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SLCC Then and Now Alumni Gallery

Step into the lives of SLCC alumni and discover their mindsets, and challenges, when they first started here. Find out what they are doing now and pocket some of the hard-earned advice they would have given to their younger selves.

Priscilla Hansen, SLCC AS Economics in 2022, From Roy High School

"I was scared out of my mind going back to school; I thought, I'm going to be the old lady."

Andrea Valverde, SLCC AS General Studies in 2017, From Hunter High School

"Instead of leaning into the fear, lean into the uncertainty."

Omar Gerardo, SLCC Certificate Pharmacy Tech in 2017 , From East High School

"I got tired of dead-end jobs and knew I needed more stability."

Gary Payton II, SLCC AA Business in 2014, From Spring Valley High School, Nevada

"Just do the best for you and do everything you can to be prepared—adversity will come and so will opportunity."

Robert Hunter, SLCC AAS Photography in 2018, From Hellgate High School, Montana

"I had the realization that if I'm going to be broke, I might as well be broke doing something I love."

Hailey Brohamer, SLCC AAS Diesel Systems in 2022, From Copper Hills High School

"Going into this field was one of the hardest and most rewarding things I've ever done."

Catalina Anthony, SLCC AS Biotechnology & AS Biology in 2015, From Kearns High School

"Don't just quit altogether if school becomes financially overwhelming."

Trung Tham, SLCC AAS Fashion Institute in 2016, From West High School

"I always speak highly of SLCC, even in Paris and NYC. I was super proud of it—it's a hidden gem."

Christina Andino, SLCC AS Social Work in 2015, From West High School

"I didn't really have plans to go to college. I was just trying to survive."

Kristin Ashby, SLCC AAS Occupational Therapy in 2019, From Marsh Valley High School, Idaho

"I figured I would just take classes while my four kids were in school. We all studied together, and they saw how hard I worked."

Rolando Ruano, SLCC AA Business in 2015, From Kearns High School

"I had always wanted to be an attorney, but I just couldn't see a pathway forward."

Tashelle Wright, SLCC AAS Biology in 2014, From Murray High School

"I wanted to show I could be more than a stereotype and help myself and my son move beyond where we were at."

Nate Blouin, SLCC AS General Studies in 2014, From Proctor Academy, New Hampshire

"At the time my attitude was, 'I don't belong here, and I don't want to be here.'"

Adam Dastrup, SLCC AS Geography and General Ed in 2000, From Granite High School

"It was like I had found my compass and from that point forward I was laser focused on my path."

Angela Brown, SLCC AAS photography Emphasis in 2000, From East High School

"And don't dismiss yourself—give yourself a chance. Nine out of 10 times, you can do it."

Glory Shekinah Stanton, SLCC AA General Studies and Pre-Med in 2014, From Syracuse High School

"I graduated high school early and was going to take a year off but my mom said, 'Nope.'"

Ryan Frye, SLCC AAS Culinary Arts Institute in 2016, From Collierville High School, Tennessee

"I had tried college once before—I was on a soccer scholarship, but I partied a lot and lost it."

Cris Stiles, SLCC AA Communications in 2014, From Huntington Beach Union, California

"According to statistics, with my background, I should have ended up dealing drugs, in prison or dead, not in college."

Mary Anne Douglas, SLCC AAS Surgical Technology in 1980, From Gallup High, New Mexico

"I knew I wanted to be a nurse but wasn’t sure how I was going to get there."

Rich Jenkins, SLCC AA Science and Manufacturing Technology in 1994, From Taylorsville High School

"I never thought I'd be in a leadership position—I've gone way beyond my expectations."

Stephanie Flegal, SLCC Automotive Technician in 2021, From Olympus High School

"I always wanted a job where I'd wake up each morning and want to get up for it."

Jesse Valdez, SLCC  AS Communications Studies in 2016, From Hunter High School

"You don't have to know exactly what you want to do when you get out of high school. SLCC helps you find that path."

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