Legislative Session 2014

Getting Involved

To get involved with SLCC 2014 Legislative Priorities you can write a letter to your Legislators as a constituent.  Below are four sample letters to help you get started. You can either mail or email your letter to your Legislators. It is helpful if you personalize your communication to your Legislative Representative. 

Your input is crucial to the legislative process. Please write, call or send an email today (from your personal e-mail account) to tell your Representative to ensure that Utah provides the best education possible for all of its residents.   

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The following letters are supplied as an example only of how you may wish to compose a correspondence with your Legislative Representative. These samples may reference bills proposed in past Legislative General Sessions, but are not relating to current proposed bills. For a list of bills proposed for the 2013 Legislative General Session, please visit the State of Utah Legislative Webpage.

 

SAMPLE 1: SLCC/SLTATC Merger

Dear (Senator or Representative),

The Utah Board of Regents, following a comprehensive study of the organization and delivery of Career & Technical Education (CTE) in the Salt Lake – Tooele region, has recommended that the Utah State Legislature merge the programs of the Salt Lake Tooele Applied Technology Center (SLTATC) with Salt Lake Community College’s (SLCC) Career and Technical Education programs. The recommendation came as the result of extensive examination by a study group comprised of all relevant stakeholders in CTE education in the area.

Salt Lake Community College fully supports the recommendation, and agrees with its underlying rationale: that this merger provides the most effective, efficient and best CTE training to all Salt Lake and Tooele residents, with as little unnecessary duplication as possible.

Since 1948, Salt Lake Community College has provided career and technical training in Utah. Currently, 27,454 students are enrolled in credit and non-credit career programs and training opportunities at SLCC. 

The current costs alone for CTE delivery at SLCC and SLTATC to both taxpayers and students alike are telling. The total cost for providing CTE programs at SLCC in 2005-2006 was $6,726 per FTE compared to $11,344 at SLTATC. The full cost per membership hour at SLCC was $7.47, versus $12.60 at SLTATC. Merging these programs means better access to, and less confusion about, training for Utah students, improved coordination between programs, more efficient use of faculty and facilities, and lower costs to students & taxpayers.

I support House Bill 284, sponsored by Representative Kory Holdaway, which accomplishes this important merger.

Sincerely,

(Your Name)

 

 

SAMPLE 2: Digital Design and Communication Technology Center

Dear (Senator or Representative)

The Capital Development Project for Salt Lake Community College’s proposed Digital Design and Communication Technology Center is currently under consideration at the Utah State Legislature. The Utah Board of Regents has made this program third among all Utah System of Higher Education capital funding priorities.

The addition of a new Digital Design and Communication Technology Center would be a major benefit to our college and the population served. The facility will help prepare SLCC graduates to make immediate contributions in the important fields of: Digital Media Design, Applied Technology Education, Communication, Broadcasting, Animation, Visual Art and Design, Digital Technology, and Performing Arts.

The total projected cost of the Center is approximately $51 million dollars. The SLCC Student Association has pledged $8,600,000 and the Salt Lake City School District has pledged $3,600,000 toward the project. The legislative capital funding request is for a total of $38,417,525. 

The 216,000 square-foot Center will also house 2 + 2 partnership programming with Salt Lake School District Career and Technical Education programs. The new and renovated space will provide a net increase of 55 classrooms and labs, and bring the total number of students served at South Campus to nearly 7,400 each year. Nearly 4,700 students will be SLCC CTE or general education students,  1,800 will be Skill Center Students, and about 850 will be Salt Lake City School District students.

Fall semester 2007, enrollments in the associated programs include 7,300 in Media Innovation and Communication, Visual Art and Digital Design, and Performing Arts and Film Production. Workforce Services projects more than 1,200 jobs in these fields annually. The Digital Design and Communication Technology Center is designed to strengthen SLCC’s partnerships, increase student opportunities and access to high-tech, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, and enhance the college’s ability to deliver 2+ 2 programming, thereby, make this a very important part of SLCC’s legislative strategy for 2008. 

Sincerely,

(Your Name)

 

 

SAMPLE 3: Institutional Priorities

Dear (Senator or Representative)

Salt Lake Community College is committed to providing multiple pathways to quality education and training to every Utah resident. SLCC has compiled a list of institutional priorities that amount to $2 million that directly affect the college’s ability to promote student success and bolster workforce development.

Funding for these priorities will help more of Utah’s people gain and refine the skills they need to be successful in today’s global labor markets. A commitment to SLCC would strengthen the Legislature’s already robust commitment to Utah’s business and industry. The Utah State Legislature’s funding of these programs will also better enable SLCC to enhance the accountability of student success, as the ratio of full-time faculty to adjunct instructors is adjusted.

Students would benefit from better advising, as SLCC’s incredibly high 1,200:1 student-to-advisor ratio would be decreased. Access to entry-level science courses would be improved, and SLCC would become an even stronger pipeline for students to reach science programs at four-year schools. SLCC could meet the demands for prerequisite and transfer instruction in support of the health sciences, biotechnology, math, and engineering programs.

Workforce development will be enhanced as SLCC will increase enrollments in nursing by 60 FTE, in dental hygiene by 15 FTE, in radiologic technology by 40 FTE, and in physical therapy by 16 FTE annually. SLCC will also be able to offer health care programs year-round, offer parts of some programs on-line, and add evening and summer cohort groups to better provide access to these important programs.

I support Senate Bill 103, sponsored by Senator Stowell, which would fund needed classroom instruction at SLCC.

Sincerely,

(Your Name) 

 

 

SAMPLE 4: Combined SLCC Priorities

Dear (Senator or Representative)

Salt Lake Community College is dedicated to providing the highest quality services possible to Utah’s residents with a maximum of efficiency and effectiveness. SLCC has three main priorities before the Utah State Legislature this year. President Bioteau and Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Mason M. Bishop will represent SLCC’s institutional priorities during the 2008 State Legislative session. 

The input and support of each faculty member, of all administrators and staff, and each student is crucial to the college’s success in the legislative process. The college’s three main priorities for the 2008 Legislative Session are: 1) The SLTATC/SLCC merger, 2) funding for the Capital Development Project: the new Digital Design and Communication Technology Center, and 3) other institutional priorities.

 Sincerely,

(Your Name)

  

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