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Sound Bites - Issue #17 - January 2015


This Month's Topics:


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

A Happy New Year Filled with Professional & Enrichment Classes!

Happy New Year! With SMC Community Ed’s vibrant Winter Session under way, we are now looking ahead to an even heartier Spring Semester – with more than 170 classes, workshops and tours, including several new offerings. Registration for both sessions is now open, and spring classes begin Feb. 21.


With a theme of career training and professional development, we’re offering a wide range of courses in spring designed to help students advance their careers.


We’re particularly excited to launch our Paralegal Academy, which offers professional paralegal certification that opens the doors to high paying careers in as little as 11 months.

Career Coach @ SMCCareer Coach @ SMC

We’re also pleased to partner with the SMC main campus to offer the brand new ‘Career Coach,’ a free online program available to the public that will assist users find training programs at SMC, compare wages and employment trends, find “live jobs” in their fields, and build a professional resume in minutes.


Marking another first, we’re excited to offer an Open House for five consecutive days – Jan. 26-30 – that will give attendees a chance to meet instructors and staff, receive discounts, enter into a drawing for a free class and receive a surprise gift. Each Open House will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bundy Campus, Room 112, 3171 S. Bundy Dr., Los Angeles.

Of course, we also offer a wide range of fun enrichment classes that will guide our students to creative expression, healthy minds and bodies, language skills and much more.

I’m always surprised at the interesting and creative mix of new courses we are able to offer our community. For example, some of the new classes for spring are Ayurveda Spring Cleanse Retreat, Dressing from the Inside Out©, Conversational Italian, and Director’s Journal: How to Develop Your Directorial Style.

Pink Orchids - Santa Barbara Orchid Tour

Many of these new courses are a result of student demand, demonstrating that we try hard to be responsive to the community’s wishes. Similarly, because of the great response to our tours, we will be offering two in the spring and adding a greater number of tours in future semesters.

Specifically, the two new tours this spring are Santa Barbara Orchids by Rail with Coast Starlight Train and The Bold & the Beautiful: Carlsbad Village Faire & Coastal Gardens with Champagne Brunch.

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

Best wishes for a successful and fulfilling 2015!

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: Open House with Lady J

It's a new year, so first thing first: Happy New Year! I have a good feeling about 2015, and hope the same for all our dear readers. We have some exciting things in the works for this year: flash sales and new classes that will increase your pulse are just a couple of the things that came to mind. What's more immediate on the radar, however, is the first ever Open House for Community Education coming up soon.

A little background on how this Open House came about: I was chatting with the lovely Jocelyn Winn of our office – aka Lady J for those of you in the know – late last year about some of our long-time students who are accustomed to coming in and registering with us in person. We both agreed it has been a wonderful experience meeting our students, and then the idea struck that we should invite EVERYONE to come in and meet us, because we are really a friendly bunch and would love to make your acquaintance!

Open House

But seriously, I often felt our office, the largest open office space on the first floor at Bundy, is always throbbing with the beat of the campus, and the joy we feel everyday on the job is something that ought to be shared with everyone. On a regular day, we have streams of students coming in to register or make inquiries and instructors coming in to visit and check in. There is never a dull moment in this big family environment.

Jocelyn Winn, Community Ed Staff aka Lady JJoselyn Winn aka Lady J

For this Open House, we are blatantly offering our attendees a 15% discount for all classes registered during the visit, and all our guests will be entered into a drawing for a chance to
win a free class valued at $99 or less. Still hesitant? How about all visitors will receive a surprise free gift from us? And in case Lady J, Luis, and I are simply not enough entertainment, we will also have a meet-and-greet with some of our instructors to answer any questions you may have. So, have I tempted you enough to take a walk through our office door in January? I certainly hope so. We will be waiting and we hope you'll be there!

The first Community Education Open House will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 26-30 in Room 112 on the first floor of Bundy campus, 3171 S. Bundy Drive, Los Angeles 90066. Come and meet us!


Inspiring Stories: What a Year 2014 Was!

French instructor Dr. Margaret DrachFrench instructor Dr. Margaret Drach

What a year 2014 was!

We expanded our course offerings in both the enrichment and career arenas, opened a small exhibit space for student art and photography, launched our SMC MindSpace blog, and partnered with the nonprofit Determined to Succeed to offer at-risk, motivated students a printmaking summer camp.

But what’s been particularly rewarding has been to learn of the amazing lives, achievements and life-altering experiences of our students and instructors, as chronicled in this newsletter, Sound Bites, and in our blog.

If you missed any of these stories, or want to revisit any, here is your chance:

  • We learned of the extraordinary life of French instructor Dr. Margaret Drach and her staggering litany of achievements: a Ph.D. from Harvard and a doctorate from the Sorbonne; the ability to speak nine languages, most of them self-taught; a series of globetrotting music and singing gigs that took her from Paris nightclubs to the Catskills to the Caribbean; and an academic career that included teaching at Hunter College, the United Nations and – for 20 years – SMC Community Ed. All of this, despite a poor immigrant background.
  • Student Devin SlatasStudent Devin Slatas
  • We were heartened to discover how two of Photoshop instructor Greg Van Zuyen’s students – Devin Slatas and David Indacochea – were inspired by him to make significant changes in their lives.
  • We were blown away by the irrepressible Amin Sadeghpour, who is legally blind and developmentally challenged, but takes basketball and other classes at Community Ed, has written a novel, performs in plays, studies the law on his own, and sings and plays instruments.
  • Student Susan Bernard told us in an inspirational blog entry that for “a newbie artist” (she took her first-ever art class when she was 60 at Community Ed), “I had no idea how motivational and inspirational my inclusion in a (Community Ed art) show would be.”
  • We were dazzled by the gorgeous images of semi-retired TV industry executive Andy House, who has cultivated his photography passion for years through Community Ed.
  • Voice instructor and singer Heather LyleVoice instructor and singer
    Heather Lyle
  • We were enchanted by student Maxine Meltzer who was inspired to write a poem paying homage to her Japanese Calligraphy instructor Kazuko.
  • We were in awe of voice instructor Heather Lyle’s unique and joyful approach to teaching singing – and of a career that has taken her all over the world as a singer, performer and recording artist.

These are just some of the many wonderful stories of our special community of students and instructors – and of the magic that happens in our classrooms.