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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

PACE Graduates Celebrated

PACE student Brenda Garcia (right) and her mother.

Seniors from East, Highland and West high schools were celebrated for their successful completion of the program PACE (Partnerships for Accessing College Education). The four-year program, which starts for eligible students their freshman year, was created through a partnership with local high schools, businesses and Salt Lake Community College.

PACE graduates

PACE students who finish the program can receive a two-year scholarship to SLCC, though one of the seniors at the celebration, for example, will be attending Harvard instead. PACE students receive ongoing advisor support and advocacy to ensure their success. They also have help building a strong academic foundation by requiring them to take college-level classes while in high school. Upon completion of the program, students can also be considered for the Access U program, which guarantees transfer from SLCC to the University of Utah.

During the celebration at SLCC's South City Campus, several students shared stories of challenge and triumph, diminished expectations from adults and society and hearing they are too poor or the wrong skin color to succeed in college. They talked candidly about what it's like to be labeled "undocumented" and proudly lauded parents who took risks and made sacrifices for their children to have more opportunities and a better life than from where they came. SLCC President Dr. Deneece G. Huftalin and Dr. Roderic Land, special assistant to the president, took part in the celebration, praising students for their perseverance and achievements, cheering them on as they head off to college.

PACE staff Janeth Marroquin (l-r), Monica Gomez Rogerson, Sendys Estevez and Mario Organista

To qualify for PACE, students must have a 2.5 GPA or higher and be either a first-generation college student, an underrepresented student in higher education or demonstrate a financial need. Once accepted into the program, students are required to maintain a 90 percent on-time attendance, keep at least a 2.5 GPA and maintain letter grades of C- or above in all core classes. Students are also required to job shadow or take part in Summer Career Exploration, as well as take four years of progressively advanced math, one AP, IB or concurrent enrollment general education class and graduate from high school in eight consecutive semesters.

Monday, May 21, 2018

College Creates, Fills Director of Strategic Communications Position

Salt Lake Community College hired Erika Shubin to fill its newly-created position of director of strategic communications and public relations.

Erika Shubin

Shubin brings over two decades of experience in public relations, event planning and grant stewardship to the college. She joins the college after a ten-year role as the public relations and marketing manager at Utah Transit Authority. Prior to her time at UTA, she worked at two local advertising agencies and served as the co-manager of a team of staff writers for the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee in 2001 and 2002.

SLCC added Shubin’s position to the Institutional Advancement division to lead and coordinate a multitude of communications and PR initiatives designed to support the college’s strategic plan. In her role she will be responsible for coordinating the integration of traditional and digital communications with public relations efforts, as well as taking the lead on communications for a comprehensive campaign leading up to the celebration of SLCC’s 75th anniversary in 2023.

Meet Our Faculty: Dean Huber

Dean Huber

Associate Professor
School of Applied Technology and Technical Services
English as a Second Language

What he teaches:
ESL 1010, Advanced II, Listening and Speaking; ESL 1020, Advanced II, Reading and Writing

Number of years teaching at SLCC:

Undergraduate degree:
University of Utah ‘77

University of Utah ‘81

Why working at SLCC matters: 
I have the best students in the world! It is the community. That was the reason I came here originally. SLCC was the only community college. I’ve just seen it grow all these years. There’s really support for refugees and non-native speakers. That’s what it is – it’s inclusiveness. I love it.

Greatest professional challenge:
Finding ways to better prepare my students for college success. In my classes we do a lot of listening and note taking. I’m really trying to prepare students for college study and to lay out those protocols for them. I’m also trying to inform the college community here as well about who are these students: why they are here; what benefits they bring to the College. It’s important because it’s a little bit of the mirror of the world. It reflects where we’re going in terms of globalization. We are going to have to have these connections to other parts of the world if we’re ultimately going to be successful.

Greatest professional accomplishment: 
Teaching Excellence Awards, College Service and TESOL Presentation
But really my greatest accomplishment is my career here. I came here kind of a newbie, and I’ve grown so enormously here. I’ve really become a real person. I’ve grown as a teacher. I’ve really learned what’s important in teaching. I’ve attempted to serve the college.

Advice for students or others: 
Make learning fun. I think we learn better if there’s an emotional connection. We could learn a lot from pain, but I think we’re reluctant to experience pain – fun is more enjoyable. I learned very early that I learned best when it was fun.

Future plans:
Leave the ESL program in better condition than when I first started at SLCC
I’m retiring in two more years. I came into the program very early, when program was young – it was pretty basic.

My significant other, Margie Lundberg, have been together for 21 years.

Gardening, biking, cross-country skiing and hiking

Friday, May 18, 2018

Area High School Students Get First Look at New Westpointe Center

Around 70 high school students and 40 counselors from the Canyons, Granite, Jordan, Murray, Salt Lake and Tooele school districts were among the first public visitors at Salt Lake Community College’s new Westpointe Workforce Training & Education Center. During their hardhat tour, students learned about the 13 training programs that will be offered when the center opens in September.

The groups of students and counselors received a sneak peek of areas that will serve as learning spaces for careers in the diesel, welding, composites, manufacturing, truck driving and solar industries. SLCC instructors also gave hands-on experiences for some of the disciplines that will be taught at the center.

The Westpointe Center will feature eight classrooms, 34 lab spaces and a three-acre lot for the College’s commercial truck driving program. It will also serve as home base for new college programs like industrial robotics and metrology.

The vision for Westpointe is that it will meet the rapidly evolving demands of business and industry in the region and become a one-of-a-kind, one-stop hub for anyone in the Salt Lake Valley interested in career and technical education.