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2017-2018 REPORT TO THE


Message from the President The 2017-2018 academic year has been truly memorable. Our College and the Santa Barbara community has faced many challenges with the natural disasters we experienced this year. Despite these challenges, our community proved its resiliency by coming together to support one another. This year’s Report to the Community highlights our community efforts as well as the achievements of our dedicated faculty, staff and students. Santa Barbara City College has been a local institution since 1909. In 2018, we also celebrate another significant milestone–the Centennial celebration of adult education in Santa Barbara. The School of Extended Learning will be hosting a community garden party on September 9 at our Wake Campus to honor this rich history and tradition of educational service to our community. We hope to see you there! This year, we’ve learned not to take things for granted. We are proud of this community and proud to be part of this community. Our distinguished faculty, dedicated staff, and talented students thank you for your continued support. We remain dedicated to our community and to changing the world, one student at a time. Together forward,

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Board members are elected to represent the Santa Barbara Community College District (Gaviota to Carpinteria). The Board sets policies and approves the annual budget that governs the total operations of Santa Barbara City College. The seven members of the Santa Barbara Community College District Board of Trustees are elected by voters for four-year terms and represent distinct districts. The Board meets at 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month in the MacDougall Administration Center (unless otherwise announced). Meetings are open to the public.

Marsha S. Croninger, Area 5

Jonathan Abboud, Area 6

Robert Miller, Area 2

Craig Nielsen, Area 4

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The Board of Trustees maintains a commitment to Student Access and Success for all students, which is making a multigenerational impact on our community. We continue to stand behind our mission to provide a diverse learning environment by supporting programs and services for our youngest students at just four months of age in our Orfalea Early Learning Center, our aspiring

Dual Enrollment students, those enrolled through local High School Academies, our own Middle College, Main Campus, and now the School of Extended Learning. The Board continues to support local needs by focusing on efforts that ensure our community is informed, involved, and connected. The pages that follow highlight the various

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ways Santa Barbara City College continues to lead, innovate, and invest in teaching and learning. Our public service to Santa Barbara City College is a collective investment we share with the many community partners. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you for your commitment to supporting your local community college.

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SBCC’S MISSION STATEMENT As a public community college dedicated to the success of each student... Santa Barbara City College provides students a diverse learning environment that inspires curiosity and discovery, promotes global responsibility and fosters opportunity for all.

SBCC’S VISION STATEMENT Santa Barbara City College strives to build a socially conscious community where knowledge and respect empower individuals to transform our world.

NEWLY APPOINTED GOLETA TRUSTEE In February of this year, the SBCC Board of Trustees voted to appoint Robert Miller to fill the vacancy for Trustee Area 2—Goleta, replacing Dr. Marianne Kugler, who resigned from the Board on January 1. Miller is a City of Goleta Planning Commissioner, a member of the Westside Goleta Coalition, a steering committee member for The Goodland Coalition, president of his neighborhood HOA, and a volunteer for the Santa Barbara and Ventura County Superior Courts. He will serve on the Board until the next regular election is held in November 2018, to fill the seat for the remainder of the term (through 2020).

“President Beebe and each of the other Board members have helped me learn about the important issues facing SBCC. I have met some impressive, first rate persons in the administration. I have been blown away by several amazing, outstanding faculty members. And most of all, I have enjoyed meeting highly motivated students who tell me how SBCC has changed their lives.” — Robert Miller, Trustee


The SBCC Board of Trustees achieved numerous milestones supporting the College this year. The Board continued to work on student-centered initiatives such as the implementation of Guided Pathways and the first year of The School of Extended Learning, while also continuing to support equity initiatives campus-wide. The Board also faced tough decisions, including implementing a five-year fiscal projection to balance the budget. A Workforce Reduction Through Attrition Plan (WRAP) was adopted to carefully manage staffing levels to best meet the needs of the College. Through the Board’s guidance and support, the College has adopted an Enrollment Management Plan that will manage and minimize impacts to our campus and community. These efforts have resulted in a path toward eliminating the College’s structural deficit in the next two years.

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EXPRESS TO SUCCESS PROGRAM RECEIVES EXEMPLARY AWARD SBCC’s Express to Success program is one of two college programs in the state to receive the prestigious California Community Colleges (CCC) Board of Governors Exemplary Award in 2018. The CCC Board praised the program for “helping students navigate a successful community college career while ultimately improving student outcomes.”

STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP SUCCESS SBCC was recognized by the U.S. Department of State for its success providing traditionally underrepresented students with opportunities to study abroad through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. SBCC is firmly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and was honored to be recognized as a Top Producing Institution of Gilman Scholars for the 2016-17 academic year.






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STEM STUDENT LANDS INTERNSHIP AT NASA While most of her fellow SBCC students attended their Spring Semester classes here in Santa Barbara, Isabel Agundis, a Mechanical Engineering major, enjoyed an educational experience of a different kind: an internship at NASA. The opportunity provided her with hands-on, mentored experiences and professional activities that contributed directly to the execution of NASA’s ongoing missions. Of the 80 students selected to participate, Isabel was the only one representing a community college. “I never thought that getting an internship would allow me to be this close to all the technology and research that is being developed, and allow me to interact with those who have accomplished so many great things,” said Agundis.

SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITY IN DISASTER SBCC was glad to offer classrooms and outdoor space for Montecito Union School (MUS) students and their teachers, evacuated from their campus due to flooding caused by the post-Thomas Fire debris flows in early January. In addition, SBCC served as a location for the both the Red Cross Shelter and Fire Camp for first responders during the winter break. The College was honored to open its doors to assist first responders and the community.

