NJCAA Western District win. One of the most historic postseasons in Salt Lake Community College Athletics history has come to a disappointing end.   Playing in their first NJCAA Women's Soccer national championship match, No. 2 SLCC lost a 2-0 decision to No. 1 Tyler, falling in a defensive battle. This is Tyler's fifth-consecutive appearance in the national championship match, and their second-consecutive national championship.    In a match where scoring was light, Tyler took its first lead in the 32nd minute on a Mukarama Abdulai goal. Tyler would hold a narrow 1-0 lead until the 87th minute, when Abdulai scored again to put the match away.   "This is a tough loss for our team tonight," said SLCC coach  Mark Davis . "It's disappointing right now, but this loss does nothing to take away from what has been a 'once-in-a-lifetime' experience for our players. I'm proud of our entire program for what we've don

Men's Soccer Team Wins National Championship!

  Five years ago, soccer on the campus of Salt Lake Community College was in its infancy.   SLCC's administration saw the vision – a men's program filled with a diverse mix of in-state products and international players, representing the institution and the state of Utah on the national stage in NJCAA competition. That prophesy came to fruition Thursday, with No. 2 Salt Lake earning its first NJCAA national soccer championship in a 2-1 overtime victory over No. 1 Iowa Western in the NJCAA Division-I Men's Soccer championship match from Wichita, Kan.    "I'm speechless at the magnitude of this moment," said SLCC coach  Mark Davis . "This win is the perfect end to what has been a challenging year for our entire campus, and especially our athletic department. Our players never quit believing in themselves and our program."   Tied at 1-1 in the 96th minute of the match, SLCC's  Paul Richnow  took a shot that will long be remembered for the Bruins, ta

College Offers State Higher Ed System’s First Drone Program

  Look, up in the sky. Is it a bird? A plane? Nope, but it could be your next career move. We’re talking about drones, and now you can earn a certificate to fly one by enrolling in Salt Lake Community College’s new drone program. SLCC’s path toward earning a certificate of proficiency to become a commercial drone pilot is the first of its kind within the Utah System of Higher Education. SLCC instructor and geosciences coordinator Adam Dastrup is credited with starting the program. “I want people from all around to be able to take these core drone courses we have created that teach them how to fly and get FAA certified,” Dastrup says. “If you’re making any money off of drones working for a company or a nonprofit, you have to be licensed as a commercial pilot by the FAA.” Adam Dastrup The college began offering the program in 2019. Courses include Digital Imaging with Drones, Fundamentals of Drones and Photogrammetry. Dastrup points out that drone technology is a new and quickly growing

Commencement 2021: Faculty Lecturer and Teaching Excellence

  SLCC's 2021 in-person commencement ceremony will take place Aug. 6 at the Maverik Center. For more information, click  here . Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Every year the college community comes together to hear about the exciting work of one of its faculty. The Distinguished Faculty Lecturer is both a recognition of quality work by one of our full-time faculty and also a charge to develop that work over the course of an academic year into a public presentation that might take the form of a lecture, demonstration, or performance. The lecture typically takes place in April each year, and the recipient is recognized at Commencement. Distinguished Faculty Lecturer – Adam Dastrup Geographic education is important because it gives people a sense of place and belonging in a complex and ever-changing world, says Adam Dastrup, SLCC’s 2022 Distinguished Faculty Lecturer. Everyone has a unique world view, and society needs people who understand both physical and cultural environments and

Meet Our Faculty: Gabe Byars

  Gabe Byars Assistant Professor School of Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) What he teaches: Functional anatomy, Physical Dysfunction I and II,   Modalities II and   Cultural, Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care Years teaching at SLCC: 5 Undergraduate degree: Southeast Missouri State University Master’s: MS Biology from Duke University; MS Occupational Therapy from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Why working at SLCC matters: Teaching in the occupational therapy assistant (OTA) program at SLCC gives me the opportunity to shape the future of my profession.   Occupational therapy is a healthcare profession focused on enabling individuals with disabilities to perform everyday tasks.   Greatest professional challenge: My greatest challenge is tied to what I love about my role.   Students in the OTA program have four semesters to grow into practitioners.   This means that we have a short amount of teach the needed knowledge, skills, and clinical reasoning.  

Filmmaking Alum Lands Fellowship at Prestigious AFI in Hollywood

  Julia Freij T he film program at the Center for Arts and Media is known for turning out graduates who find steady work in the industry – that’s kind of a big deal by itself. Occasionally, however, a burgeoning filmmaker’s next step after Salt Lake Community College winds up being a quantum leap. In what could be the biggest break of her creative career, SLCC filmmaking alum Julia Freij was recently accepted as a fellow at the American Film Institute Conservatory (AFI) in California’s Hollywood Hills. “It’s just the most amazing opportunity,” says Julia, who graduated in 2018 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Film Production Technician . “I just need my foot in the door – and then, if I do that, there will be so many other doors.” AFI is ranked in the top three or four film schools in the United States along with University of Southern California and New York University. Thousands of aspiring filmmakers apply to AFI each year from all over the world. Relatively few (ther