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Alumni Spotlight: Heather Nielsen

  Heather Nielsen Heather Nielsen grew up in Brigham City, Utah where, upon graduating from a small Catholic high school, she started attending the University of Utah. During her time as a freshman at the U, Heather became overwhelmed with the size of her classes —many of which were held in auditoriums. In efforts to obtain a more personalized education Heather transferred to Salt Lake Community College where she was not only able to obtain the personalized education she wanted but was introduced to a world outside of SLCC. Heather’s memories of SLCC are mainly from the Taylorsville Redwood campus where she met Professor Françoise Hibbs, French language professor, who introduced and encourage her to go on the study abroad program. Creating a connection and a community enriched her experience as a student on campus. When asked to share a piece of advice to her fellow Bruins, Heather’s mindset reinforces the wisdom she obtained throughout the years. “Build relationships with classmates a
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SLCC Honors Graduates During 2023 Commencement Ceremony

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Students Graduate From Everyday Entrepreneur Program

  The Mill's Everyday Entrepreneur Program's recent graduates and their instructor, Brian Acord. Salt Lake Community College's Everyday Entrepreneur Program (EEP) recently celebrated their latest cohort of refugee and new American entrepreneurs’ graduation. Students from Grenada, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Philippines, Mexico and Pakistan all gathered together to present their business ideas and graduate from the program. Each student had a few minutes to make their pitches, which was part of their qualification for graduation. They shared their stories, talked about their business ideas, goals, needs and expectations. Some of the business ideas included custom made cabinets, a welding company in honor of a parent, a Filipino-Mexican fusion cuisine food truck business and a foundation to help orphans in Grenada. “My goal is to provide support to youth like myself, having been an orphan and poverty stricken,” says Salisha Allard-Blaisdell, originally from Grenada, her fo