Student Support Services
- Academic Counseling Center
- Articulation with Four-Year Institutions
- Assessment Center
- Campus Security
- Campus Store
- Career Center
- Cartwright Learning Resources Center
- Child Care: Orfalea Early Learning Center
- Clubs and Organizations
- Computer Labs
- Disability Services and Programs for Students (DSPS)
- Distance Education Student Technical Support
- Drama and Music
- Enrollment Services
- Extended Opportunity Program and Services
- Food Service
- Gateway Tutoring to Student Success
- Injury/Accident Reporting and Insurance
- International Student Support Program
- Internship Referral Service
- Lost and Found
- Luria Library
- Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)
- Newspaper: The Channels
- Noncredit Information and Registration
- Office of Student Life
- Online Services
- Orientation Services
- Re-Entry Adult Services
- STEM Transfer Program (STP)
- Schedule of Classes
- Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
- Student Health and Wellness
- Student Senate/Associated Student Government
- Transfer Academy
- Veterans Support and Resource Center
- Volunteer Opportunities
Academic Counseling Center
(Academic planning, degree applications, educational planning)
MTh 8-4, TW 8-6, F 8-1
Gwyer Schuyler / Kimberly Taylor
Meeting with an academic counselor each semester is essential to student success. Counselors are available to new-to-college students who have completed all their steps to enrollment, new transfer students, continuing and returning students on a same-day appointment basis during our open hours. In order that we properly advise students who have attended other colleges, they must have their transcripts when they check in at the front desk of the Academic Counseling Center.
Academic Counseling Center provides a variety of resources to help students achieve the greatest possible benefit from their college experience. Each academic counselor is a specialist in several academic areas, and students may wish to see a counselor according to the major they declare. The Academic Counseling Center is a valuable resource in exploring the options or defining the requirements in a particular field of study. All counselors have the expertise to assist with course selection, educational planning questions concerning requirements for majors, general education, graduation, or transfer to a four-year college or university. However, students are free to select any counselor they choose. A counselor can answer questions about a course or academic requirements and serve as a valuable resource in helping students select appropriate, as well as the best combination of courses to meet the lower division transfer requirements for specific transfer institutions. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor on a regular basis. Counseling offices are located in the Student Services Building, (805) 730-4085.
The Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) is a process that enhances student access and sustains the efforts of students to be successful in their educational endeavors. The goals of SSSP are to ensure that all students complete their college courses, persist to the next academic term, and achieve their educational objectives. As a result, SSSP will ensure that:
- Newly matriculated students will complete an Abbreviated Educational Plan prior to completing 15 credit units.
- Once students identify their program of study, they will meet with a counselor to create a Comprehensive Educational Plan that will detail the necessary courses to reach their academic goal.
- Students are strongly encouraged to follow up with a counselor to review and/or revise their Education Plan as needed to adapt to developing education and career goals.
- Comprehensive counseling services are available to assist students in exploring career, transfer and vocational goals specific to their development.
With the option of over 75 degrees and 50 certificates at SBCC, a student often remains undecided on a major. Counselors are available to discuss options and give general information on each major offered. They can also provide curriculum guides, and discuss prerequisites and general career information. Referrals may be made to the Career Center, or appropriate college and/or community resources.
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When a student is placed on Academic Probation/Dismissal and/or Progress Probation/Dismissal, counselors are available to counsel students on the most effective ways to achieve good academic standing. It is strongly recommended that students seek counseling as soon as possible to preserve their academic record.
Student Education Plan (SEP)
A comprehensive SEP should be developed with a counselor during the student’s first semester at SBCC. An SEP outlines a suggested course of study for the individual student based on major, transfer plans and sequence of courses. Students are encouraged to update their plan each semester or when a change is made to their major, transfer institution or other pertinent objectives.
Counselors provide transfer information, such as General Education requirements (IGETC and CSU Breadth), preparation for major courses, general admissions requirements, and information on the UC and CSU systems, as well as California independent and many out-of-state colleges and universities. With counselor guidance, students can explore options and create a plan to transfer.
Admissions & Records
(Application, registration, pass/no pass, transcripts, petitions, records)
MTh 8-4, TW 8-6, F 8-1
Admissions & Records, Room SS-110, provides information and assistance regarding applications, official college records, registration in classes, adding or dropping of classes, transcripts, petitions, residency and withdrawal from college.
Articulation with Four-Year Institutions
M-Th 8-4, F 8-1
To assist the student with transfer to four-year institutions, articulation agreements have been established with most California State Universities, University of California campuses and some independent California and out-of-state colleges. These agreements define the courses at Santa Barbara City College that satisfy many lower division major requirements and/or General Education requirements at four-year institutions.
ASSIST is a computerized student transfer articulation information system that can be accessed over the World Wide Web at www.assist.org. It displays reports of how California community college courses can be applied when transferred to California State Universities and University of California campuses. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s public colleges and universities, and therefore provides the most accurate and up-to-date information available about student transfer in California.
