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Middle College is Here!

20543958915_f90a5156f7_zLast week, Skyline College welcomed its first class of 39 middle college students from El Camino and South San Francisco high schools with a three-day orientation. Skyline College President Regina Stanback Stroud and South San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Shawnterra Moore-Thomas greeted the students by expressing their enthusiasm about this unique educational experience being offered to students living in north San Mateo County. Both encouraged the students to take advantage of being in Middle College to pursue their dreams for academic and career success.

19923069063_c7bc21eec7_zThe three-day orientation familiarized the students with the campus facilities, provided a career education workshop, allowed the students to obtain textbooks and instructional materials, and introduced them to college resources and services. It also served to introduce students to Middle College staff and to build a sense of community. Students in this program are concurrently enrolled in high school and community college, taking all their courses on the Skyline College campus for two years with the college courses being tuition-free up to 11.5 units. Upon graduation from the Middle College, each student will receive a high school diploma and earn college credit toward a Career Technology Education certificate and/or an Associate Degree. Additionally, students may transfer their units to four-year college/university.


Skyline College Middle College is located in building 2, 3rd floor. Directed by Raymond Jones, the Middle College staff includes Martina Center, Retention Specialist, Lucy Lopez, Counselor, Vince Lorenzo, Office Assistant, and teachers Lora Rasmussen (History) and Laureen Mercer (English).


The Middle College staff is excited to offer this program, and appreciates the welcome they and the students have received from the Skyline College community.

Article by Dr. Raymond Jones. Photos by Claudia Paz.

Skyline College Delivers Education…Literally!

Skyline College’s Center for Sustainable Construction will be taking a “mobile classroom” (specially equipped vehicle) on the road this year to deliver a college-level, “Green” Construction Basics course to students on their high school campus. The program is designed to be a “bridge” for students in high school to get exposure to college faculty, curriculum, and culture. Students will receive both high school and college credit for the two-semester program. Our high school partners for the 2015-2016 pilot program include Capuchino and Mills High School.

Assistant Professor Bruce Greenstein is coordinating the program as well as teaching the courses. “It is my hope this program will garner interest in Skyline College’s plethora of amazing program offerings or an interest in continuing education on some level. Integrating a young demographic into the emerging green sector is essential to the development and growth of a robust workforce to meet the challenging climate, energy, and water challenges in our near future.”

This program was made possible through the efforts and dedication of Skyline College’s Center for Workforce Development. Through support and collaboration with Deputy Sector Navigator, Catherine Ayers – a DSN sub-grant was awarded in April 2015 from Foothill/DeAnza CCD to develop, support, and execute the program.

19245330256_f269967fd5_oThe grant also supported our third annual High School Summer Energy Camp, another innovative “bridge” project to interest and inspire students to attend college, as well as educate youth on energy, environment, and science. The seven-day camp this year had nine students who came to learn about energy efficiency, solar and creating videos that illustrated their point of view on the importance of reducing energy consumption, creating more comfortable and less energy-using homes and using solar as a cleaner, greener energy source.


As with last year, the camp blended technical knowledge on environmental subjects with film making best practices. The students got to apply what they learned to story telling using video production techniques. They were asked to produce two videos during the seven-day camp. And, once again, the camp culminated in an awards ceremony where judges gave feedback on the six videos that were created by three teams of students. This year, judges agreed that the video quality was the best ever. The final videos are uploaded to the dedicated YouTube channel.

The Green Energy Camp staff included: Celia Canfield, camp producer and marketing instructor, Bruce Greenstein and Joan Connolly as subject matter experts on energy efficiency and solar, Rita Gulli as the coordinator for the camp, Anasanique Fountain as the lead videographer and she was assisted by two Skyline College film students, David Oriqat and Nicole Smith.

Article by Bruce Greenstein

Welcome Sam Sanchez

Sam_Sanchez_2014_smPlease join us in extending a warm welcome to Digital Media & Design professor, Sam Sanchez, who will be on partial assignment in the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (CTTL) to work with faculty on the integration of audio and video into their instructional materials. Though Sam’s primary assignment is within the Social Sciences/Creative Arts Division, the CTTL is happy to have him on board sharing his expertise to assist faculty. Sam comes to us as a faculty transfer from CSM, where he designed and taught audio, video, and web design classes for 16 years in the Multimedia Department and performed coordination duties as well. Prior to joining CSM, Sam managed his own multi-media consulting firm with various clients in Silicon Valley. Feel free to say hello to Sam when you see him on campus!

Article by Nina L. Floro & Liezl Madrona

Former Men’s Basketball Players Enter the San Francisco Police Department

Police uniformRodney and Ronney Freeman graduated from the San Francisco Police Academy on August 14, 2015. Rodney served as the Class President.

The identical twins from San Francisco played basketball at Skyline College from 2007-2009. Both players were named All-Conference as sophomores and led the Trojans to the regional semi-finals of the state tournament.

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Rodney and Ronney were interviewed on KTVU’s 10 o’clock news recently. The link to the interview is included below.

