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People & Workplace Culture (PWC) Virtual Office Hours

PWC is hosting several sessions every week to provide professional development and support during this unique challenge of COVID-19. We are grateful for the sense of community and strength of our SLCC campus community.
Please make sure to download the WebEx application first from Contact Technical Support for assistance with this download as needed. If you need ADA accommodations, please contact Jill Tew, HR,

Monday, March 30, 2020 12:45 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Drop-in Yoga Kadee Willie, Personal Trainer, Wellness Program
Meeting number (access code): 928 833 553 Meeting password: XtAMNYCF362
This session runs every Monday, March 30–May 4.
Join meeting online Join by phone: +1-415-655-0002 US Toll 
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Tuesday, March 31, 2020 10 a.m.–11 a.m. Leading Through Challenging Times Sara Reed, AVP People & Workplace Culture
Meeting number (access code): 923 977 200 Meeting password: yvSNR2UZe45
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Tips for the Student

No one could have anticipated at the start of this semester that all students would be moving to online learning. While our regular online offerings are relatively popular, having everyone move to a remote learning model is truly unprecedented.

As you’ve been trying out online learning for almost a week, you’ve probably been faced with many tasks like studying and doing homework online, figuring out how to access lectures and the logistics for interacting with your fellow students. Along with that, you’ve probably also been dealing with challenges, such as time management and mentally focusing during this period of uncertainty. To help you navigate this unusual time, we’ve got a few resources you may want to check out:  Make the transition to online learning an easy one by following SLCC’s eLearning GuideLearn to manage your stress through self-careDiscover new ways to be organizedRead more about how managing your time promotes successStruggling with Canvas? Learn to be a Canvas proU…

Current Building Closures

In order to ensure the safety of our students and staff during the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s become necessary to adjust the availability of our on-campus facilities. Some buildings have limited hours, some are temporarily closed, and some are only available to the public or to students by appointment. 

Building accessibility status as of April 1 is listed below. Hours are subject to change at any time, but the most current information will always be available at SLCC’s COVID-19 webpage

Jordan High Tech Center (HTC)
Building is temporarily closed until further notice.

Jordan Health Sciences (JHS)
Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Automotive Training Center(MATC)
Building is temporarily closed until further notice, but faculty will be available to schedule tool and vehicle pickup. Contact Sam Martinez at (801) 957-5385.

Corporate Partnership Center (MCPC)
Building is temporarily closed to the public until further notice, but tenant acces…

Campus Status and Available Student Services (as of 3/23/20)

These are strange times indeed as we all try to get the hang of “social distancing.” In following guidance provided by the CDC and the Utah Department of Health, we have needed to make some changes to campus operations and limit some of the services typically available to students. The following is a handy guide to help you know how access the help you need.
Closure status of campus locations Most of our locations are open unless noted below. Currently, we anticipate that closed campuses will be unavailable through May 8.
Taylorsville Redwood – Open Jordan – Open South City – Open Herriman – Closed Library Square – Open (More information to come regarding the sewing lab) West Valley – Closed Miller – Open Westpointe – Open Airport – Open Community Writing Center – Closed
Also closed are all campus fitness centers and the Grand Theatre. The March 26–April 11 run of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the May 14–June 6 run of "The Producers" have both been postponed. Details will be shared as they…

SLCC Student Lands Coveted Scholarship

Eliza Bliss Taylor Pehkonen
Under normal circumstances, news of Eliza Bliss Taylor Pehkonen’s rare academic achievement would be a reason to celebrate as others in her position would have in past years. The Salt Lake Community College student recently competed with more than 2,000 college students from all over Utah to win the coveted 2020 New Century Pathway Scholar award. Only one student from each state is chosen.
She was “shocked” while doing homework when she received the email telling her she had won. “At first it was a bit unreal and difficult to process, and I just sat and stared,” Pehkonen said. “Then my heart started beating really fast, and I got up and started jumping up and down and cheering.”
Part of the award included going to Maryland with SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin on March 30 to accept the award at the annual American Association of Community Colleges Convention. There was another scholarship-related event planned in Texas through her involvement in Phi Theta…

Student Resource: Somos Mas – Together We Are More

Salt Lake Community College’s Somos Mas organizers recently held a kickoff event for students. Somos Mas, translated to mean Together We Are More, is a program designed to assist and support students of color in achieving their academic goals and owning their educational journey. It focuses on retention, academic excellence and completion or graduation through a holistic approach. It is led by individuals of similar backgrounds and supported by those wanting to assist People of Color in succeeding.
The program provides students with social and educational support with the belief that the best mentors of students are other students. With this idea, students with the most experience serve as a peer mentor for new students, providing not only encouragement and support but also the sharing of information and experience about the different resources SLCC offers. Somos Mas has regular meetings on subjects of interest to students and provides workshops, tutoring and referrals. The goal is t…

Strategic Alignment Award

It can be challenging to see how our day-to-day work relates to the collegewide strategic plan. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our important daily tasks that we forget how they are connected to our broader purpose as a college.

This award represents an opportunity for us all to remember those deep connections, and to showcase the efforts your office or department has made in service to our institution's mission, vision, and values.

We want to consider both new initiatives and ongoing processes. How has your work this academic year helped us to:

Increase student completion;Improve transfer preparation and pathways;Align with and respond to workforce needs;Achieve equity in student participation and completion;Secure institutional sustainability and capacity?

The winning office will be invited to enjoy an evening reception with President Deneece G. Huftalin.

SLCC President Crowns Student, New Miss Wheelchair Utah

Lina Nguyen, the new Miss Wheelchair Utah
Lina Nguyen was just a teen at Granger High School in 2009 when a car accident left her paralyzed from the chest down. For weeks and months back then progress was glacial – coming off of a feeding tube, learning to talk, regaining use of her right arm. She overcame the fear and anxiety that plagued her as she considered returning to high school. With grit, determination and support from family and friends, she graduated.
Now Lina attends Salt Lake Community College, where she majors in communications and is the publicity and advertising vice president for the SLCC Student Association. She advises the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Accessibility Advisory Committee and is active in the Ladies In Motion support group. In her spare time, she skis, boats, hand cycles, volunteers and spends time family and friends. Lina’s life has its setbacks, though, as she detailed recently on her Instagram account, @rollingwithlina, in which she describes being sick and…