I hope everyone has enjoyed a relaxing winter break and that you and your families are healthy and safe. We start the new year with news that the state has approved 5 new prevocational English as a Second Language (ESL) programs and 10 new prevocational ESL courses. I would like to publicly recognize and thank the two authors of the new course outlines, who are ESL faculty members, Corinne Layton and Monica Cueva. Each program has two 9-week courses: Course 1 focuses on the development of language skills for career exploration, planning, and job search, and Course 2 focuses on the development of language skills for oral and written communication at the workplace. Critical thinking, numeracy, soft skills, digital literacy, and diversity awareness are integrated throughout all courses.
Also, this year begins with many SDCE faculty and classified professionals participating in professional development (PD) opportunities to improve online teaching and support for students. Training has included video tutorials to navigate SDCCD Canvas and improve internet searches using popular platforms such as YouTube and Google, plus small group, hands-on training for Office 365 Microsoft Teams. These PD opportunities are significantly supporting our remote work.
SDCE students participated in an event hosted by Mesa Student Health Services about vaccine safety and effectiveness, types of vaccines, and the US distribution plan for the COVID-19 vaccine. SDCE Student Equity distributed information to students about the Community Health & Resource Fair hosted by the Jackie Robinson YMCA, which was approved as an essential services event. Students and the SDCE community received health, diabetes, and breast cancer screenings; accessed the Kaiser mobile clinic, and other free health and wellness services and resources.
SDCE supported the annual MLK Human Dignity Award event with financial sponsorship. This event was also sponsored by the Jackie Robinson YMCA. I hope you were able to read recent messages distributed about the proposed state budget, which I sent via e-mail this week, following Chancellor Carroll's update sent last week after the Governor's announcement of his budget plans for the year. I have also been appointed to the Campaign for Free College Tuition Advisory Board and will begin my service this month.
Have a wonderful weekend and please stay safe!