Wednesday, February 27, 2013

2013 Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Lisa Bickmore

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Noon-1:00 PM
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Student Center, Oak Room 
Sponsored by Faculty Services

A discussion exploring why “narratives are good to think with” – how understanding more about story can help us understand argument and persuasion, and the usefulness, therefore, in not only being able to understand how stories work, but of being able to shape, tell, and effectively transact our own stories in ways that allow us to participate more fully in our communities.

The Grand Theatre Presents: Death of a Salesman

The Grand Theatre Presents:

Death of a Salesman

Directed by Mark Fossen
Featuring Richard Scott as Willy Loman

The great American playwright Arthur Miller brings us the great American tale about a man who wants nothing more than the approval and respect of his sons. A haunting tale about a family's journey through the pain of hero-worship, betrayal, and ultimately loss.

March 7-23
Evenings: 7:30 pm
Matinees: 2:00 pm

Spring 2013 Zumba Fitness

Every Friday at 5 pm.

Zumba is an extremely fun alternative to traditional exercise!

Taylorsville Redwood Campus LAC #176
Non-Students $10 per semester, each class $2
Students and Staff $10 per semester

Classes taught by Mayra every Friday

College Day at the Capitol

Want to have an impact? Here's your chance.

Friday, March 1, from 9 am - 1 pm.

Come join the SLCC Student Association and visit the Utah State Capitol! We will be having a tour of the House and Senate buildings, as well as meeting our state legislators. Lunch will be provided for SLCC students.


BSU Presents: Sgt. Ronald Stallworth

They said it couldn't be done... He proved them wrong!

A conversation about a black man in the KKK.

Thursday, February 28
Noon - 1 pm
Student Center Room 221/223

Freedom From Smoking

SLCC Health and Wellness and the American Lung Association present...

Freedom From Smoking. A Seven-Week Tobacco Cessation Program.

Orientation, Wednesday, March 6
Noon - 1 pm
Health and Wellness Services
Conference Room. STC035

Courses will be every Wednesday at the same time and location, with one Friday course (April 5). There is a $40 enrollment fee, which includes workbook and relaxation cd.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Utah Legislature Recognizes SLCC Culinary Arts Program

The Utah State Senate and House of Representatives recognized students and faculty from Salt Lake Community College's Culinary Arts Program in two ceremonies at the State Capitol building. Culinary Arts students were introduced by Senator Karen Mayne and honored on the floor of the Utah Senate; House Majority Whip Gregory Hughes recognized students in attendance in the Utah House of Representatives’ chamber

“The recognition Salt Lake Community College Culinary Arts students and faculty received today was well earned and much appreciated,” SLCC Vice President of Government and Community Relations Tim Sheehan said. “It’s clear that those working on the Hill are very appreciative of the services provided. It was nice to see our students formally recognized for their work to provide an important service and to further their education.”

SLCC students and faculty received this appreciation from the State’s legislators for the service they have provided during the past three years preparing and serving food on Capitol Hill as part of a partnership between the SLCC Culinary Institute and the Capitol Preservation Board.

SLCC Culinary Arts students are responsible for the food preparation and service in the café, and they handle the catering for many of the meals served across the Capitol complex.

Students who work at the Capitol get the opportunity to earn 1,000 of the 1,500 on-the-job hours required by their associates degree program.

During this legislative session alone, SLCC students will prepare and serve more than 30,000 meals. Tater tots are a particular favorite—more than 2100 pounds of the potato-based food will be served during this session, along with 1500 pounds of chicken, 500 pounds of cheese, 450 pizzas, and 60 gallons of fry sauce.

Monday, February 25, 2013

SLCC Celebrates Black History Month: Carl Maxie Brashear & David N. Dinkins

Carl Maxie Brashear was the first African-American to become a U.S. Navy Master Diver. Born in Tonieville, Kentucky, the sixth of eight children to sharecroppers McDonald and Gonzella, Brashear attended Sonora Grade School before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from the U.S. Navy Diving & Salvage School in 1954, becoming the first African-American to attend and graduate from the Diving & Salvage School.

