Daily Archives: March 3, 2017

Apply to be a Member of Delegation to Race and Ethnicity Conference

NCORE Conference bannerIn collaboration with the Office of the VPI and the Division of Student Equity and Support Programs, the Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning (CTTL) is pleased to announce that Skyline College will be sending its 4th delegation of faculty, staff, and administrators to participate in the 2017 National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) in Fort Worth, Texas, from May 29-June 3.  Information about the conference and program can be accessed via https://ncore.ou.edu/en/2017/

The Skyline College Conference NCORE Delegation will include up to 10 faculty and classified staff (5 from each group), as well as several administrators/managers.  Conference Delegates will be selected to represent Skyline College as a team engaged in professional activities intended not only to transform and inform their own personal and professional practices, but also to encourage transformative dialogue, and foster the implementation of equity-based practices.

Because we are anticipating a high level of interest in this opportunity, and because multiple deadlines are in play, we ask interested faculty and staff to submit an “Application for Conference Delegate Participation” by Monday, March 13, to skyprofessionaldevelopment@smccd.eduLate applications will not be accepted. Delegate applicants are required to review their application with their dean/immediate supervisor, who must then provide a brief statement of support and their signature on the application.  Faculty and staff selected to attend NCORE 2017 as Skyline College Conference Delegates will be expected to: 1) complete and submit the attached Application for Conference Delegate by March 13; 2) apply for Faculty or Classified Staff Professional Development Funding, if available; 3) facilitate a CTTL-sponsored on-campus workshop/activity related to the conference; 4) complete a Conference Delegate Report Form detailing conference highlights; and 5) submit all additional conference-related funding, approval, and reimbursement forms, as required by the College.

If you’d like to apply and/or have any questions, contact Nina Floro, Professional Development Coordinator, at ext. 4414 or at floro@smccd.edu.

Article by Nina Floro

Career Advancement Academy Hosts 4th Allied Health Panel

CAA Allied Health PanelOn Thursday, February 23, over 30 guests attended the Career Advancement Academy’s (CAA) fourth ever Allied Health Panel.  The panels, held every semester, are a component of CAA’s Allied Health program, designed for students interested in exploring San Mateo Community College District’s healthcare programs, health pathways, and careers in Healthcare.  The Allied Health Student Panel, moderated by Paul Rueckhaus (Allied Health Faculty for the Career Advancement Academy), featured several former Career Advancement Academy students along with students from across the San Mateo County Community College District’s healthcare Programs.

Distinguished student guest panelists offered practical advice and key insights on program preparation and expectations, working in the health field, and balancing life and family as a full-time allied health student in a rigorous program. Amante Jones is a former Career Advancement Academy student, a certified Emergency Medical Technician, and currently working on his associate’s degree for transfer. Tyler Swift is currently a second semester student in Skyline College’s Surgical Technology program. Chloe Tinio graduated from the College of San Mateo’s nursing program in May 2016. Thuy Hoang and Lizet Martinez are both students in the Dental Assisting program at the College of San Mateo, and Alka Sharma is a first-year student in the Respiratory Care program at Skyline College. Upon completion, she hopes to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Care at Skyline College.

Accomplished panelists helped current, first semester CAA Allied Health students gain a deeper understanding of their next level allied health program and their future path in Healthcare.  After the panel, program directors, coordinators, and faculty from Surgical Careers, Medical Administrative Assisting, Allied Health, and Respiratory Care were on hand to network with the student audience, answer questions, and share additional insights.

We extend a very special thanks to our esteemed panelists, the CAA team, and event supporters including: Paul Rueckhaus, Ray Hernandez, Alice Erskine, Bernadette Newland, Courtney Mogg, Beth LaRochelle, and the many others who helped plan, organize, and host this successful event.

To learn more about careers in Allied Health and the Allied Health Career Advancement Academy please visit our website or email skycaa@smccd.edu

Article: Alina Varona | Photo: William Nacouzi

Skyline College Hosts Immigration Workshop for Adult School Students and ESOL Students

immigration workshopSkyline College hosted an immigration workshop on Monday, February 27, garnering over 90 people in attendance, including students from South San Francisco Adult School and Jefferson Adult School as well as Skyline College English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students. Guest speakers were Amy Lee and Lance Starin from Jubilee Immigration Advocates. They discussed adjustment of immigration status, the impact of Trump’s new policies, and legal rights for undocumented students including concrete tips when encountering ICE.

After the presentation, there was a generative Q&A portion with translators available to help clarify and disseminate information to ESOL students in attendance. Those with more complex legal questions were able to have short individual consultations with lawyer, Amy Lee. The workshop also provided legal information and resources from the community and Skyline’s Dream Center, SparkPoint Center, and the Financial Aid Office. The event was coordinated collaboratively by Skyline College’s English Language Institute and Dream Center, Jefferson Adult School, South San Francisco Adult School, and ACCEL (Adult-Education College and Career Educational Leadership).

