1. Why did you choose to work at Cañada College? I’ve spent my entire professional career working in the public and non-profit sector.
While finishing my BA at San Francisco State and after graduating, I worked for the
City of San Mateo for a number of years. I then moved on to work for a private non-profit
organization in San Francisco but I missed working in the public sector. When a great
job at Cañada presented itself, I went for it! I had never worked in higher education
before and have learned so much from all of my amazing colleagues. I love that Cañada
is a small community college and the faculty, staff, and administrators are all focused
on the common goal of doing everything they can do to help our students succeed.
2. Describe Cañada College in three words. BEST COLLEGE (in the) DISTRICT.
3. What makes you laugh the most? Well, I laugh at myself all the time! Other than that – children (look up any of the “Hey Jimmy Kimmel I told my kids I ate all of their Halloween candy” or “Hey Jimmy Kimmel I gave my kid a terrible Christmas present” videos), my cat who thinks he is a dog, my fiancé and my friends.
4. What would you sing at Karaoke night? Any song by Miranda Lambert.
5. What is your favorite spot on our campus? I must admit, I’ve got a pretty nice view from my office.
This October, Student Life and Leadership Manager Michiko “Misha” Kealoha, was chosen to be the keynote speaker for Orange Coast College’s Annual Leadership Summit. With an opening address on Critical Hope Pedagogy and resilience, Misha facilitated a day long training on self-awareness, community building, and positive change for 120 of Orange Coast College’s student leaders and staff.
1. Why did you choose to work at Cañada College? Natural selection! I’m a Cañada alum and I was working at the Bookstore the summer
after I graduated in 2011. My Mom was a student here and a member of TRIO. Romeo Garcia,
the TRIO Director at the time, was looking for someone to work part-time to replace
the Office Assistant and my mother suggested me. I had an interview and I’ve been
here ever since. It’s quite interesting to experience Cañada as both a student and
a staff member. As a student, I felt so supported. As a worker, I have even more appreciation for
that support because I know about the love, care, and dedication that goes into the
support available at Cañada.
2. Describe Cañada College in three words. Destination. Determination. Deliberation. For my Harry Potter fans.
3. If your best friend was sitting here, what would he/she say is the best part about being your friend? She would say my loyalty. No matter how life may get in the way of spending time together, we always pick up where we left off.
4. What would you sing at Karaoke night? Formation by the one and only, Queen Beyoncé.
5. What is your favorite spot on our campus? The windows facing the campus in the Learning Center. I love the view of the hills as well as our beautiful campus.
Cañada College Classified did a great job of representing their classified pride and dedication at the Classified Leadership institute in June 2017 at the Granlibakken Hotel and Resort in Lake Tahoe. Maggie Baez, Maria Huning, and Maggie Lozano presented “Lighthouse in the Fog” which was a best practices and policies presentation for Classified Senates in the State of California. It highlighted the amazing work of the Cañada Classified Senate and members at the local and state level. Both Maggie Baez and Maggie Lozano won the prestigious 4CS scholarship to attend the event. In addition, at the awards ceremony Maria Huning was able to accept the 4CS 2nd Place award for Classified Senate Website Design. It was a winning event all around for Cañada College and the Classified Senate!
1. Why did you choose to work at Cañada College? I came to work at Cañada College when I was presented with an opportunity that very
few of us ever experience. I was hired to design, build and open a brand new program
and one that I was very passionate about. Knowing that SparkPoint could make a difference
in students’ and their families’ lives by providing them with skills and resources
to weather financial challenges is critical for students working towards realizing
their academic and professional goals.
2. What do you think is the biggest challenge to student success? In one word, Life. A student can have a goal in mind, create an SEP, start of the semester strong and have a plan for educational success. However, along the way, life events may occur that lead them to have to change their plan or at least the timeline of their plan. Hunger, housing, transportation, childcare, the need for greater income, added family responsibilities and other factors may negatively impact student success. These challenges often have financial implications so I see SparkPoint as a student’s opportunity to create a financial plan so they can be better prepared to manage these unexpected events and stay on track as much as possible.
3. What has been your favorite moment working with SparkPoint? There are two dates that I’d say are my favorite moments. The first was the day I attended my first SparkPoint Coordinating Meeting. When I was introduced to the team, I was so touched by the (unexpected) applause that I was given. To immediately feel welcome before I’d even introduced myself to the college community was quite a moving. The second would have to be, February 5, 2015, the day of the SparkPoint Grand Opening! There was a live band, plenty of food, balloons everywhere an incredible feeling of celebration in the air.