Brashear first did work as a diver retrieving approximately 16,000 rounds of ammunition. On his first tour of shore duty in Quonset Point, Rhode Island his duties included salvaging airplanes and recovering dead bodies.

Early in his career, Brashear’s duties included escorting U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the presidential ship Barbara Ann.

In 1966, Brashear was involved in the accident that has come to be known as the Palomares incident. A B28 nuclear bomb was lost off the coast of Palomares, Spain when two U.S. Air Force aircraft collided during aerial refueling. Brashear was then serving aboard the USS Hoist, which was dispatched to find and recover the missing bomb.

After a search that took several months, the warhead was found. Brashear’s left leg was injured when a line broke during the recovery effort. He was evacuated to Torrejon Air Base in Spain, then to the USAF Hospital at Wiesbaden Air Base, Germany, and to the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. His leg was eventually amputated due to the injuries caused in recovering the warhead.

Following his amputation and convalescence, Brashear was assigned to the Harbor Clearance Unit Two, Diving School, preparing for return to full active duty and diving. In April 1968, Brashear was the first amputee diver to be certified as a U.S. Navy diver. In 1970, he became the first African-American U.S. Navy Master Diver.

Brashear retired from the U.S. Navy as a Master Chief Petty Officer and Master Diver. Following his retirement, he served as a civilian employee for the government at Naval Station Norfolk until his retirement in 1993.

U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen presented Brashear with the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 2000.

In 2007, the Newport News Fire Department dedicated a fireboat named Carl Brashear to be used by their Dive and Marine Incident Response Teams.

The following year, the U.S. Naval Service christened the Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship USNS Carl Brashear in his honor.

In 2009, Nauticus—a Norfolk, Virginia science and maritime museum—opened the exhibit "Dream to Dive: The Life of Master Diver Carl Brashear".

His life story is dramatized in the 2000 motion picture Men of Honor; actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. portraysBrashear in the film.

Following his death in 2006, his sons DaWayne and Phillip Brashear started the Carl Brashear Foundation in his honor.David N. Dinkins served as the 106th Mayor of New York City from 1990 to 1993. He was the first and only African-American to hold that office.

David Dinkins

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Dinkins moved with his father to Harlem as a child. He returned to Trenton and attended Trenton Central High School, graduating in the top 10 percent of his class in 1945. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and trained at Camp Montford Point.

Following President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 8802—which barred government agencies and federal contractors from refusing employment in industries engaged  in defense production on the basis of race, creed, color or national origin—Montford Point in Jacksonville, North Carolina trained the first African-American marines beginning in 1942. Between 1942 and 1949 more than 20,000 African-American men trained at Montford Point. In July 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9981, mandating the U.S. Military be desegregated. This order led to the deactivation of Montford Point in 1949. After Montford's deactivation, new African-American recruits were sent to Parris Island and Camp Pendleton. During the Korean War, the United States Marine Corps was fully integrated.

Dinkins served in the Marine Corps from 1945 through 1946.

After his military career, Dinkins rose through the Democratic Party and served briefly in the New York State Legislature. Dinkins was named Deputy Mayor by Mayor Abraham D. Beame but was never appointed. He defeated three-term incumbent Mayor Ed Koch in the Democratic primary and Republican candidate Rudy Giuliani in the general election to be elected Mayor of New York City on November 7, 1989.

Dinkins is currently Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He graduated magna cum laude from Howard University with a degree in mathematics. He later graduated from Brooklyn Law School.

The Conversation Continues 2013

The Conversation continues.

The second College-wide Conversation on Inclusion will be held on March 13 from 1:00 – 4:15 p.m. In the Oak Room at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus.

Dr. Kyle Reyes will offer the presentation: From Crucial Conversations to Action: Our Individual and Collective Responsibility for Creating an Inclusive College.

