San Mateo County Community Collaborative - Equity SB70 / SB1133 2011-2013
Funded by the California Community College Career Pathways Initiative, this collaborative
seeks to improve education pathways and career-technical awareness for students enrolled
in middle and high schools so they can achieve certificates and degrees in high quality
career and technical education programs at the community colleges. With an emphasis
on mitigating disparities in educational outcomes, key features of the project include
A partnership with San Mateo County Office of Education Regional Occupational Program
to offer career exploration programs for Middle School students and Court and Community
High School students
Career and Technical Education Exploration (CTE) events such as workshops and conferences
High School field trips to colleges to explore admissions and targeted CTE Programs
Outreach to GED Centers (Coordinated with San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board's
Youth Advisory Council)
30,000 SMCCCD Career Program Booklets distributed throughout the region
Development of certificates and faculty in Automotive Technology
CTE related professional development activities for Middle School, High School and
Community College Counselors
The project is managed by Skyline College through the SparkPoint Center.
San Mateo County Community Collaborative - SparkPoint
San Mateo County Community Collaborative - SparkPoint SB70 / SB1133 2010-2012
Funded by the California Community College Career Pathways Initiative, this community
collaborative partners with the United Way of the Bay Area to launch the SparkPoint
Center at Skyline College to support success and retention in Career and Technical
Education (CTE) programs for students and their families working to achieve financial
stability. SparkPoint Centers intentionally fine-tune these networks to create stronger
aligned webs of support for those served by them. These enhanced networks increase
families' economic growth by connecting them to a tipping point of resources bundled
with excellent career certificates and degrees.
In this community collaborative, education will partner with the larger workforce
development system and non-governmental agencies such as the United Way of the Bay
Area develop and articulate curriculum, provide integrated contextualized instruction
tied to labor market demand and embed academic success within a larger context of
This includes development in three areas:
Employment and career development,
Work supports and public benefits, and
Financial literacy and asset-building strategies.
This approach will target:
Career Exploration for 7th & 8th Graders
Career Pathway Development for High Demand Employment Sectors
Teacher and Faculty Externships in Business and Industry, and
CTE Professional Development for Teachers, Counselors, and Administrators.
United Way Of The Bay Area SparkPoint Implementation Grant
United Way Of The Bay Area SparkPoint Implementation Grant 2010-2011
United Way of the Bay Area (UWBA) supported implementation of SparkPoint at Skyline
College as part of a regional SparkPoint Initiative to locate a SparkPoint Center
in each of the Bay Area counties. SparkPoint at Skyline College will provide a full
spectrum of services that builds better careers with certificates and degrees, provides
the services and resources needed to meet goals, and, finally, maximizes the impact
of services by teaching participants financial skills that will benefit them for the
rest of their lives.
A key feature of the SparkPoint model, which is based on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s
Centers for Working Families , is bundling of services. The rationale for bundling services is that a client who
receives one service from a SparkPoint Center is more likely to achieve a major financial
goal when that person utilizes a second service.
At SparkPoint Skyline College, service efforts include the following:
Increasing income capacity through certificates and degrees
Income Supports Services (Accessing public benefits and financial aid)
Financial Education and Coaching
Savings and Asset Development
Bundling services from these service efforts targets the following outcomes:
Achieve a self-sufficient income
Repair and build credit (Credit score over 650)
Build safety net savings of between 3-6 months of income
Reduce debt to income ratio to below 40% of monthly earnings.
The Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative provides funding to develop stackable
credentials that prepare students for advanced skill training and careers by providing
multiple on-ramps to education and off-ramps to employment.
This project includes the following:
Implementation of a Linked Learning Pathway for the Automotive Technology Program
at Skyline College (a Skyline College Career Advancement Academy)
Implementation of a Linked Learning Pathway to Teacher Preparation.
Implementation of a data tracking system to collect and compile data on student outcomes,
including successful completion of course work, job placement, and earnings. To fulfill
this objective, this project replicated the Completer Leaver Survey developed by Cabrillo
The Bay Area Workforce Funding Collaborative funded a Skyline College proposal in
response to their Request for Applications to Strengthen Student Services. The purpose
of the proposed project was to establish a one-stop center where Career Technical
Education (CTE) students can access multiple services related to employment and career
development, work supports, public benefits, financial literacy and asset building.
A planning period (April 1, 2009 to October 30, 2009) joined core partners including
Skyline College, California Employment Development Department, Jewish Vocational Service,
and United Way of the Bay Area. Planning included site visits to Centers for Working
Families at Central New Mexico Community College and Des Moines Area Community College,
the project began in earnest in November 2009. This funding was instrumental to the
implementation of SparkPoint at Skyline College.
The Strengthening Student Services Framework
Offer services in three areas – Increase income through education, Develop assets,
and build credit with financial education and coaching;
Seamlessly integrate service delivery, appropriately “bundled” and sequenced;
Provide financial coaching for all clients: motivate and support them with culturally
Promote and provide access to public and private benefits and mainstream financial
Commit to continued engagement with clients over two-three years;
Evaluate, learn from and share data, supported by a user-friendly IT system that demonstrates
Promote SparkPoint through the power of a common brand and marketing.