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Sound Bites - Issue #21 - May 2015


  Community Education's Premiere Online Magazine

This Month's Topics:


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

New Career Training Programs in High-Demand Fields!

We at Community Education are proud of the many life enrichment classes we offer, but we’re equally excited about our new programs for individuals seeking career training in high-demand fields. Many of these programs are short-term, meaning you can jump into well-paid professions without a huge time commitment.

Promo-Pathways Program

In the past, we’ve talked about our new Paralegal Certification program, which begins June 1 – and enrollment is still open. But we have many short-term training programs, including Phlebotomy Certification, Online Marketing Certification, and On-Air Promotions Writer/Producer/Editor (college credit/certificate program).

And what is particularly exciting is that students may be eligible for state funds for these career-training programs.

For more information visit our site at


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: Effervescent ESL Student to Teach Samba

I have seen him around long enough, and he is by no means subtle. Wiry, bouncy and colorful, he makes quite an impression that would not be soon forgotten. But it is quite a while later that I learned his name: Slleyk (very aptly pronounced slick), and his equally colorful career as a choreographer of Afro-Brazilian dance, having shared the stage with some of the best in the business, including the King of Pop, the late Michael Jackson.  And yet it is later still that we started talking, about his desire to share his gift of dance with Community Education.

Slleyk Samba Class Slleyk will teach a Samba Reggae class
beginning July 11

Slleyk has a warm and effervescent personality that matches his outstanding appearance: colorful braids (and I mean COLORFUL) and a dazzling smile – you feel endless energy bouncing off him whenever he is around. No doubt, it is because of all that Samba Raggae for which he's known.

Having just moved to the United States not long ago from his native Brazil, Slleyk came to our attention first as a non-credit ESL student, taking advantage of the program and trying to master the English language. Ultimately, though, Slleyk is a master of the language of dance, and he uses it to communicate his zest for life with those he teaches, building communities along the way and sharing his particular brand of Brazilian sunshine with Southern California.


As community-building also plays a key part of our program, we found ourselves in the company of yet another comrade-in-arm, ready to help us expand our cultural reach within our own community. For the upcoming summer session Slleyk has designed a six-week dance class, July 11-Aug. 15, that will teach participants his unique style of Samba Raggae, bringing fitness and party together in a 1 ½-hour session each week, where music, dance, and friendship reign supreme – now, who can say no to that? 

I encourage you to register early to take advantage of our 10% Early Bird Discount, which is offered for the entire month of May on all Health & Fitness classes. Save your spot and consider bringing your friends and families to the magic of Slleyk's Brazil.

Slleyk can be spotted regularly around Bundy campus, but you won't catch him dancing unless it is in our classroom. Come #jointhemovement and be part of all the love, laughter and endless blessings that is Slleyk.




Photo Contest: 62 Images Submitted!

Photo Class Students (Lange)

SMC Community Education is excited that it has received 62 images from 13 contestants – all former or current students – for its first-ever Photo Contest.

“I’m so impressed with the submissions we have received,” said Alice Meyering, Program Coordinator of Community & Contract Education. “The quality of these photos demonstrates vividly how talented our students are.”

The winning image will be the cover of the Fall 2015 Schedule of Classes, and the photographer will be featured in Community Ed’s monthly newsletter, Sound Bites.

Judging will take place at three levels, with the first panel selecting, on a “blind” basis, the semi-finalists, followed by a second panel choosing the top three images. After that, the public will select the winning photo through an online voting system, probably in early June.

Photo Class (Historic Downtown - Lange)

“We received so much positive feedback from our Fall 2014 cover, shot by our student Gloria Novi, that we decided a photo contest is the perfect way to display our students’ incredible skills,” Meyering said.

Stay tuned for details on our Facebook and Twitter pages or by emailing Alice Meyering at