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June 17, 2004

Study: Internships Boost Job Prospects, Earnings

Community college students who participate in work-based learning such as internships graduate sooner, find jobs faster and earn more than fellow students, according to a study conducted for the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.

The study, prepared by Hatchuel Tabernik & Associates of Berkeley, found that students who participate in such programs find work two weeks sooner after graduation, earn 22 percent more in their first year and have higher average annual earnings for four years after graduation.

“The study confirms that work-based learning programs provide students with a quicker route to steady, meaningful employment and significantly higher earnings,” said Stan Wright, director of Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) at College of the Canyons.

“I encourage any student who finds this prospect appealing to apply for one of the hundreds of paid or unpaid internships available through College of the Canyons,” Wright said. The college has approximately 300 internship positions available at any given time.

The college has nearly 200 internship partners, including the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, City of Santa Clarita, CNBC, HBO, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Brothers Animation.

June 17, 2004

College Seeks Manager for New $15 Million Performing Arts Center

With the grand-opening season nearly solidified for its new $15-million Performing Arts Center, College of the Canyons is now looking for an experienced theater manager to operate the center.

“The opening season is nearly complete, and audiences will be receiving an announcement shortly on purchasing tickets, season packages and lots more,” said Dean of Communications Sue Bozman. “But we still need a theater manager who will handle the day-to-day operations of this fantastic, brand-new facility.”

College of the Canyons recently posted a job description on its Web site detailing the requirements for the position, which include two years of professional experience; knowledge of operations including audio, lighting and house systems; an understanding of booking acts and developing audience-relevant seasons; and strong leaderships skills.

“This is really a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate,” said Bozman. “Not only will this person assist in the development of college students embarking in careers in the performing arts, but they will also help shape the tone of the Santa Clarita Valley by booking and bringing in outside professional acts for a very diverse audience.”

June 7, 2004

College Vice President Accepts Top Post at West Valley College

College of the Canyons Executive Vice President Phil Hartley has accepted an offer to become president of West Valley College, a community college located in the Northern California city of Saratoga. Hartley will assume the position on Aug. 9.
Hartley said he credits the leadership and mentoring of College of the Canyons President Dianne G. Van Hook as a major factor in preparing him for his new responsibility.

“My position at College of the Canyons has been the best of my life,” he said. “College of the Canyons is one of the five top California community colleges due to the dynamic leadership of President Van Hook and an outstanding faculty, staff and administration.

“The college’s Board of Trustees and numerous community leaders also have a shared vision and commitment to creating an outstanding place to live and work,” he said. “They work together and support the college to make that happen.”

Hartley was named assistant superintendent and vice president of instruction and student services at College of the Canyons in 1998. He was tasked with overseeing all aspects of instructional programs and student services. Before arriving at COC, Hartley served as dean of instruction at Mendocino College from 1992 to 1998. He also was a professor, head of the Department of Psychology and a division chair at Chaffey College from 1973 to 1991.

West Valley College enrolls about 10,000 students per year and serves a major portion of Santa Clara County, California’s “Silicon Valley.” The college was founded in 1964 and has one of the highest transfer rates to four-year colleges in California.

June 4, 2004

Measure C Oversight Committee Determines College is in Compliance

The Measure C Citizens Oversight Committee determined May 28 that College of the Canyons is in compliance with the legal requirements set forth in Proposition 39, which mandates that an oversight committee composed of community members oversee the proper disbursement of bond revenues.

The oversight committee will send a letter affirming that compliance to the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees.
The committee was created following the passage of Measure C in 2001. It is responsible for ensuring that bond revenues are expended properly and that bond funds are not used for faculty or administrative salaries or other college expenses. The 11-member committee was appointed on Jan. 23, 2002, and has met seven times.

Measure C passed with 68 percent voter approval on Nov. 6, 2001, providing $82.1 million in bond revenue for much-needed construction of new facilities, renovation of the College of the Canyons campus and establishment of a permanent education center in the Canyon Country area.

Measure C funds have been used to renovate Cougar Stadium, reconfigure the entrance drive off Rockwell Canyon Road and begin construction of the new Music-Dance Building, immediately north of the new Performing Arts Center. The Music-Dance Building is on a fast-track schedule and expected to be completed by December.

Other upcoming Measure C-funded projects include:
Canyon Country Education Center ­— Several sites are being considered for this permanent education center, which would replace the current ACCESS center in the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library. Thirty-four modular buildings purchased at a significant discount from Vandenberg Air Force Base will be moved to the new site.
High-Tech Classroom Building­ — The three-level structure, which will feature a variety of high-tech classrooms and office space, will be built between the Student Center and Physical Education Building. It should be completed by March 2006.
The University Center — A permanent building will house the consortium of public and private universities that are already offering advanced degrees on the College of the Canyons campus, as well as the William S. Hart Union High School District’s Academy of the Canyons. Architectural firm Leo A. Daly, which designed the original campus buildings, will design the new building. Construction should begin by mid-2005.
 The public is always welcome to attend meetings of the Measure C Citizens Oversight Committee.