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Educational Supports

Academic and career counseling, library services, other resources and programs, places to study, writing center, math, science, and computer labs
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Academic Counseling

Academic Counselors are here to help students: Assist students in planning and achieving their academic and career goals; Develop individualized Student Educational Plans (SEP); Educate students on transfer & SBCC requirements; Counsel students on success strategies; Conduct Class Planning sessions for new students, classroom presentations and workshops; Offer Personal Development/College Success courses.

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Career Center

The Career Center is here to help you prepare for your future success. We invite you to explore our website and use the many available career development resources.

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Center for Equity and Social Justice (CESJ)

The Center for Equity & Social Justice (CESJ) strives to provide a safe and brave space for students of color, women, LGBT+, and other marginalized students on our campus.

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College Achievement Program (CAP)

If you are accepted to CAP, you will attend a class, English 119A, which will help you build community with other students and faculty. In CAP, we are committed to helping you achieve your academic goals. We will also assign you a student mentor who will meet with you on a weekly basis.

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Disability Services and Programs for Students (DSPS)

We are committed to creating an accessible learning community where individuals with disabilities have an equal opportunity to pursue their educational goals. We strive to empower students, foster independence, and promote achievement through self-advocacy. DSPS is responsible for arranging reasonable accommodations for all qualified students with a documented disability.

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Extended Opportuntity Programs and Services (EOPS)

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is a state-funded, educational support program for financially and academically disadvantaged students enrolled full time (12 or more units) at SBCC. The goal of the EOPS program is to provide above and beyond support services to help students meet their educational goals; whether students seek an occupational certificate, Associate in Arts or Science degree or transfer to a four-year university.

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Gateway Tutoring Center

The Gateway Program is designed to provide individualized tutoring assistance for various classes at Santa Barbara City College. Classes designated Gateway have a specific tutor who works with the instructor and students to help provide the types of tutoring most beneficial to the nature of the course and needs of the students. Anyone can use the Gateway Center as a place to study or work in small groups. Each Gateway class has its own tutor--ideally a student who has completed the course from the same instructor. That way, the tutor knows exactly what is going on in class and what the instructor expects. Many Gateway tutors have scheduled hours in the Gateway Center (ECC 04) to help students outside of class.

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Honors Program

Our program’s smaller courses and great professors help students achieve their intellectual goals. Out of class, we offer informal events, field trips, hikes, and a community of fun, interesting people.

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International Students Support Program

The International Student Support Program offers a variety of services catered to the needs of SBCC international students. At the International Education Center, you can find our International Admissions Coordinator, International Student Advisors, Academic Counselors, Insurance Specialist, and our Front Desk Staff who are happy to help you.

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Learning Workshops

Workshops hosted by the Cartwright Learning Resource Center focused on student success

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Luria Library

We can help you use the library, do research, create citations, manage your library account, and more!

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Library Tutorials

Library Libguides contain a wealth of information on a multitude of topics.

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Math Lab

Our drop-in science and math labs provide free tutoring for all students.

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Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement Program (MESA)

The Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement Program, MESA, is a support program dedicated to assisting first-generation, low-income, minority students interested in pursuing a career in the STEM disciplines. The program is nationally recognized as an innovative academic development program serving underrepresented STEM students. MESA provides a unique combination of enrichment activities including: Interactive Projects, Academic Support, Industry Involvement, a Supportive Community Environment, Personalized Academic Counseling, Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

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Multi-Literacy English Transfer Program (MET)

MET recognizes the significance of racial and cultural diversity in learning.The program supports the transfer and success of historically under-represented students. MET classes offer: Faculty collaboration focused on student success; Welcome to Part and Full-time students; Smaller class sizes; Writing workshops; Classroom tutors; A link with student counselors and services to support academic achievement; A support course to help you succeed in English 110.

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Running Start Program (summer bridge program for local HS graduates)

Running Start is a 6-week summer bridge program through EOPS for local high school students completing the 12th grade. Running Start provides services to students who may be financially and/or academically underprepared and who may not assess into college-level Math and English. There are 65 spots available each summer and students must go through an interview process to be selected.

