Tuesday, July 31, 2012

SLCC Graduate has No Fear of Flying

Ramsay Campbell has no fear of flying. He loves it. He graduated from Salt Lake Community College as its graduate of excellence from the School of Technical Specialties. When asked how his summer after graduation is going, U.S. Veteran Campbell said, “I’m doing a whole lot of helicopter flying.”

“I’ve flown 76 hours in my first 90 days working since graduating,” he said. “I’ve had 424 landings with my clients in that time.” That alone would be enough to test the nerves of many Americans. But there's more. Campbell is doing his flying as a helicopter instructor. Teaching other people how to fly. Some of whom, when they get in the helicopter with him, it's for the first time.

There's an old adage, flying's easy, it's the landing that's tough. But for Campbell, neither caused as much anxiety as getting a job after graduation. Fortunately, he landed a job with Upper Limit Aviation right after graduation.

Teaching had always been in his long-range plans, but the opportunity came sooner than Campbell anticipated. Saying he “got lucky,” Campbell was asked on graduation day by Upper Limit Aviation’s Assistant Chief pilot if he was planning on turning in a resume. He could tell that the assistant chief was serious, so Campbell planned on sending an email message to the company’s human resources division in the next week. Two days later, Campbell returned to the company’s facilities to get his billing sheet for the last period he had completed prior to graduation. He again ran into the assistant chief pilot who this time asked if he had time for an impromptu interview. Campbell happened to have a button-down shirt in his locker. He made the interview and was hired on the spot.

Now, he’s a helicopter flight instructor. He’s currently working with three clients. His days normally begin at about 6:30 a.m. and he’s logging hundreds of hours in the air.

One of the most exciting parts of his job is working with people of very different levels. In addition to the student who had never set foot in a helicopter before, another student came to Campbell and Upper Limit with a good deal of flight experience—he’s already passed his private check exam, earning him a license to fly.  “Getting them ready to go solo without an instructor is a very rewarding part of the job. They’ve got to be ready and it can be nerve-wracking if they’re not completely prepared.”

Campbell can relate to the pressure. In addition to training students with Upper Limit Aviation, Campbell has continued to work with Salt Lake Community College’s Veterans Services. Campbell sets up and staffs information booths to promote the Veterans Services and Upper Limit Aviation. At one event at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah, Campbell flew a very small two-seat helicopter to be a part of the display at a massively attended air show.

“When I started to take off, there were a lot of people there. Maybe 300 people were watching, wondering if this little helicopter—it’s about the size of a go-cart—could get off the ground. I think they were waiting for me to crash.” Fortunately, he took off—and landed—successfully.

He’s also been successful in helping veterans. “Lots of veterans want to fly. It’s great working with the transition assistance program to make sure they get what they need to get into the program,” Campbell said. While he is already familiar with many aspects of the program and the benefits available to veterans, he’s working to learn all he can about all of the federal programs out there for veterans who have different situations than he did.
“I love working with Veterans Services,” he said. “They did so much to help me get into this career and provided me with so many opportunities, it’s nice to be able to give back to make sure veterans can take full advantage of the benefits they’ve earned.”

Asked what’s next, Campbell mentions that he wants to continue to learn and to teach. “There are so many opportunities out there. There’s a lot of room for me to advance in my career. What I want to do next is to keep teaching—get a few more students. Then, I want to get my CFII rating so that I can teach double instrument courses.” That means more take-offs, and an equal number of successful landings.

Nail It Then Scale It

Nail It Then Scale It: Workshop for Startup (and Would-Be Startup) Businesses

The Miller Business Resource Center (MBRC) at Salt Lake Community College, in partnership with Utah Valley University, is hosting a hands-on, tools-based workshop for pre-startup and early-startup businesses on August 25, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Participants will learn the key elements of the Nail It Then Scale It (NISI) business model including: how to identify and address customer problems that have a monetizable solution, strategies to understand the buying process of potential buyers, methods to tailor a marking strategy that will meet a buyers needs, how to identify the right opportunities to effectively scale business efforts, and other proven strategies used by today’s successful entrepreneurs. 

The workshop will be on Salt Lake Community College’s Larry H. Miller Campus in the Auditorium of the Miller Free Enterprise Center. The Miller Campus is located at 9750 South 300 West, in Sandy. Registration is $99.00 and can be completed at: www.mbrcslcc.com/nailitthenscaleit.

For more information visit: www.mbrcslcc.com

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Rawlings Announces 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® Winners for NJCAA Student-Athletes

Rawlings in conjunction with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) recently announced the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners. The Rawlings Gold Glove has been the standard for outstanding defensive play in the Major Leagues for over half a century. 