Dr. Kyle Reyes has served for the past three and a half years as Special Assistant to UVU President Matthew Holland. Prior to his appointment in the President’s Office, Kyle worked at UVU for six years primarily in the development of programs and services for underrepresented students and communities (i.e. TRIO/Upward Bound, GEAR UP, Multicultural Center).

In 2007, Kyle created UVU’s Latino Initiative designed to increase student achievement among the growing Latino community. For his work in community outreach, service learning, and inclusive initiatives, Kyle has received a number of awards including: the Civically Engaged Staff Member Award from the Utah Campus Compact; UVU’s PACE Distinguished Employee Award; Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award; and the Executive Division Award of Excellence. He has taught courses in Multicultural Understanding, Intercultural Communications, and Community and Family Partnerships.

He served for a brief time as Director of Student Success and Retention before his appointment to the President’s Office. Kyle currently serves on a number of community boards and co-chairs the College Access Network for the Utah System of Higher Education. For his work on state-wide inclusion and diversity issues, Dr. Reyes received the 2013 Exemplary Educator for Diversity Award for the state of Utah from the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME).

Kyle received his Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah and was the recipient of the Elmo R. & Frances Bennion Morgan Fellowship. He is the Hip Hop club advisor at UVU and has been involved in cultural dancing for nearly 18 years. He has a beautiful and talented wife/partner and is the proud father of four boys and a girl.

The Conversation needs your voice.

Special note for Adjunct Faculty and Part-time Staff: Participation in this event is welcomed but voluntary. All members of the College community are invited to bring their unique insight, perspective, and experience to the Conversation. 

2012 Innovation of the Year Contest

The Innovation of the Year Contest is sponsored by Salt Lake Community College, in collaboration with the League for Innovation in the Community College. This annual contest recognizes employees for their creative excellence and celebrates ideas that inspire innovation in education and contribute to the College's Strategic Priorities.

The Center for Innovation is pleased to announce the winners of the
2013 “Innovation of the Year” Contest
“Innovation of the Year” Overall Winners
Volunteer Management Training Series
Sean Crossland, Gail Jessen, Gina Russo, Nicholina Womack, Julie Tille
Infusing Active and Collaborative Learning with e-Portfolio
Kati Lewis, David Hubert, Adam Dastrup, Suzanne Mozdy, Jason Pickavance,
Nelson Emeric & Jonathan Stowers
Excellence in Innovation Winners
Eccles Lab School Student Orientation
Utilizing Easily Accessible Technology to Provide Cost-Effective Instruction
Brandi Benson, Dale Smith, Sharlie Barber, Desi Ballard & Brian Hartmann
Recycling & Sustainability Initiative
Rand Webb, Troy Walker & Ed Benson
Adjunct Faculty Academy
Tamra Phillips, Mildred Sparks & Trisa Martin

The two “Innovation of the Year” overall winners will receive $3000 to advance their innovation, and one representative from each project team will be invited to present at the League for Innovation Conference in March 2014. The three “Excellence in Innovation” Award winners will receive $500 to advance their innovative work at the College.

A special “thank you” to the selection committee who evaluated this year’s proposals: Dave Bate, Curriculum Developer, FTLC; Desi Nielsen, President, Staff Association; Lorna Gwilliam, Administrative Assistant, Continuing Education; Bryan Griggs, Associate Dean, Visual Arts & Design; Gordon Dunne, Faculty, English; Deborah Smith, Faculty Senate Representative; Carlos Artiles-Fortun, Vice President, SLCCSA; Cathy Carey, Director, Center for Innovation.

Most importantly, thanks to all who submitted proposals to this year’s contest. Please continue to innovate and be on the lookout for projects to nominate for next year’s contest. This year’s winning proposals and details for next year’s contest will be posted at

4th Annual SLCC Diversity Dinner

You are invited you to 4th SLCC Annual Diversity Dinner on Wednesday, March 6 at the Taylorsville Campus in the Oak Room.

Please come enjoy a delicious dinner and engage in respectful and meaningful dialogue among people of diverse backgrounds. Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. EVERYONE IS WELCOME! (please no children under the age of 12).

