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Learning English Led to a New Life for Redwood City’s Patricia Segura

After moving from Mexico five years ago, Patricia Segura knew she would have to master English to stay in the United States, find a job, and fulfill her goal of studying to become a nurse. But without command of the language, going to college seemed impossible.

“When I decided to stay in this country, I wanted to keep studying as I was doing in my country,” she said. “Learning English became a new short-term goal in my life. I wanted to study English in college but I had to start from the beginning.”

She began taking community-based English courses offered by Cañada College at Sequoia High School. Later she moved to John Gill Elementary School to take a course because her nephew was in the class. When she finished her course at John Gill, Segura’s professor helped her sign up for the first level of English as a Second Language at Cañada College.

“When I started at Cañada, my goal was to learn English to find a job,” she said. “Now I'm pursuing my goal of becoming a nurse. The more I …

Learning English Was a Life-Changing Experience for Gladys Chanco

For Redwood City’s Gladys Chanco, enrolling in community-based English courses offered by Cañada College was a way to help her six-year-old daughter with her homework.

Chanco’s daughter was enrolled at Selby Lane Elementary School. “I learned about the English courses from a flyer that my daughter brought home. I needed to help my little daughter with her homework so I had to learn English. I remember going to class with her and feeling proud that I would be able to help her.”

Chanco passed the English as a Second Language 800 course and was so encouraged by her success that she began to set new goals. “My second target was to finish the first four levels of ESL and earn my ACE (Academic Command of English) Certificate. Today, I’m taking ESL 400 and I’m preparing for a course in accounting. I want to finish all of the ESL courses so that I can earn my associate degree in accounting.”

In addition to opening a door to a new career, having command of English made Chanco’s day-to-day life ea…

Spring Semester Registration Fees Are Due Jan. 6!

On Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, students who have any outstanding fee balances will be dropped from all classes at midnight for non-payment of outstanding fees.
Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 7, students will be dropped at midnight the day following their registration for non-payment of fees.
If you need assistance in paying your fees, you are encouraged to: enroll in an inexpensive payment plan via WebSMART by 8:00 p.m. on January 6.complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. A minimum of five (5) business days processing time is required to ensure receipt of the FAFSA to prevent your drop for non-payment (school code required: 006973 Cañada).If you are an AB540 student and unbale to complete a FAFSA due to your citizenship status, complete the 2013-14 California Dream Act Application as soon as possible. A minimum of five business days processing time is required to ensure receipt of the Dream Application to prvent your drop for non-payment (school code requ…

Dance Motion VII Steps Out Dec. 13

The annual Cañada College fall semester student dance performance will be held Friday, Dec. 13th at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theater. The performance is free and open to the public but donations are requested to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. This year’s performance is titled “Dance Motion VII”. Dance instructor Ana Miladinova said she’s excited for this year’s performance because of the diversity in the dances. “We have jazz, modern, ballet, salsa, and hip-hop,” she said. “I also saw some students practicing by themselves and performing dances on Latin music which were very vibrant.”

Many of the students are taking Miladinova’s Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz and Salsa dance classes. She said some have performed before and some are beginners. “It is exciting to watch them practice,” she said. “It brings them happiness. Many students have been working for this since the beginning of the semester because they are passionate about dance. Their enthusiasm shows on the dance f…

Noel Chavez Hired as College Recruiter

Noel Chavez, a former Cañada College student and a Sequoia High School graduate, has been hired as Cañada's new college recruiter. He replaces Ariackna Alvarez who moved to Southern California in the summer.

Chavez is a 2004 graduate of Sequoia High School, where he received the Sequoia Awards Scholarship. He graduated from Cañada in 2008 with a degree in sociology and recently graduated from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont with a degree in human services with a concentration in academic counseling.

"I can't tell you how happy I am to return to Cañada," Chavez said. "Cañada has meant so much to me and was instrumental in my education."

