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September 28, 2004

Jenkins Assumes Statewide Community College Leadership Position

Michele Jenkins, Santa Clarita Community College District trustee, has assumed the position of president of the Community College League of California.

The Community College League is the statewide organization of the locally elected governing boards and chief executive officers of California’s 72 community college districts and 109 colleges. The association promotes the needs and interests of the colleges and their students in Sacramento, supports training and development opportunities for the governing boards and college staff, and helps shape state policy on education, finance and governance issues.

“Michele Jenkins’ public service to her local community and the community colleges statewide has been exemplary,” said David Viar, chief executive officer of the Community College League. “She is an ideal leader during these times of challenge for the community colleges and the state.”

In her role as president, Jenkins will represent the league and the community colleges with the Legislature, state boards and commissions, and the public. As a first-generation college student, Jenkins attended College of the Canyons the year it opened and acknowledges the role the community college played in her achieving a bachelor’s degree from UCLA and a master’s degree from the university of North Dakota. This December she will have served on the COC board for 20 years. In addition, Jenkins has served on the California Community College Trustee Board (elected by all of the district trustees in the state) for 9.5 years and currently serves as president.

“Michele Jenkins has worked tirelessly and extremely effectively in her leading role as a Santa Clarita Community College District trustee,” said Dr. Dianne Van Hook, superintendent-president of College of the Canyons. “As someone who was a product of a community college, College of the Canyons, she has an uncommon passion and commitment. She is the right person at the right time with the right experience to assume this very important leadership position. Colleges and students statewide will benefit from her integrity, courage, vision, perspective, energy and ability to get things done,” said Van Hook.

September 24, 2004

College Awarded $1.8 Million Grant to Improve Services, Instruction

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded College of the Canyons a $1.8 million grant to improve access to advising and counseling, automate support services, implement user-friendly on-line services, and improve teaching and learning.

“During a time when state resources are greatly restricted, this grant will enable the college to enhance both student services and the quality of instruction,” said Barry Gribbons, the college’s vice president of institutional technology and online services.

Many of the management processes on which students are dependent are handled manually, and some on-line services are difficult to use, Gribbons said.

“This grant will help us tackle both of these issues, plus it will help our faculty work with each other to develop strategies for improving student success,” he said.

The Department of Education grant totals $1,822,140, which will be disbursed to the college over a five-year period. The grant-funded project begins Oct. 1.

“This grant will help the college overcome the challenge of providing adequate academic and support services during a time of high enrollment and state budget cuts,” said Debra Malinowski, director of grants development. “By making these improvements, students will have access to resources that will help them to be more successful in their academic pursuits.”

September 21, 2004

College’s Early Childhood Education Center Earns Accreditation

The Center for Early Childhood Education at College of the Canyons has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

“We’re proud that the program has been recognized for reaching the highest professional standards,” said Cam Valenzuela, director of the center. “This accreditation lets families know that their children are getting the best possible care and early learning experiences.”

The stand-alone center is an on-campus laboratory preschool that was established to provide both a supervised educational experience for students majoring in early childhood education and a developmental program for toddlers to 5-year-olds.

The center also offers Early Childhood and Foster & Kinship Care Education courses developed to meet California licensing requirements.
More than 8,000 early childhood programs serving nearly three-quarters of a million children are accredited by the NAEYC.

“By earning accreditation, the Center for Early Childhood Education has become a leader in a national effort to raise the quality of early childhood education, and to help give all children a better start,” said Mark Ginsberg, executive director of the NAEYC.

September 21, 2004

Art Gallery Features Fine Art Exhibition and Sale

Fine art collectors and those looking for that perfect painting should visit the College of the Canyons Art Gallery starting today as a faculty exhibition and sale kicks off this afternoon. The exhibit and sale feature pieces by artists who all have previously exhibited their work on a professional level.

The exhibition runs from Sept. 21 through Oct. 30 in the College of the Canyons Art Gallery. A question and answer session with the artists will take place noon Tuesday, Oct. 12 in the gallery. Admission is free to both the Q&A session and the gallery.

Gallery and store hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

September 21, 2004

Instructor Feldman Honored With Music Industry Award

The American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) has honored College of the Canyons music instructor Bernardo Feldman with its 2004-05 ASCAP Award. The award is based on the unique prestige value of Feldman’s catalog of original compositions, as well as recent performances.

Feldman, who serves as director of the College of the Canyons Music Department, has a catalog of work that includes music for chamber and symphonic groups, as well as compositions involving the use of computers to combine electronic and acoustic sounds.

His music has been performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Europe and Israel by major ensembles such as the Orquesta Filarmonica de la Ciudad de Mexico, New London Contemporary Ensemble, North/South Consonance and CalArts 20th Century Players.

Feldman is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts and UCLA.

The awards are granted by an independent panel and reflect ASCAP’s commitment to assist and encourage musical composers.

September 21, 2004

College Offers Seniors Free Internet Skills Workshops

Seniors looking to get a handle on the Internet and E-mail are encouraged to take part in free Tuesday afternoon workshops provided by the College of the Canyons Community Extension Department.

The hands-on sessions meet on three Tuesdays in October and will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in room R-210. Interested parties are encouraged to enroll now as available spaces fill quickly.

The workshop on Oct. 5 features an Introduction to the Internet and will help new users gain an understanding of the Internet, including using web browsers, viewing web pages and web sites, printing web pages and using the “favorites” list.

The session on Oct. 19 is entitled Beginning E-mail and walks students through the process of creating a free Yahoo! account, as well as covering the basics of sending and receiving messages.

The final workshop on Oct. 26 takes E-mail skills further, and will show students how to manipulate folders, use filters, organize an address book, and send and receive attachments.

September 8, 2004

Box Office Opens at Center for Performing Arts

The Box Office opened today at the college’s new EPIC Center, a two-venue performing arts center that will host instructional, community and professional productions beginning Oct. 15.

Ticket sales began for such instructional performances as “Big River” and “Best of Holiday Voices,” as well as professional acts such as Melissa Manchester and Paul Anka.