The effort is being coordinated by Soraya Sohrabi, director of the school's Transfer Center. "We are encouraging our employees to wear their college gear on Tuesdays and to take a few minutes to talk with our students about their different paths to a four-year degree," she said.
Cañada College President Larry Buckley said a number of staff and faculty attended a community college before transferring to a university to earn their degree. "We want our students to hear these stories," he said. "When they talk with our employees, they'll learn there are many different paths to a college degree."
Robert Hood, Director of Marketing and Outreach at Cañada, attended Linn-Benton Community College before ultimately graduating from Oregon State University. "I was fortunate that an academic counselor at Linn-Benton took me under her wing and helped me find the path to Oregon State," he said. "I would have been lost on my own."
California community college students are guaranteed admission into various UC, CSU, and private schools through Transfer Admission Guarantee Agreements. "They must meet the school's admission requirements but our counseling staff can help them build a class schedule to make sure they take the necessary classes," Sohrabi said. "The first step is meeting with an academic counselor."
Local CSU campuses also give admission priority to students who complete the majority of their units at a community college located in the CSU's service area.
As part of Cañada's Transfer Tuesday celebration, the school will hold its annual Transfer Day on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 10 am to 1 pm in the Grove (Building 5). Representatives from colleges and universities from around the country will be on hand to answer questions. The event is free and open to the public.
For more information about building a path from Cañada to a university, contact the Cañada College Transfer Center at (650) 306-3493 or visit the website.