While studying at Cañada, Chavez was actively involved in student government and worked as a campus ambassador where he recruited high school students from the Sequoia Union High School District. He received multiple scholarships and received the Cañada College President's Student Leadership Award at commenceme…

Women's Health Issues Explored in Spring Course

Studies have shown that women, as health care patients, have different needs and concerns as compared to men.  Women also experience different obstacles in their attempt to access health care in the U.S. and internationally. A course offered at Cañada College this spring explores not only specific health concerns for women but also the issues and challenges that uniquely affect women as patients.  HSCI 116: Women’s Health Issues will be offered Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:45 to 11. Class begins January 14. The course covers a wide variety of topics including the basic anatomy and physiology of the female body, the unique nutritional needs of women throughout the life cycle, issues around fertility and reproduction, and the impact of women’s socioeconomic status on their ability to access healthcare and advocate for their needs. "In more nitty-gritty terms, this course provides women with a rare opportunity to learn relevant information about their bodies and to become more i…

Career, Technical Programs on Display Dec. 5 for High School Students

Approximately 200 students from five local high schools will descend on campus Thursday, Dec. 5 to learn about a variety of career and technical programs available at Cañada.

"We'll be hosting students from Capuchino, Carlmont, Menlo-Atherton, Sequoia and Woodside high schools," said Mallory Stevens, event organizer and assistant professor in the Business, Design & Workforce Division. "The presentations will focus on three programs: Multimedia Art, Fashion and Merchandising, and Computer Science."

Stevens said the program is designed to educate students about career and technical programs available at Cañada in addition to possible careeers available in those fields. Students will also receive a personalized tour of campus that focuses on the services available outside the classroom.

The high schools were invited based on the career and technical education pathways they offered. "We want to show students that they can go to college, study the subject …

Spring Courses Focus on International Marketing and E-Commerce

Study the Global Business Environment and How to Manage an Online Business Cañada College will offer two business courses this spring focused on managing a business over the Internet and successfully negotiating the global business environment. Business 230 – International Marketing, will be offered online. The course outlines the major dimensions of the global business environment while providing a set of conceptual and analytical tools to successfully apply the “4 P’s” (product, price, place and promotion) to global marketing. The three-unit course transfers to California State Universities but is also useful for anyone involved or interested in international business. “The course will review global economic, political-legal, and cultural environmental factors,” said Cañada College Professor Candice Nance. “Global market research and data sources are also explored.” Nance said other topics covered in the class include foreign market selection, foreign market entry, supply chain manageme…

San Jose Artist Rachel Lazo Featured in Gallery Exhibit

The Art Department is proud to present "Heart’s Delight: Recent Paintings by Rachel Lazo" at the Cañada College Art Gallery, Building 9, Room 152.

The show runs from through December 12. Gallery hours are Mon. - Thur., 9am - 2pm.

Lazo’s recent body of work entitled “Heart’s Delight” explores the link between family and place. The rolling hills south of Gilroy, the fig tree in her back yard, and her uncle’s mowed lawn in suburban Los Angeles shape the activity and interaction of family members. At the core of these paintings is the idea that the natural world shapes our relationships and is an intrinsic part of who we are. Her color usage was inspired by the paintings and murals of Les Nabis, a group of French 19th Century decorative painters associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement. Les Nabis were interested in creating paintings that would provide a respite from the chaos of modern-day life. Their paintings depicted figures in landscapes, and the images were stylized and …

Beating the Odds Peer Mentorship Program Helps First Generation Students Succeed

Alejandro Meza remembers what it was like first setting foot on the campus at Cañada College. He graduated from Woodside High School in 2009 and then served in the military before returning home with a desire to study engineering. But Meza was the first person in his family to attend college and he didn’t know how to start or proceed through the higher education system. “My first experience in college was like being on a roller coaster,” he said. “I was totally committed to college and my parents were supportive from the first day but, like many students, I didn’t know how to navigate the college system.”
That’s when he learned about Cañada’s Beating the Odds Peer Mentorship Program and met Marija Stevanovic, his new peer mentor. “The program introduced me to other students, staff, and programs at the college,” he said. “By meeting with my mentor every so often, I understood how to organize my school schedule, access tutoring services in subject areas where I needed academic help, and b…

Cañada College Student Part of NASA Program to Study Mars

Cañada College student Jessica Rose has more than just a passing interest in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) latest mission to Mars. The applied mathematics major wants to work with the space program someday and was recently accepted into a prestigious NASA online internship program.

