BAM, Career and Workforce Program Mentor Mixer

Mentor MixerOn Tuesday, November 27, 2018 the Brothers Achieving Milestones (BAM) and Career and Workforce Programs hosted a Mentor Mixer with local and regional industry professionals. The theme of the mixer was “Navigating the Workplace and Career Strategies as a Male of Color.” Professionals representing the following companies held engaging conversations and interactions with BAM Skyline College students: Baden High School, BAE Systems, Dell EMC, Intel, McCalman Co., PayPal, PG&E, Oath (A Verizon Company) and XOOM.

The Mentor Mixer began with a panel of professionals ranging from software engineers, product risk analysts, creative directors, and a school principal discussing how they entered their professions and advising students on strategies and tips to help them prepare for their future professions. Moreover, they provided mentoring on how to advance once they entered their chosen professions. The panel presentations were followed by table talk where the professionals met with a table of students to personalize the discussion and share insight into how to prepare for their desired careers.  Issues regarding the types of credentials required for various jobs through networking opportunities were discussed in detail.  Students left the event motivated and assured that their futures were bright and they could accomplish their career goals.

BAM is very grateful for the work of the Andrea Vizenor and her team at the Career and Workforce Programs for collaborating with BAM and organizing this outstanding event.

Article and Photo by Michael Stokes

Sorry to Bother You Film Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker Boots Riley

Sorry to Bother YouOn October 18, 2018, Skyline College hosted a film screening and a discussion of the film, Sorry to Bother You (STBY) with Filmmaker Boots Riley and Hip-Hop Journalist and Professor David “Davey D” Cook. This program was sponsored by the Division of Student Equity and Support Programs, The Center for Career and Workforce Programs, and Changing the Face of Entrepreneurship. The program opened with remarks with Dean Lasana Hotep followed by Katrina Pantig, who introduced the guest speakers to the stage.

Sorry to Bother You (STBY) is a dark comedy that takes place in Oakland, California and it offers a critique of capitalism and racism in America. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received positive reviews from media critics and audiences nationwide. STBY was Boots Riley’s directorial film debut for which he was nominated “Breakthrough Director” by the Gotham Independent Film Awards. Prior to directing, Boots Riley was the founding member and lead vocalist for the political hip hop group, The Coup. He also founded the Rap and Rock group, the Street Sweeper Social Club and led movements as a Community Organizer.

The program format consisted of a screening of four different film clips with discussion in between. Riley talked about how growing up in a socially and politically conscious household and exposure to drama, music, films and performances influenced his desire to pursue a degree in Film at San Francisco State University. His experience in the music industry and community organizing informed his vision and equipped him with skills necessary to produce a successful film.

Riley shared the importance of being able to be a visionary leader, collaborating with others and being prepared to oversee the creative process. Boots said, “Everything that you do whether it’s making a song, throwing a party, organizing an event, rally or a campaign—a lot of it has to do with working with people and getting across a shared vision and idea.”

Davey D and Boots Riley also engaged the audience in a question and answer segment and Riley was presented with an original art piece from student leaders. The main program was followed by a luncheon with students from the Changing the Face of Entrepreneurship Program, Student Equity and Support Programs and the CIPHER Learning Community. Melissa Matthews, Faculty Coordinator for the Disability Resource Center stated, “Sorry to Bother You made an impression on me when I saw it this summer. I appreciated Boots’ insights as an activist and a leader. I was inspired and it was a great opportunity for our students, the next generation of artists, leaders and activist here at Skyline to be inspired as well.”

Article by Katrina Pantig | Photo by Zaw Min Khant

Skyline College Students Excel in the Internship Job Shadow Program

Internship Job Shadow ProgramOn Wednesday December 5, 2018, the Internship Job Shadow Program (IJSP) held a student recognition event to reflect on program learning experiences, recognize accomplishments of our student interns and to celebrate the end of the semester with a fun, “ugly” sweater workshop.

The Bay Area Entrepreneur Center of Skyline College (BAEC) is in its fourth year of serving students through the Internship Job Shadow Program. The fall cohort consisted of seven amazing student interns, all of whom shadowed under various programs across the campus. In addition to learning industry-related skills, the students completed and presented a team project where they set out to identify and solve problems in their world.

With support from Career and Workforce Programs, the BAEC provided this internship program for students to engage in a real-world career setting. This IJSP is a great way for students to benefit from hands-on career exploration while they pursue their education at Skyline College. The IJSP empowers students to define success for themselves. This program supports students in developing and enhancing the skills they will need to be successful, whether they decide to continue their education, contribute meaningfully to the workforce, pursue entrepreneurship as a career or all three!  We are excited to announce that one of our student interns, Peter Wang, has been offered a job because of his participation in the Internship Job Shadow Program this fall!

We are currently accepting applications for the spring 2018 academic semester.  The application can be found here: http://skylinebaec.org/internships.php. Please spread the word!

