SLCC Student Body President Participates in Higher Education Forum on C-SPAN

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SLCC Student Body President Aaron Starks recently appeared on C-SPAN television as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Higher Education Forum.

SLCC Student Body President Aaron Starks

SLCC Student Body President Aaron Starks

This event helped students speak with validity and empowered them to become key players in the academic arena.

SLCC Student Body President Aaron Starks recently appeared on C-SPAN television as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Higher Education Forum.

The Forum brought together business leaders—including Margaret Spellings, Secretary of Education under George W. Bush from 2005-2009 –and student representatives to discuss ways the business community and higher education institutions can better engage with one another to provide employment opportunities for students.

“Neither business leaders nor students can do this alone,” said Starks, who touted the successes Governor Herbert’s Prosperity 2020 initiative has already experienced in Utah.

Along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Campus Leadership Council, the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, and Young Invincibles joined to offer the seminar. Collegiate student body presidents from institutions in Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Utah, Missouri and Maryland attended. Business and industry representatives included Microsoft, the Florida Board of Education and 2U, among others.

Expressing appreciation for business leaders’ willingness to reach out to students, Starks said he found the experience informative. “I can see more clearly a space for the private sector in higher education,” he said. “This event helped students speak with validity and empowered them to become key players in the academic arena. I hope that all of us on the panel will bring the kinds of discussion we had home and spark change in our respective states at a grass-roots level.”

Complete video of Aaron's appearance can be found here: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/311040-1&showFullAbstract=1.

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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