COMMUNICATION STUDENT AWARDED NATIONAL HONOR Communication student Abigail Perry was selected as the 2017 Sigma Chi Eta National Student of the Year by the National Communication Association. She accepted the award in November at the 103rd annual NCA Convention in Dallas, Texas, where she represented SBCC on a panel about service learning. Abigal was also elected to the National Student Advisory Board for the Sigma Chi Eta Communication Honor Society.

WEST CAMPUS CENTER RECEIVES LEED PLATINUM RATING The new West Campus Center received a Platinum rating–the highest offered–for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), deeming it among the most energy efficient and high-performing buildings in the world. Dr. An-

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Montecito Union School students attended their classes at SBCC for five days during evacuation.

In the wake of the Thomas Fire followed by January’s devastating debris flow, Montecito Union School—which fell within the mandatory evacuation area and was without utilities—needed a temporary location. When asked if they could come to SBCC, the administration’s response was a proud, “yes, however we can help!” From January 18-24, the Montecito Mustangs found a sense of normalcy and a safe environment for teaching and learning on SBCC’s East Campus.

“Everyone at Montecito Union School thanks Dr. Beebe and the big-hearted SBCC family. They helped our Mustangs stand tall during some challenging times, and we are so appreciative!” Left to right: Santa Barbara City College Trustees Marty Blum and Marsha Croninger, SBCC President Anthony E. Beebe, Montecito Union School Superintendent Anthony Ranii and Montecito Union School Board Member Gwyn Lurie.

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— Anthony Ranii, Superintendent Montecito Union School District

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SBCC FACULTY MEMBER SHELTERS ANIMALS DURING DISASTER SBCC has many staff and faculty who serve the community in countless ways. Then there’s Physical Health Education Associate Professor Kathy O’Connor, who’s in a class by herself. As a founding member of the Santa Barbara Equine Assistance & Evacuation Team, Kathy’s efforts serving the disaster rescue needs of animals and their owners have been crucial to the Santa Barbara community and beyond. During the Thomas Fire in December and the debris flows areas in January, Kathy and her volunteer team of animal advocates set up a shelter at the Earl Warren Showgrounds to house evacuated animals. Kathy and team have a history of rescuing animals displaced by local fires and this time they sheltered a record amount of pigs, chickens, llamas, alpacas, cows and about 600 horses and donkeys for nearly a month. “It was like a little zoo,” Kathy says. “We took care of animals for owners who couldn’t,” she says, herself a fire/flood evacuee, along with her horses. “You often have horses and animals who are nervous wrecks … We have to maintain our composure; we can’t get excited or angry. Our job is to calm their owners down and tell them not to worry ... we’ll take care of them.” Kathy slept on a cot in a trailer at Earl Warren for 26 nights while watching after the animals, feeding them and cleaning their stalls. On the day of the flood, Kathy and her team were sent to find an abandoned horse that was left in the devastated Hot Springs area of Montecito. “Houses strewn everywhere. Rocks, boulders … it looked like a war zone,” she recalls. After a failed attempt at accessing the area, they returned the next day and miraculously found the horse.



Kathy O’Connor, Physical Health Education Associate Professor

“His name was Odie—an older horse who belonged to this couple for a long time. The owners were crying. Very sweet. Those are the things!” How did Kathy balance her SBCC work life during all of this? “I didn’t,” she says. “We were on Winter break so my only issue was getting my grades done … no small issue for me. You always think, well, you can’t be actually working 24/7, there’s got to be some time when you’re not actually doing stuff … but that really never happened for me.” Kathy found herself sitting in a cold at trailer finishing her grades on her laptop at midnight. “I finally got them in. I was late, but you know, I felt what I was doing was important.”

RED CROSS AND FIRE SHELTER For the first time, SBCC opened its main campus to serve as a Red Cross evacuation center. The Red Cross hosted more than 80 evacuees in the Sports Pavillion at one time. The college also offered shelter to hundreds of firefighters from outside the area in the Campus Center Cafeteria.

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SBCC’s Food Pantry on East Campus is staffed with volunteers.

HELPING THOSE IN NEED To better address the needs of students and neighbors in need, SBCC incorporated a new-and-improved food pantry and regularly scheduled food share distributions on campus this year. Both efforts are supplied largely by the Santa Barbara Food Bank, who routinely stocks the pantry with fresh local produce, canned goods, beverages, and non-perishable items. These items include canned food, eggs, bread, fruits and vegetables. Operated by SBCC staff and student volunteers, the food pantry is open four days a week and serves roughly 250 participants a day, while the food share distributes to around 325 participants twice a month.

“We are building a community that is inclusive of everyone. We strive to ensure all students feel welcomed and safe on our campus.” — Dr. Luis Giraldo, Director of Equity, Diversity and Cultural Competency

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COMMUNITY SCIENCE DISCOVERY DAY On March 17, children, parents and grandparents throughout the community came to the SBCC campus to experience science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The community was able to explore fun, hands-on science experiments, use telescopes, learn about the various creatures on display in biology classrooms and more.

MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST’S 70TH As the Music Academy’s largest community event to date, and the city of Santa Barbara’s largest classical music event in history, the 70th Anniversary Community Concert featuring the New York Philharmonic brought approximately 7,000 attendees to Santa Barbara City College’s oceanside La Playa Stadium on July 31.

TRUNK OR TREAT EVENT On October 27, the Athletics Department hosted their first annual “Trunk or Treat” event for the children of Santa Barbara. The event brought forty cars decorated in Halloween themes for kids to trickor-treat at and the Santa Barbara Fire Department gave kids an up-close look at one of their fire trucks.

