The three dining halls have also undergone major changes since 2005. Like the Bookstore, Skyline College’s Sky Café moved into the new Student and Community Center in 2007 and is now undergoing a renovation to upgrade furniture, flooring and other cosmetic and green upgrades. College of San Mateo’s Terrace Grill moved into College Center and opened in April 2011 in this amazing facility with wrap around views of the Bay Area. Cañada College’s Farm Hill Grill has been operated from a mobile unit since 2009 while significant renovations to its home in B5 are underway. The new location is expected to open in August 2012.
A significant change in the operation of the dining halls includes marketing the dining hall at College of Mateo, the Bayview Dining Room, for use by community members. Since opening the building last year, we have hosted more than 50 events for community members and local government organizations including job fairs, conferences, firefighter and transit agency testing, rotary and other local government breakfasts and luncheons, weddings, bar mitzvahs, quincinieras and Hillsdale High School’s Homecoming Dance. Revenue from these events supplements the maintenance and ongoing enhancements to this beautiful facility.
More important than the revenue is the direct engagement of the local community to use our beautiful campus facilities. All of the events we have hosted have brought community members who would otherwise not be on campus to our doors. Coincidentally, the majority of the events we have hosted have come as a result of a previous event someone attended. We continue to bring the community into our community colleges. Similar marketing efforts will begin at Skyline College’s Sky Café after renovations to the space are completed this fall.
Campus vending includes the snack and vending machines located on each of the campuses and the District Office. All of the commission revenue from these machines is allocated by the District Auxiliary services advisory Committee (DASAC) for use by each of the three Associated Student Body groups.