In honor of the award's 50th Anniversary in 2007, the award expanded to the collegiate and high school levels. 

The collegiate and high school Rawlings Gold Glove Awards are awarded to nine players at each of the following levels: NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, Pacific Association, NAIA, NJCAA Divisions I, II, III, and high school.

“Defense is the cornerstone of the Rawlings brand and we're excited that it's being recognized and rewarded at all levels of play,” said Rawlings President and General Manager Robert Parish. “The 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipients at the NJCAA level are incredibly talented and are well on their way to earning a place amongst the most famous defensive greats in the game.”

Nomination and voting for the Rawlings NJCAA Gold Glove Awards mirrors that of the NJCAA All-American Awards.  Coaches nominate players by contacting their regional director.  The selection process then culminates at the three divisions' national baseball tournaments. 

The 2012 NJCAA recipients of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award are as follows:

NJCAA Division I
Fielding %
Alec Asher
Polk State College, Fla.
Eric Hindman
Polk State College, Fla.
Casey James
Darton College, Ga.
First Base
Sam Bumpers
Iowa Western CC
Second Base
J.C. Snyder
Salt Lake CC, Utah
Third Base
Edward Figuerora
Lake Land College, Ill.
Tyler Booth
Central Arizona College
Roberto Olivera
Monroe College, N.Y.
Jordan Allen
Howard College, Texas

SLCC Women's Basketball Ranks No. 1 in WBCA Academic Honor Roll

Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) Women's Basketball is ranked No. 1 in junior college athletics on the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 Team Honor Rolls for the 2011-12 year, released today.

This is the third time that SLCC Women's Basketball, led by 17th-year Head Coach Betsy Specketer, has earned a spot in the WBCA Honor Roll Top 25. Today's release marks the 10th appearance overall for SLCC Athletics on the junior/community college honor roll, and the third time that one of SLCC's teams has claimed the No. 1 spot in a junior college top 25 academic team.

“We're excited and really proud of our players for all of their work, not only on the court but in the classroom,” said SLCC Assistant Coach Brianna Finch. “We were really fortunate to have the group that we had, they were mature and focused enough to understand the importance of doing well outside the lines. It's a great honor for our program and the department, and we're appreciative of the recognition.”

The WBCA Academic Top 25 annually recognizes NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; and junior/community college women's basketball teams across the nation that carry the highest combined GPAs inclusive of all student-athletes on their rosters for the entire season. The 2011-12 year is the 17th in which the WBCA has produced the honor rolls.

The Bruins performed well on the floor this season as well, finishing the year with an overall record of 18-13, 7-8 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC). The College hosted the Region 18 Women's Basketball Championships, claiming runner-up honors and upsetting defending National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Champions North Idaho College along the way.

SLCC freshman guard Sharon Lyman (Erda, UT) received the NJCAA Pinnacle Award for a 4.0 GPA over 45 or more credit hours. Sophomore Katie Walker and freshmen Cheryl Harless, Hayli Shurtz and Haley Sturdevant each received the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement for GPAs of 3.80-3.99 with a minimum of 45 completed credit hours

New Computer Science Course!

Get Microsoft Certified online at SLCC.

Starting this fall of 2012 we now have Microsoft Server Certification courses available online for college credit. Get you Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification by taking our CS1131 course, which prepares you for the “Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration”, 70-642 exam.

We give you the tools you need to succeed including streaming video, hands on labs, practice exams, and a complete online reading library.

You will have access to http://www.safaribooksonline.com, and Microsoft Software Academic Alliance that will give you full versions of the software you are learning.

The department offers many choices for success including an Associates degree, Industry certifications, and departmental certificates of completion. Call or email for the latest information. 

Computer Sciences and Information Systems
Taylorsville Redwood Campus, BB 109, (801) 957-5150
Academic Advisor Devan Church BB 209A, (801) 957-4286
For more information contact: paul.anstall@slcc.edu

Center for New Media: Fly By

Fly through the soon to be SLCC New Center for New Media that will house School of Arts, Communication and New Media programs:

Energy Management Degree

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Earn a degree in Energy Management!

Class begins: August 6, 2012

To register call: 801-957-5200
Or visit: http://www.slcccontinuinged.com/energymanagement

The Energy Management AAS Degree, offered at Salt Lake Community College, is an accelerated program which allows students to earn a degree in just 18 months! Students will learn about alternative and renewable energy (and it's ROI), an introduction to LEED training, HVAC controls and equipment, and energy audits. Additionally, students will learn about residential light and commercial energy analysis, weatherization, indoor pollutants, control strategies, and current needs and trends in the energy management industry, including a survey of career opportunities in this exciting field.

