Wednesday, August 31, 2016

College Receives $1.23M TRIO Award From Department of Education

Salt Lake Community College received a $1.23 million TRIO Talent Search award from the Department of Education. 

“Talent Search will directly support SLCC’s goals around strategic enrollment and student outreach, especially among underrepresented students, while strengthening ties with community partners,” said Nicole Omer, Director of Sponsored Projects at SLCC. “Spanning five years, the funds will strengthen SLCC’s efforts to support low-income and first generation secondary students toward completing high school and enrolling in college. Over 500 students from 10 schools in the Salt Lake and Granite school districts will receive targeted, evidence-based assistance.”

TRIO participant Sylvia Bernal Garcia

TRIO ETS (Educational Talent Search) College Bound works with students to achieve academic success and prepare for the college of their choice. The program is especially designed for students of families with low incomes or students whose parents have not received a four-year college degree. ETS College Bound is an Educational Opportunity Program, one of eight TRIO programs nationally. The program is hosted by Salt Lake Community College and is 100 percent federally funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other support activities necessary for educational access and retention. The purpose of the TRIO Programs’ Department at Salt Lake Community College is to provide support for low-income and first-generation college students to access, graduate, and attain their educational, career, and personal goals in preparation for their contribution to a global workforce. To be eligible to participate in TRIO programs, a student must be a low-income, first-generation college student (neither parent has a baccalaureate degree), a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and plan to attend a four-year institution upon completion of an associate’s degree.

SLCC First To Benefit From T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarships

The Utah Association for the Education of Young Children (UAEYC) has launched a new scholarship project called T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Utah, which is making its debut with Salt Lake Community College.
“This fall we will begin funding scholarships for 30 early childhood teachers and directors of early childcare centers to support them in earning an associate’s degree,” said UAEYC T.E.A.C.H. counselor Katie Roberts. “We are excited to be partnered with Salt Lake Community College for this first cohort of students.”
Utah is the most recent state to be licensed through T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood®, a national evidence based model that has been implemented in 23 states across the country. T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Utah pays for tuition, books, a travel stipend and paid released time from work to attend classes and to study.
“I was completely shocked and surprised,” said scholarship recipient and preschool teacher Eliane Rixe. She thought because of her age, 50, that she didn’t stand a chance of getting the scholarship she learned about in an email. She applied, won the scholarship along with other SLCC students in the first cohort, and will now be attending SLCC at the same time as the youngest of her three sons. “This is the best gift I’ve ever received. I have to stop and say, ‘Thank you.’”

Scholarship recipient Elaine Rixe

T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® also guarantees the recipient an increase in wages for every 9-12 credits of higher education completed. The goal of the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® program is to improve early childhood classroom quality and child outcomes by increasing the level of education of early childhood teachers and their wages.
“The T.E.A.C.H. Program will be a game-changer for the early childhood profession in our state of Utah,” said Sally Schramm, SLCC Family and Human Studies associate professor. “Having our early childhood teachers enroll in college courses and ultimately receive a degree will raise the bar for quality in all of our early childhood settings. The teachers of our youngest children in Utah will benefit from understanding theoretical and historical perspectives of education, which adds to their current knowledge as practitioners. Ultimately, this new scholarship program is a win for all people who care about young children, especially for all of the children and parents in our state.”

A 2016 study by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment reports that approximately 50% of 300,000 children under age five live in families where all available parents work, but access to high quality childcare is limited. Part of the problem, according to the study, is that most childcare teachers lack specialized education, and that the average wage for childcare teachers is $9.47 an hour. Low levels of teacher education and wages, the report finds, result in poor quality classrooms for children, early childhood teachers that live in poverty and high rates of teacher turnover.
The UAEYC’s launch of T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® in Utah is also in collaboration with the Utah Office of Child Care, the Utah Bureau of Child Development, Utah Department of Health and the Children's Center. The funds to provide the scholarships have been made possible by donations and grants from public and private resources.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Eccles Gallery Hosts Elise Zoller's 'Oramus and Jane'

Don't miss Elise Zoller's "The Creation of Oramus and Jane" at the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Art Gallery on Salt Lake Community College's South City Campus, 1575 S. State Street, Salt Lake City, in the Center for Arts & Media Aug. 31-Sept. 15. The opening reception is Aug. 31, 6-8 p.m. in the Eccles Gallery.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Faces From Day One At SLCC

Ten SLCC Students Start Fall Semester $500 Richer

Casey Frehner was one of 10 returning SLCC students recently chosen at random to receive a $500 line of credit at SLCC bookstores. Frehner said he planned to buy books with his newfound fortune! Congratulations to all of the winners!

