Monthly Archives: May 2018

First Annual Skyline College Common Day of Action

Around 120 students and staff participated in the first annual Skyline College Common Day of Action on May 5, 2018. Participants engaged in service learning projects at four different sites: SF-Marin Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Pacifica Beach Coalition, and Glide Memorial Health Clinic. The purpose of the Common Day of Action is to connect learning in the classroom with civic engagement, offering students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and become participating members of society.

The day began at Skyline College with breakfast and opening speeches from ASSC student leaders Amirah Tulloch and Alfredo Olguin, who got the energy flowing first thing before students took off for their respective sites. Two student leaders were responsible for each site, facilitating email communication, pre- and post- reflective activities, and providing support during the experience. The participants served in the following projects:

* At SF-Marin Food Bank, students sorted oranges and boxed canned foods, reflecting on issues of food shortage, poverty, and resource distribution of our society.

* Students at Habitat for Humanity removed weeds and spread mulch as part of a park beautification project in Hunters Point to expand community parks and gardens to make them cleaner, safer, and more accessible for everyone.

* The crew at the Beach Cleanup at Rockaway Beach focused on cleaning the beach and reducing cigarette butts, which connected to the concepts of reducing waste, buying habits, and attitudes about consumerism.

* At Glide Memorial Health Clinic in the Tenderloin, students assembled harm reduction kits with safe injection information and equipment to prevent repeat use and cross-contamination of injection equipment.

The day ended with all groups coming back to Skyline College for lunch and a post-experience activity, where students reflected on their service learning projects, the root causes of the social issues, and their role in the community as agents of change. Student Kristen Ersando, who participated at SF-Marin Food bank, emphasized that “this experience provided a way for students to critically think about these issues on another level and helped us realize how we can all contribute to our community.”

The Service Learning Community of Practice, which organized the event, would like to thank Amory Cariadus and ASSC, Alfredo Olguin, Jim Houpis, Tom Broxholm, and the Equity and VPI offices for their support and funding in making this event a success.

Here is a link to photos from the Common Day of Action:

Article by Serena Chu-Mraz, Rika Fabian, Carla Grandy, Jennifer Merrill, Mustafa Popal, and Paul Rueckhaus | Photo by Zaw Mint Khant

Learning Commons Welcomes Sherri Wyatt

Please welcome Sherri Wyatt, the new Instructional Aide II for The Learning Commons (ASLT).  In her new role, Sherri will collaborate with faculty and staff to create events for building community with our students.

At the University of California, Riverside, Sherri earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Creative Writing, making her the first generation in her family to earn a degree at a University of California educational institution.  Sherri worked at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) as an instructional aide for Disabled Students Programs and Services in the noncredit High School/ GED Strategies Lab, where students prepared for the GED or earned their high school diploma.  Her last role for CCSF was the Mathematics Department’s instructional aide under retention services in basic math — having one-on-one tutoring sessions and conducting workshops for math homework completion or test preps.

Sherri is excited to make Skyline College her home.

Article by Ramon Calhoun



Skyline College’s Learning Center Renews CRLA Certification

The Skyline College Learning Center has renewed their College Reading & Learning Association’s (CRLA) International Tutor Training Program Certification through May 2023.

Recertification requires an intensive application process resulting in a review of all aspects of the Learning Center’s training structure. Documentation of relevant materials, such as training agendas, orientation guidelines, observation forms, and interview structures were compiled, submitted, and evaluated for quality standards through CRLA’s recertification team.

Successful recertification was the result of long hours dedicated by Interim Learning Center Manager Chelssee De Barra and Instructional Aide II Christina Trujillo, assisted by LSKL 110: Tutoring and Practicum instructor Nina Floro.

In response to The Learning Center’s program, CRLA highlighted the following:

“This is a very nice program that provides a hybrid of course-based and online training that is available year-round to advance new hires. Of special note is that the training is conducted by both faculty and [tutoring] lab personnel.”

