high schoolOn Friday, September 20, 2019 the Outreach Office hosted this year’s annual High School Partners Breakfast at Skyline College.

The breakfast attendees included 30 high school counselors, administrators, and district representatives from the Jefferson Union, South San Francisco and San Mateo Unified High School Districts. Representatives from charter high schools in San Francisco were also in attendance to hear Skyline College’s program updates, new initiatives, and intentional programming for transitioning high school students.

After a warm welcome by Dr. Angelica Garcia, Vice President of Student Services and Will Minnich, Dean of Enrollment Services, Katrina Pantig, Program Services Coordinator for Student Equity and Support Programs spoke about our campus’ efforts in how we are approaching equity, including equity related professional development opportunities such as the Equity Institute for external constituents.

Dr. Luis Escobar, Dean of Counseling, Advising and Matriculation, introduced the “Getting In” components of the college’s redesign which included the High School Liaison Program, the new-student counseling experience, and our annual Preview Day – wherein we introduce our Meta Majors to incoming students.

Attendees were provided with Skyline College reference binders comprised of information about our college, Meta Majors, degrees and certificate programs, campus resources, student support programs, step-by-step instructions on how to apply for financial aid, concurrent enrollment, and more! High school partners were also given posters to display at their high schools with this year’s upcoming events particularly for incoming students.

Overall, based on survey results, attendees highly rated the breakfast and agreed that it was “simply informative” with a 100% response rate of “very likely” to attend the event again in the future. One partner commented, “the breakfast was greatly put together and we’re so appreciative of everything that Skyline College does for their students”.

The breakfast agenda also highlighted the Promise Scholars Program, Financial Aid, Concurrent/Dual Enrollment, Career Pathways, our Disability Resource and Dream Centers. A special thank you to the Outreach ambassador team, facilities members, and our presenters: Ellen Murray, Suzanne Poma, Patricia Flores, Bianca Pineda, Kelly Li, Melissa Matthews, and Pamela Ortiz Cerda and to Strategic Partnerships & Workforce Development for graciously sponsoring the breakfast.

The next High School Partners Breakfast will be held fall 2020.

Article by Jeremy Evangelista-Ramos | Photo by Grace Beltran

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