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Kathy Molloy accepted the Express to Success Exemplary Program Award from California Community Colleges Board of Governors.

EXPRESS TO SUCCESS: THE FAST TRACK TO SUCCESS In January, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors awarded the college’s Express to Success (ESP) program its Exemplary Program Award. The ESP program provides students who assess at one or two years below college level with tutoring and resources they need to finish their math and English classes more quickly.

“We very much appreciate this recognition of our dedicated Express to Success instructors, counselors and staff, who work so hard to ensure the success of our students.” — Kathy Molloy, Dean of Educational Programs

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT: MARGARET PROTHERO In the beginning of Spring, Margaret Prothero, Department Chair of English Skills, was appointed to serve as the Faculty Coordinator for the Guided Pathways initiative. “The goal of Guided Pathways,” she explains, “is to identify barriers to student

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success at every step of the journey, from applying to the college to attending the first class, to graduation. Our opportunity is to change and fix any and all pieces that can be improved and streamlined, and to make things clear and easy to comprehend.”

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Margaret went on to explain that Guided Pathways is about inclusion. ”We want to close the equity gap and increase student success for everyone. We want each student to feel they belong here, that we want them here and that they deserve to be here.”



39TH ANNUAL FACULTY LECTURE: ANNE REDDING For her lecture titled “Crime Across the Curriculum,” Anne Redding drew a large crowd to the Garvin Theatre in March for a riveting journey through time, pop culture and the judicial system. As Department Chair and Professor in the School of Justice Studies at SBCC, Professor Redding illustrated how issues of crime and justice have always cut across all disciplines and all aspects of life, explaining that stories about crime are human storytelling at the most basic level; they show us the worst—and the best—of what humans can be. Each year fellow faculty, staff and students select the faculty lecturer, the highest honor bestowed on a member of the SBCC faculty. The honor distinguishes a full-time faculty member for excellence in teaching and overall contributions to SBCC. Professor Redding, known for her enthusiasm and humor in the classroom, has a special affinity for her students, having attended a community college herself. “I know that in the long run my students won’t remember everything I cover in class, but I hope it’s a launching pad where I can light the spark that inspires them to keep learning.”

“Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last.” — Sherlock Holmes, The Red Circle

FACULTY LEADERSHIP IN OUR COMMUNITY As a result of newly implemented district elections for the Santa Barbara City Council, one SBCC Adjunct Faculty member jumped into the race. In November 2017, Kristen Sneddon, Earth and Planetary Sciences Instructor, was elected to represent District 4 on the Santa Barbara City Council. She is just one example of community leadership from our faculty.

“I am honored to serve our community on the Santa Barbara City Council. As a geology instructor, I get to teach students about our unique and incredible Santa Barbara landscape. As a member of City Council, I work to preserve these resources. I am proud to be part of the SBCC family.” — Kristen Sneddon, Earth and Planetary Sciences Instructor 2017-2018 Report to the Community |

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Honorable mentions included (from left to right), Technology Specialist Jeff Barnes, Lab Teaching Assistant Regina Reese, Tutorial Center Coordinator Jason Levy, and Scheduling Associate Victor Bryant.

CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR Administrative Assistant Sherie Higgins (center) was named Outstanding Classified Employee of the Year for the 2017-18 school year. Sherie has been with SBCC for 13 years and currently supports Dean Alan Price of Career Technologies. She is often the first person students and faculty contact for assistance for everything from handling procedures for class materials and setting up course evaluations, to coordinating and updating clinical agreements for Health Technologies.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: ROXANE MAIKO PATE Equity, Diversity and Cultural Competency Program Advisor, Roxane Pate, is passionate about helping students optimize their lives with physical and mental wellness and connecting with them on a human level. She has made several campus contribu-

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tions this year, including assisting the Student Equity Committee on organizing the Food Pantry and Food Share; and De-stress Fest, Yoga on the Lawn and the Love Yourself Fest. She has also created support groups for students, a Thomas Fire and Monte-

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cito debris flow a community healing circle and an eating disorders workshop. Roxane, an SBCC alum, has a son who is also an alum and her daughter is a current student. She also taught in Early Childhood Education and Personal Development.




EVERYDAY HEROES “We have individuals in our college who are not looking for the limelight or to be recognized; in fact, these individuals prefer to stand in the background and give the spotlight to others. In many ways, they are the glue that holds the college together. They go out of their way to do an amazing job, many times performing way above and beyond the call of duty. These are Everyday Heroes, and SBCC is full of them!” — Dr. Anthony E. Beebe, Superintendent/ President, Santa Barbara City College

Susan Houlihan-Davis

Andrew Harper

Joshua Murray

Stanley Bursten

Marcella Poitras

Darren Phillips

Sandy Evenson

Monica De Alba

Angie Esqueda

Anita Cruse

Victor Bryant

Jose Leon Acosta

Barbara Dickson

Sean Kelly

Miguel Pineda

Virginia Estrella

Ricky Hunter

Lisa Lopez

Mario Arenas

Chantille Marquez

Sergio Limon

Glenn Dixon

Cindy Long

Luz Reyes-Martin

David Loveton

Lyndsay Maas

Roberto Lopez Carrillo

BEST GUIDEBOOK AWARD SBCC Administrative Assistant Libby Gans (left) and Professor Emeritus at UCSB, Dr. Arthur Sylvester, received GISGC’s 2017 Best Guidebook Award for their book Roadside Geology of Southern California, at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting in Seattle, WA, in late October. Gans and Sylvester, produced 400 pages of maps, illustrations and geo-referenced photos for the guidebook.

