Monthly Archives: August 2017

Skyline College Promise Update

Promise studentsThe inaugural Skyline College Promise Scholars Program launched fall 2016 with a 138 recipients. In its second year we have already awarded 250 scholarships.

The Skyline College Promise Scholars Program takes a comprehensive approach to student success by providing a dedicated counselor, lending library for required text books and materials, and financial support for student fees. The projected cost for the second year of the program will be approximately 300k.

The dedicated counselor will provide proactive support to each student as well as connect them to a wide range of existing campus support services. In addition to the covered fees below, we have created a Lending Library where students will be loaned (at no cost) required text books and materials.

Skyline College Promise Scholarship Overview

The Skyline College Promise Scholarship is available to high school graduates and students who recently completed their GED or Adult Education program after December 1, 2016 and who enroll at Skyline College full-time and plan to earn a certificate or degree. The Scholarship supports the College’s Promise to help students “Get in, Get through, and Graduate…on time!” by making college more affordable and ensuring that higher education is achievable for all members of our community. Recipients receive a waiver covering all enrollment fees for any gap left after applying your financial aid award

The Promise Scholars Program Includes:

  • Coverage of the below fees:
    • Enrollment Fees
    • Health Fee
    • Student Rep Fee
    • Student Union Fee
    • Student Body Fee

Note: Fees are covered for Skyline College fees only

  • Lending Library access
  • Dedicated Counseling support

What are my responsibilities as a participant?

Participants in the Promise Scholars Program must agree to:

  • Enroll full time (minimum 12 units) for fall and spring terms only.
  • Maintain academic progress, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, and a completion rate of above 50%.
  • Declare a major by the start of the spring 2017 semester.
  • Complete a comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP) by start of the spring 2017 semester.
  • Meet with Skyline College Promise Scholars Program Counselor once in both fall and spring semester.

Article by Will Minnich

Study Abroad Students Receive $29,500 in Government Funding for 2016-2017

The San Mateo County Community College District Study Abroad Program, housed at Skyline College, has made significant strides in the increase of scholarships from the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Gilman scholars are low- income Federal Pell Grant recipients from diverse backgrounds and do not have the financial means to afford to study abroad. The majority of recipients and amount of funding in the academic year 2016 -17 went to Skyline College with $15,500 in funding, followed by Cañada College with $8,500 and College of San Mateo with $5,500 in funding.

The Study Abroad Program continues to educate all students eligible for the Gilman scholarship to apply for the scholarship opportunity and maintain a partnership with the Gilman scholarship. Zaid Ghori, Director of Special International Programs and Emma Briones, Program Services Coordinator, from the Global Learning Programs and Services Division have volunteered and served on the Gilman Scholarship Selection Committee to review over 150 applications from students who have applied around the country.

SMCCCD Study Abroad is housed in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College. For questions about the Gilman Scholarship Program and the Study Abroad Program, please contact Zaid Ghori at (650) 738-7098 or ghoriz@smccd.edu.

Article by Zaid K. Ghori

Bay Area Entrepreneur Center Transitions

The Bay Area Entrepreneur Center (BAEC) has transitioned from the Global Learning Programs and Services Division to the Business, Education & Professional Programs Division – and will be specifically linked with the Center for Career & Workforce Development (CWD).

“This transition is going to create even stronger connections for students and community members to pursue their business ideas and entrepreneurship goals. It is part of the SMCCCD Board of Trustees strategic plan to strengthen program organization and community connections!” said Pcyeta Stroud, Director of BAEC.

By connecting the BAEC with the Center for Career & Workforce Development, BAEC will be able to take full advantage of existing connections with local business and industry, community-based organizations, and governmental agencies to connect entrepreneurs with the resources and relationships they need to succeed.

The CWD also works with business to provide customized training and education solutions for both credit and not for-credit on-site workforce preparation and development needs. The CWD is responsible for coordinating the delivery of contracted credit and not-for-credit courses, associated services, and programs requested by business, industry, governmental or community agencies. BAEC is uniquely situated to benefit from, and enhance these community connections.

Article by Connor Fitzpatrick

SparkPoint at Skyline College Client Celebration

Sparkpoint studentsSparkPoint at Skyline College continues to promote its financial capability and support services model around the San Francisco Bay Area and across the country. Select community college administrators toured SparkPoint this year, including a delegation from South African technical colleges who wanted to learn more about SparkPoint’s bundled service approach. In addition to these site visits, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office invited SparkPoint at Skyline College to present for dozens of colleges at their Financial Wellness Initiative Kick-off titled, The Role of Financial Well-Being in Student Success.

Owing to SparkPoint’s development and implementation of the Secured Credit Builder Program, Achieving the Dream (ATD) – the  national, nonprofit leader in championing evidence-based institutional improvement – selected Skyline College to host a financial prototypes convening, which brought together 15 colleges from across the nation that have launched innovative approaches to supporting financial capability for students.

On July 13, 2017, the Second Annual SparkPoint Client Celebration commemorated the financial, educational and career achievements of SparkPoint clients, and invited others to take advantage of SparkPoint. Held on a summer evening for the convenience of students and community members, the celebration included dinner, music, fun games, arts & crafts, prizes, and more – imparting a warm, family atmosphere. The over 125 individuals in attendance also included faculty, staff, administrators and funders.

Crucial off-campus program partners such as United Way Bay Area, SF-Marin Food Bank, San Mateo Credit Union and Opportunity Fund supported the event by donating backpacks, flash drives and gift cards. Almerita Rout, a community member, also donated over 100 handmade cloth grocery bags for door prizes in honor of SparkPoint’s food pantry.

The SparkPoint Spotlight Award given to SparkPoint client Reinaldo Figueroa punctuated the night.  In his passionate acceptance speech, Reinaldo recounted his challenges as a student and veteran, and illustrated the role the Grove Scholars Program, SparkPoint, and Career Services played in overcoming them.  He gave special thanks to the staff members who worked with him to create a budget to overcome financial barriers and prepare for his career as a police officer.

Article by Chad Thompson

Building 19 Access & Parking Meter Rate Increases

building 19 access points mapBuilding 19

As part of our ongoing campus improvements, much of the area around Building 19, which is open for classes, is currently under construction while we expand Lot L now through November 2017. Below, you will find a map clearly marking entry points to Building 19 (marked in red) in addition to areas that are currently closed for construction (marked in blue where the construction fence is located). Please always use caution around construction zones.

We’d also like to remind the campus community that the Loop Road has been rerouted at several locations around campus to accommodate construction needs. Please be on the lookout for signage delineating detours near Building 19 and near Buildings 7 and 8.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Parking Meter Rates

The daily parking meter rates will be increasing this semester from $2 to $3 and the visitor meter from $0.25 to $0.50 per 15 minutes.

Article by Connor Fitzpatrick