“This is an amazing opportunity and I am so fortunate to have been chosen,” Rose said. “My dream is to one day work with the space program and it would be so exciting to work on a mission to Mars.”

Rose is one of 53 students nationally to be accepted into NASA’s National Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program where she will be learning about the Red Planet, past missions to Mars, and designing her own Mars mission complete with a rover.

Rose isn’t the first Cañada student to be chosen by NASA to study Mars. In 2012, Sagar Singh, Victor Vargas, and Omar Arriaga spent three days last May at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena making plans for the future exploration o…

Women's Golf Team Finishes Third at State Championships

For most teams, a third place finish at the California Community College Athletic Association Women's Golf State Championships would be phenomenal. But for the Cañada College Colts, it's difficult to hide the disappointment.

"It was disappointing to lose our first match of the season in the state championship," said Head Coach Rick Velasquez. "But the girls are in good spirits and proud of what they accomplished."

The tournament, which was played at Tracy Golf and Country Club on Monday and Tuesday, was won by Santa Barbara Community College. The Vaqueros, led by medalist Fanny Johansson, shot a two-day total 646. Fullerton College finished second at 650 while Cañada shot a 664.

The Colts were led by Sarah Rotter, who shot a 85-78 163. Kristi and Shannon Wong and Laura Arellano all shot 167 for Cañada.

"The team played well from tee to green, however, the putts that usually find the bottom of the hole wandered off in this tournament," Velasquez s…

Typhoon Haiyan Relief Drive Nov. 19-21

Cañada College is organizing a relief drive for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan which ravaged the Philippines on Nov. 8.

According to the Weather Channel, Typhoon Haiyan is the most powerful storm to ever hit landfall. It slammed into the Philippines causing catastrophic damage.

According to the Philippine government, more than 4,000 people were killed by the storm and nearly 1,600 are still missing. The storm has displaced 3 million people and affected 9 million more. The United Nations relief services report an absence of food, water, shelter, and medicine in nearly ever corner of the country.

It's estimated that 4.9 million children have been affected by the storm. That includes 1.5 million children under the age of five who are at severe risk of malnutrition.

The students, faculty, staff, and administration at the college are partnering with the Save the Children Foundation to raise money for direct relief of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 19, voluntee…

Women's Golf State Championship Tees Off at 10 am

The Cañada College women's golf team is seeking its first state championship when the 2013 Women's Golf State Championship tees off at Tracy Golf and Country Club today at 10 a.m.

The Colts enter the tournament as the state's only undefeated team. They won the Northern California championship last week by 44 strokes. Shannon Wong, who finished 13th at last year's state championship, shot an 11-over-par 155 to finish lead the pack at the NorCal championship. She was the only golfer to break par on eitherday, firing a 71 on the second and final day of the tournament.

Cañada, along with NorCal runner-up Modesto Junior College, will host the Southern California champions Santa Barbara City College and the SoCal runner-up Fullerton College. SBCC, like Cañada, won both rounds of the SoCal championship and won the tournament by a combined 15 strokes.

Santa Barbara City College is making its fourth trip to the state finals in eight years. They won it in 2006 and in 2008, and …

Renowned Scientist to Lecture on Climate Change Nov. 19

Dr. Katharine Mach, co-director of science with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will discuss climate change as a challenge in managing risks at a special lecture hosted by the Cañada College Center for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

The lecture will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 3:10 p.m. in Building 3, Room 148 on the Cañada campus, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. It is free and open to the public.

