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February 28, 2006

College Receives $75,000 Grant

College of the Canyons has been selected to receive a grant of $75,000 over three years as part of a major project designed to develop innovative approaches to education and workforce development that go beyond traditional strategies of training workers for current jobs.

College of the Canyons is one of a number of organizations that will work with the California Space Authority on a project that is intended to stimulate the creation and sustainability of high-skill, high-wage opportunities for American workers within their regional economies.

College of the Canyons has been specifically tasked to “establish an advisory group to develop guidelines for pre-engineering certification/university transfer program for California community colleges.”

“I am extremely excited that we are a part of this initiative,” said Dr. Dena Maloney, dean of economic development at College of the Canyons. “I think we can contribute a great deal as a result of our strong relationships over the years with California businesses, but we also can gain a tremendous amount of insight about global competition by participating as an equal with the high-caliber partners participating in the WIRED initiatives.”

The project is one of 13 funded nationally by the U.S. Department of Labor as part of President Bush’s Competitiveness Agenda. Through the WIRED (Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development) initiative there will be a $195 million investment in 13 regional economies.

“The only way to address the national challenge of global competition is by building strong regional economies,” said Emily Stover DeRocco, assistant secretary of labor for employment and training.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the front lines of the global competition battlefield are not national, but regional, where companies, workers, researchers, entrepreneurs and governments come together to create competitive advantage.

The California Space Authority is responsible for administering the California Coast project, spanning 13 counties in a “Workforce Transformation” project that will ultimately help California capitalize on its wealth of science, research and manufacturing assets, as well as retain its role in the leading edge of global innovation.

The WIRED Initiative is focusing on labor market areas that are comprised of multiple jurisdictions within state or across state borders, have been affected by global trade, are dependent on a single industry or are recovering from natural disasters.

February 23, 2006

$33,000 Donation Helps Launch Book Scholarship Fund

Help is on the way for students who often decry the high cost of college textbooks.

A Woodland Hills law firm donated $33,035.91 to the College of the Canyons Foundation on Wednesday to launch the college’s new Book Scholarship Fund, designed to help alleviate the cost of textbooks for students who meet certain academic standards and demonstrate a need.

Ron Hartmann and Penny Manship of the firm Hartmann & Kananen presented the check during an afternoon meeting of the Board of Trustees, which expressed appreciation for a contribution that will help defray a necessary but often expensive purchase for students with limited financial resources.

Indeed, one of the most significant barriers to attending college is the cost of textbooks and supplies, according to a 2005 student survey conducted by the Office of Institutional Development & Technology.

The merit-based scholarships — amounts will range from $100 to $250 per student per semester — will be offered through the college’s Financial Aid Office beginning in the fall 2006 semester. The office plans to post an online application form on its Web site (

Although the Financial Aid Office will administer the program, students do not necessarily have to qualify for financial aid to be considered. Students who apply must have completed at least 24 units with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 2.75. They will be required to submit essays explaining their educational and career goals, as well as the circumstances surrounding their need for the scholarships.

The donation comes from unclaimed funds in a $1.75 million legal settlement of a class-action lawsuit on behalf of more than 100 Canyon Country homeowners for a defective product used in the construction of their homes’ showers. Most of the homeowners collected their portions of the settlement, but several chose not to participate, leaving $33,035.91 unclaimed.

Unclaimed funds from such class-action settlements typically are donated to charities. In this case, Hartmann & Kananen, with the approval of the class representatives and Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Peter Lichtman, agreed that College of the Canyons would be an outstanding recipient.

“Because the class action involved homes in the Santa Cllarita Valley, we wanted to choose a local organization that provides benefits to the community and its residents. Many of the homeowners that we represent in the Santa Clarita Valley have children who go to school at COC,” Manship said.

“Higher education is so vital for today’s youth to be succcessful in the workforce, and we felt that College of the Canyons provides such great opportunities for students in the valley that they might not otherwise have,” she added.

Hartmann & Kananen focuses primarily on construction defect litigation, consumer class actions, wage and hour class actions, and insurance bad faith litigation.

February 23, 2006

With a Little Help, Hockey Slides into Nationals

With the top four teams from each division receiving an invitation to the American Collegiate Hockey Association's National Tournament in March, #6 College of the Canyons (11-11) figured its season to be at an end.

