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April 29, 2004

Successful New Works Festival Back for Second Season

Following up on the critical success of last-year’s festival is a challenge that is in director Nancy Kissam’s sights as the College of the Canyons Theater department once again eliminates the stages, scenes and costumes and instead highlights 10 student-actors in nine student-written plays during the Second Annual New Works Festival, running May 6-8.

“This really is a unique experience that allows us to get into the heads of young people,” said Kissam. “We get an idea of what concerns them, what makes them tick.”

Scheduled to run May 6-8, the festival will be held in the Fine Art Gallery on the college campus sans any of the traditional trappings of live theatre. Performing actors will have minimal wardrobes composed entirely of black, while additional actors behind the scenes will assist the performances by providing any necessary sound effects.

The festival runs for approximately ninety minutes, and each play lasts between five and eight minutes. There are also three monologues that run approximately 3-5 minutes reach. The genres of the plays are “very different from each other,” according to Kissam, and range from the funny, such as in Girl Analyzes, a how- to on successfully breaking up with your boyfriend, to the serious, such as in Surprise Party, that examines one family’s problems.

“I’m really pleased with this year’s quality of writing and acting,” said Kissam.

The New Works Festival will run three times over three days: on Thursday, May 6 at 8 p.m., on Friday, May 7 at 8 p.m. and on Saturday, May 8 at 2 p.m. The festival is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call the Theatre Department Box Office at (661) 362-3070.


April 29, 2004

Three Former Canyons Football Players Join NFL Ranks

Three former players from the College of the Canyons football program joined the NFL ranks this past week: the San Francisco 49ers used their 4th round pick in the last weekend's NFL draft to pick former Cougar defensive lineman Isaac Sopoaga (1999-‘00); the Jacksonville Jaguars signed former Cougar tight end Mike Gomez (1999-‘00) as a rookie free agent; and the Cincinnati Bengals signed former Cougar wide receiver Jamal Broussard (2001) as a rookie free agent.

Sopoaga, who set a national record with 31 sacks for the Cougars in 2000, joined Hawaii after leaving College of the Canyons. Sopoaga, who hails from Somoa, attracted nationwide attention from NFL scouts with his quickness and strength. Sopoaga earned Conference Player of the Year, All-State and All-State Defensive Player of the Year and All-American awards for College of the Canyons in 2000.

Broussard led the Cougars in receiving yards in 2001, amassing 423 yards and five touchdowns on 26 receptions. Broussard transferred to San Jose State in 2002, where he played for two seasons, totaling 1,396 yards and six touchdowns on 117 receptions over two seasons.

Gomez played two seasons for the Cougars, with his best season coming in 2000 as a tight end. Gomez caught 14 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns. Gomez transferred to Illinois, where he was used specifically as a long-snapper.

Sopoaga, Broussard and Gomez are the first former College of the Canyons players to join the NFL since the college reinstated its football program in 1998 after a 17-year hiatus.


April 22, 2004

Conference Illustrates the Benefits of Trade with China

Trade with China Conference
More than 130 people received an insider’s view of how to do business with China during College of the Canyons’ first “Exploring Business with China: Opportunities & Challenges,” an all-day conference held at the Hyatt Valencia’s Santa Clarita Conference Center on Wednesday, April 21.

The conference brought together a variety of noted speakers from the worlds of business, government and academia, all of whom agreed that opportunities abound in China, a country that boasts the highest foreign direct investment in the world. The People’s Republic of China is fast becoming a focal point for businesses and industries seeking to expand their markets and bolster their bottom lines. The country’s GDP (gross domestic product) was estimated to be close to $6 trillion in 2002.

Heading the list of speakers was Consul General Zhong Jianhua, who has served as director general of China’s Department of Consular Affairs in Los Angeles since 1999. He noted that although European countries are further along in developing business relationships with China, the United States still ranks as the country's third largest trading partner. Hitting on a theme that consistently arose during the conference, Zhong noted that the single most significant obstacle to trade growth is the cultural difference between the two countries.