STAFF LEADERSHIP IN OUR COMMUNITY Our staff is multi-talented and many of our employees are involved in our local community. One example is Ismael Paredes Ulloa, Express to Success Program Advisor, who was recently appointed to the Santa Barbara Unified School Board.

“My entire drive for working in education has been about helping other parents and students (not just those I identify with) in getting the resources and support they need in order to be successful. I want to help the students and parents in our district.”

— Ismael Paredes Ulloa, Express to Success Program Advisor

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ARTIST RESIDENCY: RAFA ESPARZA EXHIBIT CHALLENGES HISTORY Built during a five-week artist residency, the “for you and the sky” exhibit challenged the way the history of the mission system has been taught in California. Artist Rafa Esparza observed that, “Stepping onto the gallery patio and realizing that the Santa Barbara Mission is in clear view from where we’re working is even more impactful. In close proximity to this contested site where indigenous slave labor was used to make the bricks to build the Mission, we’re now working collectively with the same material to build a space where we can imagine our own structures and narratives.” Indeed, he says, “Working with adobe is, for me, working with land. These adobe bricks are a way of furthering not only ideas about land, but also about memory and race.”

THEATRE PERFORMS BELOVED CLASSIC In November, the beloved American holiday classic originally brought to the big screen by filmmaker Frank Capra, “It’s a Wonderful Life–A Live Radio Play,” came to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. Under the direction of Theatre Arts Professor Katie Laris, the all-student cast performed the story of idealistic George Bailey as he considered ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Students perform in “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Photo credit: Ben Crop

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STUDENT FILM SHOWN AT THE SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST “Virtually Yours,” a short film written and produced by students in SBCC’s Film Production Capstone class, was selected to be shown at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival at as part of an evening featuring six short narrative films. The student film was selected for festival competition – in which only seven percent of submitted films were accepted – alongside of those produced by professional filmmakers. The SBCC entry was the only student film selected.

SBCC MUSIC DEPARTMENT Highlights included the SBCC Symphony’s performance of Gustave Holst’s “The Planets;” the Concert Band’s world premier of Cody Anderson’s “Tales of an Adventurer,” guest-conducted by the composer himself; and SBCC’s New World Jazz Ensemble’s Combo Concert featuring jazz woodwind legend Katisse Buckingham at Fe Bland Forum. In addition, the Quire of Voyces performed several concerts.

The 18 students involved on the project put in hundreds of hours, gaining essential experience in every aspect involved in the production of a film, including budgeting, location management, lighting, sound, music, makeup, costuming, writing, directing and editing. Curtis Bieber, Chair of the Film and Television Production Department, shared his excitement. “I am pleased that we have been accepted into the highly competitive Santa Barbara International Film Festival for three years in a row,” said Bieber.

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SBCC DANCE COLLECTIVE The SBCC Dance Collective had a great second year! They were accepted to multiple dance festivals, were invited to perform with other companies and were one of 10 schools chosen out of 40 to perform at the American College Dance Association Regional Conference in January.

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Daniel Gonzalez, 23

ENGINEERING STUDENTS CAL POLY BOUND Three good friends and Santa Barbara City College engineering majors gave each other the support they needed to get into their dream school, Cal Poly. Daniel Gonzalez, a 23-year-old chemical and environmental engineering major, Celina Lazaro, a 22-year-old computer engineering major, and Fernando Estevez, a 22-year-old computer engineering major, all found out they have been accepted to Cal Poly and are making plans to move in together. Daniel, Celina and Fernando befriended each other in their classes and they all joined the MESA program, which gave them a place to find the tutoring and mentorship they needed. They unanimously agreed that their success is because of

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the support network that MESA has given them. “If you’re part of MESA, you’re part of the MESA family – it’s wonderful!” said Daniel. “You can go in there and get anything you need from tutoring to moral support, to talking to a friend and having a safe space. I love it.” However, academia didn’t always come easy for these three friends. Celina and Daniel both struggle with dyslexia and Fernando, a DACA student, said that before he had a support system at SBCC he was anti-social and didn’t think about doing extracurricular activities. “People think, ‘oh it’s all about succeeding and that’s how you’re going to make it,’ but I think it’s more about the progress of not giving up, that’s when you’re actually going to make it,” said Celina. After hard work and late nights of studying at Denny’s, these fourth and fifth year

engineering students have collectively worked on projects that include solar panel construction, drone construction, portable entry systems, robotics, NASA flight research and programing for the 777 Boeing plane. They have each been involved in numerous internships and are also extremely involved in SBCC’s chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. Celina, Fernando and Daniel will continue studying together as they transition to Cal Poly and find a home suitable for the three of them in San Luis Obispo. Daniel said they will give Celina her own room and him and Fernando can share. “We have a really strong friendship,” said Celina. “I could picture myself starting a business with them. They both have the same motivation and the same thirst and drive to move forward. It’s really nice knowing that you’re not alone.”

The California Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program is a statewide initiative whose purpose is to guide diverse students from underrepresented backgrounds into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.

