This semester, the Dual Enrollment Team of the Strategic Partnerships & Workforce Development Division has organized numerous outreach events, welcoming hundreds of local high school students to our Skyline College campus.

Among these events was a memorable visit from seniors of Galileo High School in February. During their tour, they engaged in an interactive lab session, extracting DNA from kiwis while exploring the fascinating world of biotechnology. This experience provided insight into the Biotechnology Manufacturing Technician Associate in Science degree program.

Throughout March and April, more than 300 students from the South San Francisco Unified School District and Jefferson Union High School District took part in mini-conferences aimed at enhancing their career and college readiness skills. These events featured a diverse array of workshops, including resume building, networking strategies, LinkedIn optimization, career exploration, financial literacy, and much more.

In addition to the workshops, the high school students were exposed to first-hand experiences through a student panel, as well as a staff and faculty panel. The two panels informed the high schoolers on the various expectations attributed to being a Skyline College student and the numerous opportunities available.

During Skyline’s College and Career Day on April 24, Career & Technical Education (CTE) students from Woodside and Sequoia High School were welcomed to campus. Following an inspiring keynote address by Rossmeri Alfaro, who shared her personal, educational challenges and triumphs, students had the opportunity to participate in mock interviews facilitated by adult partner volunteers. Afterward, they engaged in a series of dynamic and informative workshops, including hands-on experiences with circuits at the Fab Lab, demonstrations in EMT and Sterile Surgical Processing, as well as sessions on skincare, shaving techniques, and essential oils within the Barbering, Cosmetology, & Esthetics (BCE) program.

Here are some student quotes highlighting their favorite parts of the experience:

“My favorite part was spending time with my friends and learning about people’s pathways and the differences they faced. I also found it helpful to hear different sides of college and what many people have done to help others.”

“The workshops taught me skills I would not learn in school.”

“I loved the fact that we got to explore the campus while simultaneously making our way to a workshop.”

A big thanks to our many community partners, volunteers, student speakers, and student outreach ambassadors & workshop presenters.

Community Partners:

5 Buckets Foundation, LaShonda D. King (The Compton Counselor), Alfredo Rivas (SFO), Rebecca Molano (COMPASS Realty), Derick Lee (Pilot City), Aracely Diaz & Abraham Menor (NOVAworks), Jennifer Rockett (SSFUSD), Terri Carbale, Sarah English, Jeanne Enriquez & Kareen Baca (JUHSD), Leah McGlauchlin, Faith Velschow & Tiffany Burkle (SUHSD).

Skyline College partners:

Marco Wehrfritz, Shruti Ranade, Robyn Ledesma, Franco Deal, Grace Beltran, Ariackna Soler, Kerry Bahadur , Kenny Gonzalez, Alexa Moore, Laura DeKalaita, Jeremy Evangelista, Albin Lee, Sam Sanchez, Leah McGlauchlin, Cassidy Ryan, Alvin Macaldo-Gubatina, Patricia Flores, Andy Casas, Esmeralda Rodriguez, Annabella Raj, Ashley Elliott, Jasmine Jaciw, Nereida Angulo, Claudia Paz, Safa Zaghdoudi, Walter Manuofetoa, Darren McKay, Alex Fuentes, Alfredo Olguin, Lauren Ford, Alex Kramer, Lareytha Dillon, Hnin Win, Maria Di Criscienzo, Sherin Jacob, Yesika Wong.

Student Ambassadors:

Mika Yangco, Outreach Campus Ambassador, Vairea Samn, Outreach Campus Ambassador, Bryan Amezcua, Outreach Campus Ambassador, Kevin Mena, Outreach Campus Ambassador, CJ Dizon, Outreach Campus Ambassador , Florence  Thwe, Outreach Campus Ambassador, Sarah Ruiz, Outreach Campus Ambassador

Written By: The Dual Enrollment Team – Alfredo Olguin, Darren McKay, & Alex Fuentes

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