May, 2016

Building on Success through Appreciation

The 33rd Annual Continuing Education Classified Employee Service Awards Ceremony and recognition program was held on Tuesday, May 10, at ECC. The program honoring outstanding classified service of staff included brief remarks from Chancellor Carroll, Executive Vice President Grosch and President Turner Cortez. Colleagues and family attended the event where CE Deans provided brief work histories interjected with stories of classified staff receiving their awards.This year Raul Avalos was named “Outstanding Employee of the Year” by his peers. The Awards Ceremony was one of several events taking place across Continuing Education the entire week to celebrate and recognize classified staff. More pictures
Events for Classified Appreciation week recognized and honored the staff. Each campus had an event and all classified staff were encouraged to attend all events at every campus. Here are some pictures from those events.
César E. Chávez Photos
Mid-City Photos
North City/CE Mesa Photos 
West City Photos

Students Identified for San Diego Promise

In February of 2016, the SDCCD Board of Trustees approved a pilot program that will implement the American’s College Promise for the District. The program's aim is to cover the costs of enrollment fees and textbooks for attendance to San Diego City, Mesa or Miramar College not otherwise covered by state or federal financial aid or scholarships. A total of 200 students will be selected, and 25 are from SDCE

CE Hosts Region X Career Centers at NCC

by Juanita Ledesma
SDCE recently hosted the Region X Career Centers and the meeting was a big success! The group consists of community college career center directors (although CE doesn’t currently have one) and meets four times each year at a different hosting college. Marcia Grant and I are currently participating, and I volunteered CE to host this last meeting of the school year. We have never hosted this meeting before and members were anxious to see what we were about. The directors had many questions about our programs after viewing the presentation on certificates/classes that each campus offers (they even requested a copy). They were amazed at how many students we serve, the opportunities that they can have with free classes, and were impressed with the North City Campus building after the tour. One person suggested that we meet at another CE campus in the future.

Budget Update

SDCE President Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D. and SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll, Ph.D. have shared messages about the SDCCD budget following Governor Brown’s May Revise budget announcement on Friday, May 13. The state budget includes increased funding for higher education and although the budget is a reduction from the proposed budget released in January, there is still significant funding support for higher education, and for that, we are grateful. More

Building on Success through Strategy

SDCE's 2016-2021 Strategic Plan is expected to be released in its online format in June. Programs and departments are finishing up individual Strategic Action Plans, which will be included. Look for a detailed review of the process in our June newsletter. The the work and effort by SDCE faculty, staff and administration has been truly amazing!

SDCE’s First Annual Faculty Appreciation BBQ

Thank you to the 100+ faculty who participated in SDCE’s first annual Faculty Appreciation BBQ at ECC. We enjoyed live entertainment from the San Diego Wednesday Night Jazz Band (also SDCE students), fantastic food, and delightful company. Special thanks to Academic Senate President Richard Weinroth, for promoting the event as well as his kind remarks. Instructor Beth Hayes received special kudos for the terrific work she has done with Emeritus classes and music program. Kim Laramie, Dean Leslie Quinones, and SDCE’s Facilities Team also made valuable contributions to the event and warrant recognition and heartfelt appreciation. More

ABI Supports Headstrong Walk

Team ABI came through again this year, raising well over $17,000! More

SDCE Awards $24,000 in Scholarships


SDCE's Scholarship Awards Ceremony congratulated 66 students as they were awarded over $24,000 in scholarships. These scholarships were awarded to students in good standing and with excellent attendance. This is a competitive process and all winners should be proud of their accomplishment! More

Asgede Meketa (pictured with Chancellor Carroll) and Margarita Lucia Novelo were recipients of this year's Chancellor's Scholarship.

SDCE's Mission and Vision Statements

The Mission and Vision statements have been updated through the participatory governance process and approved by the SDCCD Board of Trustees. The statements will continue to be shared in printed materials such as the SDCE class schedule and classroom posters, and also online. 

ESL Class Transitions Students to College

"Students have much hope and many fears about going to an American college. Our higher education system, especially in California, is of the most prized higher education systems in the world. However, it is also a very demanding system. Once you get in, you must perform in your classes and complete the assignments, participate in class, and attend regularly."
~Susan Morgan, ESL Instructor

SDCE's ESL Transition to College class is successfully preparing, encouraging and facilitating students directly to City, Mesa and Miramar colleges. More

SDCE Instructor Mimi Pollak writes about SDCE for local press
Multi-Lingual Jazz Inspires Immigrant Students to Learn English (Times of San Diego)
Diario Judio article about ESL at Mid-City Campus
Sacha Boutros Concert at Mid-City Center

Upcoming events

May 27: Commencement in Balboa Park, 4 p.m.
May 29: New City Sinfonia Concert. More
June 4: Free Pacificaires and Cedar Center Chorus Concert. More
June 8: ECC 40th Anniversary Celebration, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
July 16: Pride Parade, 10 a.m.

Academic Senate Election Results

Antoinette Lee Griffin has been elected Vice President of CE Academic Senate for a one-year term: academic year 2016/17.
Caron Lieber has been elected Treasurer of the CE Academic Senate for a two-year term: academic years 2016/17 and 2017/18.
T. Beth Hayes has been elected Secretary of the Academic Senate for a two-year term: academic years 2016/17 and 2017/18. 


As you may know, the 2008 recession seriously impacted SDCE through a reduced operating budget and a hiring freeze. The good news is that with a recent infusion of state and categorical funding (primarily from dedicated faculty hiring funding through AEBG, SSSP, and SEP), SDCE will hire 57 new employees within the year and will replace an additional 23 employees for a total of 80 new positions. More


The Accreditation process is moving at a fast pace, and the Accreditation team has been working diligently to meet deadlines. The third draft of the Self-Study was posted on the website for review and input by all stakeholders and the fourth draft is already in development. The next Steering Committee meeting is 5/19. More 


SDAERC is a forerunner in the state's vision of creating unified, streamlined services by collaborating with the East, North, North Coastal and South Adult Education Consortia to get countywide data summaries that will influence coordination, planning and better support for students. To implement SDCE's responsibilities in aligning curriculum, programs, and procedure throughout the state, the Board of Trustees approved the creation of the Continuing Education SDAERC. In accordance with the perimeters and mission set forth by the legislature, this committee which includes 3 Vice Presidents, all program chairs, 8 deans, and 2 appointees from each of the Academic and Classified Senates will actively represent the needs of our adult student population through the implementation and future planning of SDCE's portion of funding from AB 104. 


Classified Senate President Neill Kovrig shares thoughts and reflections with SDCE Classified Staff during Classified Appreciation Week. More

Flex Sessions Increase for 2015-2016! Hooray for the Flex Champions!

  • 340+ workshops offered: a 27% increase
  • 8,000+ faculty hours reported: an 18% increase
The top 5 Flex Champions reported over 500 hours total. Great job all around!
  1. Sam Phu, CTE Auto
  2. Ted Kagan, Emeritus
  3. Lydia Hammett, ESL
  4. Antoinette Griffin, DSPS
  5. Ingrid Greenberg, ESL
  • Fall Flex Days: 8/31, 9/1, 9/2
  • Online Registration Opens 8/19  
Need help or new to Flex? Contact Laurie Cozzolino, SDCE Flex Coordinator

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