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July 24, 2007

College Receives $10,000 Gift for Student Scholarships

The Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Charitable Foundation has awarded the Fine and Performing Arts Division at College of the Canyons $10,000 per year which will be distributed to as many as ten students as scholarship awards in the amount of $1,000 each. The first scholarships will be awarded in fall 2007 to students studying Theatre, Dance, Music and Fine Arts at the college.

“I am tremendously grateful to the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation for their generosity and support of College of the Canyons’ Fine and Performing Arts students,” said Floyd Moos, Dean of Fine and Performing Arts at the college. “By their gift of funds, the Foundation recognizes that the vitality and growth of local arts and cultural institutions are essential to healthy development of the community and its quality of life.”

Students can apply for the following scholarships:

• The Jack Oakie Memorial Award for Excellence in Comedy Script or Screenwriting.
• The Jack Oakie Memorial Award for Excellence in Directing a Film, Stage or Television Comedy.
• The Jack Oakie “It’s All In Fun” Award for Excellence in: Comedic Excellence in Theatre or Stage Acting, Comedic Improvisation, etc.
• The Jack Oakie “Double Take” for Excellence in Film, Stage or Television Acting.
• The Victoria Horne Oakie “Myrtle Mae” Award for Performing Excellence in Stage or Cinema. (Myrtle Mae was Mrs. Oakie’s character in the 1950 movie “Harvey”).

As part of the application process, applicants are required to watch a Jack Oakie film and write a brief synopsis of the film and what they might have done differently had they been the screenwriter, director, specific actor, etc. Students applying for the “Myrtle Mae” award are also encouraged to watch one of Victoria Horne Oakie’s films.

Trustees for the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation are Dr. Barry Pascal, Charles A. Collier, Jr., and David L. Sonne, whose charge is to execute the wishes of Jack Oakie and his wife, Victoria Horne Oakie, to gift funds to students who are studying for careers in film, theatre and television and to preserve Jack Oakie’s name and work.

Jack Oakie came to Hollywood in 1927. His career by that time already included vaudeville, Broadway musicals and appearances in New York films. In Hollywood, he made 87 pictures, most of them comedies or musical comedies, over which period he perfected his trademark comic triple-take. His career included such films as “Once in a Lifetime,” “Million Dollar Legs” and “It Happened Tomorrow.” Oakie received an Academy Award nomination in the supporting role category for his satirical portrait of a Mussolini-like head of state in 1940’s “The Great Dictator.” Oakie died in 1978, and his wife Victoria Horne died in 2003.

For more information about the scholarships, please contact the COC Foundation at 661-362-3434.

July 20, 2007

Medical Lab Tech Training Receives Federal Funding

College of the Canyons is one step closer to launching a Medical Lab Technician (MLT) training program, thanks to a $100,000 federal appropriation proposed by Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon.

The MLT program will address a critical workforce shortage in this needed medical services specialty. The $100,000 will be used to purchase the initial equipment necessary to begin the program. The degree program will prepare a minimum of 100 technicians per year for medical testing laboratories and health care facilities.

College of the Canyons Superintendent-President Dr. Van Hook expressed her enthusiasm and appreciation of Congressman McKeon’s support for this funding as it will enable the college to continue to meet the training needs of the community. “College of the Canyons has been working with local businesses and hospitals for the last 18 months to develop a partnership and create a medical lab technician program to train workers for this critical field where the shortage of highly skilled trained workers is greater than the shortage of nurses we are experiencing state and nationwide,” Van Hook said. “Dean of Allied Health Sue Albert, and Dena Maloney, in her role as Dean of Economic Development, have spearheaded this initiative in order to ensure that the trained professionals are available for critical positions right here in the Santa Clarita Valley.”

The program will be a demonstration project, building off of the success of the College’s nursing program which works in collaboration with such hospitals as the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Providence Holy Cross Hospital, and Valley Presbyterian Hospital.

This program will be one of only two in the state housed in a community college. “College of the Canyons is uniquely situated to respond to this need to create a cutting-edge training program because of the composition and collaboration of businesses in the area, the college’s history of supporting businesses to gain access to the training they need to grow their businesses, and the availability of local funds to renovate space originally built in the early 1970s to create a state of the art training center,” Van Hook said.

The demonstration project addresses a critical health care shortage for Medical Lab Technicians and creates a model program that can be replicated nationally by making curriculum available to other colleges. Medical Lab Technicians are in great demand in California. California will need an additional 7,000 medical lab technicians by 2012 (California Labor Market Information, 2005).

“Nationally, there is a critical shortage of medical lab technicians,” McKeon said, explaining why he supported the college's request for funding. “And this is a problem that will only grow exponentially over time, so such a program is quite necessary, especially in California where we see even greater shortages.”

The $100,000 request was included in the Labor-Health & Human Services-Education Appropriations bill that passed the House Thursday. The bill now moves to the U.S. Senate for a vote and later to conference between both Houses. In order for the bill to become law, it must then be signed by the President.

July 18, 2007

Foundation Plans Annual Golf Tournament

The Foundation is accepting reservations for its 17th Annual Golf Tournament set for Monday, Sept. 10 at Valencia Country Club. This year the foundation is proud to welcome Calex Engineering Co. as its new Title Sponsor for the 2007 Golf Tournament.

Proceeds from the tournament support scholarships and academic programs, and they help students at College of the Canyons (COC) as they pursue their educational goals. COC is the fastest-growing community college in the nation and has the highest percentage of students transferring to four-year universities from all community colleges in Los Angeles County. In the last 10 years the number of students has grown from more than 7,000 to more than 19,000.

Last year’s tournament was a great success, with more than 80 players representing the commitment of corporate leaders such as HR Textron, KBZ, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Community Bank, Pardee Homes, Advantage Disposal, H&S Electric and many others.

Sponsors will have the opportunity to help a student with their tuition for a semester or a year through the fund-a-need appeal to take place at the reception immediately following the tournament. The cost of books and supplies that comes with high-quality education is nearly twice as much as tuition. This can be very cost prohibitive and one of the greatest barriers facing students. In addition, sponsored teams will have the opportunity to play golf with a past or present member of College of the Canyons’ championship golf team

For more information, please contact the College of the Canyons Foundation at (661) 362-3737.

July 10, 2007

Ribbon Cutting for Aliso Laboratory and Lecture Hall

Subject: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Time: 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Place: College of the Canyons, outdoors, north of James D. Boykin Laboratory. (Enter campus on University Center Drive, at traffic light, from Rockwell Canyon Road. Park in Lot C and follow signs to event).

Event: A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 32,000-square-foot, $18.7 million Aliso Laboratory and Lecture Hall, followed by classroom and laboratory demonstrations by faculty members.

Funded through money from the state and local Measure C funds, the building will house the biology; physics/astronomy; allied health; chemistry; engineering and the Math, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) program.

Speaking at the event will be Mrs. Michele Jenkins, president of the college’s Board of Trustees; Ms. Sally Didrickson, division dean, mathematics and sciences; and Dr. Dianne Van Hook, superintendent-president.