Daily Archives: May 4, 2017

Violin/Viola Class Performs at the CDLC

violin studentsIn recognition of “The Week of the Young Child” (April 24-28), the Skyline College Violin/Viola class was honored to perform for the children at the Child Development Laboratory Center.  Throughout the semester, students in the violin class learn the basics of playing the violin and play a variety of repertoire.  The violinists prepared a few tunes for the concert that would be instantly recognizable for young children, including “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Pop Goes the Weasel”.  The children in the CDLC had the opportunity to sing, clap, and dance as the violinists performed their selections.  A few even had the chance to conduct the group of musicians!  The students of the Violin/Viola class enjoyed sharing the joy of live music with a future generation of musicians.

Article and Photo by Elizabeth Ingber

Biotechnology “Lunch and Learn”

biotech lunch and learn studentsOn April 26, 2017, the Center for Career and Workforce Programs partnered with Skyline College’s Biotechnology Department in hosting a special “Lunch and Learn” session to engage Skyline College students beyond the classroom to learn about the many innovative and high-wage career opportunities first-hand from industry.  Andrea Vizenor, Director for the Center for Career and Workforce Programs, invited author Toby Freedman as the special guest speaker. Freedman is a life science recruiter and career development expert.  She is president of Synapsis Search, a company focused on research and development and business recruiting for small and emerging life science companies.

Freedman facilitated a career conversation on the life science industry and shared an overview of her book “Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development”. This book is an essential guide for science graduates and medical, business, legal, high tech or engineering pathway students.

In this session Freedman provided a comprehensive day-to-day look of the industry and her systematic overview of careers ranging from services, research and development (R&D), operations, and commercial operations – showing students that there are more careers in the biotechnology and drug development industry beyond lab work and research. In addition, Freedman spoke on workforce readiness skills necessary to successfully enter careers in this industry such as educational requirements, soft skills and resume and job search advice.  Exciting topics also discussed included biotechnology and drug development resources, salary and compensation, trends, and potential career paths beginning with entry-level jobs and beyond.

The “Lunch and Learn” participants consisted of students currently enrolled in biotechnology courses along with other life sciences students. Those who attended also had the opportunity to participate in a book signing, network and receive personal advice with Freedman.  Students were highly engaged and excited with the opportunity to build their network and gain such valuable insight.

A special thank you to Professors Dr. Nick Kapp and Dr. Kevin Davis for their efforts in recruiting students to attend and the guidance and support they provide students as they look to approach the workforce and their transfer options in the Biotechnology field.

Additional sessions will follow to expand the support students receive in resume writing, internship opportunities and job placement.

For more information about this event please contact Andrea Vizenor, Director for Career and Workforce Programs, at vizenora@smccd.edu

Article by Elizabeth Taban | Photos by Claudia Paz

Welcome New Dream Center Staff Assistant Pamela Ortiz

Pamela OrtizSparkPoint and Career Services at Skyline College would like to extend campus-wide introduction to a new member of the team, Pamela Ortiz. Pamela serves as the Staff Assistant for the Dream Center, which launched on February 1, 2017. She earned her bachelor’s degree in studio art with a minor in education from San Francisco State University. During her time at San Francisco State, Pamela served undocumented students in various capacities. She worked as the AB 540/ Undocumented Financial Aid Student Assistant and interned at their Dream Resource Center. She also served as a member of SF State’s AB 540 Undocumented Student Educational Equity Task Force and was the President of the undocumented student organization, Improving Dreams, Equity, Access, and Success (IDEAS). Pamela strongly believes in creating pathways and resources to support undocumented students and community members through their pursuit of higher education.

If you are interested in learning more about the Dream Center, Pamela can be reached at extension 7196 or at ortizcerdap@smccd.edu. Pamela can also be found in the Dream Center in Building 1, room 1-219.  Please help us welcome Pamela to Skyline College!

Article by Chad Thompson