Public Hearing on Adoption of Budget

The San Mateo County Community College District will hold a public hearing on the proposed Budget for fiscal year 2022-23 on September 8, 2022, at 6:00 pm, at the San Mateo County Community College District, 3401 CSM Drive San Mateo, CA 94402.

The meeting agenda will be posted on the District website on September 2, 2022. A copy of the proposed budget can be accessed electronically at this link and will be available for public examination at the above location from September 2 to September 9, between the hours of 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and posted on the District website.

Contact Peter Fitzsimmons,, 650 358-6778, to request a printed or electronic copy.

Public members or stakeholders may request to comment at the public hearing on the proposed budget or any item therein, by following the Instructions for public comment found in the meeting agenda.

Chancellor Search Virtual Town Hall

San Mateo County Community College District has begun the search for the next Chancellor and welcomes public input.

The community is invited to attend a virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, and provide comments regarding the hiring of the next Chancellor. The District will share information regarding the hiring process and timeline, allow time for questions and answers, and, most importantly, gather input on the ideal characteristics of the next Chancellor.

If community members are unable to attend a virtual town hall, comments can be recorded by completing the anonymous Chancellor Search Feedback Form at this link:

Please see the details for the virtual town hall:
Chancellor Search Virtual Town Hall
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Zoom Link:

District Seeking Housing Board Members

The San Mateo County Community College District is seeking community applications for membership on the District’s Educational Housing Corporation Board of Directors.

The District owns and operates 134 housing units at its College of San Mateo, Cañada College and Skyline College campuses, which are available to faculty and staff within the District.  Employees are eligible to live in these units for up to seven years and are strongly encouraged to save the money from their reduced rent to apply toward a down payment to buy housing in the area or for future housing needs.  The District also has a second loan program for homebuyers that will supplement the employees’ down payment savings up to $150,000 and a closing cost grant for $1,000.

The Educational Housing Corporation Board of Directors is charged with overseeing the employee housing program and setting policies and managing operations that further the program’s goals of providing affordable housing options to allow for the recruitment and retention of District employees.  The Board serves in a volunteer capacity and is comprised of District stakeholders and community experts.


The District is seeking individuals who have expertise in residential property management/operations, legal and/or financial experience in housing-related issues, or closely related experiences.


Individuals interested in being appointed to the Educational Housing Corporation Board should submit a letter of interest to the District’s Board of Trustees and include:

  1. Statement of interest in serving on the Housing Board, including relevant experience.
  2. Brief biography/resume of professional work.

For priority consideration, letters of interest should be received by September 2, 2022, via email to

QUESTIONS: Contact Mitchell Bailey via email at or by calling 650-574-6510.


July 18, 2022

In accordance with Government Code Section 3547(d), on July 18, 2022, the San Mateo Community College District presented to the California School Employees Association and its San Mateo CCCD Chapter 33 (CSEA) a proposal containing a new subject of bargaining relating to Article 4 – Organizational Rights bringing it into compliance with recent changes in the law and clarifying release time for bargaining unit members. 

It is the intention of the San Mateo Community College District to meet and bargain in good faith with CSEA over this issue, in addition to other articles that have been sunshined by the parties.

Chancellor Michael Claire Announces Retirement Plan

San Mateo County Community College District Chancellor Michael E. Claire has announced that he will retire from his position and from the District in June 2023, at the end of the 2023 academic year.  Claire assumed the role of Chancellor in 2020, after serving for a year as interim chancellor, and the prior 13 years as president of College of San Mateo.

In a letter to the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) employees, Claire explained his plans: “I will have completed a total of 37 years with our District when I retire next year. At a personal level it is the right time for me to step away, spend more time with my family, and pursue other interests in my life.  I also feel that it is the right time for the District.  As chancellor I have focused on steadying the District, maintaining forward progress on important initiatives, and building a new team, all while steering the District through a major pandemic.”

Claire’s history with the SMCCCD began 42 years ago, while a student at Cañada College.  He later went on to be a professor, dean, vice president and college president, all within the SMCCCD, prior to becoming chancellor.

“Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the amazing journey our colleges allowed me to experience,” notes Claire of his career in the District.  “I leave with the bittersweet feeling of saying goodbye to a place I have called home for over 40 years, but also with the confidence of knowing that our community college district is stronger than it has ever been.”

Claire will continue in his role through June 2023 and the District’s Board of Trustees will hold initial discussions about the search process for a new chancellor at an upcoming meeting.

Community Invited to Participate in Facilities Masterplan Forums

The San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) is undertaking the development of our Districtwide Facilities Master Plan (FMP). Please join us for a series of virtual community meetings to learn more about this effort at Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College.

The District has completed their review of previously completed physical assessments and analysis, site visits, multiple meetings with College’s stakeholders, departments, students, and thecommunity. They have identified and incorporated educational needs, identified issues that require creative solutions, reviewed the options with our College communities, and identified the viable solutions that will comprise the 2022 FMP.

