Walmart eCommerce, Veterans Resource Center and Adjunct Faculty Engage at Bay Area Community Colleges BILAF 2016 KICK-off Meeting.

BILAF MeetingOn Thursday, January 27, Skyline College Center for International Trade Development (CITD) hosted its first Bay Area Community Colleges Business and Industry Leaders Advisory Forum (BILAF) of the year. Employers and industry leaders included representatives from the eCommerce, global supply chain management, law, workforce investment, and third party logistics providers. As host, Yvonne Reid, Director of CITD facilitated interactive sessions between the Bay Area leaders and community college deans and faculty from surrounding bay area community colleges; including Skyline College, Cañada College, and the College of Alameda.

Skyline College’s Veteran Resource Center’s Program Services Coordinator, Gina Ciardella, BILAF member, opened the KICK-OFF meeting as she described the center’ dedication to “ensuring that a strong veteran community flourishes on [Skyline College’s] campus…promoting superb support services for personal growth, development, and educational success.”  Gina expressed her enthusiasm as the group heard from GLPS division, Adjunct Faculty Special Projects, Clifford Moss, as he announced the development of new curricula and program awards that veterans, new entrants, incumbent workers, and executives can enroll. GLPS division adjunct faculty are in the process of developing Global Trade and Logistics stackable certificates of achievement and an AS degree that aligns with employer needs, U.S. Customs Broker License exam and Program Management Professional (PMP) national certification competencies. The certificate and program award learning outcomes will provide student completers with the foundational skills needed to work in the global trade and logistics industry; further enhancing the skillset of those who have served in the military and entering and who are currently working in the GTL field. “Once the courses become available, I am excited about the [prospect] of having Skyline College veterans students enroll in the GLPS GTL logistics courses, since logistics began in the military,” stated Gina.

BILAF member, Greg Johnston, Vice President of Trade Compliance, Page Fura, P.C.; law firm based in Chicago, IL, continued the conversation about the relevance of the Customs Brokerage license; sharing 2015 U.S. and global average salaries of associates (entry level) up to vice presidents.  The BILAF members and guests were further captivated as BILAF member, Cameron Wessel, Director of eCommerce Sourcing, Walmart global eCommerce, San Bruno, presented data about the state of Imports from Walmart’s perspective and the need for workers to have both a customs brokerage and program management skillset. Mr. Wessel confirmed how as a Walmart eCommerce Director; these certifications are valuable in trade compliance and logistics for the 21st century workforce and helps to close the skill gaps of long term workforce.  Dr. Tammy Robinson, Dean of Global Learning Programs and Services (GLPS) commented, “We heard you [BILAF members]…and our GTL adjunct faculty are creating the curricula and programs that equip our students with 21st century workforce skills to get jobs [in a highly demand field]; curricula and programs awards that you approved and support.”

The Bay Area CITD is housed at Skyline College at the Department of Global Learning Programs and Services. To learn more about upcoming events, services, and opportunities please visit

Article by Alina Din | Photos by William Nacouzi

Technology Enhancements in the Library/Learning Commons

Library CalendarSeveral new services have been implemented to support student learning in the spring 2016 semester.

  • Online Study Room Reservations: The Library currently offers six rooms for group study and collaboration. An online reservation feature has been added responding to many student requests. Using their Skyline College email address, students can book a study room up to a week in advance at
  • Open Student Computer Lab (5200A): In an effort to satisfy increased computer demand, the Library now offers student use of the Lab when not used for library instruction.
  • Computer Log-In Updates: To provide a better user experience, the computer log-in process has been simplified. All public computers are now accessible without a library card number. Students can choose from forty-six computers in the Library’s open seating area, and thirty-seven computers in the computer lab.

Thank you for helping share these new library services with students!

Article by Kristen Lee

College Governance: SPARC Meeting Update

The Skyline College Strategic Planning and Allocation of Resources Committee (SPARC) met on Thursday, January 28, 2016.

The committee received an update on the Governor’s budget, reviewed budget scenarios for the fiscal year 2016-7 (FY1617), and discussed the multi-year Planning and Resource Allocation process.