Other speakers included Pacific Rim Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Holmes Stoner Jr., who as vice president of URI International in Beverly Hills oversees international business development in major emerging markets and personally manages the China National Tourism account; Los Angeles CountySupervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who has represented the Fifth District since 1980 and served as honorary conference chairman; Zhiming Xu, director and chief representative of the Shanghai Foreign Investment Development Board; Lounei Shu, commercial and economic attache for the Department of Consular Affairs in Los Angeles; Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook, superintendent-president of the Santa Clarita Community College District/College of the Canyons; Vance Baugham, regional manager of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp.; Rob Guthrie, business development officer of US Export Import Bank; Julianne Hennessey, director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center, U.S. Department of Commerce; John Hoskinson, president of Gruber Systems; Dr. Archie Kleingartner, director of the Global Window Project, UCLA Anderson School of Management; Tim Norris, a partner in Pan Pacific Sourcing; Martin Selander, an international trade specialist from the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Greg Whitney, vice president of business development for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp.

Some of the topics that were covered included securing suppliers of materials and components; the advantages and risks in setting up operations; the market for U.S. goods, tools and machinery, and how to export finished products As a bonus, many participants attended a reception following the event and spoke directly with Chinese and U.S. business leaders involved with trade and investments.

The event’s major sponsor was Vital Express. Other sponsors included Gruber Systems, the Hyatt Valencia, the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, PSAV Presentation Services, the Valley Industrial Association, the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, the Western Alliance Group, the SCV Economic Alliance, the Center for International Trade Development, the County of Los Angeles and the City of Santa Clarita.

Additional information on the conference, as well as some of the data presented, is available on the conference's website, located at http://www.chinabusinessconference.com.


April 20, 2004

Baltimore Ravens Quarterback to Coach at Summer Camp

Kyle BollerYoung quarterbacks and wide receivers of the future have a unique opportunity to train with a starting NFL quarterback at the College of the Canyons Quarterback and Wide Receiver Summer Camp, June 21-23, as Baltimore Ravens' quarterback Kyle Boller will be on-hand as an assistant coach.

Boller, who threw for 1,260 yards and seven touchdowns for the Ravens before a torn quadriceps muscle ended his season, will offer his insights and talents in a personalized format, and will also be available for photos and autographs. Boller joins his former high school quarterback coach and current College of the Canyons Offensive Coordinator Dean Herrington, who designed and runs the camp. Herrington joined the College of the Canyons football staff as offensive coordinator in 2002, and helped the Cougars to back-to-back Western State Conference championships and a school-first 10-0 regular-season final record in 2003.

The camp, open to players from ages 8-18, is designed to teach a wide range of passing and receiving skills, including everything from basic mechanics to reading defensive coverages. The three-day camp runs from 6-8 p.m. Monday, June 21 to Wednesday, June 23. Tuition is $275 per person if paid before June 1, or $300 after June 1. Registration forms can be downloaded from the College of the Canyons athletics web page at www.canyons.edu/offices/athletics or call (661) 362-5201.


April 16, 2004

College Named Official Automobile Welding Test Site

College of the Canyons has been designated as an official welding skills-qualification test site for I-CAR, a non-profit organization that provides uniform training and certification for workers in the automotive collision-repair industry.

The college’s Welding Technology Department will begin the testing program on April 23, followed by a prep class beginning June 6 for those needing additional training prior to testing.

Those being tested will be directed to the college by I-CAR, a loose acronym for the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair. The organization was created in 1979 to provide the industry with up-to-date technical information and the latest training in repair skills.

“Most of the big insurance companies now require this certification of automotive collision-repair facilities,” said Tim Baber, associate welding professor and chair of the Welding Technology Department. “The insurance companies developed this welding-qualification test in partnership with the American Welding Society. It tests candidates in the gas metal arc welding process on electro-galvanized sheet metal, which is used on many of today’s automobiles.”

Overseeing the testing will be Burt Callender, an I-CAR-qualified test administer who comes to College of the Canyons by way of Santa Monica City College, which ceased being an I-CAR testing site when its welding department was shut down last year. The nearest I-CAR testing site is Orange Coast College, which has a six- to eight-month backlog for testing.

The I-CAR welding qualification test measures a technician’s ability to perform automotive welding repairs. Welds must pass both visual and destructive tests. To date, more than 5,000 technicians throughout the United States and Canada have passed the I-CAR test.

