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2018 Graduation

May 5th, 2018

Graduates 2018!

Graduating with Honors!

Just a few photos of our many Human Services and Business students who are graduating with honors.  These are from the School of Business and Management’s Awards Ceremony this week!

Scholarship Opportunity, Business Students


The Northern California (NorCal) Business Marketing Association on behalf of the George C. McNutt Scholarship Fund is offering a total of two (2) scholarships to be awarded to students with a declared major in marketing, advertising, communications or a related discipline at the following San Francisco Bay Area academic institutions: University of California at Berkeley, Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, California, and San Jose State University.

Scholarships of $1,000 USD each — in addition to benefits detailed at the provided link, dependent upon academic achievement — will be awarded to students pursuing a career in the marketing and advertising or communications field.

Application deadline is May 31, 2018.

The application and further scholarship information can be found at this link:

Job Opportunities

Peninsula Family Service

Director of the Immigration Program


Preschool Teacher
Youth Program Manager

Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County

School Site Director
Program Coordinator

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto
Founded in East Palo Alto, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) is a nonprofit offering legal services that improve the lives of low-income families throughout the region. We specialize in immigration, housing, workers’ rights, records clearance, and consumer protection. Our team of attorneys, paralegals, and social worker work side-by-side with low-income communities and partner with community-based organizations, churches, and schools to bring about lasting change. We train and support community members to navigate the legal system and exercise their rights. We achieve our mission using multiple, innovative strategies, including community education, individual legal advice, and representation, legal assistance to community groups, policy advocacy, and impact litigation.
Director of the Immigration Program CLSEPA1
The Immigration Program Director will oversee a team of 20 attorneys, fellows, paralegals, and a social worker who are spread across multiple offices. The Immigration Program Director will lead the program’s strategic visioning, planning, management, and evaluation. The ideal candidate will be both a visionary leader and a collaborative team-builder.
A law degree is not required for this position, given that the Immigration Program Director is not expected to maintain a docket of cases. The Immigration Program Director is a member of CLSEPA’s Management Team and reports to the Executive Director. The position requires frequent travel between CLSEPA’s offices, including our current offices in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Burlingame, San Francisco, Redwood City and Mountain View.

Click here for full job description and instructions to apply.

Bookkeeper CLSEPA2
We have an opening on our team for a full-time bookkeeper who will help us achieve our mission of providing transformative legal services to diverse communities by handling bookkeeping and accounting tasks under the supervision of the Finance Director. The bookkeeper is largely responsible for financial data entry and management of financial transactions for our expanding team.

Click here for full job description and instructions to apply.

Located on the Menlo Park/East Palo Alto border, JobTrain is a private job-training center and accredited school (accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges – WASC). JobTrain offers an array of vocational training programs, and computer and ESL classes for adults and for in-school and out-ofschool youth. Our vocational training classes, academic support, and employment readiness programs are primarily geared toward individuals needing assistance with overcoming significant academic, career and personal challenges to be successful in school and work arenas.
Preschool Teacher JT1
JobTrain’s preschool is seeking to hire an individual who has a passion for connecting with and caring for children, and who have good communication and interpersonal skills to complement our team of teachers and site supervisor. This preschool teacher position is a full time position with benefits. This individual must be professional and flexible, and take initiative when needed. This team of professionals is responsible for overseeing the classroom environment and teaching children including, but not limited to, instruction, evaluation, and parent conferences regarding the development and progression of each child.

Click here for full job description and instructions to apply.

Youth Program Manager JT2 
The Youth Program Manager is a challenging and responsible position that oversees the provision of services to young people at JobTrain. The Youth Program Manager has primary responsibility for government funded WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) services aimed at out of school youth who are 17-24 years of age. The Youth Program Manager ensures that all the 14 required services are provided by JobTrain or offered through a close partnership with other organizations.

Click here for full job description and instructions to apply.

Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County
Boys & Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County is a unique organization consisting of three Clubs and two school-based programs in South San Francisco and Pacifica. Our programs are designed to expand on the school day by offering dynamic academic, social and recreational enrichment activities to members 6-18 years old. Club programs promote and enhance the development of young people by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.
School Site Director – Sunshine Gardens Elementary Clubhouse BGC1


Directs/manages overall daily operations of the Sunshine Gardens Elementary School Clubhouse with the primary concern for programs and service delivery, supervision and training of staff, facilities management, community relations and membership administration. The Site Director is an active member of the Leadership Team which facilitates the achievement of the organization’s Youth Development Outcomes.

Click here for full job description and instructions to apply.

Program Coordinator BGC2
Under the direction of the Teen Program Director, the Program Director will ensure the delivery of quality after-school and out school youth programs, activities and services for Middle School and High School members that show measurable impact in participants’ academic success; good character and citizenship; the arts, STEAM, and promotion of healthy lifestyle. Programs and activities must be organized, fun, meet the development needs of Middle School and High School and scheduled to ensure maximum participation. Programs must be inclusive, diverse, safe, and consistent with the organization’s mission and vision.

Click here for full job description and instructions to apply.

Ask An Advisor

ask-an-advisor1It is nearly May, which means that summer classes start soon (two weeks!) and you can register for fall classes anytime (though payment isn’t due until August).  We thought this would be a good time to include some links to previous posts with questions and answers about advising.   Is your question not here?  Let us know… we’re glad to feature new questions or simply to answer yours in a one-on-one meeting.

Where can I find a list of current Transfer Credit Agreements so that I make sure the Lower Division class I take at a community college will transfer?

Where can I find a list of online lower division classes to take?

Why do I have to keep submitting my transcripts?

Which classes do I have to take at NDNU; which can I take elsewhere?

How do I make sure that I graduate on time?

Any tips on satisfying my math requirement?

Why can’t I take 12 units?

Is college worth it for me? Not sure about juggling work and school or facing friends or family who aren’t convinced? See our “Resources For Adult Learner” tab above.


Free Pizza While You Register!

Still need summer or fall classes?  We can help!  Come meet with Therese or Judy next week and we’ll help you get registered. In Tracy you can see Darla and Cerena, too!

Tuesday, 4-7, Tracy Office.  Join us for a Registration-and-Pizza party at the Tracy Office!

Wednesday, 4-6.  Join us at KJ’s Cafe at Mission College’s new building (near the new Transfer Center) for cookies and advising.

Wednesday, 1-6.  Join us at Tabard Inn for treats and advising.

Thursday, 3-6:30.  Join us at Tabard for treats and advising.

Questions?  Just haven’t gotten around to adding classes?  Need advice?  Hope to see you next week (summer starts two weeks from next Monday!)

Career Opportunities

Courtesy of THRIVE, the San Mateo Consortium of NonProfits.
Pacific Foundation Services
Program Officer – Palo Alto PA
Pacific Foundation Services, LLC (PFS) is a professional services firm that manages 30 separate and independent family foundations. We provide whatever a foundation needs to operate optimally, including strategic advice, board support, grantmaking programs, compliance, financial management and a physical home. With a current staff of 31, we value competence and camaraderie and work together to make the most of our collective experience. We thrive on collaboration and share our talents to provide top-level service to our clients.
This position will focus on Sunlight Giving, a family foundation that supports local, state and national organizations that provide basic services to low-income families with children ages 0-5. We are looking for a highly skilled professional with a deep commitment to human services to join the team. This position will focus on Sunlight Giving’s health care access and food security grantmaking portfolios, along with other grantmaking work as assigned. This position will require regular travel throughout Sunlight Giving’s 10-county geographic focus.
The Program Officer provides day-to-day management of relationships with applicants and grantees throughout the grant process. The Program Officer performs due diligence on applicant organizations and participates in grantmaking planning, strategy and evaluation. This position is full-time exempt and reports to the Vice President of Program and the Managing Director of Sunlight Giving.

