SBCC's 2018-19 Report to the Community

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A Message from


Community colleges may well be our most powerful tool in making higher education accessible to all. As I’ve heard more than a few college leaders say, “We accept the top 100 percent of all applicants.” Every student is welcome. Anyone. For any reason. At any time. This simple, big, beautiful idea–though now more than a century old–may be more relevant today that at any time in our history. Community colleges are increasingly the gateway to higher education for students of all types, but the cost of attendance is still a significant barrier for many. Most people assume that the relatively low cost of community college enrollment fees, combined with available financial aid, can bridge this gap for all. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. The truth is that community college students–though accounting for nearly half of all U.S. college students–receive only a small fraction of the available financial aid from public sources. Our financial aid system simply wasn’t designed to support today’s community college students. When we look to private support, we find another massive disconnect. Of the $42.6 billion in donations made to higher education in the U.S. last year, just 1.5 percent went to community colleges. That is despite the fact that 49.2 percent of all college students were enrolled in community colleges, and that the highest need students are overwhelmingly enrolled in community colleges. Clearly, we have work to do. While these challenges are significant, there is some good news. Community college foundations are growing and innovating at a remarkable rate and thanks to our community of generous supporters, partners, and investors, the SBCC Foundation is leading the way. The resources raised and managed by the SBCC Foundation support SBCC students as they prepare for careers, transfer to four-year universities and pursue lifelong learning goals. As a partner to the college, the SBCC Foundation awards more than $5 million each year for student success programs, scholarships, book grants, emergency funds and other critical needs. This is only possible because of your generosity. Thank you for sharing our commitment to education for all. Gratefully,

Geoff Green, CEO SBCC Foundation

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| 2018-2019 Report to the Community

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Earl Armstrong, President Edward “Ted” Friedel, Vice President Jeff Pittman, Treasurer Robyn Freedman, Secretary Scott Vincent, J.D., President-elect Laurie Ashton, J.D. Sarah de Tagyos David Doner, Jr., M.D. Roger Durling Madeleine Jacobson Steven Lew Kandy Luria-Budgor Pedro Paz, Ph.D. Michelle Lee Pickett, J.D. Scott Pollard, J.D. Wendy Read, J.D. Frank Schipper Frank Tabar Phil Wyatt, Ph.D. Steve Zipperstein, J.D. Ex-Officio Jonathan Abboud Helen Benjamin, Ph.D. Melissa Moreno, J.D. Pamela Ralston, Ph.D. Patricia Stark Josh Villanueva Emeritus Members Stan Fishman Jane Habermann Perri Harcourt Leonard S. Jarrott Morrie Jurkowitz Peter MacDougall, Ed.D. John Romo Suzi Schomer