Then the team remembered that #3 UC Irvine had only begun play this season, and therefore wasn't eligible for the nationals.

And then they heard that #2 California State University, Northridge played with ineligible players all season, and was disqualified.

Suddenly, College of the Canyons, the 2003-04 State Champions, found itself as the fourth seed in the Pacific Division and began hasty preparations to travel to Fort Myers, FL, for the 2005-06 ACHA National Tournament beginning Wednesday, March 1 at Florida Gulf Coast University. For the second time, College of the Canyons becomes the only community college with an invitation to the nationals.

“We’ve got the red-eye flight lined up for Monday night,” said team advisor Jim Schrage, “and we start play Wednesday morning at 7:45 a.m.”
Midway through the season, any thought the Cougars had of returning to the nationals was becoming a fast-fading dream with each excruciating loss. In late December, College of the Canyons lost a pair of games at UNLV in brutal fashion, which included a 4-OT 7-6 defeat that dropped the Cougars under .500 for the first time, with a 7-8 record. The team limped through the next few games, getting blown out by UC Irvine, 6-2, and UC San Diego, 10-2.

Flashes of brilliance emerged, though, and the return of goalie Shawn Deans, who played with the Cougars during the stunning 2003-04 season that saw a State Championship and eventual fifth place finish in the nationals, helped spur College of the Canyons to a strong finish, including exacting some revenge with a pair of wins over UNLV — this time in Valencia — to end the season.

The Cougars’ reward for their late-season effort is a dubious one, though, as College of the Canyons is seeded #15 in the tournament and has drawn #2 Wright State University in the first round. The Wright State Raiders captured the Northern Division Championship with a 25-2-1 record and are currently on a 11-game win streak, having outscored their last 11 opponents by a wide margin: 51-21.

“Regardless of who we play,” said Raider forward Michael Blackwell on the team’s website in anticipation of the first round match-up, “I feel that we’ll dominate them all with our strong forecheck and amazing goal tending.”

Scoring goals shouldn’t be a problem for the Cougars, who were third in the Pacific Division in goals scored, with 127. College of the Canyons is led by sophomore center Shawn Moise’ with 20 goals scored on the season, and sophomore winger Jason Feller, with 16 goals.

But stopping the shots may require a Herculean effort from the Cougars, especially after allowing 114 goals in the regular season, second to last in the Pacific Division.

“We’ve got more raw talent on this team than we did in 2003-04,” said Schrage. “We can beat anyone in the nation — as long as we show up to play.”

February 23, 2006

Ruth Gruber Exhibition to be Presented in Art Gallery

The Art Gallery is hosting a special exhibition featuring the work of author, journalist and photographer, Ruth Gruber. The exhibition titled, Ruth Gruber, Photographs as Witness, 1944-1947, includes 49 photographs documenting the challenges facing refugees living in World War II displaced persons' camps in Europe and the United States.

Photographs from Gruber’s renowned account, Haven, are included in the exhibition as well as the award winning PBS film of the same name. In her book, Gruber describes her experiences as a new college graduate employed by the Department of the Interior in FDR’s administration, as she secretly escorted nearly 1,000 refugees from Naples, Italy to Oswego, New York. A catalog containing interviews with Gruber, now 94 years old, and surviving refugee Manya Breuer, will be on sale in the Gallery.

Art Gallery Director Joanne Julian will present a talk about Gruber and the exhibition at noon Wednesday, March 15. The talk will be followed by a question and answer period.

The College of the Canyons Art Gallery is located on the ground floor of the campus’ ‘M’ building and is open to the public from noon to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free and guests may obtain a $1 parking permit from the south parking lot or lot #6. This permit allows attendees to park in any regular space in the student lots.

February 23, 2006

College Charters New Honor Society

Subject: A Chartering Ceremony and the Induction of new College of the Canyons members for the Gamma Beta Phi Society, a national collegiate honor and service organization.

Time: 7 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2006

Location: The Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts on the College of the Canyons campus.

Background: Students invited to join the society are fulltime students who’ve accumulated at least 12 hours, hold at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA), and have a commitment to community service. Fifty-one students will be inducted into the inaugural COC chapter of Gamma Beta Phi. Students have launched right into ‘service organization’ activities by asking guests to bring a canned food item to the ceremony. The food drive will benefit the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center meals programs.

