Friday, January 18, 2019

W. Kamau Bell Educates, Entertains Sold-Out Grand Theatre

Emmy-nominated comic W. Kamau Bell left a sold-out Grand Theatre audience with plenty to contemplate in between laughs and clips from his CNN show "United Shades of America." Bell was brought to Salt Lake Community College's South City Campus Jan. 17 in collaboration with Westminster College in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day events.

Below are a few quotes and photos from Bell's appearance.

"Talk to the people who are directly involved in these issues. Don't believe the hype."

"Fear is not always telling you the truth."

"Don't forget to be vulnerable. Don't forget to feel stuff."

"It was at this moment where I realized, oh, I wasn't just walking to the Ku Klux Klan by myself, I was walking with my people."

"We have to help in ways we never helped before and consistently raise the stakes on what help is so we can get through this mess that we're in right now."

The Salt Lake Mass Choir kicked things off Jan. 17 at the Grand Theatre.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Women’s Basketball Freshman Named NJCAA Player of Week

Salt Lake Community College women’s basketball freshman Lauren Gustin was honored Jan. 16 with national honors from the NJCAA, earning the prestigious National Player-of-the-Week award. A late addition to the SLCC roster, Gustin has entered at exactly the right time for veteran coach Betsy Specketer, helping the Bruins to a 4-1 record since joining the team in late December.

The Salem Hills native averaged 31.5 points in victories Jan. 10 and 12 over Colorado Northwestern and Snow College, bringing in 15 rebounds-per-game in the week as well.  Gustin had a high of 40 points and 22 rebounds in a 71-64 overtime victory over Snow College, marking her career highs with Salt Lake. Since joining the team, she has averaged 26 points and 17.6 rebounds in five games.

As of their matchup Jan. 17 against USU Eastern, the Bruins have an overall record of 16-3 and 2-1 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference. SLCC is a half-game behind USU Eastern in the league standings.

Below are highlights from Gustin's performance against Snow College.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

SLCC, Cummins Partner on Technician Apprentice Program at Westpointe

Representatives from Cummins and SLCC cut a ribbon inside the diesel lab at Westpointe.

Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) and Cummins Inc. announce they have teamed up to train workers to become service technicians and earn an associate of applied science degrees through Cummins’ Technician Apprentice Program (TAP) at SLCC’s Westpointe Workforce Training & Education Center.

TAP is a collaboration between industry and higher education to help Cummins’ apprenticeship students gain valuable training and advance in their careers. The two-year program provides training across a variety of diesel platforms and technologies, full-time employment during the program, free tuition and course credits that transfer to four-year degrees. SLCC is one of three institutions in the United States that host the TAP program and provide critical job training to Cummins’ employees.

“Salt Lake Community College is thrilled to enter into this very important partnership with Cummins International,” said Dr. Eric Heiser, SLCC Dean of the School of Applied Technology & Professional Development. “This is just one more way we can help to address the nationwide shortage of diesel mechanics while partnering with one of the most well-known and respected brands in the diesel industry.  We are grateful for the confidence that Cummins has shown in us to be able to deliver quality diesel technician training to their apprentices.”

Students in the TAP program pose with Cummins executives.

To date, Cummins Inc. has sponsored 30 apprentice students by paying for their education and program expenses at SLCC. While in the program, students participate in an intense United States Department of Labor Technician Apprenticeship, where they will earn their associate degree from SLCC and be Cummins-certified in engines.

“Throughout our 100 years, we have spent time and energy investing in our people, and those people are the lifeblood of our company and the lifeblood of our business,” said Jenny Bush, executive director of North America Distribution for Cummins. “Without employees like our technicians here, we would not be where we are standing a hundred years later. As I think about our legacy and our heritage, everything we stand for sits in this room. I’m thrilled we’re able to continue that legacy as we get into our next hundred years.”

Jenny Bush, Cummins Inc. executive director for North America Distribution, gives the keynote address.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Get Involved in MLK Day Events, Activities

Following is a rundown of opportunities to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and the holiday created in his memory.

Jan. 17
7-8:30 p.m.
Grand Theatre
South City Campus, 1575 S. State St., Salt Lake City
Salt Lake Community College, in partnership with Westminster College, will host W. Kamau Bell, host of CNN’s “United Shades of America.” Bell will give a presentation followed by a Q&A. More information about this event can be seen by clicking here. Doors open at 6 p.m. for general seating.

Jan. 22-25
Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech will play on digital screens in the Student Center on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus.

Jan. 22-25
Student Life & Leadership will be displaying images from King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The display will rotate between the Taylorville Redwood, South City and Jordan campuses throughout the week.

Jan. 24
1-2:15 p.m.
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Student Center, Oak Room
The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs will be hosting a “Status of the Dream” panel discussion. Mequette Sorensen, Whitney Harris, Daniel Johnson, Alonso Reyna Rivarola and Dr. Juone Kadiri will discuss the progress we have made 56 years after Dr. Martin Luther King's defining "I Have a Dream" speech.

Jan. 22-25
The Thayne Center has organized “drop-in” service opportunities at three sites. Click here to register in advance to help at the following locations:

Jan. 22
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Student Center, first floor, center court
Making “Caring Cards” for Utah Food Bank’s Food Box program

Jan. 24
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jordan Campus
HTC building, first floor
Making “Caring Cards” for Utah Food Bank’s Food Box program

Jan. 25
1-4 p.m.
Maliheh Clinic
951 E. 3300 South, Salt Lake City
Helping Maliheh Clinic with deep cleaning of facilities

Jan. 31
12-1 p.m.
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Student Center, Room 121
The Black Student Union (BSU) is hosting an event titled “I Have a Dream,” which will allow students to express themselves through drawing, painting, writing, etc. on pieces of cloth that will be sewn together and be displayed during Black History Month (February) on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus.