Further Education

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Santa Barbara is rich with continuing education classes. There’s a California Learning Center, the University of California, Santa Barbara has an Extension Program and Santa Barbara City College has a Center for Lifelong Learning, both offering courses in personal enrichment as well as business and career courses. If you want to learn how to speak Italian, get a management certification, try your hand at painting or explore Santa Barbara’s natural world, there’s a class for you.

In addition to those two centers of learning, there is also Antioch University, Pacifica Graduate Institute and, if you’re thinking of starting a new business and need some help, Women’s Economic Ventures. Even some of the local businesses and services offer classes: like Samy’s Camera, who offer digital photography courses; cooking classes at the Santa Barbara Public Market; and horticultural classes at the Botanic Gardens—just to name a few.

Do you have children in school, with a plan for them to go to college? During their junior high and high school years, you’ll want to get them in a Santa Barbara County school to make sure they’re eligible for funding from the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. This wonderful organization, which has been around since 1962, funds over 3,000 local students each year with almost $9 million in scholarships. From vocational school to 2- and 4-year colleges to graduate and medical school, the Scholarship Foundation has almost 500 endowed funds that fund local students. They also have staff who help these students find additional funding from federal, state and institutional sources. In this day and age, every penny counts when it comes to paying for college!