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Alma Nunez, a Canada College student intending to major in linguistics at a University of California campus, converses with Canada College President Thomas Mohr on a recent afternoon at the hilltop campus in Woodside.
ntroductory chemistry for freshman science majors at the University of California at Berkeley enrolls about 1,000 students who take turns filling up a 350-seat lecture hall for the three sections of the
class, according to a chemistry department spokesperson. At UCLA, the chemistry lecture hall seats 300. Study the same essential course material at the hilltop campus of Canada College, located in
Woodside and Redwood City, and you will likely have 35 classmates, and you’re less likely to have to give up home cooking and your own bed. You’ll also pay less, much less. A school year at Canada runs around $750 for a fulltime student versus an average of $20,800 at California State University or $27,000 at UC for a student living on campus, according to spokesmen for the
Going the distance By Dave Boyce
Almanac Staff Writer
CSU and UC systems. Textbooks are another $300 to $600, Canada officials added, but that cost can be cut by renting the books or, for some classes, borrowing them from the library. Students can always sell them back to the bookstore at the semester’s end. There are drawbacks. When class is over at Canada, you don’t walk out into a vibrant youthful stream of several thousand peers from everywhere on the planet walking in every direction at once on a campus steeped in tradition. Nor is the campus situated in cosmopolitan Berkeley or Los Angeles. At Canada, you’ll have a bird’s-eye and often windswept
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view of the Bay Area. And you can approach the transition to college work over time and with ample personal attention rather than total immersion in a new, complex and challenging milieu. Continued on page 19
On the cover Olga Pena, who is studying medical assisting at Canada College, has another year to go before transferring to the nursing program at San Jose State University under an agreement for preferred admission — if she maintains a grade-point average of 3.0 or better. Photo by Michelle Le/The Almanac.
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that, maybe there isn’t. Degree certificates for four-year students and transfer students are indistinguishable, on paper and to potential employers. Transfer students also graduate from UC schools at a rate of 85 percent, slightly higher than the 82 percent of four-year students, Mr. Vasquez says. Transfers to a UC or a CSU campus after two years as a full-time community college student is common and often seamless if you have a B average and have earned 60 qualified credits. Admission for Canada students can be almost guaranteed to a UC campus or to CSU East Bay, CSU Monterey, or two local Catholic universities (Santa Clara and Notre Dame
the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. A September 2008 study Community colleges have from the National Bureau for their own milieus, of course. Economic Research, cited on They’re a way station for many FinAid.org, showed that stuof the state’s nurses, firefighters dents nationwide who start and law enforcement officers, at two-year colleges are 14.5 as well as many whose lives percent less likely than fourdon’t readily line up with a colyear-college students to earn a lege education, much less with bachelor’s degree. plans to transfer to a four-year Transfer students also tend to school. earn less, but not much less. A Alma Nunez, 23, says she March 2009 study for the Fedcame to the U.S. from Mexico as eral Reserve Bank of St. Louis an infant with her parents, neishowed that students who start ther of whom graduated from in a two-year school earn about high school. She is bilingual, a $2,268 less per year than their graduate of Burlingame High counterparts who attended a School, has been a community four-year school, Mr. Kantrowcollege student since 2005, and itz says. plans to major in linguistics That gap may be meaningless at UC Berkeley or UC since four-year students Santa Cruz. tend to graduate with “I was not ready for The CSU system is planning to cut more debt. A typical college either academiwho transenrollment by 40,000 over the next graduate cally or mentally (and) ferred in owes about 29 it was very much hit two years, according to a CSU analysis. percent less, on averand miss. I barely knew age, than a student who what a community colattended for all four lege was at all,” she says. “I was de Namur), says Soraya Sohrabi, years, Mr. Kantrowitz says. very close to joining the Marines Canada’s supervisor of transfer Finding classes because that was the only way to services. Admission anxiety. Today, it’s (get training