Daily Archives: March 10, 2017

Integrating Financial Education Workshops into Classrooms

yellow personal finance pictureIn assessing the needs of their students this semester, both Lisa Verissimo and Nate Nevado identified financial literacy as a concern, so they reached out to SparkPoint for support.  SparkPoint Coordinators then worked with the instructor to design a customized presentation specific to each class’s needs.

The following quotes are from post-workshop testimonials:

“I can’t thank you enough for the amazing guest lecture you presented this week covering the Macroeconomic topic ‘household credit’. You had the students glued to their seats right up to the closing bell” – Lisa Verissimo, M.S., Economics Instructor Skyline College, March 2, 2017.

“I loved the packets, wished there was more time, appreciated the visual and concrete examples, made financial language easier to understand” – Student feedback from Nate Nevado’s College Success class, February 7, 2017.

SparkPoint at Skyline College is dedicated to reducing financial barriers for students and the community to grow and prosper.  SparkPoint’s mission is to reduce poverty by improving credit, increasing income, reducing debt, and building assets.  In addition to financial education workshops, we offer one-on-one financial coaching and a variety of other wrap-around support services.  We can customize workshops to meet your students’ specific needs, and help you find and choose the best online tools, downloadable curriculum, or community resources to meet your student’s needs and support your learning objectives.

For more information, please come see us in Bldg. 1, Rm 212, or contact SparkPoint Coordinator, Rhonda Kaufman, at kaufmanr@smccd.edu 650-738-7173

Article by Rhonda Kaufman

Model United Nations Club Sends its Largest Delegation to UC Berkeley Conference

students at model unSkyline College’s Model United Nations club sent its largest delegation yet to UC Berkeley’s 21st collegiate model united nation’s conference, UCBMUN XXI. At this four-day conference, 12 students represented Skyline College in a heated weekend of debate, demands, compromise, and occasionally some corruption. Skyline College’s delegates participated in a vast array of committees from the giant General Assembly of the United Nations which took on Cyber Warfare and International Intervention in civil wars, to the fast paced Asian Financial Crisis of 1997 committee in which the delegates in this committee had to prevent a financial global catastrophe.

Skyline College delegates worked with and competed against hundreds of students from all over the world. From Harvard and Columbia, to southern schools such as University of Alabama, and as far away as Westminster International University in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Skyline College was introduced to a global student body. With such diverse representation, unique perspectives added powerful and vibrant energies onto the debate floors.

Article by Jonathan Gonzales | Photo by Khin Thar