Wednesday, August 21, 2013

CLL in the News! Santa Barbara News-Press

In today's Santa Barbara News-Press, page A4!

Please join CLL for our free Grand Opening Celebration event this Saturday, August 24th!

SBCC opens registration for new adult ed : Center for Lifelong Learning to give away $1,000 in financial aid Saturday

The grand opening of Santa Barbara City College's Center for Lifelong Learning will be held Saturday. The center will offer feebased, noncredit courses.

August 21, 2013 8:02 AM

It's not "continuing education," it's "lifelong learning."
Registration opened Monday for the inaugural term of Santa Barbara City College's Center for Lifelong Learning, which is offering more than 500 classes this fall in five broad categories: arts, crafts, performance; body, mind, spirit; business, finance, work; events, film, words; and home, nature, technical.
"We're very excited about this new beginning," said Andrew Harper, executive director of the Center for Lifelong Learning.
"We're very proud of what we have in this center," echoed Terri Cooper, a marriage and family therapist who teaches psychology courses. "We're delighted at the opportunity to reinvent ourselves and expand."
Unlike SBCC offerings of years past, the center's classes will be funded by student fees, not state money, but Ms. Cooper said that the switch comes with an upside.
"It's incredibly liberating for us teachers," said Ms. Cooper, explaining that state-funded courses were subject to certain requirements and a level of "academic rigidity" from which fee-supported classes will be free.
The classes will still be intellectually worthwhile, she said, but instructors are now free to expand their offerings.
This coming term, Ms. Cooper will be teaching four classes, including a self-hypnosis course and a past-life regression workshop.
"All of my classes are experiential," Ms. Cooper said.
In the past-life regression workshop, for instance, Ms. Cooper will spend an hour teaching the history of reincarnation before delving into guided meditation and past life readings.
Don't expect her to tell you that you are Joan of Arc or JFK reincarnated, however.
"I've never met anybody who was actually famous (in a past life)," said Ms. Cooper, going on to say that her readings emphasize relating past-life experiences to present situations, contextualizing a person's pains, predilections and phobias.
Ms. Cooper expressed excitement that the center would allow her to teach holistic psychology and Eastern spirituality in ways she had not been able to under the state-funding model.
The center's representatives acknowledged the public discontent of the past few years over the switch from free to paid adult education course offerings, which was forced because the state no longer funds noncredit courses.
"Santa Barbara City College has a rich and highly valued tradition of offering state-funded noncredit lifelong learning courses for free to our community," notes Jack Friedlander, executive vice president of SBCC Educational Programs, in the Center for Lifelong Learning's fall 2013 course catalogue.
"The creation of this new venture is in response to dramatic changes in the state's funding of community college courses."
Mr. Friedlander and Mr. Harper both said the state has prioritized workforce training over lifelong learning, and that the switch to fee-supported offerings better serves the Santa Barbara community.
"I think a lot of the initial confusion and angst has been worked out," said Mr. Harper, acknowledging area residents' reticence to pay for classes but maintaining that the community is warming to the fees. Mr. Harper noted that the center's fees, about $5 per class hour, are around half the national average for similar community college classes.
"We're very aware that for a lot of people the fees could be a real hardship," Mr. Harper added, plugging the center's tuition-assistance program.
Funded solely by donations, the Center's tuition assistance is need-based. Mr. Harper said that the center already has more than $25,000 in the tuition assistance fund, and hopes to disburse around $10,000 each term.
Mr. Harper encouraged those seeking tuition assistance to apply two months before the start of each term. Applications can be found on-campus or through
Students also can snag tuition assistance at the center's grand opening Saturday. Mr. Harper said the center will give away $1,000 in tuition assistance at the event, with drawings scheduled for 1:30 and 3:15 p.m.
The grand opening will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the SBCC Wake Campus, 300 N. Turnpike Road. The event will feature 30 of the center's teachers demonstrating their class offerings, from dancing to ceramics to songwriting, as well as free coffee and McConnell's ice cream.
Overall, the center will combine the best of old and new, "honoring the legacy" of adult education in Santa Barbara but "excited about the future," Mr. Harper said.
The center aims to keep things fresh by replacing 20 percent of its course offerings each term with new classes, and instructors will be paid on a revenue-sharing basis, ensuring that the most in-demand classes best compensate those who teach them.
The Center for Lifelong Learning's fall 2013 term will begin Sept. 9.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Watch CLL videos on our new YouTube channel!

Now, another great way to get to know CLL teachers and classes!

What better way than to see for yourself! Check out CLL's YouTube channel

Here are two to get you started... Watch them all at CLL's YouTube channel!