CRLA certification awards Skyline College Learning Center tutors with an internationally recognized certification that they can add to their resumes for future employment. This certification does not expire and, in addition to training students in the best practices and approaches to tutoring, provides Skyline College tutors with a means of transitioning to tutoring employment outside of Skyline College after they transfer

Article by Christina Trujilo

Internship Opportunities at BAEC

Each semester the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center (BAEC) recruits a new cohort of students to join the Internship Job Shadow Program. BAEC recently concluded our spring 2018 Internship Program, on May 17, 2018 with a class of six Student Interns for a semester end celebration.

Students are placed in a number of participating offices and divisions on campus such as Career and Workforce Programs, Study Abroad, Marketing and at BAEC just to name a few. Throughout the semester these students are exposed to a variety of career options and are 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, ten students have been placed in jobs as a result of the Internship Job Shadow Program.

The program was created because of increased difficulty for students to find jobs after completing their education. Companies ask for years of experience for entry level jobs and expect students to know how to work and conduct themselves outside of an educational environment. For three years, the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center has been working at rounding out this aspect of students’ lives.

This Internship Job Shadow Program, funded by the President’s Innovation Fund, has proven that students benefit from experience in an office and entrepreneurial setting before their education at Skyline College is completed. The Internship Job Shadow Program is a real world solution that can provide students with valuable work experience, soft skills, and networking capabilities. The program aims to help students develop the tools they need to enter into the career of their choice.

If you know of any students interested in applying for the Spring Internship Job Shadow Program, have them complete this application. Summer Applications Due: Friday, May 25, 2018.

For more information email, visit the website at, give us a call at (650) 738-7992 or come in for a tour, we are located at 458 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066.

Written by Eva Liang | Photo by Linda Truong

2018 NCORE Delegates Headed to “Big Easy” for Deep Dive Into Questions about Race

In collaboration with the Divisions of Academic Support & Learning Technologies (ASLT) and Student Equity and Support Programs (SESP), the Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning (CTTL) is excited to announce that Skyline College will be sending 9 delegates to the 2018 National Conference on Race & Ethnicity (NCORE) in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the end of May.

NCORE is the leading, most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in American higher education. “The conference focuses on the complex task of creating and sustaining comprehensive institutional change designed to improve racial and ethnic relations on campus and to expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations. NCORE is designed to provide a significant forum for discussion, critical dialogue, and exchange of information as institutions search for effective strategies to enhance access, social development, education, positive communication and cross-cultural understanding in culturally diverse settings” (  

This year’s delegates include five faculty and four classified staff. Conference delegates were to selected by the Advisory Committee on Employee Development (ACED) 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.

This year’s faculty delegates include Rika Fabian (Sociology), Nathan Jones (English), Pia

Walawalkar (Librarian), Tammy Calderon (Cosmetology), and Mustafa Popal (History). Classified staff delegates are Jeremy Evangelista (PSC, Financial Aid), Karen Dimalanta (Division Assistant, ASLT), Golda Margate (Executive Assistant, VPSS), and Mitchell Xiong (Staff Assistant, Library).  

NCORE 2018 will engage our delegates on nearly every social justice topic affecting higher education and the world today with more than 300 sessions and keynote speakers such as Dr. Joy DuGruy, Simone Sanders, Denise Juneau, Dr. Michael Benitez, Jr. and D’Lo. Additionally, while at the conference, each faculty and staff delegate will participate in a full-day, pre-conference institute on a topic each has selected:    

  • “Navigating Triggering Events: Critical Competencies for Facilitating Difficult Dialogues” (Calderon)
  • “Internationalization, Globalization, Multiculturalism, and White Supremacy: Examining Both Our Intentions and the Impacts of Our Programming” (Walawalkar)
  • “The Complexity of Student-Centered Work, Race, and Inclusion in the American Academy” (Margate)
  • “Intersectional Interventions: Supporting Queer & Trans Students of Color” (Evangelista)
  • “Fundamentals of Social Justice Education” (Jones)
  • “Not in My School! How White Supremacy, White Privilege, and Other Forms of Oppression Undermine Best Intentions” (Popal)
  • “Asian and Asian American Students, Faculty, and Staff Rising to the Challenge: Being Seen, Heard, and a Presence in Higher Education” (Dimalanta, Xiong, and Fabian)