A draft report from the IPCC was leaked on the Internet earlier this month. It describes a planet in peril as a result of the human-caused buildup of greenhouse gases since the Industrial Revolution, where glaciers are shrinking and plants and animals have shifted their ranges in response to rising temperatures. The future, according to the report, is grim. Climate change will disrupt not only the natural world but also society, posing risks to the world's economy and the food and water supply and contributing to violent conflict. The forma…

Colts Claim Second Straight NorCal Women's Golf Title

For the second straight year, the Cañada College women's golf team has won the Northern California Community College Championship.

On Tuesday, the Colts qualified four golfers for the California Community College Athletic Association Womens Golf State Championship to be held Nov. 18-19 at the Tracy Golf and Country Club. Cañada finshed third in last year's state championships held at Temucla Creek Inn Resort.

Cañada's Shannon Wong, who finished 13th at last year's state championship, shot an 11-over-par 155 to finish first at this year's Northern California championship. Wong was the only golfer to break par either day, firing a 71 on the second day of the tournament.

Kristi Wong and Sarah Rotter each shot a 162 for Cañada, as they finished the tournament tied for third. As a team, the Colts simply overwhelmed the competition, firing a tournament best 646. Modesto Junior College finished a distant second with a final score of 690.

Shannon Wong, Kristi Wong, Rotter…

Starting and Growing a Sustainable Business

A new course at Cañada College can help budding entrepreneurs grow a sustainable business
Cañada College is offering a new course this spring to help budding entrepreneurs start and grow a sustainable business. Spring semester classes at the college begin Jan. 13. New students can begin registering for classes on Nov. 12. For information about registering for classes at Cañada, go to For additional information, call the Welcome Center at 650-306-3452.

Business 393 – Starting/Growing a Sustainable Business will meet every Wednesday from 6:10 to 9:15 pm, Jan. 15 through May 21. The class is taught by Chris Yalonis, a 25-year veteran of seven start-ups. Yalonis has also served as a strategy consultant and marketing advisor to more than 100 organizations large and small across the technology, consumer goods, and professional services sectors. He is the author of seven books on management, technology marketing and international relations, in…

Sequoia Hospital, SFSU to Host Info Session on Nursing Program at Cañada

Sequoia Hospital and San Francisco State University will host an information session from 2 to 3 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 13, regarding their Baccalaureate Nursing Program at Cañada College. It will be held in Building 18, Room 205. The information session is free and open to anyone interested in pursuing a degree in nursing.

The program was founded in 2004 as a four-way partnership between the Sequoia Health Care District, Sequoia Hospital, Cañada College, and San Francisco State University. The program provides an additional 40 places each year for students interested in and qualified for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and helps address the nursing shortage in the San Francisco Bay Area and southern portion of San Mateo County.

All courses are taught by San Francisco State University faculty on the Cañada College campus. Sequoia Hospital provides most of the clinical placements for student in the program. In addition, the hospital supports students with various scholarship opportu…

Wired for Success: Cañada Alum is Web Content Strategist at Wells Fargo

Courtney Caldwell arrived at Cañada College in the fall of 2007 eager to explore the field of digital media but not sure what career track to pursue.

“Cañada had the most flexible digital arts program as it offered classes in animation and video game art, fields that other campuses didn’t offer,” she said. “I wanted the flexibility and options to take classes in different digital art and multimedia fields so I could figure out my own career path. I ended up taking nearly every class in the program as they were all so interesting and challenging.”
Caldwell held a bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History from UC Berkeley before enrolling at Cañada. She had graduated from Aragon High School but didn’t have a lot of job-specific focus. Years later, she realized that she wanted to pursue a career in digital media. “It wasn’t until I got to Cañada that I found that focus,” she said.
Caldwell said the digital arts program at Cañada provided all of the tools necessary for her to succeed. “I had …

Breaking Down the Programming Divide: Democratize Computing Lab

A group of entrepreneurs gathered on the Cañada campus in late October with a simple goal in mind: Demystify the world of computer coding and broaden and diversify the pool of software creators around the world.

