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Groundbreaking Ceremony Celebrates Solar Panel Project

The San Mateo County Community College District held a special groundbreaking ceremony for a new solar project at Cañada College that will help cut the school's energy costs in half.

Dignitaries including Redwood City Mayor Jeff Gee, San Mateo County Community College District Board of Trustees President Karen Schwarz, Karim Allana, principal at Allana Buick & Bers Inc., and SMCCCD Chancellor Ron Galatolo were invited to turn the "first shovel of dirt" on the project. A large crowd was welcomed by Cañada College President Larry Buckley, who also took part in the groundbreaking.
This is the first renewable energy project undertaken by the district.

The project, approved by the Board of Trustees in January, includes installation of ground-mounted solar panels on a 3.5-acre vacant project site located adjacent to the school’s athletic fields and just above the Farm Hill Boulevard entrance to campus. Jose Nuñez, vice chancellor of facilities planning and operations, said C…

Cañada Welcomes 200 High School Students to Campus March 28

Cañada College will roll out the red carpet for more than 200 high school students on Friday, March 28 as part of Preview Day.

Cañada College Preview Day is the major outreach event of the spring. Students from the Sequoia Union High School District and Half Moon Bay High School will learn about different academic majors, how to apply for financial aid, and Cañada's popular Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Center.

"This gives our faculty and staff the opportunity to meet with hundreds of students on one day to explain their programs," said Noel Chavez, Cañada's college recruiter and a former Cañada student. "High school students will learn about our academic and support programs."

Chavez said students will about different degrees offered at the college, student support programs, extracurricular activities and more.

For more information, visit Cañada's Preview Day website or call Chavez at (650) 306-3444.

Latin American Studies Program Prepares Students for Changes in California

As the Latino population in California becomes the single largest ethnic group in the state it changes the political and social dynamics. Latin American and Latino/a Studies at Cañada College is a unique interdisciplinary program that examines these changes and prepares students for careers in this new environment.
“We combine courses from multiple academic departments to give students a broad understanding of historical, political, social, geographic and cultural aspects of Latin America and Latino/a communities,” said Alison Field, Professor of History at Cañada. “Coursework in social sciences, literature, music, drama and Spanish language provides a uniquely comprehensive approach to historical and contemporary issues as well as questions of identity, heritage and creative expression.” Yolanda Valenzuela, professor of English and Reading at Cañada, said the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program opens the door to a range of career opportunities for students. “The continuing imp…

Lauren Rankin Named to National Community College Academic Team

A Cañada College accounting major who enrolled in college as a high school freshman and currently lives in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood helping people with drug and alcohol dependency has been named to the Phi Theta Kappa Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team.

Lauren Rankin, who grew up in San Carlos and was home-schooled until she enrolled at Cañada, said she is honored by the $1,500 scholarship and designation as a Coca-Cola Gold Scholar but will not be traveling to Orlando, Florida in April for the convention because of her volunteer work. “I believe the best leaders are those who serve others. Being ahead several years in school allowed me to take some time off from academics and really focus on my leadership and spiritual growth by serving others.”

Rankin is a volunteer at San Francisco City Impact in the Tenderloin, a ministry dedicated to helping intervene on behalf of the people in one of the city’s most impoverished neighborhoods. “Initially, I wanted to serve in…

Cañada Captures the Golden Horseshoe Trophy

A dominating three-hit shutout by Cañada pitcher Sam Alton lifted the Colts to a 4-0 victory over San Mateo County rival Skyline and gave the inaugural Golden Horseshoe Trophy to the Colts.

The Golden Horseshoe is a new trophy awarded to the winner of the annual home contest between Cañada and their two San Mateo County rivals – Skyline College and the College of San Mateo. The Colts alternate hosting CSM and Skyline each season.
Supporting Alton's sensational pitching performance was shortstop Kyle Zirbes, who went 2 for 3 at the plate and stole two bases. Right fielder Cody Barden went 1 for 2 and drove in a pair of runs for Cañada.

The Colts have now won seven of their past eight games and are 12-5 overall and 6-2 in conference play.Cañada will try to extends its winning streak when it travels to the College of San Mateo on Tuesday, March 18 at 2:30 pm.

Five Cañada Grads Start Design Group

Five Cañada College Multimedia Art & Technology graduates have started a new design group called The Think Tanks and hope to improve their portfolios while helping to meet the artistic needs of the Peninsula and South Bay community.

