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Press Release: City College Sunset Classes Begin

Press Release: First Day of Spring 2020 City College Sunset Classes Begin

Classes beginning today will serve westside residents, older adults, and high school students

On Monday, Jan. 13, City College Sunset opened its doors for Spring 2020, delivering on a key campaign commitment made by SF Supervisor Gordon Mar.

The six new City College classes in the Sunset will serve working adults, seniors, immigrants and high school students and will be located at Wah Mei School at 1400 Judah and Abraham Lincoln High School at 2162 24th Avenue.

Classes are tuition free for San Francisco residents, thanks to the groundbreaking Free City program first approved in 2016, and secured for the next decade through budget negotiations led by Supervisor Mar last year.

“City College Sunset will serve childcare providers, older adults, immigrants and high school students in the Sunset. City College Sunset is a model for how the city can step up and invest in City College for win-win situations,” said Mar. “As the state cuts funding for community-serving classes, I’m committed to working with the college to ensure City College continues to offer these important resources in the community.”

The Spring 2020 classes based at Wah Mei include two child development courses, one English as a Second language class, and one older-adult class. The Lincoln High School dual-enrollment courses will comprise one American Sign Language and one College Success course.

The child development classes based at Wah Mei School consists of two of the four classes required for the childcare profession permit.

“The City College Sunset child-development classes are helping me enhance my professional development,” said Brian Nguyen, a worker at Wah Mei who is enrolled in the classes. “The convenient location has enabled me to have this opportunity.”

In December 2019, Supervisor Mar partnered up with the Child Development, ESL, and Older Adult Departments to host an enrollment fair at Wah Mei School to help Sunset residents register for the classes.

“My Mind-Body Health class will support the physical and mental well-being of seniors, helping them live longer and healthier lives,” said Judy Hubbell, instructor for the older adult class. “I’m delighted to have partnered with Supervisor Mar’s office to enroll students into my class.”

“The ESL class allows immigrants and workers seeking to improve their language skills a space to build their confidence and learn,” said Greg Keech, ESL Department Chair. “Thousands of students have taken our classes and gone on to find good jobs with their improved skills. Students can still enroll by showing up at the class this week”

As the State of California changed its funding formula for community colleges, community-serving classes have seen reduced funding – a trend bucked by Mar’s local investment in bringing these classes to an underserved neighborhood.

City College Sunset will serve as a pilot for the spring semester, with the potential for new class offerings and an expanded schedule in the future, depending on demand and interest in the program.

For more information, call (415) 554-7460 or email marstaff@sfgov.org

 


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