News Release Archive
These are outdated news releases and advisories that are posted here for archival purposes. 

November 16, 2001
Performing Arts Center Groundbreaking Slated Dec. 10
PAC artist's rendering
A groundbreaking ceremony for the college's much-anticipated Performing Arts Center has been scheduled for Dec. 10; watch for future announcements of time and location. Once work begins, the project will take approximately 18 to 24 months to complete.

The center is a joint effort between College of the Canyons and the City of Santa Clarita, which is contributing money to increase the capacity of the main performance hall to 950 seats.

A smaller "black box" theater also will be incorporated into the structure, allowing more intimate, experimental productions.

The center will take architectural and visual clues from the college's library, most notably in its curved, two-story wall of glass (see artist's rendering). The Performing Arts Center will be built on the northern side of the existing main entrance driveway off Rockwell Canyon Road and just east of the Student Center.

November 15, 2001
COC Music Department Presents Holiday Concert

There will be an eclectic blend of holiday music when the College of the Canyons choirs present a holiday concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the college’s cafeteria.

The choir, directed by Julie Lawson, will present a wide range of musical styles ranging from the Renaissance to contemporary jazz. Among the songs and styles presented will be Celtic mouth music, Latvian Christmas carols and “Jerusalem of Gold” from Israel. There will also be music by George Frederic Handel, Randall Thompson, Orlando Gibbons, and Ralph Vaughan Williams as well as Christmas spirituals and jazz arrangements.
The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, children and students.

November 15, 2001
Open House Slated for New Canyon Country ACCESS SiteCanyon Country ACCESS Site

College of the Canyons will hold an open house Saturday, Nov. 17, at its new ACCESS educational center in Canyon Country. The open house will be held in conjunction with grand-opening festivities for the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, in which the college's facility is located. The open house begins at 10 a.m., and the public is welcome to attend.

College of the Canyons is leasing a portion of the building from the City of Santa Clarita and County of Los Angeles, both of which developed the facility to replace the existing and much-smaller Los Angeles County Library in Canyon Country. The five-classroom ACCESS center began instruction with nearly 1,000 students in the fall 2001 semester.

The library is named for longtime Councilwoman Jo Anne Darcy, who has served on the Santa Clarita City Council since the city was founded in 1987.

The ACCESS site is located at 18601 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country.

November 13, 2001
Child Care & Preschool Programs Offered at College

It’s safe. It’s convenient. It’s affordable. It’s licensed and accredited. It’s staffed with professionals and certified teachers, and the kids really enjoy being there. These are the attributes that attract many Santa Clarita Valley parents with young children to Center for Early Childhood Education located on the park-like College of the Canyons campus.

The center offers care and education for children 12 months old until they begin kindergarten and follows the College of the Canyons academic calendar.

The center’s normal hours are:
  • Full Day: 8:15 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
  • Half Day: 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., or 1 to 4 p.m.
“I am very proud of the services we offer at the Center,” said Cam Valenzuela, site director. “If you need care for your child while you are in school or working, or if you want your child to have a quality preschool experience,” she stressed, “we are here for you. We even have funding for tuition if you qualify." Among the mix of programs offered are morning, afternoon and full-day programs with two-day, three-day, five-day and limited Saturday options. In addition to immediate openings in center programs, an additional afternoon class for 3-year-olds will begin in January 2002.
Added advantages offered by the College of the Canyons Center are small classes with a low teacher/child ratio.

November 8, 2001
Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair at College of the Canyons

The College of the Canyons 13th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair is being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, November 17 and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, November 18, 2001.

Dozens of vendors, representing a wide array of wonderful craft products, will be on hand offering their wares and providing attendees the opportunity to purchase some of the most unique holiday gifts imaginable. Typical items include watercolors and limited edition prints; home-made jellies, jams, pie fillings and syrups; jewelry; clothing; holiday decorations and much, much more.

Vendors will set up in the College of the Canyons parking lot on the corner of Valencia Boulevard and Rockwell Canyon Road where there is ample free parking. On Saturday, the Fair will be joined by the weekly Auto Fair (where local residents display used vehicles for sale) and on Sunday by the ever-popular Farmers’ Market.

In addition to craft vendors, the Arts and Craft Fair features a kiddie slide and lots of mouth-watering food booths including hot patrami sandwiches, hot dogs, churros, cold drinks, smoothies, kettle korn and, last but definitely not least, chocolate covered strawberries!

This annual event is a fundraiser for COC’s Classified Coordinating Council.

November 7, 2001
Communications 'Double Feature' Offered by Community Extension

Improving your communications skills by understanding body language and overcoming shyness are just two of the many things you will learn in a combined two-class “double feature” offered by College of the Canyons Community Extension.

Instructor Vandye J. Forrester III is a communication coach for Fortune 500 companies, colleges, universities and attorneys who has written 12 books on communications. He lectures worldwide.

In his first class, “How to talk to anyone and get along with them all,” he provides information, techniques and clinically proven tips to spice up your social, family and business relationships as well as tips and tactics to enable you to talk to anybody ­ comfortably. The class concentrates on how to overcome shyness in meetings, learn tactful, gracious communication secrets and become a better conversationalist.

The second part of the class, “Winning Body Language Etiquette,” reveals the hidden messages people communicate with their bodies when communicating. Forrester will teach you how to establish gender equity with your eyes and handshake, master the proper rules of meeting, greeting and parting with grace. He’ll even provide tips on how to escape the grasp of the inevitable bore!

MCLE credit is available for attorneys who complete the class.

This “double feature” is offered from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 17. The fee for the combined class is $35 plus a $20 materials fee collected in class.

These classes are some of the many “fee-based, self-supporting” classes offered by College of the Canyons’ Community Extension and are not associated with the taxpayer supported, credit classes offered by the college.

