Monday, February 26, 2018

Meet Our Faculty: Kerry Gonzales

Kerry Gonzáles

Associate Professor / Graphic Design Specialization Rep
Visual Art & Design
School of Arts, Communication and Media

What she teaches:
Beginning Type & Layout; Advanced Type & Layout; Advanced Design; Package Design; Advertising Workshop; Advanced Independent Studies; Exploring Art.

Number of years teaching at SLCC:

University of Utah.

Why working at SLCC matters:
The diversity of SLCC has a positive influence on helping our students learn compassion for others and responsibility for themselves. With open enrollment, more students have access to higher education and job training.

Greatest professional challenge: 
Our Graphic Design students need to be ready for the workforce upon graduation. Because SLCC is a two-year college, our students are not only in competition with students from four-year institutions, but also with graphic designers already working in the field. As a result, the Graphic Design program is designed to be very comprehensive. We work very hard to cover as much as possible to help our students succeed. Time is always the challenge. However, our successful alumni are proof of a successful program!

Greatest professional accomplishment:
Maintaining a strong ongoing connection with alumni! The ability to work with students from beginning through advanced capstone classes and then onto graduation and beyond, has been so rewarding. I maintain contact with over 200+ alumni and regularly invite them to be guest speakers/reviewers in my classes. When current students work directly with alumni, they can see that a career is possible. The INK website as well as the INK Shows I promote each fall showcase this alumni connection. Visit the site at

Advice for students or others:
Raising the bar is a good thing. If projects or assignments are always easy, what's the point of taking a college class? A good project challenges students to think critically. To succeed, students need to be passionate, problem-solvers, self-starters, persistent and reliable. They need to demonstrate responsibility and be able to handle consequences. However, the most important, or at least in the top 10 of the attributes list, is the ability to maintain a good attitude. I’ve seen so many talented people fail or not progress because of their bad attitude. Conversely, I’ve seen many with average beginning skills, become very successful primarily because of a positive attitude and a willingness to keep trying and learning.

Future plans:
To improve the graphic design program as much as I can by continuing to look for educational opportunities and incorporating them in my classes. I look forward to working with the Graphic Design Faculty to actively promote and recruit potential students. 

The motto in our family is, “It is good to be different.” I am married to Alex, to a wonderful Renaissance man who is the most talented and interesting person I know. Alex works in the commercial printing industry. I am so very proud of my wonderful son, Kevin, who graduated from Westminster College in Marketing. He has worked as a Senior SEO Strategist in the Retail industry for several years. Our family also includes two Sheltie dogs and two Calico Tabby cats. Of course!

Reading, reading and reading! A little gardening and roaming unsupervised through antique stores. I support various nonprofit organizations and I stand for human rights, equality, the environment, animal rights, education, the arts, common sense, compassion and responsibility, among others.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Statewide OER Conference Converges on Miller Campus


Education leaders from around Utah gathered at the Salt Lake Community College Miller Campus for the Utah - The State of OER statewide conference. Keynote speaker Dr. Robin DeRosa of Plymouth State University focused on her research into how institutions can innovate in order to bring down costs for students. Utah educators shared information in breakout sessions about how each institution is using open educational resources on their campuses. Dr. David Wiley, CEO of Lumen Learning, closed the conference and covered how OER can increase student success, reinvigorate pedagogy and improve the affordability of education.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Westpointe Receives $400K Donation from Kenworth Sales

Kenworth Sales Company President Kyle Treadway was on a tour of Salt Lake Community College’s new Westpointe Workforce Training & Education Center when he decided his company needed to invest in the students who will soon be training within the Westpointe diesel technician program.

“I saw their commitment and said, ‘I can get behind that. I can commit when I see that there are others going in the same direction,’” Treadway said. He announced at the Kenworth Sales facility in West Valley City that he is donating $400,000 to Westpointe. “I could see that it was a serious facility geared toward current technology – and that’s what we are lacking.”

SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin and Kenworth Sales Company President Kyle Treadway

Treadway said there is a national shortage of diesel technicians, citing U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that show 67,000 Baby Boomers retiring from the industry on top of a projected 12 percent growth within the next decade that is creating a need for 75,000 new diesel technicians. “We are in a crisis, and this is an investment to try and solve that,” he added. “I could hire 45 technicians right now, today.” Within three or four years of attaining a one-year diesel technician certificate from SLCC, Treadway noted, the best technicians can be earning an annual salary in excess of $100,000.

SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin echoed Treadway’s call for other industry leaders in Utah to partner with programs at Westpointe that are also engaged in workforce development. “I have to say thank you, from the bottom of our heart at Salt Lake Community College,” Huftalin told Treadway. “A $400,000 gift. That is not a small step – that is a gigantic leap in terms of an industry coming to the table and saying, ‘We are investing in the future.’” The funds could be earmarked for additional equipment or scholarships for students attending classes at Westpointe, a $43 million, 121,000-square-foot facility that will open this fall and provide career and technical education programs to meet the future needs of vital industry partners.

Kenworth officials gave a tour of their facility in West Valley City

Treadway and Huftalin said the donation is part of a larger statewide effort to address a lack of skilled labor in Utah that includes investing in the Utah Diesel Technician Pathways program, which began in 2016. Today SLCC, several school districts, the State of Utah and industry partners in the Pathways program have been educating and training students who are still in high school to prepare for relatively high-paying jobs upon graduation or soon after. Treadway said the donation to Westpointe will not solve Utah’s or Kenworth’s needs in “one fell swoop,” and that it marks the continuation of a relationship with SLCC.

“It’s fantastic. Anytime you invest in students, you invest in the future,” said Rick Bouillon, SLCC associate vice president over Workforce & Economic Development. “We’re excited. It’s going to help students not only from a scholarship standpoint, it will help us round out the incredible facility at Westpointe. Ultimately, if we help a student, it helps their family, and it helps the whole community.”

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

‘Writing Across the College’ Receives National Honor

Salt Lake Community College’s Writing Across the College program has been chosen to receive the 2018 Diana Hacker TYCA Award from the Two-Year College English Association (TYCA) for Outstanding Programs in English for Two-Year Colleges and Teachers. SLCC will receive the award March 17 during a conference in Kansas City.

TYCA, which is part of the National Council of the Teachers of English, recognized SLCC’s program as “exemplary” in the category of Reaching Across Borders. SLCC’s Writing Across the College (WAC) program collaboratively develops initiatives and programs to serve the writing needs and goals of SLCC students, staff, faculty and administrators. The overarching vision is for all people in the SLCC community to respectfully support anyone who seeks to produce high quality, effective writing.

WAC was developed by its director Tiffany Rousculp, who has taught Enlgish at SLCC since 1993. She also founded the College’s Community Writing Center, which is located at the Salt Lake City Main Library. “The WAC program believes that the writing experience for students cannot be improved unless the writing culture of our entire college is improved,” Rousculp says. “When faculty members are supported on their own writing, they recognize themselves as learners who encounter the same fears, insecurities and triumphs that their students do when they write for class assignments. When staff members make requests for specific writing support, they are welcomed into the culture of empowered learning that our College provides. When faculty and administrators are provided with small but meaningful ways to improve the writing climate in the classroom, positive change can happen for all learners.”

Tiffany Rousculp

Rousculp says that winning the TYCA award so early in WAC’s journey to become an integral part of SLCC illustrates how it is a “forward-thinking” program that is catching the attention of people across the country. Moving forward, she says WAC, which started in 2014, will continue providing workshops, resources and consulting for faculty, staff and administrators to improve their writing and use it effectively in their courses. WAC will also collaborate with other departments and programs to assess writing, shape curriculum and improve learning environments.