The Intro to Energy Management class is open enrollment so anyone can sign up to explore a career in Energy Management. This course provides an overview of the energy management field and defines the need of energy management as an integral part of society. This course also presents various vocational opportunities through lectures, guest speakers, and site visits. To register, please call 801-957-5200.

For more information, please contact Elisha Suazo 801-957-5422.
To register for Intro to Energy Management, please call 801-957-5200.

New Math Course!

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New Math 2200 Course offers Mathematical Proof
Begins Fall 2012

All mathematics sits on the foundation of concepts arrived through proof. The Introduction to Discrete Mathematics course will help students acquire the necessary skills to understand and construct proofs in mathematics by focusing on reading and writing different types of mathematical proofs. This course will further prepare students for all their upper level math, science and engineering courses.

Course description: Students will learn the fundamentals of logic, set theory, order, relations, functions, elementary number theory, and modular arithmetic, combinatorics, counting permutations, generating functions, matrix operations, basic algebraic structures, groups, rings, and discrete probability. The course is an introduction to graph theory, trees, search optimization problems, and Boolean algebra.

Prerequisite for this course is: Math 1220 with grade of "C" or permission from the department.

Course offered: The three credit course can be used as the math elective for the math AS and is a great course for any student considering a major or minor in mathematics. It is offered MW from 1:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. 

SLCC 2012 Convocation

Save the date!

SLCC Convocation 2012
August 21, 2012
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Celebrating the next year of innovation!

Salt Lake Teens Write

The Salt Lake City Public Library and the SLCC Community Writing Center will offer a writing mentoring program for local teens this year, from September 2012 - May 2013.

Salt Lake Teens Write connects underserved teens with volunteer mentors who use writing in their daily lives and professions. Together, student and mentor explore how writing opens different pathways to education and successful careers.

Mentoring teams meet for 1-2 hours a week and work together to produce a portfolio of writing based on the teen's interests. They also attend quarterly writing workshops with the other mentoring teams.

At year's end, all mentoring teams collaborate on an anthology publication and public reading to celebrate the year's creations.

Application for Mentors & Application for Teens found here: http://vvww.slcc.edu/cwc/salt-lake-teens-write.aspx

Two Former SLCC Students Go For Gold in London

Salt Lake Community College Celebrates Former Students at London Olympics

Former Salt Lake Community College students Logan Tom and Shalaya Kipp will represent the United States in Volleyball and Track & Field, respectively. Both are natives of Salt Lake City. Tom graduated from Highland High school and Kipp from Skyline High school and studied at SLCC.

Tom is a veteran of three previous Olympic games—the Sydney Games in 2000 and the Athens Games in 2004 and the Beijing Games in 2008—and is the youngest woman volleyball player ever selected for the U.S. team.

Logan Tom
Kipp is currently a junior at the University of Colorado. She raced to a personal-best time of 9:35:73 to qualify for her first Olympic games. Earlier this year, she won the NCAA Championships with a time of 9:49.91.

Shalaya Kipp

Friday, July 20, 2012

SLCC's PACE program receives $10,000 donation from Northwestern Mutual Foundation

Roger McQueen, CEO of the McQueen Financial Group, presented a $10,000 check on behalf of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation to President Bioteau on Friday, July 20. 

The money will go to support the College’s new Partnerships for Accessing College Education (PACE) program.

Students from West High School have already begun the new program, which is a unique partnership between education and business that brings local school systems, local businesses, and the College together to offer an incentive program that provides high school students with opportunities for employment during summer recesses and potential internships during their academic years. 

Those who complete the program will receive full two-year academic scholarships to attend Salt Lake Community College after high school.

The College has already expanded the program beyond West High school and is looking to further extend the program’s reach to schools from across the valley and the surrounding region.

After McQueen presented the College with the check, President Bioteau thanked him for being a long-time supporter of the College. "Roger McQueen is a remarkable ambassador in the community for our College, and we are the benefactors of his community service," President Bioteau said. "It is with the greatest excitement that I accept this donation for the PACE program."

McQueen has also contributed to many other programs and initiatives at the College—including the Health Sciences Center and the SLCC Evening of Honor.

He received an Honorary Doctorate award from the College at the 2012 Commencement ceremony.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

SLCC Strikes Gold in Kansas City

Students Take Home Medals in National SkillsUSA Competition

Salt Lake Community College students competed in the country’s largest collegiate job skills program at the 2012 SkillsUSA National Competition in Kansas City, Missouri.  The College had twenty-three students competing in fifteen categories at the national competition. SLCC students won four gold medals, three silver medals and one bronze medal.

