President Carlos Cortez
May 3, 2019


SDCE was a signature sponsor for the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s annual Opportunity Youth Summit this week. A team of 10 employees and students from SDCE and the SDCE Foundation attended the summit.

Students from SDCE’s Culinary Arts career training program participated in the San Diego Council on Literacy’s annual Eat.Drink.Read. fundraising event and won two first place awards. SDCE's culinary team won the top spot for the Best Dish and also first place for the People's Choice. Read more in the San Diego Union Tribune article that covered the event and the students.

SDCE’s employee on-boarding program, Passport to Success, celebrated 17 faculty and 5 classified professionals who received certificates of completion for this year’s program. SDCE hosted advocates from the Center for Community Solutions to provide resources to students, including mental health and crisis resources, consultation on accessing care during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. James Halliday, CEO at A Reason to Survive and Tracy Thompson, Executive Director for Juvenile Court and Community Schools toured the Educational Cultural Complex (ECC) to learn about free career training programs and classes at the campus. Also at ECC this week, faculty, staff and students set a new record practicing safety as a priority during a fire drill and evacuated the campus in just 3 minutes.

On Tuesday, I was both honored and humbled to receive the Teach for America’s Teach for Innovation 2019 McGrory Award for Innovative Alumni Leadership, marking my twentieth year in education.

Lastly, I encourage all faculty members to participate in commencement, which will be held Saturday May 25, 2019 at the San Diego Convention Center. Faculty should contact Ron Flores ( to reserve regalia.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D.
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