Highland Center to close
Due to a shift in student population, Salt Lake Community College has decided to shutter the Highland Center and sell the institutional residence.
In a message to the SLCC community, Interim President Deneece Huftalin wrote, “After reviewing the demographics and needs of students at the Highland Center, we have made the decision to close that Center at the end of June and transition the classes to other campuses or sites. Students are increasingly coming to us from the west and southwest parts of the valley and we are working to accommodate those needs.”
The health sciences programs housed at Highland Center, which include Clinical Medical Assisting, Clinical Lab Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant and Medical Office Administration will join other related programs at Jordan Campus beginning this summer.
The GenEd Step Ahead program will be moving to the Taylorsville Redwood Campus this fall.
The Westpointe Center will also benefit from the change, absorbing the competency-based Electronics program.
Expansion plans are also being evaluated. According to Huftalin, the college is “exploring options to open a new site in the west valley to try to strengthen our access points on the west side of Salt Lake County.”
IAB gets a new name
The building formerly known as the Instruction and Administration Building (IAB) is now known as the Academic and Administration Building (AAB).
More than 600 name ideas were submitted for the new building, according to a message from Salt Lake Community College public relations director Joy Tlou. A selection committee decided on the name submitted by Randy Cutliff, the SLCC Director of Internal Audit.
Tlou says the new building name “embodies the function of the building and fits an SLCC naming convention that has been in practice for generations.”
The AAB is the newest building on the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. After more than two years of construction, the AAB was officially opened during the Fall 2013 semester.