News Article | February 15, 2017
Salt Lake Community College’s Grand Theatre, as part of its Backstage at the Grand series, will produce a professional production of William Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors Feb. 3 – 25. Jamie Rocha Allan, who worked at London’s Globe Theatre, will be directing this production, which is the first Shakespeare play produced by the Grand Theatre. The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins who were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers. When they encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities issues. The hysterical Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare's early plays, and it is the Bard’s shortest and one of his most farcical comedies. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.thegrandtheatrecompany.com. Backstage at the Grand productions provide a more intimate setting, with seating on stage that puts viewers close to the actors and entertainers. The landmark Grand Theatre is a 1,100-seat venue located at Salt Lake Community College’s historic South City Campus, home of the innovative and state-of-the-industry Center for Arts & Media at 1575 South State Street in Salt Lake City. The theatre dates back to the 1930s when it was part of South High School, which SLCC purchased in 1989, a year after the school closed. The Grand Theatre began offering productions that year and has since with great care and expense retained its Depression-era charm and attraction while also incorporating the latest technology in lighting and sound. The theatre is also an official screening venue for the annual Sundance Film Festival. Every season the Grand is host to award-winning theatre and dance productions and concerts that attract arts enthusiasts from all along the Wasatch Front.
News Article | March 2, 2017
Salt Lake Community College opened the doors Wednesday to its new Dumke Center for STEM Learning on its flagship Taylorsville Redwood Campus. SLCC made room for the 6,000 square-foot, two-story Center by renovating part of its Science and Industry Building. SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin explained to onlookers about the colorful, long homemade DNA sequence she was about to cut to officially mark the Center’s opening. “When you’re starting a STEM learning center, you can’t just have a ribbon,” Huftalin said. She noted how the new space embraces learning and engagement and showcases a “community” approach to STEM education. “I’m so anxious to come in here on a Monday morning and listen to the energy that’s being created in the room by the students who are trying to figure out different problems in science, math and engineering,” she added. It’s anticipated that the Center will receive about 10,000 visits per spring and fall semesters for students seeking free tutoring and advising or areas for studying, workshops and collaboration. Thirty-three percent ($397,139) of the construction project was funded with federal money from the Department of Education and 67% ($802,861) by non-governmental sources. “Now with an open space like this, any student came come in and share these resources with anyone,” said SLCC student Miguel Ruiz Carpio, a STEM scholarship recipient majoring in electrical engineering. “It’s going to bring all of us together so that we can push one another to achieve our dreams, to achieve happiness and to keep on pursuing the help that our families need.” Carpio and other SLCC students indirectly benefited from the Center by winning STEM scholarships that were funded by a National Science Foundation grant, noted Craig Caldwell, dean of the SLCC School of Science, Math and Engineering. “That grant would not have come without the investment in this center,” Caldwell said. “They pay attention when a community buys into a vision.” The vision for the Center culminated in three offices for its director and two advisors, two workshop rooms, two study rooms, a large open space for tutoring, kitchen and reception areas, computers on both levels and spaces for students to take breaks. “One of SLCC’s institutional priorities is to develop new approaches to supporting, assessing and improving achievement in mathematics and science,” said Jose Crespo, director of the Center. “Along with the other STEM learning centers located on different campuses, this new center will result in more effective tutoring and learning support for all math and science students.” SLCC plans to expand the Center with a third level for hosting seminars and STEM professionals and expanded services for students. A major donation to fund construction of the Center came from the Katherine W. Dumke and Ezekiel R. Dumke, Jr. Foundation. Dumke board member Scott Thornton was on hand for the opening. “I can’t believe how well utilized every nook and cranny is,” Thornton said. “I think it’s going to be really exciting to see how the students use this space going forward.” Additional funding from private sources included the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, the Sorenson Legacy Foundation and Jeff Nelson. Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, comprehensive community college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 61,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Salt Lake Community College President Deneece G. Huftalin was one of nine women honored at the fourth annual Utah Women’s Leadership Celebration held at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Zions Bank and the Sundance Institute collaborate each year for the event to honor women for their talent and leadership in various fields. Huftalin received the “Leadership in Education” award. “What an honor to be recognized alongside such remarkable women,” Huftalin said. Zions Bank President and CEO Scott Anderson presented Huftalin and others with the awards in Park City during the annual festival, which draws thousands of filmmakers, volunteers and moviegoers from around the world. Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, comprehensive community college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 61,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.
