Monthly Archives: January 2018

It Is Time To Nominate the Classified Employee of the Year!

Classified Employee of the Year Award nominations are due Friday, February 9, 2018 by 4:00 p.m.

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors created the Classified Employee of the Year Award honoring community college classified employees who demonstrate the highest level of commitment to professionalism and community colleges.

Every college district is invited to submit a nominee. Nominees must be classified employees with a minimum of 5 years of service as a permanent employee within the nominating Community College District (full-time or part-time).

All nominees will be evaluated on their commitment to the mission of community colleges; professional ethics and standards; serving the institution through participation in professional and/or community activities; and serving as a leader beyond the local institution. A $500 cash award and plaque will be presented to each statewide recipient at an upcoming meeting of the Board of Governors. Anyone may nominate an employee consistent with the criteria set by the CCC Board of Governors

Each district is allowed to submit one nomination. SMCCCD is soliciting the names of four proposed nominees, one each from the three colleges and the district office. At its February 28, 2018 meeting, The SMCCCD Board of Trustees will select one of the four nominees to submit to the Board of Governors. All four of the nominees will be recognized at the District Board meeting.

The criteria and nominating forms are available at the following links:



Here you will find the guidelines and criteria form, and the nomination form. Anyone can make a nomination. Simply submit the completed nomination form in electronic format to Theresa Tentes at by February 9, 2018 by 4:00 p.m. The College Council will screen the nominations and select a Skyline College nominee in time for the agenda packet for the February 28th Board of Trustees meeting.

Article by Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud

Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Community To Start In February

The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) is pleased to announce that starting Feb. 14, they will be hosting a monthly meeting of the new Adjunct Faculty Teaching and Learning Community (AFTLC).

Led by adjunct English faculty member, Monique Iles, this group will serve as a way for participants to build community, discuss a variety of issues of particular concern to adjunct faculty, build pedagogy and practical tools for use in the classroom, and connect across disciplines. Meetings of the AFTLC will be collaborative and topics will be chosen based on member interest/feedback.

The AFTLC was created to provide a time, and place in which adjunct faculty, who seek more satisfying connections with their adjunct colleagues, due to their fleeting time on campus (and other factors), can build community, grow their skills, and connect with one another. Adjunct faculty from across disciplines are encouraged to participate and share their experiences. In collaboration with the Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning, the AFTLC has crafted a survey in order to gauge interest in topics for this semester’s meetings. If you are an adjunct faculty member who is interested in participating, please fill out the survey.

For questions about the Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Community, please contact Monique Iles at or Nina Floro at

The AFTLC will meet the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 3:40-4:40 in the CTTL Learning Space, Bldg. 1, Rm. 1-311F, starting February 14, 2018. Light snacks will be provided.

Article by Monique Iles

Skyline College On The Water

In May, a diverse crew of Skyline College Engineering and STEM Students will be embarking on the open waters in the Annual Sacramento Municipality Utility District (SMUD) Solar Regatta. On May 5, 2018 the team will venture to the Rancho Seco Recreational Area and compete in races against different schools of Northern California such as UC Davis, CCSF, and SJSU, to name a few.

In their spare time, the students have been participating in the Skyline Engineering and Robotics Club (ERC) where they are using Fabrication Equipment and utilizing the knowledge learned from their courses to construct an operating Solar Boat!

The competition is split into three sections where the overall design, maneuverability, and efficiency of the boat’s performance will be tested. Artistic appearance and team spirit will also be judged. The ultimate challenge will be the three races, which the boat and the ‘skipper’ have to perform. There will be a speed race, a slalom race, and an endurance race, in which the boat will run only on battery to test the design efficiency.

Skyline College has competed before, but never have they fully designed and manufactured a boat from raw construction materials. The work on the boat is entirely voluntarily and happens in the Skyline College Fab Lab. Students are learning the process of building a large and complex structure as a team.

A key element to this competition is sustainability; due to limited resources the students have to improvise and work with the materials that they have at hand. Following the team’s mission, “Building green, living clean,” the energy for the propulsion will be provided by two Solar panels, donated by SMUD. Together the students are improving their problem solving skills, tackling the constraints of a limited budget, materials, and time, which are all talents to help them transition from their academics to career.

Our team consists of ten Engineering and STEM students who have been working diligently since last fall on the boat. They have developed a CAD (Computer Aided Design) model based on an internet publication of a catamaran design. With this model, they designed the parts and toolpaths, which were then cut out of plywood with the Fab Lab Shopbot, a big CNC router. Those pieces were then assembled using a process called ’stitch and glue’, where one uses wire to stitch the boat panels together, and glues them with epoxy. The next step in the manufacturing will be the application of the composites on the outer hull to make the boat water proof.

