Fashion is more than the latest trend or hottest craze.  Since 1968, Cañada College’s Fashion Design and Merchandising Program has been a leader in Bay Area Fashion education. The Fashion Department works to create confident and skilled graduates.  Our alumnus leave ready to excel in a variety of fashion industry jobs.

    Our Program at a Glance

    • 4 Certificates and Degrees
    • Completion in two years
    • Day, evening, and weekend classes
    • $46.00 per unit for California Community Colleges
    • Scholarship and financial aid opportunities

    Meet the Faculty

    In addition to teaching, many of our instructors are in the industry working as milliners, store owners, published authors, theater costumers, professional illustrators, and more. This enables our faculty to incorporate real-world issues into the curriculum.

    Ronda Chaney

    Coordinator of the Fashion Department
    MS, San Francisco State University
    BS, University of Missouri

    Ronda has been a professor of Fashion at Cañada College for many years and has been the coordinator of the program since 1991. Her enthusiasm for fashion has inspired many students to uniquely express their own creativity. She is co-author of the book, Make It Your Own and has written for various other publications, including Sewing Update, Serger Update, Sew News, F.I.T. Review, and Singer Sewing Books. She has appeared on the nationally syndicated television program, America Sews. Ronda is known throughout the United States as an inspiring lecturer and has presented at many national conferences for professional organizations.

    Courses Taught: Clothing Construction, Flat Pattern, Advanced Flat Pattern, Tailoring, Advanced Tailoring, Designer Techniques

    Mary Lou Lange

    BA, San Jose State University

    Mary Lou began teaching at Cañada in 1981. She co-owned and operated a pattern company that designed, manufactured, and distributed art-to-wear fashion and stenciling patterns and supplies nationwide. Her work with this company included traveling and teaching throughout the country and at many local stores and schools. She worked as assistant editor for Creative Machine Newsletter in Menlo Park, CA. In addition, she has done freelance design and construction for a prominent custom interiors company on the Peninsula for more than 20 years.

    Courses Taught: Basic Serging

    Judith Jackson

    MA, San Francisco State University

    Judith began teaching at Cañada College in 1997, with more than 20 years of teaching experience. Her graduate research in Clothing and Textiles at San Francisco State was on the development of nineteenth-century women’s dress. When not teaching, Judith has worked professionally as a freelance theatre costumer and designer. She has worked with bay area companies such as the San Francisco Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Beach Blanket Babylon, and Lamplighter’s Music Theatre.

    Courses Taught: Pattern Design for Historic Costume, Introduction to Theater Costuming, , Draping, Pattern Grading, Computerized Pattern Design, History of Fashion, Apparel Analysis, Custom Dress Form, Costuming for Theatrical Production

    Kathleen McCarney

    MA, San Francisco State University

    Kathleen has been teaching at Cañada since 1997. She comes to the Fashion Department after teaching 15 years in California’s community college system and 12 years in the state college system. Kathleen also works as a freelance fashion illustrator, creating cover designs for independently produced commercial sewing patterns. She has created work for Clothing Designs by La Fred, SF Designs, Sew-Pro Workshop, and Patterns for Every Body. Her work also appears in the Davis Publication text, Careers in Art.

    Courses Taught: Fashion Illustration, Advanced Fashion Illustration, Textiles, Principles of Design, and Portfolio Development

    Lynda Maynard

    BS, San Jose State University

    Lynda has enjoyed a 35 year career that highlights a wide array of experiences in textiles and clothing. During the past 12 years she has taught in several community colleges and bay area fabric stores. She has owned Lynda Maynard Designs for more than 20 years and works with private clients to develop custom couture garments and home furnishings. Her past experience includes producing and hosting a local cable television program, Passion for Fashion. She has authored two books: Demistifying Fit and The Dressmaker’s Handbook of Couture Sewing Techniques.

    Courses Taught: French Pattern Drafting, Pants Drafting, Trouser Construction, Copying Ready To Wear, Lingerie, Bustier

    Wayne Wichern


    Wayne’s millinery design and teaching career evolved out of his experience as a classical ballet dancer and his interest in fashion and costume design. He has taught at Cañada College since 2001. Wayne is a professional millinery designer whose elegant hats have sold in such fine stores as Barneys NY and Nordstrom. He has created hats for theater productions of the San Francisco Ballet, Seattle Repertory Theater and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. His innovative hat designs are in collections of the de Young Museum in San Francisco and Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, WA and have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Women’s Wear Daily, Victoria Magazine and Fiberarts Design Book Six. His design studio is located in Burlingame, CA at the Peninsula Art Institute / Peninsula Museum of Art. Wayne is a skilled teacher who continually works to inspire and encourage students to pursue their interests in professional design careers.

    Courses Taught: Millinery

    Peggy Peruccio

    Instructional Aide
    MA, San Francisco State University
    BS, San Francisco State University

    Peggy teaches here at Cañada. She previously taught at San Francisco State University. Peggy began her work with Cañada College fashion department an Assistant in 2004. Her graduate research was on developing curriculum for designing with repurposed materials. She has thirty years of sewing and fitting experience, both in academic and private settings. Peggy is experienced in working with students coping with disabilities.

    Courses Taught: Fashion Entrpreneurship, Beginning Clothing Construction, Techniques of Fit, Introduction to the Fashion Industry

    Edith Schneider


    Edith Schneider began teaching at Cañada in 2010. She has run her own business “blue lemon :: art to wear” since 2001. She designs, fabricates and sells fashions and jewelry through wholesale and retail. Her experience gives her great insight that she enjoys sharing with her classes. Edith wants to open her students’ eyes to see those connections, to learn from them and make smart decisions at work, no matter if they are employed at a major apparel company or run their own small business.

    Classes Taught: Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising and Display

    Kathleen Lorist

    Department Assistant
    BA, California State University; Chico, CA

    Kathleen began teaching Beginning Clothing Construction at Cañada in 2017. She started as an Assistant in the Cañada College Fashion Department in 2008. Prior to working at Cañada, she was the Owner and President of Menlo Park Hardware for 25 years. Kathleen has extensive education in fit and construction, including being a Palmer/Pletsch Certified Sewing Instructor. She is currently the Owner and President of Lorist Sewing Salon, which opened in 2011. She has over 40 years of experience in sewing and garment construction.

    Courses Taught: Beginning Clothing Construction

    Our Location

    Cañada College
    4200 Farm Hill Boulevard
    Redwood City, CA 94061
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    Cañada College is located in the western foothills of Redwood City and overlooks the San Francisco Bay. The campus is easily accessible from Interstate 280 at Farm Hill Boulevard. Cañada’s proximity to San Francisco allows valuable industry-related educational opportunities.

    Contact Us

    For more information about the program or to schedule a tour, contact:

    Ronda Chaney
    Fashion Design and Merchandising Department
    Cañada College
    4200 Farm Hill Boulevard
    Redwood City, CA 94061
    On campus: Building 3, Rooms 255 and 253