Vice President of Administrative Services Eloisa Briones noted that the Governor’s 2016-2017 budget proposal released earlier in January still provides additional funding for Community Colleges, but the increases are not as significant as they were for the current fiscal year 2015-16. The revenues used in the proposed budget were calculated before the Dow Jones dropped about 1800 points.  Since the top taxpayers in the state derive most of their income from capital gains, we may see a significant reduction in projected state revenues at the May Revise. The top 1% of the taxpayers generate half of the personal income taxes which accounts for about a third of the state’s General Fund revenues.

VP Briones led the discussion of budget scenarios for FY1617. Executive Vice Chancellor Kathy Blackwood provided a budget simulation for next year built on varying assumptions for changes in property tax rates, total compensation, inflation and the Innovation Fund, depicting Best Case, Middle Case and Worst Case projections of district revenues and expenditures.  Under these assumptions, Skyline College’s site allocation varies by about $350,000. Eloisa showed scenarios of expenditures assuming the same FTES goal and varying levels of load, compared to the simulated site allocations from the district. President Stanback-Stroud reiterated the college’s commitment to maintain access and effective teaching and support services to help students succeed. The Committee reviewed the various scenarios and considered the Middle Case ($38.6 million) and Worst Case ($38.8 million) Scenario allocations and projected expenditures of $37.5 million based on an FTES goal of 7,823 and load goal of 570.  The increase in allocation ranging from $1.0 to $1.2 million will allow funding for new faculty, classified staff, and administrators.  After discussion, the Committee recommended a tentative balanced budget that includes funding for new positions: 5 Full Time Faculty, 2 Classified, and 1.5 Administration. The President acknowledged the recommendation and noted that the state budget discussions are underway.  We will keep SPARC apprised of any changes to the state and district budget through the May Revise and the approval of final state budget.

Dean of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE), Aaron McVean, presented a revised Planning and Resource Allocation model that outlines the multi year integrated process between the regular planning processes of the college and resource allocation. Planning processes included Annual Program Plans (APPS), Comprehensive Program Reviews (CPRs), and Administrative Leadership Unit Reviews (ALURs), which are guided by the Mission-Vision-Values, Strategic Plan, and Strategic Priorities of Skyline College. Resource allocation encompasses staffing allocations and prioritization, budget development and implementation, and technology and instructional equipment funding, as well as any one time funding allocations. Next steps include presentation of the model to other campus committees and then another discussion with the SPARC committee to recommend adoption of a finalized model.

Next meeting is scheduled for February 11, 2016 at 2:10 pm in Room 6-203.

Flex Day Workshops Offer Professional Growth

Teachers at Flex Day Skyline College began the Spring 2016 semester with a well-attended Flex Day on January 19, during which over 150 faculty, staff, and administrators engaged in a variety of activities throughout the day. The morning kicked off with the Skyline College Promise forum, which included speakers President Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Sarah Perkins, Vice President of Student Services, Dr. Angelica Garcia, and panel presenters from a number of programs and divisions.  Following the forum and campus lunch, a wide range of workshops offered faculty and staff opportunities for professional growth in academic and student services areas, as well as information regarding college and district-wide policies and procedures.

Workshop presenters and presentations included:

  • Eugene Whitlock, Vice Chancellor of Human Resources—“Title IX Training”
  • Ricardo Flores, Instructional Technologist—“A Taste of Canvas LMS”
  • Melissa Matthews, DRC Coordinator/Counselor—“Autism 101”
  • Joaquin Rivera, Chemistry Professor/AFT Chief Negoiator; Kate Williams Browne, ECE Professor/Skyline College Academic Senate President; Joe Morello, Dean of Athletics, Kinesiology, and Dance—“Faculty Evaluations Training”
  • Soledad McCarthy, Guardian Scholars Program Coordinator—“Keeping Foster Youth in the Convesation”
  • Jessica Hurless, Communications Professor; Nina Floro, Professional Development Coordinator/English Professor—“Ready, Set, Go: Practical Strategies for Engaging Students”
  • Tom Maloney, Public Safety Consultant; Jim Vangele, Chief Public Safety Officer—“Classroom & Campus Crisis Training”

A review of Flex Day workshop evaluations indicated a large majority of participants reporting that they “plan to implement some ideas and/or strategies from the workshop[s] very soon.” As part of its commitment to the Skyline College Promise, the CTTL will continue offering workshops to support faculty and staff in their efforts to increase student persistence in the first semester and beyond. For more more information about CTTL workshops, visit or the CTTL office in Bldg. 1, Rm. 1311E.

