SparkPoint and Career Services at Skyline College would like to extend an official campus-wide introduction to a new member of the team, Kathleen Velasquez. Kathleen holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She started her career in private wealth management, but switched to social finance and the nonprofit space; Kathleen wanted to apply her skills and knowledge to make the world a better place, rather than simply focusing on portfolio growth and seeking profit. To that effect, Kathleen served a term on the board of Latinos in Finance, a diversity-based nonprofit dedicated to helping develop careers for Latinos either interested in or already employed in the financial services industry. Kathleen is also involved in ThirdACT, PBC, which provides debt-free financing for energy efficiency and seismic retrofitting for small commercial buildings, often servicing lower income neighborhoods with older delapidated buildings that do not have access to bank loans to improve their properties. Kathleen has a passion for helping underrepresented populations, LGBTQ, and working class people find satisfying careers, and improving their overall quality of life.
The NOVA Job Center will officially launch services on Monday, November 6th at the SparkPoint and Career Services Center (building 1, floor 2). Program registration, appointment booking and workshop schedules will be made available on launch day. As a NOVA Coordinator at the new Skyline College NOVA Job Center, Kathleen hopes to use her organizational skills and networking ability to connect with programs on campus, as well as non-profit organizations in our local region, in an effort to recruit students and community members who are seeking immediate employment assistance.
If you are interested in referring any job seeking students or community members to Velasquez, please contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or, please contact SparkPoint at 650-738-7035 or at Skylinesparkpoint@smccd.edu (Room 1-214).
Article by Chad Thompson