Center for Lifelong Learning

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Frequently Asked Questions

• I have a question about registration or online registration
• What is the Center for Lifelong Learning?
• Is CLL part of SBCC?
• Why was CLL established?
• How can CLL expand its curriculum and course formats?
• Will the classes be affordable?
• Will there be tuition assistance?
• How can I find out more about CLL teachers?
• How can I become a CLL teacher?
• Where are CLL classes held?
• What are “Materials Fees” and “Lab Fees?”
• How do I get a refund?
• What is the SBCC policy on smoking and tobacco use on campus?

I have a question about registration or online registration
Students are encouraged to register online on our online registration site. Alternatively, students may register in person at the Registration and Information office at either the Schott or Wake Center Campus. 

What is the Center for Lifelong Learning?
The SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning is the new, self-supporting identity for a wide range of education and enrichment classes and programs. These programs used to be administered by SBCC Continuing Education. The CLL now has its own unique organizational structure to better serve the community, while honoring the legacy of our rich history.

The Center for Lifelong Learning is the educational, cultural and social hub for the Santa Barbara community. Through CLL classes and programs, community members can pursue a vast range of interests and goals, while connecting with experts and peers through affordable, high quality and high value programs.

Is CLL part of SBCC?
CLL is an educational program of the college.

Why was CLL established?
Due to changes in the state’s funding priorities, SBCC can no longer offer the free, state-funded non-certificate classes it used to provide at no charge. The new CLL will be the program through which the college offers its fee-based classes. While the loss of funding is dismaying, there are benefits to having classes free from the constraints of state regulation. The ability to offer a broader range of classes, workshops, conferences, trips and tours, is much greater without the restrictions of the mandates for state-funded courses.

The CLL mission is to be responsive to the diverse lifelong learning needs of adult members of the Santa Barbara Community. CLL aims to provide a broad range of education and enrichment classes and programs that are affordable and accessible to lifelong learners of every age.

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How can CLL expand its curriculum and course formats?
As a self-supporting entity, the CLL can quickly react to student needs, develop new ideas, and provide course offerings requested by the community. CLL classes can be offered at times and locations that dovetail with community members’ schedules. As there are no state restrictions on fee-based classes, CLL classes can be short or long, and easily retooled from one term to the next to meet students’ needs.

Will the classes be affordable?
Affordability is a priority as we include favorite classes and develop new CLL classes, programs and special events. With this in mind, we are able to offer the majority of classes for an average cost of just $5 per class hour.

Will there be tuition assistance?
The Center for Lifelong Learning accepts applications for tuition assistance each term. The opportunity to apply lasts three weeks and ends approximately three weeks prior to the first day of registration. Interested students may apply online or in person and must demonstrate financial need. Tuition assistance is granted on the basis of need and availability. 

How can I find out more about CLL teachers?
When viewing a class description on our online registration site, click on the teacher's name for a short bio. Teachers will also be launching class blogs throughout the year. 

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How can I become a CLL teacher?
We welcome professional experts in all subjects to apply to become valued CLL teachers and/or to suggest new topics and classes. Go to our “Teach” page for more information.

Where are the CLL Classes Held?
Most CLL classes are offered at the SBCC Wake Campus and SBCC Schott Campus. However, some classes are offered at a variety of community facilities. The schedule of classes will inform you where your class will be held.

What are “Materials Fees” and “Lab Fees?”
Materials fees include items used in class or taken home (e.g. handouts, food for cooking, clay for ceramics.)
Lab fees include specialized classroom supplies, utilities, and personnel costs. Off campus classroom rental fees will be charged as necessary.

How do I get a refund?
Click here to view CLL Refund and Transfer policies. To request a refund, students must complete a “Refund & Transfer Form” which you can download here

What is the SBCC Policy on smoking and tobacco use on campus?
As of August 5, 2013,  Santa Barbara City College is a tobacco-free, smoke-free campus. The new tobacco-free, smoke-free policy will apply throughout SBCC’s main campus on Cliff Drive, on the Schott Campus and Wake Campus, and campus venues at which visitors and the general community attend public events.

 

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