Daily Archives: November 7, 2013

Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour at Skyline College

EETThe Extreme Entrepreneurship is coming to Skyline College!

November 20th

10am – 12noon

Room 6202

Lunch Provided!

For more information and registration email:


or call 650-738-7097

The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour brings the country’s top young entrepreneurs to colleges, universities and community organizations to help spread the entrepreneurial mindset during a high-energy conference. Please spread the word to your students for a chance to meet America’s top 30 under 30!

Throughout the conference, students will have an opportunity to network with the speakers and take advantage of the available programs and resources. During the tour, participants have the chance to join over 300 organizations or even host their own event!

This event is a collaborative effort between the Youth Entrepreneurship Program at Skyline College and the Business & Entrepreneurship Center at Cabrillo College.

Article by Pcyeta Stroud, Image provided by Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour.


Skyline College Students Honored for Academic Achievement

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAWith friends and family in attendance, 75 Skyline College students were inducted into Beta Theta Omicron, the Skyline College chapter the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, for the Fall 2013 semester. Members must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and 12 degree-applicable units. On October 25, the Cañada College chapter hosted the Induction ceremony for new members of Phi Theta Kappa in the SMCCCD. It is the tradition of our chapters to alternate hosting the induction. Beta Theta Omicron president Elizabeth Gochez welcomed new members and encouraged them to promote commitment to complete college on their campuses. New Phi Theta Kappa members are shown in the photo. Inset (from left): Chapter President Elizabeth Gochez, Jose Campos, Thin Kyine Lain, Jia Lu, Naing Aung Min, Jaimelynn Alvarez, Glyna Loraine Lara, and Nicole Smith. As their names are called, new members received a flower signifying new intellectual associations and a candle, symbolic of knowledge.

Article and Photos by Chris Case.

Transferring as a BUS major to SFSU with Dr. Albert Koo and Doris Fendt!

photo 1The Transfer Center partners with SFSU College of Business, Career Center and Alpha Beta Delta to get out important information to Business and Accounting Students!

On Tuesday, October 29 the Transfer Center, along with the Career Center hosted Dr. Albert Koo, SFSU’s College of Business Director of Student Services in Business, and Doris Fendt, Admissions Representative from San Francisco State University. In a joint effort to make Transfer part of the conversation and to raise awareness at Skyline College, the Transfer Center and Career Center wanted to provide students with the opportunity and access to connect with local Universities. Dr. Koo’s presentation focused on general requirements for admission for students interested in applying as Business majors, what classes students want to make sure they have taken and other ways to stay ahead as they prepare to transfer. Doris Fendt addressed questions regarding general admissions, scholarships, and deadlines students needed to aware of as they considered transferring to San Francisco State University.

Overall, with over 20 students attending the workshop Dr. Koo and Doris Fendt, were fielded with many great questions from students interested in attending SFSU. Presenters also found that students were asking excellent questions and showed considerable knowledge and interest in their goals and hopes to transfer. Skyline College students impressed them and they were excited to be part of helping to make Transfer happen for our students.crap

And on Tuesday, October 8th, the Transfer Center, along with Kappa Beta Delta hosted Dr. Albert Koo to address the recent change in the Accounting Concentration becoming impacted at SFSU. He provided critical information about how students can plan ahead to optimize their chances of being admitted and finishing the program within 2 years after transferring. He also explained the new application requirements for Fall 2014 applicants. Almost 50 students attended and spent over 20 minutes during the question and answer period asking critical questions about how to prepare themselves to transfer as a business major with an accounting concentration.

SFSU is Skyline College’s largest feeder campus and 20% of all transfer students last year were business majors and 10% overall had a concentration in Accounting. By providing students with access to key information, they increase their chances of a successful transfer. Additionally, Albert Koo is a main contact for students when they are attending SFSU, so establishing a relationship with him prior to attending supports their long-term success at achieving their B.S. in Business Administration.

 Article by Suzanne Poma and Michelle Haggar, Photos by Michelle Haggar.

Goodwill Graduation Ceremony

goodwill grad fall 13-1Goodwill Industries celebrated their graduation on October 21, 2013 and presented Skyline College Warehousing Certificates at their San Francisco headquarters. CEO of Goodwill Industries, Maureen Sedonaen and Alpha Lewis, Warehousing Instructor presented the certificates to our fall 2013 cohort. Skyline College’s Business Division and Workforce Development partnership with Goodwill Industries awards certificates in Warehousing to students wishing to reenter the workforce. For many of the Goodwill students, this is their first time entering a college environment.

As a result of the class, Giselle Smith will be enrolling in Skyline College full time as a Career Advancement Academy student in the Allied Health Program. Career Advancement Academies (CAA) provides stackable certificates on Auto Entry Level Technician, Early Childhood Education and Allied Health (EMT, Medical Office Assistant, and Sterile Processing).

For more information about Career Advancement Academies or our Goodwill Partnership, email Soledad McCarthy at mccarthys@smccd.edu.

Article by Soledad McCarthy.


Skyline College Students Chosen for Leadership Conference


A select group of Skyline College students recently honed their leadership skills at a special invitation-only conference in San Diego for math-based majors. The event was sponsored by the California Utilities Diversity Council.

The 10th annual Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Student Leadership Conference held last weekend offered extensive professional and leadership development through direct interaction with industry mentors and speakers. The hand-picked MESA students, all science, engineering, or math majors, represented over 30 universities and community colleges from across the state, including Skyline College.

Participating Skyline College students were:

Cristina Autry, Sophomore, Bioengineering

Mathew Ennis, Sophomore, Physics

Joana Franco, Sophomore, Engineering

Johana Quandt, Sophomore, Civil Engineering

Students participated in mock interviews, connected with industry representatives from 16 national and California companies and heard guest speakers. MESA alumnus Senator Alex Padilla encouraged students to work hard and strive for success, and was honored with the MESA Outstanding Alumni Award.

Skyline College students were sponsored by Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Their generous contribution allowed students from Northern California campuses to attend. Pacific Gas & Electric Company employees volunteered their time to work closely with the students during the conference.

“We know that California’s economy needs more STEM workers to stay competitive,” said MESA Executive Director Oscar F. Porter. “These students provide the solution to industry’s need for well-trained professionals.

“They were selected to attend the conference because these students have strong leadership skills. This event gives them a chance to interact extensively with STEM professionals currently working in industry,” said Porter.

Student attendees represented the following campuses: CSU Chico, CSU Fresno, CSU Long Beach, CSU Los Angeles, CSU Sacramento, San Diego State University, San Francisco State University, San Jose State University, Sonoma State University, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, University of the Pacific, American River College (Sacramento), Bakersfield City College, City College of San Francisco, College of the Sequoias (Visalia), Cosumnes River College (Sacramento), East Los Angeles College, El Camino College (Torrance), Los Medanos College (Pittsburg), Pasadena City College, Rio Hondo College (Whittier), Sacramento City College, San Diego City College, Santa Ana Junior College, Santa Barbara City College, Skyline College (Redwood City), Southwestern College (Chula Vista), and Yuba College (Marysville).

MESA promotes STEM success for more than 28,000 educationally disadvantaged secondary, community college and four-year college students in California through project-based learning, academic counseling and exposure to STEM careers, so they can graduate from college with math-based degrees. Seventy percent of MESA high school graduates statewide went directly to college after graduation compared to 48 percent of all California graduates. Sixty percent of MESA students go on to math, science or engineering majors.

For more information visit the MESA site.

Article by Danielle McNamara, MESA Statewide Office.