Daily Archives: December 5, 2013

Career Advancement Academy (CAA) End of Semester Celebration

CAA Celebration 2013

On Tuesday, December 4, the Center for Workforce Development’s Career Advancement Academy, hosted its end of the semester celebration for Allied Health and Early Childhood Education Students. Current CAA students mingled with students from previous cohorts and were joined by CAA faculty members, counselors, and administrators. More than fifty people gathered to celebrate with CAA students—current bridge participants along with those in their full programs—and to acknowledge students’ hard work and perseverance both this semester and in past semesters. Congratulations, Career Advancement Academy Students, on making it to the final stretch, and good luck on your finals!

The Career Advancement Academy creates bridges to higher-wage careers and additional opportunities in higher education by integrating career and technical training, basic skills courses, and support systems. Currently, the Skyline College CAA has programs in Allied Health, Automotive, and Early Childhood Education. The CAA will launch its Paralegal Career Advancement Academy in fall 2014.

For more information about Career Advancement Academy or Workforce Development contact, Soledad McCarthy at mccarthys@smccd.edu.

Article by Alina Varona.

ASTEP and the BSU Attend the IX Annual UMOJA Conference


The ASTEP Learning Community and the Skyline College BSU attended the annual conference of the statewide African American student learning community, UMOJA, on November 8 & 9 at the College of Alameda. The students were joined by Professors Phillip Williams, Kwame Thomas, Tony Jackson & Phyllis Taylor. This conference focuses on and encourages student attendance and involvement. Please continue to read some of the student’s feedback of their two days.

Richard Porter:

The UMOJA IX Conference held this year at the College of Alameda was a call to urgency as advertised! Attending this conference brought in to focus many of the issues African-Americans are striving to overcome statewide as well as nationally, academically and as a people. The conference also served as a conduit to connect students that are interested in attending an H.B.C.U. with counselors and recruiters from Clark Atlanta University, Fisk University, Hampton University, Howard University, Philander Smith College, Talladega College, and Wilberforce University. During breakout sessions, students were encouraged to share experiences and ideas to promote unity and community among California African-American Community College students and their advisers.

Shaquil Stewart:

The UMOJA IX Conference held this year at the College of Alameda had the theme the “Fierce Urgency of Now”. It was a great experience for me as I got to experience and discuss the many issue facing African Americans in college. The different workshops gave me a chance to learn about what can help me as I begin to transfer from community college to a University and to know the tools to help mentor other African American males who don’t have the same opportunities as I have to help them reach their potential.

Chanel Daniels (tutor in the Learning Center):

The tone of the statewide 2013 Umoja Conference was refreshingly sobering. With a focus on opening up old wounds in order to begin the healing, students, faculty, and all in between were jerked into the reality of “The Urgency of Now.” The role of media consciousness as a crucial tool for empowerment was shouted from the rooftops. Self-love and the debunking of stereotypical “blackness” took a front seat. And for those of us who were willing to be vulnerable, the chills felt only echoed our sentiments of appreciation for this sanctuary of healing.

Ashanti McLeod:

The fall 2013 UMOJA conference was an eye opener for me. The theme of the conference was “The Fierce Urgency of Now”. That phrase really hits home for me because I am all about taking action now in order to create a better future. For me the biggest problem about taking action is knowing where and how to start. Attending workshops on leadership at the UMOJA conference gave me the tools and support I need to effectively continue on my journey of action. Being at the UMOJA conference made me feel a part of a community that truly believes in me and everything I will became.

Article by Phyllis Taylor.





CTE Day at Skyline College


On Thursday, November 12, The Center for Workforce Development along with Outreach hosted a Career Technical Day Event. The event brought over 75 high school students and 16 high school counselors from 7 different schools to our campus. Students were excited to listen to the teachings of Dr. Tricia Rose. They enjoyed lunch hosted by Enrollment Services as they heard both faculty and students speak about Paralegal, CIPHER, Rock the School Bells, Youth Entrepreneurship Program, Career Advancement Academy and Retailing, Hospitality and Tourism.

The Skyline College Bookstore along with Cosmetology, Respiratory Therapy, Retailing, Hospitality & Tourism, Youth Entrepreneurship Programs, CIPHER, Energy and Career Advancement Academy donated items to the high school students.

High school students and counselors ended their day with tours of our Automotive, Cosmetology, Wellness, Child Development Center, Energy, Sterile Processing and Surgical Tech Departments.

For more information about Career Advancement Academy or Workforce Development, contact Soledad McCarthy at mccarthys@smccd.edu.

Article by Soledad McCarthy, Photo by Sam Veu, Automotive Entry Level CAA.


Fall 2013 Informal Dance Concert

Dance Concert Poster Fall 2013 11x17 BWJoin the Skyline College Dance Program this Friday as they present their works in progress from the Fall Semester!

We will also perform with the dancers from Mercy High School, Burlingame and College of San Mateo, as well as the Skyline College Dance Honor Society!

Led by the Choreography Workshop Class, the show will be a wild bonanza of dance styles, including hip hop, contemporary dance, tap, African Samba and Polynesian dance styles, as well as the works-in-progress from our Choreography Theory class.

Skyline College Dance Program and Skyline College Dance Honor Society

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Article by Amber Steele.