July, 2016

San Diego Promise Students Gear Up for Success

As you may know, SDCCD made a commitment to join the national movement of making community college free where 201 students (175 from San Diego Unified High School District and 26 from SDCE) will be the first pilot cohort for 2016-17. Pictured above are the 26 students from SDCE, who recently completed a 3-week test prep and transition course to help facilitate a successful transition from noncredit to credit. The course ended with a luncheon celebration with President Turner Cortez, the faculty, counselors and guests from San Diego City College. 

Reaching this day with the students could not have been possible without the assistance of many people: A selection committee included Leah Gualtieri, Sean Caruna, Marissa Gonzalez, Cassondra Caesar and Sheyla Castillo. Instructors included Ernesto Gracia, Jeffery Inocencio, Dr. Lisa Carulli and Jennifer Aase (City College Counselor). Other staff who contributed to the success include Dr. Cynthia Rico, Amanda Torres and the communications team.

San Diego Promise
KUSI news coverage about San Diego Promise

Students Awarded at San Diego County Fair

Congratulations! SDCE student projects in the 2016 San Diego County Fair Student Showcase Exhibit were judged to be of superior quality and have received an award.


San Diego County Fair: Have you found your inner genius?
by Susan Yamate

I’ve been involved behind the scenes at the San Diego County Fair for many years. The Fair organizers start planning for each Fair at least a year in advance! So while we just ate our last bite of funnel cake and cinnamon rolls…plans are already under way for June 2017! 

This newsletter highlights some of the students who won awards at the Fair this year…but I’m wondering how many of you know that you could be next year’s blue ribbon winner for strawberry jam or gardening or woodwork or photography or jewelry or yarn or quilting or what's your talent? More

Neill Kovrig Honored by State Classified Senate

The California Community Colleges Classified Senate created a special award to recognize outstanding presidential leadership and service.

Neill Kovrig, SDCE’s Classified Senate President (shown here with Classified Senate Vice President Mary LeDuc) received the Classified Senate President Service Award in June at the Classified Leadership Institute in Ventura.

SDCE's Strategic Plan is Final

The SDCE 2016-21 Strategic Plan (first edition) has been completed been recommended for approval through the shared governance process. The plan is now being formatted for both online and a limited print edition. Thanks go to all faculty, staff and administration for their commitment and time to this process, with a special thanks to SDCE's Dean of Institutional Effectiveness Michelle Fischthal and lead author Ingrid Greenberg.
The Office of Institutional Effectiveness is working on a number of activities to support the implementation of the strategic plan, as well as the accreditation self-study. The department is also in the process of hiring two additional personal.

Second Chance is New Community Partner

SDCE is expanding our work in the Southeastern San Diego community. Last week, we began offering a High School Equivalency class at Second Chance.This is an important partnership for SDCE: it supports our Gateway to College and Career efforts as well as student equity goals for enrollment of underrepresented populations, including those involved in the criminal justice system. Dean Lorie Crosby Howell, Ph.D. and Special Projects Manager, Kelly Henwood lead the efforts to create this partnership, and Adult Basic Skills Instructor Henry Merritt is teaching the class at this new location. 

Program Update

Clothing Construction Certificate

Students can earn a Clothing Construction certificate in as little as 24-36 weeks upon completion of four classes. The first classes teach beginning through advanced techniques and introduces fashion industry concepts, including “green” sewing and personal color selection. Tara Brown is a student in the program and she invented a product called The Sleep Styler. It’s a sewn product that dries and styles wet hair while you sleep. More

Welcome new faces!

Joyce Almario will provide support as a career counselor
Chris Radomski is SDCE's new Multimedia Specialist
Cynthia Rico, Ed.D. is SDCE's new Acting Dean of Student Services and Counseling

BIT Instructor Randall Cornish Wins Graphic Design Award

Remembering Hal Jellison Emeritus Program Instructor

SDCE Supports Statewide CTE Committee

Michelle Fischthal, SDCE’s Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, has become a member of the CA Community Colleges State Chancellor's Office of Vocational Education Research and Accountability Advisory Committee (VERATAC). Initially invited to participate on a sub-committee due to her advocacy for noncredit inclusion in the CTE Launchboard, Dean Fischthal was later invited to sit on the full committee as a noncredit representative and will participate on behalf of SDCE.

SDCE Student Success!

Clothing construction student Maria Del Mar Hinojosa
Health care careers student Kourtney Hedgebeth a Great Example of Accessible Site

The ADA was written before the Web existed, so there are no specific criteria to meet; however, a website has to be generally accessible to people with disabilities. At SDCE, we aim for section 508 accessibility guidelines, and we do a good job meeting (in some cases exceeding) those guidelines by making certain items accessible. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has reached settlements with education organizations in seven states to ensure website accessibility for people with disabilities. More

Upcoming events

7/16: Pride Parade, 10 a.m.
8/3: Society for Human Resource Management Career Fair at Chavez Campus
9/24-25: Chavez Campus hosts San Diego Trolley Dances


SDCE’s new faculty onboarding program is in full swing. Roma Weaver and Rachel Rose are leading the effort to develop an academy for new contract faculty, which will begin in September. As the academy grows, we anticipate accommodating additional faculty and classified staff in future planning efforts.


More than 100 classrooms participated in observations this summer, which included interviews with students and instructors. The Accreditation Self-Study, including the Action Plan for Ongoing Improvement, is being finalized and will be shared during the next Steering Committee meeting on July 28. More


The Classified Senate Nominations period closed at the end of June, and Senate officers for the 2016-17 year are confirmed. Subsequent to the closure of nominations, the Senate was made aware that the Secretary/Treasurer who had been presumed confirmed would be unable to continue service; therefore, the position of Secretary/Treasurer is effectively vacant. If you are interested in serving, contact Neill Kovrig. More


The Board of Governors (BOG) is scheduled to approve the $500 million AEBG funding at their July board meeting. This ongoing funding is funneled into consortia across the state and will be used to restructure and improve coordination between regional adult education providers. SDCE is in a consortium with San Diego Unified School District, which is the San Diego Adult Education Regional Consortium (SDAERC). The 2016-17 preliminary allocation schedules were posted in February with $2,752,360 earmarked for SDAERC. Once the State has BOG approval, the final 2016-17 apportionment schedules will be processed and posted in August. SDCE is fortunate to have Kelly Henwood, our new Special Projects Manager, to assist in managing the grant.

Save the Dates
Fall 2016 Flex Days!

8/31 Convocation at ECC

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Convocation + President’s Lunch
  • Afternoon + Evening Sessions
9/1 and 9/2 (ECC and other campuses)
  • Morning, Afternoon + Evening Sessions
Online schedule and registration begins 8/19. Questions or concerns? New to Flex? Contact:
Laurie Cozzolino SDCE Flex Coordinator

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