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Short Course on Sustainability and Home Energy Assessment Begins Sept. 5

Are you interested in making your home more energy efficient? A short course at Cañada College that begins Sept. 5 can help you do just that.

INTD 401, Sustainability and Home Energy Assessmentteaches students how to use diagnostic tools including an infrared camera, blower door device, and moisture meters to perform energy assessments in existing residential structures. The course also explores marketing strategies for energy efficient homes.

The class begins Sept. 5 and runs through Oct. 24. It meets on Thursdays from 3:10 to 5:50 pm. The course is taught by Elsa Torres, a professional designer who has created a series of courses at Cañada that focus on green design and sustainability in interior design.

“Understanding how to design the interiors of homes and offices to make them healthier and more energy efficient is not a trend,” she said. “This is the way we are going to live moving forward. Local governments have adopted regulations that require builders and designers to create h…

Cañada to host Convocation Ceremony Aug. 28

Cañada College will host its annual Convocation Ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 12:30 p.m. in the Main Theater. The ceremony began last year as a way to welcome students to the college.  

"The Cañada convocation is a gathering of faculty, staff, students and community members to celebrate and prepare for the academic year," said David Johnson, Dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. "This event underscores our commitment to academic excellence and highlights the opportunities and resources Cañada affords to every student."

The short program will be highlighted by Johnson’s welcome to students and a description of what they can expect this semester. Redwood City Mayor Alicia Aguirre (also a faculty member at the college), Academic Senate President Doug Hirzel, and Associated Students of Cañada College President Alaa Aissi will also offer welcoming remarks. A reception with light refreshments will follow the formal ceremony.

Johnson said bringing together…

Cañada Course Designed for Green Entrepreneurs

Cañada College is offering a course this semester designed for entrepreneurs – students, business people, leaders – who want to start their own business or grow an existing one.

Business 393: Green Entrepreneurship: Starting and Growing a Sustainable Business, will be taught by Chris Yalonis, a 25-year veteran of eight start-ups. The three-unit course will be held Monday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning Monday, Aug. 19. To enroll in the course, go to The course is designed to help budding entrepreneurs learn how to improve marketing and sales plus attract investors and a high-performing team. Students will learn to embed sustainable practices and principles into their organization to cut costs and improve revenues. It will also help community leaders, policy makers, incubator staffs, and economic development leaders who want to promote sustainability in their communities.

For more information, visit the Cañada College Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunities or ca…

State Chancellor Brice Harris Opening Day Speaker

Dr. Brice W. Harris, Chancellor of the California Community Colleges, will speak at Cañada on Thursday, Aug. 15 as part of the San Mateo County Community College District's Opening Day activities.

The topic of Harris’ presentation will be “Restoring Access and Improving Student Success:
The Dual Opportunities of California Community Colleges.”
Harris has spent much of his career working to improve student success and access at community colleges. 

Harris has served as chancellor since 2012. Prior to being selected as the leader of the largest system of higher education in the nation, Harris served 16 years as chancellor of the Los Rios Community College District in the Sacramento region, president of Fresno City College and a faculty member and vice chancellor in the Kansas City, Mo., community college system.

While with Los Rios, he was instrumental in leading initiatives that improved student success. He also led the charge to expand access for thousands of students by ov…

Are you new to Cañada? Here's some simple advice

So, you are preparing for your first day of the new semester and you want it to go as smooth as possible. We're here to help. If you take a few simple steps, and do a little planning, you'll have no problems. Let's get started. Arrive Early - If you pull onto campus 10 minutes before class starts you're off to a bad start. Parking on a college campus is never easy. Give yourself at least 20 minutes. Remember, you're not going to have Rock Star parking next to your class. Be sure to review the parking map and have a contingency plan if the lot you want to park in is full. Student Lots are Lot 1, 7, 8, 10 and 6. Do not park in staff lots without the appropriate permit or you are sure to get a ticket. You'll need to buy a parking permit but campus security will not issue tickets in student lots through the first two weeks of the semester. TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF CAMPUS
Know Where You Are Going - Because you have a plan, you'll have a great parking spot. But how d…

Two Cañada Students Earn Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship

Cañada College students Adriana Fernandez and Rita Melgar have received the Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship.

 The Chicana/Latina Foundation is based in Burlingame. Each year, the organization awards merit-based, $1,500 scholarships. This year, 31 deserving students received the one-year scholarships. All recipients will attend a leadership retreat and be honored at a special gala on Sept. 20.
“I heard about the scholarship last year from Xochitl Rios, a Cañada graduate,” said Fernandez. “I applied and was interviewed but didn’t receive a scholarship. I was disappointed in myself but it motivated me to work harder.”
This year, Fernandez improved her GPA and worked with Melissa Ibarra, a retention specialist in Cañada’s STEM Center, on her interview skills. “The preparation made a big difference,” she said.
Melgar was encouraged to apply for the scholarship by Ibarra and Cathy Lipe, director of the STEM Center. “I applied and was selected to participate in the Cisco-MESA Mentorshi…

Word Jam Continues to Grow at Cañada College

Students are flocking to Word Jam at Cañada College. Now in its third Fall session, the program has grown from 35 students to more than 60.

The free, non-credit, one week program helps students develop reading and writing strategies to succeed in college. It is targeted to English as a Second Language learners and students in pre-transfer level English and Reading. It is being held all this week from 9 am to noon in the school’s library.

“I’m hoping we can offer an evening session of Word Jam in the future,” said program coordinator Julie Wilson, a resident of East Palo Alto. “Many, many students who I’ve talked with express an interest in attending, but the morning schedule is a challenge for them.”

As part of the program, students learn the expectations of their specific English, Reading, or ESL course, become familiar with Cañada College resources, and practice college-level reading and writing strategies. More than 70 percent of the students entering Cañada test at remedial levels in…