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December 9, 2003

Child and Adult Care Food Program Offered

The Center for Early Childhood Education announces sponsorship of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The program is available without charge to all enrolled children. In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, please write to:
Director, Office of Civil Rights
Room 326-W, Whitten Building
1400 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
or call:
(202) 720-5964 (Voice and TDD).
USDA is an equal opportunity employer.

College of the Canyons Center for Early Childhood Education is located at:
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

December 3, 2003

Holiday Extravaganza Weekend Offers Something for Everyone

Santa Clarita Valley residents looking for fun holiday fare have a rare treat when three different College of the Canyons departments hold three separate holiday events Friday through Sunday, Dec. 12 to 14.

The Theatre Department kicks off the weekend at 7 p.m. Friday with “Holiday Voices,” an original college production written entirely by faculty and students. This year’s theme is “Home and Hearth,” as the production takes a warm look at holiday traditions held by a variety of peoples and cultures.

“Holiday Voices” runs five times over the weekend beginning with the evening show at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. There are two showtimes on both Saturday, Dec. 13, and Sunday, Dec. 14: a matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening show at 7. All shows take place in room PE-110 at College of the Canyons. Ticket prices are $8 for general admission and $5 for students, seniors and children. Seating is limited, so reservations are suggested.

The College of the Canyons Symphonic Band and Studio Jazz Ensemble follow close behind as they host their “Second Annual Holiday Concert and Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. Be sure to bring your caroling voices, as this event gets hopping with rousing renditions of holiday favorites, and includes a special appearance by a certain jolly fat man dressed in red! The concert takes place in the College of the Canyons cafeteria. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door.

Those looking for a more diverse blend of holiday tunes are invited to take part in the “Joyful Noise” concert hosted by the College of the Canyons choirs. Director Julie Lawson is once again preparing a unique and eclectic combination of songs, ranging from Handel and Brahms, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder to Serbian gypsy dance music and a Calypso from Costa Rica.

“Joyful Noise” erupts in the College of the Canyons cafeteria at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. 

Friday, Dec 12

Holiday Voices, 7 p.m., PE-110

Holiday Concert and Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long, 7:30 p.m., cafeteria

Saturday, Dec 13
Holiday Voices, 2 p.m., PE-110

Holiday Voices, 7 p.m., PE-110

Joyful Noise, 7:30 p.m., cafeteria

Sunday, Dec 14
Holiday Voices, 2 p.m., PE-110

Holiday Voices, 7 p.m., PE-110

December 2, 2003

Construction Courses to Debut at College of the Canyons

College of the Canyons will introduce two new courses in construction to meet the industry’s growing demand for skilled workers. The classes, to be offered this spring, cover construction management and the uniform building code.

Marking the first time the college has offered coursework in this field, the new classes will eventually evolve into a full-fledged construction-management program that will articulate with a construction-management degree program offered by California State University, Fresno, a partner in the college’s Interim University Center.

The transition to Cal State Fresno’s degree program will be virtually seamless, as students would attend classes on the College of the Canyons campus. The Interim University Center allows students to earn bachelor’s and graduate degrees from a wide assortment of universities without ever leaving the Santa Clarita Valley.

“The number of homes being built in this area has shot up tremendously, fueling the demand for skilled workers,” said Gina LaMonica, dean of occupational programs at the college. “Our goal is to meet that need and boost the skilled labor pool locally.”

Indeed, new home sales in the Santa Clarita Valley have soared, with more than 2,800 new homes projected to be sold this year representing a 31 percent increase over last year, according to data provided by the California Economic Forecast.

Residential building activity in the region is expected to remain strong, with the forecast predicting about 20,000 units per year throughout Los Angeles County. About a third of these units will be built in the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys.

Development of the new courses also was urged by local government officials who recognize the critical need for individuals who have both knowledge and certification in the area of building codes, LaMonica said.

Both courses also will complement the college’s existing welding and drafting programs, LaMonica said.

The course “Construction 050: Uniform Building Code” will focus on code requirements for residential and non-residential construction as they pertain to the building inspection process. It also will help students prepare for certification exams for building inspection in California. Scheduled with working lifestyles in mind, this class will meet from 6 to 8:50 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.

The course “Construction 100: Construction Management” will cover the principles of management and employee relations in the construction industry. Topics will include licensing, insurance, project financing, bidding, contracts, scheduling, safety and community relations. This CSU-transferable class, also scheduled with working students in mind, will be held 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays.

The spring 2004 semester begins on Jan. 20.