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St. George • SLCC looked to be in the driver’s seat for its first chance at playing for an NJCAA national softball title since 2013 before defending champion Chipola broke the Bruins’ hearts.

Catcher Liz Osburn — in her only at-bat — lined a full-count pitch for a bases-clearing, two-out double that capped a five-run rally in the top of the seventh inning, and the Indians held on for a stunning 9-7 win Saturday that eliminated the Bruins from the NJCAA National Championship at the Canyons Complex.

“We had this game, but in stranding 12 runners, we played not to lose instead of playing to win,” SLCC coach Cyndee Bennett said. “They had a moment any player dreams of.”

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SLCC Honors its Second-largest Graduating Class

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WEST VALLEY CITY — Dressed in her cap and gown, new Salt Lake Community College graduating student Ana Patricia Pastor Butt posed outside the Maverik Center for photos surrounded by her children and closest friends.

“I feel happy. I made it,” she said.

The Sandy woman worked hard over the past 10 months, taking 18 credit hours each semester to receive her associate degree in health science.

“All of this is for them,” she said pointing to her children. “This is an example for them to be graduated and be better than their mom.”

Butt, who plans to attend nursing school in the upcoming months, said her educational success, even with English as her second language, raises the expectation for her American-born children to excel even more.

Butt, who moved to the United States from Peru 15 years ago, was one of many SLCC graduates with ties outside the U.S. Friday’s graduates came from 74 countries and ranged in age from 16 to 67.

Salt Lake Community College celebrated its second-largest graduating class in history, awarding 4,125 certificates. Among this year’s graduating class, 894 students earned certificates or diplomas and 3,928 earned associate degrees. Seventy-five percent of the graduates have plans to go on to receive bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges, according to SLCC officials.

The college boasts that it is among the top 10 colleges in the country for total associate degrees awarded.

More than 61,000 students attend SLCC each year, according to the college. It has 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley and is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area.

Salt Lake Community College awarded humanitarian and community leader Barbara Lindquist Tanner and Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Stanley B. Parrish with honorary doctorate degrees. Engineer Marisa Dawn Egbert and chef/restaurateur Gerard Ford Craft were named distinguished alumni.

Gretchen McClain, former chief director for NASA’s International Space Station, addressed the 2016 graduates, telling them “the sky is the limit.” McClain has more than 25 years of global experience in both Fortune 500 corporations and government service, including serving as founding CEO of Xylem Inc.

McClain commented on the mental toughness of SLCC students, calling them “trailblazers” with determination to succeed. She related her own story as a University of Utah graduate competing with others from Ivy League schools early in her career. According to McClain, getting her position at NASA was “no easy task.”

“What I’m talking about is more than perseverance. It’s about having a deep gut belief in everything you are capable of … and the courage to not let any naysayers or your nerves get in your way,” McClain told the graduates.

She encouraged the students to pursue careers that are hard to get and quiet their internal doubts.

“I believe it’s the tension between the confidence and the butterflies in our stomach that keeps us moving forward. It’s that ‘stretch feeling’ that gives us the energy and focus to accomplish feats we never thought possible,” McClain said.

Student Association President Carlos Moreno, who said he once begged for food as a child in Venezuela, also spoke about the importance of true perseverance.

“I see perseverance everywhere,” he said as he looked over the crowd.

Moreno said through overcoming financial, family, and health challenges, he has seen his fellow classmates and graduates become the best versions of themselves.

SLCC Introduction Facts

Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is Utah’s largest college with the most diverse student body.[2] It serves more than 60,000 students on 10 campuses as well as through online classes.[3] The college has a student to faculty ratio of 20:1.[4] Since SLCC is a community college, it focuses on providing associate degrees that students can transfer to any other four-year university in the state to satisfy their first two years of requirements for a bachelor’s degree. SLCC has open enrollment and serves the local community, with approximately 95% of the student body considered Utah residents.

Although the college does not offer four-year degrees directly, school officials work with the state’s other institutions of higher learning to create partnerships between different schools and ensure that credits are transferable. Salt Lake Community College has partnered with selected four-year institutions to provide opportunities for students to complete a bachelor’s degree while remaining on one of SLCC campuses. General education credits may be transferred to any four-year school in Utah including the University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Valley University as well asprivate schools such as Brigham Young University and Westminster College.

Current SLCC logo
Motto Step Ahead
Type Community college
Established 1948
President Deneece Huftalin (2014)
Academic staff
346 full-time faculty
Students 30,112 (2012-13 year)[1]
Location Salt Lake County,
Utah
, United States
40°40′20″N 111°56′40″WCoordinates: 40°40′20″N 111°56′40″W
Campus Urban
Colors Royal Blue and Gold
Mascot Brutus the Bruin Bear
Affiliations NJCAA

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