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Skillshop Descriptions

Academic Success

Discover your learning style in this interactive Skillshop. Like fashion, each of us has a unique style when it comes to learning in the classroom. You will walk away knowing your learning preference and strategies to use in the classroom and home to help you succeed.

Incorporate new skills that will enable you to become a more proficient note-taker. Mind mapping, abbreviations, short-hand, and Cornell-style will be discussed.

This Skillshop will cover the key steps in helping you identify a major. Popular myths about careers and majors will be discussed. You will walk away with a better understanding of the process of exploring majors, how to identify your interests, and what resources to  utilize to help you further clarify your goals in this process.
End this semester on a high note by “acing your finals.” Join us to learn the best strategies to boost your study efficiency and productivity.
Learn effective goal setting strategies, learn the difference between goals and dreams. Learn how to turn your life plan into bite size goals that you can successfully achieve, you will be on the path to achieving them while staying focused and motivated the entire journey!
This Skillshop will teach you how to use visual representations of material to: summarize material, organize, and clarify concepts. Break down detailed   material, restructure and  manipulate information for greater understanding.
Learn about wallet friendly, genius time-saving hacks your library services and resources can provide for YOU! From free use of databases for scholarly articles to asking your Librarians research questions, Outreach Librarian   Natalie Lopez will tell you how YOUR library can $ave you time and money as a student.


In this Skillshop you’ll learn; Study Strategies, Note Taking Pointers, New Methods of Studying, Time management tips, and how to find additional resources on & off campus.


College is not only about going to class and studying but also about managing your time to make the most of your college experience. Join us to learn how to effectively strategize work, school, and personal life while reducing stress and increasing success.


Does worry and stress affect your ability to enjoy life at home, work, school, and elsewhere? Does stress and anxiety lower your grades on a test? Come to the Teaching & Learning   Center and learn how to eliminate stress and test  anxiety in a matter of minutes. You'll learn state-of-the-art techniques that are well researched and easy to perform.


Assess your current test taking strategies. Reflect on what you might need to do to improve your techniques. Discover the planning that goes into preparing for exams. Learn about different types of tests. Discover the    benefits of study groups.
Be in the KNOW about the NEW! Join Outreach Librarian Natalie Lopez on a virtual tour of the new Library space! Find out about library services and resources to help you succeed.

Outreach Librarian Natalie Lopez will teach you how to read a scholarly article from your library databases!

Career Exploration & Planning

Meet Palomar College Police Department’s Chief Moore and Lead CSO David Reza to learn about how  Officers and CSOs assist our students every day. Meet some of those keeping the campus safe every day.


Everyday Awareness and What to do in an Emergency Situation


  • Free coffee
  • Share your thoughts
  • Casual Conversation
Get a head start on your career with hands-on experience. Learn how jobs and internships can advance your educational and career goals and how Palomar College's Cooperative Education Team can help.
This session will focus on the benefits of Service Learning. We will also go over paperwork/process/deadlines.
In this workshop we will discuss what failure looks like to each of us and learn if failure is a challenge or an opportunity. How we handle failure keeps us stagnant or moves us forward. Come and learn more about the FEAR of FAILING.
Did you know that up to 70% of all companies do not post their jobs online? For students who already have a career chosen, this workshop covers job networking, how to search, and evaluate job advertisements to determine if your skills align and if the company is right for you. Learn the secrets of how HR recruiters post job advertisements.


What type of resume do you need for a job in your degree program? How do you get your resume noticed by hiring managers? How do you find jobs that match your interests and skills? The workshop will teach you how to apply your education to meet industry specific requirements and teach you which mistakes to avoid. Students will write their resume the workshop and receive guidance from HR  experts.
Do job interviews make you nervous or stressful? How should you answer those “tough questions” in a job interview and what is a “trap question?” Come learn the answer to these questions, and practice interviewing with HR professionals.
Did you know that HR recruiter’s post jobs on LinkedIn? Do you want to connect with  professionals in your areas of study or industry? Come learn how LinkedIn works from HR professionals, and set up your account.
Are you Blue? Perhaps Gold? Maybe Green? Or Orange? This workshop will help  participants learn about the True Colors personality assessment and learn more about themselves and understand others’ colors in addition to their own.


