Meet the Ambassadors

It is the mission of the Outreach Program to be the ‘face’ of Cañada College and support its’ mission by encouraging high school students and community members, especially those from underserved populations, to pursue a college education via the excellent Cañada College programs and services, as an avenue to reach their career and life goals.

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Mayra Arellano College Recruiter & Outreach Coordinator

Woodside High School Alumni

Mayra Arellano is a Redwood City native who has dedicated many years into the transformation of her community through positive youth development.  Mayra graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S in Combined Sciences and a minor in Sociology. Mayra oversees the Cañada College Ambassadors Program. She also develops the school's recruiting activities in association with Cañada's strategic plan. Mayra Arellano can be reached at arellanom@smccd.edu or 650-306-3166.

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Aidan Stevens Lead Ambassador

Sequoia High School Alumni

Aidan graduated from Sequoia High School Independent Study Program after studying concurrently at Cañada for two years. He is planning to transfer to the Colorado School of Mines to pursue a career in the field of engineering. In addition to school, he enjoys music especially choral singing and piano.

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Gabriela Ramirez Lead Ambassador

Hillsdale High School Alumni

Gabriela was raised in San Mateo and graduated from Hillsdale High School. She is currently working to become a Social Worker and is in her second year at Cañada College. She likes to be involved in the community as well as helping others. She enjoys music, traveling, and sports.

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Brandon Gutierrez Ambassador

Half Moon Bay High School Alumni

Brandon graduated from Half Moon Bay High School. He is planning to transfer to pursue a career in teaching as a high school level history teacher. Brandon enjoys music and spends his free time playing basketball.

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Guillermo Eli Lopez Ambassador

Everest Public High School Alumni

Guillermo (Memo) Lopez, has Graduated from Everest Public highschool and is currently focusing on Art and developing his skills in the Art world. He chose Cañada College for its many programs and opportunities as well as the financial help that Cañada has to offer. Eventually he plans on working in Animation and possibly working on the next big animated film.

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Jaynar De La Cruz Ambassador

Sequoia High School Alumni

Jaynar De La Cruz graduated from Sequoia High School in June of 2017. She wants to double major in both Theater and Film Production. In two years, she wishes to transfer to either USC to UCLA.

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Josh Valdez Ambassador

Summit Preparatory High School Alumni

A resident from Redwood City for nearly 18 years, Joshua Valdez has graduated from Summit Prep High school. Joshua is currently pursuing a double major in both Psychology and in Dance. He saw Cañada as his best choice as he plans to transfer to UC Irvine within the next 2 to 3 years. He strives to one day become a well-known choreographer and perhaps be seen in the next Step Up movies as we all know there will be more.

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Kenneth Kron Ambassador

Menlo-Atherton High School / Middle College Alumni

Kenneth graduated from Middle College after attending Menlo-Atherton High School. He is currently working on transferring to a 4 year university while completing his prerequisites for medical school. Kenneth enjoys archery and rock climbing.

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Madeline Reyes Ambassador

Menlo-Atherton High School Alumni

Madeline graduated from Menlo-Atherton High School. After long orientations at different schools, Cañada College was her final destination. Cañada’s close knit community helped Madee work hard and succeed in her classes as she explores different career paths. Her goal is to equip herself with the tools to help people in her community and beyond. She also enjoys club activities and is an active member in Cañada’s Glee Club and Intervarsity.

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Guidance Gunundu Ambassador

International Student

Guidance is an international student from Zimbabwe who is currently studying Digital Art and 3D Animation on the Global Becca Scholarship. Guidance is the Commissioner of Design and Marketing on the Student Senate for the 2017-2018 term, a Student Ambassador in the Outreach Department, and a distinguished student representative at the Academic Senate meetings. He hopes to transfer to University of Southern California where he plans to double major in Graphic Design and 3D animation.

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Nicki Dulmage Ambassador

Menlo-Atherton High School Alumni