I-CAR is an inter-industry organization with representation from collision-repair businesses, insurance companies, domestic and import vehicle makers, tool, equipment and supply manufacturers, and other companies and organizations. I-CAR conducts collision-repair research, then develops and delivers technical training programs to the industry.

I-CAR’s primary funding is derived from student tuition and services. This assures that I-CAR remains unbiased in developing programs and services on an industry-wide basis.

Prospective test candidates pay I-CAR approximately $400 to register for the two-hour welding test. For its part, College of the Canyons will receive approximately $50 for every I-CAR welding test it oversees.

Collision-repair companies and technicians interested in becoming I-CAR certified should call I-CAR (not the college) at (800) 422-7872. Additional information is available online at http://www.i-car.com.


April 16, 2004

Consul General, Pacific Rim Chamber Exec to Speak at China Conference

Government and business leaders who have been confirmed as speakers for an upcoming conference on doing business with China include Chinese Consul General Zhong Jianhua and Pacific Rim Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Holmes Stoner Jr.

“Exploring Business with China: Opportunities & Challenges” will be held at the Hyatt Valencia’s Santa Clarita Conference Center on Wednesday, April 21. The all-day conference will bring together industry and trade officials from the U.S. and China, who will brief participants on the many aspects of trade between the two countries.

Zhong has many years of experience in foreign affairs. He has worked for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs off and on since 1977. He has served as director general of the Department of Consular Affairs in Los Angeles since 1999.

He is keenly knowledgeable of the West, having served as first secretary of the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group and second secretary in the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He also studied law and diplomacy at The Fletcher School at Tufts University in Massachusetts in 1984 and ’85.

In addition to his duties with the Pacific Rim chamber, Stoner is vice president of URI International in Beverly Hills. He oversees international business development in major emerging markets and personally manages the China National Tourism account. He assists in all other international operations specializing in China and most of Asia.

Stoner will provide an overview of China’s industrial and manufacturing regions, as well as valuable insight on where and how to explore business opportunities.

Understanding the economic landscape of China is essential to establishing successful business relationships there, Stoner said, because the country is divided into disparate geographic regions that have unique areas of specialization.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who has represented the Fifth District since 1980, is honorary conference chairman. In addition to his service to the county and as a member of the California Assembly, Antonovich was a presidential appointee in the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations International Conference on Indo-Chinese Refugees in Geneva in 1989.

Other speakers scheduled to speak include Zhiming Xu, director and chief representative of the Shanghai Foreign Investment Development Board; Lounei Shu, commercial and economic attache for the Department of Consular Affairs in Los Angeles; Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook, superintendent-president of the Santa Clarita Community College District/College of the Canyons; Vance Baugham, regional manager of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp.; Rob Guthrie, business development officer of US Export Import Bank; Julianne Hennessey, director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center, U.S. Department of Commerce; John Hoskinson, president of Gruber Systems; Dr. Archie Kleingartner, director of the Global Windows Project, UCLA Anderson School of Management; Tim Norris, a partner in Pan Pacific Sourcing; Martin Selander, international trade specialist from the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Greg Whitney, vice president of business development for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp.

Some of the many topics to be covered include securing suppliers of materials and components; the advantages and risks in setting up operations; the market for U.S. goods, tools and machinery, and how to export finished products.

As a bonus, participants may attend a reception following the event and speak directly with Chinese business leaders involved with trade and investments.

With the highest foreign direct investment in the world, the People’s Republic of China is fast becoming a focal point for businesses and industries seeking to expand their markets and bolster their bottom lines. The country’s GDP (gross domestic product) was estimated to be close to $6 trillion in 2002.

Tickets are still available. Reservations may be made by calling (661) 259-3874. More information is available on-line at www.chinabusinessconference.com​. The conference is sponsored by the college’s Center for Applied Competitive Technologies in conjunction with the Economic Development Division, with major funding from Vital Express of Valencia.


April 16, 2004

Information Meeting Set for Spanish Institute and Costa Rica Trip

An information meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 in the College of the Canyons Library for anyone wishing to learn more about the college’s Intensive Spanish Institute and education travel trip to Costa Rica.

