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August 29, 2007

College of the Canyons Students Go Solo

Playwrights experience the mixed feelings of pride and vulnerability when infusing their past experiences into their work. But when the playwright is also the actor, the sharing experience becomes more personal and meaningful. Last spring, 18 students at College of the Canyons wrote their own solo performance while taking the college’s first Theatre 199 Solo Performance course, taught by Susan Hinshaw, chair of the Theatre Department at the college.

“The students are doing fantastic, exciting work. I am so proud of them,” said Hinshaw, who performs her own solo show, “Nirvana,” in various venues across the country. “When we presented the work last spring in the Performing Arts Center, it was a wonderful evening of theatre — it was challenging, relevant and exciting,” added Hinshaw. “They are continuing to present their work and are actually working as solo artists.”

After sharing their work at high schools, retirement homes, festivals, and most recently at The Repertory East Playhouse, the College of the Canyons students will perform 40 minutes of their shows in the college’s Sociology Department Gender and Culture Issues lecture series running from September 17 through November 5 in room R-206 in the college’s library. The lecture series is free and open to the public.

Among the original vignettes created by the students that offer glimpses into class, sex and love are Andrea Plaud’s “Anyone Can Be Lovely,” which is about how the ugly duckling didn't turn into the swan. Ian Loveall’s “Isn’t that Manly?” takes a brief look at growing into manhood, and the societal pressures placed on the males in our society.

Both performances will be presented during the lecture series at 2:30 p.m. on October 15 and 22 respectively.

August 28, 2007

Classes Begin at New Canyon Country Campus

It was an historic first day of school for College of the Canyons on Monday, Aug. 27, as thousands of students were welcomed at the newly opened Canyon Country Campus.

Officially making COC a college on two campuses but with one mission — to increase access to education for all students — opening day at the Canyon Country Campus (CCC) had its share of unexpected first day complications. However those problems were overshadowed by the overwhelming feeling of excitement shared by students, administration and faculty alike in seeing the new campus open.

Even before the first group of students began arriving for morning classes an assortment of college administrators, instructors and staff members were on hand to distribute campus maps and class guides, help students locate their classrooms and otherwise assist with first day navigation of the new campus.

“I was thinking this morning it was 37 years ago that I did this very same thing on the original campus in Valencia,” said COC board member Bruce Fortine, who served on the college’s first board of trustees when the original campus opened in 1970, “and I’m very proud to be back again doing the same thing — telling students how to get to class, and where to go, and how to park.

“Everything is pretty much the same. We went into temporary modular buildings at the time, and they looked good, but they didn't look like these.”
Board President Michelle Jenkins was also involved in the college’s original campus opening — but as a student, having previously attended classes at the college’s temporary location on the Hart High School campus.

“It was pretty fun, we went to classes at the original campus in modulars too. So when I drove up here this morning and all the cars were lined up I thought oh this is so exciting,” said Jenkins before also commenting on how quickly the college was able to get its second campus up and running.

“I think its amazing that here we are opening our doors to 3,000 students not even hardly two years after we purchased the land,” Jenkins said. “It just shows the kind of creativity and hard work the whole college staff is willing to put in. Even with all the little glitches we’re still out here serving our students, and the glitches aren't even in the classrooms.”

While the campus did experience some first day phone system, air conditioning and classroom lock issues, for the most part things ran smoothly — thanks largely in part to the college's dedicated staff of campus guides who were quick to answer campus questions and point students in the right direction.

“It is very exciting. We have a team of staff and faculty who have been on the new campus, handing out maps, pins, water and providing assistance and direction to the students,” said Dena Maloney, the college’s CCC founding dean. “All the students we have talked with are pleased with their classes and with the new campus. And for me that’s what this is all about, ensuring students have access to education. To see that come to fruition is very gratifying.”

Located on Sierra Highway, less than two miles north of Soledad Canyon Road, the college’s $51.6 million CCC is terraced into the rolling hills of the 70 acre site, which provides a sweeping view of the surrounding terrain.