(Math, writing, reading placement exams)
M-Th 8-4, F 8-1 (Testing hours differ from office hours; visit www.sbcc.edu/assessment for testing schedule)
The Assessment Center is dedicated to ensuring student success by providing evaluation of mathematics and English skills. Test results, given as course placement recommendations, give the student information necessary to complete his/her educational objectives. Assessment results provide valuable information relative to course skills advisories and satisfy some course prerequisites. Usually taken at the outset of a student’s college education, assessment is part of a student success plan to move the student efficiently through the educational process.
English and mathematics placement testing is offered in a computerized testing lab four days a week during two periods a year, October—January (for Spring registration) and February—August (for Summer/Fall registration). Detailed information regarding specific test dates, test preparation materials and alternatives to testing may be found at www.sbcc.edu/assessment.
The Assessment Center is also a drop-off location for student prerequisite verification and challenge documentation. Verifications include submission of external coursework to satisfy course prerequisites. Visit sbcc.edu/teo for further details.
The Assessment Office is located in the Student Services Building, Room SS-251. The Computer Assessment Lab is located adjacent to the office in Room SS-250.
Santa Barbara City College is a member of the Western State Conference and the Southern California Football Association Competition and eligibility is governed by the California Community College Athletic Association Constitution and By-Laws. Intercollegiate athletic competition is offered in men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s soccer, football, women’s volleyball, women’s water polo and women’s golf in the fall.
During the winter, men’s and women’s basketball is offered. For spring, baseball, men’s golf, men’s volleyball, women’s swimming and diving, women’s softball and men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s track and field are offered.
The Athletics Department also sponsors a cheerleading program that participates during both fall and spring athletic events.
Any questions pertaining to athletic eligibility or cheerleading should be directed to the Athletics Director, (805) 730-4077, or the coach of the sport in which one decides to participate.
(Accidents, parking, escorts, crimes, impounded bikes)
The Campus Security Office is located in ECC-41 (adjacent to the Sports Pavilion). The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., phone (805) 730-4064. Security is on campus during school hours, and can be reached during non-office hours at ext. 2400. If there is an emergency, call ext. 2400 from a campus phone or (805) 730-4200 from a cell phone. The Security Office’s main responsibilities are responding to incident calls, providing escorts, issuing citations for illegally parked vehicles, and securing buildings on campus. When school is in session, the campus is patrolled by officers in designated locations to observe and report any suspicious activity.
The department works closely with the Santa Barbara Police Department and each officer has the ability to contact the police directly over their handheld radios in case of an emergency. The department has six full-time employees and up to 30 part-time officers.
Santa Barbara City College is committed to the safety of all students, faculty and staff. In response to Assembly Bill 1088’s concern that women on American college campuses, who are 18-24 years of age, are at greater risk for becoming victims of sexual assault than women in the general population, information on sexual assault prevention and information on what to do if sexual assault occurs can be obtained at the following websites: www.sbcc.edu/healthservices or www.sbrapecrisiscenter.org.
The Campus Store is owned by the SBCC Community College District and all profits are directed in support of student programs and activities. We support the mission of SBCC by providing required course materials, supplies, and merchandise in cost efficient, easily accessible formats. We are committed to providing exceptional customer service and high quality products while partnering with campus constituents to achieve mutual goals. We endeavor to grow and expand future services and to operate a financially responsible business that invests back into SBCC and its continued success.
The Campus Store sells new and used textbooks, as well as offering rental and digital textbooks. We are the on-campus provider of SBCC-logoed merchandise, as well as school supplies, art supplies and gift items.
Regular semester hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. See our website for additional special hours.
(Career counseling, assessment, job referral, re-entry adults, Work Experience)
MTh 8-4, TW 8-6, F 8-1
The Career Center is located in the Student Services Building, Room 282. The Career Center provides students with direct access to the college’s comprehensive business, occupational and career development programs and services. The professional staff addresses students’ unique career goals and aspirations through:
- Comprehensive career counseling services that are available to all students.
- Computerized career guidance programs that allow the student to determine job interests, skills and values and to develop decision-making and job search strategies.
- Career-planning classes, workshops and seminars offered throughout the year.
- Work experience, internships, volunteer and mentorship opportunities for students.
- Up-to-date information on the college’s diverse array of business, occupational and career education programs/services.
- Comprehensive job referral assistance for those students who complete occupational education certificate or degree programs. Assistance is also provided to students seeking part-time and summer employment.
Child Care: Orfalea Early Learning Center
(Orfalea Early Learning Center)
M-Th 7:30-5, F 7:30-4
365 Loma Alta
Santa Barbara City College offers full-time childcare for children ages six months to when they enter kindergarten. The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Priority is given to full-time student parents who are income-eligible and enrolled in a vocational training program. The center also serves faculty and staff of the college if space is available. Located across the street from SBCC’s Main Campus at 365 Loma Alta Drive. Orfalea Early Learning Center is also a lab school program to meet the college’s Early Childhood Education teacher-training needs. For information about teacher-training, contact Julie Smith, ECE chair, ext. 2859.
