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July 27, 2006

Learn Spanish in Just Five Days!

Spanish is the second most common language spoken in the United States after English, and according to the 2000 U.S. Census Bureau, 32.4 percent of the Californian population is Hispanic.

Because speaking Spanish has become more of a necessity than an option for Californians, the Spanish Institute at College of the Canyons is offering a five-day intensive course that will teach basic conversational Spanish for professionals in the teaching, health, business or law enforcement fields.

“Spanish can be heard everywhere in Los Angeles, resonating inside our classrooms, grocery stores and hospital waiting rooms,” said Claudia Acosta, foreign languages department chair at College of the Canyons.

“The class is meant to teach students the basics of the language and instill confidence in them to strike up a conversation whenever they get the chance.”

The course will provide students with an opportunity for intensive group conversation and discussions during the lunch hour.
The learning begins July 31 and ends August 4, and all levels of fluency are welcome.

To put the learning into practice, preparation for the Ecuador and Galapagos studying abroad trip for January 2007 has begun. With the opportunity to earn up to 8 credits in Spanish and Biology, students will travel and study in Quito and the Galapagos, both names world heritage cities by UNESCO.

July 7, 2006

New Assistant Superintendent, VP of Instruction Hired

College of the Canyons has hired Dr. Mitjl Capet as its new assistant superintendent/vice president of instruction. Capet will begin his new position on Aug. 1, just prior to the start of the college’s fall semester.

Capet’s resume includes experience in vocational education, the arts, educational/facilities master planning, enrollment management, budgeting, advocacy, involvement in the community, and a track record of aligning and supporting satellite educational centers.

“We are extraordinarily pleased to have someone with Mitjl’s broad range of experience and expertise since we are in an extraordinary period of expansion and growth and he will play an important role in shaping the college's future,” said Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook, superintendent-president of the college.

Capet received his doctorate degree in education from UCLA with an emphasis in curriculum and occupational education. He received his master’s of fine arts degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from UCLA. He also earned a certificate from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and MFA from the Catholic University of America.

Capet’s extensive work history includes instruction and administration at the K-12, community college and university levels. He comes to College of the Canyons from Cerro Coso Community College in Ridgecrest, where he has been serving as vice president of student learning. Cerro Coso is a unique college because it is made up of five locations and one virtual center that serve an 18,000-square-mile area including Inyo, Kern and San Bernardino counties. Previously he was the dean of business, art and applied technology at Rio Hondo College and the Humanities Division chair at Imperial Valley College.