MSOP ParticipantsThe Middle School Outreach Project (MSOP) was founded four years ago with the goal of exposing middle school students to college and careers beyond their scope at a young age.  The project also seeks to provide information about college and financial aid to parents in order to foster and support their development as educational advocates for their child.

Throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, the MSOP Team has worked closely with forty 8th grade middle school participants from Parkway Heights Middle School and approximately forty-five former MSOP participants currently in 9th, 10th, and 11th grade at South San Francisco High School.

On Friday, February 26, 2016, the College hosted the Middle School Outreach Project Student Conference at Skyline College for forty participating middle school students and staff.  During the conference, students toured the campus and visited various CTE labs, including Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology, Cosmetology, and Automotive Technology.

Students visited the soccer field and spoke with former Skyline College soccer players about their experiences as student athletes.  In addition, middle school students attended a financial aid presentation led by Jocelyn Vila and experienced a college class firsthand!

The conference concluded with a dynamic college panel comprised of current and former Skyline College students who eagerly shared their personal experiences in college and offered words of encouragements for our middle schoolers.

The conference was a tremendous success, which served to instill motivation and the desire to attend college among participants.

Article by Jessica Lopez | Photo by TRiO Student