PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, December 19, 2016

Spring Registration for SBCC Career Skills Institute Opens Dec. 13

Santa Barbara, Calif., December 7, 2016— SBCC Career Skills Institute is pleased to announce that registration begins December 13 for over 50 short courses and 19 Digital Badges in the areas of business, design, and technology. The Career Skills Institute, now endorsed by LinkedIn, focuses on providing training for the workforce in a unique flipped classroom setting, powered by Students gain access to video playlists selected by their instructors so class time can be spent solving real-world industry problems using the concepts learned. The result is an enhanced set of skills with a greater likelihood of job acquisition or career advancement.

All courses are offered tuition-free to job seekers or employees seeking to increase their job security and advancement. The Career Skills Institute offers a comprehensive “emerging leaders” program to employers who seek to increase employee retention and potential, especially in the areas of management, communication skills and technical development.

Class schedules are available at the SBCC Wake Campus and online at Spring registration begins December 13 at 8am. Classes start all throughout the term, which runs from January 17 through May 13, 2017. Need help registering? Call Emma Cruz at 683-8282.

Nineteen Career Skills Institute Digital Badges can be achieved during the Spring Semester including: Customer Relations, Enterprise Communication, High Performance Teams, Management Toolbox, Managing to Maximize Performance, Powerful Presentations, Sales Techniques, Strategic Marketing, Workplace Essentials, Basic Imaging, Digital Design Basics, Digital Maker, Digital Printing: Newsletter and Magazine, Web Designer, Basic Internet Skills, Basic Office Software Skills, Blogging for Business, Research Specialist, and Global Trends in Human Resources.

As organizations continue to deploy Windows 10, Career Skills Institute also offers classes to help job seekers and employees keep up with important skills for Windows® and Office software including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel in the following classes: Computers for Beginners, Email for Beginners, Searching the Web, Windows Basics, Introduction to Windows, and more.

Most Career Skills Institute classes meet for 8 hours and most Digital Badges include two to three classes, which may be completed during a single semester. The convenient short courses are meant to be integrated into employers’ existing training programs at no cost and maximum return on investment.

“Since our 2015 launch, Career Skills Institute Digital Badges are quickly becoming recognized by local employers as a powerful credential for current employees and for job seekers,” said Shelly Dixon, Director of the SBCC Career Skills Institute. “Digital Badges show at a glance the successful acquisition of vital career skills, and an indicator of an employee’s motivation to increase their potential to contribute to a company’s success.”

Register for classes and workshops online at, in person at the SBCC Wake Campus at 300 N. Turnpike Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93111. For more information, please call (805) 683-8282.

Career Skills Institute at Santa Barbara City College

The SBCC Career Skills Institute launched in 2015 to address the growing gap between the skills employers need and the current lack of workforce skills. The innovative program serves job-seekers, employers and employees with a tuition–free noncredit certificate programs to provide career training for employees and job seekers. Participants can earn certificates and digital badges demonstrating knowledge and skills in over 25 areas of business, design and technology. For more information, visit or call 683-8282.

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