Article by Nina L. Floro | Photo by William Nacouzi

Middle College Helps General Mills in Voluntary Recall of Cheerios

sf marin food bank logoThe Middle College at Skyline College students spend the morning volunteering their time at the San Francisco and Marin Food Bank which provides nutritious, fresh food to 225,000 individual every year.  According to the food bank 1 in 4 residents in San Francisco and Marin are in need of food assistance.  Their volunteer efforts were centered on the repacking Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios that had been mislabeled by General Mills in Lodi, CA production facility as being “gluten free.”

In a single three-hour shift, students formed work teams that removed the sealed packages of breakfast cereals from boxes, relabeled and then repacked them to protect consumers with wheat allergies, celiac disease or gluten intolerance.  As they removed cereal, they collected the redeemable coupons with the goal of donating them to the elementary schools they attended in the South San Francisco Unified School District.  Their team efforts resulted in the repacking of 6,212 boxes or 4,312 pounds of cereal to be distributed to food pantries, children’s breakfast programs and soup kitchens throughout San Francisco and Marin counties.

Community-service learning experiences are an important component of the Middle College at Skyline College. Students are expected to participate in activities and services that emphasize leadership development, service learning, and cultural sensitivity through real-time learning experiences. Community service experiences such as volunteering in the food bank are intended to promote greater social inclusion, enhance student confidence, and develop both team-working and interpersonal skills.

Article by Raymond Jones | Photo by Marina Center

CITD Named Partner and Receives CA STEP Award for Hannover Messe 2016

HANNOVER MESSE 2015, 13 - 17 April

Skyline College’s CITD Program received some very good news in late 2015.  The State of California Centers for International Trade Development (CITD) was awarded nearly $750,000 of grant money from the Small Business Administration (SBA) through the California State Trade and Export Promotion (CA STEP) program. When combined with CITD’s matching funds, this created a pool of over $1 million to help small businesses in California explore international markets.

The Bay Area CITD program, housed at Skyline College in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division, has been named a CA STEP partner to lead the trade mission to Hannover, Germany. Hannover Messe 2016 is the world’s largest Industrial Technology Trade Fair. This year’s trade fair is special because the United States is the first and only Official Partner Country with Germany. The key guest of honor at the trade will be President Barack Obama, who is undertaking this visit to “underscore the growing importance of the U.S.-German relationship” (USA Today, 12/30/15).

Yvonne Reid, CITD Director, Deputy Sector Navigator for Bay Area Global Trade and Logistics will lead a delegation of nine California-based companies to showcase their products and services at Hannover Messe 2016. The fair hosts over 220,000 industry representatives from over 70 countries.

To learn more about Bay Area CITD, please visit:

Article by Alina Din, CITD Program Services Coordinator

Meet the DRC Student Ambassador!

Dessaline DouglasDessaline Douglas is the DRC Student Ambassador. Born in San Francisco and raised in East Palo Alto, Dessaline was a student athlete at Missouri Western State College. However, he left school early to enter the work force. After some time away, he has returned to college with the goal of receiving a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice. Ultimately, he hopes to work with youth. Dessaline will be graduating from Skyline College this semester.

Dessaline has a learning disability that has impacted his ability to succeed academically in the past. After enrolling at Skyline College, he began to utilize the services available at the DRC. He received an assessment for a learning disability by Carol Newkirk, DRC’s LD Specialist. Using his accommodations and the resources available at the college, Dessaline has seen academic success at Skyline.

