kids playing in SLCC fountainIn keeping with Utah’s reputation for volunteering and community service, Salt Lake Community College has a longstanding commitment to serving the community. The Thayne Center for Service & Learning was established with the intent to build relationships with community organizations, facilitate service-learning development opportunities for faculty, and coordinate service leadership programs for students. The idea is that these students would then go on to change the world.

Students start changing the world before they leave the College. In 2012, the Thayne Center helped more than 7,000 volunteers donate more than 150,000 hours of service to the community. The volunteering spirit is built-in to SLCC academic programs. In the academic year 2011-12, more than 5,200 students took more than 200 service learning courses. In total, these students volunteered more than 77,000 hours to the community. 

Twenty-four students took part in the Thayne Center’s alternative spring break projects, which resulted in 720 hours of volunteer service. Eleven students and one advisor cleaned up beaches and inland waterways in San Diego, California; nine students and three advisors travelled to Kanab, Utah, to care for animals at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Twenty-four of the forty-two students enrolled in the civically-engaged scholars program graduated last year, in all, these students provided more than 3,200 hours of service.

The College also offers a community garden—and donate a portion of the garden’s produce. The SLCC community garden began as a 15-plot raised bed garden at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus in 2010, and has grown to feature a total of 41 beds at three separate sites. Sixteen new beds have been added at a second community garden site—known as Community Garden East—at the College's Taylorsville Redwood Campus. The College's Jordan Campus will also have a community garden for the first time. There will be 10 new garden plots at Jordan Campus.


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