It’s part of global effort that seeks to teach programming skills to designers, artists, women, people of color, scientists, health professionals, humanities majors, entrepreneurs – anyone who desires to add software to their creative problem solving arsenal. Kay O’Neill, Director for Workforce Development at Cañada, invited the Democratize Computing Lab Advisory Board to meet on campus. The quarterly meetings are led by about 30 entrepreneurs, and their respective organizations, including large tech companies such as Google and Facebook.

“Our goal is two-fold,” O’Neill said. “We want to empower people to thrive in today’s increasingly digital society, and to infuse the software development field with creative, big-picture thinkers. We want to open up the possibility for softw…

Video Game Artist Draws Success at Zynga

As a student at Westmoor High School in Daly City, Truman Simpson avoided math and science classes whenever possible. Now, as a video game designer for Zynga, he understands math’s importance.

“I spent most of my time in English studies,” he said. But something happened to Simpson when he enrolled at Cañada College in 2010. “Suddenly, math and science were fun for me.”
Simpson said he chose Cañada to study Maya, a 3D computer graphics software system designed in close collaboration with Walt Disney Feature Animation that is the industry-standard for video game designers. “Cañada’s program fit my lifestyle,” he said. “I was originally only going to take a couple of night classes but the staff’s energy and enthusiasm made me want to take more.”
Simpson said the faculty created an environment that made the tools secondary to the skills being taught in the classroom. He said faculty members Paul Naas, Roger Royce, and Domenic Allen taught him about art, creativity, and engineering, which for…

Glenn Tojoy: Fashioning a New Career on Savile Row

London’s Savile Row is famous for its traditional men’s bespoke tailoring where customers such as Prince Charles and actor Jude Law have suits custom made by hand. That’s also where you’ll find Glenn Tojoy, a graduate of Cañada’s Fashion Department.

Tojoy is studying at the prestigious Savile Row Academy where he is learning the art of bespoke tailoring. “The courses are designed to prepare us to become ready-to-work tailors,” he said. “We learn practical handcraft skills and other core training. The curriculum prepares us to work in cutting and tailoring rooms anywhere in the world and gives us the foundation we need to open our own business.” Tojoy emigrated from the Philippines to San Mateo County 15 years ago. He enrolled at Cañada in 2010 with an interest in fashion design. “I chose Cañada because it offers a whole range of classes that are similar to the highly-marketed fashion institutes around the nation,” Tojoy said. “The difference is, Cañada is more affordable and the instruc…

Take a Survey, Win a $150 Amazon Gift Certificate!

How would you like to win a $150 Amazon gift card just in time for the holiday season? Cañada College wants to hear from you. We'd like to invite you to participate in a survey about how you use the media and spend your time. Your participation in the survey will help the college with our future communication efforts.

The college has hired Interact Communications to conduct the survey. It asks questions such as "what is your favorite radio station," and "what web sites do you visit". All responses are confidential. Your name will not be connected with your answers. If you decide to enter the drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card you will be directed to a different web site to leave your personal information.

We are surveying both students and the larger San Mateo County community. The online survey takes about 15 minutes to complete.

If you are a current student and would like to help the college by participating in this survey please go to http://www.interactr…

Lexie Munevar Finds Support, Success, at Cañada College

Munevar struggled at Carlmont High but blossomed at Cañada
Sometimes, an average student can find success with a little support. That was certainly the case for Lexie Munevar, who did just enough to graduate from Carlmont High School in 2009, but found her academic footing at Cañada College thanks to Frank Austin.
“He was the first professor I connected with in my first semester at Cañada in the fall of 2010,” Munevar said. “I was a full time student, babysitting every day and enrolled in Math 200 – Elementary Statistics & Probability. My initial goal was to merely pass the class because I had heard how difficult it was and I didn’t have much time to dedicate to the course.”
Austin, who was working as a tutor in the Cañada College Learning Center, held a math workshop twice a week and Munevar began attending on Friday mornings. “It was the first time I had academic support outside the classroom,” she said. “He was the first person I felt I could go to for help.”
Working with Austin, M…

