SBCC Promise Featured in the S.B. Independent 

The SBCC Promise was featured as the S.B. Indepdendent's May 6th cover story, Keeping the Promise. Reporter Delaney Smith (an SBCC alumna) wrote an engaging piece that covers the evolution of the Promise since its inception five years ago. 

The story features some of the more than 5,000 local students who have taken advantage of the Promise, in addition to interviews with supporters, donors, Geoff Green (CEO of the SBCC Foundation), and Sergio Lagunas (SBCC Promise Manager). 

The issue also featured a special insert celebrating the 600+ SBCC students who have been awarded scholarships for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year. All of the scholarships have been made possible by the Foundation’s generous community of supporters.

Campus Conversations and Celebrating the Class of 2021

The Foundation continues to connect SBCC to the community through its Campus Conversations. Topics have ranged from the SBCC Theatre Group's innovative live-streamed performances, SBCC Jazz at the cutting edge of remote music education, enrollment trends and student futures, and an update on the SBCC Promise five years since its inception.

Recently, we celebrated the class of 2021 and honored the hard work and perseverance that students have exhibited throughout the pandemic. We spoke with four students about their experiences at SBCC and plans for the future. If you missed it, watch the recorded conversation and get inspired – spoiler alert: the world will be just fine in their capable hands.

The 2021 SBCC Commencement ceremony was held virtually, and can be viewed on the college's website.

SBCC Nursing Students Volunteer at Community Vaccine Clinic

This past year, students in the SBCC School of Nursing completed many of their required clinical hours by volunteering to administer COVID-19 vaccines at the Cottage Health drive-up community vaccine clinic at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital. They shared their experiences in a special feature in the Salute to Nurses section of Noozhawk.

This experience was pivotal for many students and provided a glimpse into the ways that health-care professionals go to extraordinary lengths to provide potentially life-saving care to our community.

“It has been wonderful to be a part of something that is giving so much to the community," says Daniela Gallardo, a student in the SBCC Vocational Nursing program. “After such a hard year, I feel like we are all part of providing that light at the end of the tunnel.”

According to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, 70 percent of California’s nurses are trained at community colleges. Our community is fortunate to have the Santa Barbara City College School of Nursing, whose programs consistently rank among the best in the nation.

SBCC Foundation and Explore Ecology Receive $100,000 EPA Grant

Santa Barbara City College, Explore Ecology, and five community partners have teamed up under a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Education Program to create the Santa Barbara Ecological and Edible (SBEE) Garden Project, a network of community gardens that will promote biodiversity, increase access to locally grown food, and foster a connection between the community and natural ecosystems.

"This is the largest EPA Environmental Education grant ever awarded to an organization in Santa Barbara County, and one of the largest in California in recent decades. It speaks to the collaborative work and far-reaching impact of Santa Barbara City College, Explore Ecology, and our many incredible community partners," says Rachel Johnson, SBCC Foundation Director of Grants.  

On April 21, the SBEE Garden Project hosted its first educational event, a webinar exploring "Monarchs and Native Pollinators." Experts Charis van der Heide and Denise Knapp discussed the current status of these pollinators and how to support them in our own landscapes.
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