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Showing posts from February, 2014

Former Middle College Student Now Working in Design

Landing a job as a graphic designer takes hard work, determination, and creativity, lessons Sarah Wiener learned as a Cañada College student.

Wiener recently landed a design job at Triple Tree, a San Francisco company specializing in socially and environmentally friendly custom-branded merchandise.The company started making products for schools and sports teams in 2010 and has now grown to serve other sustainable-minded businesses.

Wiener said her official job title is project manager/graphic designer but, in practice, this means she wears many different hats. “I assemble presentations for clients to give them ideas for potential products, write invoices for clients and purchase orders for vendors, and help clients optimize existing artwork for printing,” she said.

She said students in creative fields such as graphic design need to learn how to follow guidelines and manage their time, two skills emphasized in the Cañada College Multimedia Art & Technology Program. “To make art for a …

Cañada College Launches a Digital Marketing Campaign in Mexico

Cañada College has launched a digital marketing campaign in Mexico to attract qualified applications from prospective students. The campaign includes a Spanish-language landing page, banner ads, and a white paper called “How to get into top U.S. universities.”
The digital campaign aims to educate prospective Mexican students on the benefits of starting their higher education in the U.S. at a community college. Students can earn an associate degree within two to three years for as little as $20,000 and transfer to top four-year universities in the U.S. Cañada College has transfer agreement guarantees with universities within the California State University (CSU) system, University of California (UC) system, and select private universities including Notre Dame de Namur and Golden Gate University. The campaign also features former Cañada students who have transferred and graduated from four-year universities including UC Berkeley.
Cañada College is recognized for its STEM (Science, Tech…

STEM Speaker Series: Polina Segalova

Polina Segalova, a senior design engineer at Stryker Endoscopy, will be featured at the STEM Speaker Series lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The lecture will be held from 5 to 6 pm in Building 6, Room 102. It is free and open to the public.

Segalova's lecture is titled "From Particle Physics to Medical Devices: A Story of Taking Risks and Pushing Boundaries."

Segalova earned a Ph.D in mechanical engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford. Her research focused on medical devices for the cardiovascular system. The title of her dissertation was "Evaluating Design and Safety of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Endografts."

Segalova said a lot of her work was computational - solving fluid dynamic problems. She also built systems to validate the model results she was getting.

Segalova currently designs tools for Stryker Endoscopy to facilitate minimally invasive surgery. She is passionate about medical devices and has consulted for numerous medical…

San Francisco Leader Emilio Cruz to Lecture at STEM Speaker Series

Emilio Cruz, former Chief of Staff to San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and current Assistant General Manager for Infrastructure at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, will be the next speaker in the STEM Speaker Series at Cañada College.

Cruz will discuss, “Opportunities in Capital Project Implementation”. His talk is free and open to the public. It will be held from 5 to 6 pm in Building 6, Room 102 on the Cañada campus, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd., Redwood City. Cruz oversees the SFPUC’s $9.8 billion capital program for the water, power, and sewer enterprises. He has held various public and private sector positions including Director of Facilities and Operations for the Port of San Francisco; General Manager of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency; Vice President of URS Corporation; Director of Economic Development for the City and County of San Francisco; Vice President and Partner of EPC Consultants; and Program Manager for the $1.5 billion Central Subway Program an…

Student Uses Computer Language to Highlight America's Broken Immigration System

Cañada College student and East Palo Alto resident Sarahi Espinosa is using her website coding skills to help illustrate how America’s broken immigration system keeps her separated from her mother and prevents her from pursuing a college education.

Her activism and the website she's created has led to Espinosa being named a recipient of El Mensajero’s Mujeres Destacadas Award for extraordinary women making a difference in their community. It also landed her an invitation to a hackathon for DREAMers at LinkedIn headquarters where she met face-to-face with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and it has start-up companies asking her to sit on their boards.

“It’s been an amazing couple of months,” said the 23-year-old, who isn't even studying computer science. Instead, she's a broadcast journalism major.

It started in November when Espinoza was one of just 20 students nationally chosen to participate in a hackathon organized by, an organization started by key leaders in the …

STEM Speaker Series Features Stanford Grad Student

How does the bacterium Helicobacter pylori survive and persist in the stomach? Julie Huang, a fourth year graduate student in Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford, will share her findings in the second lecture of the popular Cañada College STEM Speaker Series.

Held in both the fall and spring semesters, the STEM Speaker Series features professionals from various science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields talking about their careers, research, and educational paths, as well as providing advice for current and future college students. The event is free and open to the public.

Cathy Lipe, Director of Cañada's Math, Engineering, & Science Achievement Program, said Huang was one of the most interesting presenters at the fall STEM Research Poster Expo. "She is going to be of particular interest to biology students and students interested in careers in medicine," Lipe said.

Huang grew up in East Los Angeles and is a first generation college student. She attend…

Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College Accreditation Fully Reaffirmed.

All three Colleges in the San Mateo County Community College District (Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College) were notified Friday (February 7) that their accreditation has been fully reaffirmedby the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC). Each college has recommendations that require responses in its Midterm Report due in 2015/16.In most cases, this is work that the colleges already have underway. For more details specific to the ACCJC reaffirmation please reference the ACCJC website.