Thursday, June 30, 2016

SLCC Spirit Band Performing In Parades Throughout Summer

The Salt Lake Community College Spirit Band will be performing at parades throughout the summer. The images below are from the recent Taylorsville Days parade. And, yes, the band was awesome, leading the parade off and entertaining everyone along the way. So, check out one of the parades in the area and cheer on our talented SLCC student band members!

Some of the parades where you can catch the Spirit Band are as follows:

  • July 1 - Riverton
  • July 4 - Murray
  • July 4 - West Jordan
  • July 4 - Sandy
  • July 16 - Draper
  • July 22 - Bountiful
  • July 23 - Salt Lake City
  • July 25 - Salt Lake City

For more details about parades and performance dates, visit the Spirit Band web page.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Grand Theatre Company Holding “Jekyll & Hyde” Auditions

Salt Lake Community College’s Grand Theatre will be holding auditions for “Jekyll & Hyde,” the musical, July 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SLCC South City Campus Facilities and Arts Annex building, 1610 S. 250 East, Salt Lake City. The building is located in the southeast corner of the South City Campus parking lot.

Anne Stewart Mark will direct the production that runs Oct. 6-29. Rehearsals begin Aug. 27 and will be held Monday through Friday, 6-10 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (apart from tech week). Callbacks from auditions will be held July 11, 6-10 p.m.

Visit or call 801-957-3322 to schedule an audition time. Men and women of all ethnic backgrounds and ages are encouraged to audition. Each person who auditions should:
  • ·      Bring a headshot and resume.
  • ·      Bring your best 32 bars of a contemporary musical theatre song.
  • ·      Bring sheet music for the accompanist.
  • ·      No monologue is needed. Slides will be provided.

Friday, June 17, 2016

College Holds Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Graduation

The Salt Lake Community College Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (GS10KSB) program held its annual graduation this week for 92 individuals from a broad spectrum of Utah’s small business community. SLCC is one of only 13 community colleges in the country offering the unique small business education program, sponsored by Goldman Sachs Foundation.

Cohort 8 of the latest GS10KSB graduating class

Boasting a 99 percent completion rate, the Goldman Sachs program at SLCC has graduated more than 300 small business owners. About 40 percent of the graduates are women, helping to reinforce the idea that diversity in business ownership is a critical component to the success of each cohort. Nearly 50 percent of the program’s scholars have reported increased revenue within six months of graduating, and more than 23 percent have added jobs in that same time.

“I’m so proud of our graduates, who are committed to furthering their small business knowledge through our program,” said Beth Colosimo, executive director of SLCC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. “Their hard work and dedication will most certainly pay off for them and their employees, as they work to grow their businesses using new techniques, strategies and confidence gained from the program.”

The GS10KSB program takes scholars through an intensive three-month course covering topics such as leadership, marketing, finance, law, negotiation and other important entrepreneurial skills in a peer to peer-learning environment. All scholars are owners or co-owners of their businesses and are looking for ways to increase revenue and add employees. Scholarships pay for the cost of tuition for participants, who are required to attend all 11 classes and four workshops as well as complete work outside of the classroom and meet regularly with their business advisor. Scholars work on developing a growth plan, which they will execute in their individual businesses.

Beehive Distilling's Chris Barlow

“The biggest benefits of the Goldman Sachs program are that it makes you take a real look at your own business and gives you a chance to work directly on making your business more successful,” said Chris Barlow, partner at Beehive Distilling. “What we learned in this class has had immediate impact on our daily operations and has also given us the ability to make sound decisions based on real world financial evaluations.”

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is currently taking applications to join cohorts for the next course that starts in January 2017. For more information about the program or to apply to be a scholar, visit

The Miller Business Resource Center offers a wide range of services and support to businesses and organizations within the Utah community. Additionally, the MBRC has community and industry partnerships that also provide assistance to the Center. The MBRC also facilitates the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Advisor Chosen for National Award

Salt Lake Community College advisor Héctor E. Cando was chosen by the National Association of Academic Advisors (NACADA) to receive its Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit in the Academic Advising—Primary Role category.

Héctor E. Cando

 The award is given to advisors who demonstrate qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students and whose role at their institutions are the direct delivery of advising to students. Cando will receive the award this fall at NACADA’s annual conference in Atlanta.

NACADA has been honoring advisors since 1983, and its membership has grown to more than 10,000 faculty members, professional advisors, administrators, counselors and others in academic and student affairs. NACADA is the representative and advocate of academic advising and those providing that service with the higher education community.

Cando speaks Spanish, Italian and English and has been at SLCC for seven years. Prior to that he worked five years for the Salt Lake Tooele Applied Technology College. He moved with his family from Quito, Ecuador when he was 11. He graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health and from Utah State University with a Master’s in Special Education and Counseling. For five years he was appointed by former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt to the Hispanic Advisory Council, chairing the council for one year while also advocating on behalf of Utah’s Hispanic population. Cando has also worked for the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Services in charge of the migrant and seasonal farmworker program.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

College Cohosts Congressional Briefing in DC

Salt Lake Community College President Deneece G. Huftalin was one of five presenters in Washington D.C. this week to talk during a congressional hearing about how federal policy can enhance the work of community colleges.