Opening with 24,000 square feet of instructional space — including two science labs, two computer labs, a library, a book store, a PE building, an Early Childhood Education facility, food services and 23 classrooms complete with wireless Internet connectivity — the CCC will offer students more than 300 classes in the inaugural semester alone.

In addition to the high number of transferable, basic skills and vocational education courses and associate’s degree and certificate programs being offered at the CCC, students will also have access to a number of non-credit and community extension courses.

Also included on the CCC will be the William S. Hart Union High School District’s Early College High School — in which students take both high school and college level classes, with a goal to graduate with both a high school diploma and associate's degree. The ECHS will open with 85 students in its freshman class, and will add a new freshman class each year.

“We’re just ecstatic to be partnered with College of the Canyons with our Early College High School. We’re really excited about the possibilities,” said William S. Hart Union High School District board member, Gloria Mercado-Fortine. “We have the Academy of the Canyons at the Valencia campus, which has been such a successful program, so we know that we’re going to be just as successful with the Early College High School on this campus.”

Though the opening of the CCC marks a new venture for the college, COC’s service of students in the Canyon Country area is nothing new. The college initially began offering classes in the area at Canyon High School nearly a decade ago before eventually developing an ACCESS Center at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library and opening the full-service campus.

“Probably 60 percent, if not more, of our students end up taking classes and getting educated at College of the Canyons,” said Canyon High School principal Bob Messina. “So the fact that COC has made that easier and more obtainable, right here on our side of town is really exciting. I've already waved at three former students here on campus.”

Expected to service an estimated 3,000 students in the first semester alone, at build-out — currently scheduled for 2015 — the CCC will service nearly 10,000 students and contain seven permanent multi-story buildings, the first of which is scheduled to begin construction during the 2008-09 school year.

The College of the Canyons CCC will host an “Opening Celebration” Saturday, October 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., giving the community an opportunity to visit its newest college campus.

Highlights of the day will include food, live entertainment, and the opportunity to meet college faculty and staff from dozens of programs and departments who will be on hand to share information, accept applications and help students enroll in late-start classes.

Raffles will be held throughout the day, and one lucky winner will walk away with a prize package giving them one free year of college. Other prizes include a laptop computer donated by CBC Carpet Cleaning and Restoration, a GPS navigation device from NE Systems, Inc., tickets to shows at the Performing Arts Center and a variety of gift cards donated by local businesses.

August 25, 2006

New Spring Courses Offered at Emeritus College

College of the Canyons Extension is gearing up for the spring semester of its newly expanded Emeritus College. Formerly known as the Older Adult Program, Emeritus College courses are developed to promote the mental and physical health of older adults by exercising their creativity and thought processes, as well as increasing their mobility through fitness and individual development classes.

“Emeritus classes are specifically designed to meet the needs of older adult learners, addressing not only a wide variety of subject matter but also the social and emotional needs of mature students who take classes for the love of learning,” said Karen Gorback, associate dean for community extension and noncredit programs.

Some new classes starting in the spring include Tai Chi, Tai Chi in a Chair, Computers and You II, Shakespeare Is Still Number One, The Law and How to Use it, Creative Expression through Symphonic Band, and Preparing Your Writing for Publication. Other classes include Film Appreciation, Tuesdays With the Professor, Creative Expression Through Jazz Band, Writing Personal Histories and Music Appreciation.

Students are invited to attend classes at several locations, including the main COC campus and at active senior developments and apartment complexes throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. Classes are tuition free but may require students to purchase materials or books. For more information, please call the Canyons Extension office at (661) 362-3300.

August 24, 2007

College to Host Language & Travel Faire

The Foreign Languages Department at College of the Canyons will host a “Language and Travel Faire” on Wednesday, October 3 which will showcase the many languages taught at the college while immersing attendees in the rich cultures of the countries where those languages are spoken.

“Learning a new language creates options and opens doors,” said Kathy Long, a Cougar Mentor at the college. “We hope people will come to the faire and explore all the places that language can take them.”

The faire will feature themed pavilions where attendees can enjoy samples of the cuisine, music and film unique to different cultures, pick up travel literature and win prizes.

