President Carlos Turner Cortez, PHd
December 4, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

A cohort of faculty and classified professionals are participating in the Real College Basic Needs Summit, which is a venue for practitioners in the California Community Colleges to come together to network and learn best practices for supporting students with the greatest needs.

SDCE's Sustainability Ad Hoc Committee met to strengthen the sustainability of SDCE facilities and educational services. SDCE's Immigrant-based Support Program held a virtual forum designed for students interested in applying for a scholarship or grant and transition to community college. SDCE's College and Career Transition Centers (CCTC) held a virtual employer spotlight with Evolution Hospitality for recruitment in several departments including front desk workers, facilities, housekeeping, and security. CCTC also held a workshop to help students understand how to use LinkedIn as a career-exploration tool.

Jessica Luedtke, Dean for SDCE's Office of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness serves as the President for the California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) and in this role, she recently supported researcher professional development by facilitating the annual CAIR conference. Last week, Congressman Scott Peters sponsored a traditional Thanksgiving meal for students in the San Diego Gateway to College and Career Program for the third consecutive year.

Dr. Laurie Coskey, SDCE Foundation Executive Director, Jan Jarell, Dean for ESL and myself have been participating on the Advisory Committee for the Inclusive Economic Recovery and Resilience project led by the Local Initiatives Support Coalition (LISC). The goal is to develop a plan to support the economic needs of the City Heights community.

Lastly, I hope you are planning to attend SDCE's virtual holiday celebration next week on Monday, December 7 at 1 p.m. There will be virtual games, fun, and prizes. Please check your e-mail for Zoom access information and details.

Have a wonderful weekend and please stay safe.


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