In the 2018-2019 academic year, delegates will lead a number of CTTL Power of NCORE Series workshops and activities; facilitate ongoing discussions on NCORE-related issues specifically relevant to Skyline College; and apply NCORE concepts to campus and/or District-wide equity-related activities. We look forward to what Pia, Mustafa, Karen, Mitchell, Golda, Nathan, Jeremy, Tammy, and Rika will have to share with the Skyline College community upon their return. Let’s wish our 2018 Delegates well as they prepare for their NCORE experiences.  

Article and photo by Nina L. Floro

Learning Center Shines at 44th Annual ACTLA Conference

The 44th Annual Conference of the Association of Colleges for Tutoring and Learning Assistance (ACTLA) took place in San Diego, CA from April 26 – April 28. The theme of the conference was “The First Mission: Student Success,” which recognizes learning assistance programs’ dedication and mission to meet the needs of their students.

Skyline College was well-represented at this conference: Christina Trujillo, Learning Center Instructional Aide II, served as a member of the conference planning committee and as a member of the ACTLA Board. In addition, Learning Center Manager Chelssee De Barra, Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program Coordinator Timurhan Vengco, Instructional Aide Scott McMullin, and Basic Skills Retention Specialist Raymon Gutierrez attended the conference to learn best practices and innovative approaches for the Learning Center’s academic support programs.

Further, three proposals from Skyline College were accepted and presented. Presentations included:

* “Learning Assistance is Backwards…Designed: Adapting Innovative Training Practices to Empower Student Learners and Leaders”  Presented by Christina and Timurhan

* “From Paper to Canvas: Coordinating a Supplemental Instruction Program through a Learning Management System” Presented by Timurhan Vengco

* “Make Learning Assistance POP: Developing Professional Online Portfolios for Students, Staff, Faculty, and Beyond” Presented by Scott McMullin

Presentations were well-received and sparked lively exchanges about training student leaders, utilizing campus technologies to make our work more efficient, and leading academic support programs among participants, who included learning assistance professionals from the California Community Colleges, the CSU and UC systems, and higher-education institutions from out-of-state.

Next year’s ACTLA conference will be held in Las Vegas in April 2019. The Skyline College Learning Center staff look forward to participating and representing the college and district.

Article by Christina Trujilo and Timurhan Vengco


Financial Aid Hosts Cash For College

The financial aid office hosted its spring Cash for College event attracting over 160 students, staff and faculty on May 15, 2018.

Colleges across California host various iterations of Cash for College workshops and events to promote and increase awareness of financial aid to eligible students. The event included Jenny’s Churro truck which provided free churros to students who completed a survey regarding their current use of financial aid and to promote the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act application for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year. The survey also included new information such as the name change of the Board of Governor’s (BOG) fee waiver, now known as the California College Promise Grant (CCPG), which covers part-time and full-time student’s enrollment fees for the academic year.

Students were also exposed to the weekly financial aid workshops that assist students and their families to complete their applications and the federal work-study program which allows students to gain on-campus employment or with the America Counts tutoring program. The financial aid office intends to host additional Cash for College workshops in the upcoming 2018-2019 year for students who were unable to attend the event. For more information or questions regarding financial aid, visit the financial aid website.

Article and Photo by Jeremy Evangelista-Ramos

Design + Develop + Demystify = 3D News

The Online and Hybrid Learning Community of Practice (CoP) launched 3D News at the beginning of the Spring 2018 semester. 3D News is a Canvas course containing resources for instructors who teach online and hybrid courses. Each month CoP members add new articles and resources to this archive, then promote the content in the 3D News newsletter.

