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Students and local officials gathered at Cañada College Thursday to rally in support of Senate Bill 893, a measure currently awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature that, if signed, would allow the San Mateo County residents to attend community college here for free.

Courses at San Mateo County’s three community colleges may soon become free for thousands of local students, reducing barriers to higher education for which district officials have long fought.

This column was supposed to be about a rising political star. But it turns out that this rising political star isn’t interested in being a rising political star. Instead, he wants to do what he does best, helping students. He’s living his life story by helping students receive the kind of help he needed and never received because didn’t realize it was there for the asking.

It began as a trickle; then, over time, it became a flood. That’s the basic story of enrollment at what was known as San Mateo Junior College. When the two-year school was founded in 1922, only 35 students were enrolled. Nearly 100 years later, the San Mateo County Community College District educates about 40,000 adults at the College of San Mateo, Cañada College in Redwood and Skyline College in Redwood City. 

 The San Mateo County Community College District announced today that the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has funded a $2 million grant to the Promise Scholars Program at the San Mateo County Community College District. The grant pays for two years of tuition, books and fees for 500 local college students to attend Cañada College in Redwood City, College of San Mateo in San Mateo, or Skyline College in San Bruno. The grant is being allocated from County Measure K funds.

he players on the College of San Mateo football team are not limited to their position coach or the coaching staff. Their coaches extend to the classroom as well. These academic “coaches” at CSM have helped turn athlete-students into student-athletes.

The CSM chapter of the national Phi Theta Kappa honor society earned national recognition in 2019. The Honor Society achieved “Five Star” status, which is PTK’s highest level of club activity and engagement.

The Assessment Committee and the CTL will be working to improve assessment support, and to continue to make the process meaningful, well-integrated into institutional routines, and non-onerous.

The Center for Equity, Leadership, & Community will be the new home of the Promise Scholars Program, Student Life & Leadership, SparkPoint and its food pantry, Mana, Umoja, Puente, the Honors Project, and Project Change.

SMCCCD continues its implementation of a robust Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. Here is the December update.