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Investing in Our

COMMUNITY

SBCC PROMISE In fall 2016, the SBCC Foundation launched the SBCC Promise, an ambitious new effort to remove barriers, and 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% of the funding for the SBCC Promise was privately raised from donors to the SBCC Foundation. The SBCC Promise reinforces our community college’s commitment to 2016-2017 Report to the Community |

our local community, and strengthens our region’s economy, neighborhoods, and families. 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. | 5

SBCC community report 2017  

Santa Barbara City College 2016-2017 Report to the Community