Rally for Sustainability Celebrates Opening of EV Charging Stations

The San Mateo County Community College District will celebrate the installation of plug-in Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure at all three Colleges and the District Office. The Grand Opening begins on October 28th at 11:30a.m. at the Skyline College Auto Department where students, faculty, staff, and members of the community will participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony will acknowledge industry partners, as well as the Auto Technology program’s new curriculum focused on Electric Vehicles.
At 12:30p.m., the EV Rally will begin. EV owners past, present and future are encouraged to join the Rally by driving to College of San Mateo for a ribbon cutting of the charging station in DaVinci Lot (Lot 3) at 1:00 p.m. The EV Rally will reach the finish line in Parking Lot 4 at Cañada College at approximately 1:30 p.m. where the third and final ribbon cutting will take place and a number of EV’s will be on display. Come for all or some of the event to see the future of the…

Can You Cook? Enter Our Healthy Recipe Contest

How would you like to win a $100 gift card and have your healthy recipe added to a rotating weekly menu in the Grove? Enter the Phi Theta Kappa Recipe Contest and you could be the winner!

The contest guidelines are simple: Create and cook a healthy and tasty recipe in one of three categories - breakfast entree, lunch entree or dessert & snack. To enter, just bring your delicious dish to the qualifying round.
Friday, Nov. 8, 2 to 5 pm in the GroveSaturday, Nov. 9, 10 am to 2 pm in the Grove The qualifying round will be judged by PTK members and a nutrition professor. Three winners in each category will be notified the week of Nov. 11 and move on to the final tasting. Each recipe must be accompanied by a written explanation of what makes it healthy.

In the final round your recipe will be prepared by the cafeteria staff in the Grove. Free samples will be available for the entire campus to vote on. Each category will have its own day of tasting.

Monday, Nov. 18 - breakfast entreeTuesd…

Writers on Writing: Anne Perry, Victoria Zackheim Share Experiences

Authors Anne Perry and Victoria Zackheim will share their experiences as writers at a special lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The event, which will be held in the Cañada College Main Theater, is free and open to the public.

Perry is a New York Times and international bestselling author noted for her memorable characters, historical accuracy, and exploration of social and ethical issues. Two of her most popular series feature Thomas and Charlotte Pitt and William and Hester Monk. Her latest novel, Blind Justice, was on the New York Times and USA Today bestselling list for fiction.

Zackheim wrote The Bone Weaver and is the editor of six anthologies, the most recent being FAITH: Believers, Agnostics, and Atheists Confront the Big Question. Zackheim created the Women's Voices project and is a 2010 San Francisco Library Laureate. Her screenplay, Maidstone, a feature film, is in development with Identity Films.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to hear about the writin…

A Conversation With Author Lac Su

Award-winning author Lac Su will share his personal story of immigration, assimilation, gangs, poverty and abusive parenting at two lectures in the Cañada College Main Theater.

The first lecture will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 6 to 7 pm. The second will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24 from 9:30 to 11 am. Both lectures are free of charge but there is a $2 parking fee. Su will be signing books after the Wednesday evening lecture.

Lac Su's 2009 memoir, I love Yous Are for White People, received the top prize from the San Diego Book Awards in 2010. Su describes his experience growing up as a Vietnamese immigrant in LA in the '80s and his personal struggles with assimilation, gangs, poverty, and abusive parents. The story is told with humor and honesty.

Su says he was raised by two "tiger" parents, a Vietnamese mother and Chinese father, and he still has emotional scars from their harsh parenting style.

As a young child, Su made a harrowing escape from the Communis…