Cañada College's TRIO Student Support Services Program


UPDATED August 21, 2020 

We want you to know that TRIO SSS stands in solidarity with all of you as we all experience and cope with the day to day to changes incurred by this complex fire season and the health and racial pandemics as well.  Please check out our COVID 19 resource page as we continue  virtually for the Fall 2020 semester. 

Here is an excerpt from an email sent by Chancellor, Mike Claire regarding resources during this fire season:


I am writing to you about the impact on students and colleagues due to the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire and other fires in the area.  I have heard reports of students needing to evacuate their homes.  As I look at the map I believe that we have colleagues that may be in the same situation.

Our COVID-19 resource page on “Help for you and Your Family” may be of some value—we will do our best to update the information in response to the recent fires. Here’s the link: 

We may also have some emergency funds available for students and we will get you information on direct assistance to students as soon as possible. If all else fails and you do not know where to go for assistance please contact me directly and I will do my best to find the right person to help.  Please do not hesitate contact me -  this is a priority of mine.

Here is a letter from our President,  Dr. Jamillah Moore:


June 9, 2020

Dear Cañada Community,

Like so many of you I am outraged and deeply sadden by the horrific murder by law enforcement and vigilantes that killed George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey, Brianna Taylor and too many others. Unfortunately, the murder of unarmed Black and Brown people is not new to the United States, it is the result of slavery and systemic racism that has been used to oppress people of color for over 400 years. Not long after we witnessed the 8 minutes and 46 seconds death of George Floyd, as he narrated his own demise. I found that I could not sleep because I know first-hand that so many of us are hurting as a result of this horrific modern-day lynching. I knew I could not just write a statement and not invite the college community to a conversation, because so many of us have the knees of injustice on our necks and it is hard to breathe. As an African American woman with an African American son, I know first-hand the fear and anxiety of racism. My mother taught me and I continue to teach my son, to take exceptional precaution to ensure his safety. I have spent my entire life and my child’s life actively working to prevent my skin color from being seen as a weapon every time I leave the house. We have got to do better, we must do better if we are going to save are humanity, we have to stop the racial injustices and we can only do that if we all see each other as human as equals. I am pleased to serve my community as the President of Cañada Community College and part of that service is providing a venue for a safe space for both students and staff to come together in times of need and distress to be heard and to ask for help as we walk the path of healing. I will be working with the District Office, the State of California, the College and our broader community to strategize

around ways to stop this violence that has plagued the United States. Blacks deserve the right to be free from systemic racism that puts us in peril for:

• living while Black, • jogging while Black, • shopping while Black, • driving while Black and • bird watching while by Black

The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation serving the most ethnically and racially diverse student population in the United States. As a college community, we seek to address institutional racism on our campus and in the community as we offer support through professional development designed to address social justice and equity. African Americans deserve the right to breathe without knees on their necks! They deserve the right to be free from fear of violence for simply living. Institutionalized racism must be eliminated. We are committed to anti-racism work – in our classrooms, in our college and in our communities. The Cañada College Community stands in unity in support of the eradication of systemic racism, social injustice and racial bias. The community college can and should be an incubator for change regarding institutional racism in the state and the country. Cañada College stands united with the thousands of protesters in Minnesota and throughout the nation who are peacefully expressing their outrage and frustration at the deaths of unarmed African Americans.

 More Encouraging words from  Executive Director, Tykia Warden,  of the SMCCCD Foundation that eloquently states how we feel: 


The history of black people in this country is one of struggle and pain, imposed by those with power and those who fear and judge others based on the color of their skin. With hope, action, and perseverance in the face of this great adversity, black people have and will continue to thrive. As will the San Mateo County Community College District’s most vulnerable students, which includes students of color that identify as African American or as members of the African diaspora.


The SMCCC Foundation was built as an organization of hope. An organization that can help students imagine a brighter future through access to higher education. In this time of great fear and anxiety, the Foundation remains dedicated to our mission of providing the philanthropic support that ensures students have access to life-changing higher education at Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. We are here to do our part in diminishing systemic racism, bigotry, and hatred by helping break down barriers to higher education.


I leave you with the words of our former First Lady, Michelle Obama: "…if we ever hope to move past [race and racism], it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it. It’s up to all of us—Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out. It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets. I pray we all have the strength for that journey, just as I pray for the souls and the families of those who were taken from us."


 TRIO Fall 2020  HOURS

Need Support for Math 811, 120, 125, 130, 225?  


  • TRIO Staff: Paloma Felix, TRIO Student Ambassador
  • Schedule an appointment with Paloma via email:


 Need a Counseling Appointment : We are here for you!!

  • TRIO Staff: James Macale  email:, text: 415.562.5670 
  • TRIO Staff: Melissa Alforja email:


TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a program funded by the United States Department of Education. Our goal is to provide an academic, social, and personal support system for first-generation, low-income, and/or students with disabilities, to assist them with certificate and degree college requirements, the transfer process and to motivate them towards a successful completion of their college education.
TRIO Services
  • Priority Registration
  • Graduation and Transfer Support
  • Academic Counseling and Mentoring
  • Financial Literacy Support and Grant Aid
  • Cultural Enrichment Activities
  • Visits to 4-year Universities
Within this site you will find information on eligibility, how to apply to TRIO SSS, a description of our services, and other information you may find useful. Additionally, you may wish to visit us personally on the second floor of Building 9, within the Learning Center. We look forward to meeting you.