Students are flocking to Word Jam at Cañada College.
Now in its third Fall session, the program has grown from 35 students to more than
The free, non-credit, one week program
helps students develop reading and writing strategies to succeed in college. It is targeted to
English as a Second Language learners and students in pre-transfer level
English and Reading. It is being held all this week from 9 am to noon in the
“I’m hoping we can offer an evening session of Word Jam in
the future,” said program coordinator Julie Wilson, a resident of East Palo
Alto. “Many, many students who I’ve talked with express an interest in
attending, but the morning schedule is a challenge for them.”
As part of the program, students learn the expectations of
their specific English, Reading, or ESL course, become familiar with Cañada
College resources, and practice college-level reading and writing strategies. More
than 70 percent of the students entering Cañada test at remedial levels in
reading and writing and are not academically prepared for transfer-level
To participate in the program, students must be registered
in the San Mateo County Community College District and enrolled in any English,
Reading, or ESL course.
The program is funded by Measure G, a $34-per-year parcel
tax that provides vital funding for San Mateo County’s three community colleges
– College of San Mateo, Skyline College and Cañada College.