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Students attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Orlando, FL.


puter science. It helps me feel like I can make my dreams a reality,” said Michelle Sandstrom. That sentiment was echoed by several other students when they spoke of their experience afterward. They were in agreement that being a woman in the still male-dominated field of computer science and technology can feel lonely and isolating at times. “The Grace Hopper Conference showed us there is a whole community out there, there’s a place for us,” noted Selah Argent. Hearing the stories of the keynote speakers and the obstacles they encountered earlier in their careers served as motivation for the students to persevere toward their goals. “Sometimes I still struggle with math and think maybe this isn’t for me,” commented Olivia Mora. “But these role models convinced me that with hard work and dedication I can succeed,” she continued. The conference also provided students with a glimpse into the latest technological advances in such areas as cyber security, artificial intelligence and robotics. The SBCC contingent wasn’t on the

receiving end of learning in every case, however. Michelle Sandstrom and Selah Argent demonstrated their work on wearable technology to university students and professionals from Microsoft, Twitter and Dell. When asked if attending the conference had influenced their plans for the future, the students were unanimous: absolutely. Selah Argent reported, “Before attending GHC in 2016 I was unsure if I’d be able to find a job in tech. Going to the conference inspired me to stick with it, and now I’ll be interning at a company that has a $9.5 billion annual tech budget and is working with cutting edge technology.” The trip to Florida and conference attendance would not have been possible without student enthusiasm, faculty support and grant funding according to Mathematics Professor Bronwen Moore. Ongoing support of that kind is necessary to ensure that SBCC can continue to attend year after year. When asked “How would you sum up the Grace Hopper Celebration experience?” student response came back, “Life changing.”

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Fourteen female students and five faculty members from Santa Barbara City College were among approximately 18,000 technology professionals from around the world who attended the 2017 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference in Orlando, FL, October 4-6. The Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) was founded in 1994 with the goal of inspiring and connecting women in technology from leading academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies. It is now the world’s largest annual gathering of women technologists. For three days the young women from SBCC attended talks by keynote speakers, participated in learning workshops, had the opportunity to talk with recruiters and submit their resumes at the career fair, all the while networking with other students and working professionals. “It is inspiring to be able to see successful, intelligent, very cool women in com-

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SBCC PROMISE • 1,594 local students enrolled in the SBCC Promise in Fall 2017 • 85% completed all requirements and enrolled for the Spring 2018 semester • SBCC Promise students carried an average load of 12.6 units in Fall 2017 • 45% of SBCC Promise students had a GPA of 3.0 or higher in Spring 2018 • Five most popular majors: business administration, biological sciences, nursing, psychology and engineering

When I was growing up, there was never a time that I didn’t assume I would go to college. Looking back, it’s not hard to understand why. Both of my parents were college graduates, as were nearly all of my aunts, uncles, and grandparents. My mother was an elementary school teacher, my uncle a college professor, and my aunt a high school teacher. My father was a juvenile probation officer, high school counselor, and occasional community college instructor in his retirement. All of this created an environment of expectation and support for my brother and me to pursue higher education. It is now widely recognized that students and their families begin making decisions and setting expectations–both consciously and unconsciously–about college from early childhood. For some students, support and encouragement can be found at every turn. But for many others, barriers are the norm and higher education seems out of reach. Education researchers, advocates, and practitioners continue to point out the glaring inequalities in educational achievement among students across lines of race, gender, economic status, and parental education levels. A century-long commitment to investment in our public education system has produced one of the world’s great education systems, but not all students are equally supported, nor are they prepared to take advantage of it. It is clear that our community colleges–and great ones like SBCC specifically– hold the key to extending educational opportunity to all, meeting students where they are, and providing the pathways necessary to ensure all students can thrive. The distance between opportunity for some and opportunity for all is frequently travelled with the support of donors–those who see that with just a bit more support or the removal of a seemingly insurmountable barrier–anything is possible. Philanthropy is simply the act of putting our resources to work in service of our values and passions. If we believe that education is the key to personal achievement, thriving communities, and economic advancement (and I certainly do), then the path is clear. We must invest. Santa Barbara City College has been a community treasure for generations, and for the past forty-two years the SBCC Foundation has been the bridge between the college and its community of investors. With your support, there is nothing we can’t achieve for our students, our families, and our community. Thank you for making it possible. Gratefully, Geoff Green, Chief Executive Officer SBCC Foundation

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SBCC PROMISE In Fall 2016, the SBCC Foundation launched the SBCC Promise, an ambitious new effort to make our community’s college accessible and affordable to all local students who have recently completed their secondary education within the SBCC district. The idea of a “college promise” is not new, but the SBCC Promise is revolutionary in that it is comprehensive (covers all required fees, books’ and supplies),

robust (covers two full years), and open access (not restricted based on past academic performance). Eligibility is determined by a student’s high school location, year of graduation, and commitment to the SBCC Promise eligibility requirements (details at sbccpromise.org). Research on college achievement correlates a student’s chance of success in college with early enrollment, full-time student status, and access to academic counseling and support. The SBCC Promise is specifically designed to incentivize these three elements. It is also an exemplary model of a public/ private partnership, as 100 percent of the funding for the SBCC Promise is privately raised from donors to the SBCC Foundation. The SBCC Promise reinforces our community college’s commitment to our local community, and strengthens our region’s economy, neighborhoods, and families.

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Santa Barbara City College is repeatedly ranked among the nation’s top community colleges due to its remarkable faculty and staff, history of innovation, and student achievement. Whether a student wishes to pursue a trade, earn a certificate, complete an AA degree, or transfer to a four-year institution, SBCC is the place and the SBCC Promise provides a new pathway.

