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Posted on May 20 at 5:21 p.m.

The Continuing Ed classes (which are different from CLL) are struggling to make the number of studentts projected for each class and in the program as a whole. It was hoped that more students would register for the free work training, Basic Skills and ESL classes this year, but instead there are fewer students. It used to be that classes had to have 20 students registered to cover costs to run the class, now administration has lowered the minimum to 15 because so many classes couldn't make the numbers. Apparently some of the Basic Skills classes have only a few students at times during the day. (My neighbor works at the Schott Campus.)
These classes are important to offer and are of great service to the community so I hope the administration isn't considering cutting this part of the college, too.

On One Year into Lifelong Learning

Posted on May 18 at 10:58 p.m.

Incidentally, the continuing ed classes are not doing very well either. ESL and Basic Skills classes and other job training classes are not living up to what was hoped. This makes the college struggle even more to get their numbers up so they can collect more money from the state. It makes you wonder: why does the college have to keep growing? Is it only for the mighty dollar, to collect growth money?

On One Year into Lifelong Learning

Posted on May 16 at 9:12 p.m.

I agree with at_large. I have been associated with SBCC for a long time. The Adult Ed program served the SB community very well, not only by offering a myriad of classes for seniors who would not otherwise be able to afford it, but also because it was a true cross-section of the community. It didn't matter how much money you made or what part of town you came from, you could be in the same class with top-notch teachers keeping your mind and body strong. Personally, I think that keeping the senior community members of healthy mind and body is a good way to spend tax money. There are much worse ways our tax dollars are being spent.

On One Year into Lifelong Learning

Posted on October 12 at 10:10 p.m.

Cool! Sounds like a great event for a good cause.

On 4th Annual Surf Fest and Swap Meet

Posted on September 7 at 3:53 p.m.

ditto the first 2 comments.
It sounds like a good workout, but it is also obviously an ad.

On The Bar Method

Posted on August 5 at 9:34 a.m.

Another good and thorough article from the Independent.
The college can now move forward in a fair and financially prudent manner to continue to serve the community.
Thank you to all the trustees for doing a difficult job under stressful conditions.

On Leadership Change at SBCC

Posted on August 1 at 10:30 a.m.

It's a beautiful day in Santa Barbara!

We are so lucky we live here.

We are very fortunate to have a wonderful, comprehensive, public educational institution readily available to us: SBCC serves not only the students at the beginning of their higher educational path, but also offers a continuum of courses to meet the needs of the local community. Whether you are a new parent or a seasoned grandparent, there is something for everyone at SBCC. It is a college of and for the community, and how it is governed is the community's business.

I respect the democratic process and I'm proud of the community for actively participating in the Board of Trustee meetings the last 2 years.

On Serban Placed on Leave of Absence

Posted on July 29 at 6:32 p.m.

Thank you, Indie, for your coverage of the problems at SBCC the past couple of years. I appreciate Ethan's diligent reporting. And special mention has to go to Paul Wellman, who gets great shots like the ones posted here.
For those who are not clued in to the latest controversies, here is a link to read: http://www.independent.com/news/2011/...
The bottom line is that Dr. Serban was not a good fit for this college. She has her attributes, and I’m sure she will find a place to allow them to flourish. The unhealthy environment (at the credit division especially) had reached a toxic level the last few months. No president worth his/her salt would tolerate the negativity that was being promoted by her supporters. It takes a strong person of great character to step down graciously when their leadership is the cause of divisiveness and acrimony. It’s unfortunate that instead it had to come to her being terminated in such a dramatic way.

On Serban Placed on Leave of Absence

Posted on July 29 at 5:58 p.m.

Thank you, Indie, for your coverage of the problems at SBCC the past couple of years. I appreciate Ethan's diligent reporting. And special mention has to go to Paul Wellman, who gets great shots like the ones posted here.
For those who are not clued in to the latest controversies, here is a link to read: http://www.independent.com/news/2011/...
The bottom line is that Dr. Serban was not a good fit for this college. She has her attributes, and I’m sure she will find a place to allow them to flourish. The unhealthy environment (at the credit division especially) had reached a toxic level the last few months. No president worth his/her salt would tolerate the negativity that was being promoted by her supporters. It takes a strong person of great character to step down graciously when their leadership is the cause of divisiveness and acrimony. It’s unfortunate that instead it had to come to her being terminated in such a dramatic way.

On Punch, Counter-Punch

Posted on July 27 at 6:57 a.m.

Reading this letter gives me faith that perhaps other instructors will have the courage to publicly stand up to the current administration.
The democratic process last November was fair, the Trustees have been doing their job - yes, disagreeing, but that's democracy.
Shame on the Serban-supporters and the previous commenter for trying to play in the race card. Your desperation is showing.

On An Insider's Colorful History of SBCC Politics

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