Daily Archives: September 17, 2020

Gilman Scholarship Advising for Students

On September 16, 2020, the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) Study Abroad Program hosted a webinar and student panel for tips on applying for Study Abroad scholarships, including the Gilman International Scholarship, a grant program through the U.S. Department of State that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad with in-person or virtual international programs.

The webinar recording is now available online. You can watch to learn more about the Gilman Scholarship Program and other opportunities for funding in-person and virtual Study Abroad experiences and hear from five Gilman Scholar Alumni about their experiences applying for the scholarship and studying abroad.

The next deadline to apply for the Gilman Scholarship is Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

Furthermore, SMCCCD Study Abroad is offering one-on-one advising appointments with students who are interested in study abroad. Students may schedule appointments at smccd.edu/goabroad or email studyabroad@smccd.edu.

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 ghoriz@smccd.edu or (650) 738-7088 or Stephanie Wells at wellss@smccd.edu. You can also learn more by visiting the SMCCD Study Abroad Facebook page or Instagram page @smcccd_study_abroad.


Article by Stephanie Wells

Small Business Week at the BAEC

Next week, the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center (BAEC) will join the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the small business community in commemorating National Small Business Week.  From September 21- 25, 2020, the BAEC will host several events and share valuable resources.

In addition to workshops, BAEC will host Small Business, Big Voices: How Businesses Respond to Change and What They Need Now, a live panel discussion on Zoom, on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Panelists will discuss personal experiences about doing business during a pandemic and share insights on how to cope and what resources they need to recover and stay successful.

To learn more about the BAEC business recovery efforts, please connect with us here.  The BAEC is a hub of resources for anyone looking to start and grow their business.

These events also align with the National Small Business Week Conference, a virtual experience highlighting recovery, adaptation, and innovation, sponsored by the SBA.  Small Business Week usually takes place in May, but was largely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Questions? Interest? Contact us at baec@smccd.edu, or visit us at skylinebaec.org.

Article by Nicole Moreno-Deinzer and Pcyeta StroudImage by Olivia Vialau

Classified Senate Executive Board (CSEB) Retreat 2020

The Classified Senate kicked off the three-day 2020 Classified Senate Summer Professional Development Retreat on July 27,2020.

The virtual sessions focused on self-care, reflection, courage, and mindfulness, which were reinforced by thoughtful messages from then outgoing Interim College President Dr. Jannett Jackson and incoming College President Dr. Melissa Moreno who acknowledged the importance of Classified roles and their impact on student success.

Gustavo Beltran, licensed clinical social worker from San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, and Golda Margate, VPSS Executive Assistant, facilitated an engaging workshop that invited participants to reflect on personal identities.

Dr. Cheryl Johnson, Dean of Student Equity and Support Programs, led a powerful workshop titled “Courageous Conversations,” which dealt with anti-Black and other forms of racism.

The retreat culminated in a self-care workshop with Michelle Batista, Director of Student Support, and Liz Llamas, Psych Services Counselor, wherein the importance of meditation and mindfulness was emphasized especially during these unprecedented times. The workshop included breakout sessions where participants shared challenges, experiences, and best practices for the mind, body and soul.

Despite the virtual format, each session was well-attended and included up to 30 classified professional participants.

Thanks go to Dr. Jannett Jackson; Dr. Melissa Moreno; workshop facilitators Gustavo Beltran, Golda Margate, Dr. Cheryl Johnson, Michelle Batista, Liz Llamas; and the Classified Executive Senate Board: Sherrie Prasad, President; Golda Margate, Vice President; Kennya Ruiz, Historian; Belinda Chan, Treasurer; Grace Beltran, Secretary; and Jeremy Evangelista-Ramos, Parliamentarian, for coordinating.

Article by Jeremy Evangelista-Ramos | Graphic by Grace Beltran

Kindergarten Supply Kits for SSFUSD

The South San Francisco Rotary Club, in cooperation with the Skyline College Bookstore, purchased and distributed 634 starter school supply kits and custom water bottles for the kindergarten students of the South San Francisco Unified School District and private schools. The affordable starter kit, filled with the school supplies that students need during this unprecedented time, was meant to help parents and teachers as much as students.  The project was the brainchild of Skyline College Bookstore staff who sought creative solutions to the many challenges presented by quickly changing school regulations and a community affected by a pandemic. The generous donation by the SSF Rotary Club was a humbling experience for the Bookstore team, which hopes to continue this type of work in the future.

Article by Amanda Bortoli

Internship Opportunities

The Career Readiness & Job Placement Team understands that many students and our community members may have lost their job due to the  unprecedented times of the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is our commitment to continue to offer information regarding paid internships and quality job opportunities that are available along with support in design or update of a resume, preparing for an interview and expanding one’s network to secure employment during these uncertain times.  We look forward to doing all we can to ensure students and our community members have what they need to get a job and continue to offer remote services and resources while the shelter-in-place order is in effect.  If one of the jobs shared does not meet your needs or interests please complete this form and we will reach out to you directly to assist!  Please stay safe.

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