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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…

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 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23. The event will be held in the Cañada College gymnasium, Building 1, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City.

The event brings together representatives from approximately 80 universities and community colleges, both 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 inf…

Christian Rodriguez Uses Cañada as a Stepping Stone to a UC Davis Engineering Degree

Like many high school graduates, Redwood City’s Christian Rodriguez found the financial obstacles to attending college daunting. He was accepted into several universities after finishing at Summit Preparatory High School but enrolled at Cañada College to begin his engineering studies.

“Enrolling at Cañada was one of the best decisions I have ever made,” he said. At Cañada, Rodriguez met Amelito Enriquez, professor of engineering and mathematics, and Cathy Lipe, director of the school’s Math, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) Program. “Dr. Enriquez and Cathy Lipe were two of the most influential people in my life. Dr. Enriquez is not only an engineering professor, he is a mentor who genuinely takes an interest in his students and their personal development. Cathy encouraged me to apply for scholarships and attend university tours which led to my decision to apply to UC Davis.”

Rodriguez said the courses he took at Cañada prepared him for the rigorous nature of the UC system and al…

San Mateo County Times Column Mentions Math Jam Honor

Math Jam Program at Canada College honored for increasing achievement for Latino students

The Math Jam Program at Canada College in Redwood City was honored Oct. 1 as America's top program for increasing achievement for Latino students at the associate level.
Math Jam was chosen from 165 programs from 22 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, that were nominated at three academic levels: associate, bachelor, and graduate.

Excelencia in Education conceived and runs the national initiative that systemically identifies, recognizes, and catalogues evidence-based programs that improve Latino college success. The organization produced this video to illustrate the power of the Math Jam program.

Elected officials and higher education leaders from across the United States came together in Washington, D.C., to present the honor. This is the eighth annual release of Examples of Excelencia.
Math Jam was created in 2009 by Canada College -- a federally designated Hispa…

Learn Adobe Acrobat Features in 24 Hours

Learn how to use Adobe Acrobat, an essential software application in today's business environment, in a new nine-week course that begins Saturday, Oct. 19.

CBOT 476 - Adobe Acrobat, will be held on Saturday's from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm through Dec. 14 in Building 13, Room 213. "Students will learn how to create, convert, store, and transport documents from various software programs using Adobe Acrobat," said Janice Weeks, the course instructor.

Adobe Acrobat is a family of software and web services developed by Adobe Systems to view, create, manipulate, print and manage files in Portable Document Format (PDF). It can also create, edit, convert, digitally sign, encrypt, export and publish PDF files. It is widely used in business and government.

"The course covers Adobe Reader, security and password protection, consolidation of PDF files into one Adobe PDF file, application of final edits and modifications to enhance those files," Weeks said. "Students wil…

Cañada College Theater Arts Presents - "8"

Cañada College Theatre Arts presents the case for marriage equality with its production of "8", the documentary play by Dustin Lance Black that dramatizes the Perry v. Schwarzenegger / Proposition 8 trial, using actual court transcripts and verbatim interviews.

The proponents of Proposition 8 appealed to the Supreme Court to block the broadcasting of the trial – and won. The testimony of this historic trial was kept hidden from the public.

Learn about the historical context of marriage from expert testimony. See the human cost of discrimination. Uncover the arguments used to justify bans on marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Using the actual court transcripts from the landmark federal trial of California's Proposition 8 and first-hand interviews, "8" shows both sides of the debate in this moving play.

Come to the show, and see what the proponents of Proposition 8 never wanted you to see. Following the performance, stick around for a Q&A with marriage …

Monopoly Tournament on Oct. 19 to Benefit Accounting Scholarship

Are you a Monopoly pro? Come test your skills at the annual Cañada College Monopoly Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 19 and you might walk away with the grand prize of a $200 gift certificate from Apple.

Registration for the tournament begins at 10 am and game play begins promptly at 10:30 am. The tournament will be held in the main gymnasium, Building 1. The cost is $10 for students and seniors and $15 for the general public. All proceeds benefit Cañada's Accounting Scholarship.

In addition to Monopoly, participants can compete in Uno Attack.

If you can't join us but want to support the scholarship, go to the SMCCD Foundation, click the "Donate" button, and add Monopoly to the memo line.

For questions, contact Leonor Cabrera at

If it's Tuesday, it must be Transfer Tuesday!

In an effort educate students about the different paths to a college diploma, staff and faculty at Cañada College are proudly rocking hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts and other swag from their alma mater every Tuesday in October.

The effort is being coordinated by Soraya Sohrabi, director of the school's Transfer Center. "We are encouraging our employees to wear their college gear on Tuesdays and to take a few minutes to talk with our students about their different paths to a four-year degree," she said.

Cañada College President Larry Buckley said a number of staff and faculty attended a community college before transferring to a university to earn their degree. "We want our students to hear these stories," he said. "When they talk with our employees, they'll learn there are many different paths to a college degree."

Robert Hood, Director of Marketing and Outreach at Cañada, attended Linn-Benton Community College before ultimately graduating from Oregon S…

Math Jam is Honored as America's Top Program at Increasing Latino Student Success in College

Elected officials and higher education leaders from across the country came together at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel in Washington, D.C., today to honor the Math Jam program at Cañada College as America’s top program for increasing achievement for Latino students at the associate level.

Math Jam was selected from among 165 programs from 22 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, nominated at three academic levels: associate, bachelor, and graduate. Conceived and run by Excelencia in Education, this is the only national initiative to systematically identify, recognize, and catalogue evidence-based programs that improve Latino college success. The organization produced this video to illustrate the power of the program.

Cañada College, a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution, created the Math Jam program in 2009 to address the low level of math preparation of underrepresented students studying STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Initially it was de…