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Federal Grant Targets Retention, Graduation Rates for Students Needing Child Care

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Salt Lake Community College a four-year, $1.1 million grant to expand its Tim & Brenda Huval Child Care Center at the school’s South City Campus.

Funds from the grant, which is part of the federal Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) program, will allow the college to expand center hours until 10 p.m. on weekdays, hire more full-time staff, and add classrooms at the facility, effectively doubling capacity to 180 enrolled children.

The college will match the four-year grant by applying $390,000, or 36 percent of the project cost, for student childcare vouchers and to support one-time renovation and ongoing program costs. The federal grant makes up 64 percent of project costs and runs through September 2022.

SLCC’s ultimate goal for the center’s expansion is to increase college retention and completion among its student parents by making childcare more accessible and cost-effective. Currently, 39 percent of Pell Grant recipients at SLCC support dependents, and single parents made up 43 percent the school’s student parent population during the 2017-18 year. In order to use the services at the Tim and Brenda Huval Child Care Center, student parents must be Pell Grant eligible, and they are required to meet with an academic advisor at least once, promoting enrollment in courses that advance academic and career progress.

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After a successful season, the nationally-acclaimed Salt Lake Community College softball team has had two players recognized by the NJCAA as All-America players.

Mallory Barber (pictured left), an infielder from Spanish Fork, andTarni Stepto (right), a pitcher from Australia, were both recognized by the NJCAA as All-America players in a release by the national association on Monday. The Bruins went 47-8 overall during the season, claiming the Scenic West and Region 18 titles and advancing to the NJCAA National Tournament.

Barber was named Second-Team All-America thanks to a breakout season for Salt Lake. She hit .513 at the plate, leading the team with 77 hits and 24 doubles. Barber also led the Scenic West Athletic Conference with 144 total bases. 

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Original artwork missing from Student Center

An original painting, “Demons,” was removed without authorization from the Student Center where it has been on display since June. This piece was created by SLCC student Emily Engh in March 2019 and is now a part of SLCC’s permanent art collection.

If you have any information about this missing artwork, please contact SLCC’s Art Collection Technician, James Walton, at 801-957-4530 or james dot walton at 
Artist: Emily Engh  Title: Demons Date: March 2019 Medium: Airbrush on board Frame size: 27 3/4 x 19 3/4 x 0 7/8 in. Last known location: 254 Student Center, Taylorsville Redwood Campus