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MARCH 2021

SBCC’s School of Extended Learning announces the free ‘Back-to-Work’ program

On Mar. 4, KCLU’s Caroline Feraday interviewed Luz Reyes-Martín, SBCC’s Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications, about the back to work courses offered by the School of Extended Learning for those affected by coronavirus job cuts. Listen to the interview here...

SBCC to host beachside drive-in screenings for SBIFF

SBCC is pleased to announce it will host beachside screenings of the 36th Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF) at two giant drive-in style screens in the lower parking lots. Over 80 films will be screened from Mar. 31-Apr. 10. For more information about the event read the article in Variety. For information about the celebrity tributes and panels visit the SBIFF website.

Computer science team takes first place at Southern California programming competition

At the Southern California International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) held online on Feb. 27 this year, Santa Barbara City College won the top honor for two-year colleges.

The ICPC is an extra-curricular, competitive programming competition which provides college and university students opportunities to interact, demonstrate and improve their teamwork, programming and problem-solving process. In addition to hosting regional contests, the ICPC is a global platform that allows academia and industry to shine the spotlight on — and raise the aspirations of — the next generation of computing professionals as they pursue excellence. Read the full press release here...

Christina Llerena joins SBCC

On March 1, Christina Llerena, MSW, took the helm at SBCC's EOPS/CARE and CalWORKs program as its new director. Christina is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University, and comes to SBCC from West Valley College. She brings with her many years serving marginalized populations, 25 years of bilingual social work, and higher education experience working with diverse communities in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more...

Jim Clark receives prestigious information technology award

Jim Clark, Director of Information Technology Infrastructure and Security, has received the Chief Information Systems Officers Association of the California Community Colleges (CISOA) Technology Planning Award for 2021. The award is bestowed upon someone who has played a prominent role in evaluating and developing a strategic plan of action that advances the college mission. Read more...

Online tool launched to help students find the resources, services and programs they need to succeed

SBCC offers many excellent resources, services and programs to help students stay on track and feel connected, engaged and valued. The challenge has always been how best to connect students with those resources when they are needed. January saw the launching of an online tool called the “Student Resource Finder.” The motto of the tool is “We’re here to help you!” 
Nine needs categories can be found in the Student Resource Finder:
1. Basic Needs Supports
2. Campus Life
3. Educational Supports
4. Financial Resources
5. Maps, Parking, and Transportation
6. Physical Fitness
7. Safety and/or Crisis Supports
8. Technology Resources
9. Wellness, Mental Health, and Medical Supports

Each category contains additional checkbox filters and sub-categories for further delineation. Programs and services listed show a short description, and link directly to the webpage of that program/service/resource. Additionally, a list of 27 student population groups provides another way to search for specific programs. A live chat is included on all pages of the Student Resource Finder, staffed by Enrollment Services representatives. After hours, the chat becomes an email form that is answered the next day.
If you know any SBCC students, share the link with them...they will thank you for it!
The SBCC Foundation hosts ‘SBCC at a Crossroads: Enrollment Trends and Student Futures’
The SBCC Foundation issues this invitation to the community:
Please join us on Wednesday, March 17, at 4:00 p.m. for “SBCC at a Crossroads,” a Campus Conversation with Paloma Arnold, Dean of Student Affairs; Michael Medel, Director, Admissions & Records; and Dr. Pamela Ralston, Executive Vice President, Educational Programs. The panelists will discuss SBCC’s long history of innovation in student support programs, financial assistance, and counseling, and what the college is planning to encourage students to return to their higher education paths.

Community college enrollment has quickly become one of most talked about areas of concern in the COVID-19 era. From all-time high enrollments in the wake of the Great Recession just over a decade ago, overall enrollments had already begun a modest decline prior to the pandemic. The disruptions of the past year, however, have had a dramatic effect. At SBCC, enrollment for the Spring 2020 semester is down 15% from a year ago, and for certain populations, the decline is twice that.

Click here to register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining.

Storytime Project is up and running!

At a time when so many children in our community remain at home, the Sigma Chi Eta Communication Honor Society created the Storytime Project, providing a way to share the love of reading with the younger members of our SBCC family and bring some joy to those who are working so hard managing the demands of school, work and family right now. Throughout the semester, they will be releasing fun and culturally inclusive stories read by our own SBCC faculty, staff and students. Children and parents who tune in for SBCC Storytime are eligible to enter to win a copy of some of the wonderful books they will be sharing this semester.

Click here to go to the SBCC Storytime Playlist.

Upcoming SBCC Board of Trustees Meeting - April 22

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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