Inaugurated in 1969, Skyline College is one of the three community colleges that belong to the San Mateo County Community College District. It is located west of Skyline Boulevard in the town of San Bruno. Focusing on offering students high-quality programs, Skyline College has managed to rise to prominence over the years as being a high-class community college. Its students can aspire to transfer after their two years of study to some of the most important universities in California, such as Stanford, Berkeley, and UCLA.
Students interested in two-year degrees can graduate with either an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree; 43 certificate programs are also available (going from Cosmetology to Information Technology).
The college itself is divided into nine divisions, ranging from business to physical education, and each one has achieved high levels of excellence that have earned Skyline accreditations by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and by the Office of Private Postsecondary Education.
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Students who attend Skyline College get the opportunity of securing a college transfer to a high-level university, be it in California or anywhere else in the United States. For those interested in pursuing university studies in the state of California, Skyline does offer a Transfer Admission Guarantees Program; this program provides guaranteed admission to California State University and the University of California. Finally, there is also an Honor Transfer Program that strives to get the best students transferred to some of the best universities in the country, including Stanford and Berkeley.
Skyline College allows anyone interested in pursuing a college education to apply for admission; the application process is not selective, but rather based on merit and on availability (which means that applications are processed and students are enrolled on a first-come first-served basis). Other than this, there are no excessive requirements that must be met; as long as the applicant has a high school diploma or an equivalent to it, he or she may fill out the application form and begin enrollment in Skyline.
Be advised that there are certain courses that do require special application requirements and special dates for applying; these include automotive technology, respiratory therapy, and cosmetology. Generally, the college handles two terms, summer and fall; summer classes generally begin around mid-June, whereas fall classes begin around mid-August.
Skyline College is interested in providing high-quality education to all enrolled students, but it is aware that this education is unaffordable to some students. Therefore, the college is big on financial aid, whether it is to cover tuition, books, supplies, etc. In helping students cover their collegiate costs Skyline offers a variety of aid programs, including grants, free waivers, scholarships, loans, and study programs. The college’s Financial Aid Office is always open for any and all students who need help in securing the financial resources they need to pay for their college education.
Skyline College competes as member of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA). The college competes as a member of the Coast Conference in various sports including men’s soccer, women’s soccer, wrestling, baseball, women’s badminton, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball.
Throughout the years, the different athletic teams competing in representation of the school have managed to win conference and state championships; the most successful athletic competitions in which Skyline have competed are track and field (winning state championships in 1977 and 1984) and men’s basketball (winning state championships 1977 and 1982). The college prides itself in its athletic programs, all of which compete under the Trojan’s banner; the school mascot is the Trojan, so the teams are generally referred to as Skyline Trojans.
Given that the college is close to so many Californian towns, students can engage in all kinds of recreational activities in any one of them; they get an opportunity of sensing what California is all about.
Skyline College has a number of respectable and successful alumni including the following:
Golda Gacutan – paralegal, lawyer.
Michael Guingona – lawyer, local television personality.
James Lim – General Manager of the Maxwell Hotel in San Francisco
Mark Simon – journalist, columnist; named columnist of the year twice while working for the San Francisco Chronicle.
About Skyline, http://www.skylinecollege.edu/aboutskyline/, web, 25 July, 2011