The one-week, on-campus, language and culture segment of the course will be held Aug. 2 to 5, and the one-week travel segment is scheduled Aug. 7 to 15. The college’s fall semester will begin Monday, Aug. 16.

The information meeting will be conducted by Spanish language professor Claudia Acosta and is designed to provide in-depth information about both on-campus and travel aspects of the institute. The educational elements of the Costa Rica trip will be provided by biologist Miriam Golbert and history professor Brad Reynolds. Both will be on hand to answer questions at the information meeting. Community members are encouraged to consider taking the Intensive Spanish course as well as the travel segment.

Students attending both segments can earn up to 12 units ­ three from the on-campus classes and nine from the travel segment ­ in biology, history and Spanish.

It is possible to attend either one or both sessions, earning varying amounts of credit. The first week of the Spanish Institute will involve enrollment fees of $18 per unit (unless the state increases community college fees before that time), and the travel segment will cost $1,595, plus enrollment fees. The $1,595 covers round-trip air transportation from Los Angeles to San Jose, Costa Rica; seven nights in 4-star hotels; 12 meals; round-trip bus transfers; a half-day San Jose city tour; a half-day tour of Sarchi Pueblo; a full-day excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest, the Arenal Volcano and Coter Rain forest. Most service charges and taxes are also included.


April 15, 2004

It’s All About Reading at College Literacy Fair

A Literacy Fair aimed at children in grades Pre-K-6 will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2004, at College of the Canyons.

The fair will include a variety of activities and games related to selected children’s books. A number of workshops for both parents and children, oriented towards encouraging reading and improvement of study skills among young people, will be presented. The event is sponsored by the College of the Canyons Student California Teacher Association (SCTA), the Future Educator Club (FEC), COC TEACH Program and Santa Clarita California Teachers Association (SCCTA).

The Literacy Fair’s overall intent is to demonstrate to children and parents alike, that every activity we enjoy in life is enhanced by reading. Activities at the Literacy Fair include painting, making books, and more. These events are based on the books read at the Fair and will reinforce the strong ties between reading and enjoyable activities.

The SCCTA will be conducting a MegaSkills Seminar, a condensed version of the more comprehensive program held during the school year. This training is provided for parents to help develop their child’s confidence and self-esteem, as well as providing tips for parents on ways to assist their child with everyday homework.

According to Project Chair, Deborah Lockett, “This event will have significant benefits for those who attend.”

Admission to the fair is free and lunch for the children will be available for $3.00, payable at the door. The Future Educator Club has received a grant from the National Education Association to help pay for materials, but additional funds are needed in the following areas:
  • To provide a book or a Borders gift certificate for each child who attends.
  • To provide lunch for parents.
  • To purchase materials needed for activities (i.e. paint, paper, and paste/glue).


April 15, 2004

Mock Presidential Debate Slated at College

A mock presidential debate, sponsored by the Political Science Department at College of the Canyons will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday April 26. Students will assume the roles of the three, presumptive political party nominees. President George Bush will be represented by Tristan Molina; Senator John F. Kerry by Melissa Galang; and Ralph Nader by Andrew Krake.

The format of the debate will be very similar to actual debates held during the last presidential election year, with the order of opening statements being determined by coin tosses; questions asked by a panel of media members; time limits for answers and questions from the audience; and closing statements.

The debate will be moderated by Dr. Russell Richardson, Chair of the Political Science Department.


April 15, 2004

Symphonic, Jazz Bands Combine for ‘Spring Pops! Concert’

The Music Department will present its popular “Spring Pops! Concert” on Friday, May 14, combining the talents of the Symphonic Band and the COC Jazz Band for an evening of musical pop favorites.

The Symphonic Band, performing under the direction of K.C. Manji, and the Jazz Band, directed by Dirk Fischer, will play such favorites as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” and Ernesto Lecuona’s “Malaguena.”

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Student Dining Room (located inside the Student Center) at the college, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. Tickets are $5 per person at the door. The public is welcome to attend.


April 13, 2004

‘Twelve Angry Jurors’ Argue at Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre

12 Angry Jurors convene at the Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre April 23-25 as the College of the Canyons Theatre Department hosts its version of the classic courtroom drama 12 Angry Men.

