Monthly Archives: February 2022

Save the Date: Two Local Events Recall World War II Incarceration of Japanese-Americans

During WWII, more than 120,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans were forcibly removed from their homes, first to “Assembly Centers” like Tanforan and Santa Anita race tracks, and then to concentration camps around the United States. Many Japanese Americans, including Bay Area college students, were never to return to their homes.

This year, February 19 marks the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the federal government’s order that forced the evacuation and incarceration for the duration of the war. Please save the date for two important events:

On February 16 at 6:00pm, faculty members Rika Yonemura-Fabian and Tadashi Tsuchida will represent Skyline College at a virtual screening and discussion of M. Matsuno’s First to Go, an intimate, inspirational, and emotional story of the wartime impact on the Kataoka family across generations. This event is hosted by the South San Francisco Public Library. Please register here:

Then at 3:00pm on February 25, please join us for Wartime Memories: Faculty Share Family Stories of Japanese Incarceration, also hosted by Skyline College faculty members of Japanese descent and Skyline College Intercultural Center and Library. You are invited to attend and connect for intergenerational sharing and discussion for racial solidarity at this link:, no registration is required.

Faculty interested in offering extra credit are encouraged to promote these events to their students. Please direct any questions to Prof. Yonemura-Fabian <>. You’ll find more information here:

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – G. Santayana

An Interview with Megan Chan, Honors Transfer Program Alumnus!

The Skyline College Honors Transfer Program recognizes and celebrates UC Berkeley transfer student Megan Chan, who attributes her success and transfer journey to many of the resources, programs, and services available to all students at Skyline College. When asked to shout out the places where she was involved at Skyline College, she cites, “the STEM Center, my counselors, and my professors were super helpful during my transfer process and search for internships! It’s super helpful to reach out and talk to people with experience, especially being a first-generation student!”

I had an opportunity to ask Megan some questions after she reached out to me about an workshop event that the Society of Women Engineers–the student organization with which she’s actively involved–held in November 2021, during the transfer application process. The event, “Engineers @ Berkeley” was offered specifically for community college students to receive personalized peer application advice for students of all genders. Because they knew how difficult the transfer process was, they hoped to demystify the process for current applicants.

JS: What was your major, and how did you decide on it?

MC: My current major is mechanical engineering. While at Skyline, I started off as an economics major, then made my way into applied math and undecided engineering.

JS: What were the most valuable skills you learned from the Skyline College Honors Transfer Program that you use and build on at UC Berkeley?

MC: Getting experience reading scientific papers and interacting with professors during the Honors Transfer Program was helpful because I did not know what the research experience was like prior to HTP. It also allowed me to explore different topics I was interested in, and apply knowledge beyond the textbooks.

JS: What were the most important steps you took to start your transfer journey?

MC: I was a peer mentor and peer tutor, which allowed me to work while being in school. I also got to be closer to the Skyline community. Although it was virtual, it was a great way to meet people and work together with staff and other students!

JS: What made you want to transfer to UC Berkeley, and what have you learned most about yourself since you’ve been there?

MC: I transferred to UC Berkeley because of the vast number of opportunities they offer! I looked into their engineering program, and they aligned with my many interests. Once I got accepted, I had already felt welcomed because their transfer community reached out. I also enjoyed the energy on campus when I went to visit, and the weather there is nice.

JS: What valuable piece of advice do you have for current and future transfer students?

MC: My advice for students is to be curious and stay hungry [for knowledge]. During my experience in community college, I went through a journey of self-exploration. Since I had so many interests, it was difficult choosing a single major. I still have many interests, and I understand the importance of intersectionality and interdisciplinary work. If you are interested in something, try to get experience, and ask deeper questions to know more about it! The possibilities are endless!

If you are interested in joining the Honors Transfer Program, you can find the application and other important program links on our Linktree. Students have until Week 5 of each semester to apply to become an Honors Transfer student for the current semester. For more information, please email English Faculty member and Honors Transfer Program Faculty Program Coordinator, Janice Sapigao at


Article by Janice Sapigao | Photo provided by Megan Chan

Internship Opportunities

Expand your network in ways that will lead to your dream job. The Career Readiness & Job Placement team is excited to share the following paid internship opportunities with you. Check them out—

Whether you’re interested in short- or long-term career planning, the Career Readiness & Job Placement team offers a variety of services and career readiness experiences to assist you with your specific career needs. If you want to work with a Job Placement Coordinator, please fill out this brief welcome form and someone will contact you soon to schedule an appointment!

Job Opportunities

How may we assist you in landing your dream job? The Career Readiness & Job Placement team is excited to share the following job opportunities with you. Check them out—

Whether you’re interested in short- or long-term career planning, the Career Readiness & Job Placement team offers a variety of services and career readiness experiences to assist you with your specific career needs. If you want to work with a Job Placement Coordinator, please fill out this brief welcome form and someone will contact you soon to schedule an appointment!

Skyline Drive-Thru Community Market Largest in Silicon Valley!

This past week marked the 70th Skyline College Free Drive-Thru Community Market! At this most recent weekly grocery distribution event we served 987 families (down from 1,015 families from the previous week).  We are now officially the largest grocery distribution partner of Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, which means that we are currently distributing more groceries than any other site in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties!

