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The new clubs are Skyline Women Engineers, Career Advancement Association, and Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers.
Starting new clubs on campus is a lot of work including going to the Skyline College Organization and Club Council (SOCC), going to meetings, and following guidelines that are in a handbook of rules in which to comply to be a successful club.
These clubs have been started by students with a passion for supporting their engineering, science, and career planning communities. Some of the students involved shared their experience with their disciplines and excitement for the new clubs on campus.
“For the most part, they offer support for students that are interested in the same areas,” wrote Priscilla Sanchez, SOCC president, via email. “Other [clubs] give a broader view of the the major they are focusing the club on. There are others that give more of a hands on experience. It really depends on the club itself.”
One of the new clubs on campus is the Skyline Women’s Engineering Club founded by student Jenny Minh- Ai Vo Phamhi.
“I felt that this club was important to begin in order to bring a community of young women together and know that they have support from other females with an interest in engineering and science,”
Phamhi said. “Something essential to starting a new club is having the support of your peers and many faculty advisors”.
“The objective of the club is to inspire, promote and encourage women’s engineers through career building and network opportunities.” Phamhi said.
Another student, John Gutierrez, involved in Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, shared that this process has also been challenging and there is a lot of paperwork to deal with before a club can become official and have funds. Gutierrez mentioned that he plans to collaborate on projects with the other clubs like: Mathematical Engineering Science Achievement(MESA), Society for the Advancement of Native Americans, Chicanos in Science(-SACNAS), and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).
He spoke about a potential project, a kite building contest that would be held on campus soon in addition to another potential project he’s planning. Gutierrez explains he wants to include his club in building a boat equipped with solar panels this spring semester.
The Career Advancement Association president, Virginia Rosales, said that “the club will expose students to professional businesses and focus on being proactive in the transition from college into the real world. They will be encouraged to be leaders of themselves.’
“The Career Networking Association was established in an effort to reach out to students who are interested in exploring different career pathways.” Rosales wrote via email. “Our goal is to cater to our student and members’ interests by visiting different professional business sites that will give our students a personal in-depth perspective of the working world.
Students will gain insight to assist in making better informed decisions regarding their major and career pathways.In addition, Skyline student and the president of the Associated Students of Skyline College, Kayla Razavi, shared that her experience joining one of the clubs on campus helped her gain a different view on what she wanted to pursue before she wanted to study psychology. Now, she is interested in politics and working in the government.
Razavi is an advocate for joining clubs because, in her personal experience, it allowed her to “meet new people, learn what they like, explore majors, and help change majors.”