Daily Archives: March 21, 2019

Nearly 1,200 Girls Expand Their Horizons in Science and Math at Skyline College

EYHOn Saturday, March 16, 2019, nearly 1,200 middle school and high school girls from San Mateo, San Francisco, Alameda and Santa Clara counties attended Expanding Your Horizons at Skyline College. EYH is a conference geared toward increasing girls’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers through hands-on workshops.

Skyline College hosted its 39th annual Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics. Volunteers from Skyline College and North San Mateo County Soroptimist planned the conference. Soroptimist of North San Mateo County provided scholarships and school buses for north county girls.

Girls came from over 164 schools in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties. 84% of the girls are in middle schools. Over 100 scientists volunteered to present workshops. Additionally, Skyline College students and Skyline College alumnae who have completed their baccalaureates degrees presented workshops. Skyline College faculty and staff who presented workshops and/or mentored students developing workshops include Yancy Aquino, Alice Erskine, Mary McKay, Nick Kapp, Chris Case, Jing Folsom, Elsa Jimenez-Samayoa, Safiyyah Forbes, Nancy Ruis, Jennifer Merrill, Ray Hernandez, Maryam Khan, Kylin Johnson, Emilie Hein, Susan Wu, Jeremy Evangelista-Ramos and Eric Torres.

The program is available at skylinecollege.edu/eyh. Another 70 Skyline College students volunteered to be go’fers at the conference to help usher girls between their sessions.

Vice President Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza started the day by welcoming the girls and introducing keynote speaker Zoe Zappitell, who gave an inspiring talk, encouraging the girls that they can do anything they want. Ms, Zappitell is a tech entrepreneur, formerly with Zynga.

In their workshops, girls designed a secret code, collected forensic evidence at the “murder in the produce aisle,” made lip balm as “cosmetic chemists,” “scrubbed in for surgery,” and learned the chemistry of magic tricks. There were 36 concurrent workshops for girls. Each girl participated in three workshops during the day.

Expanding Your Horizons aims to encourage girls to participate in high school math and science courses, provide role models for young women who are interested in math and science and provide support for and promote interaction between people employed by industry and education.

Planning committee members include AJ Bates, Shari Bookstaff, Chris Case, Kevin Chak, Gary Cheung, Stephen Fredricks, Jon Freedman, Mousa Ghanma, Ana Gutierrez-Gamez, Ray Hernandez, Kylin Johnson, Nadia Tariq, Kim Touneh, Alana Utsumi, and Marco Wehrfritz. Community members on the planning committee include Arlene Chang, Barbara Irli, Becky Lennon, Judy Lewis and Allison Takata.

Article by Christine L. Case | Photos by Andrea Caesar and Megan Scott

ESL Connect Open House

ESL ConnectOn March 25. 2019, the English Language Institute will be renamed ESL Connect to effectively illustrate the community and support the program provides for ESOL students.

The ESL Connect team consists of the Program Services Coordinator Mylene Foo, ESOL Counselors Kenny Gonzalez and Virginia Rosales, international student counselors, ESOL faculty and multi-lingual student assistants. ESL Connect serves over 400 students each year and provides exemplary support for students in the ESOL program at Skyline College as well as ELD students from local high schools as they transition to Skyline College. ESL Connect also works with local adult schools and high schools for intentional outreach to immigrant communities in North San Mateo County.

Twice each academic year, staff and faculty hold ESL registration day to help new students go through application, placement, orientation and registration in one day. Staff connects ESL students to a wide-variety of campus resources, including the Learning Center, DREAM Center, SparkPoint, Financial Aid and counseling to ensure that college remains financially accessible to all.

In coordination with the Learning Center, ESL Connect staff connects students to academic support with ESOL tutoring as well as grammar and conversation workshops. The staff and faculty of ESL Connect exemplify what it means for a college to be student-ready. Please join us in celebrating the transition from the English Language Institute to ESL Connect on March 25, 2019 and March 26, 2019 from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Article by Chris Gibson | Photo by Thet Aung

Nissan Training for Skyline College Professors

Nissan TrainingThe week of March 11, 2019, Nissan sponsored a specialized program to teach the trainer for Nissan Technical Training Academy (NTTA) and Infinity Technical Training Academy (ITTA) schools. This took place at their main training facility in Franklin, Tennessee.

Program coordinator and professor Tom Broxholm along with professor Ruben Parra participated along with 28 other professors from across the country who are in the NTTA and ITTA program. Our partnership with Nissan provides our students with advantages such as access to on-line technical training, internships and a tuition reimbursement program up to $6000. This is a fantastic opportunity for our students and our Automotive Technology program.

Some of the specialized training involved fully electric vehicles, variable compression engines and semi-autonomous self-steering systems. The training also included technology that can prevent accidents such as blind spot detection and automatic braking systems.

Nissan of America has committed tremendous resources to this program and we are proud to be part of it. More information about the NTTA/ITTA program can be found at: nissantechacademy.com.

Article by Thomas G. Broxholm