February 2017

SDCE Receives High Recognition from ACCCA for Research 

San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) has been highly recognized by the Association of California Community College Administrators (ACCCA) for the research completed and published in The Past, Present and Future of Noncredit Education in California Community Colleges. Special thanks to SDCE’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness, especially to Dean Michelle Fischthal and Jessica Luedtke for their efforts to complete this important work. More

San Diego Gateway to College and Career

SDCE Welcomes First Cohort of Students

As you may know, SDCE was awarded a youth workforce grant last summer to serve out-of-school young adults ages 18-24 living in Southeastern San Diego and Barrio Logan. The grant is part of a larger San Diego Gateway to College and Career initiative that launched this month with the first group of Gateway students successfully completing week one of the program (photo above). The grant allows SDCE to provide non-academic supports (e.g. paid internships, community service and intensive case management) to a select group of eligible students. More

SDCCD and SDCE Working Together
SDCCD's Outreach Ambassadors at ECC for a Day of Team Building

Submitted by Michele Madrid Novak

The District Outreach Spring Communication training is held annually before the start of the spring semester at ECC. This is a District Outreach-led event where all the outreach teams at the colleges (coordinators, staff and student ambassadors) come together to develop their communication and public speaking skills as this is a big component to their jobs. We spend the day discussing any policy or procedural changes, provide updates about the district, colleges and SDCE but most of the day is spent on team building. 

West City Campus Welcomes Passport to Success

Curriculum Development

Submitted by Roma Weaver

Passport to Success had its fifth workshop at West City on Curriculum Development. Gail Fedalizo, West City office manager welcomed us to their wonderful campus. Desiree Payne, Curriculum Analyst for SDCE, Shelly Hess, Dean of Curriculum and Instructional Service for the District, and Donna Namdar, Curriculum Chair for SDCE each presented an overview of  the State, District and SDCE curriculum process. Participants were able to develop and share an outline with the group. Rachel Rose presented an update on our online training.

Police Educate Students on Campus Safety

Submitted by Melissa Hough

Officer Dennis Trutna, College Service Officer at ECC, welcomes the opportunity to build a partnership, minimize fear and lack of knowledge, and helps students bridge a knowledge gap with the campus police. More

Spring 2017 Begins 📚

It's Back to School all Around SDCE 

Spring semester is off to a strong start and during this semester, SDCE will welcome a team of colleagues and administrators from WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) who will visit our campuses 3/13, 3/14 and 3/15 for an Accreditation Site Visit. Accreditation is an opportunity for us to share all the wonderful, innovative work and projects happening throughout our 300+ classrooms, student services areas and counseling offices.

Institution Day 

California's Strong Workforce Program

More than 200 faculty and classified staff participated in Flex activities and Institutional Day at ECC to kick start spring semester and hear updates from SDCE's President, Carlos O. Turner Cortez and a presentation from MiraCosta Community College President, Dr. Sunita "Sunny" Cooke who provided a significant statewide update on workforce development.

SDCE Hosts Black History Month

North City Campus Kicks off Celebration with Campus-wide Gathering

The celebration of Black History Month dates back to 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery in the United States (US) and February was designated in 1976 as Black History Month in America. San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) recognizes and celebrates brave achievements made by black Americans and their essential role in our country's history.

North City's ASB hosted Black History Month and Healthy Heart Month event on campus. Thank you to the 100+ students and faculty in attendance.


Madeline Loewe-Pollock finished her last year of high school at CE-North City. “During my senior year, I dropped out. I felt like I didn’t have a chance.” After attending an alternative school in San Diego Madeline transferred to SDCE. “They showed me I’m a person who can go to college.” There she was honored as the Matthew LaCaze Memorial Scholarship recipient. She is now pursuing her Associate Degree For Transfer at San Diego Mesa College to become a nurse. More

Addressing the Health Needs of the Underserved

ESL Instructor Presents at UCSD School of Medicine Event

Submitted by Corinne Layton

ESL instructor Susan Morgan recently presented at Addressing the Health Needs of the Underserved:  An Innovative Faculty Development Program for Physicians and Health Professionals at an event organized by the UCSD School of Medicine. More

New Partnership with San Diego Rescue Mission

For the first time, San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) is providing free classes at the San Diego Rescue Mission (SDRM) in the areas of high school equivalency and parent education. This new community collaboration supports SDRM’s mission to provide education and vocational training to residents in its programs, and SDCE’s mission to make education equitable and accessible to everyone. More

Upcoming events

3/13-16: WASC Accreditation Visit 
3/18: Walk for Brain Injury Recovery

SDCE Presents at ACCE National Conference

Administrators, faculty and staff attended the ACCE conference held in San Diego this month. Carlos O. Turner Cortez Ph.D., President and Jessica Luedtke, Research and Planning Analyst, presented a break-out session at the event: “Continuing/Noncredit Education: The Past, Present, and Future of Noncredit Education in California Community Colleges”. Additionally, Jane Signaigo-Cox, Dean of Career Technical Education participated on a panel discussion: “Strong Workforce Program and Continuing Education: A Panel Discussion from Three Regions”  with Madelyn Arballo, Dean of Continuing Education from Mt. San Antonio College and Nilo Lipiz, Dean of Instruction and Student Services for Continuing Education at Santa Ana College.

The report and supporting research will also be presented to ACCCA (Association of California Community College Administrators), which is the organization that honored the report with the prestigious Mertes Award. More

Support SDCE's Foundation Scholarships

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

VESL Personal Care Assistant = Award Completions

ESL faculty Manuel Gallegos and Karen Hamilton celebrated with students at the VESL Personal Care Assistant Graduation at Cesar E. Chavez Campus. Students received certificates and celebrated their completion of 18 weeks of contextualized ESL instruction and hands-on caregiving skills


We are especially proud of the community partnerships we have at SDCE that help us serve students. Most recently we have started a new relationship with the San Diego Rescue Mission where we are providing onsite classes to some of the most vulnerable adults in our community. Beginning in March, we will welcome staff from the County of San Diego's Health and Human Services office to SDCE campuses, so convenient, onsite assistance can be provided to our students. 


The final SDCE self-study has been published and sent to the WASC visiting team. It can be accessed on the Accreditation webpage. The completion of the self-study report was a team effort from faculty, staff, administrators, the community, and students. More


SDCE hosted the first San Diego Adult Education Regional Consortium Public Meeting of 2017 on February 15th from 4-5 p.m. where the Data and Accountability Plan was submitted for Board approval.  In the plan, both Unified and SDCE were required to create a process, structure, and framework to collect and export all data points from the TopsPro Enterprise intake as well as update forms for learners touched by AEBG funds. More

Flex Update: Spring Flex Days Highlights from January

· Hundreds of SDCE faculty, classified staff and administrators gathered together for two days of professional development workshops, institutional presentations and activities, important program meetings, and, some productive down time with colleagues for coffee and lunch.
· Highlights included Spring Flex ‘Building on Success’ w/ Guest Speaker Sunny Cooke, Ph.D.
·  5000+ Total hours of Flex/Professional Development have been reported so far  this academic year

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


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