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June 26, 2006

Photo Opportunity: Surf’s Up for Students

First-time-ever Introduction to Surfing class students catch some waves, prepare equipment, learn new skills.

Subject: Intro to Surfing class will take field trips to Faria Beach Park.

Time: 7 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, 2006 and Thursday, June 29, 2006.

Place: Mondos (1 mile south of Faria County Park on Pacific Coast Highway)
4350 Pacific Coast Highway, Ventura, CA 93001-9759
(800) 654-3951

Event: Students in this class will take field trips to Faria Beach to test their surfing skills in the water, accompanied by their instructor, Adam Kempler.

In order to be permitted to attend these field trips, students had to pass a 100-yard swim test and demonstrate the ability to tread water for 5 minutes.

Field trip dates are subject to change due to the lack of surf or dangerous surf.

June 21, 2006

Community Extension Offers Variety of Classes

Have you ever wished you could play the ukulele, easily sketch a cartoon or know some more about America’s dynamic First Ladies? This summer the College of the Canyons Community Extension will be offering instruction in these topics and much more.

“The summer is a wonderful time to try something you’ve always wanted to try. With this in mind, Canyons Extension is offering an amazing array of classes, seminars and workshops for adults throughout the community like how to play the ukulele or harmonica, how to train your puppy or how to speak Chinese or Hebrew. There’s something for everyone this summer through Canyons Extension!” says Karen Gorback, associate dean for community and continuing education.

Professional cartoonist Chris Martinez will teach Cartooning on Saturday, June 24. With over 40 years of experience, Martinez is a portrait artist and professional cartoonist who works entirely by hand.

Author Nancy Miller will teach a class titled Clutterology — Eliminate the Clutter in Your Life and Get Organized on Monday, August 14.

Jacqueline Berger will present the seminar Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Lives: An Intimate Look at America’s First Ladies on Saturday, July 22. Berger has been researching and studying the remarkable women who were married to our nation’s presidents for more than 15 years. Berger has been invited to share her knowledge at universities, presidential libraries, professional groups, political clubs, and other organizations nationwide.
For more information or to register, please call the Community Extension office at (661) 362-3304.

Note to Editors: Some of the topics addressed in Community Extension classes have powerful and fun visual elements that may be of interest to readers. Here are a couple of examples:

On Friday, in Room I-206, from 10 am to noon, we have a very full room of “older adults” taking a class called Computers and You (It’s one of our new, non-credit classes). It illustrates how the college is really working to bridge the generation gap.

On Tuesday nights, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., we have Canine College on the lawn between Stadium Way and Parking Lot 8. The trainer really knows his business and the 12 students (and their doggies) seemed very happy. The college has never had a class like this before. The dogs are all shapes and sizes and the visuals of some of the training can be very entertaining (they are in the class because some of the dogs really need the training!).

June 13, 2006

Summer Theatre Academy Begins June 19

For those interested in the fascinating and varied field of professional theatre, College of the Canyons will once again be offering its Summer Theatre Academy — an immersive, hands-on collection of classes ranging from acting and voice development, to improv and technical theatre — beginning Monday, June 19, and extending through August.

“The Academy was such a positive experience for our students last summer,” said institute director and COC faculty member Mark Salyer.
Taking suggestions from last year’s students, Salyer added Voice Development and Commercial Dance courses to the curriculum, which already includes Acting, Improv, Technical Theatre, Musical Theatre and Theatre Production.

“We wanted to continue to expand the classes based on those suggestions,” said Salyer. “Voice Development and Commercial Dance are both vital components to a theatre student’s education.”

Students will be able to participate in a production class at the end of the summer, with the Academy culminating in a Cabaret Showcase of the summer’s work.

“The ultimate vision of this program is a full production at the end of summer and hopefully we’ll see that happen by next year,” said Salyer. “Meanwhile, this summer’s Cabaret Showcase evenings will be an absolute delight to anyone who loves music and theatre.”

The academy will again feature many talented coaches and teachers and provide incredible opportunities for one-on-one instruction.

