The SBCC Foundation announces The Bank of Santa Barbara as Founding Sponsor of new Alliance of 100

Business alliance and sponsorship announced at inaugural luncheon

The SBCC Foundation is pleased to announce that The Bank of Santa Barbara is a founding sponsor for the foundation’s Alliance of 100. The Alliance features students, business leaders, faculty and staff to meet and assist in the goal of student success at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). Based on the premise that relationships facilitate success in both business and education, the Alliance is building bonds between SBCC faculty, staff and students and the local business community.

The Alliance was created to assist SBCC in soliciting the educational and job development needs of the business community; to aid students in achieving their educational and vocational goals; and to provide a forum for teachers, students and business leaders to share ideas and opportunities. The Alliance will host quarterly lunches featuring speakers from business leaders to students and teachers. Monthly awards will also be given for special achievement by SBCC faculty, staff and students. Members will receive a monthly electronic local business report, invitations to college cultural and sporting events and opportunities to share their successes with both other members and the media.

“The Bank of Santa Barbara is proud to continue its support for the work of the SBCC Foundation,” said The Bank of Santa Barbara President Eloy Ortega. “We are particularly interested in programs that prepare students for future career success.“

Ortega was recently recognized by Vanessa Patterson, the executive director of the SBCC Foundation, for his generous founding sponsorship at The Alliance’s first meeting on Oct. 22 at Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearns Wharf. The meeting, which was organized by Earl Armstrong, President of Armstrong Associates, and Steve Cushman, President of Creative Solutions, featured speakers including Armstrong, Dr. Bonnie Chavez, chair of the Business Department at SBCC and Mitchell Sjveren, owner of Restaurants Bouchon and the Wine Cask.

“The Bank of Santa Barbara is part of the fabric of the local business community,” said Patterson. “Bank president, Eloy Ortega, understands workforce needs and opportunities. He will be an asset in serving students as they transition from education to sustaining careers.”

Santa Barbara City College Students and business leaders who are interested in joining the Alliance should contact Steve Cushman at (805) 451-2056 or

About the SBCC Foundation

The mission of the SBCC Foundation is to support SBCC students and programs through sustained philanthropy. For more information, call (805) 730-4401 or visit


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