November 7, 2001
Santa Clarita Valley Voters Approve Measure C Bond Initiative

Santa Clarita Valley voters approved Measure C by a 67.65 percent majority Nov. 6, paving the way for $82.1 million in much-needed new facilities, facility improvements and renovations, and new educational and training programs.

With all 70 precincts within the Santa Clarita Community College District reporting, Measure C gained 15,047 favorable votes and 7,194 unfavorable votes, the latter representing 32.34 percent of those voting. In all, 22,241 voters went to the polls on Election Day.

Passage of Measure C was governed by the new rules of Proposition 39, which require a 55-percent-plus-one-vote majority for passage. The previous rules required a higher majority threshold of 66 percent plus one vote. Final vote tallies reveal Measure C would have passed under either set of rules.

Election results indicate that a majority of voters agreed that College of the Canyons needs to be able to raise funds to offset erratic, unpredictable and often untimely state construction funding. The college district will now be able to issue bonds to pay for new or expanded buildings, educational and training programs, and infrastructure upgrades to meet the community’s expectations and the challenges of the future in a timely manner.

The existing college campus, as envisioned by the original master plan of more than 30 years ago, was designed for a maximum of 5,000 students. The college surpassed that mark years ago and had a student enrollment of nearly 11,500 in the spring 2001 semester and nearly 13,000 in the fall of 2001. Projections indicate 20,000 students will attend by the year 2010.

The tentative Facilities Master Plan, which is based on needs outlined in the recently completed Educational Master Plan, details the district’s needs through 2010 and beyond. The plan calls for the build-out of the College of the Canyons campus and identifies the need to develop an additional educational facility, most likely in Canyon Country. The college opened a five-classroom educational center in the new Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library building for fall 2001 classes. The so-called ACCESS site is designed to meet educational needs in Canyon Country until a more permanent facility can be developed.

November 6, 2001
Diverse Cast Share Common Theme for 'Holiday Voices'
'Holiday Voices' cast
The cast fits perfectly with the theme for the College of the Canyons Theatre Department’s third annual production of “Holiday Voices."

After all, the cast members are as diverse in their ages and backgrounds as the holiday customs that will be explored during the two-hour presentation at the Santa Clarita Repertory Theater.

Show times are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 through Saturday, Dec. 22, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 23. The theater is located at 24266 San Fernando Road in Newhall.

The student cast of 10 performers ranges in age from 17-year-old Aaron Levine to 65-year-old Ann Fry. “It’s a wonderful ensemble,” says director Susan Hinshaw, chair of the Theater Department. “It’s a very diverse group.”

That goes hand-in-hand with the diverse holiday customs that will be explored through music, dances and storytelling. The wide array of subjects that will be touched upon include “Angels,” “A Celtic Christmas,” “A Latino Christmas,” and “Hanukkah.” There will also be a segment that honors the heroes who emerged from the terrorist attack of September 11. “It’s a very uplifting show,” Hinshaw said. “We try to look at many different holiday customs.”

Above all, Hinshaw said, the show will focus on the common experiences that we all share. “We are all the same and we all share a commonality,” she says.

From the writing, to the performers and the production quality, Hinshaw said the elements are in place for an entertaining show.

As a director, Hinshaw said she benefited from writing and launching her own one-woman show, “Nirvana,” that debuted last July in Los Angeles and will perform in Albuquerque and New Orleans next summer. “Through the process, I learned how to work with the actors and get their stories on paper,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for our students to write about their life and see their work performed on the stage.”

The production should also benefit from a partnership with a design team from UC Santa Barbara. The group includes Vicki Scott, a professional lighting designer and faculty member of UCSB’s Theater Department, along with set designer Kristie Griffith and technical director Lee Keenan. They have combined with the College of the Canyons production team that includes production coordinator Tami Toon, choreographer Ken Roht and musical director Nancy Horak.

The show played to sold-out audiences last year and seating is limited at the theater. The cost is $8 for general admission and $5 for students and children.

November 6, 2001
Private Investigator Class Offered Through Extension

Have you ever wanted to know what other people know about you? Have you ever wondered about the paperwork and computer information trail you leave through official documents and records? Well, a class offered by College of the Canyons Community Extension will teach you investigation techniques to help you find out. In California, no license is needed as long as you are investigating yourself.

“How to be your own private investigator” is a class taught by Jim Harriger, a retired detective, private investigator and expert in the areas of fraud and forgery. He is also the owner of Harriger Investigations. The class will teach you how and where professional investigators obtain their information. He’ll teach you about public records and how to search them, as well as provide information about databases that help you do asset searches, background investigations and skiptracing.

This three-hour class will meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14 on the COC campus. The registration fee is $29 with optional materials available inclass.

This is a “fee-based, self-supporting” class offered by College of the Canyons Community Extension and is not associated with the taxpayer supported, credit classes offered by the college.

November 6, 2001
Event Planning Seminar Offered Through Community Extension

For anyone who has ever had to plan a big event, it becomes evident very quickly that the devil is in the details. The larger the event, the more details there are to consider. College of the Canyons Community Extension now offers a seminar called “Power Entertaining: The Art of Event Planning” designed to help planners gain control of the details and put the fun back into event planning.

The course is designed for those who want to start a new, exciting, lucrative career in special events and for those who simply want to create a “great” party. Instructor Farla Binder will teach participants how to enjoy coordinating their next special gala, wedding, corporate or social event, fundraiser or small private gathering by sharing techniques and valuable trade secrets she has learned over the years as well as the basic tools of event planning.

This three-hour seminar will meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 15 on the COC campus. The registration fee is $39.
This is a “fee-based, self-supporting” class offered by College of the Canyons Community Extension and is not associated with the taxpayer supported, credit classes offered by the college.