Anna Camacho Chosen as SMCCCD Classified Employee of the Year
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 bothan Assistant Project Directorand a Project Directorfor a number of federally funded grant programs at Cañada College, Anna hasprovided leadership and supportin developing a number of successful initiatives to increasestudent interest and awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields and promote academicsuccess of our students, especially those from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds.
Anna was instrumental in foundingthe STEM Center at Cañada College in 2012. Under her leadership, the STEM Center team successfully developed new grant proposals to supportinnovative studentsupport programs. As a result, Cañada College wasawarded a five-year, $4.35 milliondollar US Departmentof Education Hispanic-Serving Institution STEM and Articulation grant. Initiatives being developedfor 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 communityof practice.
In addition to her professional duties, Anna is also a founding member of Latinas in STEM2to Achieve Success(LISTAS), an organization dedicatedto increase the number of Latinas attaining a STEM education. She isalsoa consultant for Unite Here 2, a union that representsservice workers, where she deliversworkshops that impactknowledge on how to apply for college. Additionally, Anna contributes to the educationand research community by presenting and publishing the resultsof her work at national professional organizations including the AmericanSociety for Engineering Education, Allianceof Hispanic-Serving Institution Educators, and the League for Innovation in the Community College.