Dessaline is currently serving as DRC’s Student Ambassador. He will be holding a weekly student group for DRC students to help them share tips for success and advocacy. Dessaline is available to make a short 3-5 minute presentation about DRC services in your classes. He’s also available for longer presentations sharing his experiences as a student with a learning disability.

If you would like to set up a classroom presentation, please email Melissa Matthews, DRC Coordinator/Counselor at

If you would like to hear more about Dessaline’s experiences, he will be presenting “DRC 15/15: Learning Disabilities, A Student’s Perspective” at the CTTL on Tuesday, Feburary 9 from 1:00-1:30pm.

Article by Melissa Matthews

International Student Program (ISP) Hosts Chinese Delegation

ISP Hosting Chinese High SchoolOn January 21, 2016, Skyline College’s International Student Program hosted a Chinese delegation of approximately 39 students, 2 parents and 3 teachers from the Beijing Limai High School. The group was welcomed by the Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Sarah Perkins, who spoke about the various business and engineering courses currently offered at Skyline College as well as the partnership with Base 11, an innovative company focused on creating future leaders in Science Technology Engineering and Math. Wissem Bennani, Manager, College International Student Program, explained the international student admission process to the students and the school representatives.

The mission of this group’s visit is to understand the international admission requirements to Skyline College and the transfer process to top universities. Suzanne Poma described the transfer process from Skyline College to the UC and CSU school system including the preparation, admission requirements and deadlines for transferring. In addition, she explained the role of the transfer center and the support services offered to international students. Ms. Poma also spoke about the visits from various university representatives to the Skyline College campus as well as the honors transfer program.

The transfer information session was followed by a discussion panel led by current international students from China, as well as two alumni who shared their experiences at Skyline College. The visit was concluded with a tour of the campus and an introduction to the various support services that our International Student Program participants can access at Skyline College.

The International Student Program would like to thank Derrick Banks, Dr. Sarah Perkins, Diane Arguijo, Suzanne Poma, Andrew Dai, Hellen Zhang and all of the participants who contributed to make this a successful event. If you have any questions about this visit please contact the International Student Program at (650) 738 7021.

Article by Chandran Sujaya| Photo by ISP Staff

Deputy Sector Navigators Invited to Tour Sony Studios

sony imageworks logoOn Dec 18, 2015, Yvonne Reid, CITD Director and Deputy Sector Navigator for Global Trade and Logistics visited Sony Studios in Culver City, California to build upon regional collaborations to develop curriculum and internships for college students. The participants included faculty, other DSNs for other CTE sectors of K-14 Pathways Technical Assistance Providers (TSAs) and small business employers.

Sony Pictures Producers, Keith Vidger and Jaclynne Gentry, welcomed California Community Colleges, K-14 educators, and state-wide CITD Directors to Studio 7 to share the latest digital technology in the Digital Motion Picture Center. This was part of a long-term commitment Sony has made to strengthen ties between the film and the K-14 education community.

Sony guests toured television sets and operated industrial cameras used to film major motion pictures, TV shows, and industry artists. Sony shared how they reinvest money from the industry and give back to the people who support them. In addition, they offer free classes to the learning community, faculty, and students through downloadable curriculum from their website.

The Center for International Trade Development (CITD) is hosted at Skyline College and it is part of the Global Learning Programs and Services Division. To learn more about Bay Area CITD, upcoming events, and its activities please visit the CITD website.

Article by Alina Din

Learning Commons Remodeled during Winter Break 

before and after shot of library remodelThe Skyline College Learning Commons was remodeled over Winter Break to improve physical spaces for students and staff. The Learning Commons merges the functions of the Library and the Learning Center into a technology enriched, collaborative academic support resource for student success. The main updates included:

 Learning Center

  • All student, tutor, and staff chairs were replaced
  • A conference room (5-115) was converted into two rooms for Supplemental Instruction (SI)
  • The Honors Transfer Program was relocated into the Learning Center area


  • New, ergonomic workspaces created in library circulation and administration area
  • Textbook reserve collection was relocated closer to check out desk

Please come and visit our new spaces and let us know what you think.

Article by Pearl Ly