Daily Archives: August 17, 2018

The Paralegal Program now has ABA approval!

The Paralegal Program at Skyline College is now officially an ABA-approved program!

Hundreds of hours of work and several years of work went into the application process and the preparation for the ABA site team’s visit. In Fall 2016, Skyline College applied to the American Bar Association (ABA) for approval of the Program. In Summer 2017, the ABA completed its review of the Program’s application and scheduled Skyline College for a site visit on February 19 – 21, 2018. In August, 2018, after a successful site visit, the ABA granted approval to Program.

While the program is already strong and graduates are getting jobs, ABA approval could provide program graduates with an additional edge in the competitive legal job market and raise awareness of the program among potential students and legal employers.

Many staff members, paralegal professionals, and alums have supported the Program throughout the application process. Their support and the tireless efforts of the paralegal faculty helped transform the Program into an effective one. We would like to thank College President Regina Stanback Stroud for her commitment to the program and for providing sufficient resources for its growth. Her vision, along with the dedication of the faculty, staff, students and community have yielded good results. In the words of the ABA site team:

“The Skyline Paralegal Program is an impressive program under the capable direction of Jesse Raskin. The Program is well-positioned in the community it serves. It has a dedicated, knowledgeable, and supportive administration, from the Program Director to the College President. It has a motivated, talented, and diverse faculty and an enthusiastic student body. Its Advisory Committee is very active and engaged.”

The Paralegal Program at large is thrilled with the news! We look forward to collaborating across the College, with our Advisory Committee, and with alums and current students, to ensure that we continue to grow and excel. For more information about the Paralegal Program, please contact Jesse Raskin, raskinj@smccd.edu or visit www.skylinecollege.edu/paralegal/.

Article by Maria Segarra and Jesse Raskin

SparkPoint Accepting Applications for Fall 2018 Grove Scholarships

Grove WallSparkPoint at Skyline College is currently accepting scholarship applications for 25 Career and Technical Education (CTE) students the Fall 2018 cohort. Grove Scholarship applications are available online at www.skylinecollege.edu/sparkpoint and are due by September 12 at 3:00 p.m.

Eligible students will be selected for the program based on three short personal statements that describe who they are, why they have chosen their career path, and why financial literacy is important to them. Academic standing and GPA are not a factor in selection, as long as the student meets the minimum requirement of 2.0 GPA and 75% completion rate. Once being selected for the Grove Scholars Program, students will receive individualized financial coaching and career counseling, as well as a $2,000 scholarship for the semester.

If you would like to refer a student to the Grove Scholars Program or if you would like a SparkPoint staff member to share scholarship information or other SparkPoint Services with your class or program, please call 650-738-7035, or email our SparkPoint Coordinator, Flor Lopez, at lopezf@smccd.edu.

SparkPoint is located in Bldg. 1, Room 1-214.


Article by Chad Thompson

Associate Degree Respiratory Care Program Conferred Continuing Accreditation

Respiratory AccreditationThe Associate Degree Respiratory Care Program was recently granted continuing accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The accreditation review included a recent, two-day site visit on campus. The evaluators were greeted by the faculty, staff, students and program administrators welcoming them to Skyline College’s amazing campus. During their visit, the evaluators toured the program facilities, including the classrooms and the new simulation lab. Interviews were conducted with program and institutional administrators, faculty, graduates, students and advisory board members. The program received glowing reviews and was conferred continuing accreditation through the year 2028.

Thank you to everyone who made the site visit a huge success, especially Nadia Tariq, Ray Hernandez, Brian Daniel and Dr. Taylor-Mendoza for their continuous attention and contributions to the program. A special thanks to community leaders, faculty, staff students and graduates who came out to support the program.

Article by Gretchen Keys | Photo by Ray Hernandez

Phi Theta Kappans Teaching Older Adults

Skyline College’s Phi Theta Kappa members developed a program called Computer Literacy and Internet Competency for Seniors (CLICS).

The research that the students did showed older adults can actually get some of the greatest benefits from computer use. The internet can prevent social isolation and provide mental stimulation. Moreover, people can remain independent because they can do many of their chores such as shopping and bill paying online.

During the summer, our students led workshops on smartphones, tablets, and computers for seniors at the Magnolia Senior Center. Our remarkable students taught their students in 11 different languages.

Article by Christine Case

Entrepreneur Spotlight

Patrice RobinsonThe Bay Area Entrepreneur Center is shining a spotlight on Patrice Robinson. Ms. Robinson is a beloved teacher of the Esthetician Program at Skyline College. She supports her students inside the classroom and beyond to follow their passions and career goals. Through leading by example, she instills in them creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit. She has participated in many of the events at the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center to gain more knowledge of business entrepreneurship for her students and herself.

