January, 2016

SDCE Float wins 1st Place Award

More than 100 SDCE students, faculty, staff and administrators joined SDCCD at the MLK parade. SDCE's float, created by SDCE welding students, included a replica of the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama and won First Place in the Educational Unit category! Congratulations to San Diego City College who also received awards for their float! More

Councilmember Alvarez tours Chavez Campus

Faculty and staff at SDCE's Cesar E. Chavez campus hosted Councilmember David Alvarez, members from his staff, and community representatives to tour the new campus and learn about the classes and programs offered. Those who attended with Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D., SDCE President and Robin Carvajal, SDCE Dean, included Councilmember David Alvarez; Travis Knowles, Chief of Staff; Lisa Schmidt, Deputy Chief of Staff; Ansermio Jake Estrada, Digital Media Staffer; Vivian Morena, Council Representative; and community representatives: Martha Zapata, Gabriela Dominguez, Ruth Martin and Alberto Vasquez. 

Input Needed to Revise Mission Statement

As part of both accreditation and strategic planning efforts, review and approval by all shareholder groups of our mission is required. Additionally, it's faculty and staff who have the best ideas about SDCE's mission and vision statements, and we need your input to be certain our statement is current and representative of our organization. Please review the current work and offer input on the revised statements. More

SLO Expert at Flex

Dr. Gary J. Williams is the instructional assessment specialist at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California. He has 20 years of experience in higher education at a variety of institutions, large and small, public and private.

Dr. Williams serves on the Accreditation and SLO committee for the Academic Senate of the CA Community Colleges and at CE's spring Flex, he will present "Using SLOs, Assessment and Powerful Syllabi to achieve Student Connected-ness and Student Success." 

ESL Instructor Awarded

Congratulations to Stephanie Thomas who won the Community College Teacher Development Award, sponsored by National Geographic Learning. More

Program Updates

Healthcare Careers

A Student Alumni Advisory event was coordinated and held for the first time during the fall semester at the Cesar E. Chavez campus. Students came back to tour the new facility, hear about planning for new programs, and share their employment success. More

President's Innovation Grant

Many faculty, staff and administrators have suggestions on how to strengthen SDCE by supporting student success and improving employee morale. A new grant program established and supported by SDCE's President's Office aims to capture and execute these ideas. President’s Innovation Grants will be awarded for innovative projects and ideas. More

Applications are available online until January 31, 2016.

SDCE president named to workforce development board 

The San Diego Workforce Partnership invited Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D., to join the new WDB (Workforce Development Board) that provides direction on the best ways to provide job training opportunities for job seekers that meet the needs of regional employers. The Board's first meeting is next month. More

ESL instructor named Newsmaker of the Year 

Mimi Pollack developed a GoFundMe site in collaboration with a European relief organization that has raised funds for refugees from the Middle East and Africa. Times of San Diego article East County Magazine article

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 

Representatives from the District HR Department will be at North City Campus on 1/25 from 11:30 to 5:30pm in Room 110 to help people create time sheets and enter hours in the new PeopleSoft system. Help will be on a walk-in basis; no appointment necessary!

Upcoming Printmaking Fair

The Midway Printmakers presents "The Unknown Art of Printmaking" reception and art sale on January 23 from 2-4 p.m. at the Point Loma Branch Library. Contact SDCE Printmaking Instructor Sfona Pelah ( for information.


As 2016 begins, along with our spring semester, students will find updated equipment and curriculum in many certificate program classrooms at SDCE. The updates are motivated by efforts to improve student success, and are supported by special one-time funding from the state's budget (CTE enhancement funds). SDCE is using the funds to enhance existing programs and offer new options that will increase a student's likelihood of finding employment or transitioning into higher education to study in an industry with great employment potential.

I wish you the very best in this New Year and look forward to an innovative 2016.



During spring Flex on 2/2, Steering Committee co-chairs, Dr. Barbara Pongsrikul and ESL Program Chair Corinne Layton, will provide an update on the Accreditation process including the redesigned Accreditation website, a description of Chapter 1 of the Self-Study Report, and an explanation of the classroom observation process that will be completed by the end of March. More


The AB86 planning grant funding officially ended 12/31/15. SDAERC now begins utilizing AB104’s first-year grant funds. SDCE’s portion is $2,752,360 and will be used to implement needs prioritized in the planning document. As a reminder, during the planning process, each program identified "top five gaps" to be addressed through this grant and the gaps were vetted with faculty, community and administrative input.

The future looks bright for SDAERC and the Consortia across California. Governor Brown’s 2016-17 proposed budget includes $500 million in AEBG funding, which would provide funds for the second-year of this three-year grant.


2016 scholarship fliers and applications are now available at student services at each campus. Please encourage eligible students to apply. All scholarships require that the student attach a typed essay. The deadline for all of the scholarships is February 18, 2016.

Last year, SDCE awarded $33,000+ in scholarships to 100+ students. We hope to see you and your students at the Scholarship Awards Ceremony on April 20, 2016, 4 ECC. Contact student services at your campus if you have questions or need more details.


Spring Flex

Online Registration Now Open

  • 2/1: Perkins program meetings; SafeZone training; AFT meeting with lunch; other general sessions
  • 2/2: Institutional day with President's lunch; afternoon program meetings; evening recap
Go to SDCE Faculty Flex for more details and to register now!
New to Flex? Contact Laurie Cozzolino

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