Clubs and Organizations
Participation in campus club life is a great way to enrich your co-curricular experience at Santa Barbara City College. Clubs are organized to involve students in specialized fields of interest associated with academics, hobbies and special service to the community or college. Come to the Office of Student Life, located in the Campus Center, Room-217, to join a club or to start your own group. A Club Manual is available to assist you in having a successful club. The manual includes information about club rosters, constitutions, advisers and charters. Many past clubs have focused on career options, student diversity, sports, politics, religion, service, recreation and social events. Listed below is a sample of the clubs that are now active or have been active in the past.
- American Sign Language
- Biology Club
- E.O.P.S. Club
- Film Review Club
- Geology Club
- International Studies Association
- Japanese Calligraphy Club
- Psychology Club
- Queer and Ally Club
- Student Sustainability Coalition
- Wellness Connection
(Computer Commons, course-related computer applications, CAI classrooms, 1:1 computer tutoring appointments)
M-Th 8-8, F 8-4
Santa Barbara City College’s main campus has approximately 1,200 computers available for students.
Disability Services and Programs for Students (DSPS)
MTh 8-4, TW 8-6, F 8-1
Santa Barbara City College welcomes students with disabilities. The college has established the office of Disability Services and Programs for Students to provide the following support for student success:
- Provide educational support services for students with disabilities enrolled in SBCC courses.
- Offer the assistance of six full-time disability specialists, four service providers and over 30 auxiliary aides.
- Provide services such as counseling, extended time on tests, priority registration, alternate media, assistive technology, auxiliary aides, adapted equipment and tutorial lab.
- Determine eligibility for educational accommodations or services by requiring students to present verification of disability to a DSPS disability specialist.
- Empower students with disabilities to attain maximum independence, integration, self-advocacy and self-determination.
- Support the participation of students with disabilities in all educational activities consistent with the mission of community colleges.
- Provide reasonable educational accommodations for students with disabilities while maintaining the integrity of uniform academic standards at SBCC and the fundamental nature of college programs and services.
- Encourage the achievement of academic and vocational goals, such as degree or certificate completion, college transfer and workplace needs.
- Counsel students with disabilities to comply with the skills advisories for each course and meet prerequisites or enrollment requirements.
- Support students with disabilities in demonstrating their ability to benefit from instruction so that SBCC instructors may assign a grade that gives an accurate measure of the student’s achievement of course objectives. Inform auxiliary aides and personal service attendants to provide support in such a way as to allow instructors to observe that the student with a disability is doing his/her own work.
- Provide programs and services for students with disabilities, in compliance with laws and regulations such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the California Community Colleges Title 5 regulations, and policies and procedures adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Santa Barbara Community College District.
SBCC expects students to have a stable level of health in order to benefit from a full semester’s work. It also expects students to demonstrate the ability to take care of personal needs unassisted, or provide a personal service attendant (PSA). Personal needs include such activities as negotiating campus facilities, lifting and carrying possessions, eating, drinking, or completing personal hygiene activities. SBCC requires students to contact a DSPS disabilities specialist if they intend to bring a PSA to campus. It also expects students to comply with the Code of Student Conduct, regardless of the basis of disability. SBCC invites students to request educational accommodations or DSPS services by contacting the DSPS Office, Room SS-160, or by calling (805) 730-4164 (voice) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Distance Education Student Technical Support
M-Th 9-4, F 9-1
Distance Education Student Technical Support serves students by providing support for the college’s student portal (Pipeline) and the college’s authorized course management systems (Moodle and Canvas).
- For assistance: Distance Education Student Technical Support, www.sbcc.edu/support/contact, (805) 897-3549, email@example.com, or Campus Center (CC-225).
Hours (Pacific Time):
- Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Hours are subject to change.
Drama and Music
The Theatre Arts and Music departments present a wide range of programs on campus and in the community during the school year.
All interested students are encouraged to audition and/or participate on backstage crews for the many production and showcase opportunities produced in the Garvin and Jurkowitz theatres located in the Drama/Music Complex. For complete information on drama activities, call Katie Laris, (805) 730-4297, or Michael Gros, (805) 730-4049.
Students with musical talents are invited to join such critically acclaimed groups as the College Choir, Quire of Voyces, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Ensembles, Concert Band and Chamber Singers.
For complete information on these groups, call the Music Department Office, (805) 730-4179, and speak with James Watson.
(Career counseling, assessment, job referral, re-entry adults, Work Experience)
MTh 8-4, TW 8-6, F 8-1
The Career Center receives numerous job orders from employers in the community. The center can provide referrals for part-time or full-time jobs and internships. It also provides a website listing information on all on-campus student jobs and maintains an online job referral system. The center also sponsors job and internship fairs every semester that invite local employers to campus and allows students to learn about career opportunities and to apply for job openings. Additional information on job referrals is available at the Career Center, located in the Student Services Building, Room 282, or by calling (805) 730-4131.
