Daily Archives: October 20, 2016

Skyline College Participates in the Strengthening Student Success Conference

SSSC conferenceThe Strengthening Student Success Conference was held in Garden Grove at the Hyatt Regency Orange County. Yvonne Reid, CITD Director and Skyline College President Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud and Eloisa Briones, Vice President of Administrative Services attended and participated in plenary and break-out sessions where they led discussions about strategies for building institutional effectiveness, supporting student learning, and increasing equitable outcomes for students. The theme of “Shared Responsibility” gave participants insight as to how their work in community colleges has a greater influence in the State of California’s labor market and economic development. Speakers from across the California Community Colleges presented on topics such as designing effective pathways, collaboration with high school students, implementing institutional design, cultivating a growth mindset, the influence of web coding boot camps, and workshops for students with academic difficulty.

An engaging post-conference workshop, “Implementing Institution Redesign: Levers for Achieving Equity in Completion” was led by Skyline College Administrators, Dr. Angélica Garcia, Vice President of Student Services and Aaron McVean, Interim Vice President of Instruction along with their colleagues from Bakersfield College, Career Ladders Project, and Guttman Community college at CUNY.  Angélica and Aaron shared the work being designed at Skyline College to increase community college completion and transfer rates.

Those attending the conference analyzed their own work in the California Community Colleges and left with an understanding of how their service work along with today’s critical issues shape student success.

For more information about the Center for International Trade Development, visit:  www.bayareacitd.org.

Contact:  Yvonne Reid, CITD Director, E: bayareacitd@smccd.edu, T: 650-738-7098.

Article by Emma Briones | Photo by Yvonne Reid

Center for International Trade Development Named a CA STEP Partner for the 2nd Year

SacramentoCalifornia Centers for International Trade Development were awarded State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) funds for 2016-2017, in the amount of $844,214.

“This was an incredible team effort across multiple organizations and colleges. Thank you to the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development and CA Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Los Rios CCD-CITD, San Mateo CCD-CITD, [hosted by Skyline College], State Center CCD-CITD, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, CalAsian Chamber of Commerce, Rancho Santiago CCD- CITD and Riverside CCD -CITD for helping to develop and submit a successful proposal” stated Jeff Williamson, Director, California State Trade Expansion Program (STEP).

As a 2015-16 CA STEP Partner, Skyline College CITD Director Yvonne Reid led a trade mission to Hannover Messe 2016, in Hannover, Germany and the United States was the official Partner country. The CITD Director awarded $2500 to eight California small to medium-sized exporting companies. Each company displayed their product and/or service as an Exhibitor at the world’s largest industrial trade fair that welcomed over 190,000 attendees from over 75 countries.

One of the 2015-16 CITD CA STEP award recipients, Kerry Kraft of iA-Robotics, reported that, “We attended match-making sessions with China, Russia, India, South Korea, and Mexico before, during and after, Hannover Messe 2016. As a result of receiving the award from CITD to attend Hannover Messe, we have begun to form strategic partnerships and have a signed agreement with an Indian company; expected sales of $200,000. We are currently partnering with PWin, in Thailand, providing Robotic systems and solutions.”

With this 2016-17 CA STEP award of $42,000, Yvonne will lead another group of California delegates on an Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy foreign trade mission.

This is a grand opportunity that helps to highlight the direct impact that Skyline College CITD is having on the local and global economy; helping small to medium-sized businesses boost trade and exports abroad. Earlier this week, Emma Briones, CITD Program Services Coordinator (Sub.) and Yvonne Reid, CITD Director attended the CA STEP launch meeting held at the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO)  in Sacramento, joining the CA STEP Partners who will lead trade missions this fiscal year.

“The success of last year’s program demonstrates the effectiveness of the STEP grants in helping more small business become international exporters,” said GO-Biz director Panorea Avdis. “We look forward to further expanding this program to bring even more California business into the global economy.”

The grant is part of the US Small Business Administration (SBA) State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) which awarded grants to 44 states and territories to support activities to increase exports by US small businesses. Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and member of President Obama’s Cabinet, announced the grant award this week in Washington D.C.

For more information on the California STEP program, visit www.bayareacitd.org.

Yvonne Reid, CITD Director, E: bayareacitd@smccd.edu, T: 650-738-7098

Article by Yvonne Reid | Photo by Emma Briones

WRCBAA Educational Excellence Reception Celebrates Community College Leaders

community college leadersOn the evening of Friday, September 30, 2016, the Western Region Council on Black American Affairs took a moment to thank and acknowledge the accomplishments of prominent community college leaders. Among those honored: Dr. Katheryn Jeffery, President/Superintendent, Santa Monica College, Dr. Helen Benjamin, Chancellor, Contra Costa Community College District, Dr. Rufus Glasper, CEO, League of Innovation, Stephanie Hill, College of Southern Nevada and Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, President, Skyline College. Also pictured and honored by the WRCBAA Board, David Johns, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and Dr. Tammy Robinson, President, WRCBAA.