Bunka Shishu ("Japanese thread painting") - Janice Daily is one of few U.S. masters of this special art!

Award-winning jeweler Carl Stanley teaches all aspects of fine jewelry making. Imagine creating your own unique designs!

Watch more on CLL's YouTube channel!

Then REGISTER for a class today! 

Discover your passion... at the Center!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, August 24th

You're Invited! Saturday, August 24th, 1:00 - 3:30 pm 

1:30 Ribbon cutting & prize drawings for FREE CLL classes!

3:15 prize drawings for FREE CLL classes!

On August 24th the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL)  invites the entire community to celebrate its Grand Opening at an exciting and interactive event. The Center for Lifelong Learning launches in fall 2013 as a new Santa Barbara City College (SBCC)  program.

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Date:            Saturday, August 24th
Time:           1:00 - 3:30 pm (ribbon cutting 1:30 pm; prize drawings 1:30 & 3:15)
Location:     Wake Campus, 300 N. Turnpike RoadSanta BarbaraCA 93111
Admission:   Free

The Grand Opening Celebration will be held at the Wake Campus, 300 North Turnpike Rd, SB 93111, from 1:00-3:30 p.m. The opening ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. 

The day’s events will include food & beverages, activities for families, live performances, hands-on demonstrations and drawings for free classes and other fun prizes. You will also have opportunity to sign up for classes on the spot.

CLL offers the community a comprehensive and vibrant program of very affordable classes, workshops and seminars for adults, families and older adults. Classes will be offered in a wide range of areas including Arts & Crafts, Computers, Culinary, Current Events, Do-it-Yourself, Fitness, Genealogy, Health, Home & Garden, Languages, Literature, Parent Education, Performing Arts, Psychology & Spirituality, and Science & Nature.

Come learn about the fall term schedule; meet CLL instructors; enjoy demonstrations and participate in mini-classes; view examples of student work; connect with other members of the community who share your interests; and enjoy high quality entertainment and refreshments.

Contact:       Judy Taggart, 683-8289 or visit


Foundation for Santa Barbara City College, Chumash Casino Resort, Nimita’s Indian Cuisine, and Erna’s Corner


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Monday, August 12, 2013

Important Registration Schedule Information

First Week of Registration: Staggered Aug. 19 - 22

The first week of registration will be staggered by subject areas across four days.

CLL Staggered Registration Schedule Fall 2013

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Saturday, August 10, 2013

New CLL Classes for Fall 2013

SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning offers 500+ classes for fall, and introduces more than 50 new offerings!

CLL is also introducing classes for Spanish speakers, in health, fitness, relaxation and parenting!

Explore the community's favorite classes and these new ones in our online catalog or print schedule.



  • Beginning Oil Painting
  • Botanical Illustration and Nature's Gems
  • Creativity and Finding One's Authentic Voice
  • Expressive Figure Drawing
  • Painting the Abstract Landscape
  • Stories in Art - American Art and Artists
Crafts & Hobbies:General
  • Japanese Thread Balls/ Temari:  Level 1
  • Weaving Lab
Crafts: Jewelry
  • High Style/Low Tech Jewelry Making
  • Jewelry Making with Silver Precious Metal Clay
Crafts: Sewing & Quilting
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous: Costume Design and Construction for the Enthusiast
  • Recycle, Repurpose and Refashion
Music & Performing Arts
  • Acting for Stage and Film
  • Beginning Basic Blues Guitar
  • Improvisation for Beginners: Time to Have Some Fun
  • They Really Like Me! How to Shine in a Public Performance

Psychology & Spirituality

  • Apparitions and the After-Life - A Scientific Exploration
  • Creative Spiral: Spirited, Passionate, Intuitive, Real, Authentic Living
  • Emotional Intelligence - What,  How & Why We Feel & Think
  • Find the Love of Your Life
  • Focusing: A Mindful Approach to Wellness
  • Healing From Trauma
  • Health, Psychological and Spiritual, and the 'Enneagram'
  • Highlights of Life-Span Psychology - Create Your Own Personal Milestones
  • Hiking Santa Barbara
  • Indigenous Healing and Dream Interpretation in Southern Africa
  • Living the Paradox of Enlightenment
  • Meditation for Chronic Pain Patients
  • Mobilizing Divine Love, Joy and Wisdom
  • Nature, Hiking and Self-Healing - Beginning
  • Nature, Hiking, and Self-Healing: Intermediate
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Healing With the Tearless Trauma Technique
  • SoulCollage: An Artful Path to Inner Wisdom
  • Sound Sanctuary - The Healing Nature of Sound and Music


