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March, 2016

Building on Success through Strategy




More than 60 business and community leaders joined SDCE faculty and administrators at Cesar E. Chavez Campus for an important strategic planning meeting to talk about the future of adult education in San Diego. More than 15 organizations participated. More

Citizenship Instructor Awarded Outstanding Teacher


by Mechelle Perrott
This weekend Leslie Tate was presented by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez from the California State Legislature, a resolution for being an outstanding teacher! This award is the result of her work for the San Ysidro Adult School. This is Leslie's second award (she was also recognized in November).

We are proud to have Leslie Tate as one of our citizenship teachers for our District as well! Leslie teaches on Fridays at ECC. Please join me in congratulating Leslie Tate (pictured below with John Ramirez, Liasion Officer, for San Diego USCIS).

San Diego College Promise


In February, the SDCCD Board of Trustees approved a pilot program that will implement the American’s College Promise for the District. The program aims to cover the costs of enrollment fees and textbooks not otherwise covered by state or federal financial aid or scholarships.

A total of 200 SDCCD students will be selected to participate (25 will come from SDCE). Discussion of the parameters and selection process has already commenced, led by the Interim Vice President of Student Services, Cynthia Rico. Counselors and instructional faculty will have the opportunity to shape the process and selection of the students.

The students who are selected will be required to be enrolled in at least 12 credit units for both fall and spring; participate in eight hours of community service each semester, and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. The goal is to have SDCE's 25 students selected by May 15, so students may complete the student priority enrollment processes at the college campuses.

Faculty + Staff Promote Healthcare Careers

Kenneth Parker (Healthcare Careers faculty) and Ron Flores (Student Services Assistant) participated in an outreach event at Lincoln High School to promote the Healthcare Careers programs offered at Cesar E. Chavez Campus in Barrio Logan. Approximately 100 high school students attended the event.

SD Workforce Partnership 


The San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) presented current initiatives and planning during the SDCCD Board of Trustees business meeting this month. SDCE's President, Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D. is a member of the SDWP Board and participated in the presentation, which emphasized collaboration between SDCCD and SDWP to support and share communication and efforts that facilitate student success. 

The SDWP identified (and has been promoting) priority sectors in San Diego County based on in-demand jobs. Posters are being distributed and displayed around many organizations in San Diego, including SDCE which has a set of priority sector posters near the Career Services area at each campus.

 

PeopleSoft Update


The implementation of PeopleSoft is well underway with the Human Capital Management (HCM) area becoming live in January. The challenges of implementation are being met and, SDCCD is making progress in this regard. For example, many payroll errors have been corrected and will continue to be minimized.

An advisory group including SDCCD HR personnel, IT management and Vice Presidents of Administrative Services, has been meeting with the leadership of Executive Vice Chancellor Bonnie Dowd. The advisory group meets weekly to scrutinize and solve problems. A User Group will be developed and will also meet regularly until every issue has been resolved.

More help sessions for navigating the system are on the way. Walk-in training sessions are coming to CE locations in April. Stay tuned for details.

Acquired Brain Injury Program is Healing and Helping

Kimber Thurman enrolled in the Acquired Brain Injury Program at CE Mesa in fall 2011. At that time, she used a wheelchair and had difficulty sitting upright and maintaining an adequate speech volume. Kimber was dealing with fatigue, bilateral weakness and spasticity, pain, headaches, double vision, memory problems, slowed processing, word finding difficulties, anxiety, and depression.

Fast forward to spring 2016 when Kimber is enrolled as a full-time college student. Read more about her success.

Program updates

 

Citizenship

This spring, SDCE's Citizenship program has embraced technology and spread wings out into the community! More
 

DSPS

Students enrolled in the High School Diploma/Equivalency program and in Career Technical Education programs are working diligently with DSPS Resource Specialists to achieve their goals. More

Innovative Ideas Awarded


Online Automotive Theory Pilot Development (by Bernie Rodriguez and Sam Phu)
Will accommodate more students who want to enroll in the Automotive Technician Certificate Program by including a partially online component to the curriculum.

Student-Centered SDCE Policy and Procedures Materials Development (by Marne Foster, Corinne Layton and Gretchen Bitterlin)
Will provide an explanation of the SDCE policy included in boilerplates that appear in the SDCE syllabus template so as to make the policies more accessible to all students.

Introducing E-Portfolios for Faculty and Student Success (by Marne Foster and Kelly Martinez)
Will launch an ePortfolio initiative to improve student learning, persistence and completion.

Voices of SDCE (by Marie Doerner)
Would collect student writings and art once each year and publish the writings/art in a journal.