The night was filled with a level of appreciation that many had not anticipated. Each honoree took a moment to thank everyone as is commonly done. However, it was also noted that some of the recipients have worked for many years without ever being acknowledged. This is what made the night even more special than originally thought. Dr. Robinson stated, “’Thank you’ is such a simple gesture. It at times does not seem to carry enough weight, but for some, it does not happen often enough.” Many times, we believe these ceremonies to be just that; however after the WRCBAA celebration- we became acutely aware of the importance of acknowledging the hard work of our community college leaders. Thank you again to all.

It must be noted that Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud was also given commendations by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, David Johns, Executive Director, Mayor Jim Ruane, City of San Bruno, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, and Assemblyman Kevin Mullen. Dr. Stanback Stroud graciously accepted the Commendations on behalf of the hard work and dedication that she has made to forward innovative thinking and actions that help make Skyline College one of the finest institutions in the United States. Dr. Stanback Stroud continues to live up to the mission, “to empower and transform a global community of learners.” She also was instrumental in creating the space and safety of dialogue to make all of the events of the day a possibility.

Thank you to all who helped to make the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans a wonderful, campus-wide, region-wide and national success.

Article by Dr. Tammy Robinson | Photo by Gino De Grandis

EV Charging Station Expansion

As the electric vehicle grows in popularity, so does the need for charging infrastructure statewide. To help meet this increasing demand, San Mateo County Community College District is increasing the current number of EV charging stations districtwide.

Skyline College currently has 7 chargers throughout the campus in lots G, M, and K. Four new charging stations will be added behind Building 11 in Lot F. All of the chargers will be dual port so total of 8 cars can be charged simultaneously.

To charge your electric vehicle, all you need to do is register with Chargepoint at chargepoint.com. Getting an account is completely free and allows you to charge your vehicle on any campus within the District. To help ensure that everyone has the opportunity to charge, vehicles may only be parked at the charging stations while they are actively charging, and only until the car battery is charged. Vehicles may not be parked at charging stations for more than 4 hours.

Article by Gwen Alldredge

Career Pathways in Education Event Inspires Students

ECE EventOnce again the Skyline College ECE/EDU Department successfully hosted their annual “Career Pathways in Education” event.  Skyline College students had the opportunity to hear from two of Skyline Colleges own, Martina Center, Retention Specialist with Middle College and Marlboro Bato, Counselor and Co- advisor of the Kababayan Learning Community.  These two along with Skyline College ECE/EDU alumni, Natalie Aguliar, inspired students by sharing their personal, educational, and professional stories of working in the field of education.

Students also heard presentations from the PATH program at San Francisco State University, and the San Francisco Unified School District about various employment opportunities working with children.  All those who attended received a Certificate of Attendance that counts towards professional growth hours necessary for educators with a California Child Development Permit.

Article by Kristina Brower

WRCBAA Educational Excellence Reception Honors Chancellor Ron Galatolo and SMCCCD Board of Trustees


trusteesSkyline College hosted the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans on September 30, 2016. At the reception immediately following the event, the Western Region Council on Black American Affairs honored Chancellor Ron Galatolo and the SMCCCD Board of Trustees.

The Western Region Council on Black American Affairs presented the Award of Appreciation to Chancellor Galatolo for his outstanding, dedicated service and tireless work in leading the San Mateo County Community College District. His exemplary work shines through with the commitment to putting “Students First” and advancing the effort to have programs that are forward-thinking in order to meet industry demand. Chancellor Galatolo has also been a champion for innovation as he supports the efforts of the colleges to create an atmosphere of excellence.

WRCBAA also presented the SMCCCD Board of Trustees with an Award of Appreciation. Trustees, Maurice Goodman, Richard Holober, and Thomas Mohr attended. It was moving to hear Trustee Goodman end with a moving quote, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Clearly, the trustees are living proof of putting “Students First” as we honored the voices of African American students at the AfAmEdSummit.

Article by Dr. Tammy Robinson | Photo by Gino De Grandis

Skyline College Automotive Attended Annual Fall CAT Conference in Southern California

Petersen Automotive MuseumAutomotive Department faculty and staff – Tom Broxholm, Dan Ming, Ruben Parra, Filipp Gleyzer and Nancy Lam, flew down on Friday morning to attend the Fall California Automotive Teachers (CAT) Conference held at Fullerton College, CA, on October 14-15, 2016.

After battling traffic out of LAX to pick up our rental car, the team drove to Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard.  This magnificent modern red building houses one of the world’s most impressive car collections; from the very first car invention to the latest technology, a wide variety of cars are on display and are all part of the Vault Tour.

Saturday was a full day of networking and classes held at Fullerton College’s Automotive Department. Spring’s CAT Conference will be in Northern California’s Yuba College.

Article by Nancy Lam