President Carlos Turner Cortez, PHd
February 22, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Last week ended with great news about our collective enrollment management efforts led by Dr. Michelle Fischthal, Vice President of Instructional Services. SDCCE is at an 85% fill rate for spring semester classes, which means that we are on track to hit productivity targets for courses that started at the beginning of spring semester. This is excellent news and I commend you for your work.

SDCCE's Immigrant Based Support Program (IBSP) held a virtual workshop for students to learn about ICOM Academy and other career education pathways. IBSP also held a workshop about Admission Requirements and Funding for Community College Studies to help students understand how schooling in another country and verification of residency within California impact applications for DACA grants and other support programs. SDCCE's Rising to Success SDCEats! program distributed super pantry, emergency, senior, and neighborhood food programs distribution sites to students and the community. SDCCE students who may benefit from CalWORKs were encouraged to attend a free virtual workshop to learn about Health and Human Services and eligibility for application processes for cash-aid and public assistance services. SDCCE's College and Career Transition Centers held a virtual three-day employer spotlight conference for students interested in the Fashion and Interior Design industry. Webinar sessions hosted industry speakers, interactive demonstrations, and student showcases.

On Wednesday, SDCCE hosted “The Power of Poetry,” the first of two town halls scheduled as part of the college's Black History Month events calendar. Employers such as Stitch Fix and Vivacity Sportswear participated. The SDCCE Book Club 2021 has started. Faculty, classified professionals, and administrators will be reading How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.

As a reminder, I encourage you to save the date on February 24, 2021, and attend an event this week to honor and celebrate Chancellor Carroll and her Legacy of Female Leadership. The San Diego Chapter of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges is hosting this free, virtual celebration and you may register at EventBrite to receive the Zoom URL.

Last, I am thrilled to announce that I will meet this Wednesday morning with the new United States Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to discuss the federal government's commitment to adult education, short-term CTE, and Pell Grants for noncredit students. Have a wonderful week and please stay safe!


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Carlos Osvaldo Cortez, Ph.D.
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