Patrice recently launched her company Global Melanin, an African styled accessory business. Patrice and her mother make necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings in traditional African fabrics. Also, she has added colorful, African paintings in the mix which won a second place prize at Skyline College’s art Gallery. She has participated in a few vending opportunities at Skyline College and BAEC’s recent Summit that has helped her gain initial profits and more visibility.

As a business accelerator and innovative resource center, we work towards providing entrepreneurs the information and support they need to grow their current business or business ideas. We provide business management guidance, networking opportunities, one-on-one consulting, business workshops and classes, and facility space.

If you are looking for ways to help grow your business or business idea, send us a message at baec@smccd.edu or call (650) 738-7994.

Article by Jody Gonzales | Photos by Kevin Perez

How foggy is Skyline College?

Fog wasMichelle Huang and fog catcher an almost daily occurrence in the early years of Skyline College. Staff and faculty became disoriented in the fog and wandered aimlessly attempting to locate cars. When cars were finally found, headlight beams bounced off the fog. Cars formed convoys in the attempt to locate the access road to Skyline Boulevard. However, the USGS reports that summer fog has decreased by 33% over the last century.  

Working with Energize Colleges, our Phi Theta Kappans spent the summer measuring the fog. The fog catcher is on Building 4 and precipitation is collected in an attached rain gauge. Historically the foggy months start from May and end in October: Thus far was have had 28 foggy days with an average of 5.8 cm/m2 of precipitation on those days. The fog is 0.03% sodium chloride (table salt), about 100 times less salty than the ocean. The acidity is the same as clean rainwater (pH 5).  

In accordance with Skyline College’s plan to create a more sustainable campus environment, we aim to assess the potential benefits collecting fog water can provide the campus. We would like to find out if it is possible to reuse the collected fog water for daily purposes. The fog team: Michelle Huang, Gracia Trejo, Thiri Htun, Michael Wong, and Thanh Nguyen will continue their measurements and analyses through October. 

 Article by Christine Case

Equity Training Series Recognition Luncheon

ETS LuncheonThe Division of Student Equity and Support Programs (SESP) hosted the Equity Training Series (ETS) Recognition Luncheon on May 11. This program was the culminating event to honor the participation of staff, faculty and administrators in a seven-week teaching and learning experience with national thought leaders. A cohort of 38 participants worked collaboratively to develop skills, language, and apply theories about Educational Equity into their daily work at Skyline College.

The afternoon opened with welcoming remarks from Skyline College President, Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud. She commended the staff, faculty, and administrators for their efforts and dedication. Her message also reaffirmed the Skyline College’s unwavering commitment to excellence, equity, and social justice. She stated, Everything that we do is done through a lens of our values. We need to reflect on our own notions of power and privilege and have our own self-reflection to liberate, strengthen, educate, free the oppressed, and change racist and sexist structures that exist and perpetuate power and privilege.”

The program featured 15 presentations from the ETS cohort in groups of 3-5 and addressed a variety of topics from student-centered methods of sharing information (about resources, services, and programs), creating trauma informed spaces for foster students and veterans, to Equity and Implicit Bias training for student staff.

ETS provided a structured opportunity and platform for colleagues from different departments to collaborate on projects, ideas, and initiatives to remove barriers that impede student success. The next ETS program is scheduled to launch in Spring of 2019 and applications will be available in August.


  1. Walk in My Shoes: Bridging the Gap Between Student Services and Student Success (Grace Beltran, Jeremy Evangelista, Connor Fitzpatrick, Martina Goodman and Regina Morrison)
  2. Designing a Math Corequisite Model with an Equity Lens (Safiyyah Forbes, Jessica Truglio, Miranda Wang, and Rick Hough)
  3. Student Voice Survey Results (Jacqueline Honda, Rika Yonemura-Fabian)
  4. Cross-Campus Programming to Empower Student Voices (Pia Walawalkar and Rika Yonemura-Fabian)
  5. Finding Your Way: A Campus Services and Resources Solution (Serena Chu-Mraz, Alberto Santellan, and Marisa Thigpen)
  6. Social Justice Studies Professional Development (Nathan Jones, Mustafa Popal, and Rika Yonemura-Fabian)
  7. Creating Equitable Spaces for Students with Trauma (Tia Holiday and Gina Ciardella)
  8. Widening the Circle: Equity in Academic Senate (Kate Williams Browne and Terrence Chang)
  9. Equity: Designing From Theory to Practice (Carla Grandy, Jessica Hurless, Ricardo Flores)
  10. Equity and Implicit Bias Training for Learning Commons Student Staff (Kim Lim and Christina Trujillo)
  11. The Night Shift: Barriers to Educational Attainment in the Evening (Janelle Barbier, Jing Folsom, and Jess Grainger)
  12. Equity Training Before Entering the Global Workforce (Emma Briones)

Integrating Equity into the Esthetician Program (Patrice Robinson)

  Article by Katrina Pantig