COC offers students many opportunities for educational travel, with next year's itinerary including trips to Australia, Italy, the Caribbean, China, Central America, Great Britain, France and the Galapagos Islands. Representatives from the college’s Educational Travel Committee will be on hand to speak with visitors about these and other educational opportunities at the college.

The Arabic pavilion will feature henna art. At the Chinese pavilion, an exhibition of the ancient Chinese exercise of Tai Chi will demonstrate the fluidity attained through both balance and stamina. The elegant and poised movements of ballet dancers will illustrate our appreciation for dancers at the barre at the French pavilion.

August 24, 2007

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Canyon Country Campus

Subject: Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Time: 11 a.m., Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Place: The ribbon cutting site is located at the new College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus located at 17200 Sierra Highway, just past Linda Vista and the old “Honey House.” Signs will direct you where to park.

Event: A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus.

Speaking at the event will be Michele Jenkins, President of the college’s Board of Trustees; Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook, Superintendent-President; Dr. Dena Maloney, Founding Dean of the Canyon Country campus, and others.

Located on a 70-acre site along Sierra Highway, the Canyon Country campus opens for classes on Monday, Aug. 27. It boasts 24,000 square feet of instructional space across 23 classrooms and five laboratories and provides students with access to a wide range of transfer preparation and career/technical education classes with more than 300 class offerings in its first semester of operation.

The location is also home to the William S. Hart Union High School District’s Early College High School (ECHS). Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the ECHS is a small school designed to enable students to achieve up to two years of college credit while earning a high school degree. Eighty-five 9th grade students form the founding class of the ECHS, which opened August 20, 2007.

The first permanent building on campus could start construction as early as 2009. The State of California has approved an $11 million allocation in capital outlay funds for a 40,000-square-foot building.

The land for the site was purchased with funds generated by Measure C, an $82.1 million general obligation passed by Santa Clarita voters in 2001. The construction of permanent buildings is included in the list of projects for Measure M, the $160 million general obligation bond passed by district voters in 2006.

When the campus is fully built out in 2015, it will accommodate up to 10,000 students in seven multi-story buildings constructed to take advantage of the natural terrain of the area. The site will feature ample parking with 1,500 parking spots.

August 23, 2007

New Speech Pathology Courses Offered

College of the Canyons students interested in pursuing a career in the Speech/Language Pathology industry will have the opportunity to explore the fast growing field with two courses being offered at the college this fall.

As a preview of the college’s soon to be approved Speech/Language Pathology Assistant (SLPA) program, the course SLPA 102: Language Development Across the Lifespan was first offered to students in the spring semester and was met with great response.

Focusing on the normal verbal and non-verbal communication across the human lifespan, SLPA 102 is designed to give students an understanding of how the various areas of language contribute to the total communication process in a multi-cultural society.

“They’re trying to understand the basics of language so they can better deal with what's abnormal,” said Sue Albert, dean of Allied Health at the college. “It’s a nice survey class. It will get your foot in the door helping people with speech language disorders, and then you can continue on to get a bachelors degree in it.”

Being offered for the first time this semester, SLPA 101: Introduction to Speech/Language Pathology will provide students with a strong foundation of knowledge pertaining to the field — which will be used to form ideas, draw inferences and think critically about human communication and its disorders. The course will also feature the discussion of various industry topics including language and jargon, professional standards, legal and ethical issues and the scope of responsibilities of both the speech language pathologist and the speech/language pathology assistant.

“Both of these courses provide a method to look at the profession and look at the speech language pathology assistant career to see if you want to pursue it or not,” said Albert, adding that both SLPA classes might also be of interest to those in the education field.

“Because in education these days you have to deal with problems in communication,” she said, “but you may want to choose to deal with it on a more personal level and become a speech language pathologist assistant.”

According to Albert, the need for qualified speech language pathologist assistants has grown in recent years in response to the increased number of K-12 students in need of such services.

“The need is increasing for whatever reason, and the schools have to meet that need as more and more of their students are being diagnosed,” Albert said. “The Santa Clarita Valley, Simi Valley and Ventura communities are all interested in getting help so they can assistant students in developing their speech skills.”

