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World Cultural Festival

World Cultural Festival

San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) is celebrating a 100-year anniversary in 2014. You’re invited to join us as the San Diego community gathers in celebration of SDCE’s rich and diverse history of providing adult education in San Diego.

Black History Month

Black History Month

This year's event, The African American Experience: Dreams in Action was held at the Educational Cultural Complex. Continuing Education faculty, staff, students, and community members were enlightened by the poetic renditions and biographical sketch of keynote speaker Dr. Dorothy Smith who grew up in the segregated South of the 40s and 50s.

Dr. Smith has had a distinguished 31-year career as a professor of English and Rhetoric. She was the first African American woman in San Diego to be elected to public office and served two years as a member of the Board of Education for San Diego City Schools.

The event also included entertainment by Teye Sa Thiosanne West African Drum and Dance Troupe’s drum call, San Diego School of Performing Art (SCPA) students.

Hassan El-Amin‘s compilation of songs about slavery and civil rights captivated the audience with his “golden voice.” Hassan is a regional and national stage actor who has performed as the main character in Walt Disney’s “The Lion King” in at the Kennedy Center and Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

The event ended with a reception that encouraged guests to view the award-winning MLK parade float entry, a rendition of the famous Rosa Parks bus that was built by students in the San Diego Continuing Education Welding Job Training/Certificate Program. The float won the Grand Sweepstakes award in the MLK parade this year.

Students Win Grand Sweepstakes

Students Win Grand Sweepstakes

MLK Parade marchers waving their armsContinuing Education received top honors at the MLK Parade on Sunday and our students could not be more proud! The Grand Sweepstakes Award is the grand-daddy of all awards in the Dr. Martin Luther King Day Parade. The professional judges, many who come from other parts of the state, had more than 100 parade entries to judge. Fortunately, in the end, our handmade student CE float won the top spot and received the Grand Sweepstakes Award.

Being presented with the top award this morning was thrilling and also strangely anticlimactic. There was so much effort that went on behind winning this honor. For example, the CE Diversity Committee came up with the initial float theme, “THE Dream in Action.” The idea was to show the progress that has been made since the time of Dr. King’s leadership to the present—including some key milestone events. The theme entailed three scenes: 1) the famous Rosa Parks bus, 2) a pre-Brown v Board of Education segregated classroom, and 3) President Obama.

Welding students with their trophyAs if working on a project for industry, welding student teams and team leaders were selected for various aspects of float construction. The entire bus and float had dozens of components that had to be managed, and just like real-life, not everything went smoothly. For example, there were false starts, and construction that didn’t go as planned, causing students to start anew. The Auto Tech program and facilities were also brought into the project to paint the bus. Children’s chairs and a pot belly stove were needed for the classroom scene, so students from the Parenting program jumped in to help. The Counselors contributed a presidential podium for “President Obama.” Signs and other graphics were needed, that the communications office put together. Finishing touches, fringe, flags, etc., all needed to be added. Even logistically moving such a float was tricky in itself, as it couldn’t be driven on the freeway, and on and on and on.

There are so many people to thank for our proud success this year – far too many to call out by name. However, I would be remiss if I did not publically thank Professor Emma Wilson (who played Rosa Parks), Professor Gwendolyn Chamberlain (who played the school teacher), and Mr. Rodney Palode II (a welding student who played President Obama). A tremendous thank you and appreciation also goes to the CE ASB, who contributed to the design, purchase, and distribution of more than 300 t-shirts.

Sunday was an amazing day for Continuing Education—in so many ways. The result of countless hours of work and details, and the heroic efforts by student and faculty could not be known or seen when you hear that we won the Grand Sweepstakes Award. The positive impact the project had on Continuing Education students, and the pride they felt in being part of something so honorable, is also unknown. So, now when you have an opportunity to see the beautiful, glistening, five-foot tall Grand Sweepstakes Award, you too will also know some of the untold story.

Thank you to all who contributed to this effort and congratulations!

