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SBCC Film Student Will Hahn Wins Best Director in SBIFF 10-10-10 Competition

On the final afternoon of this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), a near-sellout crowd assembled at the Arlington Theatre to screen 10 student films and find out who would take home a coveted 10-10-10 award. The top honor went to Santa Barbara City College film student Will Hahn for his film “The Goatman.” Read the Noozhawk story...

SBCC alumna’s journey from fine arts to engineering 

Growing up in Los Angeles, Randi Burley was inspired to pursue a degree in engineering by her aunt who is an African-American engineer. After starting college at UCLA, her plans took several twists and turns and she eventually  enrolled at SBCC, starting over as a freshman in her late 20s. Confident and more mature, she understood how to access the resources necessary to succeed as a student and achieve her long-held goal. Read her story...
Brandon Kinalele on guitar.
Photo by Desiree Erdmann

SBCC bands kick off the spring semester with powerful show at SOhO

On Monday Feb. 10, several popular SBCC Music Department bands - the Good Times Big Band Jazz Ensemble, the New World Jazz Ensemble, and the Lunch Break Big Band - launched the spring semester in style with the “Jazz Ensemble Concert” at the SOhO Restaurant and Music Club in downtown Santa Barbara. The music included upbeat numbers, ballads, jazz standards, funky improvisations, instrumental solos and vocals. Read The Channels review...

Nathan Jackmon returns to his roots as SBCC’s newest head coach

Nathan Jackmon left Santa Barbara in 1994 to pursue a career in professional tennis. After traveling the globe and competing against the some of the world's great players, he is now back as the head coach of SBCC's men’s tennis team. Jackmon says he wants to help players who are not quite ready for Division I college tennis develop their game while they prepare to transfer. Read The Channels story...

SBCC Culinary School alumnus and owner/chef ‘never gave up’ 

Although his family expected him to go to medical school, Giovanni Contreras dreamt of cooking and having a restaurant. When he was 25 his mother encouraged him to work in a restaurant, and after just one night on the job he was hooked. He attended culinary school in San Francisco for a time, returning to SBCC to finish his degree. For the past 13 years he has been owner/chef of Giannfranco’s Trattoria. Read the Coastal View story...
From left, Kayla Hatfield and Emma Horanic.
Photo by Nate Stephenson

Female students in SBCC’s Marine Diving Technology shatter stereotypes

With the Pacific Ocean as their classroom and oxygen tanks as their course materials, Kayla Hatfield and Emma Horanic are preparing for careers in commercial diving through SBCC's Marine Diving Technology program. They are also the only female students enrolled in the program.
Although the field is male-dominated, for many companies hiring women has become higher priority. Read the full story in The Channels...

Three SBCC students receive scholarships to study abroad in Florence

Christiana Leonardo, Valeria Orellana and Lauren Amigleo were awarded Spring 2020 ACCENT Community College Scholarships to support their study abroad experiences in Florence, Italy. Throughout their time overseas, they will serve as community college student ambassadors, sharing articles about their time studying abroad. Meet the awardees...

SBCC Theatre Group presents ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’

Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is told from the perspective of a 15-year-old boy living in Wiltshire, England, who describes himself as a “mathematician with some behavioral difficulties.” At the Garvin Theatre from Feb. 28-March 14, performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; 2 p.m. Sundays. For more info...

2020 SBCC Athletics Hall of Fame class

The SBCC Athletics Department has announced its 2020 class of the SBCC Vaqueros Hall of Fame: former players Jesse Orosco (baseball), Don Ford (basketball), Tim Tremblay (football), Cindy Banks (track & field), Kieran (O’Leary) Roblee (volleyball) and coaches Ed DeLacy and Kathy O’Connor, along with the 1983 State Champion Men’s Volleyball Team. Read more...

Theatre Group wins regional award

Pam Lasker, Theatre Manager for The Theatre Group at SBCC, passes along this exciting news: “We were just notified that we won in several categories for the Broadway World Regional Theatre Awards.” Best Play (non-musical): “Significant Other”; Outstanding Performance in a Musical: Ryan Ostendorf, “How to Succeed in Business”; Community/University Theatre Company of the Year: SBCC Theater Group. 


Adolfo Corral and Mary Jane Bacerra Corral
In the early evening of Feb. 9, 2020, our beloved co-worker Adolfo Corral and his wife, Mary Jane Becerra Corral, were struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking their dog along Cathedral Oaks Road in Goleta.

This sudden and devastating loss has had a profound effect on our campus community. During his more than 15 years with the college, Adolfo had been an integral part of departments across campus, including Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS); the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Transfer Program; the Center for Equity and Social Justice (CESJ); Umoja; and the Food Pantry. He was known for his dedication to students, tireless work ethic and sense of humor. All of those with whom he worked grieve not only for themselves, but also for the four Corral children and members of their extended family.

We are grateful for the outpouring of sympathy and support that has been shown by the community to us at SBCC, to La Patera Elementary School (where Mary Jane worked as the computer specialist) and especially to the Corral family. 
If you would like to help raise funds for the family, a GoFundMe site has been created at:

Upcoming SBCC Board of Trustees meeting  

The next meeting of the SBCC Board of Trustees is scheduled for February 27, at 4 p.m. at the main campus in room A211. The agenda for Board Meetings can be found at least 72 hours prior to the meeting on the Board webpage. SBCC Board meetings are recorded or live streamed and archived for public viewing. Click here to watch previous or live Board meetings.

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