(Prospective student information, registration assistance, campus tours, college orientation)
MTh 8-4, TW 8-6, F 8-1
The Enrollment Services Department functions as the front line connection for prospective, returning and current students. Enrollment Services operates the Welcome Center that provides enrollment assistance via e-mail, phone and in-person contact. The Welcome Center is located on the first floor of the Student Services Building. The department provides access to learning opportunities that promote student enrollment and success through a variety of outreach and orientation services: pre-admissions advising to both local and out-of-area prospective students and their families, campus tours, college fairs, application workshops, welcome tables and more. Enrollment Services also hosts a variety of events for prospective students and their families, such as Vaquero Welcome, College Night and Spring Preview Day.
Extended Opportunity Program and Services
(Support services for economically disadvantaged students)
MTh 8-4, TW 8-6, F 8-1
EOPS is a state-funded, comprehensive support system for qualified low-income students who are enrolled full-time (12 or more units). The goal of the program is to help students meet their educational objectives, whether they seek an occupational certificate, an Associate in Arts or Science Degree, or transfer to a four-year college.
Special EOPS services, in Room SS-240, include:
- Admissions Assistance: Assistance will be provided by Student Program Advisers and the EOPS Academic Counselors to EOPS students who need help with enrolling in classes.
- Career Planning: EOPS provides career tests for EOPS students who are enrolled in Career Planning courses.
- Financial Aid: Eligible EOPS students receive assistance in completing federal/state financial aid forms, and help with eligibility to receive an EOPS book grant, in combination with other types of federal and state aid.
- Transition Assistance: EOPS students receive counseling and assistance to help them transfer to four-year institutions of their choice. These services are coordinated with the SBCC Transfer Center. The EOPS Program actively seeks job employment information for its students to assist in the transition from college vocational programs to full-time employment in the community and state.
- Tutoring: Tutoring in any subject is available through the EOPS Tutorial Center or on a one-on-one basis, as needed.
- CARE (Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education): Santa Barbara City College provides opportunities for low-income single parents to obtain the skills and education necessary to move from poverty to economic self-sufficiency. By providing individualized counseling and support services (financial aid, tutorial, career exploration, transportation and child care), single parents are able to enroll as full-time students working toward a wide variety of career and personal goals.
Some major program goals for CARE are to provide incentives to individuals to minimize their welfare dependence and enhance their employability; to strengthen self-awareness and self-confidence, leading to a positive self-image; to provide career awareness and decision-making skills; and to provide work experience in meaningful employment positions, both on and off campus.
- Guardian Scholars Program: A support program for former foster youth and AB12 students. The program provides financial, academic and personal support for eligible students.
- Running Start: A six-week summer program for eligible graduating high school seniors offers college orientation, field trips and a weekly stipend. Students are eligible for priority registration, academic counseling, orientation/motivation/personal development courses and other support services.
- S.P.A.R.C. (Single Parents Arriving Ready for College): A six-week summer program for eligible single-parent students offers college orientation, field trips and a weekly stipend. Students are eligible for priority registration, academic counseling, orientation/motivation/personal development courses, childcare and other support services.
- Transitions: A six-week summer program for recently released inmates or individuals on probation or parole offers college orientation, a college success course and weekly field trips. Students are eligible for priority registration, academic counseling and other support services.
The College Cafeteria is located to the right of the main entrance of the Campus Center. It is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Hot meals are served daily, 7:30 a.m. to closing. Excellent food and service are available at reasonable prices.
The JSB Café is located in the School of Culinary Arts Building, which lies between the Campus Center and the Campus Store. Lunch is served Monday through Friday, 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The School of Culinary Arts Gourmet Dining Room is located in the School of Culinary Arts Building. Seating is available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for lunch and 5:30 to 7 p.m. for dinner. Lunch is served Monday through Friday, and dinner is served Thursday and Friday evenings. For reservations, call (805) 730-5173.
The West Campus Snack Shop is located in the Business/Communication Building, open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday until 1:15 p.m. Favelas Mexican Food is located in front of the Campus Center, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Additionally, students can get coffee and baked goods at the Campus Center Buzz Shack, open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 7 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., and the Luria Library Café, open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The School of Culinary Arts also provides catering for on-campus events. Call (805) 897-3488 to book catering events.
Gateway Tutoring to Student Success
(Tutoring services and academic support provided for students in a Gateway class)
M-Th 8:30-5, F 8:30-12
The Gateway Tutoring Program is part of the “Partnership for Student Success,” an SBCC faculty-driven initiative developed to help students achieve success in their first year of college. The program was designed on the concept of triangulated instruction that builds a strong and complementary relationship between the instructor, tutor and each student participating in Gateway. All Gateway classes have a trained tutor in the classroom or the lab, working directly with the faculty member on threshold concepts in the course. The 300+ Gateway course sections offer student-centered learning techniques and strategies in the context of specific courses and disciplines. In addition, the Gateway to Student Success Center, located on the East Campus in ECC-4, provides a tutorial center. Regular semester hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Call Director Dr. Vandana Gavaskar, (805) 730-4473 for additional information.
