Salt Lake Community College, like most two-year institutions, serves as a stepping stone for students who choose to further their education at a four-year university.
SLCC helps students adjust to college life by combining small class sizes with university-level content. Students can learn to seek extra help when needed because it is so accessible.
“I’d say SLCC prepared me the most by setting the foundation [for] my study and work habits,” says SLCC student Stockton Trujillo.
Many freshmen who attend the University of Utah face a difficult transition.
“For me, the hardest thing to adjust to at the U. was the class size,” says Luke Juarez, a sophomore at the U. “Going from classes that maxed out at 30 students in high school to classes of 300 students at the U. was a real shock for me.”
Trujillo says a big difference between SLCC and the U. is the atmosphere.
“At SLCC it’s college but it’s not college in a way,” Trujillo explains. “You walk around and you see people in their 30s and 40s … it just doesn’t give off that college vibe that the University of Utah will have.”
As it relates to the educational experience, SLCC has the infrastructure to prepare students for university-level coursework.
SLCC provides many of the same help resources found at other schools, including office hours — where students can talk to a professor one on one — and tutoring centers that assist students with math, science or writing.
Communicating regularly with professors and aides at SLCC will prepare students for the U. when class sizes are ten-fold.
“I wish I would’ve known how helpful office hours and teacher-student interaction was to my success when I first started,” says U. sophomore Lucas Wright. “I am in my second year, and have now realized the importance of involvement within each class.”
By utilizing the academic resources at SLCC and developing good study habits, students can take steps to be ready to start at the U.