Monthly Archives: December 2017


Please join Andrea Vizenor, Director for the Center of Career and Workforce Education to share your ideas as we begin strategic planning for year 2 of our Strong Workforce Proposal.

Additionally, it will be an opportunity to brainstorm opportunities for redesigning services and functions to greater support faculty in their work to advance career and workforce education on campus and increase career readiness and job placement opportunities

for students.

For more information, please contact Andrea Vizenor at (650) 738- 7124 or



Wellness, Work Life Balance and Relationships That Make a Difference

On December 1, 2017 the Career and Workforce Programs partnered to provide an exciting opportunity for the Women’s Mentoring and Leadership Academy (WMLA).

The innovative retreat was held at Miramar Farms in Half Moon Bay. The partnership retreat provided an opportunity for students who part of the WMLA to learn key strategies for work-life balance, personal care for increase opportunities, strategies for building effective networks and self-reflection that leads to finding ones purpose. Key facilitator Jayne Battey, the owner and founder of Miramar Farms led a series of highly interactive activities that expanded key skills needed to navigate a variety of decisions, build healthy practices that support success and team building.

Robin McKnight, Lead Chef at Miramar Farms provided a “lunch and learn” session where the women gained insight regarding healthy food choices, nutrition and lifestyles. The afternoon a panel of 3 women shared their experiences in navigating education, careers and adversity. Emily Ellis, a life coach also provided support across the teams of ladies throughout the day to enrich their experience.

A special thank you to Danielle Powell, key faculty leading Skyline College’s Women’s Mentoring and Leadership Academy and the Career and Workforce Team for their assistance with retreat planning, logistics, and coordination and securing grant funding to support this event.

Article by Alexys Burns Photo by Danielle Powell

Global Learning Programs and Services Staff Complete U.S. Department of State Passport Agent Training

Skyline College’s new Passport Acceptance Facility has U.S. Department of State certified passport agents who can assist you in applying for your new U.S. passport on campus. Emma Briones, Gigi Isaacs, Zaid Ghori, Kelly Li, Stephanie Wells and Alessandra Zanassi successfully completed the U.S. Passport Agent Training at the Philip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco.

The training is required for staff who will serve the community in U.S. passport application processing. As a Passport Acceptance Facility, we are authorized to receive completed applications for a U.S. Passport and submit the application along with all necessary documentation to the U.S. Department of State. The U.S. Department of State will then determine eligibility for a U.S. Passport and make the final decision to issue a passport to an applicant.

The Passport Acceptance Facility is a recipient of Skyline College’s President’s Innovation Fund for 2017-18 and housed in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division in Building 2, Room 2-352. The hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday. We also offer on-site passport photo services for $8 (tax inclusive) and two dedicated free parking spots in Lot D of the Skyline College campus.

For questions about Skyline College Passport Services or to schedule an appointment, please contact one of our certified agents at (650) 738-4252 or email

Article by Zaid Ghori  | Photo credit Emma Briones

New International Business Courses for Spring 2018

The Bay Area Center for International Trade Development (CITD) hosted by Skyline College promotes the growth of California businesses through education, training and business support.  We also work with local businesses and develop industry-sanctioned courses in Global Trade and Logistics to provide our students and local workers with 21st century skills.

In Spring 2018, we will be launching two International Business Courses for people who have an interest in international trade as well as for those who are already working in the industry.  These courses were designed with local businesses in Global Grade and Logistics that struggle to find entry level people with a basic knowledge of the industry.  Please share the information with your network and encourage anyone interested in taking one or both of these courses to contact us.

The courses are:

Global Trade & Logistics I (IBUS 100 – CRN: 45647)

January 16-May 24 | Tues. & Thurs. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

This class covers concepts that are important to managers who are actively exporting or importing goods or are otherwise involved in international trade operations. All relevant issues are thoroughly explored, including documentation, terms of payment, terms of trade (Incoterms), exchange rate exposure, international insurance, customs clearance, agency and distributorship sales contracts, packaging, transportation, and security issues.

Customs Brokerage & Procedures I (IBUS 102 – CRN: 46140)

January 17- May 23 | Wed. 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

IBUS 102 is an introduction to international purchase-sale agreement negotiations, use of Incoterms, foreign exchange and collections, an introduction to international supply chains and cargo transportation, and cargo risk management. The course will include: foreign custom laws, industry standards, leases, consignments, marine air and casualty insurance, and methods of transportation.

Registration is open for students and workers.  

More information is available on our website   – e.g. watch our cool video “What the Heck is Global Trade and Logistics?”  and our Panel Discussion with local experts in the industry.

If you are a Skyline College/SMCCCD student: Please register on

If you are new to Skyline College: Please contact us at to get started!

We will be holding a Student Welcome Day on Saturday, December 9th from 10 am to 4 pm.  To complete registration all on this day, register at

For any questions, contact us at or call us 650-738-7115.

Article by Lygia Isaacs



‘Tis the Season to Transfer!

On November 30, the Transfer Center was busy helping students finalize and complete their applications for transfer to both UC and CSU campuses before the midnight deadline.

