What is Peer Mentoring?

The STEM Peer Mentor Program emphasizes relationship building and academic role-modeling between successful, more advanced STEM students and beginning STEM students (especially low-income, first-generation, minority, and female students).

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STEM Mentors

Name: Yasmin Yudith Ochoa Salazar, BTO/STEM Peer Mentor
Major/Minor: Civil Engineering
"I CAN…help you discover all the resources that Cañada has to offer for your success! :)”
Bio: Hello everyone!!! My name is Yasmin Yudith Ochoa Salazar. I am a first generation college student; I was born in the U.S.A and raised in Mexico, so I’m bilingual. I am a Civil Engineering major, planning to specialize in geotechnical engineering. This is my second year, and I’m planning to transfer to a UC. Besides being a BTO mentor with a STEM focus, I work for the Speaker Series, and I’m also the vice president and secretary of the Math Club on campus. I am really excited to be working with you because I know what it is like to be a new student in your position. I am looking forward to helping you throughout your journey, and making it manageable by sharing all the resources that will help you succeed. Even if I am not your official mentor, feel free to ask me any questions. I am more than happy to help you out in your journey at Cañada College.
Name: Perla Aramburu, BTO/STEM Peer Mentor
Major: Math
“I CAN...help you attain the resources at Cañada to reach your goals"
Bio: I’m a first generation student. This is my second and last year here at Cañada. I plan to transfer to a UC in fall 2018 majoring in Math. I really enjoy being involved on campus and my community through joining clubs and volunteering for student government as well as supporting people with any difficulty they encounter. I love nature and going on random adventures. I look forward in working as team and helping you succeed and achieving your goals while having a fun and memorable time here!
Name: Shalene Cannon, BTO/STEM Peer Mentor
Major/Minor: Biological Sciences
"I CAN…help guide you towards your path of success"
Bio: Hi, my name is Shalene Cannon and this will be my second year at Cañada. I’m a first generation college student aiming for a major in Biological Sciences. Currently I’m trying to transfer to a UC by Fall 2019 and won’t let anything get in the way of that goal. Being new to this program, I’m looking forward to helping other students overcome the struggles of college and help them stay on track for a successful transfer. Also, I’m excited to work together on how to utilize your time at Cañada to have the best experience possible.
Name: Nathaly Garnica, BTO/STEM Peer Mentor
Major/Minor: Math
"I CAN…guide you through your academic journey and build your confidence in math"
Bio: Hello! My name is Nathaly Garnica and this is my second year at Cañada College and my first year starting as a BTO mentor. I am majoring in Mathematics in hopes of becoming a teacher in the future and I hope to transfer to a UC in 2018. As a first generation college student, becoming more involved in school has been a struggle, but being a member in STEM has encouraged me to help and inspire others to succeed in their college education. My love for helping people has lead me to become a mentor and I hope be that source of encouragement to others and a guide towards your success. I look forward to meeting you all!
Name: Alyson Davies
BTO/STEM Peer Mentor
Major/Minor: Computer Science
" I CAN help guide you to resources to make the best of your time at Cañada."
Bio: Hi there! I'm Aly and I'm in my third semester at Cañada College. I am majoring in Computer Science and I'm hoping to get my Associates before transferring in Fall of 2019! I transitioned to a full-time student at Cañada after working at a software company in Sacramento, where I was taking online and night classes to slowly chip at my requirements for transfer. In my time here, I've learned how to navigate through some of the programs and utilized the incredible resources the campus has to offer. I want to help you get the most of your time at Cañada, either by helping guide you to tools that can help you succeed or sharing my experience in the workforce. If you see me around campus or in one of your classes, don't hesitate to say hey! I look forward to getting to know you!
Name: Jesus Caballero
BTO/STEM Peer Mentor
Major: Mechanical Engineering
“I CAN... give you some good advice for your journey through Canada College.”
BIO: I came from Mexico when I was 4 years old and have been here doing my best, ever since.
I enjoy music and cooking. I’m a first-generation student here at Canada College studying
mechanical engineering. I am currently in my last semester here and getting ready to transfer to a
UC or CSU in the fall of 2018. I’m looking forward to helping anyone that has any questions
about life here at Canada and I also hope to pass on some of the wisdom I’ve gathered during my
time here.
Name: Osvaldo Solorio STEM Mentor
Major/Minor: Mechanical Engineering
“ I CAN... guide you to find a pathway to success as well as connecting you to the resources that
Caňada has to offer”
Bio: Hey Everyone! My name is Osvaldo Solorio and this is my third year at Caňada College.
I’m a first generation student who is striving to transfer with an associates degree in engineering.
I plan to transfer to a CSU in either a year or two. This is my first semester being a STEM
mentor but I know many resources and staff members that I can connect you with. As a student
at Caňada I’ve experienced successes and failures; this has taught me the do’s and don'ts in order
to be a successful student so I can definitely give you tips and also give you some background
about my experiences. I’m looking forward in being part of your academic journey and helping
you out with what I can offer as a STEM Mentor!
Name:Moises Arturo Vieyra Gallegos, STEM Peer Mentor

Major/Minor: Civil Engineering

“ I CAN…provide you with resources for your needs in order to help you get by as a student here at Canada.”

Bio: I was born and raised in Mexico City, and immigrated to California at the young age of nine. As a first-generation student, I understand that dedication and support is needed to be successful in my future career. I have learned this through my experiences in being a student athlete, an EPIC tutor for the STEM Center, and by being a part of various clubs on campus. As I joined Cañada, focusing on my STEM major, I was unaware about the many opportunities and programs that Cañada had to offer. Looking back, it would have benefitted me greatly. New to being a mentor, my ultimate goal is to help my community thrive just as positively as I did. I have studied at Cañada for three years now, and plan to transfer to San Jose State or Cal Poly (SLO) in the fall of 2018 – getting my degree in Civil Engineering. I am happily looking forward to helping and assisting you with any questions or concerns that you approach me with. I will be at the STEM Center anytime, so do not be afraid to ask.

Staff Coordinator

Sally Heath

Retention Specialist

STEM Center

Cañada College

(p) 650-381-3556

(e) heathsally@smccd.edu