President Carlos Turner Cortez, PHd
November 23, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

In this period of gratitude, as the fall semester winds down and the holidays begin, I am reflecting on how immensely thankful I am for San Diego Continuing Education’s (SDCE’s) administration, faculty, and staff. Each and every one of you contributes to moving SDCE’s mission forward. You make SDCE an exceptional institution to study, work, and to excel as academic professionals.

I am also grateful for our students. We have many reasons to be grateful at SDCE as a place to work, but also as a place to serve students. We are privileged to serve the most ethnically diverse and talented student populations in the state. During the most uncertain times, our SDCE community remains committed to building a stronger San Diego, many faculty members, classified professionals, and students volunteered outside of their studies to provide vulnerable populations and essential workers with hand-sewn mask donations, ready-cooked meals, and Covid-19 safety presentations.

I am especially grateful for the SDCE Foundation. When I arrived at SDCE, the Foundation was new and had only just started to grow. In the past five years, our Foundation has positively impacted the lives of thousands of students through direct scholarships, access to grants that remove barriers to student success, and numerous grant opportunities that provide pre-apprenticeship and paid work opportunities to students.

My deepest appreciation for your energy and dedication to transform lives. I hope that everyone will embrace the opportunity to slow down and give thanks this holiday season.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!


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Carlos Osvaldo Cortez, Ph.D.
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