“We are very proud of all of our students who demonstrated the excellence required to participate in the national SkillsUSA competition and congratulate them,their club   advisor Mark Kranendonk and to all of the wonderful faculty members who trained and taught them,” said SLCC Dean of the School of Technical Specialties Rick Bouillon. “Winning medals at this competition is a great validation of their skills and bodes well for their futures in their chosen professions.”

SLCC won the gold medal in the Motorcycle Service Technology competition for the second consecutive year. As it did last year, the College will again receive a $20,000 motorcycle from the Harley Davidson company for the Motorcycle and Outdoor Power Equipment program.

The following is the complete list of SLCC medal winners:

•    Gold medal in Esthetics: Marlene Lingren, Nicole Deters
•    Gold medal in Medical Math: Nicholas Guyaux
•    Gold medal in Motorcycle Service Technology: Matthew Bretzing
•    Gold medal for ‘team works’ in Building Construction: William Bateman, Herbert    Schramm, Michael Perez, Christopher Lewis
•    Silver medal in 3D Visualization & Animation: Michael McGeorge, Charles Wood
•    Silver medal in HVAC-R: Jeremy Beck
•    Silver medal in Medical Assisting: Patricia McReavy
•    Bronze medal in Graphic Communications: Jared Christopherson

SkillsUSA is SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. The organization’s mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible citizens. With 13,000 school chapters in 54 state and territorial associations, SkillsUSA serves more than 300,000 students each year.

The complete list of SkillsUSA 2012 medal winners from all institutions from across the country can be found here: http://www.skillsusa.org/compete/results.shtml

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

SLCC is Major Partner in $15 Million Economic Development Project

At a press conference today held at the Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake Community College was announced as the lead educational partner in a new $15 million dollar Goldman Sachs10,000 Small Businesses partnership.  President Cynthia Bioteau, Provost Chris Picard, and Dean Karen Gunn were on hand for the announcement along with Utah Governor Gary Herbert and representatives from local chambers of commerce and small business development centers, and the Pete Suazo Business Center.

As part of the program, Goldman Sachs will give $10 million in loans to Utah businesses and another $5 million over five years for mentoring programs and classroom education for small business owners which will be taught by the College’s School of Professional and Economic Development. This program will help give Utah small-business owners access to resources and capital that they need to expand their companies and create new jobs in Utah.

The College was selected as a 10,000 Small Businesses partner as the state’s comprehensive community college and Utah’s largest provider of workforce development programs. SLCC was also an attractive partner because of the full slate of resources and programs at the Miller campus that help Utah's small businesses including the Women’s Business Institute, the Salt Lake Small Business Development Center, and the Utah Small Business Development Center Network.

President Bioteau spoke about the opportunities this program will make possible for the College. “Core to the mission of SLCC is economic and workforce development.  To be chosen by Goldman Sachs as Utah’s national training partner for building 10,000 Small Businesses is affirmation that we are who we say we are, and now in an even bigger way. Goldman Sachs’ award of $15 million over the next five years will greatly support our state’s small businesses and corresponding economic outlook.”

SLCC will be the lead partner in delivering the program, and will work with the Pete Suazo Business Center, the Salt Lake Chamber, the Salt Lake Small Business Development Center, the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Utah Small Business Development Center Network.

“This program compliments the services SLCC currently offers small business owners,” said SLCC Dean of the School of Professional and Economic Development Karen Gunn. “As a result of this program, the College will be better able to meet our mission in providing small business owners with support, better able to leverage local partners, and will have an enhanced ability to engage with national partners to support small business growth—which accounts for more than 80% of the state’s economic growth—in Utah.”

This is the eighth program currently active in the country, following Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Long Beach, Los Angeles, New Orleans and New York.

Classes will begin in the winter of 2013. More information is available at: www.slcc.edu/10ksb.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

SLCC L-3 University of Manufacturing

Salt Lake Community College and L-3 Corporation recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the ‘Man U’ project. A special event in recognition of the collaboration between the company and the College was held at the new Westpointe Center on July 11.

SLCC developed curriculum and provided training facilities and instructors for the ‘L-3 University of Manufacturing’. Working with L-3, the College tailored the electronics technician program it already had to meet L-3’s specific training needs. The 8-week program is for assemblers and test personnel to advance in their careers.

The idea for L-3’s ‘Man-U’ came about in early 2011 when L-3 Vice President of Operations Stephen Eiting thought there had to be a better way to train L-3 employees and fill the many job openings at the company. At the time, L-3 found it easier to fill electrical engineering positions than assembly positions.  

