News Release Archive: June 2007
These are outdated news releases and advisories that are posted here for archival purposes. 
 
June 1, 2007
Scholarship Named After Retiring Instructor

For the past 31 years, Gloria McKimmey has taught computer information technology at College of the Canyons. In honor of her impending retirement, her family will establish the Gloria McKimmey Scholarship that will be awarded to a female COC student who demonstrates merit and is a single parent.

McKimmey has been on the move for most of her 81 years. Born in Brooklyn to Italian immigrants, she left New York for the sunny beaches of Florida as a teenager. Following World War II, she moved again, this time to South Bend, Ind., so that she could help support her brother's dream of attending the University of Notre Dame. While working as a secretary there, she met and married her husband Tom and the two soon headed west to start a new life in California.

A decade later, McKimmey -- like many of her students -- began her academic career at a community college. A mother of three school-age children at the time, she eventually earned her BA and her MS from Cal State Northridge.

She began her teaching career at College of the Canyons in the 1970s and was hired as a full-time instructor of Secretarial Sciences after teaching part time for two years. When she realized that shorthand and typing would soon be obsolete, McKimmey taught herself to use a personal computer in the 1980s, spearheading curriculum changes as the department of Secretarial Sciences gave way to Computer Information Technology.

McKimmey's determination to master new programs and technology over the last twenty years has inspired countless students to embrace the computer age. Several years ago she earned a Microsoft Office Specialist Master Certificate by passing Word Expert, Excel Expert, Access and PowerPoint tests. She thought that if she was asking her students to take the tests, she should set the example by taking them also.
McKimmey said she looks forward to spending her retirement with Tom, her husband of 52 years, their three daughters,and her four beloved grandchildren.

For more information about the Gloria McKimmey Scholarship fund and how to donate, contact the COC foundation at (661) 362-3435.
 

 
June 1, 2007
New Name for Performing Arts Center

The College of the Canyons Board of Trustees voted Wednesday night to add "Santa Clarita" to the name of the college's Performing Arts Center.
Citing a desire to establish the Performing Arts Center as a destination venue, the board took the unanimous action, during a special joint meeting of the board with the Santa Clarita City Council, which had requested the modification, given the center's key role in support of the arts in Santa Clarita.

"The Performing Arts Center has grown into a regional entertainment venue, and adding Santa Clarita to the name will enhance the visibility of the center, our college, and our community," said Board of Trustees President Michele Jenkins.

Since its opening in 2004, the Performing Arts Center has emerged as a focal point for both city and college arts and entertainment and a location for hosting special events.

A performing arts center was an integral part of the college district's original plans and remained so for more than 30 years despite a lack of state support to fund the project. After 11 years of consistent advocacy and strategy development, funding for the facility was finally secured from the State of California in 1999.

Current city council members who were on the council at that time, Laurene Weste, Frank Ferry and Bob Kellar, were supportive of the vision to add additional seating capacity so that the center could become a community resource as well. They supported a partnership between the college and the City of Santa Clarita which provided an additional $2.4 million that allowed for an expansion of seating over the initial plans funded by the state.
The result is an $18.3-million facility that boasts a spectacular proscenium theater with a state-of-the-art sound system and more than 900 seats, as well as an experimental "black box" theater.

"We're absolutely thrilled with what the college has done," said Councilman Bob Kellar. "This center is a gem in our community, and adding 'Santa Clarita' to the name of the Performing Arts Center will enhance the city's already outstanding reputation as a supporter of the arts."
 

 
June 1, 2007
Commencement Ceremony on Friday Night

WHAT: 
Commencement Ceremony at College of the Canyons

WHERE: 
Central-campus Honor Grove
College of the Canyons
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Santa Clarita

WHEN:
6 p.m. Friday, June 1, 2007
 
Statistics about the 2007 College of the Canyons Graduating Class:

Graduating Class: 1147
Majors Represented: 54
Female Graduates: 680
Male Graduates: 467
Ethnic Minorities: 440
Average Age: 25
Youngest Graduate:16
Eldest Graduate(s): 59 (2 graduates)
Students with 4.0 GPAs: 25
Honors Graduates: 203 (3.5 GPA and above)
International Students: 20
(Our 20 International graduates represent a wide variety of countries including Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Romania, Taiwan, Bulgaria, India and Ukraine.)
PACE: 125
DSP&S graduates: 58
EOPS graduates: 72
Class GPA: 2.99
Leading Majors:
Transfer Studies: 513 graduates
Accounting: 92 graduates
Nursing: 82 graduates
Social Science: 78 graduates
Biological & Physical Science: 46 graduates
General Education: 45 graduates
English: 34 graduates
Administration of Justice: 32 graduates
Early Childhood Education: 29 graduates
Fire Technology: 26 graduates
History: 21 graduates
Math: 19 graduates

Story ideas:
Our youngest graduate (age 16) is Nick Gerda, son of COC mathematics instructor, Joe Gerda.

We have a soldier who just returned from Iraq in the graduating class. His name is Mark William House.

Academy of the Canyons student, Katherine Nordstrom is receiving her Associate's degree a week before she receives her high school diploma.

If you wish to contact these students, please contact the COC Public Information Office and we'll make our best efforts to put you in touch with them: (661) 362-5604.