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STEM Center/Transfer Program

The STEM Transfer Program (STP) offers peer tutoring in math, physics, biology, and chemistry. Our peer tutors are students who have taken and excelled in these classes. The tutors are more than happy to help with any questions or problems you may have, so stop by the STEM Center to get help!

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Student Athlete Academic Achievement Zone (AAZ)

Tutoring for student athletes, located in PE 214

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The Cartwright Learning Resources Center (CLRC)

The CLRC provides services that help students achieve their academic goals and succeed in their classes and provides learning support to the SBCC community in a variety of ways. CLRC services, facilities, and learning resources support student-centered learning and college student success for diverse populations of students.

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The Writing Center

The Santa Barbara City College Writing Center offers writing support services to all SBCC students in all subject areas. Our goal is to help students become more confident, self-directed, and informed writers so that they can achieve greater academic and professional success. The Writing Center offers one-on-one tutoring and a variety of helpful support materials.

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Transfer Achievement Program (TAP)

T.A.P. is a comprehensive support program designed to assist under-represented students who are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university. Our goal is to facilitate a smooth transition from SBCC to a four-year institution.

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Transfer Achievement Program (TAP) Club

The Transfer Achievement Program (TAP) Club has been successful in helping students throughout the transfer process at SBCC. TAP Club coordinates meetings, events, and workshops to help students make informed decisions about transfer. TAP Club offers a great opportunity for students to be more involved within Transfer Achievement Program and SBCC. Since 2012, TAP Club students have been active leaders in the surrounding community through volunteer work at local K-12 schools, fundraising, and coordinating food drives to help local families in need.

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Tutoring Center/Academic Tutoring

At SBCC, tutors are available in several locations to support currently enrolled students. There are several forms of tutoring: center based, Gateway/Peer-Assisted-Learning, and Drop-in. All tutoring is free and available to currently enrolled students.

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Tutoring Locations

See various tutoring locations on-campus.

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University Transfer Academy

The University Transfer Academy (UTA) assures you of transfer in a timely manner to the prestigious University of California System, ranked among the top teaching and research institutions in the United States. UC Santa Barbara leads all campuses with the most SBCC transfer students, who make up about 1/3 of their transfer pool. California State University Channel Islands is one of the 23 CSUs served by the University Transfer Academy. The CSU is a leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused higher education and is the largest, most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the country. Lastly, Antioch University, a private institution in Santa Barbara, offers a unique education that integrates theory and practice.

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University Transfer Center

The University Transfer Center is here to assist you on your journey to the four-year university! Although course planning for transfer happens with your Academic Counselor , (EOPS Counselors, University Transfer Center) and we provide the tools for you to determine the best transfer strategy. We are the point place for University Representatives to distribute information and provide campus appointments to best inform your application list. Knowing where you want to apply and in which majors is key to creating the most streamlined plan. Researching your transfer institution will be your top priority. We are also here to guide you through the application process. It can seem overwhelming with the many steps between submitting your application and receiving a decision but we can help. With workshops and personal advising you can successfully complete the process!

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University Transfer Scholars Club

The University Transfer Scholars Club offers SBCC students an extracurricular outlet for socializing and networking with fellow transfer students. The club has various activities, such as field trips, social gatherings, and fundraising for scholarships.

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Net Tutor

Net Tutor is a virtual tutoring assistance program: online, live tutors, free for SBCC students

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SBCC Student Tutors

Free tutoring for SBCC students by SBCC students

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Umoja Program

Our Umoja program offers supported English classes that are made to fully support students inside and outside of the classroom; each class features a tutor and supportive faculty who teach from an Afro-centric perspective and have extensive office hours to offer students multiple ways to stay engaged and succeed! In addition, Our program is a part of the Equity department at Santa Barbara City College; and much like the Center for Equity and Social Justice, also features a multitude of programming and events that are designed to further develop students academically, mentally, and professionally.

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