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SLCC ENROLLMENT GROWTH SPARKS BUILDING BOOM

Salt Lake Community College is bracing for enrollment growth that is expected to boost its fall quarter student-body count to a record 21,000.

Coming on top of last year's growth - which made SLCC the third largest school in Utah's System of Higher Education - the burgeoning enrollment has sparked a building boom at the college.SLCC spokesman Jay Williams said the growth will be accommodated by a number of facilities that have been built both on and off its main campus at 4600 S. Redwood Road.

"As we prepare each year for an increase of students, the college ensures that we have the facilities to make the students' experience positive," Williams said.

To the end, SLCC this year will open two new buildings and an amphitheater at its Redwood campus plus a satellite facility, the Millcreek Center, at 1521 E. 3900 South.

Williams said a new Science and Industry Building will house classrooms and laboratories for math, science and computer programs. It will also be home to a Union Pacific Railroad employee training center.

A new Lifetime Activities Center offers additional facilities for athletics, recreational activities and physical education classes and programs. The center features racquetball courts, a gym, indoor track, aerobics area, physical therapy lab and fitness center.

Currently under construction, the amphitheater should be completed by fall. With seating for 900 plus room for 600 more on berms and grass, the facility will be used for the college's annual fall convocation, fine arts and student programs. Williams said it could also host community events, performances and festivals.

With 19 classrooms, the Millcreek Center could serve as many as 3,000 students. Williams said 200 sections of general education courses will be offered at the new center.

Also, the center will house continuing education classes, SLCC's new law enforcement academy, a computer lab, student services, conference rooms, testing center and book store services.

According to college officials, SLCC's enrollment is expected to be about 10 percent higher than the 19,440 tallied in 1994. Only the University of Utah and Utah State University have larger student bodies.

About two thirds of SLCC's students are enrolled in humanities and sciences, while one third are in technical fields.