Both of the lecture/seminar style classes are being offered in a video tele-conferencing format and can be attended at either the College of the Canyons Valencia campus or Ventura County Speech Language Pathology facility.

SLPA 101 will meet once a week on Tuesday’s from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Bonelli Hall, room 110 and SLPA 102 will meet once a week on Thursday’s from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., also in Bonelli Hall, room 110.

August 23, 2007

Open Auditions Scheduled This Weekend

Students interested in acting, singing or dancing in this fall’s College of the Canyons Theatre Department productions of “Cabaret” and “Tartuffe” are invited to attend open audition sessions at the college beginning this weekend.

Set to open at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons on October 19, the college’s production of the Tony-award-winning Broadway musical “Cabaret” will be in search of both a male and female lead to fill the roles of main characters Cliff Bradshaw and Sally Bowles.

In addition, a number of supporting actors and actresses and dancers will be needed to help portray the romantic struggle between Bradshaw and Bowles set in the upheaval of 1930s Berlin.

Being directed by Theatre department faculty member Mark Salyer, “Cabaret” will feature choreography by College of the Canyons dance instructor Shannon Levy-Heath, with KC Manji, the college’s director of performance music, serving as the production’s musical director.

Later in the fall, COC Theatre department students will be performing the classic Moliere comedy “Tartuffe” — about a man who poses as a religious aristocratic hermit who tries to separate a family from its fortune and its women of their virtue.

Featuring an added modern twist, provided by director Andrea Slominski of the college’s Theatre department, “Tartuffe” opens at the Performing Arts Center on November 14.

Auditions for both “Cabaret” and “Tartuffe” will take place Saturday, August 25, at 12 p.m. and Monday, August 27 at 6 p.m. in the college’s Black Box Theatre located behind the Performing Arts Center.

Female students auditioning for “Caberat” are encouraged to practice the production’s title-song “Cabaret.” Male students auditioning for the production will be asked to perform the song “Wilkommen.” All students auditioning for “Tartuffe” are asked to read the entire play.

Students interested only in auditioning for “Tartuffe” can request to not be seen for “Cabaret.” However all students auditioning for “Cabaret” must read for “Tartuffe.”

Students who are cast in either production must enroll in the college’s Theatre 190: Theatre Production class for the fall semester.

August 22, 2007

Wine & Cheese Event Promises to be a Treat

Wine and food enthusiasts from across the Santa Clarita Valley looking for an opportunity to indulge their taste buds are invited to attend next month’s College of the Canyons Foundation Library Associates Wine and Cheese Pairing.

Promising to offer more than just the typical guided wine and cheese pairing, the event will feature the expertise of accomplished wine educator and classically trained chef John Bauccio, who will guide attendees through the tasting of five wines and four artisan California cheeses, with a goal to pass along the knowledge of why some combinations sing and others fall flat.

Originally trained as a chef, Bauccio became a wine educator at the Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, California where he helped design wine and food programs. Later in his career Bauccio moved to San Francisco where he worked as a buyer at the critically acclaimed Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant.

While working in San Francisco Bauccio represented the shop on buying trips throughout California and Spain and France — where he was exposed to some of the finest artisan producers in the world. In addition to his work experience, Bauccio has served as a judge at several wine competitions and continues to expose people to new wines and cultures with a fun and casual teaching approach.

Being held in the College of the Canyons library Friday, September 14, the wine and cheese pairing presentation will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. The event will also feature a 6 p.m. reception where sparkling wine and hearty appetizers will be served.

All guests must be 21 to attend, and space is limited. The cost to attend the event is $75, with guests required to RSVP by August 31.

August 22, 2007

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Planned for Canyon Country Campus

The public is invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28. The new campus is located at 17200 Sierra Hwy., just past Linda Vista and the old “Honey House.” Signs will direct visitors where to park.

Speaking at the event will be Michele Jenkins, president of the college’s Board of Trustees; Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook, superintendent-president; Dr. Dena Maloney, founding dean of the Canyon Country Campus, and others.

