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March 23, 2005

Popular Preschool Program Accepting Applications

College of the Canyons is accepting applications now for its popular Preschool and Toddler Program at its Center for Early Childhood Education. The fall semester begins Aug. 16, 2005.

“This is an excellent opportunity to involve young children in a program that encourages social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth,” said site director Cam Valenzuela. The Center for Early Childhood Education offers a fully certified and credentialed teaching staff.

Both half- and full-day schedules are available Monday through Friday in the fall. Half-day sessions are scheduled from 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.; full-day sessions run from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program is open to all members of the college and community.

Parents who meet minimum income standards may qualify to receive free or reduced-rate enrollment in the program. For example, a two-person household that earns $30,228 or less per year would qualify for free preschool.

Additional details about income and other requirements, as well as appointments to visit the center, may be obtained by calling (661) 362-3541.

March 17, 2005

Information Meetings Set for Special Ed Credential Program

The University Center has scheduled five information meetings over the next few months for those interested in enrolling in the highly anticipated special education credential program, which California State University, Bakersfield, will launch in June.

The meetings will focus on admission requirements, prerequisites and scheduling. All meetings begin at 5 p.m. and will be held at the Interim University Center on the college campus. Prospective students must attend one of the following meetings to be considered for admission:
  • Wednesday, April 6
  • Tuesday, April 19
  • Wednesday, May 4
  • Tuesday, May 17
  • Thursday, June 2
A mandatory orientation session will be held June 16 for all students applying for admission.

The two-year, part-time program provides a credential and a master’s degree in mild/moderate disabilities. It is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). NCATE accreditation is a mark of distinction, providing recognition that the college of education has met national professional standards for the preparation of teachers.

Prerequisite classes will begin in June, and credentialing coursework will begin in September. All classes will be held in the Interim University Center and scheduled in the evening or on Saturday. Student teaching will take place in Santa Clarita Valley school districts.

The Interim University Center provides convenient access to an assortment of educational programs, allowing local residents to earn advanced degrees and specialized certificates without traveling beyond the Santa Clarita Valley.

Educational partners include California State University, Bakersfield; California State University, Northridge; California State University, Fresno; University of La Verne; Chapman University and ELS Language Centers. Discussions with other potential partners are ongoing.

The Interim University Center is located on the south side of the campus, best accessible via the South Parking Lot, which can be entered from Rockwell Canyon Road. A permanent center is planned on the southernmost edge of the college campus.

March 17, 2005

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to be Focus of April 12 Presentation

Dr. Skip Newhall, a recently retired NASA astronomer and descendant of local pioneer Henry Mayo Newhall, will speak about Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity during a free presentation at College of the Canyons on Tuesday, April 12.

Entitled “Special Relativity for Non-Scientists,” Newhall’s presentation will provide a layman’s explanation of one of the most profound and far-reaching intellectual contributions to all of physics. The presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the college’s cafeteria.

Newhall served 35 years as an astronomer for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which, as the lead U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system, has sent spacecraft to all known planets except Pluto. While at JPL, Newhall worked on spacecraft navigation and orbit determination, very-long-baseline interferometry and lunar laser ranging.

It was exactly 100 years ago that Einstein first introduced his Theory of Relativity in limited form as Special Relativity. In 1916 he introduced the theory in more complete form as General Relativity, a one-man leap of intellect that forced a fundamental re-evaluation of our understanding of the universe and how it works.

A full grasp of the details of relativity requires advanced mathematics and physics. However, the basic ideas and principles of special relativity can be made easily available even to people with no scientific or technical background.

Newhall’s illustrated, non-technical presentation will cover:
  • The speed of light and when it can and cannot be exceeded
  • The slowing of the rates of moving clocks
  • The apparent contraction of the length of moving objects
  • The three speeds defined by relativity: proper speed, coordinate speed and effective speed
  • E=mc2 — Newhall will discuss what it means, where it comes from and why it has to be
The talk will be presented by the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program at College of the Canyons. Refreshments will be served.

March 16, 2005

Psst! ‘Rumors’ are Flying at Performing Arts Center

The Theatre Department will stage Neil Simon’s comedic whodunit “Rumors” starting this Friday, March 18 and running through Sunday, March 20, and will be directed by professional stage and screen actor John DeMita. DeMita, who stars as a reoccurring character in NBC’s hit television show JAG, is looking forward to the challenge of staging the Vital Express Center’s first non-musical play.

“We’ve got a great mix of experienced and student actors, and we’ve received tremendous support from the technical staff at the college,” says DeMita. “Everyone is very excited.”

A strong blend of both amateur and professional talent continues to be a hallmark of College of the Canyons Theatre productions, and has drawn rave reviews in past performances.

Rumors, which DeMita describes as a “very physical, comedic farce, where well-educated, well-to-do adults act like children,” will run at 8 p.m. on March 18-19 and 2 pm on March 20.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors and $8 for children under 12. 

March 1, 2005

Albert Honored as Statewide Leader in Nursing Education

The Association of California Nurse Leaders (ACNL) has honored Sue Albert, dean of the Allied Health Department at College of the Canyons, for her leadership in nursing education. Albert was a co-recipient of the 2004 Best Practice-Clinical Nursing Award.

Albert and Linda Coale, chief nursing officer at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, were recognized for championing the Southern California Associate Degree Nursing Regional Collaborative, a college-hospital partnership whose goal is to educate an additional 100 nurses a year to help alleviate the statewide nursing shortage.

“There have been several statewide meetings to address the nursing shortage and ways to increase enrollment capacity of the nursing schools,” Albert said. “This collaborative incorporates all of the suggestions — the partnership with service and schools, distance and non-traditional means to educate students, and funding sources other than health-care entities.”

The collaborative is the largest of its kind in California, counting seven hospitals and five colleges among its membership, Albert said. 

Educational partners in the collaborative include College of the Canyons, Glendale Community College, Ventura College, Los Angeles Valley College and L.A. Pierce College. Hospital partners include Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Sherman Oaks Hospital & Health Center, Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Community Memorial Hospital of San Buenaventura and Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

The collaborative represents an innovative way for colleges and hospitals to share resources and ultimately produce more nurses. Despite waiting lists of candidates, the colleges have been unable to expand their nursing programs because of limited instructors and classroom space.

Under the collaborative, the colleges teach those on waiting lists via live and interactive video teleconferencing at the hospitals, which also provide the necessary skills labs. The new nursing program began with 103 students on Jan. 4.

“We have an outstanding faculty among the five schools, and they have done a wonderful job of working together to provide an outstanding program,” Albert added.

Funding for this innovative $1.8 million program was obtained from the Weingart Foundation, The Annenberg Foundation, the Foundation of National Student Nurses Assocation, and the hospitals, most of which contributed $100,000 to the project.

Albert received the award during the 27th Annual ACNL Conference in Monterey on Feb. 8. The award recognizes nurse leaders for excellence in nursing leadership and advancement of clinical practice.