4. Where is your favorite place to eat in Redwood City? About a week after I arrived at Cañada College, Candace, Melissa, Trish and Lizette invited me to lunch at “Little Madfish”, a Japanese restaurant located at Sequoia Station. I will never forget that day because I was unfamiliar with the area and had never heard of this restaurant so I thought my new colleagues called themselves the “Little Madfish” group. I wasn’t till I got there that I realized that we actually going to, “Little Madfish!” Ever since then, when someone asks for suggestions on where to go eat in Redwood City, Little Madfish is always my first suggestion.
5. What is one advice you would give to students? First, join SparkPoint! We all benefit from learning how to manage our money better. Then, don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek out resources. There are so many programs on campus that are all designed to assist you to succeed along with countless staff and faculty who work are committed to your success. Along the way, get involved! Join a campus club or activity that may interest you where you can explore a curiosity or passion. Next, whether your goal is to develop your skills, earn a certificate, or transfer, when you leave Cañada College, be proud of your accomplishments and don’t forget to give back to the community. Finally, enjoy your time at Cañada College. Go Colts!
1. Why did you choose to work at Cañada College? “Once a colt, always a colt,” a wise man once said. I was a former student athlete
in my former life and now I have the privilege of serving the same cohort of students
in the same capacity with great leadership, colleagues,
faculty, and staff.
2. Describe Cañada College in three words.
3. What would you sing at Karaoke night? Rapper’s Delight – Sugar Hill Gang.
4. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten? Probably anything that I cook.
5. What is your favorite spot on our campus? Building 1 – Home of Colts!
Congratulations to Jose Garcia and Megan Rodriguez Antone from the Cañada Marketing Department, who were recently recognized with three PRO Awards from the Community College Public Relations Organization (CCPRO). The team received Second place for its course catalog and third place for the class schedule and college style guide (under the “Before & After” category).
At the February Board meeting, Cañada’s own, Anna Camacho (STEM Project Director)
was chosen by the Board of Trustees as SMCCCD Classified Employee of the Year. Having
served as both an Assistant Project Director and a Project Director for a number of
federally funded grant programs at Cañada College, Anna has provided leadership and
support in developing a number of successful initiatives to increase student interest
and awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields and
promote academic success of our students, especially those from underrepresented and
Anna was instrumental in founding the STEM Center at Cañada College in 2012. Under her leadership, the STEM Center team successfully developed new grant proposals to support innovative student support programs. As a result, Cañada College was awarded a five-year, $4.35 million dollar US Department of Education Hispanic-Serving Institution STEM and Articulation grant. Initiatives being developed for this new grant-funded program, under her leadership, include: Chemistry Jam, Difference-Education Intervention, expansion of the STEM Speaker Series, STEM Exploration Week, university transfer workshops, a professional development program for STEM faculty, and a STEM faculty community of practice.
In addition to her professional duties, Anna is also a founding member of Latinas in STEM2 to Achieve Success (LISTAS), an organization dedicated to increase the number of Latinas attaining a STEM education. She is also a consultant for Unite Here 2, a union that represents service workers, where she delivers workshops that impact knowledge on how to apply for college. Additionally, Anna contributes to the education and research community by presenting and publishing the results of her work at national professional organizations including the American Society for Engineering Education, Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institution Educators, and the League for Innovation in the Community College.
Congratulations to our Cañada Marketing Team, Jose Garcia and Megan Rodriguez Antone, who were recognized with PRO Awards at the state-wide CCPRO (Community College Public Relations Organization) conference on April 14! The Cañada team received First Place in the “TV Ad/PSA” category for its “iCAN Become” commercial and Third Place in the “Catalog” category for its 2015-2016 Catalog. The Marketing Team worked with Kingston Media to conceptualize and create the commercial. The PRO Awards recognizes outstanding work by California’s community college Marketing and Public Relations professionals.
This October 2016, Cañada’s Student Life and Leadership Manager Michiko “Misha” Maggi was appointed to NASPA’s Community College Division Board. NASPA is the leading association for advancement and sustainability of the student affairs profession and serves 13,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and eight U.S. territories. Misha was sent to NASPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to represent mid-level professionals in the nation and will serve a two-year term on the board.
José was given the Outstanding Service Award at the 2015 EOPS Conference in San Diego. He was recognized for always going above and beyond to help students. Since 2006, Jose has been working in EOPS/CARE and goes out of his way to find resources for students. We greatly appreciate all his hard work and dedication to the programs and to the continuing support he provides to students, faculty, and staff. Thank you Jose for all you have done by continuously supporting and advocating for our students!
