Phyllis Taylor: ASTEP Co-coordinator Language Arts
Office Building 1, Room 133
3300 College Drive
San Bruno CA 94066
ASTEP Learning Community Affirmation As a member of the ASTEP Community, you are called upon to adopt the following code:
“ I am committed to my learning. I am responsible to myself, my classmates, my instructors and my community. I am worthy.”
Welcome to ASTEP!
Welcome to Skyline College and the ASTEP Program! The
African-American Success Through Excellence and Persistence Program is
pleased at your decision to advance your life by attending college.
You are going places and the ASTEP program can help you get there!!!
Connected to the program is a, first of its kind, learning community
called the African-American Experience Learning Community. Students in
this learning community learn about African-American culture,
tradition, identity, history, psychology and contemporary life through
lectures, discussions, film, guest speakers and presentations. Each
course prepares you to take that very important step towards
transferring to a four-year college or university.
How can you participate in the "African-American Experience" Learning
The African-American Success Through Excellence and
Persistence (ASTEP) Program at
Skyline College is designed to attract African-American and other
students and increase their chances for student success on the road to
completing a college degree.
This program offers students an exciting and unique opportunity to
select courses from an Africentric curriculum. The ASTEP components
include core courses in English, math, career and life planning,
African-American History and Black Psychology. Tutorial Assistance,
as well as mentoring, counseling and other support services.
What is ASTEP?
The African-American Success Through Excellence and Persistence (ASTEP) program helps students of all ethnicities and abilities identify their strengths and talents. The program encourages and supports students in their educational goals, such as transferring to a four-year college or university, and earning an associate’s degree or vocational certificate.
African-American Success Through
Excellence and Persistence (ASTEP) program offers a
strengths-based, talent-development approach which encourages and
supports students in their goal of transferring to a California
University of California, or other 4 year college or University
system to earn a Bachelor's Degree.
ASTEP includes the following:
Comprehensive Academic Program
for Transfer Bound Students
Intensive Student Monitoring
4 Year College and University
tours in the near future.
Comprehensive Academic Progrm for Transfer Bound Students (What
ASTEP 1 Student declares goal to transfer to a
four-year college or university
ASTEP 2 Student and ASTEP Counselor develop an
individual Student Educational Plan (SEP) established on a strengths-based,
talent-development approach which identifies what general education
requirement courses the student needs to take each semester.
ASTEP 3 Student and ASTEP Counselor identity a
specific major and the prerequisite courses necessary for that major
ASTEP 4 Student and ASTEP Counselor identify the
college or university campus that fulfills the student's needs.
Students have the ability to choose their courses with the help of their counselor. First-semester students typically are clustered and enrolled in two or three courses that have a common theme. Since a student’s course load is tailored to his or her ability, first semester students typically take pre-collegiate English and pre-collegiate mathematics, or transfer-level English and transfer-level mathematics.
Transfer Level English
Transfer Level Mathematics
General Education Core Requirements: Cross-Cultural Communication, African-American History
Computer/Learning Skills/Multi Media
Library and Information Resource Skills
*Program Requirements to initially participate a student must be:
registered as a part-time or full-time Skyline student willing to meet
with the ASTEP counselor.
Intensive Student Monitoring
Regular meetings with ASTEP Counselor
Individual meetings with Faculty and Facilitators
Twice a month Faculty/Student meetings to monitor student's progress
• Academic learning forums
• Supplemental instruction provided in math & English, including tutoring
Transfer resources for historical black colleges and universities
Computer skills development
Student leadership training, through Skyline student organizations such as Black Student Union, Associated Students of Skyline College (ASSC), and Campus Ambassadors
4-year college and university tours to California State University and University of California campuses, among others.