Canada College strives to encourage educational, personal, and career goals among its students by all faculty and staff. Despite its small size, the campus offers a myriad of courses that transfer to many universities and it has started to offer bachelor’s degrees after forming unique partnerships with several universities.
Other programs offered are geared toward adults who seek a change in their career. These career changes include medical assisting, early childhood education, multimedia, radiologic technology, interior design, accounting, business technology, human services, fashion design, and others.
A wide range of classes are offered in order to meet the diverse needs of their students. These include preparatory courses for those seeking an eventual transfer to a four-year college or university, as well as those geared toward an Associate degree, basic skills, ESL, and those courses preparing students for college level classes. The classes are offered online, as hybrid courses, or classroom courses during the day, in the evenings, and on weekends.
All students must complete the General Requirements before moving on to complete a degree. These classes are intended to gear students towards a broader understanding of basic subjects like math and English, along with providing a foundation of knowledge in other areas.
There are a wide variety of programs offered that award a certificate. Career professionals looking for a change in job, those looking to increase their skill set, or students looking to enter the workforce as quickly as possible usually enroll in one of these programs. Medical assisting, fashion design, accounting, and paralegal are some of the classes available and most students complete their requirements in under a year.
As with most community colleges, associate degrees which take about two years to earn are awarded here. Currently, the Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science are offered. These degrees prepare students to enter the workforce after graduation or they have the option to transfer to a four-year college or university and earn a bachelor’s to complete their education. Some available programs include biology, business administration, and early childhood education.
The school has partnered with several other California universities through its Center for International and University Studies, to provide bachelor’s degrees. Currently offered are: nursing, allied health, business administration, human services, psychology, and child development.
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The school has also created an environment perfect for high school students. At the beginning of their sophomore year, students are able to pursue college courses at no extra cost. Any ambitious student can essentially complete the first two years of their college career at no cost, saving them thousands in the long term.
There is a Middle College High School program offered which helps students from the nearby Sequoia High School District to actively earn a diploma while also earning college credits. College classes are also offered to those students within the Sequoia High School District through an Upward Bound Program. A few of the professors who teach these courses also teach at East Palo Alto High School, bridging the gap between high school and college.
The school has an open admissions policy and any person who is at least 18, with or without a high school diploma is welcome to apply. Recent high school graduates or those with a California Certificate of Proficiency of Equivalency or GED can apply as well. Finally, high school students who have completed the ninth grade are admitted as long as they have completed the special admissions forms.
In order to apply, fill out the online form and then a student ID and email address will be finalized.
Financial aid for students is readily accessible at this school and need based financial aid distribution is determined through Academics, Music/Drama, Minority Status, Job Skills, Leadership and State/District Residency. Students should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to the Financial Aid Office and attend one of the financial aid workshops.
Scholarships are offered through this institution based on academics, need, and service to the community. Contact the school for more information and to see if you qualify.
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Students here can compete in the Coast Conference for baseball, basketball, men’s gold, women’s volleyball, men’s soccer, and women’s soccer. Students can also participate in the Central Valley Conference for women’s golf. There are a variety of activity courses offered which encourage fitness, leisure time, and recreation.
Students are required to adhere to the Coast Conference and California State Athletic Code eligibility rules as well as regulations in order to be eligible to participate in any of the varsity athletics offered. The college has new FieldTurf for all soccer and baseball fields, making it a state-of-the-art field. Outdoor facilities on campus have not been significantly renovated since the campus opened in the 1960s.
Because of this, the playing surfaces were worn which affected the playability and increased the maintenance efforts, thereby effectively limiting the instructional and community use of the fields. Thankfully a new project was initiated which not only upgraded the turf but built new restrooms, new storage cages, batting cages, bleachers, and enhanced disability access alongside parking. New lockers were installed as well, creating a unique storage area for those students taking courses, acting as student athletes, or participating in community events offered through and on the fields.
The class sizes are maintained in small numbers which allow the faculty to provide more personalized services and help students achieve their academic goals. Large lecture halls and courses taught by graduate students instead of professors will not be found here.
The majority of the faculty has earned a doctorate and takes pride in mentoring their students. This remains one of California’s top community colleges, particularly for students who anticipate transferring to a four-year school after attendance.
Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.