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MLB Network Analyst Harold Reynolds Heads Second Hall of Fame Class

Harold Reynolds, a three-time Major League Baseball All-Star and currently the lead analyst for the MLB Network, headlines a list of eight former Cañada College athletes that will be inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.

The formal ceremony is scheduled for June, 2013 but a special reception is planned for Friday, Dec. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cañada Vista. All faculty, staff and administration, along with last year’s inaugural Hall of Fame Class are welcome. The Cañada Men’s Basketball team will be playing the same night in the Stable Center. For more information, call (650) 306-3212.

"This second group of former athletes and coaches is an exceptional class," said Cañada College Athletic Director Mike Garcia. In addition to Reynolds, it includes:

Jerry Drever, former men's basketball and golf coach who guided the Colts to the 1988 state championship in golf. Gordon Gray (posthumously), women's softball coach and an assistant coach for the baseball te…

Free Tax and Accounting Workshop for Small Business Owners and the Self-Employed

The Cañada College Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities is teaming up with Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA) and the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center to offer a free tax and accounting workshop for small business owners and the self-employed.
The workshop will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Renaissance Mid-Peninsula, 1848 Bay Road, East Palo Alto. Registration is available online or by calling (650) 321-1102 Ext. 1102 or by emailing

The featured speaker at the workshop will be Arnold Pinck, retired enrolled agent and counselor for SCORE, an organization dedicated to helping small businesses grow. Participants will learn:

Accounting PrinciplesTax Record KeepingBusiness DeductionsEmployee/Independent Contractor FilesAnd more... The Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities (CEO) helps small business owners and budding entrepreneurs develop their ideas. The CEO offers courses and workshops to fit the unique needs of small busi…

Danielle Pelletier Leads Statewide Effort to Teach English in the Workplace

Danielle Pelletier, ESL instructor, has been named coordinator for the Teaching English in the Workplace for the California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CATESOL). Pelletier has been serving in her new role since last spring.

"The primary initiatives of the CATESOL Teaching English in the Workplace Interest Group is to make sure that there is representation for those California ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers who teach English in the workplace," Pelletier said. "This group is comprised of teachers who teach workers at all levels. This could mean teaching basic English to hotel employees or teaching presentation skills to an executive at a bio-pharmaceutical company."

As the coordinator, Pelletier's primary responsibilities are to recruit, maintain, and develop membership so the group has proper representation. She also works with the members to organize professional workshops in all parts of California. "The workshops are de…

Cañada to Crown a Monopoly Champion Saturday, Oct. 27

Cañada College will host its third annual Monopoly Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 27. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and tournament play begin at 10:30 a.m. All proceeds fund the Cañada College Accounting Scholarship. The tournament will be held in "The Grove" located in Building 5.

The tournament is open to everyone. Students and seniors are $10 and the general public is $15. Pizza and water will be provided to participants between the two 90-minute tournament rounds. This year's grand prize is a Kindle Fire. There will also be a silent auction and raffle prizes. 

If Monopoly isn't your game, you can join the UNO Attack game that occurs during the tournament or bring your own board game and enjoy the atmosphere.

In the past, this event has raised nearly $1,000 for student scholarships.

To register to play, contact Leonor Cabrera at

Cañada Students Chosen for Leadership Conference

A select group of seven Cañada College students recently honed their leadership skills at a special invitation-only conference in Sacramento for math-based majors. The event was sponsored by PG&E and six other companies.
The Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Student Leadership Conference held last weekend offered extensive professional and leadership development through direct interaction with industry mentors and speakers. The hand-picked MESA students, all science, engineering, or math majors, represented over 30 universities and community colleges from across the state, including Cañada College.
Participating Cañada students were: Moises Bautista, Norman Ettedgui, Juan Guevara, Jose Salgado, William Berrios, Curtis Carpentier and Michael Nobida.
Students participated in mock interviews, connected with industry representatives from seven national and California companies and heard guest speakers such as former NASA astronaut Tammy Jernigan, who also led a wom…

