Dear SBCC Foundation Community ~

As we approach the end of the Fall 2019 semester and look to the new year, we'd like to share some of the highlights of these past few months. SBCC students, faculty, and staff continue to shine locally, regionally, and nationally, demonstrating time and time again why SBCC is a national leader. And thanks to your generosity, the SBCC Foundation continues to provide the resources needed to enable these extraordinary achievements. All of our work, from the SBCC Promise to more than $1 million in scholarships to assistance with basic needs is made possible by your investment (you can read more here).

Thank you to all who have made gifts in support of our work together. If you have not yet done so, please consider supporting our community's college and its students with a year-end gift.


SBCC Music with Michael McDonald at the Lobero Theatre

For the second consecutive year, the SBCC Foundation produced a sold-out performance featuring more than two dozen of the SBCC Music Department's extraordinary musicians at the historic Lobero Theatre. SBCC's New World Jazz Ensemble directed by Tony Ybarra, Lunch Break Jazz Band directed by Jim Mooy, as well as SBCC Music faculty and alumni, played alongside special guest and musical legend Michael McDonald! 

Thanks to the 500+ attendees, nearly $25,000 was raised for SBCC Music. The concert was an extraordinary opportunity for our students who spent weeks rehearsing, meticulously studying the music, and learning from a world-class musician. It was an experience they will never forget.

Here are just a few photos of the evening's highlights, captured by photographers Nell Campbell and David Bazemore.

Welcome to New Board Members

The SBCC Foundation recently welcomed four new members to its board of directors: directors at large Laurie Ashton, J.D., Sarah de Tagyos, Michelle Lee Pickett, J.D., and ex officio member/Associated Student Government representative Alexandra Montes de Oca.
The board of directors provides strategic leadership to the Foundation, and is currently comprised of 13 community leaders who serve voluntarily and 6 ex officio members who serve by virtue of their leadership position at the college. 
Read more about our new board members...

Welcome to Sergio A. Lagunas, SBCC Program Manager

The SBCC Foundation welcomes Sergio A. Lagunas, SBCC Program Manager. In this role, he will lead the coordination and implementation of the SBCC Promise.
Sergio was born in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, and  was raised in Oxnard, California. He enrolled at Oxnard College and later transferred to UC Santa Barbara to complete a B.A. in English and a minor in education. At Cal State Sacramento he earned an M.A. in Higher Education Leadership, and while in Sacramento worked as an advisor for Cal-SOAP and as a student services assistant for Los Rios Community College District. Sergio has worked in nonprofit organizations, community colleges, and most recently at UC Santa Barbara as a financial aid advisor. 

President's Circle Fall Reception

The President's Circle Fall Reception was held on October 22, a beautiful evening for an event on the Garvin Patio at SBCC's West Campus. Attendees included President's Circle members and other community supporters who learned firsthand how investing in SBCC changes lives. Everyone enjoyed hearing from SBCC Promise student Brian Garcia, who is studying nursing in his second year at SBCC, and is the first in his family to go to college. 
"SBCC motivates and inspires me to continue my education, earn my degree, and pursue a better quality of life," Brian said. "All of this wouldn't have been possible had it not been for the SBCC Promise."
Here are a few photos of the event, by photographer Nell Campbell.
President's Circle members provide the core support that makes the SBCC Foundation's work possible. Last fiscal year, every dollar donated to the President’s Circle generated more than $10 for SBCC and its students, ultimately providing $5 million in support for the SBCC Promise, scholarships and book grants, tutoring, childcare assistance, disability services and programs, student support programs, and lifelong learning opportunities. President's Circle members enjoy invitations to special campus and community events. Learn more...

MUFG Union Bank Foundation Awards $100,000 Grant to SBCC for
Small Business Technical Assistance at the Scheinfeld Center

The MUFG Union Bank Foundation has awarded a $100,000 Small Business Technical Assistance grant to the Foundation to be used by Santa Barbara City College’s Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation to provide technical and business advising support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. 
“The SBCC Foundation is grateful to MUFG Union Bank Foundation for providing support that will expand educational opportunities and technical assistance for our community’s entrepreneurs and small businesses,” said Geoff Green, CEO of the SBCC Foundation. “Union Bank has been a longstanding partner of the SBCC Foundation and we value their continued generosity.” Read more »
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