Daily Archives: January 19, 2018

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 (d.school) where she co-teaches Hacking Your Innovation Mindset and the d.school 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/design-thinking-deep-dive-tickets-41323529790. For more information please contact Andrea Vizenor, Director for Career and Workforce Programs, at vizenora@smccd.edu.

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.