Click here for full job description and instructions to apply.

Californians for Justice
Californians for Justice (CFJ) is a statewide grassroots organization that believes that young people are the leaders we need to create healthy and thriving schools. We are expanding and hiring staff on our Operations team in our Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland, and San Jose offices.
Operations and Technology Associate CJ1
Californians for Justice is growing, and we are seeking someone who can take our infrastructure and technology to the next level. The Operations and Technology Associate coordinates Californians for Justice’s technology systems, administration & infrastructure, and office management. They will also provide some support to CFJ’s human resource and finance systems. This is a great opportunity for a self-starting and highly organized person who knows technology to strengthen the infrastructure of a respected social justice organization.
The Operations and Technology Associate is a full time, non-exempt position that will work with all four CFJ regions, report to the Operations and HR Manager, and work with the Senior Operations Director. The position can be located in any of CFJ’s four regional offices – Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland, or San Jose.

Click here for full job description and instructions to apply.

Operations and HR Manager CJ2
Californians for Justice is growing, and we are creating a new Operations and HR Manager position to ensure our staff have the skills and support to do their jobs well. This role is a fantastic opportunity for an HR professional to strengthen our systems as we expand our staff and implement exciting HR projects. We are seeking an experienced, highly competent, and highly organized team member who is good with both people and systems.
The Operations and HR Manager will manage a wide range of CFJ’s human resource activities, from HR administration, to supporting staff performance, to managing organization-wide processes. They will supervise and support the Operations Associate, who coordinates CFJ’s administrative, infrastructure, and technology systems. They may also supervise a new Events Associate position. The Operations and HR Manager reports to the Senior Operations Director and is full-time and exempt. In all duties and responsibilities, this position exercises discretion and independent judgment. The position can be located in any of CFJ’s four regional offices – Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland, or San Jose.

 Click here for full job description and instructions to apply.

Peninsula Family Service
Filipino Program Coordinator PFS
More than six decades ago, Peninsula Family Service – then known as the Family Service Agency of San Mateo County – was created to strengthen and maintain local families. Over the years, our original staff of two has grown to 150 employees who support participants in four Bay Area counties: San Benito, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo. Together with the help of our board, advisors, donors, volunteers, and partners, we serve nearly 10,000 individuals who need our help overcoming the barriers standing between themselves and a life of opportunity, financial stability, and wellness.
Peninsula Family Service strengthens the community by providing children, families, and older adults the support and tools to realize their full potential and lead healthy, stable lives.
Coordinate peer counseling services to the Filipino clients. Duties include recruiting Filipino and Tagalog-speaking volunteers to become peer counselors and Filipino clients for peer counseling services.

Click here for full job description and instructions to apply.

United Way Bay Area (UWBA)
Program Specialist UWBA
The United Way Bay Area (UWBA) is leading a network of corporations, government agencies, nonprofits, and individuals to create lasting change for Bay Area residents and families. With a history that spans over 90 years and programs that tackle the issue of local poverty from every angle, UWBA is uniquely positioned to mobilize and motivate all sectors of the community toward the vision of ending the cycle of poverty.

As UWBA responds to cultural shifts in the workplace, fundraising, and digital communications, it is guided by core values of innovation and results-driven creativity. Through a variety of existing and emerging initiatives, UWBA seeks to both strengthen and reimagine its work at all levels in order provide more and better opportunities for struggling Bay Area residents.

The Program Specialist position is an excellent opportunity for a skilled facilitator with strong relationship and project management skills, knowledge of the local nonprofit and educational landscape, and exceptional analytical skills. As a member of UWBA’s Equity Team, this individual will position clients for success by working with UWBA program initiatives, community based organizations, and higher education institutions to develop, deliver, and assess effective programming on an ongoing basis.

Click here for full job description and instructions to apply.