In May 2017 at Cañada’s ESL Recognition Ceremony, half of the students receiving Academic Excellence Awards (for the top grade in their class) at the ceremony were Sequoia Adult School alumni. Congratulations go to Patricia Avalos, Joaquin Basulto, Maria Sanchez, Lorena Avelar, Elizabeth Garcia, Jorge Garcia, Brizeida Gomez, Maria Soto, Eduardo Duenas, Viktor Maslov, Oswaldo Mercardo, Tatiana de Souza, Briziedy Beltran and Ruben Valencia.
In addition, 40% of ESL students receiving the college’s PASS (Preparation for Academic Scholarship and Success) certificate are our alumni. This means they have completed a transfer-level English class at the college, a significant achievement for students who spoke little or no English when they first enrolled at Sequoia. Congratulations go to Maria Adame, Mauro Barrera, Edgar Castellanos, Isela Cedeno Mejia, Silvia Gurrola, Ma Cristina Huato, Esmeralda Ramos and Diana Elena Viscarra. Finally, 25 students received Cañada’s ACE Language Award.
We wish to acknowledge the efforts of these individual students, our transition team and the SASS Foundation who are working together to affect change in the community.
Meet with your transition navigator today and create your future!
What do you get when you mix ice cream, fresh fruit, with a generous disposition; add to that a strong commitment to family and community? The answer is Cecilia Andrade Sequoia District Adult School student and young entrepreneur.
Cecilia comes from a small town in the Mexican State of Michoacán. The town Tocumbo is famous for its paletas. Cecilia learned the art of making paletas from her father, who learned it from his father. A paleta is a mixture of frozen fruit & ice cream which is served up on a stick, but in Cecilia case its frozen fruit, ice cream and creativity served on a stick and sold from a big blue truck. Her business is called Helados del Triunfo.
In 2015 Cecilia came to the adult school to take ESL classes and has returned to take advantage of the workshops offered by our partner Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. These Thursday workshops are designed to support and empower the community based entrepreneur. The workshops are conducted in Spanish with the end goal of the creation of sustainable new businesses, new jobs, and the promotion of financial self-sufficiency.
When Cecilia is not in class or in her truck selling her delicious and beautiful paletas you might find her handing out treats at the library or teaching kids how to make ice cream, she told me that cookies and cream is their favorite favor. Did I mention she only uses fresh, healthy ingredients!
So if you see Cecilia and her truck be sure to pick up a few of her delicious treats you will also be using your sweet tooth to build community!