As a service to those students living away from home, the Office of Student Life (Campus Center, Room 217) maintains listings of available rooms, apartments, and room and board options within the community. This list is also available at www.sbcc.edu/housinglist. The office also provides a renters’ housing brochure, which informs students about available rentals, privately owned residence halls and rental strategies. This information is also available at www.sbcc.edu/housing. The college, however, assumes no responsibility for inspecting or supervising such housing facilities. It does support and endorse the Fair Employment and Housing Act.
Injury/Accident Reporting and Insurance
MTh 8-4, T 8-6, W 9-6, F 9-1
All class-related accidental injuries must be reported to the Student Health and Wellness Office, Room SS-170, within 72 hours of the incident to be eligible for college student accident insurance policy coverage. This coverage is limited to accidental injuries while participating in college classes or activities and is secondary to any other medical insurance the student may have. Coverage and limitations are outlined in a brochure available in the Student Health and Wellness Office.
Voluntary medical or dental/optical insurance is available to students at a special student rate through a private insurance company. Information on these plans is available in the Student Health and Wellness Office and on the Student Health Services website, www.sbcc.edu/healthservices.
Contracts with Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital emergency rooms have been established to provide medical care to students at a discounted rate. The emergency rooms are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Your student I.D. card must be presented at the time services are rendered.
International Student Support Program
M-F 8-12, 1-4
International students have always played an important role in the life of the college. SBCC welcomes international students and encourages them to utilize all of the services provided by the International Student Support Program staff.
The International Student Support Program strives to provide international students with an opportunity to benefit from a high-quality academic curriculum, as well as from intellectually stimulating social and recreational activities. The International Student Program consists of two programs. The English Language Studies Program (ELSP) is an intensive language program for beginning to advanced level international students who wish to improve their English skills before taking other college-level classes.
The International Student Academic Program (ISAP) is open to students who have placed above the ESL level on the SBCC assessment test and who are prepared for advanced English and regular college courses.
ISAP students may earn a two-year Associate Degree or complete their lower-division transfer requirements for four-year colleges and universities.
Housing assistance is offered to all international students. Lists of Santa Barbara area hotels and motels, student apartments, student dormitories, as well as professional host family and apartment placement service are available. All international students who have a student visa (F-1) are required to check in at the International Education Center upon arrival and to attend the mandatory arrival orientation. Student visa holders will be assisted with the processing of required documents and provided with information on upcoming international student activities and events.
Internship Referral Service
(Volunteer, paid, credit)
MTh 8-4, TW 8-6, F 8-1
Internship opportunities are available to students through the Career Center which links local employers and students. Internships are an ideal way for students to gain hands-on experience in the workplace and make valuable professional contacts while still in college. Internships are made available both through listings in the Career Center and through the online job posting service that the center sponsors. To receive college credit for internships, refer to the Work Experience section of this Catalog.
Cartwright Learning Resources Center
(Supplemental instruction multimedia tools and learning materials, including videos, DVDs, CDs, software programs; Writing Center, Tutorial Center, Computer Lab and CAI classrooms)
M-Th 8-8, F 8-4
The Cartwright Learning Resources Center, which houses numerous learning support services, is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Writing Center is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Check-In Counter for Media and Computer Access
The Cartwright Learning Resources Center houses a cross-curricular multimedia library. These materials do not circulate outside of the department. Individual viewing/listening carrels are available. The CLRC provides required supplemental instructional materials for classes in Earth Science, History, Music, Physical Education, Work Experience and others. ANTH 121, ANTH 122, and ANTH 123 are offered each semester, and all assignments are completed in the CLRC.
The CAI Labs are classrooms with locally networked Apple computers and printers. They are primarily teaching facilities that are available to faculty by reservation only.
This is a drop-in computer lab with Macintosh and PC computers and printers available to all SBCC students. Tutors provide friendly assistance, as well as one-on-one tutorials by appointment
The Tutorial Center, located in the Cartwright Learning Resources Center in room 118, coordinates a large number of tutorial services. Information about individual, small group tutoring and tutorial labs covering a variety of subjects is available for the general student population, as well as faculty. General tutor training registration is also accessed through this office.
TUT 199 Tutor Training (0.75,1 Units)
Limitations on Enrollment: Must have faculty sponsorship Two hours per week for five weeks, totaling 10 hours per semester, and 15 to 25 lab hours per semester.
Hours: 35 (10 lecture, 25 lab)
Requires faculty sponsorship of tutors so they are linked to classroom instruction. Tutors receive instruction in learning styles, communication skills, problem-solving strategies, teaching strategies, student services (to make appropriate referrals), campus policies, etc. Course is certified by the California Reading and Learning Association, which is recognized internationally. Graded Pass/No Pass.
