About Cañada

Mission, Vision and Values


Cañada College provides our community with a learning-centered environment, ensuring that students from diverse backgrounds have the opportunity to achieve their educational goals by providing transfer, career/technical, and basic skills programs, and lifelong learning. The college cultivates in its students the ability to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, reason quantitatively to make analytical judgments, and understand and appreciate different points of view within a diverse community.


Cañada College is committed to being a preeminent institution of learning, renowned for its quality of academic life, its diverse culture and practice of personal support and development, extraordinary student success, and its dynamic, innovative programs that prepare students for the university, the modern workplace, and the global community.


  • Transforming Lives
  • High Academic Standards
  • Diverse and Inclusive Environment
  • Student Success in Achieving Educational Goals
  • Community, Education, and Industry Partnerships
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Engaging Student Life
  • Accountability
  • Sustainability
  • Transparency

Goal (Strategic Directions)

1. Teaching and Learning

Equip students with the knowledge and transferable skills so they can become productive citizens in our global community; provide clear pathways for students to achieve educational goals; invest in opportunities to promote engagement; conduct provocative professional development; and create innovative and flexible learning systems.

2. Completion

Commit to student completion of certificates, degrees, and transfer; and create pathways which support the success, retention and persistence of students in their educational goals.

3. Community Connections

To build and strengthen collaborative relationships and partnerships that support the needs of, reflect and enrich our diverse and vibrant local community.

4. Global and Sustainable

Promote shared responsibility for our environment and social justice; and create a diverse and culturally enriched community of global citizens.