Thursday, August 31, 2017

Dear Salt Lake Community College Students,

Since the founding of Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) in 1948, the institution has advanced on an unending path towards becoming a more inclusive, positive and safe space for the students. Recently, there was yet another terror attack on American soil perpetrated by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, where dozens were injured and a young woman died. As representatives of the SLCC Student Association, we would like to express our deepest regrets and firm opposition to white supremacy and these acts of terrorism they’ve executed.

As we enter the upcoming academic year, we want to emphasize that behaviors of hate and intolerance are unacceptable and do not have a place at SLCC. We are strongly committed to making SLCC a welcoming and supportive place for all our students. We hope that you will join us in helping all members of our college community feel welcome and included.

There is still much work to do to ensure a welcoming and positive environment to all our students, not only on campus yet also in the community. There are people in this country who have given their lives to make sure this kind of hate doesn't spread. We, the SLCC Student Association Executive Council, invite all the students to join us in standing against intolerance, acknowledging that racism exists and standing up for what is right.  We support and defend all students and will strive to maintain safe and courageous spaces for our community.


Salt Lake Community College Student Association Executive Council

Aynoa Rincon Rondo
Student Association President

Josselyn Ramos
Executive VP

Leone Tunuufi
Clubs and Organizations VP

Cristina Candelas
Central Region VP

Amber Caine
South Region VP

Amelia Hansen
North Region VP

Brock McCloy
Publicity and Advertising VP

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Soccer Teams Dominate In First Home Games

The Salt Lake Community College women's soccer team went first against Western Wyoming Community College, attempting 20 shots on goal (compared to Wyoming's six) and landed a half dozen to end the match 6-0. The men's team followed with the Bruins holding Wyoming to exactly zero shots on goal, ending that match with an impressive 5-0 victory. Both teams' next home game is Sept. 8 against Colorado Northwestern Community College. For more on the soccer teams' news, roster, schedule and other fall sports at SLCC, click here.

Below are highlights from the matches against Western Wyoming.

Monday, August 28, 2017

'Day of Service' Opportunities Abound

Salt Lake Community College will host a "Day of Service" on Sept. 8 for SLCC staff and faculty, beginning with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Event Center of the Student Center on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin will introduce SLCC's Civic Action Plan. Morning and afternoon service opportunities will begin at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and take approximately three hours each, factoring in travel time. For more information, contact Lucy Smith at or visit For the social media minded, be sure to look up #SLCCserves.

TRIO STEM Scholars Honored

 Salt Lake Community College held its second annual TRIO STEM scholars orientation dinner, recognizing students who have been or are now receiving scholarships for up to $10,000 to help cover the cost of their studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. Nearly 30 students are listed as new or returning STEM scholars at SLCC.

The SLCC TRIO STEM Program purpose is to support low-income and first-generation college students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by addressing individualized educational and career interests, while providing the opportunities, tools, and resources for self-efficacy. For more information, click here. 

Below are a few photos from the event honoring them.

SLCC Among Nation’s Top ‘Innovative Colleges for Adult Learners’

The national magazine Washington Monthly named Salt Lake Community College to its list of “Twelve Most Innovative Colleges for Adult Learners.” The list recognizes institutions that have adapted to better serve adults who are 25 and older, which is about 40 percent of college enrollment on average around the country. Each institution on the list, the magazine points out, is “doing something right that other schools ought to emulate.”

SLCC was singled out by the Washington, D.C.-based magazine for taking a “risk” on using a $2.3 million federal grant to convert nearly 20 programs in its School of Applied Technology (SAT) and Technical Specialties over to a competency-based education (CBE) model that began 2014. This grant provided the SAT the resources needed to transition 20 short-term, workforce-based programs from a “clock-hour model” of learning based on time spent in classrooms to a CBE model that emphasizes learning that takes into account skills already acquired, usually on the job. About 70 percent of SLCC students are employed while attending school.

“We strive to make our learning environment conducive to working adults who are coming back for retraining in a new job or to upgrade their skills in their current position,” said Eric A. Heiser, SLCC dean of the School of Applied Technology and Technical Specialties.We believe competency-based education is a great way for adult learners with real-life experience to accelerate their studies and move more quickly towards certificate and/or degree attainment. Our innovative, subscription-based tuition program gives these students the ability to save not only time but money as well.”
SLCC has labs open for its CBE learners from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day, and students can come in at different times on different days and make a schedule that works for them instead of having to be in a classroom at a scheduled time each day. To date, SLCC has converted nearly all of the 20 programs covered by the grant to CBE with full completion expected by the end of 2017.

SLCC has also been approved by the Department of Education as an “Experimental Site,” which gives it the ability to award federal financial aid dollars to those in CBE programs, opening the door to many new programs participating in CBE. SLCC’s School of Science, Mathematics and Engineering is transitioning its biotechnology program to CBE with a launch date of January 2018. And SLCC’s first associate of applied science program, beginning with automotive, within the School of Applied Technology and Technical Specialties, has started the process of transitioning with plans to launch in the fall of 2018. Many other programs at SLCC are considering the shift to the CBE model as well, with an aim toward launching a full-fledged CBE degree program under general education by the end of 2018.

College Partner in $1M Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant

Salt Lake Community College will share in a $1 million dollar grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in partnership with the University of Utah to develop fully articulated degree pathways for students seeking science degrees. The award will also fund the establishment of a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Data Team to inform decisions at both institutions about how best to support students transferring from SLCC to the U of U.

