The Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development acts as a catalyst to empower faculty and staff to explore innovative ways they can integrate workforce readiness skills into their instructional delivery and establish deeper meaning across student learning in the classroom. The Innovation Hub and Project Center is where faculty and staff can share their ideas and obtain funding to support projects that advance the mission, vision and values of the Skyline College and performance measures outlined in the Strong Workforce Program.

Design Thinking / Doing

The Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development formed a partnership that provides opportunities for faculty, staff and leadership to take part in cutting edge training and development. Our Design Thinking Deep Dive is a partnership with SAP and Maureen Carroll, Ph.D. founder of Lime Design Associates and lecturer at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design ( where she co-teaches Hacking Your Innovation Mindset and the Fellowship Program as a Design Ally.

Participants of the Design Thinking Deep Dive have the opportunity to mirror the teachings from the d. school which builds on methods from across the field of design to create learning experiences that help individuals unlock their creative potential and apply it to the world. This opportunity was designed to engage faculty in developing design thinkers to innovate, create, and act as empowered change agents to prepare and meet the challenges and opportunities of leading and learning in the 21st century. Participants gained both an understanding of the design thinking process, build a common language around innovation, and develop the creative confidence to begin to apply the process to solve problems of practice within their school community and classrooms.