February 23, 2006

‘Drum Circle’ to Benefit Early Childhood Education Center

The Center for Early Childhood Education Circle of Friends, a support and fund-raising group for the college’s Children’s Center and Early Childhood Education Training Program will hold their sixth annual “drum circle” event at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2006. The event will be held in the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts and will be a prelude to that evening’s performance by the Soweto Gospel Choir.

A Drum Circle is a huge jam session — a fun, welcoming experience that is fun for “children of all ages.” Drum Circle participants express themselves collectively by using a chorus of hand-played drums, percussion and vocals to create a musical song together while having a great time. It is not a professional ensemble, nor is it really about music, but rather a group of people having a rhythm party. Participants in the past have included parents, teachers, CEOs of major companies, college Board members and other elected officials and those who simply enjoy the physical activity and the sound of drum-beats. Regardless of what they do for a living, the one thing they have in common is a fun-filled evening of group drumming.

The Drum Circle event is sponsored and conducted by a representative from local manufacturer REMO(r) Inc., the world’s most innovative and respected name in drumheads and drums. African djembes, frame drums, SOUND SHAPES(tm) and other drums will be provided by REMO.
REMO’s Website says that drum circles are a wonderful opportunity for people to relate, not only musically, but personally. Studies show that acquiring new learning skills, socializing and exercise may keep our brains healthy and more importantly, rejuvenate brain cells. Group drumming provides experiences in all three of these important practices for maintaining health and supporting longevity.

Funds raised from this event will help maintain the high quality and safety of the physical environment of the Child Development Center, such as learning materials and equipment for classrooms and the children’s yards. Tickets for the event are $35, which includes a champagne reception provided by RSVP Catering.

Additional Drum Circle sponsors include Dr. Rex Baumgartner, DDS, and Wilshire Home Entertainment. 

February 22, 2006

Communication Studies Wins Model Teaching Award

The Communication Studies department has won the “Model Teaching Program” award sponsored by the Western States Communication Association. Victoria Leonard, the department chair, accepted the award on behalf of the college during the WSCA conference on Feb. 18 to 20 in Palm Springs.

“Our most recent innovation has been to take our existing curricula and expand our methods of delivery to open the door to students who cannot attend regular college classes. Our public speaking course and some of our theory courses have been written in online/hybrid format, in recognition that not every student can attend college in a traditional way,” said Leonard. “In addition, our department operates as a team. Our part-time faculty is an integral part of our success, and I’m proud to work with everyone who contributes to the department. I value the input and hard work of our administrators. Without their support, we would not be able to accomplish what we do.”

Besides Public Speaking and Theory, other courses include: Essentials of Persuasive Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Communication and Gender, Intercultural Communication, Rhetoric and Contemporary Culture, and Forensics (speech and debate).

“I am continually excited by the fact that our program — although not particularly old — is so diverse, rich in curriculum, and advanced in its focus. I am so proud to be a part of the department and our college,” said COC communication instructor Karyl Kicenski. “I have been teaching here part-time since 1994. I became full-time1999. I think the department now has the esteem of the community colleges of the greater western states. This is an award that looks at programs across this span of geography and so I am thrilled that a small [relatively speaking] community college like COC is getting the attention it deserves! We are not always ‘on the map’ so to speak since we are away from greater LA and the only college in our district. Perhaps this award will serve to change this fact.”

The award is given to a communication studies department program that reflects the breadth of the communication discipline, has teaching personnel with specialized training in communication, integrates curricular and co-curricular activities, has strong administrative support, and relates to the mission of its institution. With a nomination from a former COC instructor and supporting documentation to prove the program's excellence, the department won the award.

February 16, 2006

Valentine’s Day Proposal is a Show Stopper

Dan Zehfuss proposing to Kelly Voorhees 2
​Kelly Voorhees reacts to a marriage proposal by Dan Zehfuss during a live Valentine’s Day performance of “Love... Gershwin Style” at the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center. Zehfuss arranged with the Performing Arts Center and cast of the show to incorporate his proposal into the night’s performance. Voorhees was totally surprised, as was everyone in the audience. She was so overwhelmed that she couldn’t speak, and to Zehfuss’ delight, vigorously nodded, “Yes!” to his question.