A team from SLCC that includes people from both Academic Affairs and the Student Affairs division will work with U of U faculty and administrators for what’s being called UPSTEM, or the Utah Pathways to STEM initiative.  A significant part of the UPSTEM project includes increasing advising capacity for students transferring between schools. “This is a significant partnership in addressing the shared goal of increasing the rate and efficiency of STEM students transferring from SLCC to the U of U,” said Craig Caldwell, dean of SLCC’s School of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering.

The five-year grant addresses long-standing transfer challenges between SLCC and the U’s College of Science, supporting SLCC’s goal of improving transfer rates and its capacity for greater inclusion within STEM fields of students from a broader diversity of backgrounds. The U of U was one of 24 institutions HHMI chose (SLCC is the only community college partner among the group) as grant recipients that will commit to diversity and inclusion as part of its Inclusive Excellence Initiative.  The goal is to develop a model of how a research-intensive institution and a community college can effectively partner by creating institutional policies to remove barriers to success and build support structures for transfer students and students from diverse backgrounds.

“We’re thinking differently about how HHMI can help move science education forward,” HHMI President Erin O’Shea said in an article published on HHMI’s website.  HHMI is the largest private, nonprofit supporter of science education in the country, according to its website. SLCC also hopes to use the partnership to build on existing grant-funded initiatives to benefit low income, first generation college students.  SLCC currently hosts both Trio SSS STEM and STEM Scholars programs, funded by the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation respectively.  SLCC will leverage data and participants from these programs in UPSTEM efforts to prioritize and support underrepresented transfer students.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Call for Submissions: 2nd Annual SLCC Community Anthology

You’re invited to submit a piece of writing—a memoir, a story, flash fiction, brief essay, poem—or a piece of visual art (photo, painting, drawing, etc.) for the second annual anthology of literary writing and art from the whole Salt Lake Community College community.

Anyone connected to SLCC—whether you work here, you’re a student here, you’re an alumna/alumnus or you plan to come here one day—is welcome to submit writing or art for this anthology.

Submissions are due Sept. 1, 2017.

For guidelines and the submission links, go to

Questions? Contact Lisa Bickmore at

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Faces of First Day, Fall 2017

Just a few faces in the crowd on the Salt Lake Community College Taylorsville Redwood Campus to start your semester! Good luck, everyone!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Artist Captivates 2017 Convocation Crowd

Phil Hansen dazzled the audience at Salt Lake Community College's Taylorsville Redwood Campus with his story of personal triumph to become a popular artist. He involved staff and faculty in a collaborative art project that culminated in a surprise reveal of their collective individual efforts.

Monday, August 21, 2017

College Poet Laureate Releases New Book, Gives Readings

Salt Lake Community College poet laureate and professor Lisa Bickmore recently released her latest book of poetry, titled Ephemerist. She will read from her new book Aug. 24, 7 p.m. at The King’s English Bookshop and Oct. 26, 7 p.m. at Westminster College’s Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business auditorium.

Bickmore's poems and video work have appeared in numerous publications, including Quarterly West, Tar River Poetry, Caketrain, Sugarhouse Review, The Moth, Terrain, Mapping Salt Lake City, and Southword. Her literary awards include the prestigious Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize for 2015 for her piece “Eidolon,” the 2014 Antivenom Prize for her second book, flicker, and the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Artist Award in the Literary Arts in 2008. She is one of the founders of SLCC’s Publication Center, teaches poetry and writing, and is the assistant associate dean for the SLCC English Department.

In Ephemerist, the speakers of the poems imagine many provisional homes. They make a study of shelter: in the harbors of memory; in art's forms and improvisations; in spirit houses; in the body. Each proves transient. In these poems, each speaker finds that the places she thinks she knows are, in the end, knowable only tangentially and partially, if at all. Shelter is a pharmakon, a substance that is both medicine and toxin. The book imagines, as substitution and remedy, a practice of making what cannot last, what will always disappear, a practice that might be termed ephemerism.

"In this collection, Ephemerist, Lisa Bickmore takes articulate stock of much that is passing before her eyes, and she presses both their presence and their passing for significance,” said poet Scott Cairns, program director of the MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University and author of Slow Pilgrim: The Collected Poems. “One happens upon brief consolations along this journey through momentary matter, but the base note here is willingness, the connective tissue is hope, and the last word is light.”

“There is no perfect 'capturing' of a moment, whether in word or image, despite our deeply human desire to fix the world in memory,” said Paisley Rekdal, poet and U of U professor, and the recently named Poet Laureate of the State of Utah. “Thus the elegant poems of Ephemerist simultaneously celebrate and elegize, meditating on the uncomfortable relationship we've built between earthly loss and spiritual gain: part of transcendence's paradox, which depends upon our losing some part of the world we love in order to gain a greater sense of it.”

“In poem after penetrating poem, she tries, and—in language at once memorable in its expressiveness and exact in its ability to describe what Bickmore sees and feels—she succeeds, all the time attentive to the world outside herself and sharply attuned to the inner lives of others,” said Portland-based poet Andrea Hollander, author of Landscape with Female Figure: New and Selected Poems. “Few books of poetry, once consumed, leave me feeling 'emptied...of nearly every desire,' but Lisa Bickmore's fine collection is filled so abundantly with aesthetically, intellectually, and emotionally quenching poems that after my first journey through its pages, I felt no need to do anything other than read the book again for its myriad pleasures.”

Soccer Teams Psyched for New Season

The photo shoots are over, and the women's and men's soccer teams at Salt Lake Community College are ready for action. The first game for both teams on home turf at SLCC will be Aug. 29, 2 p.m. against Western Wyoming Community College. For complete schedules, click here for the women's team and here for the mens' team.

Eclipse 2017 at Taylorsville Campus

Here's what eclipse watching looked like at the Salt Lake Community College Taylorsville Redwood Campus.