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The profusion of softball talent College of San Mateo has exported to the Oregon NAIA ranks is not an accident. Not according to Southern Oregon University catcher Allie Stines. Stines (Capuchino) is one of five CSM transfers set to open play Friday in Columbus, Georgia at the NAIA Softball World Series. Her No. 1-seed Southern Oregon squad also features Cascade Collegiate Conference Player of the Year Lauren Quirke (Hillsdale) and CCC Newcomer of the Year Riley Donovan (Half Moon Bay). The No. 2-seed is Oregon Tech — Southern Oregon’s CCC archrival — featuring Aubrie Businger (Mills) and Mackenzie Driscoll (Hillsdale).

San Mateo County Community College District Chancellor Michael Claire announced that he will recommend  Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza to the District’s Board of Trustees as the next president of College of San Mateo. The Board of Trustees will take formal action on Dr. Taylor-Mendoza’s appointment at their meeting on April 28.

 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.

The San Mateo County Community College District has received $13.3 million in federal relief funding from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II). Of that funding, approximately two-thirds will go directly to students as cash payments to offset hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. The remaining third of the funds will be used to offset costs incurred by the District and its three colleges for COVID-related expenses such as technology, health and safety equipment, and training.

The three colleges of the San Mateo County Community College District – Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College – will continue to hold courses in online and distance education modalities, as well as provide most student services remotely, through the end of the Fall 2021 semester. Most employees will also continue to work remotely through Fall 2021. The San Mateo County Community College District Board of Trustees formally ratified the decision in their meeting on Feb. 24.

Here’s what has been accomplished since our last update in January, and what’s on the horizon for the next few months

CSM is searching for a new College President. The SMCCCD Board of Trustees and campus community are seeking an individual with a record of success who is committed to leading this institution into the future. The College President position details and application link are available on the SMCCCD Employment website.

The San Mateo County Community College District’s new workforce development and training portal, smccd.edu/workforce, offers critical job training and small business resources on one convenient website. Designed to help address the workforce crisis caused by COVID-19 in the Bay Area, the website launched this week. 

The San Mateo County Community College District has spent the past year evaluating compliance of its facilities and services with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. ADA provides comprehensive civil rights protections to qualified individuals with disabilities in the areas of employment, public accommodations, state and local government services, and telecommunications.

College of San Mateo ranked third in the country, Ohlone College in Fremont took the seventh spot, Las Positas College in Livermore grabbed 14th, and De Anza College in Cupertino was 19th.