Everyone welcome.
Event is FREE
Dinner Provided!

RSVP is required! 

Hope to see you there!

For more information about this event, Please call 801-957-3870 or email

Majors to Careers Fair 2013

Careers... where do you fit?

Majors to Careers Fair

Tuesday, March 5
5 pm - 8 pm

Student Event Center
Taylorsville Redwood Campus

Friday, February 22, 2013

Library Black History Month Display 2013

The Month of February is also known as Black History Month.  In recognition, the library has put together a nonfiction book/DVD display featuring different people and events that have influenced American history.  This collection ranges from Fredrick Douglass to Barack Obama and can be located next to the Library Café at the Redwood campus.

While the library display features nonfiction, many talented African American authors have put their own stamp on the American culture through their works of literature.  Whether it is a mystery or gritty realist novel, these classics are worth at least a checkout from the library. Check out some of the titles listed below to honor not only the historical, but also the cultural influence of African Americans.

A Few Classic Novels by African Americans
·       Roots by Alex Haley
·       Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
·       Beloved by Toni Morrison
·       The Color Purple by Alice Walker
·       The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
·       A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

Thursday, February 21, 2013

SLCC Libraries -- Conversations on Social Issues

Please join us at the Taylorsville Redwood Library for Conversations on Social Issues: The New Racism, Part II, on Wednesday, February 27th.  Dr. John McCormick, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science, will be leading the conversation.

Light refreshments will be served.

February 27, 2013
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Taylorsville Redwood Campus,
Markosian Library, Room 226

Slack Key Guitarist Makana to Perform at Salt Lake Community College

Makana will perform at Salt Lake Community College on Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Theatre. Makana is a composer, singer, and pioneer of the ‘slack rock’ guitar style.

Born and raised on the island of O’ahu, Makana began singing at the age of seven and at nine, took up the ‘ukulele. At 11 he began learning from Bobby Moderow, protégé of master Raymond Kane, and then received a grant from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts to study with legendary Hawaiian slack key performer Sonny Chillingworth. By 14, Makana was a professional guitarist, performing in venues across Honolulu.

Makana’s music integrates elements of folk, rock, ethnic, classical, bluegrass, jazz, traditional, ambient, electronic and Hawaiian slack key. The roots of his music are deeply cultural; the indigenous Hawaiian art form Ki Ho’alu, is the foundation for his music that spans different musical traditions and languages.

Released in 1999, his debut album “Makana” was named Best World Music Album at the Hawaii Music Awards. It was followed by “Koi Au” in 2002 and “Ki Ho’alu: Journey of Hawaiian Slack Key” in 2003. He is also featured on the Grammy-nominated albums “Hawaiian Slack Key Kings I & II”. In 2008, his first all-original release “Different Game” came out and in 2009 he released a 20th anniversary slack key guitar instrumental compilation, “Venus, and the Sky Turns to Clay”.

Makana has received numerous award, including being named as one of America’s Top 3 guitarists in 2008 by Guitar Player Magazine. He was also honored with the Artist for Peace Award in 2005 by the city council of Kaua’i. Makana performed for President Obama and his family at the White House in 2009 and performed at the invitation of the Obama family at the APEC summit in Honolulu in 2011.

Advance tickets for the performance are: $10 for general admission, $8 for students with valid identification (free for SLCC students with valid ID), $5 for children age 12 and younger. General admission tickets the day of the concert will be available for $12.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Grand Theatre box office at: (801) 957-3322 or online at:

Global Soap Project founder Derreck Kayongo to be SLCC Commencement Speaker

Derreck Kayongo, founder of the Global Soap Project, will provide the Commencement address for Salt Lake Community College’s graduation ceremony. Commencement 2013 will take place on May 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the Maverik Center, located at 3200  South Decker Lake Drive in West Valley City.

