September, 2016

Citizenship + ESL Collaborate 
with Midway Museum

Last year SDCE connected with the USS Midway Museum to expand the number of community volunteers working in our ESL and citizenship classes. Since the coordinated effort, numbers have grown from 4 volunteers in 3 classes at 1 campus to 25 volunteers in 14 classes at 5 campuses. More

Passport to Success Begins for 30+

by Roma Weaver
Passport to Success had it's opening event on Sept. 2nd. enjoying a lunch with President Turner Cortez at ECC. It was a chance for all our SDCE New Contract Faculty Academy participants to meet SDCE leadership and enjoy a workshop on the Nuts and Bolts of SDCE with Neill Kovrig, Classified Senate President and Ranessa Ashton, PIO presenting important information on communication processes. Team building activities and information about online teaching were also presented in the first of nine workshops for new contract faculty.

More than 350 at Fall Convocation

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SDCE Graduate a
Long-time Supporter of 
Student Scholarships

SDCE graduate Ricardo Muñoz Zurita was a student in both Menu Planning and ESL classes more than 25 years ago. Today, Ricardo is a world-renown Chef, food researcher and cookbook author, and has met and interacted with four of SDCE’s Presidents.

Chef Ricardo has been a strong supporter of SDCE, and to SDCE students, for many years. Faculty member Marilyn Biggica and President Turner Cortez recently had lunch with Ricardo and they discussed the past Los Dos Chefs fundraising events and how special it was for the Los Dos Chefs scholarship recipients to speak at those events and share how the education they are receiving has changed their lives.

Please Review SDCE's Self-Study!

An important message from Dr. Kate Alder, Vice President, Instruction

SDCE’s Accreditation Self-Study is ready for final review. The document is currently 297 pages and can be accessed online. There is still some editing being done for style, format, and error correction. Your help is needed to review the the final draft to ensure it is the best and most accurate reflection of SDCE. The deadline for feedback is September 20, 2016. More

SDCE Finalizes 5-Year Strategic Plan

by Michelle Fischthal

San Diego Continuing Education’s first strategic plan represents the hard work and commitment to the process of SDCE faculty, staff, administrators, students, foundation, and community members. The SDCE 2016-2021 Strategic Plan along with the appendices include full program, department and committee plans, and is now available at


Fall 2016 Kicks Off! Welcome Back!

KUSI's Featured Coverage of Fall Semester

More stories from the Fall 2016 semester at SDCE: 

La Prensa: Free Classes in San Diego

South Bay Compass: Continuing Education for Free

SDCE's Mission and Vision Statements

Smart Classrooms at Mid-City Campus

by Cindy Wislofsky
Mid-City Campus joins the ranks of other SDCE campuses sporting smart podiums in every classroom! More

Welcome new faces!

Jessica Aguilar, Student Services Technician
Joyce Almario-Greno, Counselor
Philemon Bakit, Student Services Technician
Olivia Flores, Counselor
Ronald Flores, Student Services Technician
Aaron R. Iffland, Faculty for Business and IT
Neill Kovrig, Student Services Technician
Denise Munoz, Counselor
Carolina Gonzalez Navarro, Counselor
Theresa Ortiz, Student Services Technician
Reem Putrus, Counselor
Edith Quintero, Counselor
Sany Ramirez, Counselor
Diana Romero, Student Services Technician
Jacqueline Sabanos, Vice President, Administrative Services
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Upcoming events

9/24-25  Cesar E. Chavez Campus hosts San Diego Trolley Dances
10/6       President’s Campus Visit at Chavez Campus, 11:30 a.m.
10/10     President’s Campus Visit at CE Mesa Campus, 2 p.m.
10/17     President’s Campus Visit at West City Campus, 11:30 a.m.
10/20     President’s Campus Visit at ECC, 1:30 p.m.
10/24     President’s Campus Visit, Mid-City Campus, noon
10/27     President’s Campus Visit, North City Campus, 10:30 a.m.
12/5       Holiday Reception

Support SDCE's Foundation Scholarships

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


The second annual President's Innovation Grant awards begin this month. Grants will be awarded to faculty and staff (as individuals or in teams) to develop and implement innovative activities in support of SDCE’s 2016-2021 Strategic Goals. Applications are now available More


An important element in the writing of the Self-Study is to involve all stakeholders. In September the Self-Study will be vetted and approved by the Accreditation Steering Committee, Academic and Classified Senates, the Associated Student Body, President’s Cabinet and Executive Governance Council. More



San Diego Adult Education Regional Consortium (SDAERC) approved a two-year plan and allocation of funding for 2016/17, including $ 2.8 million to SDCE. Susan Yamate will continue to serve as director and liaison for SDAERC. More


A special workshop: Participating Effectively in District and College Governance is for anyone—new and experienced alike—who participates in SDCE’s participatory governance process. We will learn state law and guidelines, good practices and have questions answered. Everyone is welcome! Please attend September 26, 2-4pm at North City Campus.


The Fourth Annual Classified Senate Scholarship fundraiser held during fall convocation raised more than $700 that will be used toward the Classified Senate Scholarship fund. More

Check out Fall Flex Events

Flex events are open to all faculty and staff

9/26 Academic Senate Participatory Governance Training, NCC Multi-Purpose Room, 2-4pm

President’s Campus Visits in October (Check the Flex schedule for dates and times)

Faculty: Remember to REPORT your Flex hours/and REGISTER for events at SDCE Faculty Flex 

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

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