On October 6, 2014 members of Fundación Televisa, a non-profit in Mexico, interviewed five of our 71 Bécalos students here on campus. The students were given the opportunity to talk in-depth about their experiences here in the United States and at Skyline College. The students were also filmed during their daily activities like studying at the library, heading to class, and mingling with their peers.
The Bécalos students arrived at Skyline College in early August and have been attending classes and participating in events on and off-campus all semester. They are here under a semester-long scholarship program, SEP-Bécalos. The Bécalos initiative provides need- and merit-based scholarships to Mexican students in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) programs at the Universidades Technologicas (Bilingual Technological Universities in Mexico). These scholarships are awarded to low-income, top-performing students, to study at community colleges in the United States. Bécalos offers an intensive, semester-long program that’s designed to improve English skills in core study areas and to enhance intercultural competence. As a stand-out, Skyline College was the only community college in California granted the Bécalos proposal.
Fundación Televisa is a social enterprise, who assists Latin communities in the U.S. via innovative cultural and educational programs.
The Bécalos students will be here until December, so please give our students a warm welcome! They are all great students, and are very excited to meet new people.
Artice by Liezl Madrona and Pcyeta Stroud | Photo by Liezl Madrona