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September 26, 2006

Second Study-Abroad Trip Bound for Ecuador

Last January, 17 College of the Canyons students packed their bags and traveled to Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands to study Biology and Spanish for nine days. This year only 18 students will have the chance to participate in this once-in-a lifetime opportunity, from Jan. 11 through Jan. 21, 2007.

“Quito definitely possesses an indescribable aura of peace,” said Claudia Acosta, foreign languages chair at College of the Canyons who, along with biology professor Miriam Golbert, will be accompanying students on this trip.

“Students will visit the Andean region,” said Acosta, “where at 9000 feet above sea level, the beautiful landscape continues to echo the Incan Empire and its vision of the world.”

Other stops along the way include the Convento of San Francisco (the biggest convent in the Americas), the Half of the World Center (Equatorian Line), Pre-Columbian Museum, Catholic University and the Quito historic center.

Students will also visit the Galapagos Islands of Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Plaza and Seymour, and the Charles Darwin Research Center.

“The Galapagos Islands are a unique place worth visiting in one’s lifetime. With species that are only found in this area, it is no wonder why it is considered one of the travel wonders of the world,” says Golbert.

September 25, 2006

Conference to Focus on First Years of a Business

In the increasingly competitive world for small business, demonstrating business viability is critical to obtaining necessary capital for business growth. According to a 2005 study, two-thirds of new employer establishments survive at least two years, and 44 percent survive at least four years. Thriving in these critical first years has never been more important to the long term success of a small business.

At the Oct. 31 Dream and Discover Entrepreneur Conference, Lina Ramos, president of San Diego-based Emerging Growth Enterprise, will deliver insights on strategies to catalyze business growth and secure expansion capital to take a start-up business to a new level. Ramos’ proven track record in growth planning, business building and financing high-technology, biotechnology and service-based businesses includes successful customer acquisition, strategic alliances and grant/equity financing. Prior to founding Emerging Growth Enterprise, Ramos held profit-and-loss responsibility at the division, category, and products and services levels for Fortune 1000s, including Booz Allen Sales Estimating System, Procter & Gamble and Monsanto.

“Start-ups, spin-outs and small businesses drive economic development and contribute innovative solutions to unmet market needs,” said Ramos. “A start-up’s transition into rapid growth is critical, and that’s why Emerging Growth Enterprise dedicates its entire practice to advancing successful commercialization of emerging companies.”

A veteran entrepreneur who successfully led early enterprises through those critical first few years of expansion, Ramos’ demonstrated results in operations, enterprise growth, and strategic alliances/acquisitions include a $185 million acquisition approval and 28 percent division sales turnaround establishing market leadership for a 105-person spin-out division, which she built and ran; $10 million-plus multi-product launch for franchise expansion; and $25 million equity raise for an emerging San Diego-based software company. Her presentation at the conference will draw upon these experiences as she shares her insights on the topic of business expansion.

According the U.S. Small Business Administration, 550,000 small businesses are started every year. California is home to 2.6 million small businesses, with half the state’s employment in small business. The Dream and Discover Entrepreneur Conference will speak to the needs of entrepreneurs who have a desire to start, expand or develop their business.

The conference is sponsored by the College of the Canyons Center for Applied Competitive Technologies, the Small Business Development Center hosted by College of the Canyons, and the California Community College Economic and Workforce Development Division. To learn more about the conference, call the College of the Canyons Economic Development Division at (661) 259.3874.

September 12, 2006

Aspiring Musicians Wanted at Community Extension

Playing an instrument is both a source of enjoyment and relaxation for the musician and his or her audience. This fall, the Community Extension Program at College of the Canyons will offer a wide range of fee-based classes taught by proficient musicians.

“If you have always wanted to learn how to play the harp, the harmonica or the ukulele, the timing has never been better, especially with instruction by noted musicians such as Stephanie Bennett,” said Karen Gorback, associate dean for community and noncredit education.

Harpist Stephanie Bennett, who has performed with artists such as Celine Dion, Aerosmith and Bette Midler, will teach “Introduction to Celtic Harp.” Bennett has performed for heads of state around the world and has won numerous international harp competitions. Called “one of the country’s top harpists” by the Hollywood Reporter, Bennett will teach this beginning class on six Sundays from 1:30 to 3p.m, starting October 1.

Students are encouraged to bring their own harp to class or contact the Community Extension office for rental information.

Irvin Caesar will present “Nat ‘King’ Cole, Timeless” an evening course from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on October 20. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss Cole’s music and its impact on the world, and listen to Caesar perform some of Cole's most memorable work.

Caesar, a professional vocalist who has toured with Julio Iglesias and Herbie Hancock, is currently recording some of Cole’s greatest hits with Peter White.

Professional drummer Chris Armstrong will teach “Community Drumming” on six Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. beginning October 11. This introductory hand-drumming course will teach basic drum patterns, how to play with a group, the rudiments of improvisation and the drumming practices of other cultures.

The class is for all skill levels and requires that students bring their own drums. Armstrong is a professional percussionist and composer specializing in percussion from Africa and India, with an extensive background in ethnomusicology.