Casey Frehner celebrates his good fortune.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Miller Business Resource Center Partners With Nonprofit SCORE

The Miller Business Resource Center (MBRC) at Salt Lake Community College has formed a new partnership with SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow and succeed nationwide. SCORE will have offices at SLCC’s Miller Campus in Sandy and work alongside the MBRC to serve the state’s diverse business community at one location.

Salt Lake SCORE President Ron Baron

 “We’re thrilled to have SCORE mentors and volunteers working on our campus,” said Beth Colosimo, Executive Director of Business Resource Development at SLCC’s MBRC. “They have an excellent reputation and their services complement the offerings we already have with our Business Resource Center, SBDC, our Global Business Center, and our Business Incubator and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.”

SCORE has been an important contributor and collaborator in the ecosystem of small business support and entrepreneurship in Utah, encouraging business owners to maintain a relationship with SCORE from the beginning and throughout the life of their businesses. The Salt Lake SCORE office is recognized nationally as one of the top performing small business mentoring organizations in the country.
 “We are very proud of our Salt Lake SCORE office and are thrilled to be the guests of the MBRC,” said Ron Baron, President of the SCORE Salt Lake Chapter. “As volunteers, we get so excited to see the documentable impact that Salt Lake SCORE has on the local business community. SCORE earned the National "Client Education Award" in recognition of the meatiness, relevance, and expansion of education and workshop activities in the area.”

SCORE exceeded its goal of a 20 percent increase in the number of contacts for mentoring and workshop attendance over the past two years. They are a lead partner with Home Shopping Network (HSN) and have a breadth of diversity within their volunteer and subject matter expert base. SCORE is also a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration and has been mentoring small business owners for more than 50 years.

“Our goal at the SLCC Miller Campus is to provide a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs and small business owners to find the assistance, support, training and education needed to get started or to help grow an existing business.  I can think of no better way than aligning with the best small business support partners who share our mission for creating jobs and opportunities for people with a passion for business,” Colosimo added.

Miller Business Resource Center New Site For Women Tech Council

Salt Lake Community College’s Miller Business Resource Center (MBRC) at the Miller Campus in Sandy is now home to the Women Tech Council (WTC). Founded in 2007, the Women Tech Council provides mentoring, visibility and networking for women.

WTC Executive Director Cydni Tetro

“Women Tech Council plays a critical role in elevating women in technology professions,” said Beth Colosimo, Executive Director of MBRC.  “No other organization in the state is as laser focused on creating opportunities for young girls, women returning to the workforce and professional women who want to learn, network and become a stronger, more visible force in the burgeoning tech community in Utah.”

At their home on the SLCC Miller Campus, WTC will continue to raise awareness, plan events and develop programs to help businesses connect with the talented women in the community and help women capitalize on opportunities in technology professions. The WTC supports women-owned and women-operated technology companies, and they pride themselves on recognizing women leaders and entrepreneurs in the technology business and supporting them. The WTC will join the MBRC to serve the diverse business community all at one location.

"WTC is deeply committed to growing and diversifying the career pipeline to help drive Utah's economy.” Said Cydni Tetro, Executive Director of WTC. “Through this partnership with Salt Lake Community College, our joined forces will be able to broaden the reach and breadth of our impacts and magnify further the impact of women in technology, the growth of small businesses and entrepreneurs and the health and vitality of the state’s economy.”

The goal at the SLCC Miller Campus is to provide a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs and small businesses to find the assistance, support, training and education they may need to get their businesses up and running or help growing their small business. The WTC community is built for women who currently work for technology companies, and for those that may work for in technology roles in other market sectors.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

First Women's, Men's Soccer Seasons In NJCAA

Mark your calendars for the historic first-ever NJCAA home games Sept. 16 and 17 for Salt Lake Community College's men's and women's soccer teams.

The Bruins will take on USU-Eastern both days at 2 p.m. on the 16th and 11 a.m. on the 17th (women play first both days) on home turf outside of the west side of the Lifetime Activities Center, located at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus, 4600 South Redwood Road.

In the past SLCC has hosted club teams for men's and women's soccer, but in 2016 the teams joined the National Junior College Athletic Association. The regular season will end Oct. 20, followed by the Region 18 and District tournaments. If the teams do well in tournament action, they will move on to national tournaments in Florida (women's) and Texas (men's).