The learning fields of the boat include wood crafting, composite layering, electronic circuity, assembly and sustainability. If you are interested in watching the process or joining the team, stop by at the Fab Lab in Building 7 (room 7-310)! The team meets every Friday at 2:00 p.m. For more information contact the team leader Mikaela Quintos or the advisor Marco Wehrfritz

Article by Marco Wehrfritz, Mikaela Quintosm and Maryam Khan

Introducing The New CTTL Library Collection

The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) is pleased to introduce a new collection of books for instructors.

CTTL has partnered with the Skyline Library to establish a new library collection that currently includes 45 books to support your exploration of best practices in teaching and learning.

We understand that teaching and learning is in a constant state of change, making it difficult for instructors to stay well informed of a wide variety of best practices and current issues in education. Instructors are bombarded with new and ongoing education jargon; student-centered, active learning, equity across the curriculum; intrinsic motivation, formative assessment, OER, and the list goes on.  Where should one begin their search for understanding the current best practices in teaching and learning?  Wikipedia?  We hope not!  Google Search?  Good luck with that search!

The CTTL Library Collection is available for faculty and staff to begin their search for best practices in teaching and learning, and a place to understand current issues in curriculum and content delivery.  The following is a partial list of books available for checkout from the CTTL Library Collection with your Skyline College library card (or Peninsula Library System card).

  1. Collaborative Learning Techniques by Cross, Barkley, & Major
  2. Active Learning: A Practical Guide for College Faculty (Weimer)
  3. Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers (Angelo/Cross)
  4. Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (Barkley)
  5. Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses (Revised and Updated) (Fink)
  6. How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching (Ambrose et al.)
  7. Civic Engagement in Higher Education: Concepts and Practices (Ehrlich)
  8. Assessing Campus Diversity Initiatives: A Guide for Campus Practitioners
  9. Teaching for Critical Thinking: Tools and Techniques to Help Students Question Their Assumptions (Brookfield)
  10. Design for How People Learn (2nd Edition) (Voices That Matter) (Dirksen)
  11. A New Way: Introducing Higher Education to Professional Learning Communities at Work (Eaker, Sells)
  12. Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies (Pacansky-Brock)
  13. Classroom Instruction that Works: Research- Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement (Marzano, Pickering, Pollock)
  14. Essentials of Online Course Design: A Standards-Based Guide (Essentials of Online Learning) 2nd Edition
  15. Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People who will Change the World (Wagner)

Visit the CTTL (Building 1, Room 311F), and check out the items in our new collection. Have questions, contact the CTTL at

Article by Jim Houpis & Bianca Rowden-Quince



Internship opportunities At BAEC

Each semester the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center (BAEC) of Skyline College recruits a new cohort of students to join the Internship Job Shadow Program.

We recently concluded our Fall Program, with a class of eight student interns. Students were placed in a number of participating offices and divisions on campus. Throughout the semester these students were exposed to a variety of career options and were encouraged to explore their career and educational interests.

Students in the program are provided the space to engage in real-world career experiences. Students also enhance their soft skills, learn how to improve their resume, develop their professional network and are referred to other career and educational opportunities. To date, seven students have been placed in jobs as a result of the Internship Job Shadow Program.

If you know of any students interested in applying for the Spring Internship Job Shadow Program, have them complete this application.

Spring Applications Due: Friday, February 2, 2018.

If you are interested in hosting an intern, or for more information please contact the BAEC Director, Pcyeta Stroud at

The Internship Job Shadow Program is supported by the President’s Innovation Fund.

Article by Terri Wade | Photo by Linda Truong

YouTube Hosts Middle College Students From Skyline College

Through the collaborative efforts of YouTube’s Tom Denton, Ph.D. and Wu Yu, Ph.D., and Dean Tammy Robinson, 75 students from the Middle College along with staff toured the YouTube corporate headquarters in San Bruno.

The first-hand opportunity to visit a film production studio, observe the collaborative work environment, and participate in a panel discussion with current YouTube employees to learn about possible non-tech careers at technology companies was a real-life eye opening experience for our first-generation students (80%), especially the young women (70%) and racial-ethnic minorities (90%). Students were then divided into groups to participate in a YouTube “User Experience” interactive research project that critique YouTube consumer products, i.e., YouTube TV.

Acknowledging the difficulty in recruiting high school age participants to try out new YouTube features, the Director of User Experience Research extended an invitation for students to register and be paid for their participation in future User Experience research projects. The half-day tour concluded with YouTube’s employees representing nearly every major and degree sharing a delicious lunch with students in small intimate conversation groups that let students ask questions about the YouTube’s culture, work environment and employment opportunities.

“I was amazed that there are so many different non-tech career opportunities,” Erik, a Middle College student said. “I thought you had to be into sciences and math.”

Article by R.W. Jones | Photo by M. Center

Design Thinking Deep Dive for Faculty

design thinkingWelcome back and we hope Spring 2018 is off to a great start! The Center for Career and Workforce Programs is thrilled to share, as part of the Strong Workforce Program, a highly engaging workshop series: Design Thinking Deep Dive. This experience is a partnership with SAP and Maureen Carroll, Ph.D. founder of Lime Design Associates and lecturer at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( where she co-teaches Hacking Your Innovation Mindset and the Fellowship Program as a Design Ally. Additionally, she is the director of Stanford University’s REDlab, which conducts research on the intersection of design thinking and learning.

Participants of the Design Thinking Deep Dive will mirror the teachings from the d. school which builds on methods from across the field of design to create learning experiences that help individuals unlock their creative potential and apply it to the world. This opportunity is designed to engage faculty in developing design thinkers to innovate, create, and act as empowered change agents to prepare and meet the challenges and opportunities of leading and learning in the 21st century. Participants will gain both an understanding of the design thinking process, build a common language around innovation, and develop the creative confidence to begin to apply the process to solve problems of practice within their school community and classrooms.

This extensive training experience will take place throughout February, March and June. Participants must take part in all dates unless arrangements are made in advance.

The Design Thinking Deep Dive will take place on the following dates, locations and times:

Design Thinking Studio Session

  • Date: February 8 and 9, 2018
  • Time: 9:00 AM -3:00 PM
  • Location:  The Bay Area Entrepreneur Center of Skyline College

SAP Class Lab Experience

  • Date: March 8 and 9, 2018 or March 15 and 16, 2018
  • Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Location: Mountain View, specific details to follow

Wrap-Up, Community of Practice with Lime Designs 

  • Date: June 5 and 6, 2018
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Location: Skyline College

To take advantage of this amazing opportunity please register here: For more information please contact Andrea Vizenor, Director for Career and Workforce Programs, at

Article by Elizabeth Tablan

Marketing Office Welcomes Connor Fitzpatrick as Communications Manager

Connor FitzpatrickThe Marketing, Communications and Public Relations Office is pleased to welcome Connor Fitzpatrick as the new Communications Manager. Connor has been the Interim Communications Manager since August 2017.

Connor comes into this role with extensive experience in web, communications, and public relations. For three years, Connor served as the Web Content Coordinator for the college, guiding the website’s transition into a responsive, mobile-friendly design. In that role, Connor helped to shape the visual and written online identity of the college and ensured that users could access the information they needed no matter the device they were using. Connor also brought his communications and design savvy to bare in the annual report, taking lead on drafting and editing content, and the transition of the print catalog to a fully online version. He has also implemented new software, consulted on marketing and ad campaigns for the college, and managed social media.

Prior to his time at Skyline College, Connor spent a year as a freelance graphic designer and copywriter. Connor also spent several years working in Public Relations at Burson-Marsteller, a leading global PR firm. Working for clients like Coca-Cola, Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson, and San Francisco International Airport, Connor led regional media relations efforts, designed and drafted annual reports, coordinated media trainings, and developed corporate messaging platforms, among other market research and PR services. Immediately out of college, Connor worked as a research assistant on the No on Proposition 23 campaign, a bipartisan campaign to protect California’s climate change laws from major oil companies.

Connor graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCLA.

Article by Cherie Colin


Open Forums for Vice President of Instruction Candidates

Skyline College is currently in the process of hiring a new Vice President of Instruction (VPI). As part of the College’s hiring process, we will invite finalist candidates to participate in an open forum where they will be able to present their vision for college.

This forum is also a chance for you to pose any questions, comments or concerns you may have to the VPI finalists. Below, you’ll find the forum details. We look forward to seeing you at the forum and having campus-wide involvement.

Open Forum Details:


  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018
  • Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Monday, February 26, 2018


  • Student Forum, 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Campus Forum, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Bldg. 6, Rm. 6-202

VPI finalist biographies will be sent in advance of the campus forums in February.