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Salt Lake Community College students protest proposed elimination of school's popular cosmetology program

Deseret News

Salt Lake Community College president Cynthia Bioteau

Students at Salt Lake Community College are protesting the proposed elimination of the school's popular cosmetology program.

The Revolutionary Student Union, a student group with a campus chapter, is sponsoring a rally Wednesday at the SLCC Redwood Road campus hoping to send a message to the board of trustees and president of the college that the program should continue.

Gregory Lucero, president of the SLCC chapter, said the program should remain part of the school curriculum.

"We hope that the board of trustees will not approve the cut of the program," Lucero said Tuesday, "and instead recommend to (President Cynthia) Bioteau the she reconfigure the program so that it can continue on our campus."

SLCC has cited the cost of running the cosmetology program as the reason for it being terminated. Students say the college doesn't want to pay to relocate a program that "just cuts hair."

Joy Tlou, spokesperson for SLCC, said the school wants to remain fiscally responsible and the cosmetology program has been losing money.

"The program was costing over $1.4 million a year to run. And the program was only bringing in, in the form of all revenue, just over $700,000," Tlou said. "That presented us with a shortfall of over $800,000. From what I understand, that program has been running in the red like that for years."

The cosmetology department is currently located in the Administration Building at the Redwood Road campus. The building is scheduled to be demolished.
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