Special Populations Collaborative

Economically Disadvantaged/All Special Populations

Canada College Math Jam

Engineering student Diana Lis Valderrama was able to skip two math classes – trigonometry and pre-calculus – and begin studying calculus during her first semester at Cañada College thanks to participating in a summer Math Jam course.  Funded by a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Math Jam aims to improve the interest, persistence and performance of underrepresented students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  “When I first took my placement test, I tested into trigonometry,” Diana said. “When I attended the summer engineering institute, I was asked if I would be interested in participating in Math Jam. I’m glad I did because it made a big difference.”  Diana had access to personal tutors who helped her with a study plan. “I learned more in four days at Math Jam than I did in three semesters at high school.” Diana plans to eventually transfer to CSU San Francisco or CSU San Jose.