Located on a 70-acre site along Sierra Highway, the Canyon Country Campus opens for classes on Monday, Aug. 27. The campus boasts 24,000 square feet of instructional space across 23 classrooms and five laboratories and provides students with access to a wide range of transfer preparation and career/technical education classes with more than 300 class offerings in its first semester of operation.

The campus is also home to the William S. Hart Union High School District’s Early College High School (ECHS). Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the ECHS is a small school designed to enable students to achieve up to two years of college credit while earning a high school degree. Eighty-five 9th-grade students form the founding class of the ECHS, which opened Aug. 20.

The first permanent building on campus could start construction as early as 2009. The state has approved an $11 million allocation in capital outlay funds for a 40,000-square-foot building.

The land for the site was purchased with funds generated by Measure C, an $82.1 million general obligation bond passed by Santa Clarita voters in 2001. Construction of the first permanent buildings are included in the list of projects for Measure M, the $160 million general obligation bond passed by voters in 2006.

When the campus is fully built out in 2015, it will accommodate up to 10,000 students in seven multi-story buildings constructed to take advantage of the natural terrain of the area. The site will feature ample parking, with 1,500 spots.

August 21, 2007      
When in Rome

College of the Canyons is offering students the opportunity to study the history of architecture in the three historically and architecturally rich cities of Florence, Rome and Pompeii for 12 days and 10 nights on January 5 to 16, 2008. 

“There is no comparison between ‘the classroom’ experience and ‘the on-location’ experience when it comes to art, architecture and design,” said Dorothy Minarsch, chair of the Architecture and Interior Design Program at the college. 

“It’s one thing to sit in a classroom and hear about a particular location, artist, architect or designer, and it is completely another to actually walk into a building, touch the materials it’s constructed from, smell the scent in the air, listen to the sounds of chatter in a foreign language, and contemplate the heart of the architect or designer as they may have walked those same steps several centuries earlier,” added Minarsch. Students will visit famous landmarks such as the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Giotto’s Belltower, the Accademia Gallery, which houses Michelaneglo’s “David,” and the National Archaeological Museum in Naples. 

August 17, 2007

Introduction to Playwriting Class Offered this Fall

This fall, College of the Canyons will offer an Introduction to Playwriting class to help students create an original script or translate current works of fiction from paper to the stage.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn the basic elements of dramatic story telling,” said instructor David Stears, who has developed more than 35 original scripts for theatre. He also produced the award-winning Educational Outreach Program for the Santa Clarita Repertory Theater, and is director of the New Works Festival at College of the Canyons.

“Classes like these are hundreds of dollars in Los Angeles. It is rare to have an intimate writers group working through their material together,” added Stears.

The class will focus on the fundamentals of dramatic story telling through exercises, lectures and weekly readings that build skills and understanding of basic concepts.

Students interested in submitting a play for the New Works Festival are encouraged to take this class.

“Our hope is that this class, combined with the New Works Festival, will eventually give birth to a full length original play that becomes part of our season in the performing art center,” said Stears.

August 15, 2007

Admissions & Records Office Announces New Hours

With fall registration in full swing, the Admissions and Records Office at College of the Canyons will be open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on August 18, 25 and September 8. Also, starting on August 20 and until the end of the first week of the fall semester on August 27, the office’s weekday hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.

The new hours are meant to provide more opportunities for students to apply, register and speak with counselors as they prepare for fall classes.

Students may also register via the telephone registration system at (888) 206-2867. 

August 15, 2007

New Workshops Offered for Businesses

The Employee Training Institute and Newleaf Training and Development, based in Santa Clarita, are offering a package of three full-day workshops designed to build essential leadership and development skills for employees of regional businesses.

Zest at Work™ and Walking TALL™ are two of the workshops that will be offered. Zest at Work™ will focus on skills necessary for effective teamwork and delivery of excellent customer service. Walking TALL™ is designed to help employees build a strong and effective personal brand.

