Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) February 13, 2013
Salt Lake Community College was presented with the Utah's Election Campus Cup by Utah Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell. SLCC student body president Aaron Starks accepted the award in a ceremony at the College’s Student Events Center at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus on Wednesday, February 13.
"The dedication and commitment our students demonstrated in getting so many people registered to vote and ready to engage civically is impressive and a testament to how highly they value our political system," said Tim Sheehan, SLCC Vice President of Government and Community Relations. "We are delighted to have won the Utah Election Campus Cup competition and to welcome Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell to our campus to recognize our students for their efforts. Our republican system of government depends on active participation from an informed and interested citizenry and Salt Lake Community College is proud to be part of this kind of effort to help cultivate the citizens we need."
Salt Lake Community College registered more than 1,300 students to vote during the competition—more than any other Utah school. In total, Utah's colleges and universities collected more than 5,600 voter registration forms for the 2012 General Election, and 1,961 students pledged to vote online at: vote.utah.gov.
“This award really shows the overall attitude of the students,” said SLCC student body president Aaron Starks. “It shows the direction and the leadership that our student leaders have at the school, and that is to promote civic engagement.”
Lieutenant Governor Bell partnered with the Utah Council of Student Body Presidents—the Utah Student Association's governing body—to establish the Utah's Election Campus Cup competition. The award will be presented each general election year to the school that earns the most points for helping register young voters.
About the College: Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 62,000 students each year, the College is the largest supplier of workforce development programs in the State of Utah. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with 13 sites, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains a student-to-teacher ratio of less than 20 to 1.
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