Survive Headstrong Walk

The San Diego Brain Injury Foundation will host the 9th walk for brain injury recovery on Saturday, March 19. Contact Heike Kessler-Heiberg at hheiberg@sdccd.edu or register to walk!
 

Budget planning for 2016-17 begins

The District will be begin the 2016-2017 Tentative Budget Development on March 31, 2016, which will be adopted by the SDCCD Board of Trustees in June. President Turner Cortez will provide budget updates during the spring campus visits and the next budget milestone is the Governor's May Revise.


SDCE participates in tutor expo at City College

Read more about the tutor expo.


Faculty and staff evaluations

In an effort to keep all employee evaluations current, a current schedule for faculty and classified evaluations has been distributed to respective managers and supervisors. All evaluations will be conducted according to the CBA guidelines.   


The Barrio Station honors SDCCD and Cesar E. Chavez campus

Read more about the Barrio Station honors SDCCD.
 

Welcome new faces!

Yolanda Bravo is a new Instructional Assistant at CE Mesa Campus
Nga La is a new Instructional Assistant at West City Campus
Nadia Mohammed is a new Instructional Assistant at Mid-City Campus
Cynthia Rico, Ed.D. is the new Interim Vice President of Student Services
Yonathan Tesfahun is a new Instructional Assistant at Cesar E. Chavez Campus


Important dates

March 23, Chavez Car Park Dedication Event
March 24, SDCE hosts SDCCD Board of Trustees Meeting at Chavez Campus
April 20, Scholarship Awards Event at ECC

May 5, ECC's 40th Anniversary Celebration

FROM THE PRESIDENT

My spring campus visits began this month at West City (3/14) and Mid-City (3/16), which includes an update about Accreditation planning and SDCE's annual budget. Please make every effort to attend the meeting at your campus (or at any campus that’s convenient to you). Meetings continue into April as follows:
4/4   North City (2-3:30pm), 4/6   ECC (1-2:30pm)
4/7   CE Mesa (11:30-1pm), 4/14 Chavez (1-2:30pm)

ACCREDITATION UPDATE

The Academic Senate (AS) meetings are a place to learn the most up-to-date information about the outlook of the District and decisions that affect your program. In February, the AS reviewed data from the 2015/16 Outlook of FTES compared to Targets, which indicated that SDCE had a strong summer in 2015, followed by a weaker fall semester, and are now working toward a strong spring enrollment. Acting VPI, Esther Matthew reminded us that the annual enrollment in any given year sets the budget for the following year. VPI Matthew encouraged faculty to enact creative solutions to increase retention as well as headcount for the spring semester. Faculty shared their ideas, suggesting passing out fliers and creating a course newsletter or Facebook page. Add your input and be a catalyst for change by attending an AS general meeting held every third Tuesday of the month at ECC in Room 186. 

ADULT EDUCATION BLOCK GRANT (AEBG)

At the public meeting on 2/24, the SDAERC unanimously voted to approve the AB 104 Annual Plan and the AB 104 Three-Year Plan Update. To implement these plans and ensure collaboration and transparency among stakeholders, the creation of a CE-SDAERC Committee was proposed. The Academic Senate edited and approved the membership of said committee to include three Vice-Presidents, all program chairs, 8 deans, and 2 appointees from each of our senates. Review membership request and edits.

FROM ACADEMIC SENATE

The Academic Senate (AS) meetings are a place to learn the most up-to-date information about the outlook of the District and decisions that affect your program. In February, the AS reviewed data from the 2015/16 Outlook of FTES compared to Targets, which indicated that SDCE had a strong summer in 2015, followed by a weaker fall semester, and are now working toward a strong spring enrollment. Acting VPI, Esther Matthew reminded us that the annual enrollment in any given year sets the budget for the following year. VPI Matthew encouraged faculty to enact creative solutions to increase retention as well as headcount for the spring semester. Faculty shared their ideas, suggesting passing out fliers and creating a course newsletter or Facebook page. Add your input and be a catalyst for change by attending an AS general meeting held every third Tuesday of the month at ECC in Room 186.  
 


SDCE Faculty Flex has more details.

New to Flex? Contact Laurie Cozzolino, SDCE Flex Coordinator lcozzoli@sdccd.edu


Flex Update


Keeping Current w/Tech: Take advantage of these trainings offered by Online Learning Pathways 
  • Instructional Online Video Production: 3/18, 9am-noon: Miramar W-222/Zoom
  • Content w/ Padlet: 3/25, 10-11:30am: Miramar W-222/Zoom
  • Converting Face-to-face Classroom Materials for Online Learning: How to Get Started: 4/6, 1-2pm: ZOOM ONLY
  • Captioning Web Video: 4/8, 9am-noon: Miramar W-222/Zoom
                                

      
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