Monthly Archives: January 2020

Study Abroad Program Hosts Over 150 Attendees for Florence Pre-Departure Orientation

NCSAC pre-departure TheaterOn Saturday, January 11, 2020, the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) Study Abroad Program hosted over 150 people for the Northern California Study Abroad Consortium (NCSAC) Pre-Departure Orientation at Skyline College. The orientation was in preparation for students’ upcoming semester abroad in Florence, Italy.

SMCCCD will send 21 students to Florence for the Spring 2020 semester as part of a cohort of 91 students from the consortium. Faculty and students depart for Florence on February 1, 2020 and return on May 1, 2020. Other participating districts include Contra Costa Community College District, Los Rios Community College District and Santa Rosa Junior College. The program is offered in partnership with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS). San Mateo County Community College District has participated in the consortium since 1986.

This semester, students in the program will have the opportunity to take courses in anthropology, English, sociology, political science, and history. Cañada College Anthropology professor, Jessica Marshall, will teach four courses in Florence: Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, Ethnographic Film, and Italian Life and Culture. Over twenty years ago, Professor Marshall was a community college student in this same program, and she is thrilled to share this experience with her students. Students enrolled in her courses have expressed excitement to immerse themselves in the language, culture and history of Italy, allowing the museums and historical streets and buildings of Florence to be their living classroom.

We want to congratulate Bella Marinos from Skyline College, and Nanci Garcia-Montalvo and John Michael Mendoza from College of San Mateo, who received the prestigious U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship as well as the SMCCCD Foundation for Study Abroad scholarship. We also want to congratulate Emily Cochran from College of San Mateo, who received a scholarship from AIFS. As part of their scholarships, they will share their experience in Florence with fellow students when they return to campus next semester.

SMCCCD Study Abroad is the district-wide study abroad program housed in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College.  For more information about studying or interning abroad, faculty teach abroad opportunities, community travel for lifelong learners, visiting international faculty presenters and student scholarship opportunities, please contact Zaid Ghori at or Stephanie Wells at You can also learn more by visiting the SMCCD Study Abroad Facebook page or Instagram page @smcccd_study_abroad.

Article by Stephanie Wells | Photo by Zaid Ghori

BAEC Workshop Series

BAEC content calendarThe Bay Area Entrepreneur Center (BAEC) has launched a series of free innovative workshops designed to help small business owners, entrepreneurs and members of the community interested in engaging in an online space.

This past week, the BAEC held Day 1 of the Content Calendar workshop, a two-part series that provides tips and best practices for effectively managing social media. Day 2 of the series takes place this Saturday, January 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the BAEC.

A content calendar is essentially a strategically created schedule for content to be posted to your business or personal social media account, website, blog, and email newsletter.  A well-managed and executed content calendar is an essential piece to effectively market your business or yourself.

Register here for the Content Calendar workshop!

For more information on our workshop series, please contact us at

Article by Chad Burnaw and Pcyeta Stroud | Photo by Chad Burnaw

International Student Program Hosts Its Spring 2020 Orientation

ISP Orientation SP 2020On January 7, Skyline College held its spring 2020 orientation for the incoming international students. The International Student Program (ISP) hosted the orientation, which kicked off with the Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza, and Dean of Global Learning Programs and Services Division, Russell Waldon, welcoming the students to our campus. Dr. Taylor-Mendoza spoke about how Skyline College has long been committed to inclusion and diversity in the community and how international students play a big part in that. Just this year, ISP welcomed students from over 20 countries worldwide.

Students started their morning by enjoying coffee and America’s favorite, donuts, for breakfast, followed by a meet-and-greet with the ISP staff. Moreover, there were some fun activities like a campus tour, live music, a lucky draw and a welcome lunch for the students.

On Day 2, students had their placement tests and test scores were released. On the 3rd and final day of the orientation, students met their respective counselors to discuss their student education plans and registered for classes.

We can’t wait to see our new and returning students on campus. Happy New Year!

Article by Umaima Ejaz | Photo by Nyi Tun

New Staff and New Club at the Guardian Scholars Program

Guardian ScholarsThe Guardian Scholars Program is thrilled to announce our newest additions to the program Jose Milan and Olga Novak.

Jose will be supporting our Guardian Scholars as the new Retention Specialist.  Jose is a Skyline College alumni where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and transferred to San Francisco State University (SFSU). At SFSU, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Latinas and Latinos Studies. Jose has experience in case management, education, student services, career services and financial aid. He is passionate about ensuring equity and social justice within the higher education system through student advocacy. Jose was formerly part of the Hermanos and Hermanas Learning Community, Puente, TRiO and also a former EOPS recipient. Jose started his journey at Skyline College as a Financial Aid Ambassador and served as a Career Resource Aid. He’s also done case management work with Transitional Ages Foster Youth at Edgewood Center.

