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College for Working Adults - Earn a Degree - Don't Quit Your Job! Classes Guaranteed.

Cañada College has expanded its current College for Working Adults program to allow students with up to 15 units of GE courses to transfer into one of our three cohorts. You may be able to graduate in less than three years while attending classes on Thursday nights and every other Saturday. Whether you are a new student or current student, contact our Project Coordinator, Jeri Eznekier (650 306-3304) to see which cohort is a good fit for you.

Students participating in the Cañada College for Working Adults will receive up to three Associate of Arts degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Social and Behavioral Science and/or Humanities or an Associate of Arts degree in Psychology. It prepares students for a variety of careers related to education, law, social work, business, and politics.

All 60 general education credits earned in this program are transferrable to public and private colleges and universities. Students will follow a predetermined plan of classes, elimin…

New PATH Program helps allied health students finish science prerequisites quicker

A new program designed to help allied health students complete their science prerequisites in less than 18 months is set to begin Aug. 20 at Cañada College.

The Preparation for Advanced Training in Healthcare (PATH) will accept two cohorts of 30 students. Students accepted into the program will be guaranteed admission into biology, chemistry, psychology, and math classes that are often impacted due to budget constraints. One cohort is designed for students who have completed Chemistry 410 (Chemistry for Health Sciences) and the second cohort is available for students who have not completed this chemistry requirement.

"This will help students who need the prerequisites to study nursing, radiologic technology, pharmacy, respiratory therapy and other allied health programs," said Vice President of Instruction Sarah Perkins. Students will also benefit from studying in a cohort. "We know there are many students around the Bay Area having a difficult time entering these fiel…

Commencement Ceremony set for May 26

Cañada College will recognize the academic achievement of more than 700 graduates at its annual commencement ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 26 at 10 a.m.

This year’s commencement speaker is former Cañada College President Thomas Mohr, who retired last year after serving as president for five years. During his tenure at Cañada, Mohr helped guide the college and the San Mateo County Community College District through an exhaustive strategic planning process. He worked to integrate the college with the local high schools and strengthen Cañada’s transfer programs. As part of this process, the school developed a successful Honors Transfer Program; strengthened its University Center by adding additional university partners; and added full-time faculty focused on transfer-level curriculum.

The college will honor Katya Kurganova as this year’s valedictorian. She is a Russian immigrant who learned English at Cañada and is graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA and has been accepted to UC Berke…

Lisa Torres fulfills dream of studying mechanical engineering at Cal

Following her graduation from Sequoia High School, Lisa Torres learned that she had not been accepted to her first two college choices – UC Berkeley and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. But after spending three years studying mechanical engineering at Cañada College, the San Carlos resident learned she will be accepted to Cal this fall. “Community college can really make a difference and if you are an engineering, math, or science major, Cañada is the place to study,” said Torres. “The school was instrumental in helping me get admitted to Berkeley. I was also admitted to Cal Poly so Cañada gave me a second chance to attend my top two universities that I didn’t get into after high school.” Torres was an excellent high school student who excelled in math and science classes and was accepted to UC Santa Cruz, CSU Northridge and San Diego State. Unfortunately, her parents could not afford to help pay her tuition and the cost to leave the area to attend college was prohibitive. That’s when she heard…

Student Recognition Ceremony set for Friday, May 11

Cañada College will celebrate its best and brightest students - those arriving and those moving on - in a special recognition ceremony on Friday, May 11 in the gymnasium. The evening begins with light refreshments at 4:30 followed by the program and awards presentations at 5:15. The school will recognize the following student accomplishments and achievements:

·Scholarship Recipients ·Transfer Students ·Honors Transfer Program scholars ·Transferring MESA scholars ·Tutors
The annual recognition ceremony is one of the largest events at the college as it heads towards Commencement on Saturday, May 26 at 10 a.m.
Cañada College's Inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Banquet celebrating 44 years of Cañada College athletics, was held Saturday, May 5, 2012.

Membership in the Athletic Hall of Fame is a tribute to those athletes, coaches, and other distinguished individuals, who deserve recognition for their outstanding accomplishments in athletics and for their support of the Cañada College Athletic program.
2012 Inductees: Sam Nicolopulos, (posthumously), Head Coach, Wrestling — Highly respected by athletes, coaches and faculty alike, Sam was a leading force in the Physical Education Department at Cañada College. Sam’s coaching career spanned 53 years. For 39 years Sam was a Head Coach of football or wrestling starting at Carlmont High, San Carlos High and then Cañada College. In 1968, the year that Cañada College opened its doors, Sam was recruited from San Carlos High School and named the Head Football Coach at Cañada College. Football was never instated by the college…

Cañada College Upward Bound Student Named Gates Millennium Scholar

Redwood City’s Roberto Pablo Pimienta is one of 1,000 students nationwide that will receive the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship for 2012. More than 24,000 students applied. The scholarship will pay for Pimienta’s tuition, fees, books, and living expenses at Stanford University. It will also pay for fellowships for graduate school, mentoring services, leadership opportunities, and access to internships.