Cañada College, Sequoia Union High School District to Host College Night

Cañada College, in partnership with the Sequoia Union High School District, will host its annual College Night from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24. The event will be held in the Cañada College gymnasium, Building 1, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City.
The event brings together universities and colleges from in-state, and out-of- state to help area high school students as they consider which college or university is best for them. Students will be informed on a wide variety of topics including freshman and transfer admission requirements, academic programs, cost of attendance, living expenses, distance, size and nature of the student body, and activities.
In addition, workshops will be provided on topics such as financial aid availability, overview of university requirements, and how to navigate the different college and university systems.
Parents and students are encouraged to attend. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit the Cañada College Transfer Center home…

Transfer Day Brings More Than 60 Colleges and Universities to Cañada

Transfer Day will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Learning Center. Representatives from more than 60 colleges and universities will be available to meet with students to discuss program and course offerings.

"This is a great opportunity for students to meet with university representatives and begin to chart their future educational path," said event organizer Soraya Sohrabi. "It also gives students a chance to practice their communication skills."
Students can learn about admission requirements, scholarship opportunities, internships and other programs offered at various universities.

Pizza will be available for students who gather information from universities on their "transfer passport". The event is open to all students at any level from freshman to transfer ready.

Voter Registration Deadline is Monday, Oct. 22

As a college student you can help decide the future of California by voting on November 6.  But the first step is to register as a California voter before the deadline on Monday, October 22.
Registering to vote has never been easier.  For the first time, Californians can register to vote online.
Critical choices will be made at this election. California voters will decide issues affecting education funding and college tuition, the state budget process, punishment for crimes, and food labeling rules.  And the candidates chosen will shape the policies of our state for years to come. 
You are eligible to vote in California if you are: A United States citizen,A resident of California,18 years of age or older on Election Day,Not currently serving any part of a felony sentence (see the Secretary of State’s website for more information).Not found by a court to be mentally incompetent. If you have moved from your previous address, or changed you…

Earthquake Drill on Thursday, Oct. 18

Cañada College will participate in a statewide earthquake drill on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 10:18 am and again at 7:18 pm.

Millions of Californians will “Drop, Cover and Hold On” as part of the Great California ShakeOut – the largest earthquake drill in the country.

Here is what we need you to do for the drill:

Prior to the drill, please review the evacuation map in your classroom. In addition, please review this link for additional information about the ShakeOut.At 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. all faculty, staff and students will be reminded of the drill time through an AlertU text message (for all registered cell phones).  You can sign up for AlertU text messages at 10:18 a.m. and 7:18 p.m. the Emergency Announcement System will be activated with an announcement “Drop, Cover and Hold On” for one minute. Stay calm and follow instructions. If for some reason, you do not hear t…

Renovation Begins on the Campus Tennis Courts

Cañada College is renovating its tennis courts, work that will continue through December.

The college is removing and replacing the tennis court parking lots, installing a modular restroom, security cameras, and parking lot lighting. The initial work will be begin with trenching from the campus road outside of the tennis courts uphill to tie into the sanitary sewer outside of the Cañada Vista Housing.

Students, staff, faculty, and visitors should expect the immediate closure of the right hand lane of traffic on the Campus Loop Road.

Cañada Student to Present at Biomedical Research Conference

Dominic Lopez-Toney, a 2010 Sequoia High School graduate and current Cañada student, has been chosen to present at the 2012 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students to be held Wednesday, Nov. 7 in San Jose.

Dominic will present at this year's poster presentation. His presentation is titled "Fluorescence Analysis of α-Catenin Chimeras and an Overview of the Adherens Junctions."

This past summer, Dominic worked as a research intern in the Structural Biology Department at Stanford University under Professor William Weis. It was there that he began researching how epithelial cells react to the introduction of tension.

"The goal of our lab was to analyze the structure of various proteins associated in tension regulated responses at cell-cell contacts," he said. "The protein that my lab supervisor and I worked most closely was a-catenin."
Dominic said a cell’s ability to sense and react to various stresses created from both intracellular a…

Project READ's 23rd Annual Trivia Bee Buzzes Into Cañada Oct. 12

The 23rd Annual Trivia Bee, presented by Redwood City Friends of Literacy, will be held Friday, Oct. 12 at 6:30 pm.

