Peer Mentoring

What is Peer Mentoring?

The STEM Peer Mentor Program emphasizes relationship building and academic role-modeling between successful, more advanced STEM students and beginning STEM students (especially low-income, first-generation, minority, and female students).


Become a Mentee


STEM Mentors


Name: Yasmin Yudith Ochoa Salazar

BTO/STEM Peer Mentor

Major/Minor: Civil Engineering

"I CAN…help you discover all the resources that Cañada has to offer for your success! :)”

Bio: Hello everyone!!! My name is Yasmin Yudith Ochoa Salazar. I am a first generation college student; I was born in the U.S.A and raised in Mexico, so I’m bilingual. I am a Civil Engineering major, planning to specialize in geotechnical engineering. This is my second year, and I’m planning to transfer to a UC. Besides being a BTO mentor with a STEM focus, I work for the Speaker Series, and I’m also the vice president and secretary of the Math Club on campus. I am really excited to be working with you because I know what it is like to be a new student in your position. I am looking forward to helping you throughout your journey, and making it manageable by sharing all the resources that will help you succeed. Even if I am not your official mentor, feel free to ask me any questions. I am more than happy to help you out in your journey at Cañada College.


Name: Shalene Cannon

 BTO/STEM Peer Mentor 

Major/Minor: Biological Sciences 

"I CAN…help guide you towards your path of success" 

Bio: Hi, my name is Shalene Cannon and this will be my second year at Cañada. I’m a first generation college student aiming for a major in Biological Sciences. Currently I’m trying to transfer to a UC by Fall 2019 and won’t let anything get in the way of that goal. Being new to this program, I’m looking forward to helping other students overcome the struggles of college and help them stay on track for a successful transfer. Also, I’m excited to work together on how to utilize your time at Cañada to have the best experience possible.

Alyson Name: Alyson Davies   
BTO/STEM Peer Mentor
Major/Minor: Computer Science"
I CAN help guide you to resources to make the best of your time at Cañada."
Bio: Hi there! I'm Aly and I'm in my third semester at Cañada College. I am majoring in Computer Science and I'm hoping to get my Associates before transferring in Fall of 2019! I transitioned to a full-time student at Cañada after working at a software company in Sacramento, where I was taking online and night classes to slowly chip at my requirements for transfer. In my time here, I've learned how to navigate through some of the programs and utilized the incredible resources the campus has to offer. I want to help you get the most of your time at Cañada, either by helping guide you to tools that can help you succeed or sharing my experience in the workforce. If you see me around campus or in one of your classes, don't hesitate to say hey! I look forward to getting to know you!
Name: Osvaldo Solorio
STEM Mentor

Major/Minor: Mechanical Engineering

“ I CAN... guide you to find a pathway to success as well as connecting you to the resources that
Caňada has to offer”

Bio: Hey Everyone! My name is Osvaldo Solorio and this is my third year at Caňada College. I’m a first generation student who is striving to transfer with an associates degree in engineering. I plan to transfer to a CSU in either a year or two. This is my first semester being a STEM mentor but I know many resources and staff members that I can connect you with. As a student at Caňada I’ve experienced successes and failures; this has taught me the do’s and don'ts in order to be a successful student so I can definitely give you tips and also give you some background about my experiences. I’m looking forward in being part of your academic journey and helping you out with what I can offer as a STEM Mentor!


Name:Jay Magaña

STEM Peer Mentor

Major/Minor: Math 


Name: Thi Thuy Ngan Le (Sona)

STEM Peer Mentor
Major/Minor: Computer Science
" I CAN help you narrow the gap between your education and reality through not only resources at Canada but also my own experiences"
Bio: Hello everyone! I am Sona, an international Computer Science major student. The name “Sona” is after a gaming mage character, whose
personality inspires me to embrace challenges in life. She is neither the strongest champion nor using the best weapon; but she is still
intelligent, flexible, supportive, and strong in fighting. You and I are both unique and have our own strengths as “Sona” is in her game. I can
help you uncover your potentials on your way to success. Before Canada, I have accumulated working experiences in several part-time jobs
and a full-time one at a bank. I am in my second year at the school and planning to transfer to a four-year university in Fall 2020. With a
good mix of academic and real-life experiences, I believe that I can be a trustful mentor for you.


Name: Julissa Rico Ruiz 

BTO/STEM Mentor 

 Major: Civil Engineering 

 “ I CAN… help  you explore all the resources and academic assistance need in order for you to confidently pursue your aspirations."

 Bio: Hello, my name is Julissa Rico Ruiz and I am a first generation student striving to pursue a Civil Engineering career. I graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in the year 2016 and I plan to transfer to a UC in the fall of 2019.  On behalf of the San Mateo County Office of Education, I was certified attainment of proficiency in two languages; English and Spanish. Aside from being a student at Cañada and a STEM mentor, I am a member of the math and engineering/robotics club as well as the women in STEM community. Being an individual working towards a STEM major, I understand the difficulties one can encounter throughout one’s academic journey, however as a STEM mentor, I hope to assist you with any concerns or struggles you may have. 



Name: Georgina Corral

STEM Peer Mentor

Major/Minor: Bioengineering


Name:Dalila Gonzales

STEM Peer Mentor

Major/Minor: Bioengineering


Name: Edgar Sanchez

STEM Peer Mentor

Major/Minor:  Mechanical Engineering


Staff Coordinator

Sally Heath (Retention Specialist-STEM Programs)

Science and Technology - STEM Center