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Maps, Directions & Parking
Find Your Way to Cañada College and Around Campus

Class Schedule
A Complete List of Classes


Meet the BTO Peer Mentors and Staff (2015-2016)


Start Strong

Peer mentorship is provided to students transitioning into their first year at Cañada to build their academic toolkit for success.



Name: Evelyn Valenzuela, BTO/A2B Peer Mentor and ASCC President
Major/Minor: Business Administration/Political Science 
Tutoring SubjectsESL, Political Science

"I CAN... get you involved on campus"

Bio: I am a first generation college student, and this will be my fourth year at Cañada College. I am actively involved on campus as the current President of the student government on campus (ASCC). I am bilingual and fluent in both Spanish and English. I love to travel, and experience new things. I am very adventurous and love getting to know new people. 




Name: Luis A. Coronel, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Sociology
Tutoring Subjects: Pre-Algebra, Statistics, Sociology, History  

"I CAN…guide you through success"

Bio: My name is Luis A. Coronel I am a first generation student at Cañada College. Previously being the BTO student Assistant it has helped me learned all the background information this program has to offer in aiding students. Being fortunate enough in becoming a Peer Mentor this year, I am more than prepared for what this semester has to bring. I am majoring in Sociology in order to pursue my career goal of becoming a Law Enforcement Officer. I enjoy surrounding myself with people whom have a passion for success, because together we can reach success.



Name: Mayra Gonzalez Contreras, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Nursing
Tutoring Subjects:  

 "I CAN... motivate you"

Bio: My name is Mayra Gonzalez Contreras and I'm a first generation student. This will be my third year at Cañada College. Also, this year is going to be my first year being a BTO mentor, and I am excited to start this semester as a mentor. My favorite hobbies would be art and exploring new cities with my closest friends.  


Stay Strong

As students continue with their college education, peer mentorship is provided to encourage students to persist with their education, motivate them to continue to excel academically in order to reach their transfer and graduation objective.



Name: Jesse Jimenez, BTO Peer Mentor
Major/Minor: Computer Science
Tutoring Subjects: Math up to Calculus 1

"I CAN...give you that push to reach the finish line"

Bio: I'm a Redwood City native, I am currently completing my requirements for my AS-T in Computer Science then I plan to transfer to SJSU or UC Santa Cruz in Fall of 2016 to pursue my Bachelors Degree. I can help you in your math classes up to Calculus II and essay writing. I been apart of BTO for almost 3 years now and at Cañada for a bit longer. I strive to succeed academically and also in my future career.




Name: Tanesha Gaines, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Business
Tutoring Subjects:  

"I CAN…inspire and prepare you for student success!"

Bio: My name is Tanesha Gaines and this is my second year here at Cañada College. I am a new peer mentor with BTO, and I am very excited to work with students with goals of transferring. I enjoy meeting new people and sharing resources. During my time at Cañada, I have become a member of TRIO, and also a member of the honor society, Phi Theta Kappa. I am currently studying Business with a concentration in Accounting. I plan to transfer to CSU East Bay in 2017.




Name: Monique Rojas, BTO Peer Mentor & Tutor
Major/Minor: Spanish, Early Childhood Education
Tutoring Subjects: Spanish, English, Algebra

"I CAN…help you find your passion and unlock your potential!"

Bio: Hello students! My name is Monique Rojas and I am a Spanish major with a focus in Childhood Education. This is my third year attending Cañada College and this semester I am applying to transfer to a four year university with the University of Berkeley and San Francisco State University as my top choices. I attribute my academic success to my fellow peers and the amazing faculty at Cañada College and for this, I am looking forward to being a peer mentor so that I may share what I have learned and pass the success forward!.



Name: Andre Robinson, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major/Minor: Criminal Justice
Tutoring Subjects: English

"I CAN…help you learn from me just as much as I can learn from you!"

Bio: My name is Andre Robinson and I am a first generation student. This is my second year at Cañada College and I am majoring in criminal justice. I am planning on getting my AA Degree and transferring to a four year university. I am a new mentor looking forward to working with students and just meeting new people. I enjoy helping whenever I can so don’t be afraid to ask me anything. I am also part of Cañada’s basketball team so come support!.




Name: Lourdes Perez, Peer Mentor and Sequoia H.S. SAFE Program Mentor
Major/Minor: Sociology
Tutoring Subjects: Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Statistics

"I CAN...motivate you and help you reach success”

Bio: I am a first generation student athlete at Cañada College. I was a BTO mentee  in 2011 and I now have the privilege to serve as a BTO Peer Mentor for my third consecutive year. BTO has allowed me to work with a diverse group of hard working students who have inspired me to give back to my community and to pursue my career in Sociology. Apart from sociology, I have a passion for sports and music. I plan to transfer to UC Davis or Sacramento State University in Fall 2016. 




