Daily Archives: April 9, 2015

Skyline College Rolls Out Phase One of New Website

Skyline College Website

We are excited to announce that we have officially begun to roll out the redesigned Skyline College website. During this first phase of the rollout, you’ll notice a few major changes on seven key pages at the top level of navigation.

What’s New?

Mobile Friendly:

These seven new pages, and all subsequent new pages, are “mobile friendly,” which means they use responsive web design to adapt to different sized mobile devices. In other words, these pages automatically scale up and down to best fit on your laptop, tablet, phone or other device by detecting how big your screen is. That means greater accessibility and ease of navigation for students and staff accessing the Skyline College website from devices other than a desktop computer.

Home Page:

The home page has a clean, dynamic new look designed for greater visual impact, simplicity and ease of navigation. The new design removes some of the clutter that clogged the old page and makes a large slideshow and key featured news stories the centerpiece of the new website – allowing us to better tailor our messaging to students and influence users’ immediate perception of the college through the visual cues on our website.

“Portal Pages:”

The black navigation bar at the top of our Home page lists six unique sections of the website including, Admissions, Academics, Career Advancement, Student Life, Campus Resources, andAbout. We wanted to highlight these important sections by creating new “Overview” pages for each of them – we’re calling them “portal pages” internally.

These pages include striking images with an aspirational “tagline,” a simplified navigation bar and clear and concise introductory text that highlights the college’s offerings and goals within each of these six areas. This new language is student focused, speaking directly to them as opposed to speaking generally about the college.

The Road Ahead

As we move into the coming months, we will be migrating other sections of the website to pages that blend with the look and feel of these initial 7 pages. This will be a long process and we ask you to be patient. In the meantime, your respective pages will remain on the old templates, and if you’ve made edits to the site using Omni in the past, you’ll still be making edits the same way until we migrate your page(s) to an updated template.

As with any major new launch, we expect to meet some small bumps in the road, and we also expect to fix them, quickly, as they arise, with a consistent eye towards improvement.

This is an exciting new step for Skyline College. We cater to an increasingly mobile-oriented and technologically-savvy student body – updating our website to reflect this reality is essential to making the student experience the best it can be.

Article by Connor Fitzpatrick

Startup Pitch Competition Held at Bay Area Entrepreneur Center

This past month at the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center of Skyline College, startups were eligible to pitch their products or services to venture capitalist, Carol Sands. There were four very interesting companies that we had the honor of critiquing at BAEC as they practiced refining their two-minute pitch. The following startups were represented:

• Nak3d has developed a device creating a 3D body model and helps guide you to the form you want.
• Kuveda helps people cure their cancer via analysis of the molecular makeup of a tumor.
• Consolidated Fuzz offers a solution for guitar players to manage all of their sundry electronic add-ons.
• FeedbacK offers a “coach in a smartphone” with current applications to improve your golf game.

These companies have much to offer and certainly have the potential to “make it big.” It takes a lot of courage to become an entrepreneur, and it also takes a dedicated investment of time and money to move the process along. If you are thinking about starting a company, visit the BAEC at 458 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno. Business starts here! Workshops and seminars on a variety of topics are available at no charge to students, so check out the calendar at www.skylineBAEC.edu and learn something new! For more information, contact Catherine Fraser at fraserc@smccd.edu.

Article by Catherine Fraser

California Association of Food Banks’ CalFresh Outreach Peer-to-Peer Meeting Panel Includes SparkPoint at Skyline College


Heather Smith from SparkPoint at Skyline College presented at the California Association of Food Banks’ (CAFB) CalFresh Outreach Peer-to-Peer Meeting in Oakland, California on Monday, March 16, 2015. Panel topics included:

A. Getting Data From Your County, Heather Smith, SparkPoint at Skyline College
B. Managing Subcontractors & Volunteers, Amanda Schultz, San Diego Hunger Coalition
C. CalFresh Awareness Month, Joel Campos, Second Harvest Food Bank, Santa Cruz County
D. Capturing Stories & Using Them Effectively, Amy Lopez, Food Bank Santa Barbara County

SparkPoint at Skyline College acquired expertise on benefits access data sharing protocols during a recently completed two year project with the Center for Law and Social Policy, which was designed to increase benefits utilization among eligible students. During that national demonstration project, significant capacity building between San Mateo County Human Services Agency and Skyline College resulted in a real time data-sharing protocol. This represents a contribution to effective practice nationally, which increases available resources for students to achieve their educational and economic goals.


Organizations that support benefits applications typically never receive application process feedback while that application is under review. Unlike most community-based organizations that provide public benefits assistance, SparkPoint at Skyline College receives both status updates and outcomes on individual public benefits applications, including those for food assistance (CalFresh), healthcare (Medi-Cal) and cash assistance (CalWORKs) while the application is in process. This allows SparkPoint to follow-up with students and others on the status of their applications before a final determination is made and assist them with successfully completing the application process. Since adopting this practice, SparkPoint has seen a significant increase in approval rates for public benefits applications. Additionally, applicants have also increasingly reported positive experiences navigating the public benefits application process via SparkPoint’s public benefits office.

Seventy food bank professionals from all over the state attended the meeting to obtain CalFresh (Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP)) updates and learn about best practices to mitigate policy and structural barriers, and increase benefits utilization among those who are eligible. Cultivating this organizational capacity is part of the commitment of Skyline College to ensure that all students realize their educational goals regardless of economic status. For information about SparkPoint at Skyline College, contact Dr. William Watson, Director, and for information about benefits access, contact Heather Smith, Program Services Coordinator both at 650-738-7035 or visit our website at www.skylinecollege.edu.sparkpoint.

Article by Heather D. Smith | Photos by Stephanie Nishio, California Association of Food Banks Director of Programs

UCLA Visit to Skyline College a Success

Students visiting UCLA

On Tuesday, April 7th and Wednesday April 8th Skyline College welcomed Paitzar Giourdjian, Admissions Officer in Transfer Recruitment. She is one of 3 Admissions Officers for the whole state and only 9 Northern California campuses are being visited and Skyline College is one of them!

Her days were packed with full back-to-back student appointments on both days, tabling in the Fireside Dining Room and 2 presentations. She spoke to Professor Leach’s Honors Math 252 8:00 a.m. class and participated in a presentation hosted in collaboration with the Honors Club and the Transfer Center. The representative reported that our students had very informed questions and that she was impressed with the interest and participation and that she felt very welcomed on our campus.

In addition to the UCLA presentation, the Honors Club leadership gave students an overview of the Honors Transfer Program. The Honors Transfer Program gives students priority consideration to attend UCLA – a huge advantage that the Skyline College campus provides for students.

Overall, it was a very successful visit. Many thanks to Professor Leach for opening up his classroom for this opportunity, the Honors Club and the campus community for spreading the word about this visit!

Article by Suzanne Poma | Photo by Michele Haggar

Don’t Miss the Spring Musical “Grease”

Grease Promotional Poster

Don’t miss this year’s Spring Musical GREASE presented by the Skyline College Dance, Drama and Music Departments! Showtimes are Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday, April 26th at 2:00 p.m. in the Skyline College Theater.

Purchase your tickets in advance for $10 on the bookstore website or $15 at the door!

Supported in part by the Associated Students of Skyline College and the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation.