President Carlos Cortez
June 7, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

The week started with great news when we learned SDCE’s proposal for the Online CTE Pathways Grant was approved for $500,000, which will allow SDCE to create the first five (5) fully online synchronous Information Technology certificates in the state.

Also this week, several SDCE classrooms and faculty held events supporting original artwork from SDCE students including the Disability Support Programs and Services Adaptive Arts and Crafts students who held a fundraiser with art sales. Also, an exhibit at the Balboa Park Senior Lounge opened this week, which includes original artwork from SDCE Emeritus Program students. The exhibit will be on display through the summer months. Lastly, students from SDCE’s Textile Surface Design Class held an open house in their classroom at Mid-City Campus to showcase projects created with Sashiko Embroidery, Eco-Printing and Natural Dying.

The Barrio Logan Association and the Logan Avenue Consortium installed a series of decorative banners on the streets of Barrio Logan, mounted on the City light poles. The banner designs commemorate the many public and special events that occur each year in Barrio Logan and SDCE is proudly sponsoring 12 banners to support this effort, and to bring greater awareness to Cesar E. Chavez Campus. See below for banner examples.

The SDCCD Board of Trustees held their annual retreat this week. Dean Cassandra Storey presented at the CCAOE (California Community College Association for Occupational Education) leadership academy on workforce development in Sacramento, and a team of SDCE superstars participated in LFM (Leading from the Middle) in Pomona. I was able to attend the monthly SDICCCA (San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College Association) meeting; the California Community College’s Urban League Town Hall with the California State Chancellor; the Noncredit Workforce Task Force; the SDCCD Management Association Spring Luncheon and Service Awards, and also met with Phil Blair, Executive Officer of Manpower that included a tour of the Educational Cultural Complex.


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Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D.
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