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Jeanne Stalker Puts a Friendly Face on the Welcome Center

Jeanne’s work coordinating the Welcome Center helps the student experience.
Jeanne Stalker embodies the friendly attitude that defines Cañada College. Her efforts coordinating and transforming the college’s Welcome Center and new student orientation and assessment program provide a positive first impression for students. That’s why Kim Lopez, Dean of Counseling and Enrollment Services, nominated Jeanne as this year’s Classified Employee of the Year from Cañada. All three colleges in the San Mateo County Community College District - Cañada, College of San Mateo, and Skyline - will forward a Classified Employee of the Year nominee to the Board of Trustees. One will be chosen to be forwarded to the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office to represent the district in the state's Community College Classified Employee of the Year Awards Program. “Jeanne has developed a new model for orientation, making it more streamlined and consistent and easier for students,” Lopez said. “…

Sequoia Healthcare District Grants SFSU-Cañada Nursing Program $1.69 Million in New Funds

Earlier this month, the directors of the Sequoia Healthcare District granted a three-year funding extension totaling $1.69 million to continue support for the San Francisco State University nursing program offered at Cañada College.

This new support supplements the original grant of $1 million a year for 10 years and extends the bachelor degree program through 2017.

The request for additional funding was prepared and submitted by a partnership of administrators and faculty from San Francisco State University, Cañada College, Sequoia Hospital, and the Sequoia Hospital Foundation. Lucy Salcido Carter, director of the Center for International and University Studies, represented Cañada College in the partnership. The partners met regularly for six months to discuss program outcomes, review nursing workforce trends, develop a revised budget, and draft the proposal.

In October, the partnership initially presented its intent to submit a new request for funding. At that meeting, Ron Galatolo, …

Cañada College to Offer Free Training Program Aimed at Veterans and Dislocated Workers

The program begins Feb. 25 and will train students in customer relations with an emphasis in the retail and hospitality industries.

The Cañada College Menlo Park Center is teaming up with PeninsulaWorks – Menlo Park to offer a free training program designed to help veterans and dislocated workers learn the customer relations skills necessary to obtain a job in the retail or hospitality industries.
The program begins Monday, Feb. 25 and runs 16 weeks. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a lab on Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students must be a high school graduate or equivalent, have the right to work in the United States, be comfortable with the English language, and a resident of California for at least the last year-and-a-half.
All classes will be held at Job Train at the Menlo Park Center, 1200 O'Brien Drive, in East Menlo Park.
“The Cañada College Customer Relations Certificate program is intended for individuals looking to refresh or build gener…

Cañada Students to Present Research on Nano Electronics at National Conference

Three engineering students studied the performance degradation of integrated circuits due to aging transistors
Three Cañada College engineering students will present original research on nano-scale circuits at theInterdisciplinary Engineering Design Education Conferenceto be held March 4-5 in Santa Clara.

Their paper is titled, “Engaging Undergraduate Students in Nano-Scale Circuit Research Using Summer Internship.” Students Jesus Garcia, Hector Prado-Guerrero and Joshua Lohse, who has subsequently transferred to UC Santa Cruz, all participated in a 10-week summer research internship through the NASA Curriculum Improvement and PartnershipAwards (CIPAIR) Program. They were joined by former Cañada College student John Paulino, who is now studying engineering at UC Berkeley. The paper describes the results of their work on the analysis of performance degradation of integrated circuits due to transistor aging effects in nano-scale.
Nanoelectronics are commonly used computers, mobile phone…

Cañada College Introduces African Wasp to Help Control the Olive Fruit Fly

The campus is the only location in the state where the wasp has returned two consecutive years. A small African wasp that is the natural enemy of the olive fruit fly appears to be gaining a toehold in the olive trees on the campus of Cañada College in Redwood City.This could bring good news to California’s olive growers who produce more than 95 percent of the olives grown in the U.S. Diego Nieto, an adjunct biology professor at the college, and students in his Biology 110 class, are part of a statewide effort to find a way to control the olive fruit fly, a serious pest of the olive crop.Larvae from the fly feed on the fruit of olive trees. The olive fruit fly was first discovered in California in 1998 and was later found in San Mateo County in 2001. So far, California and Central America are the only areas in the Western Hemisphere where the olive fruit fly has been found. “The olive fruit fly is one member of a biological family called Tephrididae, which is home to several serious agri…

Workshop Aims to Help Small Business Owners Create Financial Wisdom

The Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities at Cañada College will host a a special workshop titled Creating Financial Wisdom aimed at helping small business owners and entrepreneurs. The workshop will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the University Center Conference Room, Building 6, Room 102, on the Cañada campus.

Leila Perreras, business development manager at Provident Credit Union and Tara Fowler, financial adivsor at Merrill Lynch will be the guest speakers. An expert from the Wells Fargo Bank loan department will also be on hand to answer questions and offer advice.

Fowler will lead a discussion on financial literacy and financial planning as key drivers to empower small business owners and entrepreneurs in creating their own financial health, financial independence and ultimate wealth. Participants will learn valuable tips and discover new ways to:

Budget and save their hard earned moneyInvest and plan for their futureGain access to capital for small busine…

Tristan Sheldon Blossomed at Cañada – Personally and Academically

The Carlmont High School graduate is now studying at the Haas School of Business. Tristan Sheldon arrived at Cañada College in 2009 as a very shy Carlmont High School graduate. When he earned his Cañada diploma in May of 2012 with a degree in business administration he had grown into a confident leader, ready to face his newest challenge – studying at Cal’s prestigious Hass School of Business. “Cañada changed my life,” Sheldon said. “It was the best choice I have made so far in my life. Cañada’s motto ‘From Here You Can Go Anywhere’ is such a true statement. I have had friends and classmates at Cañada that have received letters of acceptance from so many top universities, not just in California, but from around the country.” While Cañada provided Sheldon with support, the journey wasn’t easy. When he graduated from Carlmont in 2008 he had a 2.6 high school GPA, no extracurricular activities, and a mediocre SAT score. He decided to take some time off from academics and worked full time…

Financial Aid Workshops Can Help You Pay for School

Several financial aid workshops are scheduled during the month of February to helps students pay for college. The workshops will focus on helping students complete the 2013-14 Cañada College Scholarship Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or California Dream Application for AB 540 eligible students. 
2013-14 Cañada Scholarship WorkshopsGet help completing the online STARS Scholarship application at The application deadline is February 15, 2013. Cañada offers scholarships for incoming, continuing, and transfer students. See additional information on our website at

·Thursday, February 7:  1pm-3pm in Building 9-106 ·Monday, February 11:  11am-1pm in Building 13-210
Dream Act Application WorkshopsDesigned for AB540 students unable to complete a FAFSA. Get help completing the online California Dream Application to determine eligibility for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver …

Hanzimanolis Appointed to Chair Executive Committee for Part-Time Faculty

Dr. Margaret Hanzimanolis has been appointed the Chair of the Executive Committee for Part-time Faculty Discussion group, in the Modern Language Association, an association of almost 30,000 language and literature professors from the U.S. and Canada. 

The MLA is the largest disciplinary organization in the world, and it is in the midst of a major pivot toward community college professors and  adjunct faculty. Margaret serves with Maria Maisto, the President of the New Faculty Majority, an advocacy group for adjunct faculty. A motion calling for the Integrated Post-secondary Data System (IPEDS) to require institutions to report  pay for Part-time faculty came out of the committee's work in January of this  year.

Dr. Margaret Hanzimanolis participated in the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education, in Sacramento, during Jan 20-22 this year.
The "think tank" discussed three new proposals for financing higher education, including Bob Samuels' "Free Higher Educa…