Registration Open for First-Ever Global Competence Summit for Educators, Hosted by SBCC Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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Santa Barbara, Calif., October 25, 2016 – With one in five jobs in California tied to global trade, and studies showing a lack of student preparation for careers in a global economy, the Nov. 4th Global Competence Summit aims to give high school and community college educators powerful tools for their students’ success.  The Santa Barbara City College Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation will host this first-ever Global Competence Summit from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Friday, November 4 at The Narrative Loft, in partnership with California Community Colleges Doing What Matters for Jobs and the Economy initiative.

Community college and high school educators, career counselors and program leaders will learn why global competence is in demand by employers, and how to bring these essential skills to their community college and high school students to prepare them for successful careers.

Regional high school and community college educators, career counselors, Career Technical Education deans, and administrators are encouraged to attend the Summit to learn how to integrate global competence skills and education into their curricula and career counseling. The agenda includes keynote, panel discussions, hands-on workshop and innovation sessions, plus continental breakfast, lunch, wine tasting and networking reception. A short program launch and award ceremony will be held between morning sessions.

“As our world becomes more globalized, and with the vast majority of purchasing power now residing outside of the United States, it is important for our future business leaders to prepare to work cross-culturally,” said Julie Samson, Director of the Scheinfeld Center. “Many industries report gaps in global competency skills in their workforce, which is why we’re working with educators to ensure recent graduates start early to gain expertise that will help them succeed in today’s global business environment.”

Keynote speaker Jennifer Manise, Executive Director of the Longview Foundation for World Affairs and International Understanding, will kick off the event. Working with partners, the Longview Foundation has supported the development of resources for preparing a globally competent workforce. Manise also serves as an advisor to China Strong, DC Public Schools Global Education Advisory group, and the Columbus Council on World Affairs Global Scholars National Advisory Council.  

Panel discussions will feature industry leaders and students. Industry panelists include: Miles Hartfeld, international biotechnology manufacturing veteran; Jim Semick, Founder and Chief Strategist, ProductPlan and part of the founding team at AppFolio; Tim Wright, Vice President, Corporate and Market Strategy, and member of the original 2002 startup team for InTouch Health; Trygve Duryea, successful serial entrepreneur, consultant and SBCC educator, who began his career at age 19 with 28 international patents and trademarks doing business in 16 countries’ and Claire Wineman, President of the Grower-Shipper Association of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.

The afternoon sessions will provide educators the opportunity to brainstorm ways to create curricula that develop global competence, as well as create lesson plans for immediate implementation. At the same time, career counselors can brainstorm strategies and create tools for mentoring students toward global competence. The event will conclude with a wine tasting and networking reception.

The Narrative Loft is located at 1 N Calle Cesar Chavez #240, Santa Barbara, Calif. Questions about the Summit can be directed to Scheinfeld Center Director Julie Samson by emailing or calling 805.965.0581 ext. 3643. The event is free, but seating is limited. An RSVP is required to attend:

Stipends are available for eligible participating Career Technical Education (CTE) educators and career counselors from South Central Coast Region high schools and community college who create lesson plans or presentations that incorporate global competence for implementation at their schools. CTE educators are eligible for a $300 stipend for developing and implementing a classroom activity that builds global competence in a CTE pathway. Career counselors can earn a $150 stipend for developing and using a 15-minute PowerPoint presentation for students that is designed to build global competence and awareness of career and educational opportunities in a CTE Career Pathway.

About the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The SBCC Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is a hub for entrepreneurial development within the South Central Coast community and is a resource for model programs for other California community college districts. The Scheinfeld Center trains global entrepreneurs using a comprehensive approach to academics, hands-on experience, and support. Participants can build their business in the classroom and shore up gaps in their entrepreneurial skillset through the Scheinfeld Center’s distinctive combination of coursework, business plan and pitch competitions, industry internships, no-cost business consulting, mentoring, networking, and post-start-up support. To learn more, visit or call 805.965.0581 ext. 3643.


About Santa Barbara City College

Founded in 1909, Santa Barbara City College currently serves approximately 25,000 students each semester who enroll in courses for transfer preparation, career education, and foundational skills and an additional 4,500 enroll in lifelong learning classes. 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.

Our Mission: As a public community college dedicated to the success of each student. Santa Barbara City College provides students a diverse learning environment that inspires curiosity and discovery, promotes global responsibility and fosters opportunity for all. 

About the California State Chancellor’s Office, Economic and Workforce Development Division

The 2016 Global Competence Summit is an initiative of the California Community Colleges’ Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy framework which invests in California’s economic growth and global competitiveness through industry-specific partnerships, education, training and services that contribute to a highly skilled and productive workforce. Visit to learn more.

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation. It is composed of 72 districts and 113 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year. Community colleges supply workforce training, basic skills courses in English and math, and prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. The Chancellor’s Office provides leadership, advocacy and support under the direction of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges.



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