April 2017
SDCE Classes Begin at San Diego Rescue Mission

Exciting New Partnership for SDCCD and SDCE

SDCE and the San Diego Rescue Mission are collaborating to expand educational opportunities, part of a larger effort to transition homeless to higher education and out of poverty.

The dozens of families who stay at the SDRM located on the corner of Elm St. in Downtown, San Diego are looking for emergency shelter, hot meals, transitional housing and recovery counselling. The charity moved three times in Downtown’s East Village since opening in 1955 and will soon expand again as a result of the new collaboration with SDCE and to meet the educational needs of SDRM’s clients.

The shelter currently offers two SDCE courses: 1) High School Diploma scheduled four nights each week, Monday through Thursday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and 2) Families Learning Together, offered Wednesday mornings from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. These free academic classes are open to any resident of San Diego age 18+.

All Students are Welcome

ESL Students Participate in Inclusion and Diversity Project

In honor of Diversity Awareness Month, SDCE's ESL students paint their version of the famous 'hands-around-the-world' icon. The multiculturalism of our faculty, staff and students is a major strength that impacts the learning community. Join us in preserving cultural traditions in the classroom and campus-wide.

Sign SDCE's Diversity Awareness Pledge

SDCE Hosts Board of Trustees Meeting

Community Partners and Students Share Praise of New Initiatives

San Diego Community College District's Board of Trustees met Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the San Diego Continuing Education's ECC campus.

Prior to the meeting the SDCCD board members hosted an open door session encouraging neighbors of the community to talk one on one with each trustee and have their voices heard.

President Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D. and Michelle Fischthal presented The Past, Present and Future of Noncredit followed by SDCE's newest initiatives: Passport to Success, Open Educational Resources, New Community Partners and Reinventing Student Services.

The SDCCD Board of Trustees shared humble praise and excitement for the new happenings campus-wide and in the community. SDCE Students shared their transformational experiences.

The San Diego Rescue Mission, The San Diego Workforce Partnership and The USS Midway were in attendance.


Free Library Book Exchange

North City ASB Wants you to Take a Book and Leave a Book!

 North City ASB has launched their first Free Library Book Exchange in the student lounge to encourage a love for reading and learning. When participants choose a book they like, they are encouraged to return the same book or a different one. The books available are constantly changing. You never know what genre you will find!

DONATE: If you would like to donate new or used books contact the North City Campus ASB.

Passport to Success Finishes Strong

Participants Complete Final Classroom Portion at CE Mesa

By Roma Weaver

Passport to Success had its last workshop for the year April 7th at CE Mesa. President Cortez spoke to the participants about Social Justice and gave an informative overview of where Continuing Education started and where it is positioned to be in the future. Maureen Rubalcada  presented an interactive presentation on Student Equity and talked about her new position as Dean of Student Equity. Linda Osborn, diversity chair, shared information about the committee and its goals. Participants enjoyed some good food and  plans to participate in commencement activities on June 2nd. 

Trustee Senour honored with Lifetime Service Award

at the 15th annual Cesar E. Chavez Commemorative Luncheon


Maria Nieto Senour serves on and has chaired the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees since 1990, as well as has served as a consultant to local, state, and national groups with a focus on creating community dialogues on race relations and future planning. MORE.

Congratulations SDCE's Char Shade

Live Well San Diego Public Health Champion Awards 15 Recipients

By Beth Hayes

Char Schade was 1 of 15 individuals honored by the County for their achievements in improving the health and well-being of San Diego County residents. The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency presents the honors during its annual Live Well San Diego Public Health Champion Awards Ceremony, the County’s signature event in recognition of National Public Health Week.

Established in 2002, the awards recognize public and private collaboration of individuals and organizations that have made contributions that advance the region’s health and the overall well-being of San Diego County residents. The recipients embody Live Well San Diego, the regional vision for healthy, safe and thriving communities.

The 2017 Live Well San Diego Public Health Champions Awards recipients include:

Char Schade for the category-AGING AND INDEPENDENCE SERVICES Schade’s motto is “Be More Alive, Dance and Exercise!” and has been teaching fitness classes for older adults for several decades. She has authored three movement education/fitness books and was a consultant for the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for four years. Presently, she assists in the Aging and Independence Services Feeling Fit training's.

Meet the Student | Danielle Nadeau

Computer and IT Graduate Lands Rewarding Career

Danielle Nadeau enrolled in the Computers and IT program at SDCE after working in administrative and operational support roles for many years. Danielle wanted to learn more about technology and computer care. She chose SDCE’s Networking Technology Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and Security certificate program. “Mr. Ron Runyan encouraged his students to refer to each other as technicians. This was an exercise that felt silly considering we hadn't learned anything yet. Mr. Runyan's constant reinforcement of a professional mindset gave me the confidence to actually call myself a technician.” Danielle is now working as a Help Desk Technician and preparing for the N+ certification course in the fall.

Open Educational Resources

CCCOER (Community Colleges Consortium for Open Educational Resources) is hosting upcoming webinars:
• May 10: Vetting OER for Quality, Accessibility, and Licensing 
• June 14: Building OER Sustainability at Your Campus 
Learn More


Open Educational Resources Newley Re-Elected Academic Senate Members Take Office

Richard Weinroth was re-elected Academic Senate President, and Antoinette Griffin was re-elected Academic Senate Vice President. Both Weinroth and Griffin will serve two-year terms.


Open Educational Resources (OER) help reduce the cost of textbooks and SDCE has received two grants to begin the process of planning and implementing OER at SDCE. Faculty leaders have championed this effort through professional development and work groups and now the grants will help us move forward with this important initiative. Faculty members Matthew Rivaldi and Rachel Rose are taking the lead toward this effort, and all faculty are invited to learn more during upcoming webinars hosted by the Community Colleges Consortium for OER (see dates above).


At the March 22, 17 public meeting, San Diego Adult Education Regional Consortium Board approved 3 budget revisions: Revision 1 Year 1 Plan,   Revision 1 Year 2 Plan and Revision 1 Data and Accountability Plan.  Since the consortium consists of two member institutions the revisions sent to the state will always reflect the combined changes for both SD Unified Adult School and SDCE.  Our next public meeting will be on May 8, 17  from 4-5 pm in the High Tech Conference Room.  All are welcome to attend.
On April 11,17 at the Super Region Meeting, Rachel Rose presented the challenges SDCE faces regarding compliance with the State’s requirements for Adult Education Block Grant data collection such as missing data fields within our current information system and the ability to program PeopleSoft to export into Casas. The Super Region will be supporting a movement initiated in San Diego to pressure the State AEBG Office to reconsider certain data collection requirements.
Finally, thank you to the SDCE AEBG Committee who has been working diligently with the assistance of Kelly Henwood to compile activities that align with AB104 objectives for the Year 3 Plan.

Flex Update: Spring Flex Days Highlights from April

Learn More About Equity and Diversity Efforts in April: Open to All Faculty and Staff
Faculty enroll at SDCE Flex

-  Men of Color Workshops at City College: Check Flex Schedule for times and locations

-  Wednesday 4/19: Student Qualitative Data/Best Practices in Support Services/Best Practices in Teaching and Learning

-  Friday 4/21: Food and Housing Insecurities on Community College Student Success

-  LBGTQ Safe Zone Workshop

- Monday 4/24: 3-5pm CE Mesa Multipurpose Room

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


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