Derreck Kayongo, Global Soap Project, SLCC 2013 Commencement address. Photo credit.
A finalist for CNN’s Hero  award, Kayongo will share his story of moving to the United States and founding an international organization with the College’s graduation class.

“Derreck Kayongo is such an amazing speaker and person. We are delighted that his voice and his story will inspire our graduates,” said Deneece Huftalin, SLCC Student Services vice president. “The work he is doing to improve peoples lives and living conditions—giving so many a chance for better, longer lives—is truly inspirational and offers our students a wonderful example of taking advantage of opportunities to make the world better.”

Derreck Kayongo is an African refugee and philanthropist who founded the Global Soap Project, a non-governmental organization that recycles gently used soaps—mostly from hotels—and distributes them to areas of need.

More than 2.4 million children die each year from hygiene-related illnesses. Diarrhea is the second leading cause of child death in the world today, and the top cause of child mortality in sub-saharan Africa.The Global Soap Project is dedicated to saving lives through soap, awareness, and education.

Kayongo’s organization has distributed new soap in 23 countries to improve health for disaster victims, refugees, and children and mothers living in extreme poverty.

“800 million bars of soap are thrown away by hotels in the U.S. alone each year,” Kayongo said. “I want to put a bar of soap in the hand of every child who can’t afford it.”

Hundreds of thousands of bars of recycled soap have been sent to countries like Malawi and Haiti because of Kayongo’s program. The organization was named a regional winner in the Health and Wellness Category of the Annual CLASSY Awards. The CLASSY Awards recognizes outstanding philanthropic achievement and is the country’s largest philanthropic awards ceremony.

SLCC Celebrates Black History Month: The Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen is the name given to the African-American pilots who fought in the United States’ armed forces in World War II. They comprised the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Corps—a predecessor to the United States Army Air Forces.

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces.

The 477th Bombardment Group trained with North American B-25 Mitchell bombers. The 99th Pursuit Squadron was the first African-American flying squadron, and the first to deploy overseas. The 332nd Fighter Group, which originally included the 100th, 301st, and 302nd Fighter Squadrons, deployed to Italy in 1944. That same year, the 332nd Fighter Group began flying bomber escort missions, and the 99th Fighter Squadron was assigned to the 332nd Fighter Group.

In all, 992 pilots were trained in Tuskegee from 1941 to 1946. 450 of these airmen were deployed overseas; 150 died serving their country. The Tuskegee Airmen flew 1378 combat missions, 179 bomber escort missions, destroyed 262 and damaged 148 more, destroyed 950 rail cars, trucks and other motor vehicles and one naval destroyer ship.

In 1948, President Harry Truman enacted Executive Order Number 9981, which mandated equality of treatment and opportunity in the United States Armed Forces. This order led to the end of racial segregation in the military forces—a significant step toward racial integration in the United States of America.

Tuskegee Airmen were awarded: Three Distinguished Unit Citations, at least one Silver Star, 96 Distinguished Flying Crosses (including two to Captain William A. Campbell), 14 Bronze Stars, 744 Air Medals, and 8 Purple Hearts.

The airfield where the airmen trained is now the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. A Tuskegee Airmen Memorial was erected at Walterboro Army Airfield, South Carolina, in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen, their instructors, and ground support personnel who trained at the Walterboro Army Airfield during World War II.

Women, Work, & Retirement 2013

Celebrating Women's History Month

Wednesday, March 27
Noon - 2:00 pm

Taylorsville Redwood Campus
STC Oak Room

For more information call: Dr. Deidre Tyler at 801-957-4920

On the Smooth Side 2013

On the Smooth Side!

- In Your Face
- Green Jello Donuts
- Cable

Friday, March 1.
7:30 pm
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
TB 203

Education Panel 2013

Tuesday, February 26th from 11 am -1pm in the Oak Room in the STC on the Taylorsville Redwood campus. There will be representatives from the following schools: SUU, BYU, UVU, U of U, WSU, USU, Westminster, and Western Governor’s University.

