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Sound Bites - Issue #10 / June 2014


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Michelle King, Director Community and Contract Ed Michelle King, Director
Career & Contract Ed.

A Wonderful Year for Community Ed!

What a great year this has been! As we approach the end of our academic and fiscal year, this is a good time to look back at what Community Education has accomplished in the past 12 months.

We’re excited that we have been improving our service and reaching out to our community of students, instructors and friends in new ways:

  • We have improved the quality of our courses and we offer classes that are more aligned with current interests such as Introduction to Basic Mindfulness, Intro to Healthy Eating, and two parts of Resin Jewelry, as well as new tours such as the sold-out Pasadena City Tour & Wrigley Mansion and Tea lunch.
  • We have also stepped up our professional development offerings in response to the market, including our Secrets of Public Works Projects Series, which debuted in January, and our upcoming Property Management 101 class.
  • We have forged new partnerships with such organizations as Determined to Succeed (DTS), an outstanding nonprofit educational organization in Santa Monica (see the May issue of Sound Bites). Co-founded by actor Hank Azaria, DTS and our collaboration is giving us an opportunity to help low-income, at-risk, motivated students embark on successful academic careers. Specifically, 15 DTS students are taking one of our printmaking summer camps this year, and we will create new educational opportunities for DTS students, tailored to their needs.
  • We are disseminating information to our constituents on a regular basis through our monthly Course Updates and Sound Bites newsletter. We are not only keeping our community updated, we are celebrating the many achievements of our instructors and students – awards, book publications, gallery showings, TV appearances, and more.
  • Our online presence is growing steadily – on Facebook, Twitter (@SMCCommunityEd), Google Plus and LinkedIn. We will also be launching a blog in July that will highlight the many talents of our students and instructors.
  • We turned a dirty and abandoned display case in the lobby of the Bundy Campus into a brightly lit showcase of student photography and art. Our exhibits will rotate every few months.
  • We will launch a separate “professional Development” Community Ed catalog in the summer, which will focus on classes that are part of several certificate programs, some of which are professional certificates in areas of online marketing, public works project construction, office/computers, and social media. The aim of the catalog is to assist individuals with gaining new skills for finding work or advancing their careers.

The response to our efforts have been positive, and we thank you, our readers, for your support and comments. Let’s work together to make this coming year even better!

Michelle King
Director of Career & Contract Education



Alice Meyering, Program Coordinator, Community and Contract Ed Alice Meyering,
Program Coordinator
Community & Contract Education

What's New:  Connections Through Technology

There’s nothing like attending a national conference to get the creative juices flowing. And there’s no realm like technology where imagination can soar as ideas percolate on new ways to keep our students stimulated and to connect with our community.

I recently attended a national conference of community education organizations from throughout the U.S. and Canada and came back with a treasure trove of ideas connected to technology.

Mind you, Community Ed has worked hard to offer a wide range of classes and programs that are either technology-based or have technology as a key component. And we are adding more – for example, one of our new classes, being offered this summer, is “Tourist for A Day: Cellphone Photography.”

We have also turned to social media to connect with our students, instructors and others. We’ve had a Facebook page for almost a year that is slowly but surely getting followers. We also recently launched a Twitter feed (@SMCCommunityEd) and we have a presence on Google Plus and LinkedIn. (If you haven’t already, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and the other social media!)

twitter pageOur new Twitter page

Also, our teen summer camp listing, “Print Images Your Way,” includes a terrific YouTube video of instructor Louise “L.A.” Marler’s recent Type-In at Beyond Baroque in Venice. We plan to add more YouTube clips to various pages on our website.

These are good first steps, but we need to do more. Over the next month or so we will beef up our social media presence to keep us connected to our community, including YouTube

We will launch our blog, MindSpace, in July, as another way to share with you exciting tidbits from Community Education, such as excerpts of upcoming publication of our instructors, classroom anecdotes, and whatever inspires us from our students and instructors.

fbFacebook, anyone?

Community Education is all about collaboration. We have so much talent here and so much creative and interesting output, human interest stories and behind-the-scenes surprises that we want to share with our readers- and what better way than through technology?

Please join us as we embrace technology and all its incredible potentials for deepening our sense of Community.






  Choose Your Poison

Kelly Nicholson
Kellie Nicholson

One of the great things about Community Ed is that we have experts on all kinds of interesting and fun subjects – even mixology, the au courant term for the art or skill of preparing mixed drinks.

And there is no better cocktail expert than our very own Kellie Nicholson, who has been in the business for many years and has come up with an amazing array of specially crafted drinks.

So, for your enjoyment, here is the original recipe for one of her “Designer Cocktails” that you can wow your next party guests with. And don’t forget, her class, “The Business of Bartending,” begins June 25!







To register, call (310) 434-3400 or go to You can also email