Grant Funded Programs


The following is a sampling of the exemplary work supported by grant funding.  

California Alliance for the Long-term Strengthening of Transfer Engineering Program (CalSTEP)

The CalSTEP project promotes an understanding of and appreciation for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers through outreach activities for middle school, high school, and community college students. It addresses barriers to the retention and success of STEM students through a combination of intensive preparation for college-level work, multiple entry points and accelerated pathways into STEM education, and other proven academic support strategies. This project is a partnership with San Francisco State University and Los Angeles Pierce College.
Funding Source: US Department of Education HSI-STEM
Funding Duration: October 2011 - September 2016


Collaborative Research: Impact of Prior Work Experience on Non-traditional Engineering Students

This project aims to create new pathways for non-traditional engineering students by examining the impact of prior work experience and expertise on engineering students' identities and approaches to engineering study. This work collects and analyzes qualitative and quantitative data from traditional and non-traditional engineering undergraduate students at three diverse institutes of higher learning: UC Berkeley (large public university), University of New Haven (small private university), and Cañada College (community college). The study will increase engineering educators' understanding of engineering identities and of students' abilities and thinking processes.
Funding Source: National Science Foundation
Funding Duration: June 2014 - May 2017


Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)

The MESA California Community College Program assists community college students in successfully transferring to four-year institutions as math or science majors. MESA  aims to increase student success in STEM subjects by providing tutoring, Academic Excellence workshops, and peer mentoring as well as STEM-related student clubs and professional speaker panels. Students are engaged in leadership development, scientific seminars, and field trips to industry and four-year universities.
Funding source: CA Fund for Student Success
Funding duration: July 2012 - June 2017


A2B (Associate's to Bachelor's Degree)

The A2B Program provides academic support and case management services to students preparing to enroll or already enrolled in University Center bachelor's degree programs offered by partner universities on the Cañada College campus. Cañada students interested in earning a bachelor's degree can also participate in the A2B Scholars Programs, which include major-related workshops, speaker series, research support, faculty mentoring, peer mentoring, and specialized library services.
Funding source: US Department of Education HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution)
Funding duration: October 2012 - September 2017


TRiO Upward Bound

This federally funded pre-college program assists low-income and potential first-generation-to-college students from East Palo Alto and North Fair Oaks. The program provides high school students with academic services and support, including weekly tutoring and monthly workshops. During the summer, students participate in a six-week program on the Cañada College campus; this program consists of courses, workshops, and other activities aimed at preparing students for success in higher education.
Funding source: US Department of Education TRiO    
Funding duration: September 2012 - August 2017


Expanding Student Opportunity (¡ESO!) Adelante Project

The US Department of Education awarded a $3.2 million grant to Cañada College to significantly improve the college transfer and completion rates of its Hispanic and other high need students over the next five years. The grant will fund Canada College’s Expanding Student Opportunity (¡ESO!) Adelante Project, which in collaboration with San Francisco State University (SFSU), will support the creation and implementation of academic pathway programs designed to encourage the successful completion and transfer of Cañada’s Hispanic and other high-need students.
Funding source: US Department of Education HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) 
Funding duration: September 2016 - August 2021

Grants Crosswalk

The Crosswalk was developed in early Spring 2017 to identify similarities and differences among the multiple grants held by the College, to stimulate further collaboration, and to find opportunities to maximize resources and impact across programs.

Grants Crosswalk