News Article | December 7, 2016
SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Comcast Business today announced it has teamed up with the Miller Business Resource Center (MBRC) Business Incubator at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) to better serve the small business ecosystem in Utah. Through this collaboration, Business Incubator clients can benefit from Comcast’s reliable, scalable and high-performance Ethernet network at no cost to them, so they can focus on their business requirements, drive growth and remain at the forefront of innovation. “High-speed, reliable internet is so vitally important to my business,” said Nicholas Suazo, president of Platinum Solar Commercial Solutions and a Business Incubator client. “As a startup and web-based company, this new service helps me get so much more done.” Located on the Miller Campus of SLCC, the Business Incubator is a mentorship-driven program and physical facility assisting innovative and scalable startups. It’s home to 24 clients who utilize closed-door offices and dedicated cubicle space. There are also nearly 40 additional startups in a variety of fields – including application development, programming, digital marketing, sustainable manufacturing and more – using the Business Incubator’s many resources and open co-working space to conduct business operations. “Our goal at the Business Incubator is to provide a collaborative environment for entrepreneurs and small business owners to find the assistance, support, training and workspace to get their business going,” said Beth Colosimo, executive director of the MBRC and Business Incubator. “By teaming with Comcast Business, we’re now able to offer our residents the benefits of a large business network infrastructure without the associated cost.” In addition to a 1 Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) Ethernet Dedicated Internet connection, Comcast Business is providing Incubator clients with Business VoiceEdge™, an easy-to-use, cloud-based voice and unified communications solution, as well as Comcast Business TV services. This relationship not only supports current residents and co-working tenants, but graduates as well. When Business Incubator alumni move into their own office space, Comcast Business can provide them with affordable high-speed internet services. “Collaborating with innovative programs like the Business Incubator at Miller Campus is so rewarding because we’re able to play a part in developing the next wave of business leaders,” said Wolf Lewis, director of Comcast Business in Utah. “Startups have enough things to worry about every day; their network services shouldn’t be one of them. Our reliable network enables these companies to meet business demands now and in the future by scaling effectively as requirements change. Additionally, our high-performance Ethernet services provide the innovation they need to remain competitive in a very crowded startup scene.” About the Business Incubator at Miller Campus The Business Incubator was started in 2003 through the generosity of the Larry H. Miller Family and Salt Lake Community College, and is the largest business incubator in the State of Utah. Their mission is to create a resource-rich environment where entrepreneurs can collaborate, prosper and build viable, self-sustaining small businesses that strengthen Utah’s economy and foster job creation. The Incubator offers closed-door offices, dedicated desks, and co-working space to accommodate all level of startups. Comcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi, Voice, TV and Managed Enterprise Solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business. Powered by an advanced network, and backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and has emerged as a force in the Enterprise market; recognized over the last two years by leading industry associations as one of the fastest growing provider of Ethernet services. For more information, call 866-429-3085. Follow on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at http://business.comcast.com/social. Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Salt Lake Community College sophomore Madison Sisco was named NJCAA Player of the Week by the NJCAA National Office for Week 1 of the season, which started at the end of January. Sisco, who plays third base, was also named the SWAC Player of the Week for her sensational performance in leading SLCC to a five-game sweep en route to winning the College of Southern Nevada Tournament in Henderson, Nevada. She batted .733, going 11-15 at the plate, hitting five home runs, 13 RBIs, scoring seven runs, with two doubles and a walk. In the tournament game against No. 4 ranked Yavapai, Sisco went 3-4 with a home run, four RBIs, a double, and a run. Her success at the plate spread like wildfire to teammates as they tried to mimic her presence at the plate. Sicso, 19, is majoring in criminal justice at SLCC. This is the second NJCAA National Player of the Week award Salt Lake has received during the 2016-17 academic year. Luis Vargas received the honor during last fall’s men's soccer season. Sisco and the Bruins will continue preseason on the road when they participate in the FPU Classic in Marianna, Florida February 10-11th. Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, comprehensive community college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 61,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.
News Article | October 28, 2016
Salt Lake Community College, as part of its Reading Series program, will host a reading by essayist Aisha Sabatini Sloan Oct. 26, 7 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at SLCC’s South City Campus, 1575 S. State Street, Salt Lake City. Sabatini Sloan was born and raised in Los Angeles and writes about race and current events, often including analysis of art, film and pop culture. Her work has earned her finalist nominations for the 1913 First Book contest, the Write-A-House competition and the Disquiet Literary Prize. Her essays have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and named “notable” for the Best American Non-Required Reading and Best American Essays anthologies. She is a contributing editor for Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics and a staff writer for Autostraddle, and her current work can be found in numerous publications throughout the country. She has also taught composition, literature and creative writing at the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, University of Michigan’s New England Literature Program and at Carlton College. Sabatini Sloan currently lives in Tuscon. A passage from her recently published “A Road Trip With Your Father In Honor of His 74th Birthday, In Playlist Form,” at the Autostraddle website, reads, “The audiobook that your father has chosen for your journey to Vermont involves a question that, though explored in a manner that does not make you feel fully awake, elicits an exchange of raised eyebrows between the two of you: “Why aren’t Africans, Aborigines and Eurasians the ones who decimated, subjugated and exterminated other nations? Why indeed.” Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, comprehensive community college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 61,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 909.44K | Year: 2010
This project is creating a faculty and industry mentored, student-run contract manufacturing organization known as STUDENTfacturED. Through this organization, students master competencies essential to biomanufacturing by preparing products that are needed by the community college biotechnology program, and neighboring high school biology and biotechnology programs. Both high school biotechnology and community college students, and students in the community colleges School of Business work within this organization. Mixing students from the Biomanufacturing programs with students from the School of Business allow each set to learn from the other, thereby deepening the learning of all involved.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ADVANCED TECH EDUCATION PROG | Award Amount: 819.42K | Year: 2016
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) will develop new competency-based, open-entry, open-exit program for their biotechnology credentials, complemented by an open lab during extended evening and weekend hours. This will allow SLCC to offer students and incumbent workers opportunities for flexible scheduling and accelerated program completion. The benefits to students will be reduced costs and enhanced well-being, especially for students who have families and jobs. Complementing the project is a targeted effort to recruit underserved populations. Working with the local biotechnology industry through an advisory board, the curriculum will be tailored to the needs of local employers to ensure it provides well-educated technicians for a growing industry.