The full women's schedule can be found here.
The full men's schedule can be found here.

Good luck to both teams.

Go, Bruins!

Friday, August 12, 2016

SLCC Trustees Chair Gail Miller Receives National Leadership Award

Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees Chair Gail Miller has been chosen to receive the Association of Community College Trustees Pacific Region Trustee Leadership award. Miller will be given the award at the 47th annual ACCT Leadership Congress in New Orleans in October.

“Our college has no truer friend, advocate, benefactor or inspirational leader than Gail Miller,” said Clint Ensign, Vice Chair of the Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees. “In SLCC’s long history, it is hard to remember an individual who has produced as great an effect on the College.”

Gail Miller

Miller became a SLCC trustee in 2004 and has been chair since 2013. “She is a tireless champion for the College and its students with the governor, state legislators, our congressional delegates, the Utah State Board of Regents and the business community,” said SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin. “It’s an honor to have her serve the College in such a critical role.”

During Miller’s time on the board, SLCC has added the Center for Arts & Media at South City Campus and the Academic and Administration Building on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. The College has also added the Washington D.C. internship program, secured funding for Westpointe Training and Education Center and, just recently, the college-wide initiative SLCC Promise, which helps qualifying students pay for their college education where federal funds fall short.

Between 1998 and 2006, Gail and Larry Miller constructed and donated a $130 million seven-building complex to SLCC known as the Miller Campus, where over 1,000 students access state-of-the-art resources for automotive training, public safety education, entrepreneurial development, corporate partnerships and culinary arts. Gail owns and chairs The Larry H. Miller Group, which operates professional sports teams, automotive, entertainment, media and other enterprises that employ over 10,000 people. Each year Miller lends her name and support to an annual SLCC golf tournament, helping to raise $600,000 over four years, funding 30 student scholarships each year.

The Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation was formed in 2007 to allow the philanthropic spirit, which Larry and Gail have so graciously established, to continue for generations to come. Larry H. Miller built a legacy of giving back to the communities where he conducted business. Today, his wish to "Go about doing good until there is too much good in the world" is what inspires Gail Miller and the Miller family, as well as the entire Larry H. Miller Group of Companies and its employees to continue the legacy he started.

The Millers’ love of education inspired them to create the Larry H. Miller Education Foundation. Instituted in 1996, its purpose is to provide educational assistance to dependent children of full-time employees of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. Since its inception, the LHM Education Foundation has helped more than 3,150 students at 60 different universities or trade schools throughout the United States.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

College Receives $819K National Science Foundation Grant

Salt Lake Community College’s biotechnology program received an $819,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to further efforts in the area of competency-based education (CBE).

The CBE model allows students to demonstrate competencies at their own pace, moving on to the next course as soon as they are ready.  Tuition is paid in an “all you can learn” subscription model, so students can save money if they accelerate their progress.  Aligning with and responding to workforce needs is a strategic priority for SLCC, and the College’s School of Applied Technology has already implemented CBE for non-credit workforce education courses.   The National Science Foundation grant will allow SLCC to implement CBE on a wider scale to the academic side of its operations, starting with its biotechnology program.

“The Biotechnology program is uniquely positioned to accept this challenge.  It has established two innovative internship programs—the InnovaBio®  contract research organization and STUDENTfacturED®  contract manufacturing organization—that already utilize informal competency-based practices and foster learning through engagement with actual problems and practices in the life science industry,” said Jean Bower, director of SLCC’s Biotechnology program. “Students who have participated in these programs are recognized as particularly adept in the lab by SLCC faculty, transfer institution faculty, and employers.”

The biotechnology program has partnered with Nelson Laboratories, BioFire Diagnostics and ARUP Laboratories, three local biotechnology companies that anticipate creating hundreds of new jobs in the next five years, for development of new curriculum.  SLCC’s proposed “Competency-Based, Open Entry, Open Exit Biotechnology Education” format, which will benefit from the grant, will better accommodate the demands of employers and students.

“The Biotechnology program will pioneer conversion of an academic program to a competency-based format at SLCC, with the intent of establishing best practices for other academic departments at the College and throughout the nation,” said Nicole Omer, director of SLCC’s Office of Sponsored Projects. “The newly developed courses and delivery format will better serve non-traditional students, incumbent workers, high school students, and high school instructors seeking professional development.”