Transfer Information: CSU Transferable
This is an open commons supporting multiple departments for small-group and individual tutorial sessions.
The Writing Center offers drop-in and by-appointment assistance with any stage of the writing process, as well as research composition format. Individual Writing Lab sessions last a half-hour. The Writing Center also provides online writing resources. See the lab’s website on the SBCC home page.
Lost and Found
Articles found on campus and in its immediate environs are turned in to Campus Security, Room ECC-41 (adjacent to the Sports Pavilion). Owners must appear in person to identify and claim lost items.
(Library usage, reference and research)
M-Th 7:30-10, F 7:30-4:00, Sat 11-5, Sun 11-10
The Eli Luria Library, named after our benefactor Eli Luria, was built in 1989. Embracing its slogan (Explore, Learn, Grow), the Luria Library seeks to inspire discovery by offering dynamic, innovative, and welcoming physical and virtual environments for students and faculty, and providing the resources, services, and instruction they need to achieve educational, professional, and personal growth and success. There is a collection of more than 112,000 titles, selected with faculty and student recommendations (approximately 2,000 volumes are added each year), as well as 150 print periodical subscriptions and 10 newspaper subscriptions. This collection includes 61,000 electronic books and subscriptions to 61 electronic databases, which provide access to more than 14,500 full-text periodicals. Copies of most course textbooks are available for short-term use inside the Library.
Located in the combined Library/Learning Resources Center building, the Luria Library provides seating for more than 300, in individual study carrels, as well as group study rooms and lounge areas. Group study rooms can be reserved online. There are scanners, photocopiers and black/white and color laser printers. Access to the library catalog and checkout information are available from the Library website. Checkout of library materials is accomplished with student I.D. Access to databases and other online library resources is available through the Library website from on or off campus. Books and copies of articles from periodical titles not owned are available via Interlibrary Loan.
Professional librarians are available at all open hours to aid in reference and research and to provide instruction in Library use: services are provided in-person, using instant message, or telephone.
Wi-Fi access using personal computers and other devices is provided throughout the Library. The Buzz Shack is the Library Café where students can purchase coffee drinks, juices and pastries. Extended hours are available prior to finals week each semester.
Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)
The Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) California Community College Program (CCCP) is an academic program designed to encourage educationally and financially disadvantaged community college students to excel in math, engineering and science so they can transfer to institutions offering baccalaureate degrees in these fields. MESA CCCP centers are located on selected community college campuses throughout the state and serve over 3,000 students. The program is a collaboration between MESA and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. The MESA program for Santa Barbara City College was established in 2007. Call (805) 730-4792 or visit CC-228.
Newspaper: The Channels
Call for hours
The Channels is an online news site published daily by students in journalism, photography, video, design and multimedia classes. The Channels provides mass- and applied-media students first-hand experience in the fast-moving, real-life, interactive world of journalism. Students work in a newsroom on state-of-the-art equipment, under the guidance of a professional staff. SBCC is The Channels’ beat, and the news staff serves the campus and the larger Santa Barbara community with news, features, editorials, reviews, video stories, photos and illustration and design.
The Channels is also a First Amendment, community-forum news publication that provides a free flow of ideas generated by the campus and community.
Noncredit Information and Registration
Hours and locations: www.sbcc.edu/ce
Schott Campus (805) 687-0812
Wake Campus (805) 964-6853
Noncredit Information and Registration Offices assist students with applying and registering in noncredit courses and are located at the Schott and Wake Campuses.
Office of Student Life
(Activity cards, Student Identification Cards, Student Senate, club activities, housing)
The Office of Student Life, located in the Campus Center, Room 217, is the center of co-curricular and extracurricular student activities on campus. Its staff assists individual students and student groups in coordinating activity projects, along with providing support to SBCC’s clubs and Associated Student Government/Student Senate.
A variety of services and programs are provided by the department upon request. It is the place where students go if they need information on poster and sign-making, use of the Free Speech Area, display tables for literature, authorization to solicit funds on behalf of a campus club, weekly calendar of events, participation in student government, student activity stickers, senior discount cards, housing, MTD bus pass information, housing and participation on college committees.
Orientation provides new students with information about Santa Barbara City College in order to prepare them for a successful college experience. Topics include educational programs, support services, college facilities, student life, and students’ rights and responsibilities.
All new students are strongly encouraged to participate in college orientation. However, college orientation is required of all students who have never attended college, or attended while in high school, or new transfer students, and indicated a goal of degree, certificate, transfer or basic English/math skills or and undecided educational goal on their SBCC application.
Separate from college orientation, several departments and support programs may require supplemental orientations to familiarize students with services, procedures and policies of the department or program.