as) a linguist.” Transferring students are That path closed when she “more prepared, have more a problem even at the state’s 110 learned that a linguistics career understanding, are more mature community colleges. One half of new students are in the military requires U.S. citi- and are more focused on the acazenship, and she is a permanent demic programs,” Ms. Sohrabi unable to find the classes they want, in part because priority is resident (she has a green card). says. “Once I got in here (at Canada), Transfer students make up given to returning students, says that really opened up a lot of pos- about 30 percent of UC gradu- Erik Skinner, vice chancellor of sibilities,” she says. “I took a course ates and 60 percent of CSU the California community colin linguistics here and I found out grads, says Erik Skinner, a vice lege system. Asked if families should feel I’m good at it. I like it.” chancellor in for the California anxious about the educational Alvin Sumo, a 24-year-old Community College system. Canada student from Liberia, The two UC campuses that path after high school, Mr. Skinsays he plans to attend UC don’t participate in the guar- ner did not pooh-pooh it. “It’s Berkeley as a pre-med student. antee program, in Berkeley and a concerning time,” he says. “I And the fact that Berkeley has Los Angeles, are open to transfer think it’s a major policy issue no collaborative guaranteed students. Of the transfer stu- that the state is working with admission program? “It all dents who applied in 2009-10, right now. These are challenging depends on me,” he told The the two schools admitted 25 times for California, dark times, Almanac. percent and 31 percent, respec- so we need to find a way to steer He says he plans to transfer tively, Mr. Vasquez says. Of high through it.” Rising costs and shrinking from Canada with an associate’s school seniors who applied, the degree as a medical assistant, schools admitted 24.5 percent access to classes “is something quite foreign,” he says. “It allowing him to earn money in a and 21 percent. field connected with his major. Some transfer students had doesn’t seem like this is the great It may be tough getting in to to complete “very, very spe- state of California, that someone UC. Due to ongoing and deep cific patterns of courses,” Mr. would be wanting to pursue a budget cuts, the UC system will Vasquez says, but added that this higher education and be shut admit 20,000 fewer students path to a UC school “is a very, out. We’re going to lead our state in September, says UC system very important door that needs down the wrong path if we don’t spokesman Ricardo Vasquez. to be kept open. For many stu- do something to support educaMeanwhile, the CSU system is dents, this is a very cost effective tion.” While public funds now have planning to cut enrollment by way of getting a degree.” 40,000 over the next two years, If a student is going to drop many claimants, “I think people according to a CSU analysis. out from a UC school, it tends (at one time) saw the issue of to happen in freshman and human infrastructure as being Transferring in sophomore years, Mr. Vasquez critical to the future of the Transfer student: a tainted added. state,” Mr. Skinner says. “This is pair of words among those who There are risks in starting at a the cost to progress. It’s how slight community colleges. You two-year school, too, according we’re going to grow and become didn’t have the right stuff for to Mark Kantrowitz, publisher a more prosperous state. I think four years at UC or CSU, so of FinAid.org and a regular that view of investment for the you’re making do with two. financial aid commentator for future is notably lacking right Maybe there’s something to major media outlets, including now.”
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One of 13 paintings of chickens by Woodside artist Ami Jaqua on display at the Woodside Library through Aug. 31.
Woodside: a coop with a view
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Woodside artist Ami Jaqua has painted 13 scenes of chickens in recognition of the widespread interest in backyard chickens. The oil paintings are on exhibit at the Woodside Library through Aug. 31, The library, located at 3140 Woodside Road, is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. except on Fridays and Saturdays, when it closes at 5 p.m. A Woodside Library exhibit by Ms. Jaqua in the summer of
2009 consisted of 20 paintings of clotheslines. That exhibit later went to Palo Alto and is now headed to Los Altos, Ms. Jaqua said. She has hopes that the series will travel up and down the state. The idea in both exhibits, Ms. Jaqua said, is to encourage viewers to consider the green advantages, whether of hanging your clothes out to dry or gathering your own eggs.
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