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SBCC has never experienced a semester quite like Fall 2020, and yet students, faculty and staff faced the challenges with creativity and resilience. Read how together we found innovative ways to teach and learn, to provide vital student services, to perform theatrical drama and musical events (and more) below...

Once again SBCC is rated #1 Community College is the latest organization to rate Santa Barbara City College the #1 Community College in California. is an American company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that runs a ranking and review site with information on K–12 schools, community colleges and four-year colleges, using key statistics, student reviews and data from the U.S. Department of Education.
Read how this ranking was calculated... 
Acting class students via live video conferencing

Philip Levien and his students describe “the urge to act” 

Public radio KCLU’s Lance Orozco took an inside look at how the School of Extended Learning class “The Urge to Act” has morphed to take on the challenge of being online as a result of the pandemic. The piece was broadcast on Monday, Nov. 23, and featured interviews of the instructor, Philip Levien, and students enrolled in the class. The class, designed specifically for older adults and open to students of all levels, gives participants the opportunity to learn acting in addition to producing a series of one act-plays online. Listen to the broadcast here...

SBCC delivers on the Promise

SBCC Foundation CEO Geoff Green recently gave the S.B. Independent an update on the SBCC Promise — the program which provides regional high school graduates the opportunity to attend Santa Barbara City College full-time, free of charge, for up to two years. In its fifth year this fall, 5,000 students are projected to have benefited by the end of the year. Read more...
The 2020-21 Sara Evelyn Smith Scholarship winners include, top row: Marianne Paculba, Ida Wadman, Anne Towbes (sponsor); middle row: Maria Lopez, Henry Alper, Haoyu Wang; and bottom row: Isaac Hernandez.

SBCC Theatre Arts Department announces Sara Evelyn Smith Scholarship winners

The Santa Barbara City College Theatre Arts Department is proud to announce the winners of the Sara Evelyn Smith Monologue Competition. These talented students competed with monologues over a Zoom format and were awarded $1,000 each for the 2020-21 school year. Read the press release...

The Theatre Group at SBCC leading in Regional Awards

Voting is now open for the BroadwayWorld Regional 2020 Awards. Currently, the Theatre Group at SBCC leads in the category “Theatre Company of The Decade.” Other categories in which SBCC leads include “Best Director,” “Best Musical,” “Best Ensemble,” “Best Lighting,” “Best Theatre Staff,” “Best Arts Educator” and more. Voting is open now through Dec. 31. Read the entire list here...

Three essays selected from a class about expressing personal truths

Credit: Courtesy of Evelyn Bailey
In 2020, students have endured so many challenges — the pandemic, unemployment, loneliness, mental-health issues, and political and social turmoil. So this year, Communications Professor Dr. Donte Newman asked his students to write about their experiences on issues ranging from family members to politics. According to Dr. Newman, “they wrote confidently, clearly and compellingly.” Three of the essays, products of an assignment titled “From My Standpoint,” were recently published in the S.B. Independent. Read the essays here...

Abigail Armen presents Sigma Chi Eta top student paper

At the recent national meeting for the Sigma Chi Eta Communication Honor Society — held remotely as a part of this year’s National Communication Association convention — Abigail Armen, last year’s SBCC chapter president, presented the top student paper. Her topic described how mental illness in parents can affect a child’s ability to solve conflict later in life. Her research highlighted the need to address how early life trauma can affect one’s ability to communicate effectively.

Jamey Geston wins the People’s Choice Award

The Carpinteria Arts Center recently announced SBCC art student Jamey Geston as the winner of the “People’s Choice Award” after receiving the most votes from the public for her artwork in the recent exhibition “Art of the Printmaker.” Jamey works expansively in printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, and graphic design, taking inspiration from living in Southern California. Read the article aabout Jamey in Coastal View...

Theatre Arts department performs amazing production of Sophocles’ classic play “Antigone”

“Antigone” is an ancient Greek tragedy that tells the story of King Creon who has forbidden his subjects from properly honoring the dead body of one of his enemies. Antigone, the sister of the king’s enemy, disobeys the king, gives her brother a respectful burial and pays the consequences. In an extraordinary creative twist, SBCC’s Theatre Arts Department presented this student showcase online in the format of a graphic novel. Read The Channels review of how this performance demonstrated that the timeless tale maintains its relevance now more than ever using new technologies.

Another SBCC Music “World's First” event

SBCC Music just keeps making history. The Santa Barbara City College Lunch Break Big Band joined forces with the Jamulus Storband of Sweden for a live concert of big band jazz on Nov. 22. This wasn’t prerecorded music presented in sterile video. The music was played live from members’ individual homes and streamed in real-time. Two big bands, two continents, swingin’! If you missed the live event, you can watch the recording here...
Given the recent trend in COVID-19 spread in California (and in Santa Barbara County), it is highly likely that we will continue to be in the Purple Tier when the Spring term starts in January. Keeping health and safety in mind and in order to promote orderly planning of classes, it has been determined that it will be best to start the first two weeks of instruction in remote modality except for Career Technical Education (CTE) programs that serve the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, as delineated by Governor Newsom’s Guidance on Essential Workforce related to Executive Order N-33-20 issued on March 19, 2020. For further details and updates, visit our Corona virus (COVED-19) campus updates page...

Communication Dept. receives NCA grant for special service project

Recently, the Communication Department applied for and received the first grant to be given through the National Communication Association's (NCA) new program for Sigma Chi Eta service projects. (Sigma Chi Eta is the official community college honor society of the NCA.) The project, called SBCC Storytime, is in collaboration with SBCC’s Luria Library and the Single Parents Arriving Ready for College (SPARC) program. Sigma Chi Eta students, SBCC faculty and public speaking students from the SBCC Communication Department will be recording culturally-inclusive children’s stories that children will be able to access on Youtube via a link on the SBCC library website.

According to Communication Department Chair Sarah Hock, “We are still putting many of the logistics together now but we are looking forward to continuing our Alpha Beta chapter history of community service, even in this remote environment.”

Further updates will be reported here in The Bridge, as information becomes available.

Channels staff wins over 20 awards at Journalism conference

The Fall 2020 Journalism Association of Community Colleges conference was held virtually in November. Participating in both on-the-spot and mail-in competitions, SBCC’s student newspaper The Channels competed against over 30 schools and hundreds of students, winning 17 awards from the mail-in portion, and three awards from on-the-spot competitions, while also receiving two honorable mentions.   Read more...

Ten SBCC teams will opt out of early spring 2021 season

Out of an abundance of caution, SBCC has decided to opt out of the early 2021 Spring season of athletic competition, due to concerns related to COVID-19. Ten sports teams that normally play in the fall will not compete at all in the 2020-21 campaign. The sports are football, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s water polo, women’s golf, women’s volleyball, and men’s and women’s cross country. Read more...

Upcoming SBCC Board of Trustees Meeting - Dec. 17

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:

At the December meeting, the oath of office will be administered to new Trustee Dr. Anna Everett and continuing Trustees Robert Miller and Veronica Gallardo.
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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