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July 31, 2003

New Programs Slated at College’s Interim University Center

Since January 2001 when the Interim University Center opened its doors on the College of the Canyons campus, the number of participating institutions has grown from two to nine. More importantly, though, is the tremendous increase in the number of degree programs offered at the center. The center now offers six credential programs, eight bachelor’s degree programs, nine master’s level programs and two doctoral programs through its university partners.

The appeal and popularity of these programs was predicted several years ago by College of the Canyons Superintendent-President Dianne G. Van Hook, when she realized that freeway congestion and busy lifestyles of people who live in the Santa Clarita Valley would ultimately get to the point where students could not get to university programs outside the valley in a reasonable way.

“If people can’t get to the universities,” said Van Hook, “then we’ll bring the universities to them.”

Operating out of a small, temporary building on the college campus, the partner universities have been very pleased with enrollments in their programs. As in any startup program, there have been some obstacles to overcome.

“Initially, many people in the community interpreted the University Center project as College of the Canyons becoming a four-year school,” said Sue Bozman, dean of communication, marketing and external relations at the college. “That couldn’t be farther from the truth. We have partnered with universities on our campus. They are their programs, their degrees and their fees.

“They are not extension programs or watered-down versions of main-campus programs,” Bozman said. “They are the real thing ­ the same programs people would get if they attended classes at CSU Northridge, Fresno, Bakersfield or Cal Lutheran, or any of the universities’ main campuses.”

In the fall of 2003, three much-needed programs for the Santa Clarita Valley will begin: the single-subject teaching credential and the master of arts in educational administration through Cal State University Northridge, and the bachelor of science in computer science through Cal Lutheran University.

CSUN’s single-subject teaching credential is a developmentally sequenced program of methods, foundational and field experience courses that meet new California Commission on Teacher Credentialing standards for middle and high school teachers. The M.A. in education/educational administration option is designed specifically for those post-baccalaureate students who seek leadership roles in school administration outside the K-12 grade levels. The program is well suited for persons employed in postsecondary institutions or those in public, private, local, state or federal agencies related to higher education.

In keeping with the fast-growing computer science industry, Cal Lutheran’s B.S. in computer science offers an expanded curriculum, which follows that recommended by the Association for Computing Machines, offers fundamental courses such as computer architecture and operating systems engineering along with the latest topics on artificial intelligence, software engineering, object-oriented design, and computational theory. Classes will be held in the Interim University Center’s Computer Lab using the latest in hardware and software technologies.

The following semester, spring 2004, two additional programs are slated to begin: the bachelor of science in nursing through Cal State University Northridge, and the bachelor of science in construction management through Cal State University Fresno. In order to accommodate televised delivery of courses in each program, the Interim University Center is retrofitting an existing classroom with state-of-the-art instructional television equipment. Other courses are planned for on-site instruction at the center.

The B.S. in nursing program, designed for RNs, integrates the concept of self-care into all areas of professional nursing, including leadership and community health. The program emphasizes preceptored learning experiences, which take place in the community and makes use of highly experienced nurses as preceptors.

The B.S. in construction management program is an interdisciplinary program that is committed to educating the future professionals in the construction industry. These professionals, known as constructors, execute architectural designs, apply engineering principles, manage project resources, and represent suppliers and manufacturers in the construction industry.

July 30, 2003

Bush Stresses Importance of Community Colleges in Economy

During a press conference today President Bush underscored the important role community colleges play in helping fuel the nation’s economy by ensuring that the workforce is well-equipped to deal with technological change.

The following is a portion of the official White House transcript of a reporter’s question and the president’s response:

QUESTION: “Thank you, Mr. President. Staying with that theme, although there are some signs of improvement in the economy, there are sectors in the workforce who feel like they’re being left behind. They’re concerned about jobs going overseas, that technology is taking over jobs. And these people are finding difficulty finding work. And although you've recommitted yourself to your tax-cut policy, do you have any ideas or any plans within the administration of what you might do for these people who feel like there are fundamental changes happening in the workforce and in the economy?”

PRESIDENT: “Sure. Listen, I fully understand what you’re saying. In other words, as technology races through the economy, a lot of times worker skills don’t keep up with technological change. And that’s a significant issue that we’ve got to address in the country.

“I think my idea of re-employment accounts makes a lot of sense. In essence, it says that you get $3,000 from the federal government to help you with training, day care, transportation, perhaps moving to another city. And if, within a period of time, you're able to find a job, you keep the balance as a re-employment bonus.

“I know the community colleges provide a very important role in worker training, worker retraining. I look forward to working with our community colleges through the Department of Education, coordinate closely with states, particularly in those states in which technology is changing the nature of the job force.

“I’ve always found the community college ­ and this is from my days as the governor of Texas found the community college to be a very appropriate place for job-training programs because they're more adaptable, their curriculums are easier to change, they’re accessible. Community colleges are all over the place.

“And ­ but you’re right. I mean, I think we need to make sure that people get the training necessary to keep up with the nature of the jobs, as jobs change.”

July 21, 2003

Five-Day Intensive Spanish Institute Returns in August

College of the Canyons is once again offering its extremely popular five-day Intensive Spanish Institute immersion program. The program, scheduled Aug. 4 to 8, is oriented toward anyone interested in Spanish language and culture ­ with this year’s emphasis on Spain’s linguistic and cultural diversity. A number of local and international speakers have been invited to participate.

Those just learning Spanish, as well as those who have been speaking Spanish for some time, are encouraged to participate in the program. The immersion format is a great way for students to practice the language and to learn about different cultures in a conference-like atmosphere that includes numerous workshops and activities.

Students can earn up to 3.75 units in only five days. In addition to language instruction, a number of additional sessions will offer cultural workshops. They include: survival Spanish, conversational Spanish, hands-on sessions such as cooking, arts and crafts, and dancing. Classes begin at 8 a.m. and generally run to 4 p.m. From 4 to 6 p.m. each day, a Spanish film will be shown, with a discussion session following. Students will receive extra value from attending workshops with titles such as: Culture of the Gypsies, the Discovery of America, Cervantes, Flamenco, Picasso, Jamon and more.

The Spanish Institute has proven to be popular across a wide spectrum of community members with diverse personal interests and business needs. According to Claudia Acosta, COC faculty member and director of the Spanish Institute, “The atmosphere of the institute is always upbeat and designed to prove that students can learn a lot while having a ton of fun.”

The Spanish Institute is particularly relevant for teachers who need a second language requirement for CLAD, students who want an in-depth language and cultural experience, and for community members interested in learning the language.

“More and more people, in all walks of life, are realizing the importance of understanding Spanish language and culture in our modern and changing world,” stressed Acosta, “and I am pleased that College of the Canyons is in the forefront of providing the kind of quality and relevant training that people want and need.”

Prospective students are urged to sign up early because these courses are extremely popular. Since it is only one week long, they may not sign up after the course has begun.