Salt Lake Community College

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city =Salt Lake and Tooele Counties, Utah
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country =United States
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Salt Lake Community College, often abbreviated SLCC and referred to locally as "Slick", is the largest two-year community college in Utah. Over 24,000 students attend classes at one of SLCC's three campuses or eleven branches throughout Salt Lake County, and parts of Tooele County, Utah, including a fast growing [ Virtual Campus] .

Although the college does not offer four-year degrees, school officials work with the state's other institutions of high learning to ensure that credits are transferable. General education credits may be transferred to any four-year school in Utah including private schools such as Westminster College and Brigham Young University.

SLCC has open enrollment and serves the local community, with approximately 95% of the student body considered Utah residents. Of the enrolled student body, two-thirds aspire to eventually obtain four-year degrees.


Salt Lake Community College began teaching classes September 14, 1948 as the Salt Lake Area Vocational School. A product of the GI Bill, the school evolved out of the War Production Training School established at West High School during the war. After most federal support dried up in 1946, the Salt Lake City School District continued funding the program on its own, which was a burden for the district. The district, with the State Board of Vocational Education, the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, the local American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars successfully lobbied the state legislature to create state-supported vocational schools. On March 19, 1947 money was appropriated for establishing vocational schools in all school districts serving populations of at least 140,000.

The Salt Lake City School Board selected long-time vocational teacher Howard Gunderson as the schools first president. The old Troy Laundry Building on 461 South 600 East in Salt Lake City was selected as the school's first building, and equipment was donated from Salt Lake area High Schools which had house War Production Training Schools during the war. Gunderson received authorization from the Salt Lake City, Park City, and Tooele School districts to teach 39 vocational programs, although teachers could not be found for all of them immediately.

Newspaper ads for the school carried the slogan, "Learn to Earn", which would be used into the 1970s. In its first quarter, tuition for the school was $78 annually, and 246 students registered in 14 classes. By the following quarter, 948 students were enrolled including 589 veterans.

In 1949 J. Bracken Lee became governor of Utah. A fiscal conservative, he opposed the Area Vocational School as duplicating services available elsewhere. When the legislature presented the 1949–1950 budget with expenses projected to exceed revenues by $2 million, Lee used line-item vetos to cut the entire $500,000 appropriated to the school. Lee's veto drew criticism from "The Salt Lake Tribune", labor unions, and veteran's organizations, but the supporters of the cut stood firm, citing the alleged wastefulness of the school. Only by scaling back operations to $145,000 annually was Gunderson able to keep the school open.

The second President of the school, Jay Nielson (1949–1978), referred to the first years of Lee's governorship as "the starvation years". No state funding was provided to the school again until 1951 when it began receiving modest subsidies, and a $312,000 grant to purchase the Troy Laundry Building it was in.

Initially the school was seen as a central location for high school vocational education, and the school was thus an extension of public secondary education. The school was guided jointly under the direction of the state and local school board until 1959 when it changed its name to Salt Lake Trade Technical Institute, reflecting the more adult-oriented nature of the school. Governance for the school also moved solely into the state's hands under the State Board for Vocational Education.

In 1967 most departments of the school (now renamed Utah Technical College at Salt Lake) moved to the current location at 4600 S. Redwood Road in what is now Taylorsville. The state legislature granted money for expansion at the Taylorsville Redwood campus, which is now the primary campus of SLCC.

In 1969 the State unified the scattered public higher education direction into the State Board of Higher Education (later called the Board of Regents). However, the Technical College was not placed entirely under this board. Instead, it was jointly governed by the State Board of Higher Education and the State Board of Vocational Education. Turf wars between the boards erupted almost immediately in 1970 and again in 1974 when the boards fought over who had authority to raise salaries (it was decided that the vocational board controlled wages, but that the higher education board dictated budgets). The Board of Higher Education first sought to convert the schools into community colleges in 1970, which the vocational board outright rejected. The Vocational Board eventually relinquished control of the school in 1978 with an agreement that technical school maintain 75% vocational training, which was state law at the time. President Jay L. Nelson believed this was necessary to prevent the school from becoming merely a feeder for the University of Utah. However, in 1987 the school formally became Salt Lake Community College and the old requirement 75% for vocational training ended.


SLCC offers more than 100 degree programs in academic, technical, and vocational fields. It is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and many credits are transferable to all of the state's four-year colleges. More SLCC graduates attend the University of Utah than graduates of any other institution of high learning.


The Taylorsville Redwood Campus (1967)

Located at 4600 S. Redwood Road in Taylorsville, the Taylorsville Redwood Campus is considered the college's primary campus. Serving over 15,000 students a year, the campus is spread across two city blocks and is home to twelve academic buildings. Taylorsville Redwood contains a library (approx 90,000 volumes), several athletic facilities, an amphitheater, and a student union. Anime Banzai, Utah's only anime convention and the largest fan convention in Utah, is held annually in October on the Taylorsville Redwood campus. Also, the "Rocky Mountain Revue", a pre-season basketball tournament sponsored by the NBA's Utah Jazz, is held every year in the Lifetime Activities Center. [ How the Revue began.]

outh City (1992)

Located at 1575 S. State Street in Salt Lake City, the South City Campus occupies the former home of South High School. This campus serves over 6,000 students in nearly 100 classrooms. Additionally, the campus houses a swimming pool, labs, and the Grand Theatre [] , home of the Grand Theatre Foundation and Community Institute, which sponsors many community events.

Jordan Campus (2001)

Located at 3491 West 9000 South in West Jordan, the Jordan Campus is SLCC's third full-service campus. It houses a library, food court, financial aid, a dental clinic for the dental hygienist program, academic advising offices and Cate Field where the SLCC Baseball team plays its home games.

College plans call for the Jordan Campus to become the largest and main campus by 2020. The nursing program is set to open at the campus by 2007 in a new five-story building currently under-construction. A UTA TRAX station will be constructed across the street for the college by 2009. Other non-college buildings on the campus include the Jordan School District applied technology center, Iteneris Charter School built by Bill Gates, and a LDS Institute of Religion.

Additional Programs & Services

* [ The Community Writing Center]
* [ Folio Literary Magazine]
* [ The Globe Newspaper]
*The Thayne Center for Service & Learning (1994), a service used to coordinate a variety of service-related programs for Salt Lake Community College.
*The Fieldhouse, home to the Utah Eagles of the Continental Basketball Association.
* [ Virtual Campus]



*Randa, Ernest W. "Salt Lake Community College: A College on the Move 1949-1998". Agreka Books. ISBN 1-888106-46-8
* [] Salt Lake Community College's Thayne Center for Service & Learning Website

External links

* [ Salt Lake Community College, official site]
* [ Salt Lake Community College] , capsule from the Utah System of High Education
* [ Salt Lake Community College's Thayne Center for Service & Learning Website]

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