SLCC cohosted the briefing along with the American Association of Community Colleges at the Capitol Visitors Center. The briefings by four college presidents and the head of the AACC focused on the Higher Education Act reauthorization and the Carol D. Perkins Act. Presenters talked about how colleges respond to the changing economy, new pedagogical strategies and evolving student needs.

Other items covered at the briefing included how to make Pell grants more supportive of student success, ensuring that students borrow appropriately for college and establishing federal measures of community colleges that reflect the academic patterns of their students and provide meaningful workforce outcomes.

“It was great to be part of this congressional briefing with presidential colleagues and AACC staff,” Dr. Huftalin said afterward. “Over 80 attendees including media, and congressional and think tank staffers were briefed on the major policy issues facing community colleges as we prepare to reauthorize the higher education act.”

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Refugee Leadership Training Program Graduates Honored

Salt Lake Community College’s Miller Business Resource Center (MBRC) held its annual graduation ceremony for the Refugee Leadership Training program, a 40-hour training curriculum designed to teach and instill confidence in refugees from around the world to become leaders and spokespersons for their communities.

The program is a part of an ongoing community outreach from SLCC in partnership with American Express and the Refugee Services Office. The 27 graduates for 2016 represented Kenya, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Congo, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Eritrea and Somali Bajuni.

The 2016 graduating class of the Refugee Leadership Training program.

"We are proud of the Refugee Leadership Training program and the training and guidance we provide refugees, and their communities,” said Beth Colosimo, MBRC executive director. “The valuable concepts and techniques we teach help refugees navigate the complexities of living in the United States. We get great feedback from our students that they can immediately apply the lessons they learn. There are currently 60,000 refugees in our state and more are arriving every year. We want to help them be better prepared as they hit the job market and start to become integrated into our community. We couldn’t operate this program without the generous support of American Express.”

The Refugee Leadership Training course at SLCC started in 2009. Since then, more than 200 refugees from 20 different countries and communities have graduated. The leadership program has had a great impact on students’ lives and those they support from their communities.

"Refugees are most successful when they have the tools needed to achieve self-sufficiency for their families and communities," said Asha Parekh, director of the Utah Refugee Services Office. "These graduates are now empowered to help our entire community become more fully integrated and appreciate the common values we share."

The Miller Business Resource Center offers a wide range of services and support to businesses and organizations within the Utah community. Additionally, the MBRC has community and industry partnerships that also provide assistance to the Center. The MBRC also facilitates the Goldman-Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Ground Broken on Westpointe Career, Tech Ed Center

Salt Lake Community College broke ground June 1 on its Westpointe Career and Technical Education Center near the Salt Lake City International Airport. The Utah Legislature during its 2016 session approved the $42.9 million needed to begin construction on the new facility, which is expected to open in 2018.

“We’ve been working on this for five years,” said SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin. “To have us all assembled here to break ground and to watch this new center rise up over the next 18 months or so is just going to be remarkable.”

SLCC’s new center brings together technical education in multiple trades integral to the long-term economic vitality of the Salt Lake Valley. The 121,000-square-foot building provides space for collaboration with industry partners in multiple fields. “We knew that we needed a better facility, a more nimble facility, a facility that would really teach students in an integrated flexible way,” Huftalin added. “It’s going to be beautiful. It’s going to be high tech. And we want it to be iconic. We want people driving south on I-215 to say, ‘What is that space? I want to be in that space.’ We want it to be a symbol for career and technical education and the importance of workforce in Salt Lake County. So, we’re exited to watch that happen.”

The center is intended to support current and future training needs in a flexible, high quality space that will benefit the College and surrounding community for decades. It will establish a high standard of quality and functionality for future development of other facilities and resources vital to Utah’s economic future.

Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser credited Huftalin and her staff with helping to educate state lawmakers about the need for the new facility. “We had the money this year, but there are many voices out there who want that money,” Niederhauser said. “It was easy for us once the Legislature understood the purpose of this building, because this is the future of education, and not only in Utah but in the world. … This is the future for workforce in the state of Utah.”

The expansion of Westpointe will benefit traditional students acquiring new skills, incumbent workers enhancing their current skills, transitioning workers reentering the workforce and underemployed workers trying to improve their employability in high-growth areas. Utah Speaker of the House Greg Hughes said investing in the new center represents the need to prevent a shift in the economy. “I’m done with cheap socks and outsourcing everything around the planet,” Hughes said to applause. “That’s not what the United States is. We have a manufacturing sector. We have workforce. We’re not going to become a service-oriented economy. … It’s not going to happen and shouldn’t happen.”

Utah State Senator Luz Escamilla expressed thanks that the center will be built in her district. “I think this is not only an economic development issues, it’s really going to change the lives of many, many individuals,” Escamilla said. “You will make things happen here. … To me, it’s just changing lives for many working, poor families that are looking for a better opportunity.” Utah State Rep. Sandra Hollins, who also represents the area where Westpointe is located, thanked Huftalin and SLCC for the new center. “It is part of my community’s vision for what we see and what direction we would like to move in,” Hollins said. “I want to thank you for your investment in our community and for your vision and for your leadership.”