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Friday, December 6, 2019

EMT Students Receive $11,000 in Scholarships from AT&T

Funding supports and trains future first responders

In a ceremony where words like “commitment,” “bravery” and “gratitude” were used frequently, six students in Salt Lake Community College’s (SLCC) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program—Maria Mazzel Delgado, Jake Fisher, Justine Hanscom, Hevelyn Cidade Klegues, Mark Rodgers and Chelise Schaefer—were awarded the AT&T Public Safety Hero Scholarship to support their first responder training.  

Four scholarship recipients are graduating from SLCC’s EMT program this month and two are prepared to begin the 13-week program in January.

“This scholarship from AT&T has taken a financial weight off my shoulders,” said scholarship recipient Jake Fisher. “It means the world to me. I know that it will help me, and my fellow students reach our educational and professional goals.”

Nearly 200 SLCC EMT students complete this certification each year and graduates of this program are currently working in hospitals, fire departments, ambulance companies, and a wide variety of other public service-oriented careers.

“Salt Lake Community College’s EMT program is designed to give students access to knowledge, skills and hands-on experience at the highest level,” said Gary Cox, Interim Dean of the School of Applied Technology and Professional Development. “These scholarships help students overcome financial barriers to allow them to concentrate on their learning, training and experience and really focus on finding meaningful careers, helping people in need, keeping our communities safe and saving lives.”

“AT&T is committed to education, to building connected communities and to keeping people safe by supporting our first responders,” said Tara Thue, President, AT&T Utah. “We are honored to partner with SLCC in its efforts to provide education and career opportunities for dedicated students who are willing to be on the front lines as first responders.”

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Athletes Excited to Compete in New Beach Volleyball Program

While the weather outside is currently frigid, the Salt Lake Community College Beach Volleyball program is gaining steam as it prepares for the Spring 2020 season. The Bruins will play a number of games in the spring season and are continuing to grow as a program.

SLCC volleyball coach Sue Dulaney, who will serve as the head coach for both programs, said the addition of beach volleyball has been an exciting add.

"Getting the beach program has been invigorating as so many current beach coaches are willing to give advice and help out," she said. "Coaches from Hawaii and California have been extremely helpful and the information they share comes from decades of playing beach. The challenge has been fun so far and we haven't even started playing yet."

Salt Lake's roster will consist of current SLCC players, with numerous NCAA Division-I schools offering programs for student-athletes to be recruited into. The University of Utah offers a varsity program that competes in the Pac-12 Conference. 

Dulaney said the addition of the program has been a notable addition for recruits.

"When I talk to recruits, they are very excited about the opportunity," she said. "I think our current players are even more excited to play as many of them have a background in sand and cannot wait to play two-man."

Salt Lake is scheduled to play the University of Utah on April 10, with a matchup against Cal Poly shortly after that day.

20 Tips to Help You Survive Finals Week

Finals week can be a stressful time for students. Ensure you’re prepared for your exams with these study tips, which can help you conquer your finals.

Follow this list as finals week approaches (the earlier you prep, the better) so you can ace your exams from start to finish:

1. Create your own study guide.
While many teachers provide a study guide, creating your own can help you understand the material better. Outlining the important information you need to learn can be helpful, both in creation and to refer to during your studies.

2. Ask questions.
Your professors and TA’s are there to help! Ask them questions regarding the material and the exam so that you’re prepared when exam time arrives.

3. Attend the review session.
Review sessions offer vital information on exam format, what will be on the exam and key concepts you should be focusing your studies on.

4. Start early.
If you always start ahead of schedule, you’ll never be cramming the night before an exam. You’ll almost always perform better in doing so!

5. Organize a group study session.
It can be helpful to study in groups – sometimes. Evaluate whether or not studying with others will be beneficial to the subject as well at your learning process.

6. Study things not on the study guide.
Study guides aren't always comprehensive – they’re just suggestions of the main concepts to learn. Use your study guide for its intended purpose: a guide. Be sure to fill in the blanks with related information.

7. Take breaks.
You won’t be able to memorize or comprehend all the material at once. Balance is key - ensure that you reward learning with break times to recharge and relax.

8. Stay well-rested.
There’s a lot to be said about a good night’s sleep. Make sure you’re well-rested so that you can be fully focused during your exams.