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SBCC FOUNDATION DISASTER RELIEF The SBCC Foundation mobilized to support our campus community through the recent disasters by offering resources to SBCC students and employees, including: · More than $40,000 in assistance was distributed to more than 120 community members

COSMETOLOGY ACADEMY The Santa Barbara City College Foundation recently purchased the Paul Mitchell School of Santa Barbara building on 525 Anacapa Street for SBCC’s Cosmetology Academy. The year-round cosmetology program began its classes in the new building in Fall 2017. The remodeled building offers students the space they need to learn and perform cosmetology services including (hair, nails’ and skincare).

MAYORAL DEBATE On October 17, the five candidates running for mayor of Santa Barbara–Hal Conklin, Frank Hotchkiss, Angel Martinez, Cathy Murillo and Harwood “Bendy” White–took to the stage at the Garvin Theatre before a standing-room only crowd of nearly 400 people. The forum, hosted by the Santa Barbara Independent, KCRW, and the SBCC Foundation, focused on social and economic issues facing the city.

NADEL DEDICATION The dedication of the Jack & Julie Nadel School of Business and Entrepreneurship was held on September 28 in the newly remodeled lobby of the Business/Communication building. Earlier in the year, Julie Nadel and the Nadel Foundation pledged $1 million to endow the SBCC School of Business and Entrepreneurship.

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· Reimbursement for out-of-pocket travel expenses above and beyond “normal” while roadways were closed due to these disasters · Reimbursement for temporary lodging expenses for those displaced by evacuations, fire or flood · Emergency grants for those who lost homes and/or vehicles due to the Thomas Fire and Montecito Debris Flow In addition, the SBCC Foundation made gifts to our sister organizations, the Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation and Ventura College Foundation. The SBCC Foundation also serves as fiscal agent for innovative community efforts that emerged in response to the disasters, including the Santa Barbara Support Network, the Bucket Brigade, and the 805 Conservation Collective.



FOUNDATION FACTS The SBCC Foundation opens doors for students to prepare for careers, transfer to universities, and pursue educational goals. The Foundation provides more than $4 million annually for student programs, scholarships, book grants, and to meet the needs of the college.

LAST YEAR, THE FOUNDATION: Covered all required fees, books and supplies for over

Awarded more than




$1 MILLION through scholarships and book grants

through the

SBCC PROMISE The SBCC Foundation was named

NONPROFIT OF THE YEAR FOR 2017 by the Chamber of Commerce of the Santa Barbara Region


AUDITED FINANCIAL POSITION For the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year Net Assets by Fund Type as of June 30, 2017 $57.1 million

Unrestricted Funds $510,730 1%



creates success in college and life after prison.

for book grants, activities, stipends and more to help underprepared high school graduates make a smooth transition to college

According to federal data, more than

70% of former prisoners in the U.S. will re-offend and return to prison. For those with an associate degree, the rate drops to


for 130 students

and Nadel


SPARC PROGRAM (Single Parents Arriving Ready for College)

increases the number of single parent students who place into career employement or transfer to a university



Restricted Endowment Funds $44,372,042 78%

Annual Contributions Fiscal Years 2015–2017

$7 $6 $5



Restricted Non-Endowed Funds $12,176,985

72% of students placed at least one level higher in math after camp

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$2 $1 $0


$2.2 $0.4






Unrestricted (all sizes)

Restricted (in excess of $1 m)

Restricted (under $1 m)

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In 1946, Alice F. Schott donated this Santa Barbara St. property to the Santa Barbara School District, where Adult Education remained for many years.

100 YEARS OF ADULT EDUCATION SBCC is celebrating 100 years of adult education in Santa Barbara in 2018! The centennial will be celebrated in several ways throughout the year and the community is invited to join in. The School of Extended Learning is expanding its offerings by integrating its fee-based programs and growing tuition-free offerings. Extended Learning now offers more than 800 classes and continues to provide a robust community program. At the School of Extended Learning, adult students can take classes to expand their career or life skills, learn English, or even get a high school diploma. Students are also encouraged to explore their creative side by taking advantage of the numerous arts and crafts classes that are offered.

next several decades and the Evening Division grew with help from our historic Adult Education leaders including Eldon Ford, Grace Ruth Southwick and Selmer O. “Sam” Wake. In Fall of 1958, Adult Education in Santa Barbara became the Adult Education Division of Santa Barbara City College. Dr. Sam Wake continued to lead Adult Education at the college and greatly expanded the courses in a variety of areas enriching the community.

History of Adult Education at SBCC

Pearl Chase, a Santa Barbara civic leader, was appointed chairwoman of our local Americanization committee and recommended to the Santa Barbara Board of Education that citizenship and English classes be offered to foreign-born community members. The recommendation was accepted, and on April 1, 1918, there were 81 students enrolled in the new “Evening Program.” These classes grew rapidly and over the

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“And it has been said, ‘when man seeks knowledge of his own free will his real education begins.’ This is the true essence of continuing education.” — Selmer O. “Sam” Wake, Director of Adult Education 1947-1972




Join the School of Extended Learning to celebrate 100 years of adult education in Santa Barbara!

Garden Party Wake Campus 300 N Turnpike Rd. Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Sunday, September 9 In 1946, Alice F. Schott donated this Santa Barbara St. property to the Santa Barbara School District, where Santa Barbara Junior College also remained for many years.

ADULT HIGH SCHOOL SBCC Adult High School graduate Andrei Natale earned his diploma in 2010, then an AA in Administration of Justice Andrei Natale, AHS Graduate in 2013 before getting his automotive certificate in 2016. He turned his love of fixing cars into a career as a service writer. Andrei received the one-on-one help he needed from instructors through the The School of Extended Learning’s Adult High School program. The instructors really cared about him and his high school education. Andrei said this support led him to excel and finally “buckle down and focus and graduate early with high marks.”


