Special Instructional Programs
Professional Development Center
The Professional Development Center (PDC) provides coordination and administration for credit-based, short-term workplace training and contract education. Most courses are housed in the Professional Development Studies and Computer Applications and Office Management departments, and are delivered in half-day and one-day training formats. See Professional Development Studies and Computer Applications courses in this Catalog. Workshops focus on such topics as Customer Service, Handling Difficult Situations, Leadership, Teamwork and Microsoft Computer Applications. The PDC also coordinates ESL and Workplace Spanish with local employers. For more information about the center, contact Melissa V. Moreno, Interim Vice President, School of Extended Learning, at (805) 683-8284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SBCC has established an Honors Program emphasizing a rigorous and interdisciplinary approach to general education. The courses developed meet the needs of students whose academic goals and interests are not satisfied by regular courses. Students who enroll in the Honors curriculum will gain the opportunity to become independent learners, participate actively in the shaping of their education, and exercise their talents at the highest level of excellence of which they are capable. For further information, see the Honors section of this Catalog.
Study Abroad Program
Santa Barbara City College is committed to promoting international understanding and global responsibility. Part of that commitment is reflected through offering opportunities to study abroad in a variety of countries.
SBCC offers full semester-length programs in a number of countries. In the past, SBCC semester program participants have been able to study in France, Italy, England, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Costa Rica, China, Vietnam, Chile, Argentina and New Zealand. Courses typically include a broad range of disciplines, such as art, literature, political science, marketing, communication, film studies, as well as language courses appropriate to the countries.
Summer and winter break programs have included language studies in Spain, Mexico, France, Italy and Cuba as well as film studies and production in Italy, Thailand, Germany and Australia, photography in Cuba, France and England, communication in Australia, Germany, India and Rwanda, art history in France, marketing in England, France and Austria, as well as other disciplines and destinations. New programs are continuously being developed. Students usually study at private facilities in the host country and live with local families or in student apartments. Field trips and excursions to nearby points of interest are included in all Study Abroad programs.
The cost ranges between $9,000 and $12,000 for semester programs and is considerably less for the summer programs. Excursions, lodging and meals (for some programs) are included in the program cost. Limited scholarships, grants, loans and other financial aid are available for those students who qualify.
Additional information about these programs is available from the Study Abroad Office, located in the International Education Center, Room 1, (805) 730-2494, or www.sbcc.edu/studyabroad.
Classes on High School Campuses
Some courses are currently offered on local high school campuses. Contact counselors at individual high school sites for courses available, or contact the SBCC Dual Enrollment Director at (805) 898-8174.