Santa Barbara City College Receives $20 Million Gift

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Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) and the SBCC Foundation announced today that they have received a $20,000,000 gift from MacKenzie Scott. As a community college dedicated to the success of every student, SBCC will use this unrestricted gift to advance its mission in bold new ways. In her post announcing the gift (one of 276 totaling $2,739,000,000), Scott wrote. “Higher education is a proven pathway to opportunity, so we looked for 2- and 4-year institutions successfully educating students who come from communities that have been chronically underserved.”

Dr. Utpal K. Goswami, Superintendent/President of SBCC, said, “I would like to thank MacKenzie Scott for the trust that has been placed in us. This visionary gift could not have come at a better time, as we are embarking on the creation of our new Educational Master Plan. These funds will empower us to implement transformational initiatives that will shape our community college of the future and provide the margin of excellence that we seek.” Dr. Goswami added, "I would be remiss if I did not recognize the good work of our faculty and staff which brought us to where we are today. This gift will energize us to pursue our passion to serve all students."

SBCC Foundation CEO Geoff Green said, “We are most grateful for this historic investment in our community’s college. For more than a century SBCC has been serving our region, and for nearly half of that time, the SBCC Foundation has been partnering with donors to enhance college programs, remove barriers for students, and spur innovation. A gift of this size makes an unequivocal statement that our community’s college is worthy of this level of investment, and that the work of our faculty, staff, and students is recognized. Our hope is that it will serve as a signal to other donors and highlight the fact that community colleges are perhaps the best tool we have for increasing social and economic mobility, addressing long-standing inequalities in our communities, and ensuring that all members of our community have access to a life-changing education.”

The gift will help support a wide range of critical campus initiatives and student success programs. Dr. Peter Haslund, President of the Santa Barbara Community College District Board of Trustees said, “Our reason for being has to do with helping the next generation acquire the skills and knowledge about the world in which they will live and work so as to be fully successful in life. This task requires the full dedication of our faculty and staff who, on a daily basis, exercise the creativity and professional expertise required to make this happen. When someone outside our City College community recognizes the significance of what we do and offers to provide a truly generous helping hand, it creates a marvelous opportunity to celebrate and to express our heart-felt gratitude!”

This comes at a time when SBCC and the nation’s community colleges are facing a serious enrollment decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic and encouraging students to resume their studies is a top priority. A greater percentage of community college students have been financially impacted by the pandemic, forcing many to drop their classes. This timely gift will provide significant resources for helping the college meet these challenges.

“This gift is an act of incredible generosity and due to its unrestricted nature, a demonstration of tremendous trust in our community’s college,” Green said. “It reinforces the importance of providing quality higher education that is accessible to everyone.”

MacKenzie Scott’s full post may be read here.

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Kew Jun 18, 2021 04:16 PM
Santa Barbara City College Receives $20 Million Gift

Local employers have good-paying job vacancies that need to be filled. SBCC needs to partner with local employers to serve the community, by offering one and two-year vocational programs with internships, to help them get a foot in the door of local employers. You don't need a costly four-year degree to get a good paying job. Of course, soft skills are important, too! There's a lot of administrative and faculty bloat on that campus. Students come first, not the costly architecture, expansive landscaping , or overpaid staff and faculty (all employees of the State, public servants). Help local employers fill good-paying jobs with SBCC vocational program grads!

GeneralTree Jun 16, 2021 03:39 PM
Santa Barbara City College Receives $20 Million Gift

There are a lot of people here talking negatively about a community college - when most of them have never set foot in a classroom at a community college or university. Just sayin'.

SBLetsGetAlong Jun 17, 2021 05:46 PM
Santa Barbara City College Receives $20 Million Gift

It’s not a “local community college”.
There’s no money in local students. Tuition rates fir out if state are where the money is at.
Capitalism at heart in a “leftist” school.
Irony? Hypocritical?

tsunami67 Jun 16, 2021 08:27 AM
Santa Barbara City College Receives $20 Million Gift

The Op Ed states "The gift will help support a wide range of critical campus initiatives and student success programs." SBCC has three campuses with aging infrastructure and high levels of deferred maintenance. They keep hiring executives (one a month for the past three months) and never hire more Facilities staff. Who wants to bet that none of this money will go to maintaining the Wake, Schott, or the main campus? Well maintained campuses support every student.

RHS Jun 15, 2021 06:51 PM
Santa Barbara City College Receives $20 Million Gift

SBCC does not help a community that has been chronically underserved! If this was the point of the gift the donor would be easily directed to places like Compton Community College or SWLA CC or dozens of other such institutions around the state that struggle to do right by the locals. Giving to SBCC is like giving to Stanford to help the underserved in the bay area.

PitMix Jun 15, 2021 01:57 PM
Santa Barbara City College Receives $20 Million Gift

The real quote is: “Higher education is a proven pathway to opportunity, so we looked for 2- and 4-year institutions successfully educating students who come from outside of their communities and exacerbate housing problems.” About 1/2 of the students are from the local area, so up to 10,000 are looking for rentals. https://www.sbcc.edu/about/collegefacts.php

a-1623781565 Jun 15, 2021 11:26 AM
Santa Barbara City College Receives $20 Million Gift

Miss Scott just donated $2.7 Billion dollars to help communities and provide education. And her ex-husband spent more than that to go to space. Can he just stay there?

helena Jun 15, 2021 11:16 AM
Santa Barbara City College Receives $20 Million Gift

Ms. Scott has given this gift to a most worthy recipient. SBCC is one of the jewels of our area; this gift benefits not just students but the entirety of our community.
This will truly impact far more lives than, say, 11 minutes in space.

Julia Laraway Jun 15, 2021 11:03 AM
Santa Barbara City College Receives $20 Million Gift

This is fabulous!!! Thank you to SBCC for having great programs that help students of all ages. Thank you to Ms. Scott for recognizing the excellence and hard work of the educators who teach at SBCC.
Woooohooooo!!!

NoletaGuy Jun 15, 2021 12:29 PM
Santa Barbara City College Receives $20 Million Gift

Curmudgeon puts it well...…..let's be thankful there IS an Amazon !!!......and let's not hate on people like Bezos just because he doesn't give money to causes you may or may not approve of....

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