The School of Extended Learning noncredit English as a Second Language program helps adult immiTais Martins, Student grants from all over the world prepare for a new life in this country. Tais Martins is one such student who moved to the U.S. from Brazil in 2014. Tais started her exploration of career and life goals in the ESL level 2 class at the Wake Campus. “Learning English opened doors for me,” Tais explains. She has passed the highest noncredit level 4 class and is enrolled in the personal care attendant class in the Career Skills Institute.

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4-6 p.m. CAREER SKILLS At a difficult point in his life when he did not have a job and was trying to support his family, Manny Tellez, a School Manny Tellez, Student of Extended Learning Student, found out about the resources offered at the SBCC Career Skills Institute. He began taking classes in Fall 2017 to learn interviewing skills and has since completed 15 classes. He has been applying the skills he has learned in class to his job search. “I’m so thankful for how CSI has helped me accomplish a higher level of education,” he said. “All of the courses offered are so useful, and the teachers are wonderfully supportive.”

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Michael Robinson discusses the glacial history of the Convict Lake area near Mammoth, CA.

GEOLOGY TAKES ON SIERRAS In October, the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences held a five-day field course where 70 students had the opportunity to study and interpret the geologic features and history of the Eastern Sierra Nevada region. For over 50 years, Earth and Planetary Sciences has held field courses in the Eastern Sierra Nevada and other regions, including Death Valley, the Western Sierra Nevada, the Colorado Plateau (Utah and Northern Arizona) and Hawaii. The field courses give students hands-on experience where they get to see rock formations in their natural state.

“There is a saying, ‘The best geologist is the one that has seen the most rocks.’ Students in our program accumulate 60 days worth of field experience.”

— Jeff Meyer, Professor Earth and Planetary Sciences

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Michael Robinson lectures on the lip of Fossil Falls, a now-dry waterfall, cut in Pleistocene time. The river that cut this falls once flowed from Mono Lake to Death Valley, as evidenced by “pupfish” in both regions.

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Vaquero Athletics

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CCCAA State Champions




Student Athletes selected for COLLEGE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR





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in Women’s Soccer, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Water Polo, Women’s Golf and Women’s Swimming and Diving

Q&A WITH THE NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: ROCCO CONSTANTINO WHERE DID YOU MOVE FROM? I moved here from Belleville, NJ which is less than 10 miles outside of New York City. WHAT ARE YOU PROUD OF? I am most proud of the fact that I have been able to meet so many new people connected to the college and the community and have been able to build relationships very fast. WHAT HAS IMPRESSED YOU THE MOST? I have been most impressed that our coaches really care about our student-athletes and their futures and their actions show that. Our coaches will do their best to help their student-athletes reach their goals.

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LEONARDO DORANTES MEMORIAL LECTURE: NOOR TAGOURI In November, journalist Noor Tagouri presented the 27th Annual Leonardo Dorantes Memorial Lecture in the Garvin Theatre. Tagouri achieved game-changing breakthroughs on her journey to become the first hijabi wearing journalist on commercial U.S. television while establishing a strong platform to empower others to break stereotypes and realize their own potential in a multicultural society.


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BLACK STUDENT UNION (BSU) VISITS HOWARD UNIVERSITY The Black Student Union, a group for any and all SBCC students interested in black history, has become a force to be reckoned with this year. Under the leadership of student/ activist Saturne Tchabong, the club’s activities included a field trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the Howard University Homecoming in October. The trip, funded by a combination of donations from the Student Equity Committee, The SBCC Foundation, and private donors, afforded BSU students an opportunity to visit one of the most prestigious historically black colleges and universities in the country. “I’ve never experienced anything like it; such a strong sense of community,” said Ashley Velasquez, a philosophy major and member of the SBCC women’s volleyball team. “It is important to be around people who look like you,” said Terrance Johnson, an interior design major. “It

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was an emotional experience to be surrounded by so much black excellence.” Other BSU events have included a local pop-up art exhibit and music production workshop, and film screenings focusing on the black experience (in partnership with Santa Barbara Young Black Professionals). The visit inspired future goals and dreams for the entire group and they

encourage SBCC to see that the tradition continues in years to come, with visits to other Historically Black Colleges and Universities in addition to Howard. Looking forward to a career in medicine, Tiffany Love envisions the day when she will come back to SBCC as a doctor and be able to say, “Look what we started…now it’s our turn to give back.”

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THEY MATTER: HIGH SCHOOL EQUITY CONFERENCE SBCC’s High School Equity and Leadership Conference hosted more than 500 local high school students on the West Campus Lawn on an overcast March day. The future college students were encouraged to become leaders in their communities and express themselves in music, poetry, etc. “We targeted the students that often get overlooked,” said Equity Committee Director Luis Giraldo. “We want them to understand that this is part of college life, and they too are students, and they too belong.”

NEW EQUITY CENTER IN THE WEST CAMPUS CENTER The new West Campus Center buildling is the home to the new Equity Center. Director of Equity, Diversity and Cultural Competency Luis Giraldo and Equity and Wellness Advisor Roxane Pate established the space as a place where students from all backgrounds and ethnicities can gather, study and share ideas.

UMOJA: ACADEMIC GOALS SBCC joined more than 55 California Community Colleges in adopting UMOJA, a transfer success program focusing on African-Americans and other black students. UMOJA is an “onboarding process to help students understand what they need to complete their English and math sequences,” Associate Dean of Educational Programs and Student Affairs Dr. Christopher Johnson said.

