SBCC Career Skills Institute Brings Tuition-Free Tools to Succeed This Fall

SBCC School Career Skills Institute is providing more than 90 short courses and workshops this fall semester.

Every great employee needs planning, idea generation and implementation skills, whether or not project manager is in his or her job title. Part of the SBCC School of Extended Learning, the Career Skills Institute is providing more than 90 short courses and workshops this fall semester, Aug. 27-Dec. 15, to unlock this potential for working professionals and those on the job hunt, including the all-new Project Management Certificate series. The Career Skills Institute program is endorsed by LinkedIn®.

Career Skills Institute offers tuition-free courses in business, design, technology and career education, including accounting, computer skills, customer relations, marketing and much more. Classes can be taken independently or sequenced to earn specialized certificates and digital badges in more than 30 areas. New classes are offered each week and many can be completed in a single day.

“These are highly focused courses designed to give workers the skills most in demand by employers,” said Jeanette Chian, Associate Director, School of Extended Learning. “There is always a new opportunity to work toward that promotion or get going on an attention-grabbing resume. You can fill your week or go at your own pace.”

Choose among more than 30 certificates:

The new Project Management Certificate opens additional advancement opportunities for workers and job seekers. The following classes will be held 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. over four Thursdays at the Wake Campus: Project Management for Non-Project Managers (Sept. 6), Innovation and Creativity (Sept. 13), Process Improvement (Sept. 27) and Building High Performance Teams (Dec. 13).

Individuals looking to develop additional management, supervisory and leadership skills can also pursue an Emerging Leaders Certificate. The following classes will be held 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. over four days at the Wake Campus:  Leadership Skills (Wednesday Oct. 17), Motivating Yourself and Others (Thursday Nov. 8), Increasing Productivity (Wednesday Nov. 21) and Supervisory Skills (Wednesday Dec. 12).

Business and nonprofits use social media marketing to engage customers in dramatically different ways. The Social Media for Business Certificate provides the skills to create a successful business presence on social media using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest. The following classes will be held 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. over five Fridays at the Wake Campus: Facebook for Business (Sept. 14), Pinterest and Instagram for Business (Sept. 21), LinkedIn for Business (Sept. 28), YouTube for Business (Oct. 5) and Twitter for Business (Oct. 26). Students can earn a certificate with any combination of four classes.

The Basic Mac Software Skills Certificate will cover formatting text, creating simple presentations, advertisements and spreadsheets and organizing a variety of work tasks. The following classes will be held 4:00 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. over two Mondays at the Wake Campus: Intro to iTunes, iPods, and iPads (Oct. 18), Exploring Microsoft Office for the Mac (Sept. 10). To complete the certificate, students can take Living the iLife in the spring 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Fridays Jan. 18 – March 22, 2019.

Participants who complete a certificate will also earn a Santa Barbara City College digital badge. 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.

To register, please go to or come in-person at Wake Campus (300 N. Turnpike Road).

To learn more about digital badges, please go to or call (805) 683-8282.

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, technology, and career education. 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.

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.

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