Santa Barbara City College
|Type||Public community college|
74 acres (30 ha)
|Colors||Red and White|
|Affiliations||Santa Barbara Community College District|
Western State Conference
Southern California Football Association
California Community College Athletics Association
Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) is a public community college in Santa Barbara, California. It opened in 1909 and is located on a 74-acre (30 ha) campus. It offers a wide range of associate degree and certificate programs, as well as transfer programs that provide the first two years of study toward the baccalaureate degree.
Santa Barbara City College was established by the Santa Barbara High School District in 1909, making it one of the oldest community colleges in California. The college was discontinued shortly after World War I, and its work largely taken over by the Santa Barbara State Normal School, which became the Santa Barbara State College, and later, the University of California, Santa Barbara.
SBCC was reorganized by the high school district in the fall of 1946. Called Santa Barbara Junior College from its inception, the Santa Barbara Board of Education formally changed the name to Santa Barbara City College in July 1959. Also in the summer of 1959, the institution moved to its present and permanent location on the Santa Barbara Mesa, former site of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Situated on a 74-acre bluff, the campus overlooks the harbor and Pacific Ocean. Passage of a 1969 construction bond issue and a 1973 land acquisition bond issue ensured that the college would have a single, consolidated Mesa campus.
The School of Media Arts (SOMA) was established in 2001 to focus on applied communication, visual literacy and digital media. The school covers many areas of interest, including film studies, film production, photography, and computer and multimedia arts.
The automotive program has been certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) as a master training institution, having met industry standards in all eight of the automotive specialty areas: engine repair, engine performance, heating and air conditioning, electrical systems, automatic transmissions, manual transmission and axle, and brakes and front end.
Santa Barbara City College's Marine Diving Technologies Program is the only community college degree program in the nation which is accredited by the Association of Commercial Diving Educators (ACDE), the International Diving Schools Association (IDSA), and the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). The program trains and certifies for all levels of SCUBA diving.
The Cancer Information Management Program at Santa Barbara City College offers two types of degrees: An Associate in Science in Cancer Information Management and the Certificate of Completion in Cancer Information Management. It is one of the few Cancer Information Management programs in the nation to currently offer an associate degree which is required to sit for the National Exam to become a Certified Tumor Registrar with the National Cancer Registrars Association starting in 2009.
The student newspaper is named The Channels.
A member of the Western State Conference and California Community College Athletic Association, City College offers intercollegiate athletic competition for men in baseball, cross country, and football; for women in softball and water polo; and for men and women in basketball, volleyball, track and field, golf, tennis, and soccer. Santa Barbara City College has won 11 CCCAA State Championship with the Women's Water Polo team being the most recent winner in 2017. Under the leadership of Athletic Director Rocco Constantino in 2017-2018, the Vaqueros finished 10th in the state of California in the NATYCAA Cup Standings, which measures the overall success of the athletic program on the state level. They were the highest ranking Western State Conference school in these standings. This represented the best showing for SBCC in the Cup's history. In 2017-2018, the Vaqueros won a WSC-leading six conference championships. The SBCC Vaqueros soccer and football teams play at the 10,000-capacity La Playa Stadium in Santa Barbara.
A number of SBCC alumni have gone on to play professional sports in America. This group is highlighted by Jesse Orosco, Dylan Axelrod, Delwyn Young, Gary Woods, Lemmie Miller and Scott Randall (Major League Baseball), Larry Moriarty, Mitch Wishnowsky and Booker Brown (National Football League) and Don Ford (National Basketball Association). Orosco is a member of the CCCAA Hall of Fame, along with former SBCC coaches and administrators Pat Moorhouse and Bob Dinaberg.
In 2019, the Santa Barbara City College established the SBCC Vaqueros Hall of Fame to recognize athletes, coaches, contributors and teams from their past. The inaugural Hall of Fame Class of 2019 includes former head coaches/administrators Bob Dinaberg, Pat Moorhouse and Bud Revis, student-athletes Booker Brown, Gary Woods, Marina Gomez and Debbie Ekola and the 1977 State Champion Women's Track & Field team.
- Jaime Ambriz, retired professional soccer player
- Ron Anderson, NBA
- Dylan Axelrod, Major League baseball player
- Eion Bailey, American actor
- David Crosby, American folk rock musician
- Phillip Gonyea, drummer for Los Angeles heavy metal band Before The Mourning and former percussionist for alternative rock band Against All Will
- Ben Howland, American basketball coach of the UCLA Bruins
- James Kiffe, professional soccer player
- Ozzy Lusth of Survivor: Cook Islands and Survivor: Micronesia
- Randolph Mantooth, American actor, writer, and producer
- Airin Older, bassist of Sugarcult
- Jesse Orosco, major league baseball record-holder for career pitching appearances
- Katy Perry, American singer/songwriter
- Elliot Rodger, perpetrator of the 2014 Isla Vista killings
- Mark Andrew Smith, graphic novelist
- Matthew Landy Steen, American political activist, co-founder Weather Underground
- Das Williams, California State Assembly member
- Delwyn Young, baseball player for the Los Angeles Dodgers
- Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and minister of presidential affairs
- Mitch Wishnowsky, football player for the San Francisco 49ers
- As of February 5, 2013. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2012 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change* in Endowment Market Value from FY 2011 to FY 2012" (PDF). 2013 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved January 15, 2014.[permanent dead link]
- The Channels
- "Santa Barbara City College Baseball Players Who Made it to a Major League Baseball Team". www.baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved 2019-12-11.
- "Actor, director Kathryn Ish dies at 71". Variety. 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2008-01-10.