Article by Stacy Nojima | Photos by Mylene Foo

Skyline College to Host 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Mandela fellowship logoSkyline College is proud to announce that it has been selected as an Institute Partner for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.  Beginning in mid-June, Skyline College will host 25 bright, emerging African leaders for a six-week academic and leadership institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking opportunities.  Fellows are from every country in Sub-Saharan Africa and have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations and communities.

The cohort of Fellows hosted by Skyline College will be part of a larger group of 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows studying at institutions across the United States this summer.  These exceptional young leaders will meet at the end of their institutes in Washington, D.C., for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit, where they will take part in networking and panel discussions with each other and U.S. leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors.  Following the Summit, 100 competitively-selected Fellows will spend six weeks in professional development experiences with U.S. non-governmental organizations, private companies, and government agencies.

Working closely with the U.S. Department of State and its implementing partner, IREX, Institute Partners have designed programs that will challenge, inspire, and empower these inspiring young leaders from Africa.

For additional questions about the Mandela Washington Fellowship Institute at Skyline College please contact Dr. Tammy Robinson.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a U.S. government program funded by the U.S. Department of State and supported in its implementation by IREX.  For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit yali.state.gov and join the conversation at #YALI2017.

March is Women’s History Month

Womens history month at Skyline ShinesTo kick off the start of Women’s History Month this March, the Associated Students of Skyline College hosted an event to celebrate body positivity and to raise awareness about the unjust taxation of feminine hygiene products. Students were given goodie bags filled with items including feminine hygiene products, encouraging notes, and chocolates.

The ASSC implemented a petition that students could sign to in order to get rid of the “pink tax” — aka the unnecessary higher pricing of feminine hygiene products. Additionally, free feminine hygiene products and body positive post-it notes are placed in bathrooms throughout the school in each building for the entire month of March. The ASSC also created a photo booth where students held signs with a positive statement about themselves such as “I define myself” or “I love my curves.” The event not only raised awareness to students, but provided a positive impact to start off Women’s History Month.

Article written by Michelle Tam

Film Screening Highlights Issues of Racism and Mass Incarceration

13th screening“Let’s look at the statistics. The United States is home to 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prisoners. Think about that.” This is the opening statement from President Barack Obama in “13th,” an award-winning documentary film directed by Ava DuVernay. Experts in the areas of politics, law, education, and media, illustrate a linear narrative of how black slavery in the United States evolved into a system of mass incarceration with the passing of the 13th amendment.

In celebration of African American Heritage Month, the Black Student Union screened 13th in the Theater on Monday, February 13, 2017, from 11:30-1:30 pm. The event welcomed over 230 Skyline College students, staff/faculty, and community members. The program opened with welcoming remarks from President Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, BSU President Brittney Sneed, and BSU Advisor and TriO Counselor, Brianna Clay.

The program toggled between two 15-minute clips of the film and discussions moderated by the Dean of Student Equity and Support Programs, Lasana Hotep. Dean Hotep was joined by special guests, Dr. William Jelani Cobb and Mr. David “Davey D” Cook. Dr. Cobb is a Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, a staff writer for the New Yorker, and he is also a featured commentator in the film. Davey D is a Professor of Africana Studies at San Francisco State University, a hip-hop historian, and community activist. The moderated discussions engaged the audience with insight that provided context to information presented in the film. Speakers addressed a range of topics including the influence of the media, the criminalization of poor black and brown communities, and how economic incentives for chattel slavery in the Antebellum Era is manifested in our current profit-driven prison system. The program format, alternating between screening segments of the film, moderated discussions, and rounding out with questions from the audience, made for a critical and engaging experience.

Olivia Yancey, a member of the Black Student Union stated, “The 13th discussion was a really nice experience for me to really reflect on all the information that was given during the documentary. I really liked that it started a conversation that we don’t often have on this campus. As one of the few Black students here at Skyline, it’s nice to have a conversation that relates to the struggles we face as minorities, and it’s very relevant to the social climate we live in. The way it was held made for a very intimate experience. It didn’t feel like we were being talked at, which often happens at these type of events. I would love to have a discussion like it again on campus.”

Article by Katrina Pantig | Photo by Brian Collins

Welcome New SparkPoint Coordinator Rhonda Kaufman

rhonda kaufmanSparkPoint and Career Services at Skyline College would like to extend a belated official campus-wide introduction to a new member of the team, Rhonda Kaufman.  Rhonda serves as a SparkPoint Coordinator and Financial Coach here at Skyline College and is an Accredited Financial Counselor Candidate, Financial Fitness Coach Candidate, and a Registered Paraplanner℠.  She began her career in the brokerage industry, earning her Series 7 and 63 professional brokerage licenses for a major financial services firm.  She soon transitioned into the Human Resources, Training and Organization Development side of that firm, where she developed a passion for helping people with their personal and professional development needs. After earning an MBA (UC Berkeley, Haas), Rhonda became CEO/CFO of a small legal services firm.  Concurrently, Rhonda continued her training work with a variety of local non-profit and pro-social development and training organizations such as the Joseph Matteucci Foundation and the One Circle Foundation.

