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July 30, 2004

University Center Adds Programs in Sociology, Public Administration

The University Center at College of the Canyons will offer two new degree programs: a bachelor of arts program in sociology and a master’s program in public administration. Both programs are slated to begin in early 2005.

The two-year programs are being launched by California State University, Northridge, and the Roland Tseng College of Extended Learning. Classes are presented one at a time in an accelerated mode and augmented by on-line instruction.

The sociology program is designed for students who want to extend their education in the liberal arts with an emphasis in sociology, prepare for graduate work in the field or enter a career in which a substantial background in sociology is essential. The deadline for applications is Oct. 5, with classes scheduled to begin in February.

The public administration program is designed for practitioners in the public sector who have a need for professional development in order to carry out their current or desired responsibilities, as well as those who seek to enter the field. The application deadline is Nov. 1, with classes slated to begin in January.

Both programs follow the cohort model of instruction, which increases retention and graduation rates among working adults. Students enter each program as a cohort, with the group progressing through the program as a cohesive and supportive unit.

Class schedules are already set for both programs, and enrollment is guaranteed in every class. Classes will meet in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate the work schedules of students.

The University Center offers a wide variety of degree programs from a collection of public and private universities in an interim facility on the College of the Canyons campus, allowing residents to earn advanced degrees without leaving the Santa Clarita Valley. Plans are under way to build a permanent University Center on the campus.

To learn more about the sociology program and to attend an upcoming information session, contact Simin Bahmanyar at (818) 677-2465. For information about the public administration program and an upcoming information session, contact Dr. Henrik Minassians at (818) 677-4618.

To learn more about these or other degree programs being offered at the Interim University Center, call (661) 362-5474. 

July 23, 2004

Classes to be Offered at Golden Valley Site this Fall

College of the Canyons will begin offering classes this fall at a second site in the eastern Santa Clarita Valley. Ten sections of in-demand, core educational classes in English, math, history, anthropology, Spanish, communications and real estate will be offered in rooms at the new Golden Valley High School starting Sept. 20.

Classes will be offered Monday through Thursday at the Golden Valley site. “College of the Canyons is moving quickly to acquire its own property in the eastern Santa Clarita Valley,” said Sue Bozman, dean of communications, marketing and external relations at the college. “But the demand for classes now by community members is significant, so we’ve decided to begin offering classes right away.”

The college already offers a variety of classes at its Canyon Country ACCESS site at the Canyon Country Library, but those classes usually fill quickly. “It makes good sense to do what we can to offer the classes that people want and need,” said Bozman. “The Golden Valley site will allow us to meet those needs until we complete our own facility in the eastern part of our community.”

English, history, anthropology and dance classes will be offered between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., while communications, Spanish, math and real estate offerings will be held from 4 to 9 p.m.

These classes are not listed in the fall schedule of classes that were mailed to residences in June, but they are listed in the online schedule of classes.

All Golden Valley site classes are considered “short-term” classes and run from Sept. 20 through Dec. 10.

July 23, 2004

Popular Spanish Institute Slated to Return this Fall

College of the Canyons is once again offering its Intensive Spanish Institute, from Aug. 2 to 6. Designed primarily for teachers and those in medical professions to hone practical language skills for on-the-job situations, it is also very useful for anyone wishing to learn Spanish language and culture. All levels of fluency are welcome and will benefit from the instruction.

This summer’s language and culture institute is a five-day program that includes daily conversation groups, cultural and practical workshops, faculty lectures, technology activities, dance lessons, film viewings and special presentations. This summer’s theme revolves around people, history, languages, education, economy and communities of Latin America in the 21st century.

Students may earn up to 3.25 units of credit. Anyone interested in the program may register any time before Aug. 2.

July 20, 2004

College Names Fiero Vice President for Human Resources

The Board of Trustees approved Diane Fiero as its new vice president for human resources. The action came during a regular board meeting on Wednesday, July 14.

A Santa Clarita Valley resident, Fiero has been employed at Glendale Community College as employee services manager and human resources analyst for the last five years. She will report for work at College of the Canyons on Aug. 13.

Fiero’s husband is a science teacher at Rio Norte Junior High School. She is a California native, born in Oakland and raised in Huntington Beach. She holds a master’s degree in human resources design from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She also earned a paralegal certificate in employee law and labor relations from the University of Houston.

“We are extremely happy that we have found a person with the experience and credentials that so closely match College of the Canyons’ needs,” said Sue Bozman, dean of communications, marketing and external relations at the college. “Diane Fiero comes to us with a sterling record of achievement and with the energy and commitment to excel in our fast-paced and innovative environment.”

“I am very excited to be joining the College of the Canyons leadership team,” said Fiero. “Things are happening here. There is a natural excitement on this campus, and I look forward to the challenges ahead.”

The first thing that Fiero intends to do when she reports for work is to “acclimate to the culture” at COC. She said she looks forward to “building the long-term working relationships” with all of the various groups on campus and to “get to know my highly capable human resources staff.”

July 15, 2004

College Gets OK for Permanent Site in Canyon Country

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors gave the go-ahead for College of the Canyons to acquire land in Canyon Country for a permanent, second educational site. The unanimous approval came during a regular board meeting in Sacramento on Monday, July 12.

The decision gives the green light to move forward on the purchase or acquisition of land in the east portion of the Santa Clarita Valley, where nearly 32 percent of COC students reside. Once land is purchased, the college will build the Canyon Country Educational Center, which will include classrooms, labs and administrative spaces.

A college facility in the eastern portion of the Santa Clarita Valley has been part of the College of the Canyons master plan for several years. Rapid growth in the Santa Clarita Valley has made development of a convenient site in the Canyon Country area a priority. Funds to purchase a site in the area were made available through passage of the $82.1 million Measure C bond measure, which is also funding new buildings and renovation on the main campus.

“Demand for classes in this part of our valley is significant,” said Sue Bozman, dean of district communications, marketing and external relations. “We consistently fill up classes that we offer in the Canyon Country ACCESS site at the Canyon Country Library, and we’ll be offering additional classes at a second temporary site — to be called Golden Valley ACCESS — by the middle of the college’s fall 2004 semester.”

Several sites are currently under consideration for the Canyon Country Educational Center. Once a site has been purchased and prepared, the college plans to place some 30,000 square feet of modular structures that have been acquired from Vandenberg Air Force Base for temporary classroom use.