9. Create a study schedule - and follow it.
Splitting the material into chucks you can actually achieve can be very beneficial. That way, you can keep track of what you’ve accomplished instead of looking at the big picture and getting overwhelmed.

10. Prioritize your study time.
Some exams will be more difficult than others, some you may find easier to study for. Some may be worth more of your grade than others. Make sure to evaluate all of your exams to consider and determine all of the involved factors so you can study accordingly.

11. Study for the style of exam.
If it’s multiple choice, you’ll need to know definitions and concepts. For essay exams, focus on your understanding of all the concepts presented, with examples in mind.

12. Quiz yourself.
If you think about and create actual exam questions, you will likely become more familiar with what you need to study and, in the meantime, familiarize yourself with the type of language that will be on the exam. Draft potential exam questions and quiz yourself so that you can set expectations of what you need to focus on.

13. Meet with your professor or TA.
Often times, meeting with an instructor, whether it’s a professor or a TA, can give you helpful hints for what to study and ways to prepare for the exam.

14. Reorganize your notes.
Evaluate and reorganize your notes into what’s important, outlining important concepts, formulas dates and definitions so they’re easy to understand.

15. Pace yourself.
Make sure you stay focused and don’t burn yourself out. A great way to do so is to pace yourself rather than opting for the dreaded all-nighter. You can easily pace yourself by following tips like starting early, creating a study schedule and taking breaks when necessary!

16. Teach classmates.
Learning by teaching is a method that really works! If you work with a study buddy and explain concepts to one another, you're re-learning the material all over again. It's a great way to reinforce what you've learned and help someone in the meantime!

17. Revolve your focus.
Switching up your subjects is a helpful way to learn everything for your exams while preventing burnout on one topic. Make sure to switch it up before your eyes glaze over! That way, you can keep studying for longer periods of time while maintaining your focus.

18. Color code it.
Create a system that allows you to color code material that's going to be on the exam by what's most important, less important, etc. This will help you focus on the most pertinent information and prioritize the material.

19. Visualize.
If you're a visual learner, it can help to create mind maps or diagrams to visualize how the concepts you're learning relate to one another. This is especially beneficial when learning concepts that build upon the understanding of one another, like in science courses.

20. Make it fun.
It's easier to focus if you adapt to studying by quizzing yourself, creating acronyms or rewarding yourself for a job well done. Create a game plan - literally - that allows you to accomplish tasks and be rewarded for each. For example, why not reward yourself with a piece of chocolate or a sip of your coffee after you've accomplished a new chapter or allow yourself five minutes of free time for every chunk of material you digest? You can even add in fun factors like power-ups every time you learn a new definition and lose a life, which means you add another definition to your list, when you get an answer wrong!

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

SLCC, Facebook Partners in New Digital Marketing Certificate

Salt Lake Community College has teamed up with Facebook to develop a new digital marketing program, giving SLCC students access to a new curriculum that includes digital marketing and social media strategy courses. Facebook is working closely with SLCC to structure courses that reflect digital skills needed by Utah jobseekers, managers and local small businesses.

SLCC is one of 20 community colleges nationwide selected by Facebook to collaborate on the new curriculum. Collectively, the programs are expected to train and educate more than one million people how to use Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to promote a business or brand.

“We are very excited to partner with Pathstream to offer this Facebook Digital Marketing Certificate to our students and the business community,” said Barbie Willett, Associate Dean, SLCC School of Business, Division of Management and Marketing. “The faculty members in the Marketing Management Department have worked closely with Pathstream to insure this fully-online certificate provides college credit and aligns well with the needs of the local workforce and the mission of Salt Lake Community College.”

As of summer, 2019, SLCC and Facebook began offering training opportunities in the credit-based educational model for individuals and businesses aligned with identified digital marketing skills to meet industry demand and increase job growth and economic development. The training includes a new Digital Marketing Certificate program, which is anticipated to include training on Facebook and Instagram marketing tools.

Additional educational modalities include non-credit, boot camps, online, and competency-based models may be added in the future.  The program will present its first two graduates at the end of the fall 2019 semester and will add an additional graduate following the spring 2020 semester.  The full complement of course offerings will be added to the 2020-2021 SLCC catalog (fall 2020).

Facebook, working with Pathstream, Inc., is supporting development of the certificate program by providing instructional content and learning simulations that allow students to gain digital skills and skill certifications that are in-demand and highly-relevant to attractive digital marketing professional opportunities.