San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) is celebrating a 100-year anniversary in 2014. You’re invited to join us as the San Diego community gathers in celebration of SDCE’s rich and diverse history of providing adult education in San Diego.
Top Chef at Continuing Education
Professionalism and passion. Those are the words heard most often when students, staff and local culinary professionals describe Continuing Education (CE) instructor Chef Lee Blackmore.
Chef Blackmore has been an integral part of the CE’s Hospitality and Consumer Sciences for more than seven years. He was recently honored as Culinary Educator of the by San Diego’s Chapter of Chefs de Cuisine, which is the local chapter of the American Culinary Federation. The award is given annually to a local chef for distinguished service as a culinary educator.
“Lee possesses outstanding character and a passion for what he does,” said David Chenelle, Chef’s de Cuisine President. “The work he does with his students and for the Chefs de Cuisine made him a natural choice for Chef Educator of the Year.”
Chef Blackmore has been a member of the American Culinary Federation, since 1994 and currently serves on the board of the local chapter.
Students at Continuing Education Sew Little Dresses for Africa
POINT LOMA—The enthusiastic chatter can be heard even above the sound of sewing machines buzzing like bees. Students in an Intermediate Sewing class at Continuing Education’s West City Campus are sewing dresses for children in Africa as one of the projects for the summer course.
“The students increase their clothing construction skills while making dresses for little girls age 3-12,” says Donna Namdar, Continuing Education Instructor. Namdar coordinated the effort as part of a community service project to support Little Dresses for Africa, a nonprofit organization.
The project started after a small group of ladies returned from a short-term mission trip to Malawi and began to sew simple little dresses made out of pillow cases. The dresses were distributed to young girls throughout orphanages in Africa.
Little Dresses for Africa continues to grow and has every state in the nation contributing to their cause. The organization has received and distributed more than 50,000 little dresses that have been distributed to 13 countries in Africa.
Continuing Education students are creating dresses using simple patterns from pillow cases, and are also learning and using “sewing green” concepts such as remaking dresses from other garments and using natural fibers. The class intends to complete and send dozens of dresses this summer.
San Diego Continuing Education offers a series of three classes students can complete as part of Job Training/Certificate Program in Clothing Construction to prepare for jobs in the fashion industry. Advanced skills will help students become marketable as a seamstress, an alterations expert, or as a tailor in the wholesale or retail clothing markets.
Employment opportunities also exist within the theatre and entertainment industry. Skills learned are valuable for people who want to start their own business in custom or niche market sewing operations—including teaching.
San Diego Continuing Education offers free Job Training/Certificate Programs at six Continuing Education campuses. Programs cover numerous industries and include Child Development, Culinary, Professional Bakeshop Skills, Office Skills, Computers, and Clothing Construction.