3D News highlights resources for helping students navigate Canvas successfully, creating successful video lectures, and conducting effective and engaging online discussion. New content will be added with the launch of the May 3D newsletter later this month. Ongoing 3D News discussion boards enable instructors to engage in interactive dialogues with other faculty members about concerns and best practices in the facilitation of online courses.

3D News fulfills the Skyline College mission of transforming and empowering a global community of learners by demystifying online teaching and supporting the use of the course management system currently in use. We look forward to exchanging resources and ideas to build a transformative environment for the professional development of faculty who teach online and hybrid courses.

It is important to stay on the cutting edge of best teaching practices. 3D News provides the magic you need to recharge your online courses and effectively engage our students in a dynamic and meaningful way.

If you are currently an online and/or hybrid instructor at Skyline College and want to join the CoP, or simply sign up for access to 3D News, please contact Kim Saccio-Kent ( or Christopher Collins (

Article by Christopher Collins, Kim Saccio-Kent, and Bianca Rowden-Quince

Find Your Strengths, Values And Passion with PwC

Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) has created an unique opportunity for students to explore a one day program focused on helping participants identify and analyze their strengths, values and passions to better understand who they are and what they want to do.

Students learn alongside PwC professionals who provide real life examples of how they have enriched their careers by aligning their strengths, values and passions personally and professionally. Participants left the Explore conference with a stronger sense of who they are, who PwC is and what future opportunities might exist for them in professional services.

Eligible students are freshmen/sophomores planning to complete a 4-year degree program or juniors planning to complete a 5-year degree program interested in the professional services industry.

Skyline College students selected for 2018 PwC Explore are Katrina Chaeng, Paul Dzul, Michelle Huang, and Justin Yu.

Article by Linda Whitten

SparkPoint Presents at Basic Needs Summit

SparkPoint played an integral role in planning and presenting at The Basic Needs Summit held in Sacramento, California on April 26 and 27.

Administrators, faculty, staff, an student leaders from community colleges across California came together to address the role we play and the collaboration needed to impact the alarming amount of our students who do not have their basic needs met. The summit featured a variety of workshops from leaders and innovators from across the state in which Director of SparkPoint and Career Services at Skyline College, Chad Thompson, was called on to present. Chad spoke about “Innovative Strategies in Taking a Holistic Approach to Overcoming Non-Academic Barriers”. The workshop was designed to educate on the challenges students face in the classroom when their basic needs are not met. He shared strategies to help students and their families overcome these barriers to achieve their educational and financial goals.

More than ever before, colleges are seeking innovative and best practices to address basic needs insecurity among their students. The California Community College Chancellors Office approved a new initiative that includes the formation of a workgroup to identify and share best practices regarding food, housing, and other basic need resources available to students, to assess gaps in resources. That group laid the foundation for what would become the Basic Needs Summit. The summit featured a powerful keynote presentation by Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, founder of the Wisconsin HOPE LAB, which is the nation’s only transnational research laboratory seeking ways to make college more affordable. She shared information gathered from a cross-section of colleges across the country, which Skyline College proudly participated in. She also shared information that detailed how the price of attending college is higher than ever while the average family income has become stagnant. Part-time jobs don’t cover as many costs as they used to and competition for these jobs has risen which negatively affects students with impacted schedules. California Community College Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley also participated in the summit and discussed the role that administrators and campus leadership play in addressing these issues and meeting the needs of students. His speech and attendance at the summit reinforced the position of the Board to engage issues of basic needs on campus. The San Mateo Community College District was well represented having staff and leadership from all three campuses, as well as the district office in attendance.

Students who face hunger, malnutrition, unstable living situation, or homelessness will struggle to reach their full potential in a classroom. Changing the way we address, interact, and intervene on behalf of these students can make a monumental impact in students’ lives and the lives of their families. We continue to look to improve the way we serve these students and remove the barriers they face to reach their goals.

For more information regarding the SparkPoint at Skyline College, the Food Pantry or the Benefits Office, please contact the SparkPoint at 650-738-7035 or

For more information on the summit visit

Written by Raul Amaya