On Friday, Nov. 8, the halls of South City Campus were packed with high school students rotating through a tour of the television, photography, art and various other departments across the South City Campus.
The Continuing Education department of Salt Lake Community College welcomed over 300 local high school students at the South City Campus for College Day art workshops.
“They do a tour of our facilities for art, communications and new media,” says Brandon Kowallis, art/graphic communication liaison with SLCC Concurrent Enrollment Program. “Then they do a workshop and they get to know the faculty and students.”
The tour gave students a brief overview of what SLCC offers to incoming students. What they learn at SLCC can be utilized in the professional field they decide to enter.
“I’m here to learn a bit about film production and various processes,” said Alex Huntington, a high school senior at Riverton High, who is currently in the digital media program at the Jordan Applied Technology Center.
Huntington had the opportunity to participate in the television studio for the workshop portion of the day.
After the tours ended, students broke apart into smaller groups to learn about a subject matter of their choosing.
Huntington and other students, who chose to take the workshop on video production, were given an opportunity to learn hands on with SLCC video production instructor Tyler Smith.
Students in Smith’s workshop were given the opportunity to run the state of the art master control in the television studio. Others learned to use the in-studio cameras, while their fellow students worked as on-air talent in a mock run through of a television production.
“In conjunction with having these students on campus, it extends the education, it extends the experience to be able to have them actually work with our faculty and our staff to be able to experience what is going on here,” says Neil Vanderpool, Associate Dean of the department of Communications and Performing Arts at SLCC.