Register to Join Our Community Forums to Share Your Thoughts on San Mateo County Community College District Campus Facilities

*Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions and feedback.

Kim Lopez Named as Next Cañada College President

San Mateo County Community College District Chancellor Michael Claire has announced that he is recommending Kim Lopez as the next president of Cañada College.  The District’s Board of Trustees will take formal action on Lopez’s appointment at their May 11, 2022 meeting.  Ms. Lopez has served as interim president of Cañada College since August 1, 2021. 

“I have had the pleasure of working with Kim Lopez for several years and in several capacities,” said Claire.  “I know her to be a leader of integrity and compassion with values that align to put students first and create a college environment that is equitable, diverse, inclusive and anti-racist. I am confident that she will lead Cañada College into a new era of success and commitment to the community.”

Though serving in a new role at Cañada College, Ms. Lopez is not new to the campus.  She originally joined the college as dean of enrollment services and counseling and later became vice president of student services before moving to College of San Mateo (CSM) in 2017.  At CSM, Ms. Lopez served as vice president of student services and later as acting and interim president following the appointment of then-president Michael Claire as interim and permanent chancellor of the San Mateo County Community College District.  Prior to joining the SMCCCD, Ms. Lopez previously served three years as the Assistant Dean of Students at the University of California, San Diego and for two years as the Upward Bound (TRIO) director at the College of Micronesia on the island of Kosrae.  She also worked at the College of the Siskiyous for 13 years as a counselor and student services director.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve Cañada College and our broader community in my new role as president of this great institution,” said Ms. Lopez.  “As a second generation Mexican-American, I know the challenges many of our students face as they work to gain access to a higher education so they can gain economic and social mobility.  I am excited to work with our community to support the students and families who need us and to make Cañada College an indispensable partner of businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies and all groups who support students and higher education.”

Ms. Lopez currently serves on the JobTrain Board of Directors, Chamber San Mateo County Education Committee and as an Executive Team member for Redwood City Together.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in educational counseling from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Ms. Lopez will start her permanent role as president on July 1.  Her selection is subject to approval of a written contract, the terms of which will be available for public review prior to the Board’s meeting on May 11, 2022. 

NDNU and SMCCCD Partner to Provide Degree Completion Pathway

Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) and the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) are jointly announcing a new pathway for SMCCCD students to complete a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at NDNU.

This unique bachelor’s degree completion program will provide a pathway for SMCCCD students who have completed their associate degree for transfer in Business Administration to complete their bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from NDNU in two years.

Starting in January 2022, classes will be offered on the Cañada College campus but available to students at all three of the District’s colleges – Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College. NDNU will be providing generous financial aid and endowed scholarships for students in this pathway program.

“This is an exciting partnership that will help students take the next step in their career,” said NDNU President Beth Martin. “This program is designed to be flexible and affordable – with classes offered in the evenings and generous scholarships available for qualified students in this program.”

SMCCCD Chancellor Michael Claire added his support for the program: “This partnership will help SMCCCD meet the educational needs of students in our community. Having an affordable, four-year university option for bachelor’s degree completion allows students to pursue their higher education goals without financial barriers and while balancing their family obligations.

We continue to meet our students where they are.”

To meet the needs of the region, NDNU has narrowed its curricular focus, modified existing programs, and is developing new programs, including this new bachelor’s degree completion pathway. This program will complement NDNU’s master’s degree program offerings in Business Administration and Public Administration. The program will be a seamless pathway for SMCCCD students, particularly for those participating in its Promise Scholars program.

For more information on this program, visit: or email

District Will Use Federal Funds to Provide Debt Relief for Students and Defray Costs of Attending College

To assist students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) will be using more than half of the funds it has received from the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which was authorized in American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, to clear debt owed by students incurred during the pandemic and to provide assistance to defray costs for attending college.

“We are proud that, for the third time, we are allocating more than the minimum required by the federal COVID-19 relief funds program, to directly support students.” said SMCCCD Chancellor Michael Claire.  “This round of federal funding allows us to put much-needed financial resources directly in the hands of students and also clear them of unintended debts at our colleges that have occurred during this extraordinary time.”

The SMCCCD’s three colleges – Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College – have collectively been allocated $23,248,192 from the recent (third) round HEERF, nearly $12 million of which will go directly to student aid and more than $700,000 to student debt relief.  Direct aid to students will range from $1,250 – $1,625 for non-Pell-eligible students (non-need based) to $2,000 – $2,750 for Pell-eligible (need based) students, depending on the number of academic units in which each eligible student is enrolled. 

The SMCCCD will relieve $678,000 in outstanding student debt incurred as a result of the pandemic for a total of 3,719 students between the summer 2020 and summer 2021 academic terms.  The average per student debt is $182.  By relieving this debt, students will be able to register for classes for future semesters and will not have any holds on their records.