A third workshop, Building Business Acumen™, is a one-day workshop utilizing Franklin-Covey curriculum that helps employees better understand the language of business, the financial drivers in business, and the financial tools used in making business decisions. This seminar is based on Ram Charan’s best selling business book, “What the CEO Wants You to Know.”

The three workshops together offer employees an opportunity to focus on a wide variety of skills critical to success in today's fast-moving, globally competitive, business world.

“Employees today need a strong personal brand to stand out from the crowd, the heart and soul to effectively engage others around organizational priorities, and a depth of business financial intelligence that is what the CEO wants them to know,” said Paul Butler of Newleaf Training & Development.

Walking TALL™ will be offered first on Friday, Sept.14, followed by Building Business Acumen™ on Oct. 12. This initial series will conclude on Nov. 9 with Zest at Work™.

All three workshops will be held in Santa Clarita and can be taken individually or as a complete series. Each workshop costs $249.

August 15, 2007

Art & Music Festival Seeks Vendors, Sponsors

The Cougar Mentor program at College of the Canyons is calling for vendors and sponsors for their first annual “Rock the Chalk” Art and Music Festival on September 13, 2007.

Similar to the Santa Clarita Valley Street Art Festival, the event will combine street chalk drawing, music, food, raffle prizes, a “vendor village” and a drum circle.

“We wanted to plan an event like this for the students, so they can express themselves creatively and have something fun to do on campus,” said Loren Vallin-Flores, a Cougar Mentor.

Some sponsors already onboard include the COC Associated Student Government, COC Bookstore, Remo Drums, Ignition Clothing, Lamppost Pizza, Active Ride Shop, and Java Dave’s Coffee.

Open to the public, all community members are encouraged to participate in the chalk drawing and drum circle activities, and those with artistic aspirations are welcome to sell their artwork at the event.

The festival is projected to draw more than 3,000 people throughout the day, including students and faculty members.

The Cougar Mentor program is a peer advisement program that provides support and guidance to new students during their first year at College of the Canyons.

Admission to the festival is free and it will be held in the college’s Honor Grove. 

August 10, 2007

Tours of New Science Facilities to be Offered

College of the Canyons is offering community members an opportunity to visit and tour College of the Canyons’ newest buildings, the Aliso Lab and Lecture Hall facilities on Wednesday, August 15. Tours will be conducted between noon and 2 pm and between 4 and 7 pm that day.

Visitors wishing to take a tour can park in the south parking lot at no charge during these hours. Simply follow the signs to Aliso Hall and Lab.

The new three-story science classroom building, Aliso Lab, includes an expansion of the biology, chemistry, biotechnology, allied health, chemistry, engineering, math and physical science departments, which are linked by a bridge to the pre-existing science building. The new lecture hall, Aliso Hall, a one-story freestanding general-use facility, houses three 100-seat, sloped-floor lecture rooms. Each lecture room has full audio-visual and laboratory demonstration capabilities.

The new buildings sit prominently on the top of a hill overlooking playing fields and the main campus green. The design creates a courtyard gathering area between the new and existing science buildings, and defines a major new pathway connecting the south campus and parking to the central campus green. The exterior materials define the different building functions and include copper panels, exterior cement plaster and perforated aluminum screens.

The new $15.4 million structures provide an additional 43,000 square feet of sophisticated, state-of-the-art, and extremely functional areas to the College of the Canyons’ already-impressive learning environment.

Aliso Hall and Aliso Lab were funded in part by Measure C funds, provided to the college by voters in 2001. A formal ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the buildings was held on July 11 and the first classes were conducted during the 2007 Summer semester. 

August 7, 2007

Award-Winning Photographer Named Keynote Speaker at Entrepreneurs Conference

Steve Uzzell, award-winning photographer and entrepreneur, will be the closing keynote speaker at the 2007 Dream & Discover Entrepreneur Conference hosted by College of the Canyons on October 2, 2007 at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.

One of the top advertising and corporate photographers in the country, Uzzell started in the photography business 35 years ago as the assistant to the editor of National Geographic and a member of their photographic staff. He now shoots for a roster of clients that includes airlines, automobile manufacturers and travel and fashion magazines. Uzzell is known for witty, down-to-earth advice and audience credibility based on his own experience as an entrepreneur.