Cañada College’s Math Jam was selected as a finalist by the Community College Futures Assembly for the prestigious Bellwether Awards. This award recognizes outstanding and innovative programs and practices that are successfully leading community colleges. The college was recently recognized during the Assembly’s 22nd annual conference in Orlando, FL .
This past December, the Community College Futures Assembly announced ten outstanding community college programs (for three categories) as the Finalists to compete for the 2016 Bellwether Awards – among them Math Jam. The Assembly issued a call for Bellwether Award nominations in the fall of 2015, and 30 finalist colleges in three categories were competitively chosen from the applicants. The field of Bellwether nominations was very competitive this year with nearly 300 Bellwether applications. Prior to the application process, over 1,000 community college programs were nominated from a wide range of agencies including peer institutions, conferences, and the media. 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 designed as an intensive math placement preparation program and has since evolved into a campus-wide math success program, serving students in pre-algebra through advanced calculus. Today, the College has offers day and evening Math Jam sessions three times a year – January, June & August – serving more than 450 students.
Maria Huning, Program Services Coordinator for Upward Bound, has been selected as Cañada’s nominee for the Community College Classified Employee of the Year Award. Maria is a valuable member of Cañada College and the San Mateo County Community College District. She has demonstrated her commitment to the principles of the California Community College mission and the mission of Cañada College for the past 12 years through her professionalism and service to the college. Her advocacy for students and families has naturally evolved to become what it is today-- an excellent example of the powerful role that classified staff have in fulfilling the college mission.
Maria understands the importance of becoming involved in the life of the college and
has demonstrated her commitment to serving the college in a variety of ways. She has
served three terms as the Vice President of the Classified Senate. She has taken a
leadership role in professional development, including working closely with the Classified
Senates at Skyline College and College of San Mateo on key issues and topics, including
developing a unified voice and assisting them in exercising their ability to advocate.
She also has played a key role in developing the Classified Professional Development
work group to establish a clear and transparent process for allocating professional
development funds to classified staff at the college. Additionally, she collaborates
with the Associated Students of Cañada College in planning college events for students.
Finally, she is a member of a number of key participatory governance committees and
is involved in a
variety of college activities that support the college mission.
Maria was recognized at the February 17 Board of Trustees meeting and congratulated by Vice President Gregory Anderson. Thank you, Maria - your collective commitment and dedication to our students help to make Cañada great!
Maria Huning, from Cañada’s Upward Bound program, is this year’s recipient of the Jobs for Youth Mary Paskevich Memorial Award. The Jobs for Youth program provides career workshops and job training to young people in San Mateo County. Mary Paskevich worked with Jobs for Youth for almost 20 years.
The Mary Paskevich Memorial Award is given every year to a person who has supported youth in achieving a better life. This year’s recipient, Maria Huning, has empowered young people in San Mateo County to envision their futures and their communities improved through higher education. Maria has supported students from communities that are often times overlooked-North Fair Oaks, East Palo Alto, and Half Moon Bay. She has served as the Program Coordinator for TRIO Upward Bound for over 10 years preparing the next generation of college bound students and advocating for equity and access in higher education.
Being recognized for her work and receiving this award is a wonderful way to celebrate her 11-year anniversary at Cañada College. Maria will be recognized alongside four Cañada College Upward Bound students. Edgar Aguirre, Jennifer Castro, Jennifer Cuevas, and Lluvia Garnica will all be awarded scholarships for their civic engagement in Redwood City.
All of these students share with Maria their passion for helping young people in the community. Cañada College and TRIO will be well represented at the Jobs for Youth Breakfast on May 28, 2015 in Foster City.
This award has been established by the California Community Colleges Classified Senate to recognize elected Classified Senate Presidents (current or past) for outstanding service. Criteria of the award are:
"The key indicators of how Debbie is respected and is a leader include the significant increase in the attendance at the monthly Classified Senate meetings, she thoughtful agendas which are distributed campus-wide before the meetings to assure effective communication, the participation in the Associated Student Body events by many of our classified staff, and the volunteering by classified for other activities on campus." - Larry Buckley, Ph.D., Cañada College President
This award recognizes Classified Senate organizations that exercise their role in shared governance with autonomy and professionalism is one way in which the California Community Colleges Classified Senate (4CS) can assist other colleges in developing their local senates or councils. Model Classified Senates define the standard of staff participation within the learning environment for California community college students; encourage staff leaders to become stronger, and offer reference and experience for novice organizations and those seeking organizational revitalization.
The following criteria are used to determine if a Classified Senate is granted "Model Classified Senate" status by 4CS: