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Posted on May 15 at 8:49 p.m.

A couple of things wrong with foofighter's logic. It's obvious he has never been a teacher. Sure, there are instructors who don't take a lot of time to prepare, but they don't last long in this kind of setting. There is usually 30 to 60 minutes of prep or post class time per instructional hour involved with teaching. Second, the CLL classes don't average 20 people in their classes. Many classes have 10 - 12 students. I took a class that had 9 students who showed up last term. Nice to get the attention of the teacher, but I also learn from others in the class so I liked it when there were more people.
BTW, this was a highly regarded teacher who had a wait list before. It's a good class and I would take it again but she has decided not to teach it anymore.

On One Year into Lifelong Learning

Posted on March 14 at 3:58 p.m.

The CLL did NOT take pressure off the general fund. Fee based classes do not use state money, never did, never will, never "put pressure" on the general fund. It was the administrations decision to eliminate almost all the state-funded Adult Ed classes so that it could use that money in other ways. Now the administration is finding it hard to justify all that money for only the credit campus. The local community members lost out big time with that decision.

On SBCC Announces Good Money News

Posted on November 14 at 10:40 a.m.

Thanks for this informative article. I like the cruise ship visitors and wondered myself the pros and cons of so many ships visiting. And thanks to Channelkeeper. I really appreciate what you're doing and I'm glad a light is shining on your work. But now I feel bad that I stopped donating last year to you. I will "re-up" today!

On The Cruise Ship Question

Posted on June 11 at 8:03 a.m.

This is great news. Congratulations again, SBCC!
You have ALWAYS been on track with the priority being matriculation and workforce training. SBCC serves all the community - always has - but with adjustments when the economy or public need shifts. The difference is that now with so many ways to get the word out to a larger audience, more people are hearing about and aware of the good the college does. Keep up the good work!

On City College Welcomes Citrix Academy

Posted on May 29 at 1:35 p.m.

I watched this meeting online on the SBCC website. It's great to be able to see the meetings like that.
Congratulations to Mr. Patino. The crew there works very hard and it's nice that he's recognized.
All four speakers during public comment made complete sense to me. It's sad the way Adult Ed has been cut back so much but I get it with the budget cuts before. Now the funding is slowly being brought back so I hope the college can keep the PCW's and other parent ed classes, also some classes for seniors who can't afford to pay otherwise.

On Class Availability Up at City College

Posted on September 14 at 7:14 a.m.

This is good news. It sounds like an organization that deserves to be supported. I like that they are not just given money, but they also have to step up to the plate and learn better business and management skills so they are sustainable.

On Primo Boxing Ready for Another Round

Posted on September 14 at 7:07 a.m.

In part, Italiansurg is right. The college is afraid of bad press from the Latino community if they do anything that might be the least construed as racist. So the administration caters to the poorly run adult ed immigration office that SBCC funds with money (about a half million/year) that could be better utilized elsewhere. Anything that has the word bilingual is sheltered by the adult ed admin. But I do think helping immigrants to learn English is of benefit to all. I commend the people who come here from all over the world who are making the effort to learn the native language of their new country. I wish more of them would make that effort.

On City College Shaken Up, Shaken Down

Posted on September 2 at 11:18 a.m.

SBCC is NOT a junior college, it’s a community college. Junior colleges are two-year institutions offering vocational and professional programs, and academic courses for university transfer. A community college is a two-year post-secondary educational institute that’s located in an area of the city or town to meet the needs of specific communities. CC’s offer vocational degree programs that train students for careers without attaining a higher degree, as well as prepare students who want to pursue a bachelor's degree and graduate school. CC’s also offer continuing education classes that a person can take who are not interested in pursuing a degree, but want to learn a new skill, be better citizens or improve their life. We are lucky that we have SBCC right in the heart of our community, serving the needs of the residents who live here, in addition to the many who travel from outside the area to attend the college..

On SBCC Holding Forums on Continuing Ed

Posted on August 31 at 6:42 a.m.

Did anyone go to the first one? Do we still have an adult ed program for people who can't afford fees?

On SBCC Holding Forums on Continuing Ed

Posted on August 22 at 11:06 p.m.

This is a relatively good article. However, there is an important incorrect statement. The state IS still funding "non-enhanced" classes for all community colleges who offer them, which is quite a few. Classes in the categories of Parenting or Health and Safety, for instance, are still funded by the state at all California CC's. Some of the people in leadership positions at SBCC are making the decision - a local decison - not to support any classes for the community that don't fit into college or career preparation.
At_large makes a good point. Have the board meetings at a more accessible place for the community to attend. All those interested should plan to attend both meetings in September, or better yet, come tomorrow (Thursday) and again n 2 weeks and make your voice heard.

On Changes Brew for City College Adult Ed

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