October, 2016

President Turner Cortez Serves as Expert and Advocate for Strong Workforce in California

President Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D., is serving as an experienced advisor when it comes to how strong workforce will work with education in California. Recently, President Turner Cortez and other community leaders from San Diego served as panelists for a Strong Workforce Training Program: Tools to Maximize Your Workforce Funding. The workshop was held as a partnership sponsored by the Association of Chief Business Officials (ACBO) and California Community College Chancellor’s Office: College Finance & Facilities Planning Division, Institutional Effectiveness Division and Workforce and Economic Development Division, and SDCCD Executive Vice Chancellor Dr. Bonnie Dowd served as a moderator.

The one-day workshop focused on strong workforce programs including Doing What Matters. Other panelists included Sunny Cooke, Superintendent/President of MiraCosta College, Peter Callstrom, President & CEO of San Diego Workforce Partnership (pictured above), Mario Garcia, Transfer/Career Center Coordinator at Cabrillo College and a Career Technical Education Dean from Long Beach Community College District.

SDCE Prepares to Better Serve Opportunity Youth

Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D., SDCE's President Leading the Way

The Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund hosted their annual convening October 3-6, 2016 in Aspen, Colorado. President Turner Cortez attended as a member of the San Diego Youth Opportunity Pathways Initiative in San Diego spearheaded by Ian Gordon, director of San Diego Youth Development Office.

Opportunity Youth are young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school nor working. In San Diego, this group includes 53,000 people who primarily reside in Mid-City, Barrio Logan and Mountain View communities. This population represents an opportunity for San Diego to draw on the talents of potential leaders and future workforce to meet the needs of local employers. As a whole these youth are eager to further their education, gain work experience, and help their communities. 
With feedback and support from the community, SDCE will soon launch a new San Diego Gateway to College and Career initiative that focuses programs and efforts toward getting students from the high school classroom into college or a career. This is an example of the types of new programs and resources at SDCE that will support Opportunity Youth, and bring more community organizations together.

ESL Changing Lives Through Education

Listen to the stories of how ESL has brought about so much student success though this new program video.

Trolley Dances Come to
César E. Chávez Campus!

Cesar E. Chávez campus took center stage as the starting point for Trolley Dances 2016. More Photos

Passport to Success Continues at
César E. Chávez Campus

Passport to Success brings faculty onboarding orientation to Chavez campus. Passport to Success had its second workshop at Cesar E. Chavez Campus on Octpber 7. The topic was Student Support Services with Star Rivera-Lacey, Ph.D., Esther Matthew, Cynthia Rico, Ed.D., Leslie Quinones, and Michele Madrid Novak as presenters. Information was provided on creating a safe and inclusive classroom. More Photos

Dr. Constance Carroll Returns to ECC for Chancellor's Forum

The 2016 Chancellor's Forum, hosted at the ECC campus, was an opportunity for Chancellor Carroll to speak with Continuing Education about our progress, accomplishments and future challenges. More Photos  Forum Presentation Slides

SDCE Meets the DNC

Caron Lieber (Center) an ESL faculty member and the incoming Academic Senate Treasurer attended the Democratic National Convention. Caron was with the Arizona delegation that made national and international news when their 102-year-old honorary Chair Geraldine, "Jerry" Emmett (the oldest delegate at the convention) announced the votes for Hillary Clinton. Read the articles



Marne Foster, Adult Basic Education faculty member, recently stood with fellow “community heroes” to accept recognition from I Am My Brother’s Keeper Community Development Corporation. More

L to R: William Tayari, Dr. Wilma Wooten, Marne Foster, Dr. Willie Morrow


by Ann Marie Holzknecht, ESL Faculty

Join me in congratulating Roya Moshiri, an evening ESL Instructional Assistant at César E. Chávez campus, on becoming a United States Citizen.


President's Innovation Grants: 2017 Applications now available!


Upcoming events

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

From the Emeritus Program

Never too Old to Learn student success in the Emeritus newsletter. More


SDCE will host more than 50 community agencies at a breakfast this week to encourage collaboration and partnerships for San Diego's 53,000 Opportunity Youth. This effort begins SDCE's planning and support for the San Diego Gateway to College and Career initiative. Attend the President's Visit at your campus to learn more about this new initiative modeled after the Gateway to College national network. 


final draft of the Self-Study is online for final input and review. Everyone is encouraged to review the document so you are familiar with the content in preparation for the visiting team in March. Please join us for the next Accreditation Steering Committee is 10/20 at 3 p.m. More


The SDCE Adult Education Block Grant Committee will have their first meeting on 10/18, 1-2 p.m. at ECC. This operational committee is comprised of a dream team of 25 individuals, including Vice-presidents, Deans, Program Chairs, Academic and Classified Senate representatives, and a special project manager, who will use their wealth of knowledge to oversee implementation of the plan outlined for AEBG funding. The committee meets twice each month to ensure collaboration and transparency among stakeholders.

You are invited!
Have your Voices Heard!

--SDCE fall Flex Advisory Sub-Committee Meeting 11/3, 2:30-4pm, ECC Room 186

--We seek broad input regarding all faculty, staff and student improvement (Flex) activities

--Open to All! Faculty can register for this and all other Flex activities at SDCE Flex

Faculty: Remember to REPORT 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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