Both men and women were cast in the staring roles, so the name was changed slightly, but the story remains the same as it follows the deliberations of a split jury and the efforts of one juror to sway the minds of the other eleven.

The cast is also diverse in its level of acting expertise as both new and experienced actors are performing in the play. Jeffery Rollins, who plays Juror #3, has a nationally syndicated radio show, is a national instructor for the Columbia School of Broadcasting and personally tutored Jim Carrey for Carrey’s role as a broadcaster in “Bruce Almighty” while Marcus Briscoe, who played varsity golf for Valencia High School, enters the cast as Juror #5 in just his second theater production.

The production runs for three days with four shows: Friday, April 23rd at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 24th at both 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 25th at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8.00 for general admission and $6.00 for students with a valid ID. The Santa Clarita Repertory Theater is located at 24266 San Fernando Road in Newhall. For ticket purchases, please call the repertory box office line at 661-222-7278.


April 5, 2004

College of the Canyons Hockey Team Takes State Title

Following a successful 2003-04 season that saw an invitation to the Nationals, the College of the Canyons hockey team had one driving goal for this season: claiming the state title. The Cougars accomplished that feat during the Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association's State Championships March 26-28 in a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over UC Davis.

The Cougars entered division playoffs with a strong 14-7-2 record and proceeded to thoroughly dominate the competition. College of the Canyons beat Fresno State 9-3, San Diego State 8-2, UC San Diego 10-0, then downed Fresno State again 8-4 to capture the Division Championship. The win qualified the Cougars for an invitation to the playoffs in Lake Tahoe.

College of the Canyons began the playoffs with a familiar foe: defending State Champion Fresno State. The result was more of the same for the Bulldogs ­ who had already been beaten twice by College of the Canyons as Jimmy Hock scored a hat trick and led the Cougars to a 9-1 win. Jason Feller, Justin Dyke, Jay Sandoval, Andrew McDonald and Ryan Jackson all scored while goalie Shaun Denes turned away 14-of-15 shots for the win.
The second game proved even more lopsided as College of the Canyons dismantled UC Irivine 11-1. Eight different players scored while goalie Matt Crumlish stopped 10-of-11 shots, and the Cougars advanced to the playoff semi-finals.

In the semi-final game, College of the Canyons was surprised to learn that its opponent would once again be Fresno State. Looking to avenge three straight losses, the Bulldogs game out firing, outshooting the Cougars 41-22. But Denes proved up to the task and turned away 40-of-41 shots, while Nick Galeano, Sandoval, Joey Otsuka, Dyke and Jackson all scored goals and the Cougars advanced to the Championship game with a 5-1 win over Fresno State.

The championship game against UC Davis proved to be a defensive struggle. Otsuka scored early in the first period, but that would prove to be the only goal until late in the third period when the Aggies tied the game during a 5-on-3 powerplay. 22 penalty minutes were handed out during the contest and both Denes and the UC Davis goalie made outstanding plays to keep their teams alive.

But it was Otsuka again, coming through for the Cougars with a backhanded shot that whipped past the UC Davis goalie and captured College of the Canyons' first state hockey title.
  • The Cougars finished the season with a 22-7-2 record.
  • Goalie Shaun Denes was named Tournament MVP by the Cougars.
  • Defenseman Jason Diamond has accepted an offer to play for Plattsburgh State College (D-III) in New York. Plattsburgh has won two division titles in the past five years. 


April 4, 2004

Seminar on Protocol Added to China Business Conference

Those who participate in an upcoming “Exploring Business with China” conference in Santa Clarita will be able to attend a free briefing, April 14 from 6 to 7 p.m., that focuses on the unique cultural factors and business customs that companies should know to conduct successful trade with China.

“The Importance of Guanxi & Other Cultural Lessons” is a special pre-conference seminar that will be available to registered conference attendees. The seminar will be led by Asia specialist Sherrill Pennington of the College of the Canyons History Department and will be held in the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) and Employee Training Institute seminar room at the college.

The session will cover the cultural factors that shape China’s business leadership, the importance of “guanxi,” language, etiquette and business customs, how to establish rapport, and exchanging information such as business cards and correspondence.

