Friday, December 14, 2018

SLCC Volunteers Use Community Engagement Award to Help English Skills Learning Center

Salt Lake Community College believes that the people it serves are at the center of its work. As the college moves forward with an ambitious strategic plan and continues its significant growth, the People and Workplace Culture (PWC) division was created to address specific needs. The PWC plays a critical role in moving SLCC’s mission forward with a “people-centered” focus in areas like employee relations, human resources, faculty and staff development and educational initiatives. PWC plans to engage in an annual service project each December with a Thayne Center community partner, and this year PWC chose the Murray-based nonprofit English Skills Learning Center (ESLC).

On Dec. 13 PWC volunteers on SLCC’s Taylorsville Redwood Campus assembled 500 binders, purchased with an SLCC Community Engagement grant, for ESLC’s students to give them the necessary tools they will need to learn the English language. To ensure reciprocity and to promote a culture of community service, PWC leaders invited the English Skills Learning Center to present to the PWC group and Thayne Center staff members. The ESLC connects communities through language by bringing together more than 1,000 adults each year from over 45 countries for tutoring from more than 150 trained, volunteer ESL teachers. Before English-language learners can begin taking classes, they need basic tools for education. This need and SLCC’s commitment to reducing barriers for education forms the basis of the community service project for the PWC division.