Friday Night Date Night 2013

Friday, February 22.
4:30 - 7:00 pm
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Student Center Multipurpose Room

Bring a date - everyone is welcome!

Enter to win the grand prize drawing: flowers, dinner for two, and movie for two.

Help us make head bands to donate to Shrinters Hospital.

Come enjoy music, food, and drinks!

SYBARITE5 Concert 2013

Classical music meets rock. From Radiohead to Mozart.

Monday, March 4
Student Event Center
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Dinner at 6:30 pm
Concert at 7:00 pm

Tickets $5 with SLCC OneCard. $10 for community. Dinner included. Tickets available at the Info Desks at the TR, Jordan, or South Campus.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Makana Concert

Where: SLCC Taylorsville Redwood Campus, Student Event Center, 4600 South Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84130

When: Tuesday, February 26

Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

Cost: SLCC Students-FREE; General Admission-$10.00; Day of Event-$15.00. (Limited Seating Available)

Purchase tickets from the SLCC Box office, SLCC South City Campus, 1575 South State Street Salt Lake City, UT 84115 or online at

Career Workshops 2013

Career Workshops are available through the SLCC Student Employment & Cooperative Education

Weekly workshops:
-Job searching
-Career ePortfolio's
-Resumes & Cover letters

Schedule your workshop today!              

Taste of Asia 2013

Asian Awareness

Come enjoy a Taste of Asia
The Land of Morning Calm to Gangnam Style

Wednesday, February 27
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Student Event Center
11 am  - 1 pm

- Lion Dance - Performed by Sil Lum Kung Fu Kwoon
- Displays of Korean Arts and Crafts
- Appetizers

Thursday, February 14, 2013

SLCC Celebrates Black History Month: Jeanine McIntosh-Menze and La’Shanda Holmes

Jeanine McIntosh-Menze and La’Shanda Holmes

Jeanine McIntosh-Menze is the first African-American female aviator in the United States Coast Guard history.

Born in Jamaica in 1979, McIntosh-Menze attended Vaz Preparatory School in Kingston before relocating with her family to Canada and subsequently to Florida. She attended high school at Miami Killian High School and graduated from Florida International University with a degree in International Business.

MacIntosh-Menze joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 2003 after graduation from the Coast Guard Officer Candidate School. She began Coast Guard aviation training at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas in January 2005. She earned her aviator wings on June 24, 2005 and was assigned to fly HC-130 Hercules aircraft out of Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii.

Among her assignments has been flying rescue missions for the USCG in New Orleans, Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina.

She also serves as a mentor and friend to another pioneering member of the USCG. On April 9, 2010, Menze pinned  a set of aviator wings on La’Shanda Holmes, in the process making Holmes the first female African-American helicopter pilot in U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) history. Holmes called the pinning ceremony, "a really emotional experience" for both herself and Menze. "Both of our eyes were watering and she asked me ‘Are you ready for this?’ I can’t think of a more awesome moment in my life.”

Prior to joining the coast guard, Holmes graduated magna cum laude from high school before earning a degree from Spelman College.

Following her graduation from Spelman, Holmes applied for and was accepted into the College Student Pre-commissioning Initiative. She served on a Coast Guard cutter before enrolling in Officer Candidate School.

Holmes completed the nearly two-year training required to become a USCG helicopter pilot at Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s Helicopter Training Squadron 18. 

Holmes is currently a Lieutenant (junior grade) serving her first tour as a search and rescue pilot based out of Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

SLCC Wins Utah Election Campus Cup

Salt Lake Community College was presented with the "Utah's Election Campus Cup" by Utah Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell. SLCC student body president Aaron Starks accepted the award in a ceremony at the College’s Student Events Center at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus on Wednesday, February 13. 

"The dedication and commitment our students demonstrated in getting so many people registered to vote and ready to engage civically is impressive and a testament to how highly they value our political system," said Tim Sheehan, SLCC Vice President of Government and Community Relations. "We are delighted to have won the Utah Election Campus Cup competition and to welcome Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell to our campus to recognize our students for their efforts. Our republican system of government depends on active participation from an informed and interested citizenry and Salt Lake Community College is proud to be part of this kind of effort to help cultivate the citizens we need."  

