Automotive Department Outreach to High School Students

Skyline Automotive Department The Automotive Department hosted 200 high school students in the Farallon Room, Building 12 to learn more about the Automotive Technology programs offered in Skyline College. Approximately 100 of those students were Dual Enrollment students from the South San Francisco Unified School District. The remainder of the students came from the Jefferson Union High School District and the San Francisco Unified School District.

The students viewed our recent promotional videos that are hosted on our website, listened to student speakers as well as our guest speaker, Advisory Board Member, Brain Reidy, Service and Parts Director of Peninsula Infiniti. Brian completed courses in the Skyline College Automotive program 20 years ago. Brian spoke truth to our high school students about the great opportunities in the automotive and transportation industry, highlighting that it is not uncommon for automotive technicians to earn over $100,000 a year.

Tom Broxholm, Automotive Program Coordinator, explained how the Skyline College program differs in a good way from traditional two year automotive programs, highlighting the extensive hands-on training that every student receives. Tom added that there is cost savings of close to $33,000 compared to for profit automotive training programs such as Universal Technical Institute (UTI). Tom also noted our industry partnerships with Nissan, Infinity, Audi, Subaru and Ford, and that the automotive department is currently in talks with Mercedes Benz to become a campus partner. These partnerships provide factory training for staff as well as training and internships for students. The students were then treated to a rare opportunity to tour the automotive department while observing classes in full swing.

The high school students were able to see what it would be like to take automotive training by visiting classes in session. Professor Julia Johnson’s class was working on engine removal and replacement, Vikas Sen’s class was working on wheel alignments, Ruben Parra’s class was working on testing computer control systems, Filipp Gleyzer’s class was diagnosing vehicle lighting systems and Tom Broxholm’s class was taking apart and repairing an automatic transaxle.

All the students and staff were then treated to lunch before they returned to their respective schools. All of this was made possible with the support from Strong Workforce Development and grant funds from Jacques M. Littlefield Foundation.

Article by Thomas G. Broxholm

Priority Application for the Summer 2020 Global Internship Program Is Open Through December 6, 2019!

student study abroadIn support of Skyline College’s goals to internationalize the educational experience, the SMCCCD Study Abroad Office offers students from Skyline College, Cañada College, and College of San Mateo the opportunity to participate in two-month academic internships around the world in a variety of fields such as journalism, business and marketing, communication studies, computer science, criminal justice, social work, and more.

Last year, students interned in Chile, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Hong Kong, Spain, and domestically in San Francisco and New York. This year, the program is also offering internships in Tokyo and Berlin. Scholarships are available to help offset the cost of living and interning abroad, with the support of the Skyline College President’s Innovation Fund and the California Community Colleges Strong Workforce Program.

In addition to hands-on learning in supervised, academic internships, students enroll in a 3-unit Skyline College course—Global Identity and Professional Development—designed to provide them a structured opportunity to understand, reflect on, and articulate their multi-layered experiences in their host country, as well as develop their professional portfolio.

Priority application for the Summer 2020 Global Internship Program will close December 6, 2020. Visit the website to see available internship sites and to submit your application.

SMCCCD Study Abroad is the district-wide study abroad program housed in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College. For more information about studying or interning abroad, faculty teach abroad opportunities, community travel for lifelong learners, visiting international faculty presenters and student scholarship opportunities, please contact Zaid Ghori at or (650) 738-7088, or Stephanie Wells at You can also learn more by visiting the SMCCD Study Abroad Facebook page or Instagram page @smcccd_study_abroad.

Article by Stephanie Wells

Launch of STEM Center Forums

STEM center forum day 1STEM Center Forums: Empowering Changemakers in STEM is a President’s Innovation Fund project that launches monthly lunch forums that brings together students, peer mentors, and faculty advisors to engage in reflective dialogue to build community and empower student leadership.

There are a total of six forums planned this academic year that will walk students through a series of interactive workshops that centers on student discussion and builds on one another. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on identity, equity in STEM, and what it means to be a leader or advocate, as well as gain inspiration from current advocates and engage in community service projects.

On Monday, November 4th, 2019, over 40 students attended the launch of the first forum facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza, Jenny Le, and Bryan Swartout. Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza led students through the I AM Poem activity, where students explored their identities through crafting and sharing personal poems that celebrated each student’s rich history and where they came from. Bryan Swartout and Jenny Le then engaged students in an activity where students discussed their agreement or disagreement to statements such as, “My peers at Skyline College know the real me,” and “I see myself as a leader,” — which sparked thoughtful, stimulating, and lively conversations.

The next forum is on Friday, November 22, 2019, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the STEM Center located in Building 7, Room 7-307 featuring Science|Math|Technology Division Dean Ray Hernandez on the topic of Equity in STEM. Click here for more information on future forums!

Article by Jenny Le and Bryan Swartout

GLPS Hosts Study Abroad and Global Internships Fair During International Education Week

GLPS fairStudy Abroad will be hosting a Study Abroad and Global Internships Fair as part of International Education Week. International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education as “part of [their] efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences”.

Come learn about the study, intern, teach, and transfer abroad opportunities for SMCCCD students and faculty at the Study Abroad and Global Internships Fair at Skyline College! Program representatives, faculty, staff, and student alumni will be present to answer questions about applying for, funding, and experiencing these international opportunities.

Study Abroad and Global Internships Fair

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Skyline College, Fireside Dining Room, Building 6

SMCCCD Study Abroad is the district-wide study abroad program housed in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College. For more information please call (650) 738-7098 or email You can learn more by visiting the SMCCCD Study Abroad Facebook page or Instagram page @smcccd_study_abroad.

