February, 2016

African American History Month Celebration

You're invited to a special celebration at ECC on February 24 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This event includes selected messages through spoken word, music, dance, songs and a special message through Gwendolyn Brooks poetry. The event is free and open to the public. 

Community will Participate in Strategic Planning

Lead authors and team members have done extraordinary and creative work on their department and instructional program strategic plans. A big thanks to all involved! The next event will be a community lunch meeting at Cesar E. Chavez Campus on February 24. Members of the community will join us and share insights about delivering innovative instruction that helps SDCE continue to meet the educational needs in the communities we serve. 

IEPI/EEO and Faculty Hiring

by Antoinette Griffin

This was an excellent training organized by College of the Canyons and hosted by MiraCosta College. IEPI stands for Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative. This training was presented by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. Title 5 Section 53003 requires that hiring committees be trained on the educational benefits of workforce diversity, the elimination of bias in hiring decisions, and best practices in serving on a selection or screening committee.
The Legal Affairs Division, CCCCO (Thuy Nguyen) reviewed State and Federal Laws.
Jacquelyn (Jackie) V. Reza, Professor and Director of Professional Development De Anza College, Emeritus presented  on "Improving Success Among Underrepresented Community College Students". She also presented on behalf of Dr. Robert Fairlies research and articles (A Community College Instructor Like Me).
Kimberly Papillon, Esq. was the main speaker. She is a nationally recognized expert on the subject of decision-making in law, education, business and medicine. Ms. Papillon spoke on the subject of "The Neuroscience of Decision - Making Curriculum". Steps and Strategies for increasing fairness and eliminating unconscious/implicit association in decision making. See where you stand.

Encouraging Students with Scholarships

North City ASB and counselor Cat Prindle held a very successful, and well-attended Scholarship Information session. More than 50 students attended, gaining information on the types of scholarships they qualify for and how to apply. Last year CE awarded over $33,000 in scholarships to over 100 students. This year's award event will be held April 20 in the ECC theater.

SDCE Awarded $500,000 to Increase Apprenticeships

The objective of the San Diego County Apprenticeship Preview and Preparation (SD-APP) project is to create a regional framework to strengthen pathways into existing registered apprenticeships and to improve the preparation of students who may be interested in one of six areas: carpenter, electrician, machinist, pipefitter (including welding), plumber and sheet metal worker. Special effort will be given to increase the number of veterans, women, minorities and other underserved populations to participate in the apprentice preparation and training programs developed through the project. More

New 3D Printer Supports Small Business Students

Thanks to a generous donation from the Christensen Foundation, the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management program will benefit from a new three dimensional printer, which will be housed at Cesar E. Chavez campus. The printer will expose students to the use of this modern design technology, and instructors look forward to helping students create prototypes of new product ideas. The donation is an example of the important role that community contributions make to support student success. SDCE thanks SDCCD Board of Trustee member Bernie Rhinerson for coordinating the donation, and the Business and Information Technology Program is grateful for the support.

Free Community College Pilot Program Approved

The SDCCD Promise program is intended to ensure that no deserving local students are denied the opportunity to go to college due to lack of resources. SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll says the district is starting with a pilot program in fall 2016 in preparation for broader implementation in fall 2017. More

The Unknown Art of Printmaking

The Printmaking class at West City Campus is having an exhibit at the Point Loma Library, “The Midway Printmakers Present: The Unknown Art of Printmaking”. This is a low-fee class in our Community Education Program and the exhibit runs through February 27. More

Program Updates

Automotive Technician

Automotive staff obtained national certification through the National Automotive Technician  Educational Foundation (NATEF). This rigorous process is similar to the WASC accreditation process and will result in more SDCE students transitioning into Miramar College’s Automotive Technology AA degree program.
As a result of obtaining NATEF certification, SDCE's credit-by-exam agreement with Miramar College has been expanded to include all courses offered in Automotive. Credit-by-exam agreements now provide SDCE students (who are actual qualified completers) with up to 23 college credits toward Miramar's program.


Mike Bradbury, an instructor with SDCE’s Welding program, has played a key role in the development of the design of SDCE’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade for many years. In 2015, Mike had thought of utilizing a replica of the Edmund Pettis Bridge for the float, but there was not enough time to make that creative idea come to life, so instead the students in the welding classes created a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that was composed of words from the “I have a Dream” speech. The entry won First Place in the float division. More

SDCE accreditation forums open to all

Thursday, March 3 at Mid-City Campus, Room 117 3-5 p.m.
Monday, March 7 at North City Campus, Multi-Purpose Room 3-5 p.m.

Welcome new faces!

Meet many of the new contract faculty who have been recently hired
Meet Jessica Luedtke, CE's new campus-based researcher

Save the dates

March 23 is the dedication of the Cesar E. Chavez Car Park
March 24 is the Board of Trustees campus meeting at Cesar E. Chavez campus
April 20 is the scholarship awards event at ECC

ETi leverages community college network to serve businesses

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Leadership in higher educational organizations must establish many important priorities. Of the top for SDCCD and SDCE is to encourage participation in advocacy efforts that benefit our mission as an academic institution with a commitment to excellence and student success. 

This month, SDCCD began its advocacy efforts toward legislation for the upcoming year including budget issues, the California College Promise; AEBG; full-time faculty hires; technology improvements that support student success, and safety on our campuses. 

Leaders across our institution joined our Board of Trustees, Chancellor Carroll and myself in Sacramento to meet with legislators from the San Diego region. Advocacy is one of the most important efforts we contribute to as administrators and leaders. More


The webpage has been revised and was shared at spring Flex. All accreditation information will be stored on this website and updated throughout the accreditation process until the WASC visit March 13-16, 2017.

Participate in accreditation:

Observation trainings: Faculty receive flex credit for training and are paid $75 for each observation you conduct in March.

Forums: Provide feedback for the Self-Study and receive flex credit for participating. Refreshments provided! More


Consortium, including SDAERC, are urging the state to release clear guidelines regarding AEBG’s outcomes that are to be measured for the 2015-16 reporting period which ends 6/30/16.

Despite the state having agreed to give leniency on the measured progress amassed for the data report slated for submission 8/1/16, consortium still require basic direction such as using duplicated versus unduplicated counts.

In response to consortium pressure, Natasha Collins from the Legislative Analyst’s Office will be creating and posting recommendations for data points to be collected. More information about ABEG  


Spring Flex = Success!


More than 150 faculty, staff and administrators attended each day of 2016 Spring Flex Days (2/1-2/2) at ECC. Events included Spring Institutional Day with a President’s Welcome and Update; an introduction of new faculty members; important updates about accreditation and research; an SLO re-boot presentation; program meetings. and other general sessions on both days.

Please read the full article.

Go to SDCE Faculty Flex for more details and to register now!
New to Flex? Contact Laurie Cozzolino at

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