As a result of this project, SLCC will develop new practices in competency-based, open-entry, open-exit instruction and delivery that increases student access to biotechnology education and helps them earn a credential. This flexibility will save students money and support family life. This project leverages an existing Title III grant from the Department of Education. The new curriculum will be informed by a DACUM process that involves input from local industry. This will ensure that it meets the evolving needs of Utah biotechnology companies, articulates with local baccalaureate degree program, and develops the student skills needed by industry. Through proactive mentoring and advising, use of student analytics, and project evaluation, this project will identify effective practices and potential pitfalls of competency-based education programs in technician education. Through dissemination via the ATE community, this project will become a model for other programs serving students with similar needs.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 604.71K | Year: 2015
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) has received an NSF Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) award for their project entitled the SLCC (pronounced Slick)-STEM Scholars Program that will provide scholarships to academically talented, economically disadvantaged students that often experience low retention and graduation rates. The program has a special focus on women and minorities since these groups are at higher risk for not completing STEM degrees. In this way the project will ensure a robust, diverse workforce. Over the course of 4 years, SLCC-STEM will provide approximately 48 incoming students with a $10,000 scholarship for full time study over 2 years leading to a STEM degree. In addition, the project will provide scholarships for approximately 32 near completers to finish STEM degrees. Near completers are students who are within 30 credit hours of completion of a degree, but have been absent from college for at least 2 semesters.
SLCC will draw on its extensive network of relationships with area high schools and community partners to recruit students into STEM programs. In addition to financial support, SLCC-STEM will provide other support mechanisms including faculty mentoring, focused advising, opportunities for undergraduate scholarship, transfer assistance to baccalaureate programs, and a supportive social network. SLCC-STEM will work very closely with existing science research programs and the TRiO/Student Support Services Program to provide these services. Project evaluation will be both formative and summative assessment with qualitative and quantitative data collected from multiple sources to assess recruitment, retention, and graduation rates, as well as the effectiveness of the SLCC-STEM student support systems. The data generated will provide information on the most effective means to support underrepresented STEM students and to re-engage students who have nearly completed their degrees but have left school for a variety of family or financial reasons.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 50.00K | Year: 2013
In this collaborative project involving the University of Utah (NSF Award No. 1245904) and Salt Lake Community College (NSF Award No. 1245726), the investigators are promoting the wide implementation of the inverted, or flipped, classroom model and are conducting research on the effects of the new approach on faculty and students.
The investigators are developing a faculty training program for one of the most promising and transformative trends in STEM education -- the flipped classroom -- in which the traditional positioning of lectures and homework is reversed. Instead of lectures in class and homework out of class, students watch video lectures prior to class. The face-to-face time in class is then used for active and engaged problem solving, usually working with peers, guided by the instructor. The vast majority of students thrive in this learning-centered environment.
Prior to this project, early adopter faculty have created a number of hybrid courses in Utah, nationally, and globally. This project targets the next generation of flipped-classroom faculty (focusing on STEM faculty) to help them transform their courses and their students education. The project is meant to help faculty help their students learn better -- learn more, learn more easily, and enjoy learning.
The principal objective of this project is a faculty training program that meets the special needs of the flipped-classroom instructor. The investigators are using the flipped-classroom structure for the training program itself. Faculty members enroll in the training program in the same semester they are teaching their course, learning just in time to experiment with the relevant concepts in their classroom. Weekly modules over the 15-week semester cover active learning, creating and using video materials, and other effective practices, and culminate with the faculty member teaching two weeks of class fully in the flipped format. The entire program is available asynchronously online to meet the challenging schedules of faculty.
Although the training program is designed for the flipped classroom, much of the material is relevant to a wider variety of hybrid and online courses. The project is leveraging major investments by the State of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, and the University of Utah in multimedia and video training materials for hybrid and flipped courses. The investigators intend for the training program to impact faculty beyond the state of Utah. All materials will be made available free online, with a Creative Commons license for reuse and adaptation.