Our distribution is a collaboration between the SparkPoint program, Public Safety and Facilities teams, but we couldn’t do it without the consistent support of student and community volunteers. Volunteer support is crucial to provide this support to our community and we are still seeking volunteers each week! If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up through the Second Harvest Food Bank website.

Be advised: Lot C and Lot F will continue to be closed in order to host the Skyline College Free Community Market.

Every week each household or family receives almost 50 lbs. of groceries, including milk, eggs, pasta, rice, fresh produce, canned goods and dry goods, as well as a protein item (ham, chicken, turkey, etc.).  Second Harvest Food Bank calculates that over 2.9 million pounds of groceries have been distributed since our program started in September 2020 and that we have offset over $5.3 million in grocery costs for the most at-risk members of our local community. A special thanks goes to SMCCCD employees from SparkPoint, Public Safety, and Facilities, as well as the wonderful volunteers who make this event possible every week.

This event is held at Skyline College every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. and has been extended through May 2022. All staff, volunteers and participants adhere to all COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols at all times.

  • Only drive-thru pickups will be served
  • All participants must remain in their cars at all times and wear a mask
  • Open to students and the community
  • No I.D required to pick up food
  • Please call (650) 738-7970 for weather and air quality closure updates
  • Please use Skyline Blvd. entrance (turn left and enter Lot C)

If you have any questions please email us at

Article by Chad Thompson

Counseling 101 Returns for International Students

Counseling 101: Preparation for College for International Students has returned for the first time in two years! The course was originally developed to help new international students transition smoothly into college life by providing an introductory overview of the higher education system and the major selection and career exploration processes as they relate to developing educational goals. Students learn about Skyline College’s educational programs and services, academic survival skills and awareness of personal development, as well as additional tools and information for successful navigation at Skyline College.

The two-day class was a full house with a total of 34 students enrolled. Course instructor and International Student Counselor Carlos Romero commented, “This is the best counseling class I have ever taught! The students are very engaged!” During the class, students learned about the U.S. higher education system, American classroom expectations and immigration regulations as an F-1 international student. Additionally, the students were introduced to the idea of student equity. Allen Ocampo, Program Services Coordinator for the Office of Student Equity and Support, facilitated the conversation as a guest speaker. Not only were the students introduced to the notion of equity, but the dialogue also helped them open up and feel more comfortable with one another. A student from Colombia said, “I feel good. I am normally shy but I was able to open up (during the small group discussion)”. Another student from Myanmar noted, “I don’t feel alone anymore”. Hearing such students’ comments, Allen reminded the students how “we are more connected than we think we are.”

The course provided an excellent opportunity for new international students to make friends and build a community at Skyline College. The International Students Program (ISP) provides services and programs for international students as well as for the entire Skyline College community. If you are interested in learning more about future ISP programs and events, contact ISP office at

Article and photo by Chikako Walker

Workshop: Managing Stress in Higher Ed During a Pandemic

Workshop: Managing Stress in Higher Ed During a Pandemic

February 8, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

April 26, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Take a breather and learn how and why to manage your stress.  Counseling, EOPS/CARE, CalWORKS, the Guardian Scholars Program, the DREAM Center, and the Student Equity and Support Programs Division (SESP) have partnered to offer you a two-part workshop with activities and exercises ranging from interactive to reflective to help you tune into yourself and manage your stress better.

The workshops will be offered in a hybrid modality, hosted in the Intercultural Center (Building 4, Room 4-240) and simultaneously on Zoom.  All students and faculty/staff are welcome to join!

Please click on the links below to register for the online Zoom sessions:

Feb 8 @ 12PM-1PM

April 26 12PM-1PM

Please contact Karmann Robbins if you have questions; otherwise, we hope to see you there!

COVID-19 Protocols & Procedures


SMCCCD’s COVID-19 protocols and procedures align with the health and safety standards set by the San Mateo County Health Department. Staff and faculty should not establish additional standards beyond those prescribed by our COVID-19 Program Prevention Plan.



The health guidance for exposure self-assessment procedures and isolation directives have been modified as of January 31st. Key updates include:

  • If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive, follow self-assessment guidance for exposure. Reporting to the COVID-19 Health Officer is not necessary.
  • Isolation directed individuals can be released at 5 days if:
    • A negative antigen test is achieved and reported to COVID-19 Health Officer, and
    • Confirmation of resolved or improved symptom and no fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medication
  • Isolation directed individuals are automatically released at 10 days when:
    • Completion of isolation timeframe is achieved, and
    • Symptoms have resolved or improved and no fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medication
    • COVID-19 test not required

To help explain the impact of these changes on the District’s processes, the District’s COVID-19 Health Officer, Ray Hernandez, shares updates about the District’s Isolation/Exposure/Quarantine Decision Tree in this video. You can also read the latest changes by clicking here.

Don’t Forget to Get Your COVID-19 Booster  

The Centers for Disease Control and San Mateo County Health strongly recommend (but do not require) COVID-19 booster vaccinations to increase effectiveness of normal waning immunity over time. The recent emergence of the Omicron variant further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19.


Where can you get your booster shot?

You can also visit MyTurn to get a full list of booster/vaccination providers.

For the most up-to-date information, visit