Seventeen employees from Cottage Health System, Mentor Corporation and Sansum Clinic received certificates of recognition from Santa Barbara City College Professional Development Center’s Health Professionals Institute (HPI) on December 15.

Offered to employees of local healthcare agencies, the institute is made up of a series of work-based skills training classes designed to enhance employees’ personal development and improve performance on the job. Students attended classes covering such business topics as Time Management, Business Writing and Powerful Presentations.

SBCC Superintendent/President Dr. Andreea Serban (far right) presented Health Professionals Institute certificates of completion to employees from Cottage Health System, Mentor Corporation, and Sansum Clinic.

“When the HPI program first began in 2002, we offered it primarily to healthcare management,” said Dr. Diane Hollems, SBCC Dean of Educational Programs. “Over time, it became apparent that the courses had application to all levels of staff so we continue to draw and instruct new employees on a regular basis.”

“A key part of the mission of Santa Barbara City College is workforce training and economic development,” said Dr. Andreea Serban, SBCC Superintendent/President. “Our Professional Development Center does an excellent job of providing high-quality and cost-effective employee training in our community. I am particularly pleased with our successful partnership with many local organizations, including the Cottage Health System, Sansum Clinic and Mentor Corporation, whose employees completed the Health Professionals Institute today. Congratulations!”

Representing their respective organizations at the HPI ceremony held at Maravilla were Steve Caputo, Cottage Health System Manager of Organizational Development and Employee Relations; Paul Jaconette, Sansum Clinic Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer; Susan Kennedy, Sansum Clinic Vice President of Human Resources; and Tonja Mast, Mentor Corporation Compliance Specialist, Clinical Studies. .


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