SMC Returning to Malibu this Spring with Credit Course Offering

After an absence of about two decades, SMC announced it will return this spring to Malibu to offer credit classes in a pilot program that will help the college plan a permanent campus in the Malibu Civic Center.

The pilot program will be held at Webster Elementary School in the Civic Center area and will offer six general education classes in art, English, geography, photography and psychology. Classes will be offered Tuesdays through Thursdays, late afternoons and/or evenings.

“We’re very pleased to be returning to Malibu with an offering of credit classes,” said SMC President Dr. Chui L. Tsang. “This pilot program will help us determine the demand for courses and the best way to serve the Malibu community.”

Though SMC has not offered regular credit classes in Malibu for many years, it has had a presence with noncredit courses through Emeritus College, a program for older adults, and with dual enrollment classes for students at Malibu High School.

SMC has been working to start an educational program in Malibu since 2004 when Santa Monica-Malibu voters approved a $135 million bond measure that included $25 million set aside for an instructional facility in that community.

The college is working with the City of Malibu and the County of Los Angeles to acquire land for the planned instructional center.

Spring semester classes begin Feb. 16. For further information about the Malibu courses, go to