Frequently Asked Questions
What is SICL?
SICL (Stockton Institute for Continued Learning) - pronounced "cycle" - is a member-run and member-governed organization for mature adults from the Stockton area. It offers learning and social programs in an informational setting. SICL is run as a partnership with San Joaquin Delta College that was formed in 1998, and utilizes the college environment and classrooms as part of the learning experience.
Why should I join SICL?
Typical SICL members are concerned people from all walks of life, who are active, curious, and have the desire to pursue new interests and lifelong learning. Being a member offers you intellectual, social, and leadership opportunities to attend interesting classes and tours… all at a very reasonable cost! Members are also encouraged to volunteer to serve on a committee or become a board member.
What classes are offered?
Individual classes are developed from the suggestions of members and the availability of volunteer instructors, with several new classes usually offered each semester. Recent subjects have included music, art, computers, bridge, gardening, digital photography, money management, cooking, nutrition, games, and dancing. To view a summary list and detailed descriptions of current courses, click below:
No tests or grades are given. The only requirement is a desire for knowledge.
Where are the SICL classes held?
Most of the SICL classes are held at the San Joaquin Delta College campus in Stockton. Each class normally meets once a week. Classes are held Monday through Friday, and occasionally on Saturday, during the spring and fall semesters.
Who teach the SICL classes?
SICL instructors are normally local residents with special knowledge in topics of general interest to SICL members. Instructors typically volunteer their time to support the SICL program.
Is there a cost for parking at Delta College?
Delta College does not allow free parking in any of the college's parking lots. You can purchase a 1-day use ticket (current cost $2 per day) or a parking sticker for your car window that is valid during an entire school semester (current cost $30 per semester). SICL members may currently purchase through SICL a semester parking sticker for $15 (a savings of 50%). If you have a valid handicap sign for your car, you are allowed to park in any of the parking areas on campus.
If I have a handicap placard, is it still necessary to purchase a parking permit?
Must I purchase a parking permit for the current semester?
No. You can purchase a daily parking permit at the yellow box in each parking lot, for $2 per day. If you do not expect to park on campus more than 7 times during the semester, buying a daily parking permit each day could be less expensive, but will also be much less convenient.
How do I join SICL?
SICL has an official early registration day at the beginning of each semester. However, you may also join SICL at any time after that date. Just click below to download, complete and return the registration form:
What is the cost to join SICL?
The current cost of membership in SICL is $30 per semester. In addition, SICL members are currently eligible to purchase a Delta College campus-wide parking permit through SICL for $15 (normal price $30 at the college bookstore). The optional group tours have an additional cost and are priced individually, depending on the tour.
Is there a charge for the classes?
Current SICL members can attend as many classes as they wish, most at no additional cost. Some classes charge an additional materials fee.
What and when are the SICL tours?
SICL usually offers about five tours each semester. SICL members enjoy priority in registering for tours, and pay a lesser fee. SICL tours are very popular, and reservations often fill early. Some recent tour destinations have included museums, SF bay cruise, SF Flower & Garden Show, Winchester Mystery House, Sausalito, and spring gardens. You can view detailed descriptions of the current tours by clicking below:
How do I sign up for one of the tours?
At this time, the first opportunity to register for a tour is on "Early Registration" day, at the beginning of each semester. Only registered SICL members are eligible to sign up for the tours, on a first come, first serve basis. Members can still sign up for tours after Early Registration day if space is available until the tour is completely filled.
Where can I get more information about SICL?
You are encouraged to browse our website and the active links to view copies of recent newsletters, calendars, class and tour descriptions, and other information. Please contact us if you have any further questions.