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SBCC’s Promise Program exemplifies Dr. Jill Biden’s goal of free community college for all

With its honored “Promise Program,” SBCC is ready to help First Lady Dr. Jill Biden in her efforts to offer free community college education nationwide. The SBCC Promise Program provides two years of free books and tuition to high school students who graduate in the Community College district stretching from Carpinteria to Gaviota.

Dr. Biden has been a strong supporter of the concept for years, dating back to the Obama administration. Earlier this week she made a speech to relaunch her commitment with the American Association of Community Colleges.

Watch the KEYT-TV report…

SBCC’s Atkinson Gallery receives Getty Foundation grant for next ‘Pacific Standard Time’

Left: Tanya Aguiñiga, “Cosas que Sangran,” 2020. Braided cotton rope, cochineal dye, heckled flax; Right: Porfirio Gutiérrez, “Ritual Series.” Textile dyed with cochineal insects. Photographed on the main plaza in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca. Photograph: Javier Lazo Gutiérrez.
SBCC’s Atkinson Gallery and the SBCC Foundation are pleased to announce they have been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Getty Foundation to prepare for the next edition of the region-wide arts initiative Pacific Standard Time, scheduled to open in 2024.

Pacific Standard Time is an unprecedented series of collaborations among institutions across Southern California, in which organizations simultaneously present research-based exhibitions, publications, performances and public conversations that explore and illuminate a significant theme in the region’s cultural history. The Atkinson Gallery is among 45 prestigious Southern California-based institutions to receive a grant, including the Academy of Motion Pictures, UCLA School of Arts and Architecture, the Skirball Cultural Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A., among others. 
For more information, read the SBCC press release...
Read the Los Angeles Times article about “Pacific Standard Time” here...

Anonymous patrons donate $375,000 to SBCC Music Dept.

Anonymous donors have made a major gift of $375,000 to support the Santa Barbara City College Music Department’s Jazz and Symphony programs, the SBCC Foundation has announced. The funds will be available for broad use, providing music department faculty and staff with resources to initiate and fund special projects and intermittent critical needs of the programs. Read more...

Dave Loveton is sole inductee in 2021 SBCC Hall of Fame

SBCC Director of Athletics Rocco Constantino has announced that Sports Information Specialist Dave Loveton will be the sole member of the Class of 2021 for the SBCC Vaqueros Hall of Fame. He will be honored along with the Class of 2020 at a virtual event later this year. "I was very happy and very surprised and humbled when I was told I would be inducted," said Loveton.
Student Program Advisor at The WELL, Becky Bean

The WELL receives Exemplary Program Award

The WELL, SBCC’s Student Health and Wellness Services Center, received the California Community Colleges Board of Governors Exemplary Program Award for 2020-21. The WELL offers holistic health and wellness workshops, skills building, group counseling and related services, and has had an interactive virtual presence since January, 2019. That experience proved critical during a transition that ensured students had equitable access to health and wellness education through remote learning. Read the press release here... 

David Estrada to participate in 2021 SBIFF ‘10-10-10’ Filmmaking program

Each year, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) sponsors the 10-10-10 Screenwriting and Filmmaking Mentorship and Competition, a five-month program for 10 high school and 10 college students to create 10 films to be screened for the public at the historic Arlington Theatre during the film festival. Read about student David Estrada, who has been selected to participate. Learn more about 10-10-10...

SBCC’s Atkinson Gallery Art Talk ‘Introducing Cosmovisión Indígena’ scheduled for Feb. 24

Left: Los Angeles artist and craftsperson Tanya Aguiñiga (photo by Katie Levine). Right: Artist and craftsperson based in Ventura, CA, and Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico, Porfirio Gutiérrez (photo by Joe Coca).
SBCC's Atkinson Gallery, in conjunction with the SBCC Foundation, invites everyone interested in art and science — past and present — to a conversation with the creative team behind its upcoming project and exhibition, “Cosmovisión Indígena: The Intersection of Indigenous Knowledge and Contemporary Art.” 

The group discussion, scheduled via Zoom on Feb. 24 at 4 p.m., will provide the opportunity to learn about and engage with the project as the research process begins. “Cosmovisión Indígena” will trace the history, science, and contemporary uses of Mesoamerican dyeing and weaving, while exploring the mythology, ritual, and storytelling used to preserve and pass on this traditional knowledge.

Spring 2021 In-Service held virtually on Feb. 5

On Friday, Feb. 5, all SBCC employees gathered via Zoom for Spring 2021 updates from Superintendent/President Dr. Goswami and Executive VP of Educational Programs Dr. Ralston, followed by educational workshops, breakout sessions and a video celebrating the resilience and flexibility of our campus community.

SBCC rated among top 10 community colleges in U.S. by

SBCC has been named among the top 10 best community colleges in the U.S. — in addition to receiving top rankings for its medical coding and photography programs — by for 2021.’s comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 2,277 accredited colleges and universities. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, faculty, graduation rate, reputation and post-graduate employment. SBCC was recognized for the following: 
Community Colleges - ranked #9
Medical and Coding programs - ranked #16
Photography Degree programs - ranked #26

SBCC ranked among best colleges for an associate degree by Salary Score

On Jan. 28, Optimal (formerly the SR Education Group) released “GradReports,” comparing the salaries of over 4.6 million college graduates to determine Salary Scores for more than 885 college degrees. Scores were then used to rank the best colleges in the U.S. for 2021 at the associate, bachelor's, and master's degree levels. SBCC ranked No. 11 in the category of “Best Associate Degrees.” Read more...

California Online Colleges ranks SBCC among top 15

Once again, SBCC has been ranked among the Best Online Community Colleges in California, this time by California Online Colleges ( Rated No. 11 overall, SBCC is also rated among the best in several individual categories, including Top Hispanic-Serving Online Colleges, Most Adult Student Friendly Online Colleges and Most Disability Friendly Online Colleges in California. Click here for more information...

The Theatre Group at SBCC honored by BroadwayWorld

When the winners were announced on Jan. 14, 2021, for the 2020 Regional BroadwayWorld Awards, The Theatre Group at SBCC took home three major awards:

Director of a Play of the Decade:
Katie Laris - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Production of a Play of the Decade:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Best Theatre Staff: The Theatre Group at SBCC

Congratulations, all! 

SBCC employees on track to receive COVID-19 vaccinations

According to a recent release from the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, those who work in the education sector (including SBCC) will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as early as February. Dr. Goswami urges everyone to remain cautious and that “vaccinations are right around the corner.”

Upcoming SBCC Board of Trustees Meetings - Feb. 25 and Mar. 11

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, and in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Orders N-29-20 and N-33-20, the Board has temporarily suspended physical meetings. To watch via livestream, you can find the link after 1 p.m. on the day of the meeting posted on SBCC Official social media channels:

The Board meeting will be captioned and if there are any other accommodations required, contact by 4:00 p.m. of the day before the Board meeting. The agenda for Board meetings can be found at least 72 hours prior to the meeting on the Board webpage. Past meetings can be viewed here:

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