Dear SDCCE Community,
Welcome back from the Memorial Day weekend. I hope you were able to enjoy time with your loved ones to remember and honor the fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country. San Diego College of Continuing Education welcomes all veterans and military affiliated students with great pride, and we remember those who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces.
Please join me June 1 when SDCCE will participate in its first-ever Pride flag raising event alongside the San Diego Community College District at 9:30 a.m.
Flag-raising ceremonies will take place at SDCCE's Educational Cultural Complex, Mid-City Campus, Cesar Chavez Campus, West City Campus, and North City Campus in solidarity with our LGBTQIA+ community. Speeches and light refreshments will be served at the ECC event.
In April, the SDCCD Board of Trustees voted to declare June 2023, and every June thereafter, to be a districtwide celebration of LGBTQIA+ Pride. This includes raising the Intersex Inclusive Progressive Pride Flag at City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, College of Continuing Education and all district locations. June 28, is the 54th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which was a catalyst for the modern LGBTQIA+ civil and social liberation movement. The SDCCD stands in solidarity with each of its students, employees and community members in our commitment to access, safety, dignity, acceptance, and inclusion.
On June 15, we will be raising the Juneteenth flag for the remainder of the month. Stay tuned for further information regarding a June 20 Juneteenth celebration at the ECC featuring music, storytelling, songs of freedom, and more.
SDCCE’s overall enrollment for spring stands at 29,396 (23% greater than this time last year, and a 0% increase from last week), with a fill rate of 68%, which is greater than last spring’s (67%). SDCCE’s overall headcount is currently 15,487, an increase of 28% compared to this time last spring (12,068) and a 0.02% increase to last week (15,484). FTEF scheduled for the spring semester are 11% higher than last spring (186.01 to 167.10). Enrollment management efforts continue, with 0.2% of scheduled sections starting 05/31/2023 or later (2 out of 908). View the SDCCE enrollment report here.
- SDCCE will host a collegewide budget and enrollment management symposium on May 31 from 12 to 1:30 p.m in the Educational Cultural Complex theatre.
- Prior to the symposium, SDCCE will be celebrating an Arbor Day-related tree planting with San Diego Gas & Electric, tree-climbing demonstrations by Arborist/Utility Line Clearance Training Program students, and more at 9 a.m. at the park area on the northern side of the ECC campus.
- Congratulations to the San Diego College of Continuing Education Apprenticeship Readiness Program Cohort 9! SIXTEEN new students are ready to join the building and construction trades.
- BE Well CE will host Trauma Informed Care Trainings at CE-Miramar Campus on May 31 and at West City Campus on June 1. This training is to ensure we are keeping campuses safe, empowering, and healing for each other and our students.
- Happy birthday to the late great Dr. Robert "Bob" Matthews, civil rights activist, longtime educator, and former Continuing Education president. This Friday, June 2, would have been his 93rd birthday. Dr. Matthews came to SDCCE as an administrator in the 70s and contributed greatly to the role the Educational Cultural Complex played in the Civil Rights movement. His legacy lives on at the ECC.
- All are welcome on June 7 at the Community Health & Resource Fair at the Jackie Robinson YMCA. June is "Men's Health Month". Free shuttle rides are provided to and from the Educational Cultural Complex.
- Our long-awaited SDCCE rebranding initiative is off to a flying start. As you all may know, we have retained Graduate Communications, aka GradComm, to work closely with our college in developing a distinctive, unique, and uniform brand. We have a several-member workgroup composed of representatives from faculty, professional staff, administrators, and the Public Information Office that meets biweekly with GradComm for updates and feedback. Milestones to date include an audit of all communications and Public Information Office collateral from the past 18 months, online surveys for faculty/professional staff and current and prospective students, along with focus group sessions with Spanish-speaking and English-speaking students. A community phone survey is scheduled for June 1-15, and a faculty/professional staff focus group is being formed and will meet soon. GradComm plans to submit a draft recommendation on July 17. We are aiming for a full unveiling, which will include a comprehensive strategic marketing plan, at fall Convocation. A brand rollout will follow. Encourage your students to take the SDCCE Experience Survey!
- Mid-City Campus hosted an International Festival on May 25. SDCCE students shared their culture through traditional clothing, singing, dancing, and musical instruments. ASB Officer Juan Padilla captured the event beautifully. View photos from the Mid-City Campus International Festival. Way to go Anagit Traganza and the entire Mid-City team for making our students feel seen and welcome!
- SDCCE’s ESL department has selected nine faculty to serve in ESL/Citizenship WIOA Leadership positions.
- Fourteen students from SDCCE’s Network Configuration courses have qualified to apply for paid summer internships with network and cyber security companies throughout the region. The program is part of a grant with the Border Region Talent Pipeline, K-16 Collaborative.
- Dean Michelle Gray will participate with the Urban Poverty and Business Initiative sponsored by SDSU and SCORE this summer. Dean Gray will be conducting 1 of 6 Saturday workshops on small business growth and development.
- We have successfully launched the Student Photo ID station at CE Mesa! Currently enrolled students at CE Mesa can now obtain the New SDCCD Student Photo ID.
- Kelly Henwood attended the 2023 San Diego Unified CCTE Student Innovation Showcase on May 24 to represent SDCCE and support SDUSD students. The event highlighted work amplifying student voices by showcasing projects that address real-world problems and connecting them to work-based learning, over 40 booths were on display.
- A reminder that all requests of the Public Information Office must be approved by a Dean or Vice President and require submission of a Project Request Form. You can find the Project Request Form link on the Faculty and Staff Resources Page of our website. Please allow five working days for a request to be completed. If a request needs immediate attention, please complete the form and contact the Public Information Office.
- I am excited to announce Dr. Kay Faulconer Boger will be joining us as the SDCCE Foundation’s Interim Executive Director. Dr. Faulconer Boger will lead the Foundation beginning July 1 and will remain at the helm for up to five months while we embark on a nationwide search for a permanent executive director. We are thrilled to have you back home, Dr. Boger!
- I had the joy of attending the San Diego City College commencement ceremony last week. I am very proud of our students and their accomplishments across the district. I cannot wait for our very own commencement on June 7!
The Research Corner
This week, we invite you to check out an infographic developed by our partners from Centers of Excellence for Labor Market Research, the 2023 Black Student Equity Report. This report was developed to better understand Black students’ experiences within community colleges in the San Diego – Imperial region. Take a minute to review this resource and email email@example.com if you have any questions.
We would like to remind you that we recently launched the SDCCE Administrative Unit Feedback Survey. The Program Review Committee is sponsoring this employee survey to collect information regarding department awareness, interactions, and satisfaction. If you have not done it, please take a couple of minutes to complete this brief three-to-five-minute survey. The results from this survey will inform administrative units’ program review, strategic planning, and future departmental improvements. This survey is applicable to all SDCCE employees (NANCE, Classified, Supervisory, Faculty, and Administrators). Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TT9KD8P
President's Office Hours
President's Office Hours are back! Individual zoom meetings will be 20 minutes and are available on a first come first serve basis. If you would like to schedule a virtual appointment with me, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for detailed information.