The Trivia BEE event is designed to promote literacy awareness and raise funds to support Project READ's mission of a literate community.
Established in 1987, Project READ is a free, volunteer-based literacy program serving adults, children and families.  It is committed to providing literacy training throughout the community. Tutoring lessons are student-centered, focusing on reading, writing and critical thinking skills and are supported by volunteers. Project READ's intergenerational programs are designed to break the cycle of illiteracy by surrounding adults and families with literacy services that promote education and a lifelong love of learning.

The Trivia BEE competition is fun and simple. Each team consists of three members with the Team Captain serving as the team spokesperson. Teams attempt to correctly answer trivia questions. One point is given for eac…

STEM Center Membership Day is a Success

The STEM Center Membership Day held on Sept. 12 was a great success, with hundreds of new students interested in studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics attending.

The event was designed to help students learn more about programs and resources for STEM majors. More than 200 students have now signed up to become members of the STEM Center.
"This was a fantastic way for us to engage with our students and educate them about the academic and support services available to them while they attend Cañada," said Cathy Lipe, Director of the MESA Program.

Lipe said the STEM Center team is now going through the student data to determine which students are eligible for various programs and services and they are organizing the students into cohorts to be supported by Retention Specialists, Chris Woo and Melissa Ibarra, and STEM Counselor Will Reyes.

Woo will work directly with a cohort of students who are new to campus while Ibarra will work with students in their final …

Visit CSU Monterey Bay on Oct. 13

If you are considering transferring to CSU Monterey Bay the Transfer Success Tours will be visiting the campus on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Transfer Success Tours is a free program to give all Cañada College students an opportunity to explore their transfer options by visiting local universities. Free transportation and lunches are provided.
The tour to CSU Monterey Bay is open to all Cañada student in good academic standing. First-generation students are highly encouraged to attend. Only 40 sports are available. To sign-up, go to the Welcome Center desk located on the ground floor of Building 9.

For more information, contact Loretta Davis at or call 650-306-3452.

Jessica Kaven Joins Beta Zeta Nu as Faculty Advisor

Jessica Kaven, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Cañada, has joined the board of faculty advisors for the Beta Zeta Nu chapter of Cañada College.
The Redwood City resident is a former volleyball player at the University of Hawaii. She received her master’s degree from San Jose State University and is currently pursuing her doctorate at CSU, Stanislaus. Jessica attended high school in Esperanza near Anaheim where she was recruited to play volleyball at Hawaii.

Prior to coming to Cañada, Kaven served as an adjunct faculty member at Foothill, De Anza, Cabrillo, San Jose State and Ohlone.

A New Book Details a Debt-Free Spending Plan

Mike and JoAnneh Nagler understand the spiraling problems of debt. "We were in a situation where it felt like we would never get out from underneath our debt," he said. "Something would always happen and an unexpected expense would hit us."

Now, JoAnneh has written a new book titled "The Debt-Free Spending Plan" that will be released this month by AMACOM, a division of the American Management Association.
JoAnneh is a former fundraiser and grantwriter who, along with Mike, developed their own system to get out from under debt. It's an easy five-minute-day approach that she now teaches other individuals and couples to help them revolutionize their relationship with money.

The Debt-Free Spending Plan is billed as a system created for people who hate math, rarely balance their checkbooks, and need help now. The plan keeps things simple. It doesn't matter whether you make $14,000 or $14 million, this practical, straightforward system will show you how t…

Beatles Tribute Band to Headline Arts & Olive Festival Sunday, Oct. 7

The annual Arts & Olive Festival, the largest student scholarship fundraiser at the college, will take place Sunday, Oct. 7 from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $5 with all proceeds going to the student scholarship fund while parking is free.

The Arts & Olive Festival at Cañada College began in 1998 as part of Cañada’s 30 year anniversary celebration to benefit student scholarships. The festival has since grown to be one of the largest scholarship fundraisers of the year providing much needed financial assistance to students. The celebration brings together more than 80 vendors consisting of some of the olive industry’s top experts to provide the community with olive education, olive and olive oil tasting, olive related products, and an abundance of quality art works and gifts.

The Sun Kings, the Bay Area's top Beatles tribute band, will headline the main stage, playing two sets beginning at 2:30 p.m. The band has a repertoire of more than 150 Beatles songs and wins over fans w…