Olga Novak, will support our program as a Guardian Scholar Student Assistant. She is currently working on finishing her psychology courses. Olga hopes to build more connections within the GSP community.

You can find Jose and Olga in Building 2, third floor, Room 2-321.

Lastly our office is also excited to share that we are currently working with our Guardian Scholars to create ”The Guardian Scholars Club”. The Guardians Scholars club’s main focus will be to support our scholars by providing peer academic and/or personal guidance to help them thrive at Skyline College and at their communities. The club will create great opportunities for our Guardian Scholars to come together and showcase their leadership skills.

Article by Jose Milan, Sharon Quach and Olga Novak | Photo by Heather Rojas-Everett

New Library Technology Promises Improved Learning Experience for Students

new tech in the librarySkyline College Library is proud to announce an abundance of new technology this spring.

  • Two new large Samsung smart signage interactive e-boards offer students a whiteboard feature, web-browsing and projection from mobile devices or laptops.
  • All students, college employees and community members now have access to OneSearch, our District’s new library search platform. The platform offers both improved academic content and a more intuitive research experience.
  • All 47 student computers have been replaced with new CPUs and monitors.
  • As well as other equipment, students are able to check out Chromebooks for three days (renewable), any time during the semester.

The Library is also pleased to take down the following barriers:

  • Effectively immediately, students no longer need library cards to check out books or use electronic sources from off-campus.
  • The Library has eliminated overdue fines for books in the Library’s circulating collection.

Next month, the Library’s instructional classroom will begin sporting laptops for a more flexible teaching and learning environment.

The Library will also begin circulating hotspots with unlimited data, allowing students to access their courses and electronic resources from anywhere.

These changes have been in the works for many months. Students can look forward to more changes planned throughout spring 2020!

Questions? Contact Gabriela Nocito, Learning Commons Director,

Article by Jessica Silver-Sharp | Photo by Sherri Wyatt

2020-2021 President’s Innovation Fund Request for Proposals

The 2020-2021 President’s Innovation Fund Applications are now available. The applications are due to Theresa Tentes in the President’s Office by Monday, April 13th by 4:00 p.m.

Don’t miss this opportunity to realize your vision for these special programs, services and events!

To download the application, please visit the President’s Innovation Fund Website.

Article by Theresa Tentes

Spring 2020 Internship Job Shadow Program – Spread the Word!

Spring 2020 internship flyer BAECThe Internship Job Shadow Program (IJSP) provides students opportunities to learn in a hands-on environment with resources to build their knowledge and their resume. This program is a way for students to experience real-world learning in a professional and supportive environment based on their Meta Major, career and educational interests.

The IJSP is actively seeking students for the spring 2020 cohort. If you know any students that are looking to contribute to a team, build their resume and enhance their soft skills, please share this information.

The IJSP exposes students to a variety of career experiences, including:

  • Career Readiness Workshops
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Soft Skills Training
  • Events throughout the Bay Area
  • And more!

Students can apply online!

If you are interested in partnering with the BAEC by having your program or division serve as a job site, please let us know. We would love to have you join the team!

For more info, please contact, or visit our website.

Article by Sarina O’Gilvie |  Photo by Ling Chien

Stephen Martin Crowned State Champion in Wrestling

skyline college wrestling championshipsSkyline College’s Stephen Martin was crowned as the top wrestler in the state of California in the 184 pound weight division at the California Community College Athletic Association State Championship on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Fresno City College.

Martin, a sophomore, cruised through the quarter and semi-final on Friday and Saturday winning his matches by scores of 6-0 and 6-1. Using a methodical approach in the championship match, he opened with a first period takedown and rode Jacob Annis, of Bakersfield College, the final 2:15 of the period. With Annis choosing neutral to start the second period, the two looked to see who would get the next advantage, with Martin securing another takedown with 37 seconds left in the period. Stephen ended the match strongly with another late takedown for the shutout win.

Stephen Martin became the first Skyline College state champion in wrestling since 2000 and just the fifth in school history. His aggregate score of 20-1 demonstrated his dominance of the 184 pound weight division. Martin’s performance carried the Skyline College team to a 16th place finish overall in the championships.

Congratulations to Stephen, his teammates and Coach Haddon and his assistants on an outstanding season!

Article by Joe Morello