Santa Barbara City College recently announced the 2013-2014 Faculty Excellence Award recipients. The six were selected based on their service and contributions to SBCC students, colleagues and the campus. Their disciplines cover a wide range of academic and student support services.

Dr. Patrick Foster chairs the college’s Construction Technology Department and teaches courses including residential construction, weatherization, energy auditing, grade math, blueprint reading and solar PV installation.

Janet Robertson teaches online Health Information Management classes. Upon graduation, these professionals perform technical and organizational activities with medical records/health information including coding, data analysis, privacy and security, computer applications and management.

Sheri Shields, RN, serves as assistant director and full-time faculty for SBCC’s Associate Degree Nursing program. She also assists students in the college’s Allied Health and Nursing Lab and in the clinical setting with ADN students at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Sandy Starkey teaches reading and composition in both the college’s regular English program and the accelerated special program Express to Success.

Laurie Vasquez is the campus assistive technology specialist who supports and teaches college students with disabilities. She also provides assistance to other faculty who teach these students.

Sheila Wiley teaches in the English Skills Department and is co-director of Gateway, a campus-wide tutoring program.

Programs and Services; Sandy Starkey, Associate Professor, English; Dr. Patrick Foster, Assistant Professor, Construction Technology; Sheri Shields, RN, Associate Professor, Associate Degree Nursing; and Janet Robertson, Assistant Professor, Health Information Technology/Cancer Information Technology.

About Santa Barbara City College:

Founded in 1909, Santa Barbara City College currently serves more than 20,000 credit and 12,000 non-credit students per semester/term. In 2013, SBCC was named 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.


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