How do you impress an employer with your cover letter? What is the difference between a resume and a cover letter? This workshop teaches students about content, format and how to increase their chances of being hired.

Join the Palomar College Police Department in honoring Women’s History Month 2020. These women will share the stories of their personal and professional journeys as we honor the contributions of women to every facet of society, during this annual celebration.
Sheriff Commander Theresa Adams Hydar
Officer Ashley Witherspoon (PC Alumni)- Oceanside PD·
Dispatcher Nieves Suarez-PCPD

We will explore how an entrepreneurial mindset enables you to overcome challenges, be decisive, and accept responsibility for your outcomes. It is a constant need to improve your skills, learn from your mistakes, and take continuous action on your ideas.

Getting info on:

Application process
Testing Process
What to do after acceptance

Financial Literacy

Learn the financial things to consider before, during and after the process of purchasing a vehicle. Remembering that a car purchase can be one of the biggest financial decision one makes, what are the long term effects of making the correct or wrong purchase? Have you considered all the expenses associated with car ownership and how the car you choose can affect that cost? This presentation is interactive and uses real-life examples to illustrate the importance of knowing your credit profile and budget when car buying.


An interactive workshop is aimed at helping you see budgeting as a lifestyle. Topics that will be addressed: benefits of budgeting, overcoming budget aversion, and effective goal setting and saving. Hear real life examples that help illustrate the importance of creating a spending plan. You too can create a plan to make the best use of your money!


Setting long-term and short-term goals. Most people who have built wealth didn’t do so overnight. They acquired it by setting goals and actively working to achieve them. These goals are split between short-term goals (up to three years) and long-term goals (three + years). You will work with financial experts who will help you work on setting realistic financial goals and address ways to achieve them, even when “life” happens.


Come learn the ins & outs of credit cards, loans, lending and finance charges. Learn the benefit of credit and how YOU can start building credit for your future.


Financial Aid Assistance

Financial Aid Specialists will be available to provide free hands-on assistance with your 2019-2020 FAFSA Application.

Health & Wellness

Education about breast cancer to inform women ways they can lower their risk factors, screenings, mammograms and the importance of well woman exams and early detection.


Education about cervical cancer to inform women ways they can lower their risk factors and teach women the differences between screenings, as well as the importance of well women exams and early detection.
n Honor of Suicide Awareness Week, The Student Wellness Advocacy Group invites you to learn about some of the triggers and risk factors associated with Depression and Suicide. Traditional college age students are at the highest risk of struggling with mental illness so its important to stay informed.
Please join WRC’s Community Outreach Coordinator, Stacey Eltzroth at Palomar College as she educates the community about issues surrounding the topics of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Stacey Eltzroth is the Community  Outreach  Coordinator for the non-profit organization WRC that has been serving clients since 1974 and focuses on reviving courage and empowering lives for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Her current role within WRC is to educate the community and bring awareness to these issues.


Education on heart health provides a better understanding of what the heart does, how it works and why a strong heart is important for overall health.

Vista Community Clinic will give a presentation during the Great American Smoke Out about smoking cessation and present the latest program for curbing the vaping  epidemic.
Healthcare coverage is a right for everyone! NCHS will provide education about the importance of health coverage, understanding the process and how NCHS can help individuals apply. Learn about the importance of preventative care and regular doctor’s visits, such as health screenings and physicals.


Oral health education is an opportunity to inform individuals about serious  conditions that have been linked to poor oral health. The health of your mouth can affect the overall health of your body.
Lets talk! In this workshop you will learn about how to build healthy relationships starting with building a healthy you!


Vista Community Clinic will inform students about Big Tobacco latest scheme, E-cigarettes and flavors.


Education about birth control options is an opportunity to inform individuals about the reproductive system, reproductive life plan and options for pregnancy prevention.