“In Musical Theatre alone,” said Salyer, “you get an accompanist, Debbie Lawrence, a nationally known cabaret pianist, an acting coach, and the opportunity to work intensively on your song. A lot of my students use the songs they work on for audition materials.”

June 7, 2006

Free Summer Classes Offered to Adults

This summer adults will have the opportunity to take a wide variety of free summer programs through the College of the Canyons Community Extension specifically designed for older adults.

“Our older adult learners and instructors are fabulous,” notes Karen Gorback, associate dean for community and continuing education. “The classes are taught by instructors who value the life experiences of adult students and provide ample time for questions and interaction.”

Beginning June 12, classes such as Computers and You, Creating a Safe Home Environment, Painting in Oil and Acrylics, Lifelong Learning Through Current Global Events, Art Appreciation, Gentle Exercise, Film Appreciation, and Writing Personal Histories will be offered at various locations throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.

June 6, 2006

College Graduates 1,182 on June 9

The 2006 graduating class at College of the Canyons will celebrate commencement at 6 p.m. Friday, June 9, 2006. One thousand, one hundred and eighty-two students have applied for graduation. This is a 2.5 percent increase over last year. The graduates consist of 702 women and 480 men. They will assemble in the central-campus, outdoor Honor-Grove location that has become the traditional site of the graduation ceremony.

Student speakers will be Annie Yang, outgoing Associated Student Government President and Kathy Reynar, one of the class’ eight valedictorians (students with perfect 4.0 GPAs).

This year’s class will receive associate of arts or associate of science degrees reflecting their accomplishments in 53 academic majors. The average age of the class is 25 years, nearly identical to last year’s average age of 25.5. There is one 15-year-old and the eldest graduate is 71.

Twenty-four international students will receive degrees this year. They represent countries including Japan, Korea, Brazil, Venezuela, Norway, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Ecuador, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary and India. One hundred and thirteen students are graduating from the popular Progressive Adult College Education (PACE) program. The Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSP&S) program will graduate 45 students, and there are 48 students receiving degrees who participated in the Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) program.

The graduating class grade point average (GPA) is an even 3.0. The number of honors graduates (those graduating with GPAs of 3.5 or above) is 198.

The subject area with the highest number of graduates is Transfer Studies with 469 graduates. There are 108 Social Science graduates, and the Accounting program will graduate 92. The COC Nursing program will have 64 RN/LVN graduates.

Note to Editors: The graduation ceremony will start at 6 p.m., but seats are expected to fill beginning around 5 p.m. Attendees will be entertained as they wait by the COC Jazz Ensemble. 

Graduating Class: 1182
Majors Represented: 53
Female Graduates: 702
Male Graduates: 480
Ethnic Minorities: 453
Average Age: 25
Youngest Graduate: 15
Eldest Graduate: 71
Students with 4.0 GPAs: 8
Honors Graduates (3.5 GPA and above): 198
International Students: 24
Our international graduates represent a wide variety of countries, including Japan, Korea, Brazil, Venezuela, Norway, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Ecuador, Russia, Ukraine, Hungary and India.
PACE Students: 113
DSP&S Graduates: 45
EOPS Graduates: 48
Class GPA: 3.00
Leading Majors:
Transfer Studies: 469 graduates
Social Science: 108 graduates
Accounting: 92 graduates
RN/LVN Nursing: 64 graduates
General Arts and Sciences: 62 graduates
Biological & Physical Science: 59 graduates
Administration of Justice: 39 graduates
Early Childhood Education: 30 graduates
English: 28 graduates
History: 28 graduates
Math: 27 graduates

June 6, 2006

Register for Summer Classes June 10

Commencement at College of the Canyons will occur on Friday, June 9, and summer classes will begin on June 12. Not missing a beat, college Admissions and Records personnel will be on hand Saturday, June 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to sign up those students for classes who just didn’t have time to do it yet.

Normally closed on Saturdays, the admissions office has made the decision for a Saturday opening based on the popularity of this summer's diverse class offerings and specialized institutes.

Students can register for classes that begin June 12, 19 and 17.

For more information call Admissions and Records at (661) 362-3280.