This is Derek Miller, Speaking on Business. When coronavirus arrived in Utah, Salt Lake Community College took immediate steps to protect its students and staff while continuing to offer quality education. Today, the college is looking forward to students returning to campus for fall semester. College President, Dr. Deneece Huftalin, is here to tell is what they have planned.
Last spring, Salt Lake Community College converted 90 percent of our classes to online delivery. We got creative for lab training, like our culinary faculty providing students with gift cards for supplies to cook from home. We also recognized many students were facing new financial challenges. In response, we started a “Students in Crisis Fund” to support those in need, and we postponed a scheduled tuition increase.
This fall we’re keeping employees and students safe by offering a variety of class options. Along with online courses, we will mix remote and in-class instruction, and we’ve invested in technology to allow for broadcast lectures. At SLCC, we are among several fantastic organizations throughout Utah that have taken the Stay Safe to Stay Open pledge, which helps us in achieving our goal to provide top quality learning while keeping our college and community safe and well.
Salt Lake Community College is a great example of the ground-breaking efforts taking place throughout Utah to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on education. More details are available at slcc.edu/safe. I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, and this is Speaking on Business.