Since retiring as CEO/CFO of her company, Rhonda has focused on combining her deep financial knowledge with her love of training and development work.  She has volunteered with many local non-profits such as WISE (Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment), Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, Junior Achievement, Operation Hope and the Eviction Defense Collaborative’s Rental Assistance Disbursement Component.  She believes in the power of using financial resources consciously to create the life you want.

Rhonda is excited to be a part of SparkPoint’s efforts to bring financial capability, education and training to Skyline College’s campus and broader community. If you are interested in having Rhonda speak to your students about financial literacy and other SparkPoint services, or if you would like to refer someone directly, she can be reached at extension 7173 or at kaufmanr@smccd.edu. Rhonda can also be found at the SparkPoint and Career Services Center in room 1-222.

Article by Chad Thompson

Welcome New SparkPoint Coordinator Flor López

Flor LopezSparkPoint and Career Services at Skyline College would like to extend a belated official campus-wide introduction to a new member of the team, Flor López, Flor serves as a SparkPoint Coordinator and Financial Coach at Skyline College. She earned a Master’s in Public Administration and Public Policy from the California State University, Bakersfield. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before coming to Skyline College, she worked as a Career Counselor/Case Manager at SparkPoint East Contra Costa.  She has also served as a Hiring Coordinator at Camp Augusta (an outdoor education center in Nevada City), a Research Assistant for Transforming Local Communities, and an AmeriCorps Team Leader/Youth Mentor for at-risk youth. She is passionate about environmental and social equity.

Flor is excited to support students’ efforts to combat poverty and reach their highest potential. If you are interested in having Flor speak to your class about financial literacy and other SparkPoint services, or if you would like to refer someone directly, she can be reached at extension 4240 or at lopezf@smccd.edu. Flor can also be found in the SparkPoint and Career Services Center in room, 1-221.

Article by Chad Thompson

Community Partners Support Student Veteran Success

Veteran community partnerOver the past months, Skyline College has hosted multiple events in support of Student Veteran Success. The common thread that makes the events so impactful is collaboration with community veteran support organizations. The Veterans Resource Center has partnered with the San Mateo County Veterans Service Office to provide on-site drop-in appointments once a month to veterans and dependents. In early February, the San Francisco VA Medical Center provided on-site enrollment and ID Card photo opportunities for qualifying veterans. The long-standing partnership created with SF VA Medical Center has resulted in the presence of a VA counselor on the Skyline College campus once a week to provide services and resources to qualifying veterans and dependents.

On March 1, 2017, Skyline College hosted a training for SMCCCD Veterans Counselors, Certifying Officials, and support staff, led by Daniel Avegalio, Veterans Resource Center Supervisor at American River College. Daniel is a leader in the Veterans Services field and thanks to his generosity, we were able to provide on-campus training to enhance our knowledge, best practices, and processes for serving veterans, active duty service members, reservists, and their families.

The partnerships we have created, and continue to build, allow Skyline College and the team who supports veteran’s services to provide high quality support and resources to service men and women and their families. The ability to have community partners on campus not only saves time, but provides our students with opportunities to receive services they may not otherwise have easy access to. Adding to this theme, Skyline College will host the 2nd annual Veterans Resource Event on March 29th from 10am-3pm in Bldg. 6. Over 30 campus and community partners will come together in support of veterans and their family members. We look forward to this and other opportunities to grow our student veteran support network.

Article by Gina Ciardella | Photo by Eric Imahara

Linda Allen Joins Guardian Scholars Team as Retention Specialist for Spring 2017


linda allenLinda Allen has taken on a new role as a Retention Specialist for the Guardian Scholars Program at Skyline College. Linda is a Skyline College alumna and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in grant and technical writing at San Francisco State University. She has been working for the San Mateo County Community College District for 18 years in various areas of Student Services including: Career & Transfer, Assessment, Trio, EOPS/Care and the Disability Resource Center. Linda also serves as the North Vice President for the California Community College Classified Senate.

During her spare time, Linda is a high school basketball official and she volunteers with the Special Olympics, National Junior Basketball League and Juvenile Hall basketball leagues. Linda is eager to continue her work at Skyline College in a different capacity. “I am excited to have the opportunity to work with the Guardian Scholars. For me to have the opportunity to works with this student population is an honor,” she states.

Article by Katrina Pantig