Price is in the Educational Leadership Ed.D Program at CSU Stanislaus
It’s a long way from Moccasin, near Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite, to Cañada College – both literally and figuratively. But that’s the route Brandon Price has traveled to become a researcher at the college.
“I grew up in Moccasin, which is a very small company town,” he said. “Everyone who lived there worked for San Francisco Water and Power, which operates the reservoir and hydroelectric power plant in the town. I was a first-generation community college student at Columbia Community College before transferring to CSU Stanislaus where I did my undergraduate degree in economics and a Master’s in Public Administration.”
Now, Price is finishing his Ed.D in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on community college leadership. He’s in the same program with Jeffrey Rhoades, who just joined the college as the Assistant Project Director for the A2B Grant in the Center for International and University Studies, and Jessica Kaven, Associate Professor of Communication Studies.
Price will be providing research support for the A2B Grant and the $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education that is funding the California Alliance for the Long-term Strengthening of Transfer Engineering Programs (CALSTEP).
“I’m supporting the CALSTEP team’s examination of our current efforts to increase the number of underrepresented STEM students transferring to four-year institutions,” Price said. "We hope that the evaluation of activities like Math Jam and Physics Jam, will provide information which we can use to improve the activities here at Cañada as well as contribute to the literature regarding the best practices for increasing the retention and transfer of STEM students nationwide.
He said he will also be supporting the development of an evaluation plan for the A2B Grant, which is designed to help students transfer from Cañada into four-year degree programs offered by partner universities at the Center for International and University Studies.
Prior to accepting the job at Cañada, Price spent time as a teacher both at K-12 and at the college level and worked at CSU Stanislaus as the Director of Student Activities and as the Budget and Judicial Affairs Officer. Price played tennis at Columbia Community College and said he still enjoys playing recreational tennis. He also likes cycling, golf, and sabermetrics, the specialized analysis of baseball through objective evidence, especially baseball statistics.