“The day long Dream and Discover Entrepreneur Conference will provide timely information to entrepreneurs and small business owners in Los Angeles County and surrounding areas,” said Peter Bellas, Director of the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies at College of the Canyons. “It will be equally valuable to entrepreneurs who have a great idea involving technology as well as those small business owners and entrepreneurs in the retail or service sector.”

According to the US 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. 98 percent of all California businesses have fewer than five employees.

In northern Los Angeles County, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at College of the Canyons serves a 2,838 square mile service area including much of the San Fernando Valley, the entire Santa Clarita Valley, and the Antelope Valley. In its first year of opening its doors, the SBDC assisted more than 2000 people with free consulting and low-cost business training.

“Small businesses are the economic engine for business growth in our region and SBDC is committed to providing more resources to entrepreneurs and small businesses in the area.” said Paul De La Cerda, Chair of the 2007 Dream & Discover Entrepreneur Conference and Director of the SBDC. “The conference will continue to help small business owners and entrepreneurs learn how to build their business and reach their goals.”

Last year, the half-day conference provided tips to more than 200 small businesses and budding entrepreneurs about start up challenges, marketing, planning for business growth, and accessing capital.

The conference is organized by the College of the Canyon’s Economic Development Division which includes the Small Business Development Center, Center for Applied Competitive Technologies, Employee Training Institute, and the i3 Advanced Technology Incubator. Corporate sponsors for the conference include JF Design, Mellady Direct Marketing, Staples Business Advantage, SCV Bank, Mission Valley Bank, Momentum Venture Management, Pasadena Angels, Xnergy, and Sing-A-Rama.

August 6, 2007

University Center to Hold Open House

Subject: University Center Open House

Time: 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Place: University Center (Y-Building), College of the Canyons, North of South parking lot off of Rockwell Canyon Road.

Event: The University Center at College of the Canyons will open its doors to the public with an Open House event. Attendees can talk to university representatives, meet with counselors, fill out applications, learn about financial aid programs and visit the interim University Center.

Opened in January 2002, the interim University Center has given the Santa Clarita Valley access to higher education through upper division and graduate level programs.

Students have received undergraduate and graduate degrees through the University Center's partners that include, Chapman University College, University of La Verne, California State University, Northridge, California State University, Bakersfield and National University.
Parking in the south lot is free during this event. 

​​August 3, 2007

Students Participate in Getty-Sponsored Exhibit

Sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Museum’s Photographs Council, 10 College of the Canyons students were selected along with students from three other community colleges, to participate in a student photography project “Where We Live: Student Perspectives.” The photos resulting from the effort will be on exhibition at the COC Art Gallery from August 27 through September 22, with a reception open to the public scheduled from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, September 8. In addition, artist John Humble will conduct portfolio reviews of the students’ work on September 22.

Inspired by the Getty’s “Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection,” the project allowed students to be mentored by one of four contemporary photographers: Karen Halverson, Camilo José Vergara, Willliam Christenberry and Alex Harris. In an effort to reach out to the Los Angeles community, the Getty chose student photographers from College of the Canyons, Santa Monica College, East Los Angeles College and Los Angeles Valley College to participate in the project.

Karen Halverson mentored the College of the Canyons students. Her extensive portfolio includes a series of location photographs taken in China and India, at the Colorado River, and her panoramic images of the 51-mile twists and turns of L.A.’s Mulholland Drive.

“It was invaluable. If I were a student, I couldn’t even imagine having an opportunity such as this one,” said Wendy Brill-Wynkoop, chair of the photography department at COC. “So many times, you can have a passion for photography but you don’t know how to make a living out of it. This project gave students access to someone who has been successful in fine art photography,” said Brill-Wynkoop.

Art Gallery and store hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, or by appointment. The gallery is closed Friday, Sunday and all college holidays. A $1 parking permit can be obtained from the college’s South Parking Lot or in Parking Lot 6. The permit allows attendees to park in any regular space in student lots.