Dr. Anthony E. Beebe, President
San Diego Continuing Education
San Diego Community College District

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Continuing Education Campus Awarded a LEED Gold Certification for Sustainable Design

Continuing Education Campus Awarded a LEED Gold Certification for Sustainable Design

New Skills Center awarded a LEED Gold Certification for Sustainable Design

Certification is third Gold for San Diego Community College District facility;

includes high efficiency fixtures and plumbing, solar paneling

SAN DIEGO – The new Educational Cultural Complex Skills Center for San Diego Continuing Education has been awarded aLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design(LEED) Gold Certification for sustainable and green design by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).  The USGBC is an organization that encourages and promotes sustainable, efficient and healthy building design and operation.  The Skills Center, which opened in September 2009 as the District’s Campus of Excellence for Career and Technical education, is the District’s fifth facility to be LEED certified and third to achieve LEED Gold. 

The 67,010 square foot facility supports instructional and career training programs in Automotive Technology, Automotive Mechanical and Electrical Repair, Automotive Body Repair, Automotive Upholstery, Graphic Printing Technology, Computer Graphic Arts, Cisco Lab, Business Information Technology and Welding.  It is the largest automotive technology training center of its kind in the country.

The Skills Center is funded by the District’s $1.555 billion Propositions S and N construction bond program, which is providing for new teaching and learning facilities, major renovations, and campus wide infrastructure projects at City, Mesa, and Miramar Colleges, and six Continuing Education campuses throughout San Diego.  As part of the Green Building Policy developed by the SDCCD Board of Trustees, all construction and major renovations included in the bond program are designed and built to obtain, at minimum, LEED Silver certification. 

“We are really pleased to exceed the Board’s policy by seeing our buildings qualify at an even higher level,” said Dr. Constance Carroll, SDCCD Chancellor.  “The Skills Center is a tremendous job-training facility, and we are delighted that it now has reached the Gold standard in sustainable design.”

The building’s sustainable features include:

  • Aphotovoltaic panel array (360 panels at 185 watts each) on the complex carports, generating a total of 66.6 kW.  A web-based computer monitoring system allows users and visitors to see exactly how much solar energy is generatedat any given time.
  • The orientation of the complex was designed to maximize both daylight and views to the outside.  Daylight will be available to 90% of the space, which increases user comfort and reduces the need for artificial lighting.  Views to the outdoors will be available for 95% of the spaces, improving user comfort and productivity in the learning environment. 
  • High efficiency plumbing fixtures reduce water consumption by over 40% as compared to a standard building. High efficiency fixtures reduce the amount of electricity used.
  • Indoor air quality is optimized through the use of natural ventilation, carbon dioxide monitors, low chemical-emitting materials and finishes, and walk-off mats to control dirt from entering the building.
  • Trees and shrubs have been selected for their compatibility to the area, to provide shade and to minimize the need for water. A high efficiency irrigation system utilizes a controller that adjusts itself to the local weather.
  • A sustainable education program will be implemented so that building itself can be used as a teaching tool on the benefits of sustainable design.
  • Exterior lighting is carefully placed to minimize light pollution to nearby residences.

The Skills Center project team included:

  • Architect: NTD Architecture
  • Construction Manager: O’Connor Construction Management
  • General Contractor: Jaynes Corp.
  • Landscape Architect:  Nowell & Associates
  • Proposition S and N Program Manager: Gafcon, Inc.
  • Continuing Education Campus Project Management:  Scott Ellis, Julia Parker, URS Corp.
  • DGP (LEED consulting and commissioning services)

The District’s other LEED-certified projects include:

  • Mesa College Police Station  (Gold)
  • West City Campus for Continuing Education  (Gold)
  • City College Learning Resource Center (LRC)  (Silver)
  • Miramar College Hourglass Park Field House  (Certified)

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West City Campus honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers!

West City Campus honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers!

During the redevelopment and expansion of the campus, engineers encountered a complicated issue of problematic liquefiable soils at the site. A cost effective solution used ground modification techniques featuring vibro-densification and stone columns. The plan was approved by the Division of the State Architect, and several hundred stone columns were installed. The columns are a perfect analogy of the solid foundation we provide at Continuing Education!

Mission: San Diego Continuing Education commits to student success and community enrichment by providing accessible, equitable, and innovative quality education and support services to diverse adult learners in pursuit of lifelong learning, training, career advancement, and pathways to college.