Skyline College awarded $50,000 for Promise Scholars Program

By: David J. Canepa San Mateo County District 5 Supervisor, dcanepa@smcgov.org, 650-363-4572

Skyline College awarded $50,000 for Promise Scholars Program By: David J. Canepa San Mateo County District 5 Supervisor, dcanepa@smcgov.org, 650-363-4572 I was proud to award Skyline College $50,000 is district-specific Measure K funds to support its Promise Scholars Program. Promise provides incoming full-time students with comprehensive support including a full scholarship for one year, academic support, dedicated counseling and career and professional development for up to 700 students. I am incredibly impressed by the fact that 64.4 percent of individuals enrolled in the pilot program last year were first-generation college students with many residing in District 5. This can be an incredible life-changing experience for those seeking a higher education. Students receive $1,875 on average in direct resources in the first year of program enrollment. The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved my request to award the program $50,000 from my office’s Measure K district-specific budget at its March 26 meeting. Last year, my office granted the program $5,000 and upped it to $50,000 based on student success. The goal is to greatly expand the county’s support of the program as it continues to prove its benefits to the community. In other news, San Mateo County is promoting the safe disposal of sharps, which saves our children, saves our environment and saves our wildlife from harm. It’s a simple, cost-effective tool that keeps our community safe. But too many of these items end up in the garbage, where they can do great harm and spread infectious disease. Safely dispose of sharps waste at a drop-off location in a sealed, puncture proof container at 14 drop-off locations including in Daly City at Kaiser Permanente at 395 Hickey Blvd., and the Mike Nevin Health Center at 380 90th St. California state law Section 118286 of the California Health and Safety Code makes it illegal to dispose of sharps waste in the trash or recycling bins and requires that all sharps waste be transported to a collection center in an approved sharps container. This includes hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin, for the delivery of medications. David J. Canepa is a member of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors representing District 5, which includes Brisbane.