President Carlos Cortez
April 12, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

Administrators, managers and faculty leadership have been engaging in efforts to raise support for Assembly Bill 1727 (Weber), (to permit districts to use census date for reporting noncredit CDCP classes. I personally testified in Sacramento this week for support of this bill, and am happy to report that the bill cleared the Higher Education Committee unanimously and now moves to Appropriations.

The San Diego Auto Museum has established a new partnership with SDCE and we will host an event next month at the museum to celebrate Automotive program graduates. SDCE is also in their process of scheduling advisory board meetings and classes at the museum. In partnership with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, this week SDCE sponsored Teatro Izcalli, a Chicano/a theatre performance at the Educational Cultural Complex, which was offered as a FLEX opportunity for faculty.

This past Monday, I co-chaired the Noncredit Workforce Task Force, established to specifically address the regions ability and plans to promote noncredit education in San Diego and Imperial counties. We anticipate additional funding for marketing career education could be forthcoming from the region.

The first of four Rising to Success Student Equity Plan sessions was held this week. Sessions review, revise and update the current plan to be certain SDCE is integrating and embedding instruction objectives and activities with the Guided Pathways framework. I also spent time touring classes at CE Mesa.

On Tuesday, the SDCE Foundation received a grant from the San Diego City Council in the amount of $6,500 to support ECC's Historic Preservation Project. We extend special thanks to Council President Georgette Gomez for her support and leadership. This Saturday, President Turner Cortez will attend the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship's Board of Directors quarterly meeting as well as the American Association of Community Colleges' 99th Annual Conference.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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