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Special Instructional Programs

Professional Development Center
The Professional Development Center provides coordination and administration for credit-based, short-term workplace training.  Most courses are housed in the Professional Development Studies and Computer Applications & Office Management departments, and are delivered in half-day and one-day training formats.  Workshops focus on such topics as Customer Service, Handling Difficult Situations, Leadership, Teamwork and Microsoft Computer Applications.  See Professional Development Studies courses in this Catalog.  For more information about the center, contact Dr. Diane Hollems, Dean of Educational Programs, at ext. 2915, or e-mail

Honors Program
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 Programs
Santa Barbara City College is committed to promoting international understanding and global responsibility.  Part of that commitment is reflected through offering opportunities to study in foreign countries.
SBCC offers full semester-length programs in a number of countries.  In the past, SBCC semester program participants have studied in France, Italy, England, Spain, Costa Rica, China, Vietnam, Chile, Argentina, and New Zealand.  Courses typically include history, art, literature, political science, language and science appropriate to the country.  Instruction is normally provided by SBCC and foreign teachers.

Summer Programs
Language programs are available during the summer for four weeks of intensive language study in Mexico, Spain, France or Italy.  Non-language summer programs have included theater and philosophy in London, film studies in Rome, photography in Paris and London, as well as other disciplines and destinations.  New programs are continuously being developed.

Students normally study at private facilities in their 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 $5,000-$7,000 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, which is located in the International Education Center, Rm.1, 965-0581, ext. 2494, or at

Classes on High School Campuses
Some courses are currently offered on local high school campuses.  Contact counselors at individual sites for courses available, or contact the SBCC
Dual Enrollment Coordinator, Carol Flores, at
965-0581, ext. 3020.

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