Initiated in Fall 2005, the Student Employment Initiative (SEI) is part of a retention and timely graduation strategy that recognizes the compelling need of students to work while attending college.

In 2009, Cañada College created the Math Jam to address the low level of math preparation of underrepresented students studying STEM, allowing students to “test out” of math courses. Initially the program was designed as an intensive math-placement preparation and has since evolved into a campus-wide math-success program, serving students in Pre-Algebra through Advanced Calculus.

Developed in 2001, the UTRGV/UT- Austin College of Pharmacy Cooperative Doctoral Program in Pharmacy (CDPP) encourages students from the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo regions of South Texas to pursue pharmacy as a career, and provides recruitment, training and retention of proficient pharmacists that understand the language and culture of the largely Hispanic South Texas community.