students at transfer conference 2The 4th annual Transfer Conference held on Saturday, September 26 was yet another success. Over 130 students registered for the event and over 100 students were in attendance.

The conference is designed to provide students with connections to resources and support services that support their transfer and to provide them access to information about the transfer process. Through workshops presented by Financial Aid, the Career Center, and the Transfer Center, students learned about financial aid for transfer students, how to take their majors and transition them into careers, and how to have a successful transfer process.

The day started out with Student Panel focus groups where students had the opportunity to meet with former Skyline College students who have traversed the transfer path from here to their universities of choice. We had eight alumni join us as panelists! Students expressed that they learned from these panelists, like the importance of meeting with a counselor every semester and what student life is like in other UCs and CSUs. Additionally, students found the Financial Aid workshops very beneficial as they also learned of all the resources available to them and specific details about financial aid and their transfer. Overall the conference was informative and helped make connections to resources on campus that students were not aware of.

Students at Transfer Conference 1In attendance during our tabling hour were university representatives from Palo Alto University and San Francisco State University. Additionally, learning community and student support services from Associated Students of Skyline College, First Year Experience, TRiO, Early Childhood Education, Extended Opportunities Programs and Services, and the Career Center were present to showcase their services to students to help bring awareness to the various types of support students have to help them access the help they need to make transfer happen.

Overall the event was a success and some students who entered into our giveaway were able to walk away with college gear! One student, Anna Pastor, won a tablet that our Skyline College Bookstore manager Kevin Chak generously donated for the event.

This event was ultimately a success thanks to all the supportive volunteers, faculty, and staff who helped set up and participate overall in the event. We extend a heartfelt thank you to all those who participated this past weekend.

Article and Photos by Michele Haggar