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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)

mentors

Start Strong

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

mayra

 

Name: Mayra Gonzalez Contreras, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Nursing
Tutoring Subjects:  
Email: 
mgonz383@my.smccd.edu 

 "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.  

 

andres aguilar

 

Name: Andres Aguilar, BTO Peer Mentor
Major/Minor: Communication Studies
Tutoring Subjects: N/A
Email: 

 "I CAN…help you succeed!"

Bio: My name is Andres Aguilar, this is my 2nd year at Canada College and my first year as a BTO Mentor. I’m a first generation student and I am majoring in Communications and planning on transferring to a 4 year institution next fall. A fun fact about me is, I’m originally from Southern California and I’m a big animal lover and a big sports fan. I just want to be able to help students make the transition to college go as smoothly as possible……..GO COLTS!!!!!!

anny Li

 

Name: Jiayun “Anny” Li, BTO Peer Mentor
Major/Minor: Mathematics
Tutoring Subjects: Mathematics, Economics, Accounting, Music
Email: jiayunli@my.smccd.edu

"I CAN…integrate you into a larger college community and keep motivating you."

Bio: Greeting to everyone! My name is Jiayun Li. You can also call me Anny (my nickname). I was born in China. I started my international student journey by attending Cañada College since Fall 2015. I appreciate the golden chance of studying at Cañada College. I really gained a lot and widened my view at here. My major is Mathematics, and I’m planning to transfer to The UC System in Fall 2017. I'm willing to help you navigate a new environment, integrate you into a larger college community and successfully transfer to a 4-year University. I will provide you not only academic support but also useful strategies for success through my personal experiences. We are looking forward to your affiliate. Can’t wait to meet you!! ; )

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.

kassandra

 

Name: Kassandra Fekir, BTO Peer Mentor
Major/Minor: English
Tutoring Subjects: Statistics, ECE
Email: kassandrafekir@my.smccd.edu

 "I CAN... make sure to be resourceful and helpful to you."

Bio: Hi my name is Kassandra, and this is my second year at Cañada. I recently discovered my passion for meeting other people, and helping them reach their academic goals. I was a mentee myself for about a year before I became a peer mentor. For this reason, I can relate easily to other students. Also, I am a First Generation student in my family and my goal is to finish strong. Combining my love for kids and English I am currently working toward my AA in English to one day be able to teach ESL. I applied to transfer to a 4-year university for the Spring of 2017. Lastly, another interesting fact about me is that French is my first language and English is my second language. Can't wait to meet you!

benita

 

Name: Benita Kayembe, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: International Development 
Tutoring Subjects:  
Email:
benitakayembe@my.smccd.edu

“ I CAN… help you succeed as you will help me succeed”

Bio: Hello, my name is Benita and this is my second year at Canada College. I am very excited, because this year will be my first year working with BTO as a “stay strong” peer mentor. I am actually working on getting Associate Degrees in sociology & International studies, while working toward transferring to a 4 year University in International Development. My passion for people around the world is what motivated my choice of major, and it is the same passion that is motivating me to be a BTO peer mentor. I am looking forward to working with as many students as I possibly can, so that we may help each other to stay strong in the pursuit of our academic goals.

 victor

 

Name: Victor Infante, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Early Childhood Education
Tutoring Subjects: 
Email: vinfante@my.smccd.edu

"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. 

jonathan

 

Name: Jonathan Madley, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Tutoring Subjects: N/A
Email: 
jmadley1@my.smccd.edu

"I CAN...help you find the tools to learning and success."

Bio: Hello, 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.  

 travis

 

Name: Travis McIntosh
Major: Biology
Tutoring Subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Math
Email: 
tmcinto1@my.smccd.edu

"I CAN...help make your time here a positive experience."

Bio: I am a first generation college student. I am majoring in biology with a goal of double majoring in bioinformatics and cell and molecular biology once I transfer to a four-year university. I am also a tutor in the STEM Center and looking forward to working as a mentor as well. As an older student, I feel I can give other students a different and new perspective.

Finish Strong

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

alexis

 

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
Email: amadaya5@my.smccd.edu

"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.

chris

 

Name: Chris Cai, BTO Peer Mentor
Major/Minor: Economics
Tutoring Subjects: Accounting & Music
Email: ianhangcai@my.smccd.edu

"I CAN...help you succeed."

Bio: My name is Chris Cai, and this is will be my last year at Cañada College. I am majoring in Economics and planning to transfer to UC Berkeley, UCLA or UC San Diego in Fall 2017. I am also a tutor in accounting and music in the Learning Center. I was a mentee in BTO in the past year, which really helped me a lot in many ways. Therefore, I want to share the knowledge that I learned from my mentor and help other mentees. I want to pass on the knowledge from student to student just like the of Olympic Torch. I also can use Mandarin to help you if you are a Chinese student. Hope to see you in BTO!

tanisha

 

Name: Tanesha Gaines, BTO Peer Mentor 
Major: Business
Tutoring Subjects:  
Email: 
tanesgaines@my.smccd.edu

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

Bio: My name is Tanesha Gaines and this is my last year here at Cañada College 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.

andre

 

Name: Andre Robinson, BTO Peer Mentor  
Major/Minor: Criminal Justice
Tutoring Subjects: English
Email: drerob1@yahoo.com

"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 last 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 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!.

 BTO Staff

 

 

Trish

 

Name: Patricia "Trish" Guevarra, Program Services Coordinator - BTO,VROC
Major: B.A. Social Sciences and a B.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice,
CSU San Marcos
M.S. in College Counseling, San Francisco State University (anticipated 2018)
Email: guevarrap@smccd.edu

"I CAN...help you build your community of support."

Bio:  It is a privilege that I am the currently Program Services Coordinator of Bridge to Opportunities Peer Mentorship. I have and continue to have many influential mentors in my life who support me through my personal, academic, and career growth. It is for this reason that I have developed a passion for mentorship. I recently moved up to the Bay Area from San Diego, CA where I received my Bachelors of Arts in Social Sciences and a Bachelors of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Cal State San Marcos in 2006. I am currently pursuing my Masters of Science in Counseling with an emphasis in College from San Francisco State University. 

 

james

 

Name: James Macale, Counselor - BTO, A2B, TRIO SSS
Availability: Tuesdays 10:30 am - 7 pm, Thursdays 1 pm - 7 pm
Email: macalej@smccd.edu

Bio: 

 



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