The seminar is just one of the many sessions and events that are part of “Exploring Business with China: Challenges and Opportunities.” The conference will be held at the Hyatt Valencia’s Santa Clarita Conference Center on Wednesday, April 21.

The event, chaired by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, will allow businesspeople to meet directly with Chinese trade officials. It is sponsored by the College of the Canyons Economic Development Division and Center for Applied Competitive Technologies, with major funding from Vital Express and a host of Southern California sponsors. The event promises to remove the veil of secrecy surrounding doing business with China, a country with nearly 1.3 billion people and a trillion-dollar economy that’s second only to the United States.

The conference will feature industry and trade officials from both the U.S. and China, who will cover wide-ranging aspects of trade between the two countries. Topics include how to secure suppliers of materials and components; the advantages and risks of setting up operations; the market for U.S. goods, tools and machinery; exporting finished products and agriculture; how to obtain federal assistance in developing or expanding business; and case studies from companies that have succeeded in tapping into the Chinese market.

A number of Chinese government officials and international business consultants are scheduled to speak at the conference. Among them are Zhong Jianhua, consul general of China’s L.A. Consulate; Xuedong Zhang, vice director general of China’s Public Administration Society; Clare Cheng, chief executive director of 4In Brand Consulting of Shanghai; Zhiming Xu, director and chief representative for Shanghai Foreign Investment Development Board; and Xuejun Zhang of the International Cooperation Center.

Other speakers slated to appear include Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich; Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook, superintendent-president of College of the Canyons; Vance Baugham, regional manager of the L.A. Economic Development Corp. (LAEDC); Martin Selander, international trade specialist for the Small Business Administration (SBA); Julianne Hennessey of the Department of Commerce; Rob Guthrie, business development officer for U.S. Export Import Bank; Greg Whitney, vice president of business development (LAEDC); Tim Norris of Pan Pacific Sourcing; and John Hoskinson, president of Gruber Systems of Valencia.

“If resources such as this conference were available when we began our China journey, the cost and timeline would have been significantly improved,” said Gruber Systems’ Hoskinson.

“This conference is a must for any company contemplating a global strategy or a need to maintain a competitive edge,” Hoskinson added.
As a bonus, participants may attend a special reception following the event and speak directly with Chinese business leaders involved with trade, as well as conduct one-on-one meetings with Chinese leaders in the two days following the conference.

The conference reflects the growing globalization of business that affects nearly every company in the Santa Clarita Valley and greater Los Angeles region, said Dena Maloney, dean of economic development at College of the Canyons.

“With China’s trillion-dollar economy becoming more accessible to foreign firms, many companies cannot ignore the vast opportunities and global challenge of the China market,” Maloney said. “The conference will allow business leaders to assess their readiness to enter the China market, establish important contacts and speak to experts about Pacific Rim trade.”

With the highest foreign direct investment in the world, the People’s Republic of China is fast becoming a focal point for businesses and industries seeking to expand their markets and bolster their bottom lines. The country’s GDP (gross domestic product) was estimated to be close to $6 trillion in 2002.

While China’s political controls remain tight, economic controls have become more and more relaxed in recent years. The government has gradually introduced market-oriented reforms and decentralized economic decision-making over the past 25 years.

In 1978 China’s leadership began moving the economy from a sluggish, Soviet-style central economy to a more market-oriented system in which the economic influence of non-state organizations and individual citizens has been steadily increasing, according to the U.S. government. The country switched to a system of household and village responsibility in agriculture instead of collectivization, increased the authority of local officials and plant managers in industry, permitted a wide variety of small-scale enterprises in services and light manufacturing, and opened the economy to increased foreign trade and investment.

The result has been a quadrupling of the GDP since 1978. In 2003 China stood as the second-largest economy in the world after the United States.
The college is working with a variety of other organizations to present the conference, including the City of Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich’s Office, Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley Economic Alliance, the Centers for International Trade Development, the Valley Industrial Association, the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce, Valencia Hyatt and Presentation Services Audio Visual, and Gruber Systems.

Additional support is being provided through the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
For more information, visit www.chinabusinessconference.com or call College of the Canyons at (661) 362-3305 or 259-3874.
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