KTVU Interview

Article by Justin Piergrossi

Skyline College Partners with Capuchino High School

Skyline College Library recently completed its first outreach project with San Bruno’s Capuchino High School, our new Middle College partner. Librarians were asked to “make research less stressful for Cap’s International Baccalaureate (IB) students — to demystify and make accessible the research process.”

capuchinoIn May, Skyline College librarian Jessica Silver-Sharp hosted Capuchino instructor Martee Lopez-Schmitt and school librarian Anna Lapid on the Skyline College campus. The group decided the best way to support the IB students would be to develop an online student Research Guide to be used in conjunction with a week-long research workshop taking place on the Capuchino High School campus the first week of June. On June 1st, the Guide went live.

To carry the partnership forward, Cap students will have an opportunity to participate in an interactive research workshop taught by Skyline College librarians. Students will gain additional experience with information literacy skills such as finding, evaluating and citing library sources.

Article by Jessica Silver-Sharp

Faculty – Are All of Your Textbooks in the Library?

Many students are requesting course textbooks from the library’s reserve collection, but not all textbooks are available.

Students count on faculty to put copies of all course textbooks on reserve in the library. As textbooks become more and more expensive, we are getting many more requests from students for textbooks to use in the library. Since the library cannot afford to buy the current textbooks for all classes, we rely on faculty to request an extra copy from the publisher and place that copy on reserve for students to access. Publishers are urged to provide copies of textbooks for library reserve free of charge per California AB2477, passed into law in 2004.

If you have any questions about placing materials on reserve or about requesting copies from publishers, please call us at the library at extension 4311.

We have a form you can use to put materials on reserve. You can search by your course title or your name to see what materials you have on reserve here. The full text of AB2477 is available on our bookstore’s website.

Article by Eric Brenner

Welcome Liezl Madrona

Liezl MadronaPlease join the Academic Support & Learning Technologies (ASLT) Division in welcoming Liezl Madrona to the position of Instructional Aid II. Having recently completed Accessibility MOOC Certification, Liezl will join CTTL staff to assist faculty with accessibility issues related to instructional materials, captioning, and formatting instructional videos. Additionally, she will lend support to CTTL Co-Coordinators Nina Floro and Bridget Fischer, and Instructional Technologist, Ricardo Flores, and will on occasion facilitate a variety of workshops.

Liezl has been with Skyline College since August 2014. Prior to the ASLT Division, she worked in the Global Learning Program and Services Division with the Bécalos Program, and served as Interim Program Services Coordinator for the Language Arts and ASLT Divisions. Before joining Skyline College, Liezl worked with the California Academy of Sciences as a scientific researcher, completing her research career with a publication. Liezl has a Bachelor of Science in Cell & Molecular Biology, with a minor in Chemistry from San Francisco State University.

Article by Nina L. Floro.

New Library Learning Center Hours

Starting this semester, the Library and The Learning Center will have the same hours of operation during the week. Both the Library and The Learning Center will be open from 8:00 a.m. –  9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Fridays. In addition, the Library is open on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

This new schedule provides more access for students to:
– Receive tutoring and other academic support
– Get research support from faculty Librarians
– Check out books and other materials
– Use the student drop-in computer lab
– Study on their own or in small groups

Article by Jonathan Paver

Skyline College Student Receives National Scholarship

Ten two-year college students have been named recipients of the 2015 Phi Theta Kappa Hites Transfer Scholarship, receiving a total of $75,000 to assist in the attainment of baccalaureate degrees. One of the recipients is Skyline College student Wafa Zeidan.


Wafa Zeidan is studying Biology with the desire to continue on with her education and earn a Medical Degree while continuing to do research throughout her career. She graduated from Skyline College in May 2015 and is transferring to the University of California, Davis in the fall to complete her undergraduate studies. During her time at Skyline College, she conducted independent research along with her mentor, Dr. Christine Case to test the effects of a plant extract on various microorganism, thus proving that the extract is effective in killing and inhibiting various bacteria. She went on to present her research at the annual SACNAS conference in October 2014. She continued her research with Dr. Case in the summer of 2015 and will present her findings on the use of a plant extract to prevent foodborne illness at the 2015 SACNAS conference. In addition to doing research, she is also an active volunteer in her community, both volunteering with children at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and also volunteering with her Phi Theta Kappa chapter’s Computer Literacy and Internet Competency for Seniors program.

Article and photo by Dr. Chistine Case

History Professor James I. Wong and Chinese Americans of the Famed Flying Tigers

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, nine Chinese-American veterans gathered on July 1, 2015 for a luncheon in Alameda, California. The oldest veteran attendee was 97. They were members of Combined Units of the 14th Air Service Group and 987th Signal Company, including the component units of the 407th Air Service Squadron, 555th Air Service Squadron, Headquarters Squadron, 1157th Signal Company, 1544th Ordnance Company, 1077th Quartermaster Company, 2121st Quartermaster Trucking Company, 2122nd Quartermaster Trucking Company and the 987th Signal Company Special, US Army.

The veterans were joined with their family members and friends, including Skyline College History Professor James I. Wong (second from right in last row).


This was the fourth time in the last five years that Professor Wong has joined them in conducting his own research about Chinese Americans of the famed Flying Tigers, which included his own late father.

Article by James I. Wong