Salt Lake Community College registered more than 1,300 students to vote during the competition—more than any other Utah school. In total, Utah's colleges and universities collected more than 5,600 voter registration forms for the 2012 General Election, and 1,961 students pledged to vote online at: 

“This award really shows the overall attitude of the students,” said SLCC student body president Aaron Starks. “It shows the direction and the leadership that our student leaders have at the school, and that is to promote civic engagement. 

Lieutenant Governor Bell partnered with the Utah Council of Student Body Presidents—the Utah Student Association's governing body—to establish the Utah's Election Campus Cup competition. The award will be presented each general election year to the school that earns the most points for helping register young voters.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

SLCC Joins National Program to Train Baby Boomers for Jobs

Salt Lake Community College was recently chosen to join the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, a national effort to train 10,000 baby boomers for new jobs in healthcare, education and social services. The program is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

The College will assist adults age 50 and over in completing degrees or certificates in high-demand occupations that give back to the community. With many adults age 50 and over out of work or seeking to transition to a new career, the program offers skill updates and career makeovers. Salt Lake Community College will prepare older adults for careers such as pharmacy or ultrasound technicians and medical terminology specialists.   In addition, the College’s Transition to Teaching program is offered in partnership with the State Office of Education to prepare students as elementary and secondary educators.

“The Plus 50 Encore Completion Program represents a meaningful, national validation of the work the College’s Division of Continuing Education has undertaken. The program will support individuals who want to design a second career—either out of practical necessity or personal interest,” said Jennifer Saunders, Associate Dean of Continuing Education.  “People returning for education and training at this stage of their lives are building on rich employment histories, valuable interpersonal skills, and knowledge achieved through experiential learning.  These resources are then being coupled with the most current workforce education.”

The program will be implemented utilizing a variety of strategies, including accelerated classes, flexible scheduling and cohort models, which provide groups of students with similar goals an opportunity to move through a program together.

Since 2008, AACC and its network of Plus 50 Initiative colleges have worked with baby boomers to help them prepare for new careers. An independent evaluation of AACC’s Plus 50 Initiative found that 89 percent of students agreed that college work force training  helped them acquire new job skills, and 72 percent attributed landing a job to such training.

“Many adults age 50 and over want to train for new jobs that help others and are hiring, but they need to update their skills. Community colleges offer a supportive environment where baby boomers can train for new jobs quickly and affordably,” said Mary Sue Vickers, director for the Plus 50 Initiative at AACC.

In addition to grant funds to augment training programs, participating colleges gain access to toolkits and extensive marketing resources tailored to reach baby boomers. They’ll also benefit from the advice and support of staff at other community colleges that have successfully implemented programs for older learners and understand the unique needs of the plus 50 student population.

The Plus 50 Encore Completion Program is funded with a $3.2 million grant to AACC provided by Deerbrook Charitable Trust—supporting AACC’s work to increase the number of students who finish degrees, certificates, and other credentials.  In April 2010, AACC committed alongside other higher education organizations, to promote the development and implementation of policies, practices and institutional cultures that will produce 50 percent more students with high quality degrees and certificates by 2020.

While the AACC Encore Completion Program focuses on serving the Plus 50 population, Salt Lake Community College welcomes anyone interested in making a career transition to learn more about the broad range of training opportunities available at:

For more information about the Plus 50 Initiative at AACC, see:

The Encore Institute at Salt Lake Community College is an innovative program designed for adult learners who want to expand their knowledge through career and personal enrichment courses. The Institute offers flexible class scheduling, non-degree and degree  learning experiences and affordable training to deepen or expand the personal and professional skills of students. 

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is a national organization representing close to 1,200 community, junior and technical colleges nationwide. Community colleges are the largest and fastest growing sector of higher education, enrolling more than 13 million credit and non-credit students annually. More information is available at: