Daily Archives: February 22, 2018

First Northern California State Approved Anesthesia Technology Degree and Certificate Program Starting at Skyline College Fall 2018!

Skyline College will launch the first Anesthesia Technology degree and certificate program beginning fall 2018. There are currently ten programs across the United States. This will be the first program to offer a degree in this health care specialty in Northern California. Completion of this program will prepare students for the national certification exam and allow a professional entry point to the field of Anesthesia.

Anesthesia Technologists are an integral member of the anesthesia care team and work collaboratively with the anesthesia care provider. They work in various clinical areas to include operating rooms, ambulatory centers, labor and delivery, catheterization lab, intervention radiology, endoscopy, and other diagnostic labs and clinics. They provide patient care support to in all age populations and apply specific knowledge in pharmacology, anatomy, physiology, and principles of anesthesia.

Diane Alejandro-Harper is a certified anesthesia technical professional and currently serves as Manager of Anesthesia Technical Services at Stanford Health Care and is on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT). She is serving as Anesthesia Technology Faculty Coordinator for the program and has been instrumental in leading the development of the program collaboratively with health care industry partners and the Surgical Careers Center.

Article and photo by Diane Alejandro-Harper and Raymond Hernandez

Skyline College 2018 NCORE Delegate Applications Due March 5

In its continued support of Skyline College’s commitment to social justice and equity, the Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning (CTTL), in collaboration with the Divisions of Academic Support & Learning Technologies and Student Equity and Support Programs, is pleased to announce that Skyline College will be sending its fifth delegation of faculty, staff, and administrators to participate in the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE) from May 29-June 2. Applications are now being accepted from Skyline College employees interested in serving as part of the 2018 NCORE Delegation.

This year’s Skyline College NCORE delegation will include up to eight faculty and classified staff (four from each group). Conference Delegates will be selected to represent Skyline College as a team engaged in professional learning activities intended not only to transform and inform their own personal and professional practices, but also to encourage transformative dialogue and to engage in equity-based practices at Skyline College. In addition to being the fifth cohort to have the honor and privilege of representing Skyline College at NCORE 2018, faculty and staff selected as Conference Delegates will receive: 1) support for conference travel and registration fees (including Pre-Conference Institute); 2) reservations to stay at the NCORE host hotel, the Hilton Riverside; 3) ASLT/CTTL assistance with travel arrangements and conference registration; and 4) presentation slots on the “Power of NCORE Series at Skyline College” in 2018-2019.

Applications for Conference Delegate Participation are submitted to skyprofessionaldevelopment@smccd.edu by Monday, March 5. Late applications will not be accepted. Delegate applicants should review their application with their dean/immediate supervisor, who must then provide a brief statement of support and their signature on the application. Faculty and staff selected to attend NCORE 2018 as Skyline College Conference Delegates will be expected to: 1) complete and submit the attached Application for Conference Delegate by March 5; 2) apply for Faculty or Classified Staff Professional Development Funding, if available; 3) facilitate a CTTL “Power of NCORE at Skyline College” activity/workshop in 2018-2019; 4) complete a Conference Delegate Report Form detailing conference highlights; and 5) submit all additional conference-related funding, approval, and reimbursement forms, as required by the College.

For applications, assistance in completing a competitive application, and/or for questions regarding the process, please contact Nina L. Floro at 650-73-4414 or floro@smccd.edu.

Article by by Nina L. Floro



Re:// Fresh at Rock The School Bells 11

Re:// Fresh – Re:// Imagine – Re:// Invent – Re:// Educate – Re:// Claim – Re:// Mix: Rock the School Bells 11 around the corner! Saturday, March 10, 2018

Rock the School Bells is back for its 11th year with a new team, and a new approach to our conference, but still with the same legacy, heart, and passion for Hip Hop Education!

In this new decade, we’re bringing it back to the basics. We are RE://Imagining the foundations of Hip Hop and its impact on our youth. Today, more than ever we need to RE://turn home to the elements that anchor Hip Hop Education. At the same time, let’s RE://Fresh on the work we do so we can RE://Energize our students, our communities, and most importantly, ourselves.
We welcome all students, educators, community organizers, activists, artists, and all of the like to join us as we take it back to the foundations and essential framework on why it is important to utilize a culture such as Hip Hop to connect with our students, clients, youth, and most importantly – one another!

To register for the RTSB11 conference, please visit www.rocktheschoolbells.com and head to the “Registration” page!

A great way to see behind the scenes and network! We cannot be a success without our amazing volunteers. If you’re interested in joining the RTSB Volunteer team, please visit www.rocktheschoolbells.com and head to the “Volunteer” page!

Article by Kim Davalos



Skyline College Welcomes New Librarians

The Skyline College Library recently hired four staff members.  Pia Walawalkar is a full-time Librarian, while Chris Burns, Ramon Calhoun, and Daniel Ng are Adjunct Librarians.  All are excited to assist the students and to work with the faculty and staff at Skyline College.  Here are their bios and photos.

Chris Burns has been a librarian with SMCCC D for three years, and also works with the San Mateo Public Library. He has prior experience with the San Mateo County Libraries, the SFO Library and Archive, and the EPA’s Library and Archive. Burns lives in San Francisco and is currently working on an MFA at Mills College in Oakland, CA.

Ramon Calhoun received a bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Masters in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. During the past few years Calhoun worked as a Library Assistant at the Academy of Art University, and with Taylor and Associates Library Management. Before becoming a librarian, Ramon’s background has been in program administration, project management, and marketing/communications.

Daniel Ng was born and raised in the Bay Area. He attended the University of California, Irvine and received a bachelor’s degree in both English and Psychology. He received his master’s degree in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. For the past two years, Ng worked for the Fresno County Public Libraries as a Librarian creating programs, conducting reference interviews at the reference desk, and performing library outreach to the communities in Fresno County.

Pia Walawalkar joined Skyline College Library as Librarian – Outreach and Equity. Prior to this position, Walawalkar worked for over three years at Notre Dame de Namur University where she served as the Instructional Design Librarian. Pia is passionate about partnering with faculty to impact student’s success and fostering cross-campus connections to build and engage a vibrant campus community.



Hebei No. 42 High School Visit Skyline College

Skyline College may receive more students from an elite Chinese high school in the coming years. A group of students and teachers from Hebei No. 42 High School in Hebei Province, China visited our campus on February 8, 2018. Hebei No.42 High School is one of the most prestigious schools in China, sending many of its graduates to colleges and universities overseas. During the visit to Skyline College, the group had an opportunity to meet the College President, Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, as well as to see the campus and interact with current international students from China.

The visit was co-hosted by the International Student Program (ISP) and the College’s Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA). Hanqing Bian, CSSA President, and Sufang Tang, ISP Student Ambassador, took the lead in providing a campus tour upon the group’s arrival. The group was then greeted by alumni from Hebei No.42 High School, who are currently attending Skyline College. The group engaged in lively discussions that included CSSA members and ISP Student Ambassadors. They discussed various topics such as university transfers and student life and support services available to international students. Professor Hellen Zhang, Accounting Professor as well as a Skyline College alumna, joined the meeting to provide an introduction to the college. Students commented that among all three colleges they visited within the District, Skyline College is “the most beautiful” and they had the best visit at the college. We hope that those who participated in the visit will join Skyline College in the future!

The International Student Program is part of Global Learning Programs and Services Division. If you need more information, please email skyinternational@smccd.edu or call 650-738-7021.

Article by Chikako Walker | Photo by Wissem Bennani


The Skyline College Strategic Planning and Allocation of Resources Committee (SPARC) met on  February 8, 2018.

Comprehensive Program Review Process Update

Adam Windham, AFT Curriculum Committee Chair, gave an overview of the current Comprehensive Program Review (CPR) process. In the past, Curriculum Committee held the CPR presentations. Moving forward beginning this spring, the CPR presentations will be conducted under SPARC as part of the Institutional Effectiveness Sub-Committee. The Curriculum Committee will continue to review courses and curriculum as part of the CPR.

Budget Update

Eloisa Briones, Vice President of Administrative Services advised the committee that we would be notified of the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Preliminary Revenue Allocations from the District in the near future.

Strategic Planning

Interim Dean of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness Jacque Honda asked the committee members to break into groups and review our College strategic goals – what initiatives have been accomplished and which goals may need to be updated. The different teams gave input on these five areas covered by the goals — Instruction, Equity and Excellence, Facilities/Technology, Fiscal, Community Connection.

Next meeting is March 22, 2018 (Thursday) from 2:10 to 4:00 p.m. in Room 6-203