December, 2015

Student Gifts Painting to Instructor

"Thank you for all the endless encouragement, support and help that made it possible for me to finally accomplish a long time goal,” wrote Mid-City student Greg Collon More

Staying up to speed on SLOs

SDCE has institutional, program and course level student learning outcomes (SLOs). Almost all courses have SLOs, and SDCE is in the process of establishing a fifth SLO that reflects SDCE’s commitment to diversity and social justice. An increase in new hires and new courses over the last few years has SDCE revisiting the history of SLOs in our institution as a means of moving forward and Building on Success. More

Holiday Reception

Community Provides Resources to Students

Mid-City Campus holds an annual resource fair to provide students with the opportunity to gather information on valuable supportive services available in the community. This event is a collaborative project involving student services and instruction. More

SDCE Foundation

The SDCE Foundation has acquired five new directors, a new slate of officers and is developing ambitious initiatives for the fiscal year of 2015-2016 including: 
  1. Expanding, standardizing and creating more sustainable student scholarships
  2. Establishing mini-grant programs for all major SDCE programs
  3. Cultivating donors for SDCE Foundation initiatives and endowment

Program Updates

Business + Information Technology

The Small Business Planning Program, will launch this spring. This is the first Certificate Program from SDCE’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Program. Free business start-up courses for aspiring small business owners will be offered in the new Cesar E. Chavez campus. Lead instructor Matthew Rivaldi is forming partnerships with local community organizations that support artists, craft-makers, entrepreneurs and small business owners that embody the rich culture in Barrio Logan and the surrounding downtown community.

Parent Education

Each semester, outdoor classes are held in a variety of public parks, farms, creeks and canyons. Students learn the principles of positive parenting while developing a greater sense of ecological awareness. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, outdoor exploration builds strong immune systems, promotes creativity, reduces stress, and increases self-esteem (2014). Thinking beyond the traditional classroom model is one of the ways the Parent Education program meets the holistic learning needs of students and their children. 

Inmate and Reentry Education Summit

A team comprised of faculty and staff from SDCE, District, and City traveled to Sacramento to take part in the two-day Summit on Inmate Reentry and Education sponsored by The California Community College Chancellors Office (CCCCO). 
The summit explored new funding opportunities for college programs; establishing partnerships with local law enforcement agencies; face-to-face inmate education services; campus programs supporting formerly incarcerated students, and best practices in the field of working with the currently and formally incarcerated.
(L to R: Richard Weinroth, Caron Lieber, Juan Serrano, B.J. Snowden, Shelly Hess, Lorraine Collins, Heather Liggins)

ESL instructor wins award 

Stephanie Thomas was recently recognized with a Community College Level Teacher Development Award sponsored by National Geographic Learning More

Doing what matters

The Doing What Matters initiative has developed an IT pathway. SDCE offers most of the courses in the pathway and was one of the first organizations on the statewide site for San Diego. Thank you to instructor Richard Gholson for supporting this effort. Check it out!

PeopleSoft training 

Starting January 1, all SDCE faculty and staff will enter time worked, and also will request leaves using the online PeopleSoft system. Be certain to attend a training session so you will be ready for the new process!

ASB coordinates food drive 

SDCE’s ASB coordinated a food drive to collect donations for the San Diego Food Bank. Most campuses collected food donations, and encouraged participation by providing opportunity drawing tickets and prizes. Some students donated as part of a classroom group, and others as individuals. Opportunity drawings were also held to provide additional monetary donations to the food bank. 

Welcome new faces!

Juanita Ledesma is a new Career Services Counselor for SDCE
Susan Yamate is working as a consultant to coordinate the AEBG

President's innovation grant

Applications available online until January 31, 2016.


SDCE's Strategic Plan Ad Hoc Authors Steering Committee continues to meet monthly and work on the development of the new Strategic Master Plan. The first draft is on target to be completed by the end of January, and  faculty and staff who are not able to participate in the monthly Strategic Plan Ad Hoc Authors Steering Committee meetings will have an opportunity to provide feedback at Flex Day during their program meetings.
We are also excited to announce a Community Strategic Master Planning Luncheon on Friday, February 26, 2016 at the new Chavez campus from 12:00-2:00 p.m. At this meeting, community members will have the opportunity to actively engage in the creation of the Strategic Master Plan, truly making it a collaborative process.



In our November news article we mentioned that members of the Accreditation Steering Committee and Work and Focus groups were in the process of writing the first draft of the Self-Study Report in preparation for the 2017 WASC Accreditation visit.

Writing the Self-Study and preparing for the WASC Accreditation visit require a team effort. Our December update identifies the contents of the Self-Study and the members of the Accreditation Team.

The Self-Study is comprised of five chapters More


SDAERC welcomes Dr. Lorie Crosby Howell as a temporary SDCE voting administrative member. After key positions are filled within SDCE, the Board of Trustees will vote in a new permanent SDAERC board member to replace Dr. Ellison.

Good news! To-date, all AEBG activities for SDCE were funded with the residual planning grant money from AB86. In 2016, funding will be drawn from the $2,752,360 in AB104 allocations. The semi-annual expenditure and progress reporting will begin in January and will continue every six months until 1/18 with program area expenditure reports due annually in July.


The November 17, 2015, Academic Senate Meeting had the distinct honor and privilege of a visit from Judith Heiman, the community college analyst, and Natasha Collins, a K-12 analyst from the State Legislative Analyst Office (LAO). The LAO is a nonpartisan government agency known for its fiscal and programmatic expertise and nonpartisan analysis of the state budget. More



Our well-respected colleague Doug Elliot, Career Services Counselor, is retiring and Ms. Juanita Ledesma has been named the new Career Services Counselor. Juanita has worked at SDCE providing academic, career, and crisis counseling since February 2003. During this time she has worked at several of the campuses and with a variety of programs. She possesses certifications with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and with the National Career Development Association (NCDA), and brings to the position a wealth of knowledge and is a natural fit for taking the lead in coordinating SDCE's Career Services.

Flex Update

Save the dates: Spring Flex Days are 2/1 and 2/2, 2016

  • 2/1: General sessions, AFT meeting with luncheon
  • 2/2: Institutional day with President's luncheon, program meetings and evening recap
  • Please check your email in January  for specific times

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