For more information on the Internship Job Shadow Program, contact baec@smccd.edu, visit the website at www.skylinebaec.org, give us a call at (650) 738-7992 or come in for a tour, we are located at 458 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066.

Article by Terri Wade and Pcyeta Stroud | Photo by Ling Chien

Skyline College Journalism Program Success at the Journalism Association for Community Colleges NorCal Conference

Journalism Association for Community Colleges NorCal ConferenceThe Skyline View once again took home a series of awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges NorCal Conference held at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA on November 3, 2018. Most significantly, the staff clinched both a General Excellence in Online Journalism and a General Excellence in Print Journalism.

Of the contingent of 17—composed of students across the journalism department—several won either on-the-spot contest awards or mail-in publications awards. Current editor-in-chief, Simone Ledbetter, won fourth place for mail-in Feature Photo and first place for Environmental Portrait. Former and current photo editors Christian Magallanes and Mark David Magat shared an honorable mention for Photo Story—Essay, with Magat also taking home a fourth place in Critical Review and a third place in Sports Action Photo. Digital Editor Lauren Gozon received an honorable mention in News Story, while Copy Editor Olivia Bowman took a fourth place in Copy Editing. TSV staffer Carol High received an honorable mention for the same on-the-spot contest.

Beyond the contests and awards, the attendees were treated to a keynote address from StudioToBe founder Joaquin Alvarado, and numerous workshops in such topics as data journalism, social media, sports writing and internships. Students also had a chance to talk to representatives from several CSU journalism programs.

Article and Photo by Nancy Kaplan-Biegel

Middle College Students Remembering Those Hurt by Hate Memorial

Remembering Hate MemorialThe Middle College students at Skyline College participate in a class titled Student Life and Community Engagement, based on the social and emotional learning competencies and a social justice pedagogy. Through a variety of activities and projects lead by Martina Goodman and Laureen Mercer on Fridays with the senior class they are learning about themselves, their peers and the community around them.

During the month of November, the students learned about different people that lost their lives through hate crimes during their lifetime (2001-2018). The students’ engaged in conversation and were given the platform to talk about these crimes, the victims and how they can use their voice to be agents of change within their community and the world around them. The students showcased a variety of different pieces of art such as poetry, paintings, drawings and posters that honor and represent the victim’s lives that were lost and created a memorial in Building 2.

Please take time to visit the memorial “Remembering Those Hurt by Hate” in Building 2 on the third floor, right outside the Middle College lounge.

Article and Photo by Martina Goodman

EOPS and Guardian Scholars Celebrate the Holidays

EOPS and Guardian ScholarsEOPS and the Guardian Scholars Program gathered in community to share some holiday cheer during this final week of instruction. Families and friends gathered to celebrate the hard work, achievements of their loved ones and to kick off the holiday season by breaking bread with one another. The celebration included holiday music, games, dinner served by EOPS staff and faculty and an abundance of love and laughter.

A few highlights include a welcome address by Lasana Hotep, Dean of Student Equity and Support Programs, the honoring of current EOPS student certificate, degree and transfer completions and a moving performance by one of our current students.

Student, Jennifer Martinez, shared a few words about her journey through Skyline College noting her transformation over the past two and a half years as a student who engaged with programs such as the Summer Scholars Institute, Puente Learning Community, TRiO and EOPS. She shared the message of how important she feels it is to engage with student services and resources on campus and to know one’s own limits when it comes to semester course load. Jennifer is completing her Associates for Transfer Degree in Business Administration this semester and will be transferring in Spring 2019 to San Francisco State University (SFSU) to continue her academic journey as a Business Marketing Major. She plans on returning to Skyline College in the capacity of mentorship.

Angelina Alvarez, current EOPS student and Phi Theta Kappa member, shared her breathtaking talent of vocal performance by singing “So Big, So Small” from the Tony Award winning Musical Dear Evan Hansen, leaving the audience in awe. Angelina is a Music major who recently completed her UC transfer applications. She will be graduating from Skyline College next semester and transferring in Fall 2019.

Much appreciation to all Skyline College staff and faculty who contributed to the EOPS and Guardian Scholars Holiday Gift Giving efforts to provide gifts for our students’ children. A special thanks to Skyline College staff and faculty who helped prepare this celebration, especially the EOPS staff, faculty, and student ambassadors: Linda Allen, Guillermo Alonzo, Veljanae Bradford, Cassandra Gutierrez, Cynthia Haro, Imelda Hermosillo, Tia Holiday, Amante Jones, Suzanne Poma and Martha Santos.

For further information about EOPS or the Guardian Scholars Program, please contact the EOPS Office at (650) 738-4139 or email skyeops@smccd.edu.

