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On February 15, the Veterans Resource & Opportunity Center (VROC) marked its fifth year of service and opened its doors to the campus community for a celebration. The attendees included current student veterans, alumni, faculty, staff, and campus administrators, who came together to have lunch and share stories about their experiences.

CSM’s first-year experience program, Year One, seeks to ease the transition from high school to college by providing students with a simple transition path paired with a supportive community.

Educators, juvenile justice professionals and community organizations gathered on January 26 in Sacramento to at the Creating Pathways from Youth Incarceration to Higher Education Conference.

This year, CSM was proud to induct 19 women and men, who have distinguished themselves either as CSM athletes or later in their careers, into the Sports Hall of Fame at a banquet held on February 9.

Rep. Speier held a town hall meeting at CSM on February 3 to address the Peninsula community’s concerns with changes in the tax code going into effect next year. In attendance were IRS spokesman Paul Axelson, state Sen. Jerry Hill, Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco, and tax attorney and CPA Russ Stanaland.

California Community Colleges are adopting Guided Pathways system-wide. CSM began its Guided Pathways planning process with meetings and a student survey in the 2016-17 academic year. CSM has established a Guided Pathways Steering Committee that will oversee this multi-year project and begin to engage the campus community.

If there was a Super Bowl for jazz ensembles, it would be the Monterey Jazz Next Generation Festival, and the College of San Mateo Jazz Ensemble will be competing there on March 11.

College of San Mateo is making college even more accessible by offering an expanded Promise Scholarship program. Beginning in fall 2018, first-year, full-time students can attend CSM for free and receive up to $750 towards the costs of textbooks. Promise Scholarships will pay for the fall, spring and summer terms of a student’s first year.

Regardless of what happens in Super Bowl LII, there’s a celebration awaiting Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots. The longtime slot receiver will be inducted into the College of San Mateo Hall of Fame on Feb. 9. Edelman is scheduled to attend the event as part of an 18-member class that also includes Giants broadcaster Jon Miller.

Creating Pathways from Youth Incarceration to Higher Education is a statewide conference to increase post-secondary education opportunities in California for young people impacted by the juvenile justice system.