SBCC's 2019-2020 Report to the Community

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A Message from


For more than a century Santa Barbara City College has served as a lifeline for community members in search of new opportunities, a gateway for first-generation college students and a launching pad for those who are just setting out on their academic journey. As I write this, we are several months into a pandemic the likes of which almost no one alive today has ever experienced, the cascading impacts of which are touching virtually every facet of our lives. Beginning in mid-March of 2020 with California’s stay at home order, life was upended for millions across our state. Throughout our region, the sudden closure of hundreds of local businesses, schools, childcare centers and social service agencies meant the loss of thousands of jobs, a crash-course in home-schooling for parents and isolation for many. These challenges only serve to highlight the value of our work together. The current crisis has shone a light on several of the critical roles that SBCC plays in our community. SBCC’s School of Nursing ranks among the top in the nation and our local health systems rely on its graduates. Our Early Childhood Education Program and Orfalea Early Learning Center lead the way in providing our region with skilled childcare providers and early childhood educators. And these are just a few examples. Together we have created two resilient, innovative institutions – SBCC and the SBCC Foundation – working together to ensure that quality higher education is available to everyone in our community. Creating and constantly reinventing one of the nation’s top community colleges has been a labor of love for generations of SBCC faculty, staff, administrators and trustees. Likewise, supporting the remarkable students who seek a brighter future at the college has been the passion of the SBCC Foundation, our donors, staff, board and volunteers for nearly 45 years. Even as a pandemic, a recession and a renewed public debate on our nation’s racial injustices create massive challenges, they offer new opportunities to stretch, rethink and reinvent. You can read about just a few of these efforts on the following pages. Now more than ever, we are counting on our community of generous donors, supporters and partners to join with us and ensure that the SBCC Foundation is strong.


Thank you for supporting our work. Gratefully,

Geoff Green, CEO SBCC Foundation

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| 2019-2020 Report to the Community

N. Scott Vincent, President Edward “Ted” Friedel, Vice President Jeff Pittman, Treasurer Kandy Luria-Budgor, Secretary Frank Tabar, Member-at-Large Laurie Ashton, J.D. Sarah de Tagyos Roger Durling Pedro Paz, Ph.D. Michelle Lee Pickett, J.D. Wendy Read, J.D. Frank Schipper Philip J. Wyatt, Ph.D. Ex-Officio Alexandra Montes De Oca Utpal K. Goswami, Ph.D. Melissa Moreno, J.D. Craig Nielsen Pamela Ralston, Ph.D. Patricia Stark Emeritus Members Silvio Di Loreto (in memoriam) Stan Fishman Jane Habermann Perri Harcourt Len Jarrott Morrie Jurkowitz Steve Lew Peter MacDougall, Ed.D. John Romo Suzi Schomer Michael Towbes (in memoriam)