Job Hunting is Out, Career Strategy is In, at SBCC Career Skills Institute

SBCC Career Skills Institute is proud to introduce a new tuition-free series and certificate designed to aid those in the midst of a job hunt and professionals seeking new employment. Classes begin April 4.

Any one of the three short, tuition-free course can be taken independently, or all three to earn the Career Strategist Certificate.  Courses focus on developing the skills needed to gain an accurate understanding of strengths, interests, abilities and work values including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory. Students also learn about job research and business networking resources online and off, including effective use of job search sites and building a LinkedIn profile customized to reach the ideal employer. Students develop the skills to combine personal characteristics with career information to improve their skills at seeking, obtaining, maintaining and changing jobs.

“The Career Strategist Certificate is designed to help everyone in their search for the right job or career, from those looking to enter or re-enter the workforce, to those just starting to explore their next career move,” said Jeanette Chian, SBCC School of Extended Learning Associate Director. “You will learn about your strengths, what fulfills you, and how to maximize your unique traits.”

The Career Strategist courses were introduced this past fall, and the first certificates will be issued in April.

Register online ( or in person at the SBCC Wake Campus, 300 N. Turnpike Road. For more information, call (805) 683-8282. Each course is designed and taught by a career counselor to improve the career development competencies required for strategic career decision making.

Personalized Career Planning 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays April 6 & 13 Wake Campus

This course focuses on the assessment of individuals strengths, interests, values, personality and abilities in the context of career and education planning. Students will improve decision making skills by exploring their own decision-making styles and applying specific decision-making models to their career planning process.

Course Number: 64130

LinkedIn for Business 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays April 7 & 14 Wake Campus

LinkedIn is the world’s most popular professional networking platform. Participants learn to use LinkedIn to develop business through relationship marketing. Topics include optimizing a company profile, developing content that engages a target audience, building a professional brand, marketing a company, showcasing credentials, getting business advice, reconnecting with former colleagues and connecting with businesses around the globe.

Course Number: 64111

Strategic Job Search 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays April 20 & 27 Wake Campus

This class is designed to help participants develop and implement a strategic career and job search plan. Students will learn about sources of occupational information and how to utilize this information in the career planning and job search process.

Course Number: 64149

Participants who complete all three classes will earn a Santa Barbara City College digital badge as a Career Strategist. Badges earned at the SBCC Career Skills Institute can be posted in online profiles such as LinkedIn, websites and resumes, to easily showcase competitive skills to employers.

Career Skills Institute at Santa Barbara City College

The SBCC Career Skills Institute is part of the programs offered through the SBCC School of Extended Learning. It launched in 2015 to address the growing gap between the skills employers need and the current lack of workforce skills. The innovative program is endorsed by LinkedIn® and serves job seekers, employers and employees with a tuition–free, noncredit certificate program to provide career training for employees and job seekers. Participants can earn certificates and digital badges demonstrating knowledge and skills in over 25 areas of business, design and technology. For more information, visit or call (805) 683-8282. To learn more about the SBCC School of Extended Learning, visit

About Santa Barbara City College

Founded in 1909, Santa Barbara City College currently serves approximately 15,000 students each semester who enroll in courses for transfer preparation, career education, and foundational skills. SBCC was the 2013-2015 national co-winner of the prestigious Aspen Institute Prize for Community College Excellence. The college was recognized for its quality and focus in four areas: facilitating underrepresented and minority student success, student learning outcomes, degree completion and transfer rates, and labor market success in securing good jobs after college.

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