  • A Director's Vision - A History
  • Action Sports Videography
  • French through Songs and Poetry
Writing & Literature
  • Publishing in the 21st Century: Marketing Your Muse


  • Facebook For Beginners: Will You Be My Friend?
  • Pinterest For Beginners: Spend A Pinteresting Day With The Things You Love
  • Social Media for Lifelong Learners of All Ages
  • Twitter: To Tweet or Not to Tweet
  • Applicious - Cooking with Apples
  • Autumn Market Vegetables
  • Beautiful Holiday Food Gifts
  • Canning and Preserving Demystified
  • Chicken and Egg
  • Chocolate Mania
  • Cook Italian- the Four Seasons
  • Fish, the Whole Fish and Nothing but the Fish
  • Macho without Meat
  • Meet, Mingle and Cook
  • No More Excuses: Mastering the Thanksgiving Turkey
  • Pastry Classics: Perfect Pies and Elegant Tarts
  • Superb Sauces
  • When Life Gives You Lemons   


  • Autoestima, salud y bienestar para la mujer 
  • Relajación y meditación guiada
  • Yoga en español: Como reducir el estrés y mejorar su salud 
  • Medicina natural usando hierbas y la alimentación
  • Pequeños Cantantes - Para padres con niños de 12 a 30 meses 
  • Pequeños cantantes para padres con niños de 2 años y medio a 5 años 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

CLL Blog Special Edition: Viva la Fiesta!

Ready  to "Viva la Fiesta" all year long? Here's how, at the Center for Lifelong Learning!

photograph "Fiesta in Santa Barbara" circa early 20th centure
Courtesy of Black Gold Cooperative Library System
"Fiesta in Santa Barbara" circa early 20th century

Fall registration starts August 19th. Here's a sneak peek at some upcoming CLL classes sure to keep you in the Fiesta spirit!

Viva la Cooking!

Latin American Cuisine
Learn how to make a variety of exciting dishes from Latin America. This hands-on class will feature delicious foods from Mexico, Cuba, Peru, Brazil and Argentina. Enjoy preparing homemade dishes suchas Mexican Tamales wrapped in banana leaves, Mexican stews, Cuban-style Pork Roast, Peruvian Ceviche, Brazilian Moqueca (seafood stew with coconut milk) and Argentinean Empanadas. Students will learn different cooking techniques and explore unique ingredients and new spices. Students of all skill levels welcome.
(Course number: 606383)

Viva la Music & Dance!

Playing the Guitar for Beginners
This course teaches students simple accompaniment for songs as well as chords, rhythm techniques and left-hand and right-hand coordination.
(Course number: 301190)

World Dance Workout
This exercise class uses dance styles and music from around the world including Latin, Middle Eastern, Irish, Balkan and African, giving students an energizing workout. Movements are easy to follow for both beginning and experienced dancers.
(Course number: 608617)

Viva la Language

Conversational Spanish 
CLL has Conversational Spanish classes for everyone, from First Steps to Advanced, and just about every level in between! 
(Various course numbers)

Viva la Dress Up (design your own Fiesta costume)!

NEW! Drop Dead Gorgeous: Costume Design and Construction for the Enthusiast
Do you love ‘Downton Abbey’ or the BBC ‘Sherlock’? Are you a Comic-Con or ‘Star Wars II’ fan? Come explore the intricacies of costume design and construction for theatre, film and TV. Or make your child’s Halloween costume wishes come true. Make your own custom dress form or bum roll. Draft, drape or adapt a commercial
pattern for your own fantastic costume, evening gown or bridal project. Information provided for a self-guided trip to the Los Angeles Garment district resources, materials and supplies.
(Course number: 603132)

¡Viva la Familia! 

Our popular Parenting Education classes include "Music Times" with 4 different sections for parents of six-month up to five-year-old children!

Music Times I
For Parents Of Babies Aged 6 - 12 Months (Course number: 251293)
Music Times II
For Parents of Walkers Aged 12–18 Months (Course number: 251310)
Music Times III
For Parents of Children Aged 18–30 months (Course number: 251294)
Music Times IV
For Parents of Children aged 2.5–5 years (Course number: 251293)

Class explores the power of rhythm, melody, tonality and beat. Students learn how music nurtures children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development while strengthening the bond between parent and child. Participants are exposed to various genres of music, play a variety of instruments, listen to stories with
dramatization and puppets, and learn songs, rhymes, sign language and finger plays in an interactive environment. Students also learn how music can be used as a tool to guide daily routines and transitions.