We wish you and yours a happy holiday season. – The EOPS Family

Article and Photo by Melanie Espinueva+Aure

CalCPA Visits Skyline College for Speed Mentoring Event on October 22, 2018

Speed MentoringOn Monday, October 22, 2018, the Peninsula/Silicon Valley Chapter of CalCPA hosted a Speed Mentoring event at Skyline College for local accounting students to get a chance to explore the diverse career paths within accounting by interacting with six professionals from different accounting backgrounds who volunteered their time to sit with students and tell them about their daily lives. The professionals gave them inside tips and knowledge about their professions as well as answer any questions that the students had. Students were also introduced to the wide variety of resources offered by the CalCPA. The professionals who volunteered their time were:

  • Christina Yee, CPA  – Taxation (Frank, Rimerman + Co.)
  • Mei Liu, CPA  – Taxation (Young, Craig & Co.)
  • Alex Barron – Taxation (BPM LLP)
  • Jace Weaver – Business & Industry (Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club)
  • Judy Yip – Forensics (Hemming Morse LLP)
  • Michael Gallaher – Audit (Sensiba San Filippo LLP)
  • Joe Harding – Family Office (Seiler LLP)

Special thank you to accounting Professor Linda Whitten, CalCPA PSV Program Associate Stephanie Stewart, and NDNU CalCPA Campus Ambassador Margo Feldman for making this event possible.

Article by Margo Feldman | Photo by Hellen Zhang

Skyline College Accounting Students Win CalCPA Scholarships

CalCPA student scholarship dinner fall 2018Students and faculty braved the smoke and attended the CalCPA Peninsula Silicon Valley Chapter 16th Annual Student and Awards Night on November 15, 2018. Lewis Sharpstone, Chair of CalCPA was the keynote speaker. Four Skyline College accounting students also received CalCPA Scholarships: Oksana Basin, Erik Ferroggiaro, Jiehua Lu, and Michael Wong.

Article and Photo by Linda Whitten

Equity Summit Calls for Transformative Teaching and Leadership

Equity Summit 2018Skyline College has made a commitment to rethink and be intentional about the way we engage teaching and learning. In an effort to remain true to this commitment, on Friday, November 2, 2018, Skyline College invited some of the nation’s leading scholars and practitioners on educational equity to share their theories and strategies. The program opened with welcome remarks from Lasana Hotep, the Dean of Student Equity and Support Programs, Jesse Raskin from the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, and Skyline College President Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud.

The Equity Summit featured seven 15 minute equity talks addressing topics ranging from a transformative framework for STEM education and shaping institutional equity. This style of concise and dynamic presentations kept the audience energized and engaged throughout the day. Six of the speakers engaged in dialogue on two Equity Plenary Sessions: “Applying Equity Theories” and “Art, Community Activism and Education.” All of the speakers shared a wealth of knowledge informed by their areas of expertise, personal narratives and values are grounded in racial equity and social transformation. This format, alternating between short talks and plenary sessions, made for a community-oriented and intellectually stimulating experience adding a modern twist to the traditional model of a professional development conference.

The Equity Summit is an experience designed to increase knowledge around educational equity and share best practices for culturally relevant teaching, advocacy and leadership. Over 500 educators, practitioners and community members from throughout California were in attendance representing community colleges, four year universities, local businesses and organizations. During the Summit, Dean Hotep announced the new “The Equity Institute,” an organization that administers institutional assessments, publishes research and facilitates professional development opportunities for organizations committed to showing up different in the areas of culture, race, gender and institutional equity.

The event culminated with a keynote address from Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Award-Winning Historian, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Professor of History and International Relations and the Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at the American University in Washington D.C.

A participant from the University of Nevada, Reno shared, “This was a great summit. In a time when you can be consumed by the tumultuous and unsettling state of our country, we had a chance to breath. You made us feel at home and part of a collective community of caring, loving and progressive professionals.”

Article by Katrina Pantig | Photo by Zaw Min Khant

Generous Donation Sets Stage to Launch Astronomy Club

Tadashis DadAfter spending many years as a hobby astronomer, generous benefactor Roy Tsuchida (father of Professor Tadashi Tsuchida) decided to pass on the torch by donating his highly valuable astronomy gear to the Skyline College Science Math Technology division. It is clear evidence that an interest in science and in supporting the community seems to be in the genes of the Tsuchidas.

Thanks to the effort of Professor Tadashi Tsuchida, who drove all the way to Los Angeles for Thanksgiving to pick up the gear from his father, we now how this equipment at the college.

Roy’s passion led him accumulate various pieces of observation equipment over the years. Among the treasures are a 30 cm Newtonian Mirror Telescope and a 25 cm Schmidt-Cassegrain Mirror Telescope with electronic tracking and following system which are both so big and powerful that they allow the observation of distant and spectacular cosmic objects like nebula. In addition to these two powerful telescopes we received two spotter telescopes, various filters and eyepieces, red lights, star charts, camera mounts, etc. Roy has given us basically all of his equipment, everything which is needed to start a student astronomy club.

If you, or any of your students are interested in founding a Skyline College Astronomy Club please contact me at my email: wehrfritzm@smccd.edu

Thank you Roy Tsuschida for this wonderful donation!

Article by Marco Wehrfritz