Re-Entry Adult Services
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An increasing number of adults are attending college for the purposes of retraining, transition from home to the workplace and continuing education. Santa Barbara City College welcomes them and recognizes the wealth of experiences they bring to the college setting. It is recognized that this group has unique concerns, and the college is committed to providing services to address adult re-entry issues.
Schedule of Classes
The Schedule of Credit and Noncredit Classes, containing specific course offerings, information on admission/registration procedures, assessment/advising, student services and mandated compliances, is published prior to each Fall, Spring and Summer college term.
Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
The Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is where students from any discipline can acquire the skills, gain the tools and access the mentorship needed to start or grow a unique business. The Scheinfeld Center offers a hands-on academic program where students build their own business in a series of entrepreneurship courses. The center also offers a personalized internship program, the Enlightened Entrepreneurship Speaker Series, a regional pitch competition, and the Enterprise Launch work experience program where students develop a product or service in a single semester. The Scheinfeld Center provides free Small Business Development Center (SBDC) consulting to students and the community.
Any enrolled student who needs shower access may come by the Sports Pavilion, Room 206 (aka, Towel Cage) to complete the agreement/waiver and then gain access to the showers via card control.
STEM Transfer Program (STP)
Educating professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) areas is a national priority for the United States, to face the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. Examples of STEM disciplines are: Computer Science, Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematics and Physical Sciences. The STEM Transfer Program at SBCC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and has as a priority to encourage underrepresented and financially disadvantaged students to engage in STEM areas. Participation in the STEM Transfer Program provides: additional tutoring, belonging to a community of committed students that share similar transfer goals, campus trips to universities, personalized transfer success curriculum to make informed decisions about the transfer process, semester-by-semester academic planning to ensure required transfer coursework is completed in the most time-efficient manner, opportunities to participate in professional conferences in STEM areas, and assistance in exploring scholarship opportunities.
STEM Transfer Program Coordinator: Adolfo Corral (805) 730-4092, Student Program Advisor: Lorena Cisneros Lopez, (805) 730-4101.
Student Health and Wellness
(Health information, illness assessment, first aid, personal counseling, peer health education, insurance information)
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The program promotes health education, disease prevention and healthy lifestyle choices. A registered nurse is in the office for first aid, assessment of illness conditions, referrals and health counseling during office hours. Clinician appointments are available for the diagnosis and treatment of acute care needs upon referral of an RN. Limited laboratory services and prepackaged pharmacy items as prescribed by the clinician are available at a reduced cost. Smoking cessation classes are available to support students to quit smoking. A $20 deposit is returned after completion of the 6-week cessation program.
Short-term personal counseling is provided on an appointment basis for students who are experiencing personal issues or crises which are inhibiting their academic performance. Community referrals for a variety of mental health issues are also offered.
City College Wellness Connection is a campus club whose student members provide peer health education on campus and to community youth organizations. The program promotes education through class presentations, campus events and media campaigns, and focuses on topics such as HIV/AIDS, alcohol and other drugs, stress management and eating disorders. Students interested in joining City College Connect can obtain information in the Student Health and Wellness Office.
ASAP—Alcohol and Substance Awareness Program is a confidential program to help students who are concerned about their alcohol, tobacco and/or drug use. Students receive consultation, education, individual evaluations and support. For students interested in smoking cessation, free nicotine replacement therapy (gum or patch) is available.
For further information about alcohol and drug problems, smoking addictions, HIV risks, eating disorders, sexual harassment, date rape, personal counseling, and community referrals, contact Student Health and Wellness.
Student Senate/Associated Student Government
All students at Santa Barbara City College are encouraged and invited to participate in the governance of the Associated Student Government. Executive board elections are held during the Spring Semester, and applications for senator positions are available through the third week of each Fall and Spring Semester.
The Student Senate consists of students representing a diverse range of SBCC academic and occupational disciplines and activity interests and, yet, they are fully committed to creating a better campus environment in which students may learn, study and come to know one another. The Associated Student Government/Student Senate plays an important role in the decision-making process at the college—while providing a wide variety of services and activities that enhance the total student experience.
Information on the Associated Student Government/Student Senate may be obtained from the Office of Student Life, Room CC-217.
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The Transfer Academy, a program of the Transfer Center, guides students through the process and courses needed to qualify for Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAG) with UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Channel Islands Extended University, and the following private and out-of state universities: Antioch University, Brandman University, University of the Pacific, Whittier College, Arizona State University, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Northern Arizona University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Portland State University, Syracuse University, University of Arizona, Western Oregon University and American University of Paris. International students may also pursue TAGs with CSU Northridge, CSU San Marcos, and San Francisco State University.
Students must apply to the Transfer Academy in order to participate. The application will serve as a statement of intent to meet the requirements for one or more TAGs. Applications are available online at www.sbcc.edu/TAG. To be eligible for the Transfer Academy, students must have completed math and English Assessment tests/placement, Orientation, Advising and be eligible to enroll in English 98. Students must also be enrolled in appropriate math and English courses every semester until the requirements for their campus of choice are completed. Note: Participation in the Transfer Academy is not required in order to obtain a TAG from the universities. Any SBCC student who meets TAG requirements and deadlines for the specific university can qualify for a TAG.