Over 75 students attended Thursday’s drop in workshop that was held from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. The days leading up to the November 30 deadline, students nervously dropped in seeking assistance to complete their application as early as they could. With support from the Learning Center, students received one on one assistance with their UC Personal Insight Questions from the talented team of Instructional Aides and Peer Reviewers. The week was full of nervous yet exciting energy as students submitted their applications in anticipation of transitioning to a new campus next fall.

Since October the Transfer Center has supported over 400 students with their applications for both public and private institutions for Fall 2018 admissions. Although the system-wide Fall 2018 application deadline of November 30 has passed, 10 CSU campuses and 3 UC campuses have extended their deadlines for transfer applicants. The deadline is an opportunity for students that did not have the time to work on applications. If students are still interested in applying for transfer, please have them stop by the Transfer Center for support. Drop-in workshops are available in the Transfer Center (2-227) to help students with their application Thursday, December 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and Tuesday, December 12 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

We appreciate the work and time staff and faculty have committed to support students with their applications, not only in the Transfer Center’s workshops but on their own time.

Article by Ernesto Hernandez & Lucy Jovel

Study Abroad Students Awarded $31,000 in Government and Foundation Scholarships

San Mateo County Community College District students should be encouraged. The Study Abroad Program hosted at Skyline College has seen an uptick in the number of students receiving awards. The Study Abroad Office has adopted a very intentional approach and it is working. As a result of the hard work, Michelle Pineda and Elizabeth Flores Medina from Cañada College, Jennifer Campuzano from College of San Mateo and Zhuoying Deng from Skyline College are 4 of approximately 1,000 American undergraduate students from 386 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study abroad during the Spring 2018 academic term in Florence, Italy. The students received a combined $15,500 in scholarships. The funding is an increase in the number and funding of scholarships received by San Mateo County Community Colleges and the acceptance rate by the Gilman Scholarship Program.



U.S. Dept. of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship


Institute of International Education Generation Study Abroad Travel Grant


Institute of International Education Generation Study Abroad Scholarship


American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)


San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation


Total Scholarship Funding


Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies — making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) announced recipients for the Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants. Three students from Skyline College – Xueyan Cai, Angelo Domagas, and Pearl Ibeanusi and one student from Cañada College – Michelle Pineda – received the grants. Xueyan and Angelo received the grants to participate in the new Global Internships Program in Hong Kong and Singapore, respectively. Pearl received the grant to participate in the short-term Study Abroad course to South Africa to be led by Skyline College Professor Danielle Powell in Summer 2018 while Michelle received the grant to study abroad in Florence, Italy. The SMCCCD Study Abroad Program had also applied for the Generation Study Abroad Scholarship through the Institute of International Education. Hannah Dineen from Skyline College and Amber Myers from College of San Mateo received these scholarships to study abroad in Florence, Italy.

The American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) and the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship recipients were Michelle Pineda from Cañada College, Jodie Lewis from College of San Mateo, and Zhuoying Deng from Skyline College. All three students will be studying in Florence, Italy in the Spring 2018 semester.

San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) Study Abroad is the district-wide study abroad program housed at the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College. For more information about the program, faculty teach abroad opportunities and student scholarship opportunities please visit the SMCCCD Study Abroad website or contact Zaid Ghori at

Article and chart by: Zaid Ghori Photo Credit: Stephanie Wells

Wrestling Team Finishes 3rd at Northern California Championships

Skyline College’s wrestling team finished in third place at the Northern California Wrestling Championships on December 2, 2017 at Lassen College.

The third place finish by the Trojans was their best since 2000. Skyline College finished the competition with 102.5 points finishing 11.5 points in front of fourth place Chabot College.

Ramon Guzman (285 pounds) won an individual championship and Joeseph Salt (197 pounds), Josh Aceves (141 pounds) and Danny Borrego (125 pounds) each had a third place finish. Guzman, Salt, Aceves, Borrego and several other wrestlers qualified for the State Wrestling Championships scheduled for December 8-9 at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton.

Congratulations to the coaches and all the student-athletes on the team and best of luck this weekend!

Article by Joseph Morello Jr.

Men’s Soccer team finish a strong 2017 season

Skyline College’s Men’s Soccer team was ranked 18th in the final poll for Junior College Division III Men’s Soccer conducted by the United States Soccer Coaches Association that was posted on December 4, 2017. Skyline College was last ranked in the poll in September 2012 and has not achieved a placement this high in the final poll in recent memory.

The Trojans finished the season with a 14-3-4 overall record finishing in second place in the Coast Conference. Skyline College defeated Feather River College 2-1 in the state playoffs before falling to eventual state runner-up, Taft College, 3-0 in a hotly contested match.

Congratulations to Coach Gabe Saucedo and his student-athletes on a strong 2017 season.

Article by Joseph Morello Jr

Accreditation Writing team set for kick-off

The Accreditation Writing Team has been identified and the writers have confirmed their participation! We look forward to you joining us in the college-wide Accreditation Kick-off on January 12th flex day! Check out our new accreditation site, which is constantly being updated with the most recent information at:

Article by Jacqueline Honda

Holiday Dessert Reception: December 13

canapesDear Skyline College Community:

Please join us for desserts on Wednesday, December 13 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the Multicultural Center, Building 4.

As the year ends and many take time to celebrate the holiday season or simply relax and reflect, Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, President of Skyline College would like to express her sincere gratitude to the Skyline College family and community.

We look forward to seeing you there!