wrcbaa On Saturday, October 10, 2015, Skyline College hosted the 5th annual Western Region Council on Black American Affairs (WRCBAA) Community College Career Institute. The purpose of the event was to open the doors of higher education to a more diverse group of qualified professionals. The purpose of the institute is to foster dialogue and action that can lead to the improvement of the educational landscape of our college communities. The focus of the day was navigating the hiring system from the application process, through the interview and finally landing the job!

wrcbaaThe WRCBAA must also thank our host, mistress of ceremonies and Skyline College President, Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud for allowing us not only to dream but to actualize the goals of the organization. We had an extremely impactful day with our guest keynote, Dr. Shaun McKay, President of Suffolk County Community College in Seldon, New York. In attendance were Dr. Jowell Laguerre, newly appointed Chancellor of Peralta Community College District and Dr. Marian Shivers, Dean, Leadership Development Institute for the NCBAA. Panelists came from New York, Georgia, Washington, Arizona and California to impart their knowledge and experience.

The event would not have been possible without the sponsorship of San Mateo County Community College District, Skyline College, College of San Mateo, Canada College, Sacramento City College, Chabot College, College of Alameda, Merritt College, Maricopa County Community College and the team of volunteers from Skyline College.

Article by Dr. Tammy Robinson | Photos by Randolph Belle