Join Dr. Patrick Savaiano, Assistant Director of Behavioral Health Counseling Services, for a Skillshop focused on improving the most important relationship you will ever have…the relationship you have with yourself. Excessive worries and self-criticism are often symptoms of heightened stress and negatively impact our self-confidence and ability to focus. Learn new strategies to assist with managing negative thoughts and difficult emotions, and ultimately improve your performance.


Please join Dr. Patrick Savaiano, Assistant Director of Behavioral Health Counseling Services, for an introduction to mindfulness, meditation, and  relaxation strategies. Patrick has more than 10 years of experience both   practicing and teaching mindfulness principles and exercises. These techniques have been shown to enhance wellness, improve relationships, mitigate stress, reduce anxiety, and alleviate symptoms of depression.


Learn about services offered by the Access & Crisis Line during Suicide Awareness Month.


Join us for an hour of relaxation as we teach you a few stress management and coping techniques to utilize whenever you are feeling stressed or  overwhelmed. Walk away feeling empowered and rejuvenated.
This presentation will be on Secondhand smoke and Smoke-free Outdoor  Dining. Vista Community Clinic will present the impact of 7,000 chemicals in secondhand smoke, how it effects our health, where we are exposed and what students can do to help change the law for outdoor restaurants in San Marcos.
Sexually transmitted disease health education is an opportunity to inform individuals about risky behaviors and how STD conditions can affect your reproductive health as well as your overall well-being.


Join the Student Health Center to learn about free to low cost medical and behavioral health counseling services offered to you wit your paid health fee.

Providing health education about healthy choices is an opportunity to inform individuals about how nutrients can provide you with energy, improve your overall health and help prevent serious conditions linked to poor eating habits.

Join the Student Health Center to learn about the Family PACT program and how you may be eligibility for free reproductive health and family planning services including birth control, pregnancy testing, STD testing, and more!

Informing young adults about the benefits of having adequate sleep, as well as developing healthy sleeping habits is important for your overall health.

Play Jeopardy with us, learn about how our earth is being affected by cigarettes and vapes, and ways to help people quit smoking.

Mental Health education and awareness is an opportunity to reduce stigma and inform individuals about how your emotional, psychological and social well-being can potentially improve your overall health.

Emotional Health is just as important as any other aspect of health. This is an opportunity to bring awareness about emotional health and how to manage certain emotions to reduce stress and inform about self-awareness.

Come stretch, breathe and de-stress in this beginning yoga class with Candace Rose. Candace teaches film studies at Palomar College and loves practicing and teaching yoga too. Bring a yoga mat and/or blanket. All students are welcome!

Peer to Peer

Do you find yourself thinking, “I should already know this,” but you don’t. Do you have difficulty expressing yourself or communicating with others? We’ve all been there! In this workshop, we will provide you some insights on how to overcome self-doubt.


Are you a millennial? Do you think you know what millennials are like? Some would argue that millennials have been stereotyped as slackers and obsessed with social media. Is this really warranted? How can millennial stereotypes be challenged and what are the strengths of the millennial generation? Join us for an open conversation about this topic.
There are a wide range of websites out there that will help you find information about colleges, careers, professors, and transferring. Let us teach you how to access and guide your way through websites that will benefit you for years to come. Navigating eServices can be tricky. We will help you to understand  important features of eServices that will aid you in scheduling classes, accessing transcripts, and making payments.
Are you planning on transferring? Whether you know your dream transfer school or not, you should be exploring your transfer options. This Skillshop will provide you with        personal insights from recent transfer students regarding life as a transfer student.
Start the semester off on the right track. Develop good student habits and get organized. We can show you how!


Student Support Programs

What is EOP&S?

What are the Benefits?

Am I eligible?

Application Process and Deadlines

What is TRIO SSS?

What are the Benefits?

Am I eligible?

Application Process and Deadlines

Transfer Success

This workshop will highlight the coursework needed for transfer, review university choices, and discuss strategies for successful
transfer from Palomar to a university or college.

Plan to Transfer to SDSU? Learn More about the Writing Assessment! If you are transferring to SDSU, you will need to take a writing assessment test. Come learn from three graders of this test what to expect and some hints and tips to help with taking it.