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Students create a chapter of the California Student Sustainability Coalition.

2014 Completion of the SBCC District Sustainability Plan with a goal of implementing sustainability projects. SBCC named the 2014 City of Santa Barbara Water Hero for its water conservation efforts.

2007 Establishment of Center for Sustainability to support sustainability on campus.

2009 Completion of 230 kW solar array over west campus parking lots, saving 30 percent of west campus energy.

Start of Zero Waste program to decrease waste and increase recycling on campus.

SBCC wins Green Campus leadership award in sustainability.



Student Sustainability Coalition awarded Student Engagement Award by “Green California” for its 13-year dedication to implementing sustainability efforts.

Establishment of Sustainability Committee of the Associated Student Government. Sustainability Work Group tasked with updating the SBCC District Sustainability Plan.

OUR EARTH, OUR CAMPUS The entire Santa Barbara community was invited to SBCC’s Earth Day Festival in April, sponsored by the SBCC Sustainability Committee. Among the day’s activities were a bike-powered smoothie station, yoga on the lawn, a solar energy demonstration, free massages, organic trail mix, and representatives from various organizations representing local and national sustainability efforts. Speeches by Superintendent/President Anthony Beebe and Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo praised students for their ongoing focus on sustainability.

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The new West Campus Center features floor to ceiling windows in the study areas that overlook the entire West Campus.

WEST CAMPUS CENTER RECEIVES COVETED LEED PLATINUM TITLE Santa Barbara City College’s commitment to sustainability was hailed in March when the U.S. Green Business Council awarded the new West Campus Center LEED Platinum certification, the highest possible level. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world, providing a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. The achievement of LEED Platinum certification was the result of an integrated team, experienced and knowledgeable consultants, the pursuit and implementation of numerous sustainability measures, and the dedicated vision of SBCC. Construction of the West Campus Center was made possible by community support with the passage of the Measure V Bond in 2008. The community’s investment allowed the College to provide modern classrooms for students and the ability to remove aging portable buildings on the East Campus.

The West Campus Center sits next to the Garvin Theatre.

“The fact that SBCC’s first LEED project earned Platinum has made us all very proud.” — Lyndsay Maas, Vice President

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A PROUD DAY The La Playa stadium celebration marked the conclusion of the College’s academic year and a successful point along the educational journey of 1,374 graduating students. Approximately 600 students participated in the oceanfront commencement ceremony on May 18. During this academic school year, more than 2,087 degrees and certificates were awarded to approximately 1,375 students. Commencement featured remarks by President Beebe and other distinguished members of the college. We know that people, when given an opportunity, can change the trajectory of their lives and make their own beautiful history.

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2017-2018 COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER Alberto Lule fell in love with art while in prison from 2003-2016. Realizing that art and education were to be his salvation, he enrolled at SBCC as a Studio Art major as soon as he was paroled. During his four semesters as a full-time student, he also worked at the Atkinson Gallery, where another passion developed: the curatorial side of art. Taking part in the curation of shows, he was inspired by artists such as Devon Tsuno and Rafa Esparza. Alberto uses his art as a means of communication about his immigrant roots and the long term effects that California prisons leave on inmates and their families. Proud to have been chosen to be the keynote speaker for the SBCC graduating class of 2018, Alberto has been accepted to UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC Los Angeles and UC Berkeley for the Fall 2018 Semester.

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Facts About

SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE Based on headcount numbers for the Fall 2017 Semester



Main Campus..........................................................................12,929 Local High Schools (Dual Enrollment)................................1,898 Exclusively Online..................................................................... 2,630 Total............................................................................................17,457 Comparison: Fall 2009 Total............................................. 20,232 School of Extended Learning.................................................7,209

White..........................................................................................41.5% Hispanic.....................................................................................39.8% Asian/Filipino/Pacific Islander................................................ 8.3% African American....................................................................... 3.3% Other.............................................................................................7.0% *Other includes: American Indian/Alaskan Native, Two or More Races, Unknown, and other non-white

(Tuition-free and fee-based courses)

WHERE ARE OUR STUDENTS FROM? In District (Gaviota to Carpinteria)........................................7,922 Elsewhere in Tri-Counties....................................................... 2,853 Elsewhere in California........................................................... 4,443 Out of State...................................................................................950 International............................................................................... 1,299 Total............................................................................................17,457

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ADOPTED 2017-2018 BUDGET (Unrestricted General Fund) Total Expenses.............................................................$96,672,756 Total Revenue.............................................................. $93,563,284

GREAT PLACE TO WORK Full-Time Faculty......................................................................... 244 Adjunct Faculty........................................................................... 532 Staff................................................................................................357

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Report to the Community prepared by


Anthony E. Beebe, Ph.D., Ed.D. Superintendent/President

Luz Reyes-Martín Executive Director of Public Affairs and Communications

Dr. Paul E. Jarrell Executive Vice President, Educational Programs

Melanie Bélanger Marketing Communications Specialist

Dr. Paul W. Bishop Vice President, Information Technology

Sally Gill Marketing Communications Specialist

Dr. Monalisa Hasson Vice President, Human Resources

Amanda Jacobs Marketing Communications Specialist

Ms. Lyndsay Maas Vice President, Business Services

Kirsten Mathieson Administrative Assistant

Dr. Melissa V. Moreno Interim Vice President, School of Extended Learning

MAIN CAMPUS 721 Cliff Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93109 (805) 730-4450

SCHOTT CAMPUS 310 W. Padre St., Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (805) 687-0812

WAKE CAMPUS 300 N. Turnpike Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93111 (805) 964-6853


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