May 2017
SDCE Scholarships Making a Difference 

WATCH: Madeline's story

🌵 Faculty Buckaroo Roundup 🌵

ECC hosts Wild West themed festivities (with Karaoke)

SDCE Faculty Appreciation Luncheon and Fun. See the Photos.

Classified Service Awards

Classified Staff received recognition and awards for milestone years of service. Plus Diana Romero was named Classified Employee of the Year. See the photos

Flip the Script

Community partners and students share praise of new initiatives

San Diego Must do Much More for Disconnected Youth (The San Diego Union-Tribune Op-Ed article co-authored by Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D.)

Congrats to SDCE FLDA Grads

SDCCD's Faculty Leadership Development Academy

SDCE faculty, including contract, adjunct and instructional assistants, participated in the SDCCD 2017 FLDA (Faculty Leadership Development Academy). More

Thanks to the Mentors: Passport to Success

Mentors pose for photo at faculty appreciation event at ECC

from Roma Weaver 
Mentors for SDCE's Passport to Success Academy (for new contract faculty) received certificates at the Faculty Recognition Event. Roma Weaver and Rachel Rose gave awards to faculty who mentored new contract faculty.

Pictured: Donna Namdar West City, Joan McKenna, Timonthy Pawlak Mid-City, Corinne Layton Mid-City, Rosa Castillo West City, Charlene Schade CE Mesa, Pat Mosteller CE Mesa, Maria Reyes ECC, Tom Smerk, Pete Miles, Irgrid Greenberg Mid City, Lola Gaona, Claudia Tornsaufer West City, Ernie Romero ECC, Cat Prindle North City, Laurie Mikolaycik, Roy Hernandez ECC

🌴 Classified Appreciation Luau 🌴

 More Photos

Parent Education Video

Student Success in the Parent Education Program

Professional Development News

Mental Health First Aid Training®

by Kelly Henwood, SDCE Special Projects Manager
On Friday April 21, 2017, SDCE held a full day professional development workshop in partnership with the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA), Live Well San Diego, and Mental Health America called Mental Health First Aid ®. The purpose of offering the evidenced based training to SDCE is to improve mental health knowledge and skills of faculty and staff in order to respond to early-stage mental illness and mental health crises. For more information about future Mental Health First Aid® professional development opportunities, please contact: Laurie Cozzolino, SDCE Flex Coordinator at or 619-388-4836

Monarch & Momentum
Learning students visit Cesar E. Chavez campus

from Beto Vasquez, SDCE Outreach Coordinator
On April 21, 2017, Monarch & Momentum Learning Students visited Cesar Chavez Campus for the first campus visit ever. SDCE’s Outreach team, Alberto "Beto" Vasquez, Yvonne Roca and Adrian Michel, presented to students about the opportunities available at SDCE, program offered and student support services. During the presentation, students heard from Dean Robin Carvajal, counselors and the San Diego Gateway to College and Career program. SDCE outreach ambassadors then provided a tour of the facilities to showcase the health career programs, parent education and business and information technology; programs Cesar E. Chavez Campus is known for.

Opportunity to Earn and Learn

San Diego Gateway to College and Career (SDGTCC) 

SDCE is currently recruiting 18-24 year olds for the San Diego Gateway to College and Career (SDGTCC) Initiative and your assistance is needed to refer students!

SDGTCC is specifically looking for eligible young adults for a special grant funded workforce program that provides additional supports including:
• Paid Internships
• Career Workshops
• Employment Assistance
• Motivational Supports

Program orientations that explain eligibility and program services take place every Wednesday at 1 p.m. The orientation is in the Gateway to Opportunity Youth Equity Resource Center at ECC in Building C, Room C-118 .

Program staff is available for outreach and presentations. For more information contact Danilo Cabrera or speak to anyone in the Resource Center by calling 619-388-4880 or stop by ECC Room C-118.

SDCE Student Entrepreneur Wins

Small Business Planning student wins San Diego region pitch competition

Congrats SDCE student, Mariah Hoffman! She has been chosen as a top 3 finalist in the San Diego region for the Doing What Matters: Get a Taste of Success Business Idea Pitch Competition. Mariah created, MicroModula, a mobile creative design studio for women. Her brand raises awareness of gender equity in architecture and empowers women to advance in their professions. Learn more.

Noncredit Summit

SDCE President Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D., Dean Michelle Fischthal and Research Analyst Jessica Luedtke delivered the keynote address to more than 250 faculty, staff, community partners (from both credit and noncredit programs) and State Chancellor’s office staff, which set the tone for very energetic and engaged attendees at the first state conference specifically and completely focused on noncredit education in California: Building Bridges and Programs: Developing and Sustaining a Culture of Noncredit.

Institutional Effectiveness Update

Welcome pilot testers and trainees

from Michelle Fischthal, SDCE Dean of Institutional Effectiveness
Testing and training with a pilot group of users will begin in May. The rollout schedule will be developed after the pilot is complete. This system currently includes all strategic plans, the accreditation action plan and Perkins reports. AEBG Year Three will be added once it is complete. For additional updates from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, please see this newsletter. In addition, sign up for information related to The New World of Noncredit conference hosted by SDCE on October 6-7, 2017.


The 2017 President's Innovation Grant Awards are available to faculty and staff (as individuals or teams) who complete in an application process to identify, develop and implement innovative activities in support of SDCE’s 2016-2021 Strategic Goals. A committee of faculty and classified employees reviewed the applications and determined this year's awardees. More


Valuable information is being shared, distributed and collected during AEBG information sessions throughout May and June. Sessions are scheduled at each SDCE campus. Also, the AEBG State Coordinator will answer questions and provide clarity on policies and regulations during a Super Region Meeting on 5/23. More

Flex Update: Spring Flex Days Highlights from May

Congratulations to SDCE Faculty! More than 7500 hours of Flex/Professional Development hours were reported for 2016-2017. Special thanks to faculty, staff and administrators who contributed as presenters, organizers and most importantly, participants and learners, at all of our SDCE/SDCCD Flex events.
SAVE THE DATES for 2017 Fall Flex Days: 8/30, 8/31, 9/1 and check your mailbox and e-mail for updates.

Need help or new to Flex? Contact Laurie Cozzolino, SDCE Flex Coordinator


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