August, 2016

Fall Convocation is August 31

Fall convocation kicks off August 31 with presentations in the ECC theatre. You’ll hear institutional updates from our President and other leaders including SDCE’s achievements over the past year, the Strategic Plan and Accreditation.
Plus we have a special guest speaker this year: Diego Navarro, founder of Academy for College Excellence, who will share his expertise with student success specific to underserved populations. Diego’s presentation will be followed by the President’s luncheon on the patio at ECC. Join us starting at 8 a.m. for continental breakfast and the presentations begin at 8:30 a.m. More pictures from last year

Office of Institutional Effectiveness

The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) has increased from two to three. Deborah (Debi) King joins the team as an Administrative Technician with Jessica Luedtke (Research and Planning Analyst) and Michelle Fischthal (Dean). The three have been reviewing accreditation Self-Study chapters for data accuracy, completing the final format of the Strategic Plan, and preparing for distribution of their first statewide survey in noncredit programming.
Upcoming Projects: Distribution of the formatted Strategic Plan online (September); preparation of data for program review, (begins in October); build out of the OIE infrastructure and web pages and preparation for the implementation of SDCE’s first planning management software (CampusLabs).

Last month SDCE joined SDCCD in the annual San Diego Pride Parade with a float and over 200 marchers from City, Mesa, and Miramar Colleges, plus various District Offices, including College Police. An estimated crowd of more than 125,000 lined the streets of the parade route. More

Gretchen Bitterlin Receives a Special Commendation Award at the CASAS Summer Institute

by Stephanie Thomas
Now it’s official: Gretchen Bitterlin has received every conceivable award the fields of ESL and adult education have to offer.  At the CASAS Summer Institute, Patricia Rickard presented Gretchen with a Special Commendation Award recognizing Gretchen’s indefatigable contributions to adult education in California and nationally. As the award states, Gretchen has indeed made a profound difference not only in the lives of the students she serves, but in the lives of educators who have been privileged to work alongside her throughout her career. More

Your Donation Supports Student Scholarships

The SDCE Foundation understands SDCE's essential mission is to support what you do as faculty and staff and the Foundation supports our work by providing scholarships for students. Please consider making a contribution to support the work of the San Diego Continuing Education Foundation, and specifically to support scholarships for SDCE students. More

CalWorks Serving More Students

The CalWORKs Program at SDCE provides high quality services to students by providing educational, career, and work study opportunities combined with a range of supportive services, including personal counseling and career advice, development of an individual training plan, assistance with securing childcare, transportation, ancillary services, referrals to other campus services and community resources. More

New Certificate Program 

SDCE's new offerings this fall includes a Small Business Growth certificate program that will provide entrepreneurs with the practical application skills and knowledge to plan, manage, and grow a small business. The free program is offered at SDCE’s Cesar E. Chavez Campus in Barrio Logan and requires just three classes to complete. The new business program prepares students to turn a business idea into reality or expand an existing small business. The faculty in the program also provide advice on growing local networks, which is invaluable to small business owners.

SDCE Receives Proclamation for
ECC 40th Anniversary 


The Educational Cultural Complex (ECC) celebrated 40 years of serving students and community in San Diego’s Mountain View community. The celebration included a look back over the past four decades, recognition of the past and current leadership, an awards ceremony to honor community partners, and a community forum to look ahead as to what’s next for ECC. The San Diego City Council honored the anniversary with a proclamation noting that ECC “has provided learning opportunities, career advancement and community enrichment for countless students in San Diego”.

HR Career Day at César E. Chávez Campus


Future HR professionals gathered at SDCE's César E. Chávez Campus for a day of learning and mentorship with some of San Diego's leading HR experts! @sandiegoworkforce

The California Community Colleges are being challenged by the Governor and the legislature to offer more and better career technical degree programs, certificates, and industry-recognized credentials, to help students train for the more than one million middle-skilled jobs that California needs between now and the year 2025. A new workplan is being developed that will result in a regional workforce development plan that SDCE can utilize for workforce program planning and evaluation, and that will provide data to help us make informed choices for SDCE students. Attend the first Planning Meeting on September 1 More

ESL Instructors Celebrate Long Careers 

Long-time ESL instructors Toan Humphrey and Marina Vera celebrate retirement with colleagues at ECC

Event photos courtesy of Richard Weinroth

Welcome new faces!

Kate Alder is SDCE's new Vice President of Instruction
Deborah (Debi) King is SDCE's new Administrative Technician for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Esther Matthew is SDCE's new Acting Dean of Student Equity
Michele Madrid Novak is SDCE's new Outreach Coordinator and Policy 3100 Officer
Alberto (Beto) Vasquez is SDCE's new Outreach Coordinator

Support SDCE's Foundation Scholarships

Step by step instructions for making a payroll contribution toward SDCE student scholarships

New Chancellor Named for California Community Colleges

Eloy Ortiz Oakley Named Chancellor of the California Community Colleges

SDCE Student Success!

Students in SDCE's Cisco Certificate Program learning relevant skills from expert faculty
SDCE's Accelerated High School Program helping students succeed

Upcoming events

8/31: Fall Convocation at ECC
9/15: Chancellor's Budget Forum at ECC
9/24-25: Chavez Campus hosts San Diego Trolley Dances


This fall SDCE will offer our first 16 sections of synchronous online hybrid classes. Seven instructors are enthusiastically participating in this new pilot program to increase the number of distance education classes within our District:
  • Don Aragon (Business and IT)
  • Donna Eckstein (Emeritus)
  • Steve Gwynne (ESL)
  • Carol Kelsall (ESL)
  • Pat Mosteller (Emeritus)
  • Mary Prine (Emeritus)
  • Claudia Tornsaufer (Emeritus)


The Self-Study final draft is in the final writing process and will then be formatted to meet the deadlines based on SDCE’s Accreditation timeline. The final draft of the Self-Study will be vetted among all Shared Governance groups during the month of September. More


SDAERC has worked diligently this summer preparing to upload the member and consortium workbooks and annual plans to the AEBG web portal, the state repository for submissions. The AEBG Office issued an extension for the 2016-2017 annual plans which are now due on August 22. SDAERC will hold its next public meeting at 10 a.m. on August 25 at Garfield Adult School (a San Diego Unified School District High School) located at 1255 16th Street, San Diego in Room 416.

Heads Up Reminder!! 
SDCE 2016 Fall Flex Days
are Nearly Here!


Wednesday 8/31 at ECC:
  • AM: Continental Breakfast + Convocation + President’s Lunch
  • Afternoon Program Meetings + Evening Sessions
Thursday 9/1 at ECC and other sites: 
  • Morning Program Meetings as scheduled
  • AFT Meeting with Lunch (ECC)
  • Afternoon + Evening Sessions as scheduled
Friday 9/2 at ECC:
  • Morning Sessions as scheduled
Online schedule and registration begins 8/19. Questions or concerns? New to Flex? Contact:
Laurie Cozzolino SDCE Flex Coordinator

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