Pimienta is a senior at Sequoia High School in Redwood City and is a participant in the Cañada College TRiO Upward Bound Program. Upward Bound is a federally funded pre-college program designed to assist first-generation college students prepare for college. It consists of Saturday workshops at Cañada College and weekly tutoring. During the summer, students participate in a six-week program offering academic courses and activities on the Cañada College campus. It serves approximately 50 students from the East Palo Alto and North Fair Oaks areas.

“I initially learned about the …
The annual spring dance performance will take place on Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theater.

This is one of the more popular student performances of the year. Director Ana Miladinova will lead the students through a show that features jazz, salsa, ballroom, ballet and modern styles. This year's show is titled "Cañada Dance Motion IV".

The performance is open to the public and a $5 donation helps fund dance programs at the college. For more information, contact Miladinova at (650) 306-3147.

International Concert Pianist Richard Glazier to Perform at Cañada College

International concert pianist Richard Glazier will give a "concert and conversation" on the music of George Gershwin on Thursday, May 10, at 12:30 pm in the Cañada College Main Theater. The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff, administration, and the public.
Glazier is a favorite performer on KQED-TV and PBS stations throughout the United States and his television special "From Gershwin to Garland" has become a programming classic winning multiple awards including four Telly Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment, Documentary and Cultural Programming. He has performed in every state of the union, at the United Nations, the Smithsonian Institute, Carnegie Hall and was awarded the Alumni Achievement Award from his alma mater the Cleveland Institute of Music for his contributions to the American Popular Song. He also won several major international piano competitions including the Pro Musics International Award and the National Federation of…

Info Session - Earn Your Bachelor's in Allied Health at Cañada

The San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) is partnering with National University to offer students an opportunity to complete a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in Allied Health on the Cañada College campus. Graduates of this degree program are prepared to... assume supervisory, management, or educational positions in the healthcare field.

National University will offer, through a combination of hybrid and online classroom formats, the 17 upper division courses required for the degree. Each course will meet for 4.5 hours one day a week for 4 weeks at Cañada College, with additional online class time. The program will begin this summer, with the first cohort of 15 participants.

National University will provide SMCCCD students and alumni who participate in the program with a 10% tuition discount. Additionally, as a community college student, you may qualify for two National University scholarships. Please contact Caitlin Valdez, financial aid advisor for National Universit…

Cañada Student Turns Down $10,000 Scholarship to Pursue Dream of Studying Political Economy at UC Berkeley

A Redwood City community college student who lived in an upholstery shop when he was 15 is turning down a $10,000 scholarship to UC Santa Cruz to pursue his educational dream of studying at UC Berkeley.

Carlos Ortega, a student at Cañada College, lived in 12 different homes by the time he was a high school sophomore and eventually moved into an upholstery shop owned by his father's friend, fashioning a mattress out of pieces of foam remnants. He began stealing food, clothes, and car stereos to meet his basic needs but that lifestyle became dangerous so he dropped out of school his senior year to take on a full-time job.

"It's truly an honor and privilege to be offered this scholarship," Ortega said, "but I have been accepted to UC Berkeley, which is my first choice. It's been a dream of mine to study political economy and some of the world's foremost experts in the subject work at Berkeley. I know some people question turning down such a great opportunity …

Student Fashion Show Struts Into Main Theater May 12

You'll be left speechless as the fourth annual student-produced fashion show at Cañada College - La Mode - crosses the catwalk on Saturday, May 12 at 7 p.m.

Some of the most creative student designers in the Bay Area will have their works displayed by local models.
Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 7 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 through the Cañada Bookstore. Children under 12 are $5.
The show is completely produced by Cañada students including lighting, music, props, sets, model recruitment, hair and make up, and promotions. Students will also have recycled/repurposed garments on display.

Cañada College Named One of California's Top 25 Community Colleges

In a special report on California's community colleges, rated Cañada College as one of the state's Top 25.

In describing the school, the website said, "Cañada College proves that big things really can come in small packages. Not only is Cañada College one of the state's leading community colleges in terms of completion and transfer rates, but this relatively small campus is one of the few nationally to offer bachelor's degrees through its University Center."
Other schools on the list include Ohlone, City College of San Francisco, Las Positas, De Anza, Cuesta, Sierra, Santa Barbara, Foothill, Southwestern, Cabrillo, Golden West, Santa Ana, Cosumnes, Reedley, Siskiyous, San Diego, Irvine Valley, Pasadena, Chaffey, San Diego Mesa, Columbia, Monterey Peninsula and College of the Canyons.
The full story can be found on the website.