Mission & History of the Center for Lifelong Learning

Evolution of the CLL

CLL Grand Opening


The CLL responds to the diverse lifelong learning needs of the adult Santa Barbara community through promoting knowledge of the arts, healthy living styles, and intellectual studies.

As of June 2015, we are pleased to report that over the past year, the CLL served 12,000 adult students, including over 4,000 students new to the CLL.


The CLL will be the social, cultural and educational hub for the Santa Barbara community.

Built on a Legacy of Excellence

Since 2013, SBCC Center for Lifelong Learning has been successfully offering personal enrichment classes and workshops to our community. Formerly part of SBCC’s Continuing Education / Adult Education, the CLL is an integral part of the college, along with basic skills, certificate, degree, transfer, and career technical education programs.

Meeting the Needs of Today’s Lifelong Learners

The college is committed to offering the breadth and depth of CLL classes that are aligned with student learning needs and interests. There now exists more latitude to do just that since the CLL is free of the state restrictions imposed upon the former Continuing Education classes.

High Value Programs

A recent survey of five other community colleges with large community education programs showed that, on average, these colleges charge double the CLL’s average fee, and offer only one-third the number of classes. While a couple of other programs charge less than the CLL, they do so by offering a far smaller selection of classes - just one-fifth the number of classes as the CLL. As evidenced by this comparison, SBCC continues to be committed to maintaining the CLL fees at the lowest rates possible while maximizing choice. And thanks to generous donations and grants, $75 tuition assistance awards have been offered to low-income CLL students since the CLL’s inception.

Help Shape our Future

The CLL has been – and will continue to be – an integral part of SBCC. We remain steadfast in our commitment to lifelong learning. We encourage the community to offer CLL class suggestions or consider sharing your expertise by teaching in the program.

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