Other music classes this fall include “Beginning Blues Harmonica,” “You Can Sell Hit Songs,” “Beginning Ukulele,” and “Piano Your Teachers Never Taught You.”

September 11, 2006

Runner, Van Hook Urge Governor to Sign Legislation

Summary: On Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, Sen. George Runner (R-Antelope Valley) and College of the Canyons Superintendent-President Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook will announce that the Legislature has passed a set of four important community college bills and urge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign the legislation. The four measures will provide more equalization dollars to College of the Canyons, provide more access to students, and eliminate bureaucratic barriers for community colleges to build and acquire much-needed classrooms and facilities.

What: Announce passage of community college legislative package and urge Gov. Schwarzenegger to sign the four measures.

Participants: Sen. George Runner
College of the Canyons Superintendent-President Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook

Location: College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center Lobby
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Parking: Lot 2 adjacent to the Performing Arts Center

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006

Time: 11 a.m.

September 7, 2006

College, Hart District to Host SCV College Day

More than 30 colleges and universities will descend on College of the Canyons on Saturday, Sept. 30, for Santa Clarita Valley College Day 2006. Representatives will be on hand to provide information about their schools and programs to college-bound high school students and their parents. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sponsored by College of the Canyons and the Wm. S. Hart Union High School District, the event will feature a mall-like area where students can speak with representatives of the schools. Also scheduled are workshops and presentations that will provide in-depth discussions of admissions procedures, financial aid processes, insights into the UC and CSU systems, and much more.

“We are thrilled to host the 2006 College Day at College of the Canyons,” said Debbie Rio, director of Admissions, Records & Online Services for the college. “This is the third year that College Day has been held on the COC campus, and attendance has grown dramatically.

“Parents and students are finding that the information and insights about the admissions processes of various colleges and universities are invaluable during the application process,” Rio said.

College Day is also an opportunity for parents and students to get acquainted with the COC campus since recent studies show that 60 percent or more of Hart district graduates go on to attend College of the Canyons. For parents and students interested in learning more about what College of the Canyons has to offer, several departments will have representatives on hand to answer questions. Several buildings on campus will be open for visitation, such as the biology and biotechnology labs, the transfer center and career services.

Admission to the event is free, as is parking in the COC lots.

Note to Editors: Below is a list of colleges and universities that plan to participate:

• Azusa Pacific University
• Brooks Institute of Photography
• California College of the Arts
• California Institute of the Arts
• California Lutheran University
• Columbia College Hollywood
• Concordia University
• California State University, Northridge
• DeVry University
• Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
• Gonzaga University
• Hope International University
• Johnson & Wales
• Lafayette College
• Marietta College
• The Master’s College
• Northern Michigan University
• Northwestern University
• Occidental College
• Otis College of Art & Design
• Pennsylvania State University
• Savannah College of Art & Design
• SUNY College at Old Westbury
• Syracuse University
• University of California, Los Angeles
• University of California, Riverside
• University of California, Santa Barbara
• University of Delaware
• University of Oregon
• U.S. Coast Guard Academy
• U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
• U.S. Military Academy (West Point)
• U.S. Naval Academy
• Westmont College
• Woodbury University
• Private Businesses:
• Kaplan Test Preparation
• Princeton Review
• ​​​​​Math Support Services Study Pros, In-Home Tutoring

September 6, 2006

Sweet, Sweet Leadership Training

Communicating effectively, understanding dynamics and improving motivation: all key ingredients for successful team leadership. With this in mind, the College of the Canyons Employee Training Institute and the leader in world-class chocolate designs, Chocolates à la Carte, partnered over the summer to create a business skills training program for front-line supervisors. 

A collaborative effort between COC ETI and Chocolates à la Carte helped ETI create a program proposal targeting the business' initial needs within a week.  With the two parties working together to discuss and customize the program, the college was able to use state funds through the Employee Training Panel to implement the program, and classes were scheduled within a few weeks.

Taught both in English and Spanish, the classes taught supervisory development skills, team building, and all the elements that result in being a successful leader. The program provided 40 hours of instruction over a five-week period of time, and was offered onsite at Chocolates à la Carte for the supervisory team. 

Because the program provides ample time for instruction and direct application of the skills learned, tangible results are almost immediate. 
"I am so impressed with how the internal relationship among the supervisory team has improved. The success of this program has resulted in supervisors who are team players that are positive and motivated," says Sandra Esquivel, Chocolates à la Carte's human resources manager.  
"The instructor demonstrated positive motivation, along with providing great information and practical hands on applications that was utilized immediately with staff."

Upon completion of the program, a second class was created which combined employees from Chocolates à la Carte and Del West Engineering, a local company specializing in the advancement of racing technology with clients ranging from NASCAR to the Indy Racing League, which operates in the commerce center. 

"Our employees thoroughly enjoyed attending the classes," said Rose Chegwin, director of human resources at Del West. "They are easy to understand and are easily implemented in the workplace."