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Programs News

College students are challenged every day by the cost of living in the Bay Area. Many struggle with bills, debt and food insecurity. In order to support their educational goals, College of San Mateo has partnered with United Way Bay Area to bring a SparkPoint Center to its campus.

CSM has added an exciting new adjunct faculty member to its extensive roster of working artists. Pantea Karimi is a well-established artist who works in installation art, prints, virtual reality and video projection.

CSM students are now able to pick up an affordable meal for just $5 in the Bulldog Bookstore. “Grab & Go” meals include a sandwich, fresh fruit and a bottled water. Students must show a current CSM student ID to purchase the discounted meals, which are subsidized by ASCSM.

The CSM Fire Technology department is honoring the late fire instructor Don Ciucci by naming its new fire engine in his memory. The Fire Academy dedicated the Don Ciucci Training Engine on August 13, 2018. Chief Ciucci’s nephew Chris Wettstein, who also teaches in the CSM Fire Technology program, presented the new engine in his honor.

Beginning in June 2018, Bay Area Pathways Academy launched yet another successful six-week summer program at the College of San Mateo, serving more than 400 students in grades 6 through 9 from both near and far, including from San Mateo County, a cohort of middle school students from Japan, and a cohort of scholarship-support students from East Palo Alto.

This year, 522 tax returns were prepared and 502 were e-filed during 7 class meetings by 25 students. The students were assisted by 25 experienced volunteers who answered questions and reviewed every return that was completed. CSM has e-filed the most returns of any VITA site in San Mateo County for the past two years.

Students in CSM’s Digital Media department have created a brand new digital radio station. The new station, KDOG (a play off CSM’s Bulldog mascot), is streaming online, 24/7, at

College of San Mateo career education programs have again earned numerous awards from the California Community College’s Strong Workforce Stars recognition program. CSM’s career education programs won one Gold Star, two Silver Stars, and eight Bronze Stars for success in helping students reach new heights in earning power and social mobility.

College of San Mateo has developed the Year One Promise—a program that removes the financial stress while providing important tools for having a successful first year of college. The Year One Promise combines a full scholarship, up to $750 for books, and a dedicated counselor who will work with each student to make an education plan. So far, over 800 students have completed a Year One Promise application.

A total of nine College of San Mateo honors students have been accepted to present their research at this spring’s Bay Honors Consortium Symposium, May 5, at UC Berkeley. CSM has more students accepted than any other participating college.