Transfer Achievement Program (TAP)
(Underrepresented student transfer)
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The Transfer Achievement Program (TAP), located in the Transfer Center is a comprehensive support program designed to assist all under-represented students (including African-American, Mexican-American, Latino and American Indian) in successfully transferring to four-year colleges/universities. TAP offers individualized in-depth advising to future transfers, outreach to potential transfer students, and a variety of relevant student support programs.
The program is designed to ensure that each TAP student participates in important activities and uses valuable services related to successful transfer. Assistance is available in English classes through the Multicultural English Transfer Program (see MET description under “English”).
To join TAP, complete the online application available at www.sbcc.edu/tap, or contact the Transfer Center to arrange for a program orientation.
(Transfer to four-year colleges/universities)
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The Transfer Center, located in Room SS-140, is designed to offer assistance to students with the transfer process. The center provides a variety of services, resources and programs designed to help SBCC students achieve transfer to a four-year university. Services include hosting the annual Transfer Day each Fall, transfer-related workshops, and hosting admissions representatives from the California State University and University of California institutions, as well as many independent California colleges and universities.
Two transfer-related programs are also housed in the Transfer Center. The Transfer Academy works with students who want to participate in the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) programs offered by most University of California campuses, and other private and out-of state universities. The Transfer Achievement Program (TAP) is designed to assist ethnically underrepresented, low-income, and/or first generation students who want to transfer. Students must join the programs in order to participate.
Students may also obtain additional information on Transfer Center services and programs by visiting the center in person, by calling (805) 730-4347.
Veterans Support and Resource Center
Santa Barbara City College is fully prepared to assist veterans in securing their educational benefits. The Veterans Support and Resource Center is located in ECOC Building 1, Room 5. Our comprehensive website (www.sbcc.edu/veteranssupport) and packet provides information on eligibility, application procedures and special assistance.
Any coursework or college credit undertaken by active duty personnel, veterans and qualified dependents at an accredited institution of higher education, and officially recorded on an educational transcript, shall be reviewed and evaluated by Santa Barbara City College, and appropriate credit value given toward an Associate Degree, Certificate of Achievement, or other applicable goal in higher education. Both the student and the Veterans Administration are notified of previous credit accepted toward the current goal.
Veterans and dependents of veterans may be eligible to receive a monthly check depending on the program that they qualify for: Veterans Educational Benefits, Post–9/11 G.I. Bill (Chapter 33), Montgomery G.I. Bill Chapter 30, 31 VA Vocational Rehabilitation, 1606, 1607 (REAP) and/or Dependent’s Educational Assistance Program Chapter 35 of the U.S. Code. The Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office can inform you of your eligibility at (888) 442-4551 or www.gibill.va.gov.
New students should contact the Veterans Support and Resource Center at least two months prior to the term they plan to attend to initiate required paperwork. Continuing students also should check in at the VSPRC at least two months prior to the next term of attendance to complete any paperwork that might be required for continuous VA payment.
A maximum of twenty-four (24) credits may be granted to active duty service members and veterans for military service based on A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education. After enrolling at Santa Barbara City College, an honorably discharged veteran or an active duty service member who has served on active duty a minimum of 180 days may apply for evaluation of military service experience for college credit. At a minimum, credit will be applied towards the PE requirement for the SBCC Associate Degree (Area E-3) based on official discharge documents (DD-214 or DD-295) or official military experience transcripts recognized by the American Council on Education (e.g., AARTS, SMART) and completion of fifteen (15) units at Santa Barbara City College. A copy of the veteran’s DD-214 separation form and/or official military experience transcripts and an SBCC Alternate Credit Petition form must be submitted to the Transcript Evaluations Office. Credit granted for military service is based on A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education. A maximum of 12 elective credits will be granted for selected DANTES (DSST) subject standardized tests. A minimum score of 50 is required.
Veterans’ priority registration is available to veterans (any member or former member of the armed forces of the United States of America) within five years of leaving active duty, including, but not necessarily limited to, any student who is called to active military duty compelling the student to take an academic leave of absence. For additional information on veterans priority registration, contact SBCC Admissions & Records.
The spouse and children of U.S. veterans meeting the eligibility criteria may have their fees waived if they attend a California Community College, a California State University, or University of California campus. For eligibility requirements, contact the Santa Barbara Veterans County Service Office at (805) 681-4500 or the veterans county service officer in your county.
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The Santa Barbara City College Career Center offers volunteer opportunities for students interested in community service, career exploration and personal growth. To receive college credit for volunteer experience, refer to the Work Experience section of this Catalog. Students may also participate in one-time events, such as yearly festivals, educational camps, or special cleanup projects.
The program is committed to helping students gain easy access to volunteer opportunities in the community. Additional information about volunteer opportunities is available at the Career Center.