The Skyline College CTTL recently hosted the first PIF Grant Writing Lab that welcomed campus colleagues to the CTTL in Building 5. The open lab was aimed at providing support to the campus community who were seeking information, collaboration, and idea sharing before the upcoming PIF grant deadline.

The event was attended by a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students from various departments across the college, all of whom shared a common interest in learning more and collaborating on their PIF grant application in support the college’s mission and vision. The PIF Grant Writing Lab provided the time and space for participants to connect with one another, exchange ideas, and learn more about the PIF application and funding in general from Paul Cassidy, Skyline College Finance and Operations Manager. A special thanks to Paul for sharing his insights and time with us while he gracefully listened to critical feedback and suggestions around the PIF process including specific requests around more transparency and an earlier notification timeline. Attendees had the chance to ask questions about the application itself, network with peers looking to strengthen their grant writing skills and find potential collaborators. The lab provided practical tips and guidance and fostered a sense of community among colleagues who share a passion for advancing Skyline College’s mission including enrollment recovery, improving the student experience, and increasing students’ sense of belonging.

As the college looks towards the future, there will continue to be many opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to come together and support one another in pursuit of common goals. The PIF Grant Writing Lab was just one example of how collaboration and idea sharing can help Skyline College shine.

Best of luck to this year’s PIF grant applicants, those submitting for their 2nd and 3rd years as well as previous awardees who are now in the process of securing support and funding to institutionalize and continue successful projects.

Article by Marisa Thigpen with support of ChatGPT | Photos by Marisa Thigpen

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