Transfer Conference facilitates loftier goals


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Guillermo (left), Michelle (center), & Vanessa (right) Gomez at the event.

The Skyline Transfer Conference brought a host of resources to inspire and inform students in pursuit of a higher education on Sept. 20.

The Transfer Conference attendees were greeted and welcomed by all the members of The Skyline College Transfer Center staff this past weekend, including program services coordinator, Michelle Haggar, transfer ambassador from Aragon, Suzanne Vanessa, Guillermo Alanzo and Kent Gomez.

Afterwards, Dr. Joi Blake gave a very personal opening statement about her own moving journey as a college student at UC San Diego that eventually led her to acquire a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and become vice president of Skyline College. She has the gift of being able to communicate on a very personal level with all students and was received with great applause.

The workshops that followed provided priceless and vital information to all students planning to transfer and seeking financial aid. Important topics were discussed such as how to transfer into impacted and selected majors, how to choose a major, turning your major into a career, and how apply and qualify for financial aid. These workshops were lead by people who are are active in the education system and know the wrong routes students tend to take.

“This conference was meant to open doors for all types of students,” said Jocelyn Villa, the vice principal of Skyline College.

Lunch followed with a student panel as they shared their experiences and success stories.

University representatives were also present from SFSU, the Academy of Art, Menlo College, University of Arizona, UC Davis, NDNU, USF, and UC Santa Cruz.

All participants that made this conference possible went out of their way to educate students on how to go through the educational path successfully. That synergy was a very important factor in making new students comfortable and aware of the many diverse tools Skyline College has to offer all students who are interested in acquiring a college education.