L-3 Communications hired 700 people in 2010, nearly 400 in 2011, and Eiting said that year there were 250 open positions the company couldn’t fill because it couldn’t find qualified workers.

The University of Manufacturing is helping to solve that problem. It’s an opportunity for the students—who can work, go to school and get paid for performing on-the-job training.

Starting the University of Manufacturing was important to L-3, too, because it has allowed the company to keep jobs in Utah and recruit local talent.
The partnership has also been good for the College, as it fits with SLCC’s role in serving business and industry.

SLCC President and CEO, Dr. Cynthia A. Bioteau, remarked that this type of industry and college partnership is what community colleges are uniquely capable of doing. “This program for entry-level employees at L-3 begins not only a success pattern for them as employees, but a success pattern for them as lifelong learners. That to me is what is so dramatically important,” Bioteau said. “What this shows is that if the College can provide an educated and skilled workforce, we help contribute to the economic vitality of this state.”
When the program began, classrooms at SLCC’s Taylorsville Redwood Campus were fitted with state-of-the-art equipment from L-3 Communications; now ‘Man-U’ has moved to its new location at the Westpointe Center.

SLCC Building & Construction Students Build, Help Dedicate Park City Home

Salt Lake Community College President Cynthia Bioteau, students, faculty and administrators were on hand for the dedication of a new Habitat for Humanity home in Park City, Utah on Wednesday, July 11, 2012.

President Bioteau, Park City Mayor Dana Williams, and Jared Gleue of Wells Fargo Bank Provided Keynote speeches. The family introduction & key presentation was offered by Brooks Harbertson, and a house blessing and dedicatory prayer was offered by Reverend Robin Nygaard.

Habitat for Humanity creates safe, healthy, decent, energy efficient and affordable housing to low-income families around the world. Salt Lake Community College’s building and construction program builds one or two homes each year as part of its curriculum. This particular project was unique for a Habitat for Humanity project and the College because the students’ participation in the project was written directly into SLCC’s curriculum.  

From left to right: Chad Fail, Jesselie Anderson, Bill Erskine, Sandra Hall, Annie Schwemmer, President Bioteau, Mark Pace, Rick Bouillon, Christopher Picard, Bob Lurker, and Boyd Johnson

“About a year ago, SLCC heard there was a need up here with Habitat for Humanity, and we at the College were looking for a project,” said SLCC Dean of the School of Technical Specialties Rick Bouillon. “Every year we build a home or two—the projects all must meet our curricular needs. This project gave a different meaning to our students’ learning. It was a building job with a purpose—that really meant more to the students, faculty and the institution. And any time we can give back, it means a lot.”
Students from Salt Lake Community College’s building and construction program volunteered their time and expertise to help Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch Counties build a home loaded with sustainable ‘green’ features in Park City.

Three faculty members were involved working with the students involved with the Habitat for Humanity project both in teaching and building. Three classes that had just under 20 students each were involved with the project. College administrators plan on continuing to work with Habitat for Humanity on projects in the future.

About Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry. Habitat affiliates work locally in communities around the world to select and support homeowners, organize volunteers and coordinate house building and repair. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has helped build or repair over 500,000 houses and served more than two million people around the world.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Employee Innovation Grant Writing Workshops

The Employee Innovation Grant program provides opportunities for full-time employees to learn new skills and make innovative changes at Salt Lake Community College.

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Grant recipients may receive up to $1,000 for meaningful, well-charged projects.

Training is free.

Tuesday, August 7, 9:00 - 10:30 am
Taylorsville Redwood Campus, STC 219

Thursday, September 6, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Taylorsville Redwood Campus, STC 219

Tuesday, September 18, 10:30 - Noon
Taylorsville Redwood Campus, STC 221-223

For more information, visit: www.slcc.edu/innovation

SLCC’s Grand Theatre announces 2012-2013 Season

The Grand Theatre’s 2012-2013 season will include four productions and a concert series.

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The exciting lineup includes the family-friendly season opener, “Into the Woods”, which will play October 11-27. Then, the Grand will present three productions rarely done in Utah, including:  “The Voice of the Prairie” January 24-February 9, “Death of a Salesman” March 7-23, and “La Cage Aux Folles” running May 9-25.

The Grand Theatre will also present a concert series to include: “Of Thee I Sing” that will play November 2-3, “A Diva Holiday” on December 6-10, and a premiere of “Not the Messiah”—a concert version of “The Life of Brian” from the creators of “Spamalot”—on March 29 and 30.

Tickets prices range from $10-$24.

For more information or tickets, contact the Grand Theatre box office at (801) 957-3322 or www.the-grand.org.