“We all missed working on projects together after we left Cañada,” said Amanda Newlove. “It’s rough finding jobs in this economy so we decided to make our own work. The goal is to get some real world experience while improving our portfolios and resumes with some up-to-date projects.”
The creative talents behind the project include:
Alan Wong – Wong has a degree in fine art from Academy of Art College and specializes in many aspects of fine art but is most passionate about character animation. His ultimate career goal is to work for an animation studio or gaming company.
Amanda Newlove – Newlove earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from UC Davis and returned to school to earn a degree in 3D Animation and Video Game Art at Cañada. She is inte…

Dreamworks Animator to Discuss Careers in Computer Animation

Milana Huang, character technical director at Dreamworks Animation, will discuss careers in computer animation at this week’s Cañada College STEM Speaker Series.

Huang’s lecture is titled, “Paper to Performance: Careers in Computer Animation.” The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 12 from 5 to 6 pm in Building 6, Room 102. It’s free and open to the public.
Held in both the fall and spring semesters, the STEM Speaker Series features professionals from various science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields who discuss their careers, research, and educational paths. The speakers also provide academic and career advice to current and future college students.
Huang has worked at Dreamworks Animation for the past 14 years in the Character Technical Director group. She has collaborated on films such as Shrek, Madagascar, Rise of the Guardians, and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
Huang earned a master’s degree through the Electronic Visualization Laboratory, Electrical and Computer…

Cañada College Student Invited to Debut Short Film at Cannes

A chance meeting and a simple sneeze led a Cañada College multimedia student to produce a five-minute film that will be featured at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
Sir Wade Neistadt was notified by email last week that his short film, KERFLOOEY, is one of 26 student-produced films that will be featured in the Short Film Corner, one of three main sections of the famous French film festival. In addition, Neistadt’s film will be featured at Universal Studios in Hollywood in June as part of a three-day red carpet event where industry professionals host workshops and network with student filmmakers from around the country.

The idea for KERFLOOEY came from Neistadt and Cañada College classmate Melissa Loi, an aspiring writer. They met in a psychology course section. “When I met Wade he was trying to add the psychology class I was already registered for. He came into class and sneezed, I said ‘bless you,’ and we ended up doing ice breaker work in class. We paired up and became friends,” Lo…

Colt Classic Baseball Challenge Set for March 15

Cañada College is hosting an “Old Fashioned Day at the Ballpark” on Saturday, March 15. The Colts will be playing their San Mateo County rivals, the Skyline Trojans, for the Golden Horseshoe trophy in the first-ever Colt Classic Baseball Challenge. The event starts at 11 am with the first pitch scheduled for noon.

The Golden Horseshoe is a new trophy that will be awarded to the winner of the annual home contest between Cañada and their two San Mateo County rivals – Skyline College and the College of San Mateo. The Colts alternate hosting CSM and Skyline each season.

To enhance the ballpark atmosphere, fans can purchase $1 hot dogs, hamburgers, sodas, and popcorn. Additional food, souvenirs, and spirit items will also be available for purchase.

Middle College Applications Due March 7

Applications are due March 7 for all students planning to enroll in the Cañada Middle College program this fall. Prospective students can fill out their applications online.

Cañada Middle College is a nontraditional high school collaboration between Cañada College and the Sequoia Union High School District. Through this unique alternative high school program, students have the opportunity to explore new challenges that are not available in a traditional high school. Students complete the requirements for high school graduation while enrolled in college courses. All courses are held at Cañada College. Students in Cañada's Middle College program quickly discover the joy and benefits of self-directed learning in a stimulating and diverse college atmosphere.

To learn more, visit the Cañada Middle College website.

College District to Not Renew Parcel Tax

The College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously on February 26 not to renew the District's parcel tax.Board President Karen Schwarz expressed the Board's deep appreciation to San Mateo County voters who agreed four years ago to tax themselves to help the District through a fiscal crisis brought on by years of state budget reductions.

"The parcel tax--the first ever for a community college district in California--allowed our Colleges to offer hundreds of classes to tens of thousands of students who otherwise wouldn't have been served," she said.At the time, the Colleges were facing unprecedented demand for classes, due to the recession and widespread unemployment.At one point, President Schwarz said, there were more than 13,000 students on wait lists for classes.
"Ourfiscal situation has stabilized and improved," President Schwarz said, attributing it to a rebounding economy.Therefore, she said, the College District will not ask voters for a rene…