President Carlos Cortez
May 10, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

The past week has included wonderful recongition and celebrations for San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) students, faculty and classified professionals.

Firstly, 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.

Next, SDCE faculty participated in and delivered presentations at the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges 2019 Career and Noncredit Institute. Thank you to faculty members Richard Gholson, Ingrid Greenberg, Dr. Claudia Tornsaufer, and Dr. Richard Weinroth for their leadership and represenation of SDCE at this institute. SDCE received approval for new curriculum in three programs: Digital Media 1 and 2, and Visual and Vector Design. Thank you to faculty Jane Newcomb and Toni Renier for their leadership in this area.

On Thursday, SDCE coordinated the 3rd annual Staff Training and Retention (STAR) Conference for classified professionals, acknowledging the positive impact classified professionals have on the SDCE community and students. Nationally-recognized keynote speaker, Dr. Julie Ducharme, delivered a presentation focused on leadership and gender equity to help SDCE solidify commitments to our students. Other workshops included financial planning, leadership development, informational workshops from the AFT, and fun photo contests to highlight the classified professional experience at SDCE.

I also mention in support of Mental Health Awareness month, SDCE is encouraging faculty and staff to complete the California Community Colleges Student Mental Health Program webinar of one-hour simulation modules “Helping Students at Risk” that will help faculty and staff better support students. Faculty who complete the webinar receive Flex credit.

This week, SDCE also held the 29th Annual ECC Ceramics Fundraiser; student volunteers sold student-created masterpieces to raise money for program supplies. President Turner Cortez toured classrooms at Mid-City Campus and met early literacy adult students enrolled in beginning ESL classes. The tour was a positive reminder of the diversity in educational levels of students served by SDCE. President Turner Cortez attended the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ International Conference in Puerto Rico. He also met with Univision about new scholarship support for SDCE students, and provided a tour of the Educational Cultural Complex for the Hoover High School Social Justice Academy.

I hope you will also take a moment to read the budget message I distributed this morning regarding the Governor’s May Revise to the state budget.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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