Name: Joanna Peet, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Kinesiology/Applied Math
Tutoring Subjects: Pre-Algebra, Algebra

"I you visualize your dreams"

Bio: My name is Joanna Peet. I am a first generation college student and a member of the Cañada College Tennis team. I am a mother of four children, my two oldest are in college and my two youngest are in high school. I have been a BTO mentee since 2013, and now I have the privilege to be a mentor. I wanted to become a mentor so I can give back to students on what I was so fortunate to receive from BTO. My goal is to graduate from San Jose State with a Kinesiology Bachelor’s degree and a minor in applied math. My hope is to become a high school PE teacher to students who have disabilities.



Name: Jonathan Madley, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Tutoring Subjects: N/A

"I you find the tools to learning and success"

Bio: Hello, my name is Jonathan Madley and I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I am planning on transferring with an Associates in Mathematics, Physics, and Engineering to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or to UC San Diego, those are my top choice in schools. I am a new mentor looking forward to provide aid to students, to help them maintain their academic path, and to help them achieve their academic goals. I strive to accomplish my goals no matter the struggles and obstacles I might face. I also enjoy learning about the evolution of technology and science.  




Name: Victor Infante, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Early Childhood Education
Tutoring Subjects: 

"I CAN…mentor you through your hardships""

Bio: Hello, my name is Victor Infante I am a first generation student I have been taking courses at Cañada College for the past 5 years. I am currently taking 12 ECE units in Early Childhood Education by the end of this semester I will be getting my ECE Certificate. This is my first semester working for the BTO mentorship program and very motivated to help students reach their educational goals. I am an ECE major. I am bilingual; I speak both English and Spanish. I applied to BTO because one of my passions is being able to help people and share my knowledge. Working together we can reach our academic goals, and strive. 


Finish Strong

Peer mentorship is provided to support students who are transfer-ready and assist them with the transfer process while maintaining academic excellence.



Name: Taimoor Tariq, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Tutoring Subjects: Up to Math 252

"I you succeed"

Bio: My name is Taimoor Tariq and I am First Generation college student. This is my 2nd year as a peer mentor for Bridge to Opportunities Peer Mentorship Program. I migrated to US from Pakistan in 2010 to pursue a higher education. I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering and working towards my Bachelors degree at San Francisco State University.  I live by this quote, “Be better, don’t be the same”. I thrive to be a better person everyday by learning from others. I am passionate about creating a learning community to support students achieve their goals successfully. I am looking forward to motivate you to Finish Strong.




Name: Martin Garcia, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Biology
Tutoring Subjects: Algebra, Bio 100

 "I CAN…push you towards your goals. Focus!"

Bio: My name is Martin Garcia.  I am a first generation student. I’m a biology major getting my applications done to transfer to a 4-year.  The plan is to go to either UC Davis or CSU East Bay fall of 2016. I love being outdoors playing soccer, dancing salsa, and have recently started doing Calisthenics. During my time at Cañada I’ve participated in the following programs: STEM, EOPS, and TRIO. Each of these programs offers tutoring, counseling, and support that has helped me become successful.



Name: Alexis Madayag, BTO/A2B Peer Mentor, BTOC Historian
Major/Minor: Radio & TV, SFSU & Art Therapy/Clinical Counseling, NDNU & Adult Education Credential, UC Berkeley
Tutoring Subjects:  History, Political Science, Psychology, Human Services, Multimedia, English

"I CAN...teach you the skills, but you must make the effort"

Bio: My name is Alexis Madayag and this is my 4th year as a peer mentor for BTO since the formation of the program in 2011. Currently I'm studying Art Therapy/Clinical Counseling at NDNU and recently pursuing a credential in Adult Education from UC Berkeley Extension. As a counseling major and digital media specialist, I have a passion for teaching digital literacy, bridging the digital divide amongst students and lifelong learners, and being an advocate for mental wellness and education equity. A jack-of-all-trades, I am a photographer, mixed media artist, DJ, and educator.



Name: Barbara Parigi
Major/Minor: Biological Science
Tutoring Subjects:  

"I you maintain your tunnel-vision toward your goal"

Bio: Hello, my name is Barbara. I am also a first generation student majoring in biological science and I plan to transfer to a four-year university by the fall of 2016. This is my first year as a BTO mentor. However, as a student, sister, and friend, I believe I have been a mentor without realizing it. I love dancing and I love learning other dances that I haven’t learned yet. I enjoy helping people get the resources they need, as well as meeting new faces. I look forward to help, support, and share my struggles and the obstacles that I have faced throughout my life with you, my mentee.


 BTO Staff





Name: Patricia "Trish" Guevarra, Program Services Coordinator - BTO,VROC
Major/Minor: B.A. Social Sciences and a B.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice,
CSU San Marcos
Tutoring Subjects: Empowering others to succeed





Name: James Macale, Counselor - BTO, A2B, TRIO SSS
Availability: Tuesdays 10:30 am - 7 pm, Thursdays 1 pm - 7 pm



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