Twenty-one Santa Barbara-area college and high school students were honored as winners of a Santa Barbara City College Great Books Curriculum awards luncheon at SBCC last month.
Building on the success of the last three years, invitations were extended to students at SBCC and three area high schools to interpret the epic Greek poem Odyssey by Homer in the categories of expository writing and creative writing.
Last fall, more than 1,200 copies of the poem were distributed to students at Alta Vista Middle College (a collaboration between Alta Vista Alternative High School and SBCC), Carpinteria High School, SBCC, and Santa Barbara High School. To increase their exposure to the poem’s themes, students had the opportunity to attend an adaptation of Odyssey at Center Stage, three formal lectures by prominent scholars and workshops given in various classes, both at SBCC and the participating high schools.
More than 150 entries for the competition, which was funded by the Apgar Foundation and the SBCC Foundation, were submitted with six winners (first place and two honorable mentions in each category) eligible at each of the four schools.
SBCC is only one of six community colleges in the nation to offer a Great Books Curriculum. Each semester more than 1,200 students take at least one course which exposes them to the literary canon of the world’s greatest literature, thematically linked to works by more contemporary writers. Approximately 30 faculty teach classes focusing on Great Books through reading, study skills, composition, critical thinking, philosophy, world religion, politics, drama, literature and poetry.
Twenty-one students from Alta Vista Middle College, Carpinteria High School, Santa Barbara City College and Santa Barbara High School were named winners in the SBCC’s Great Books Curriculum contest. Pictured are: front row, left to right - Selden Cummings (SBCC), Celeste Barber, SBCC Great Books Curriculum Coordinator, Christopher Fedderson (CHS), Edin Kuba (CHS), Hugo Chavez (CHS), Zoe Brock (AVMC), Lily Woodbury (AVMC), Kelsie Bryant (CHS), Hannah Huston (CHS), and Shannon Callaway (CHS); back row, left to right - Charlie Villa-Lovos (SBCC), Bethany Enriquez (SBHS), Johnathan Rodriguez (SBHS), Ariana Gil (AVMC), Taliesin Tyndall (SBCC), Gabriel Mickey (SBCC), Matthew Daily (SBCC), and Dr. Jack Friedlander, SBCC Executive Vice President.
Kathryn Rucker (SBCC), Andrea Guerrero (SBHS), Hannah Caldwell (AVMC), Michael Ciaszczyk (AVMC), and Jonathan Bone (AVMC)
About Santa Barbara City College:
Founded in 1909, Santa Barbara City College currently serves approximately 25,000 students each semester who enroll in courses for transfer preparation, career education, and foundational skills and an additional 4,500 enroll in lifelong learning classes. SBCC was the 2013- 2015 national co-winner of the prestigious Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence. The college was recognized for its quality and focus in four areas: facilitating underrepresented and minority student success, student learning outcomes, degree completion and transfer rates, and labor market success in securing good jobs after college.
Our Mission: As a public community college dedicated to the success of each student…Santa Barbara City College provides students a diverse learning environment that inspires curiosity and discovery, promotes global responsibility and fosters opportunity for all.