SLCC Dedicates Green Space to Former College President

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Salt Lake Community College's quad at its Taylorsville Redwood Campus was dedicated this week in honor of the late President Jay L. Nelson, who led the institution for 29 years when it was called Utah Technical College.

Former SLCC President Jay L. Nelson's son Bruce Neslon speaks at the dedication of the college's quad at its Taylorsville Redwood Campus, with a portrait of his late father in the background.

Former SLCC President Jay L. Nelson's son Bruce Neslon speaks at the dedication of the college's quad at its Taylorsville Redwood Campus, with a portrait of his late father in the background.

President Nelson is credited with establishing the first program advisory committees that today still help the College determine how to best meet the needs of business and industry in the Salt Lake Valley.

Salt Lake Community College officials this week dedicated newly opened green space at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus to former school President Jay L. Nelson, who for 29 years led the institution when it was called Utah Technical College.

Workers this past summer demolished the old Jay L. Nelson Administration Building, which was built in 1967. In its place the college has established a green space along Redwood Road on the east side of the campus. Children of the late Nelson – Bruce, Craig, Linda (Smith) and Jerry – attended a dedication ceremony Monday at a spot where a engraved glass bench and paver stones bearing their names will serve as a monument in honor of their father’s legacy.

“President Nelson is credited with establishing the first program advisory committees that today still help the College determine how to best meet the needs of business and industry in the Salt Lake Valley,” said SLCC President Deneece Huftalin. “He also guided the College through its first full accreditation process in the Northwest Region. And he began a program through the construction trades that gave students opportunities to learn while building homes that actually went on the market and were sold to families – and that program, which results every year in new “project houses,” still exists and is winning awards.”

Nelson is remembered for defending the college’s singular role in the community as a technical school, arguing against any attempts to merge the school with other institutions. Today SLCC is Utah’s leading supplier of career and technical education (CTE) courses in the state, providing more than 28,000 students each year with classes across 29 CTE programs.

The old administration building was replaced by a new 136,000-square-foot facility, which opened last year at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus. The new Academic and Administration Building serves students with 40 classrooms and it carries a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver certification.

Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 60,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, 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 an average class size of 20.

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