President Carlos Turner Cortez, PHd
March 26, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

SDCCE hosted two events this week for Women's History Month, including a virtual cooking event with an all-female chef lineup from SDCCE's faculty, and a recognition to honor the female faculty and staff supporting SDCCE's Disability Support Programs and Services.

SDCCE's Immigrant-Based Support Program hosted a virtual program for students to learn about San Diego City College. SDCCD College and Career Transition Centers (CCTC) are continuing to serve students by distributing details about career opportunities. CCTC is also encouraging students to complete applications for the San Diego Promise scholarship. San Diego Pride publicly acknowledged and thanked SDCCE for our support of transgender and nonbinary youth in the San Diego community through the Tracie Jada O'Brien Transgender Scholarship Fund.

This week I testified before the state legislature on behalf of Assembly Bill 421 (AB 421). AB 421 is regarding how attendance is taken in noncredit career preparation and college development classes and if passed, would allow positive attendance count or on a census date vs. the current practice of daily attendance. I also met with the Continuum of Care (CoC) group as a board member with that organization for the first time. CoC is a local planning body that coordinates housing and services funding for homeless families and individuals. Dr. Laurie Coskey, SDCCE Foundation Executive Director, Dr. Star-Rivera Lacey, Vice President of Student Services and myself met with the Lucky Duck Foundation to secure $200,000 in renewed funding for the Rising to Success Pathways learning community.

Have a wonderful weekend and spring break. Please stay safe!


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Carlos Osvaldo Cortez, Ph.D.
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