Article and Photo by Stephanie Wells

Celebrate International Education Week!

IEWAll staff and faculty are invited to the following International Education Week (IEW) events:

International Student Program Reception

Monday, November 18, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Building 6, Room 6202 – 6206

International Food Festival

Thursday, November 21, 2019 |11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Fireside Dining Room, Building 6

IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State to highlight the importance and benefits of international education in the U.S. and around the world (Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, 2016). Come join as we celebrate this initiative!

Article by Wissem Bennani | Photo by Will Nacouzi

Library Events of November

The Library is excited to share details about upcoming cultural, civic and related happenings, both new and returning, during the busy month of November. All events are open to everyone!

All of November

The Library continues its deep focus on civil liberties. Explore the new exhibit, Wherever There’s a Fight: A History of Civil Liberties in California or check out the book that inspired it.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Therapy Dogs |12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Learning Commons Poetry Corner | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Celebrate Native American Heritage month with Vincent Chandler, Associate Professor of Communications and poet for a poetry discussion and readings.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Transgender Day of Remembrance | An annual observance honoring the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost through acts of violence. Help create a wall in their memory in the Library, following the lunchtime observance in the Quad.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Human Library |12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | The Human Library returns! Additional sessions will be on March 10, 2020 and April 16, 2020. If you are interested in volunteering as a human book, please fill out a Participation Interest Form.

Friday, November 22, 2019

3:30 p.m. | Screening and discussion of Real Boy, a film about about a trans teen navigating adolescence, sobriety and the ramifications of changing identity.

Questions? Contact Pia Walawalkar, Outreach and Equity Librarian at

Article by Jessica Silver Sharp

Internship & Job Opportunities from Career Readiness & Job Placement

Expand your network in ways that will lead to your dream job. The Career Readiness & Job Placement team is excited to share the following paid INTERNSHIP opportunities with you. Check them out—

How may we assist you in landing your dream job? The Career Readiness & Job Placement team is excited to share the following JOB opportunities with you. Check them out—

Article by Michele Haggar

Music Faculty Wins Regional Fiddle Competition

Ms. Ingber In October 2019, Music Faculty, Elizabeth Ingber competed in a regional Scottish fiddling competition held in Ventura, California at the Seaside Highland Games and won her division, allowing her to compete next year at the national level.

Trained as a classical musician, Ms. Ingber recently began exploring Scottish fiddling. Since joining the Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers in 2018, she has been studying the various tune types, playing techniques, and stylistic characteristics of this tradition.

At Skyline College, Ms. Ingber teaches the Violin/Viola class that meets every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 12:35 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.  in Building 1, Room 1115.  To bring Scottish fiddling with her students, Ms. Ingber has attended various fiddle programs, including the Strathgheny School of Scottish Fiddling in Pennsylvania. Students in the class learn string playing technique, and work on a variety of solo and ensemble repertoire over the course of the semester.  Scottish tunes are incorporated to gain exposure to a non-classical style. The class is open to students of all levels, including those with no prior music experience. Please contact Elizabeth Ingber at for further information about the class, or to find out more about becoming involved in fiddling in the Bay Area.

Article by Jude Navari and Danni Redding Lapuz | Photo by Coastside Video

Kappa Beta Delta Initiation

Kappa Beta DeltaKappa Beta Delta is the International Business Honor Society for schools accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The initiation was led by chapter President Jakarta Kumasi.

Fall initiates include: Sienny Angky, Zhijian Cai, I Jou Chang, Yandog Cheng, Sharon DeBono, Habeeb Barham Fadllallah, Thomas Robert Good, Chenyi Li, Kaileiani Louis, Jessielyn Marie Pil, Katrina Ayana Salas, Jack Samman, Eric Christopher Torres, Jingyi Xiang, Wanxin Yan, Haiyi Zhang, and Liya Zhu.

Article and Photo by Linda Whitten



Community Members Attend Informational Meetings for India, France and Japan Community Travel

Informational Meetings for India, France and Japan Community TravelLast month, the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) Study Abroad Office held informational meetings at Skyline College and College of San Mateo for members of our community interested in traveling with the upcoming Community Travel Programs to India (February 2020), France (June 2020), and Japan (October 2020). The SMCCCD Community Travel Program is a curated, small-group travel experience for adults and life-long learners. Participants travel with an SMCCCD representative and local tour manager as they enjoy local food, special attractions, and guided sightseeing. Click here for the upcoming Community Travel postcard.

Nearly sixty community members attended the October informational meetings to learn about upcoming travel abroad tours. Registration links for the programs opened on October 30, and several programs immediately began to fill.

SMCCCD Study Abroad will hold two information sessions next week as well:

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | College of San Mateo, College Heights, Building 10, Room 468.
  • Thursday, November 14, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Skyline College, Building 6, Room 6-202

Interested travelers may RSVP online for either session.

The Community Travel Program was created as a way for Skyline College to connect with the larger community of San Mateo County, as well as to help our students live and learn in other countries. For many college students, study abroad is a special goal of their undergraduate years; however, financially, the experience is often out of reach. With the Community Travel Program, $500 (tax-deductible) of each participant’s registration fee goes directly into the SMCCCD Foundation for Study Abroad Scholarship Fund, helping to make transformative global opportunities more accessible for our students.

The Community Travel Program is part of the SMCCCD Study Abroad Program—a district-wide study abroad program housed in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College.  For more information about SMCCCD Study Abroad and Community Travel Program opportunities, please contact Zaid Ghori at or (650) 738-7088 or Stephanie Wells at You can also learn more by visiting the SMCCD Study Abroad Facebook page or Instagram page @smcccd_study_abroad.

Article and Photo by Stephanie Wells