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December 14, 2004

State Grants Final Approval for College Center in Canyon Country

The California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) has approved College of the Canyons’ plan to establish a permanent education facility in Canyon Country.

The unanimous decision came Tuesday at CPEC’s regular meeting in Sacramento. The approval was the final step required before the college could move forward with plans to acquire property and construct the Canyon Country Educational Center.

When built, the facility will replace the college’s current offerings at the Canyon Country Library and Golden Valley High School and include classrooms, labs and administrative space. It will serve the eastern portion of the Santa Clarita Valley, where nearly 32 percent of College of the Canyons students reside.

After a site has been purchased and prepared, the Educational Center will be housed in 30,000 square feet of modular buildings purchased from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Funding for site acquisition and development was included in Measure C, the $82.1 million bond measure approved by Santa Clarita Valley voters in 2001.

The center had previously been approved by the state Community College Board of Governors in July. The proposal was then forwarded to CPEC for its review, per state regulations. By securing project approval at the state level, the center will be eligible to compete for future capital-outlay funding that can be used to build permanent facilities.

December 14, 2004

Art Exhibition to Showcase First-Edition Works of Goya

A collection of first-edition prints created by celebrated 18th century artist Francisco de Goya y Lucientes will be presented at the College of the Canyons Art Gallery from Feb. 9 to March 19. The special exhibition will be held in conjunction with the college’s yearlong 35th anniversary celebration.

Goya spent two years creating the plates for “Los Caprichos,” a collection of 80 etchings originally published in 1799 and widely considered to be the Spanish artist’s first important series. He remains the greatest artist of social protest in modern times, and his work retains its universal relevance and appeal.

“Los Caprichos” revealed the harsh realities of Goya’s world. The satirical caricatures boldy attack the attitudes, morals and behaviors of the church, the Inquisition, the Spanish government and the royal family, although Goya himself referred to the series as merely “a collection of whimsical subjects.”

The series of 80 first-edition prints will be presented in its entirety. Also to be displayed are several impressions from editions printed posthumously.
The exhibition, as well as an opening reception scheduled 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, will be held in the Art Gallery, which is located on the first floor of the Media & Fine Arts Building. The exhibition is part of a Norton Simon Museum gift to Pomona College in Claremont.

Gallery hours are noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. A $1 parking permit can be purchased in the South Parking Lot or Parking Lot 6, both of which are accessible from Rockwell Canyon Road.

December 11, 2004

Football Team Captures State, National Titles

The College of the Canyons Cougars put the final exclamation point on an unbelievable season with a 39-32 victory over defending State Champion City College of San Francisco in the Dec. 11 State Title Game in Visalia, CA, to capture the team's first state and national title. The win also capped off a perfect 14-0 season.

Cougar quarterback Cory Miles was 18-of-23 for 226 yards while throwing for three touchdowns against no interceptions. Miles also led the team in rushing with 18 carries for 74 yards and two touchdowns and was named MVP of the game. Defensive Lineman Tomi Halai was named Defensive Player of the Game.

December 10, 2004

University Center Adds Doctoral Degree Program

The University Center at College of the Canyons will offer a doctoral program in organizational leadership through the University of La Verne beginning in September 2005.

“The primary focus of the program is the application of leadership theory to the processes and practices of administration in education, proprietary organization, private and public businesses, and the military,” said Dr. Barbara Poling, chair of La Verne’s program.

The three-year program, one of the leading organizational leadership programs in the nation, has been in existence for more than 25 years and operates at 20 locations throughout the western U.S.

The program is an innovative blend of student-faculty interactions, practicums, community events and workshops. Students meet in their assigned regional mentor teams, attend practicums to demonstrate their skills and engage in on-line instruction throughout the year. Each year culminates with an eight-day “community event” at the university’s main campus that involves all students and faculty in an interactive, experiential learning seminar and celebration.

For those who already hold a California Preliminary Administrative Services Credential, the Professional Administrative Services Credential may be secured by completing the doctoral coursework. For those who already hold a California Professional Administrative Services Credential, advanced placement may waive up to nine semester hours of coursework.

The University Center is a consortium of universities offering advanced degrees under one roof, with the goal of increasing access to higher education by bringing distant degree programs to the residents of the Santa Clarita Valley. The center has operated in an interim facility to meet demand, and a permanent building is planned for the southern-most edge of the College of the Canyons campus.

Other University Center partners include Chapman University; California State University, Bakersfield; California State University, Fresno; California State University, Northridge and ELS Language Centers.

The Interim University Center continues to explore other educational needs within the Santa Clarita Valley and to increase opportunities to higher education.

December 10, 2004

Graduation Pinning Ceremony for Nursing Program Graduates

Performing Arts Center
College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2005

Thirty students will graduate from the nursing program partnership between College of the Canyons and Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. The Clinical Education Center partnership is an innovative program designed to help alleviate the statewide nursing shortage.