President Carlos Cortez
May 31, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

SDCE celebrated a cohort of 25 young adults who completed the Apprenticeship Readiness Program (ARP) on Wednesday night at ECC. Students persisted in earning several construction industry recognized credentials, including a proud 88% of the cohort that completed all 6 certificates, including Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3) curriculum that is a nationally recognized certification in the skilled building trades throughout the United States.

In support of SDCE's strategic planning goal to provide SDCE employees with resources and training to increase the quality of instruction and services, remarkably, faculty reported 360 Flex events were held within the past academic year and 482 faculty completed 7,000 hours of professional development through these programs.

Assembly Bill 1727 (AB 1727) passed out of the Assembly by unanimous vote (78-0) this week. AB 1727 would permit colleges to apply the census date approach to noncredit classes in the Career Development College Preparation (CDCP) category. The bill will go to the Senate Education Committee as a next step and SDCE and SDCCD leaders will continue to provide direct advocacy toward this bill.

The Executive Governance Council (EGC), SDCE’s highest level of campus governance, approved the 2020-2022 Student Equity and Achievement plan. Today (Friday) Emeritus students will perform at Foothills United Methodist Church in concert at 7:00 PM. All are welcome!

I write to you this week from Portland Oregon where 15 administrators, faculty and classified professionals are attending the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education. Today I also participated in the California League of Community College's Advisory Committee on Legislation.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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