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Thursday, May 25, 2017

New Respiratory Therapy Program Starts Spring, 2018

The Salt Lake Community College School of Health Sciences is pleased to announce that the Utah System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents has approved the Respiratory Therapy Program for SLCC at its Jordan Campus.

The accreditation process is one that continues until SLCC has seated a class and there is a site visit, and the College is in that process. Although SLCC cannot guarantee that the program will be accredited (and the College must disclose to students that it is in the accreditation process) School of Health Sciences Dean Dr. JoAnne Wright is confident that SLCC will obtain accreditation for this program, which will offer a night class and admit 24 students each spring. The first class will be seated spring, 2018.


The admissions website will be up soon, and SLCC is in the process of finalizing the one-sheet for information with the prerequisites. If you have questions about admissions, call Sue Christensen at 801-957-6253.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Getting it Write: College Pushes Composition in Community

Yein Ji, 18, looked up from behind her computer monitor and focused her attention on the professional downhill mountain biker, who was visiting the young participants in the Salt Lake Teens Write program at the Salt Lake City Library. “What you’re doing now is going to have a huge influence on how you write and how you see the world and how you communicate later on,” said Amanda Batty, who talked to the Teens Write group about blogging, which she started doing as a teenager. “Just remember that before you hit ‘send,’ before you hit ‘publish,’ before you hit anything, the internet never forgets. I’m still learning this lesson.”


Yein Ji

Modeled after a program in New York, Teens Write began about 10 years ago and is offered through Salt Lake Community College’s Community Writing Center at Salt Lake City’s Main Library. Teens Write is one of several grant-funded programs at the center that are either one-time events or ongoing services available to anyone in the community.

The Center’s program DiverseCity, for example, brought together diverse writers and audiences from across the Salt Lake Valley. For the ASL (American Sign Language) Poetry Slam, the Center brought an ASL slam poet and educator to present an ASL poetry performance and facilitate a workshop on ASL poetry. The Race Perspectives project was designed to instigate candid dialogue about race, ethnicity and cultural identity by creating spaces and hosting events to raise awareness about these topics.


The Center also hosts or facilitates several writing groups and free writing coaches, sometimes for specific interests like Gay Writes and Silver Pen, which caters to an older demographic. Free workshops throughout the year include Them Winter Blues, Grant Writing Basics, Grammarphobia, Revision Ready and the popular series, Writing for Change, which recently focused on how to write letters to public officials, letters to the editor, writing for social media and how to find good, reliable data sources on the internet.

The ongoing Teens Write supports youth writers through a yearlong mentoring program in partnership with youth-focused organizations throughout the community. Teens come from a variety of backgrounds and places for this popular program that culminates in a printed book of their stories, art, photography and poetry. “They are all driven students who want to get more involved,” said SLCC psychology Assistant Professor Justice Morath, an associate director at the Writing Center. “We have teens from all across the valley, all levels of socioeconomic levels.”

Justice Morath

Yein Ji’s mother found Teens Write while searching online for something to augment her children’s education. Ji’s brother, a bit of a poet, tried the program first and liked it. Ji, a senior at Woods Cross High School, is interested in writing poetry and screenplays, so, she thought she’d sign up for Teens Write. She was paired with mentor Cassie Goff, 22, a writing student at the University of Utah. “I wanted to be more involved in writing,” said Goff about volunteering with Teens Write. “I wanted to help other people get their voice out in writing. I think writing is very important for the soul, sort of therapy for yourself.”

Cassie Goff (left)


SLCC’s Community Writing Center program grants

·      TeensWrite: $2,500 in 2015-2016 from Salt Lake County Arts Council* 
·      DiverseCity: $775 in 2015-2016 from Utah Arts and Museums* 
·      ASL Poetry Slam: $240 in 2016-2017 from Utah Arts and Museums**
·      Race Perspectives: $3,500 in 2015-2017 from Utah Humanities Council** 

* Ongoing projects applied for each year. 
** One-time projects drawing to a close

Culinary Student Appears on Ch. 4, Good Things Utah

Salt Lake Community College Culinary Institute student Jim Reed, who is blind, appeared on Ch. 4's Good Things Utah with host Nicea DeGering with a recipe for the perfect summer soup. The same recipe earned Reed an "A" grade in his class at SLCC. Reed is also the cover story for the upcoming edition of SLCC Magazine. Below are a few highlights from Reed's appearance on Ch. 4.

Click here to see the video.









Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Staff, Faculty, Facilities Beautify Campuses

Salt Lake Community College held its annual Beautification Day at its South City, Taylorsville Redwood, Miller and Jordan campuses. Every year SLCC Facilities gets help from staff and faculty to help plant flowers throughout the campuses. Below are a few faces in the crowd who pitched in at Taylorsville.











Monday, May 15, 2017

Softball Wins Region 18, Headed to Nationals in St. George

The Salt Lake Community College softball team beat the College of Southern Idaho Friday for a spot in the NJCAA National Tournament in St. George May 17-20. The Region 18 All Tournament Team included SLCC players Ashlee Snyder, Madison Sisco, Addie Jensen and Laina SueSue, who was named the All Tournament MVP. You can keep up with Tournament action at SLCCBruins.com.

Congratulations!

Go Bruins!

Below are a few highlights from Friday's doubleheader.











Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tony Award Winner ‘Hairspray’ Opens at Grand Theatre

Salt Lake Community College’s Grand Theatre is hosting a production of “Hairspray” to close out its 2016-17 season. The musical will run May 11 to June 3.



The 1950’s are over and change is in the air! “Hairspray,” winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly show piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the loveable, plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire: to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. Tracy uses her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and racially integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do.


Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell wrote the original book “Hairspray.” Marc Shaiman wrote the music and also the lyrics, along with Scott Wittman. The Grand Theatre production is under the direction of Jim Christian, with Ken Plain as musical director, Dee Dee Darby-Duffin as assistant musical director and Jessica Merrill as choreographer. Tickets are $8-$22 and are available at www.grandtheatrecompany.com.

Below are a few more highlights from the Grand Theatre production.








Tuesday, May 9, 2017

College, Granite District Host Education Secretary, Tout ‘Aerospace Pathways’

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited Granite Technical Institute to see where students start in the Utah Aerospace Pathways program before moving on to related courses at Salt Lake Community College and elsewhere. DeVos met with SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin and other education leaders as well as officials from local industries related to the Aerospace Pathways program at the Institute in Salt Lake City.

DeVos met with several students and asked questions about projects they were working on while touring a composites lab at the Institute. She had a private meeting with Huftalin and others before taking part in a press conference that focused on how education institutions and industries in Utah collaborate on Aerospace Pathways.



Since 2015, the Aerospace Pathways program has been providing Utah students the opportunity to graduate high school with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing and begin a career in that field. The first semester (60 hours of study) of the program takes place in high schools while the second semester (48 hours of study) is held at Salt Lake Community College and Davis Applied Technology College. Students also participate in paid internships during their senior year of high school. Coursework includes composite manufacturing, basic metrology, tool usage and safety, environmental health, precision measuring instruments, organization awareness, applied mathematics and reading.




Upon completion of the program and after passing pre-employment requirements, students can work for program industry partners Boeing, Harris, Hexcel, Hill Air Force Base, Janicki or Orbital ATK. Jobs at these employers are considered to provide “family-sustaining” wages and, in some cases, include tuition reimbursement programs for continued education after working for the company for at least one year.




Friday, May 5, 2017

College Marks Historic Graduating Class

Salt Lake Community College honored its largest-ever graduating class during commencement ceremonies Friday at the Maverik Center in West Valley City. More than 4,700 graduates ranged in age from 16 to 79, representing 86 countries and 36 states, collectively earning 5,766 degrees and certificates. Almost 200 military veterans and more than 30 of their dependents also graduated.

“Let’s always remember how we feel right now,” said Arturo Salazar, outgoing SLCC student association president. “United and optimistic about a brighter future for ourselves and the wonderful community we call home here in Utah. Let’s commit this morning to be the best we can, to proudly represent the values of this institution and to always fight for what is right.”

Arturo Salazar, outgoing student association president

This year’s keynote speaker was author and activist Diane Guerrero, known for her roles in the Netflix series Orange is the New Black and The CW Network series Jane the Virgin.

“No matter what you do, you have the ability to do great things,” Guerrero said. “I never thought I’d be here speaking to you guys today. So, dreams do come true. You can make a difference. … Let our voices be heard. This is the time to be extraordinary. This is the time to do good. This is the time to let love be the force. Let your lives reflect the community values that were enhanced during your time at Salt Lake Community College. Because, we need you.”

Students pose for photos with Diane Guerrero

Guerrero was raised in the Jamaica Plain and Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston after being taken in by other Colombian families. In 2015, Guerrero was named a White House Ambassador for Citizenship and Naturalization. She is an outspoken advocate for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform and has worked with Immigrant Legal Resource Center and Mi Familia Vota, a nonpartisan Latino civic engagement organization to promote citizenship and voter registration.



SLCC’s 2017 honorary doctorate recipients are H. Roger Boyer, chairman of The Boyer Company as well as its director and advisor, and the Honorable Shauna Graves-Robertson, who was appointed to the Salt Lake County Justice Court by the Salt Lake County Commission in January 1999. Lisa Gough, vice president of Sysco Corporation, and Shawn Newell, vice president of business development for Industrial Supply Company, were named Distinguished Alumni.

“I hope during your time at SLCC, you have been challenged and nudged to identify constructs, ideals, values and disciplines you care about,” said SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin. “And I hope you take those concepts and use them passionately to share our world. … And I hope that as you move onto your next job or your next degree, you are taking your next steps with gentleness, reflection and humility. Our world, our nation, our state, our country, your neighborhood awaits you. It awaits the tremors you will create.”


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Grand Theatre Hosting Tony Award Winner ‘Hairspray’

Salt Lake Community College’s Grand Theatre will host a production of “Hairspray” to close out its 2016-17 season. The musical will run May 11 to June 3.


The 1950’s are over and change is in the air! “Hairspray,” winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly show piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs. It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the loveable, plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire: to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. Tracy uses her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and racially integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do.

Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell wrote the original book “Hairspray.” Marc Shaiman wrote the music and also the lyrics, along with Scott Wittman. The Grand Theatre production is under the direction of Jim Christian, with Ken Plain as musical director, Dee Dee Darby-Duffin as assistant musical director and Jessica Merrill as choreographer. Tickets are $8-$22 and are available at www.grandtheatrecompany.com.