Things to Know – Wednesday April 5, 2017

Did you know the California Community Colleges produces a Student Success Scorecard?  This statewide scorecard reflects data associated with six year cohorts and is disaggregated, so note the numbers are small. These types of efforts at accountability require colleges to be extremely diligent about our data. Whether we like it or not we are increasingly being judged by legislators (provides funding) and the public by scorecards. The California data was just updated, and is available at the following link. One of the new features is the Skillsbuilder data. It is a recognition of the value California Community Colleges provide to the state through workforce development.

Here is a national scorecard that was launched this last year and has gained attention. It has data pulled from various databases, and reflects former President Obama’s efforts.

So much for reality…Need a little inspiration?

Did you know…Congratulations SWC Women…

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher honored several women from @SWC as her 2017 Women of the Year. They were:

    • Governing Board Member Nora Vargas in her role as Vice President of community & Government Relations at Planned Parenthood
    • Carla Holland, our director of the South San Diego Small Business Development Center
    • Students Mona and Nada Dibas (Mona is our ASO president and her sister Nada is Vice President for Public Affairs)
    • Student Mirella Lopez, who is the editor in chief for The Sun and El Sol.

Take a moment for more inspiration….SWC Wildlands Fire Academy Graduation video. Shared by Ursula Williams….

Board President Nader, Trustee Delgado, Trustee Alcantar and I attended the graduation, along with Vice President Tyner and Dean Cornejo, and it was a very inspirational event…here is the video of our 12th Wildlands Fire Academy Class. As we move toward commencement it is a great time to reflect on why we work in community college…student achievement…we love our students.

I am off to the first Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) first annual conference. Check out the ACCJC’s new website and the conference agenda. Our own Professor Randy Beach is a presenter at the conference.

Leaving you with two quotes…Maya Angelou (one of my favorites)

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.