Jump Start is a six-week summer program designed to help high school students with college potential upgrade their skills in English, math, critical thinking, and college success skills. Students will receive concurrent enrollment at Skyline College, receiving college credit for the courses they take when they complete the program. The program is held during the summer, beginning in June and ending in July each year.

Students can expect to:

  • Build foundational skills that enables them to succeed in college level courses.
  • Receive instruction that is presented in a non-intimidating manner and engages a variety of learning intelligences.
  • Receive opportunities to explore future career paths and related college majors in a realistic context.
  • Be a part of a supportive environment that fosters self-awareness and self-responsibility, sets clear expectations and motivates students to meet challenges.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Student must be a California Resident.
  • Student must be enrolled at a North County high school as a Junior or Senior next Fall.
  • Student should have a grade point average of 2.00 or below.
  • Student must be nominated by a teacher, counselor, or school administrator

Included Classes:

The Jump Start Program curriculum includes the following concurrent enrollment courses:

  • English 819 – 3.00 units of college credit
  • Math 819 – 3.00 units of college credit
  • Counseling 101 & Career 116 – 1.5 units of college credit
  • Learning Skills 800 – 0.5 unit of college credit

Each course is graded separately. In order to receive college credit, students need a grade of C or higher or a P (Pass).

Application/Program Details

Program Cost:

There are no direct costs to participants of the Jump Start Program. Students will receive all materials required in the program and courses electronically.

Program Schedule:

Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Application and Nomination Process:

Students may apply for the Jump Start Program by following these steps:

  1. Complete The Jump Start Application  . See your high school counselor to obtain the application or download the flyer  .
  2. Obtain letter of recommendation from counselor.
  3. Obtain current high school transcript.
  4. Submit the application packet online by May 7, 2021.
    1. Application Packets can be emailed to Michael Stokes, TRiO Director
    2. Application deadline is May 7, 2021


Send the application packet to:

Skyline College
C/O Jump Start Program
Attn: Michael Stokes, TRiO Director
3300 College Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066

Application packet should include: Jump Start Application, Letter of Recommendation, and high school transcript.