The Power of Second Chances

Ilona Gerbakher was told she was “not college material.” Luckily, no one at Santa Monica College agreed with that assessment. Today, she is a PhD candidate in Islamic studies at Columbia University, with a bright future as a scholar of the Graeco-Arab translation movement and Jewish history in the medieval Middle East. Read More

VIP Welcome Day

The VIP Welcome

12 new students talk about why they chose SMC, their goals, and what they’d like us to know. Read More

The Broad Stage

The Broad Stage Renews its Vows

Santa Monica College and The Broad Stage renew their relationship. SMC students and the community stand to benefit from it. Read More

Dan Hurley

From Service to Stanford

Marine Corps veteran Dan Hurley came to SMC for a second chance at college…and ended up at Stanford. Read More

American Art Portrait

SMC Bragging Rights

Turning Coachella tents into jackets, creating sensations in the art world, and teaming up with dad for a world championship. Read More

Eclipse Walmart Parking lot

A Great American Eclipse at Walmart

Astronomy professor Gary Fouts had waited more than 25 years for an eclipse of the sun—and it was totally worth it. Read More