Photo credit: Dr. Dianne Van Hook, Superintendent-President, College of the Canyons

February 2, 2006

Culinary Arts Program to Cater to Field’s Demand

With many flourishing restaurants in the Santa Clarita Valley and a growing number of students interested in the lucrative and creative field of culinary arts, College of the Canyons is preparing to unveil a culinary arts degree program that will cater to the field's high demand.

The first class offered will be Foods and Nutrition in the Restaurant Industry. It will be available in the spring semester, which begins Feb. 6. The class includes fundamental culinary techniques for commercial kitchen operations.

“The truth is, if you learn how to cook, you will always have a job,” said Kevin Anthony, chair of the college’s Hotel and Restaurant Management program. “The class will provide students with a solid foundation in the fine art of culinary skills.”

The class will also provide “serv-safe” instruction and examination for individuals in need of a Los Angeles County food handler’s certificate. Because students will begin cooking on the very first day of class, learning how to handle and prepare food in a safe and appropriate manner is the first skill students must master.

Chef Steve Eisner, who has been in the food industry for more than 30 years, will teach the course. “The class is a terrific starting point for people who aspire to be professional chefs, restaurant owners or hospitality managers in hotels, country clubs or institutional settings,” said Eisner.

“The real fun is in the kitchen! What pot to use, how to hold a knife, how to bake, stew, braise. And the best part is that students get to eat what they cook,” said Eisner. “I get so excited when I see students progress through the class and end up cooking a beautiful buffet as part of the class final.” Eisner is also president and CEO of ISSI, a hospitality company that offers food and housekeeping services in many parts of California.

The class will meet Tuesdays from noon to 1:50 p.m. or from 2 to 4:50 p.m.

February 1, 2006

Child Care Centers 

The Child Development Center at College of the Canyons announces sponsorship of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  The program is available without charge to all enrolled children. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Ave, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

For more information about this program locally, contact Diane Stewart, Assistant Dean of Child Development and Education at College of the Canyons. (661) 362-3503. The College of the Canyons Child Development Center is located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA, 91355.

Effective July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2006, participants from households with incomes at or below the following levels may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals or free milk.

Note: The new income calculations are based on annual figures and the following formulas: Monthly = annual income divided by 12; Twice Per Month = annual income divided by 24; Every Two Weeks = annual income divided by 26; and Weekly = annual income divided by 52. All dollar amounts are rounded up to the next whole dollar.

Free Eligibility ScaleLunch, Breakfast, Milk

Household Size: ​​ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
​$12,441 ​$16,679 ​$20,917 ​$25,155 ​$29,393 ​$33,631 ​$37, 869 ​$42,107
​$1,037 ​$1,390 ​$1,744 ​$2,097 ​$2,450 ​$2,803 ​$3,156 ​$3,509
​Twice Per Month
​$519 ​$695 ​$872 ​$1,049 ​$1,225 ​$1,402 ​$1,578 ​$1,755
​Every Two Weeks
​$479 ​$642 ​$805 ​$968 ​$1,131 ​$1,294 ​$1,457 ​$1,620
​$240 ​$321 ​$403 ​$484 ​$566 ​$647 ​$729 ​$810
For each additional family member, add:

Twice Per Month
Every Two Weeks

Reduced-Price Eligibility Scale—Lunch, Breakfast

Household Size: 1​ 2​ ​3 ​4 5​ ​6 7​ ​8
​$17,705 ​$23,736 ​$29,767 ​$35,798 ​$41,829 ​$47,860 ​$53,891 ​$59,922
​$1,476 ​$1,978 ​$2,481 ​$2,984 ​$3,486 ​$3,989 ​$4,491 ​$4,994
Twice Per Month
​$738 ​$989 ​$1,241 ​$1,492 ​$1,995 ​$1,995 ​$2,246 ​$2,497
Every Two Weeks
​$681 ​$913 ​$1,145 ​$1,377 ​$1,841 ​$1,841 ​$2,305 ​$2,305
​$341 ​$457 ​$573 ​$689 ​$921 ​$921 ​$1,153 ​$1,153
For each additional family member, add:

Twice Per Month
Every Two Weeks