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September 29, 2008

College to Host Fundraising Seminar

College of the Canyons will host a free fundraising seminar “Meet the Grant Makers” on Oct. 28 with presentations by fundraising experts Sara Montrose from the Weingart Foundation and Jolene Chavira from the California Community Foundation at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center. 

The seminar offers attendees the rare opportunity to speak with fundraising experts who will reveal an inside glimpse of successful grant ideas and proposals that could help local non-profit agencies and educational institutions, including K-12, community colleges, and four-year universities in the Los Angeles area.

“Meet the Grant Makers provides an opportunity for local non-profits to learn about private grant relationships from the best source, the foundation representatives themselves,” said Elana Edelstein, a grant writer at the college. “Attendees will gain valuable information on the types of projects that funders find most compelling and learn the best ways to build a relationship with a prospective funder.” 

A pre-seminar reception will be held at 10 a.m. The seminar will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, followed by a question and answer session with the presenters.

September 26, 2008

New Theatre Chair Brings Passion for Drama and Teaching 

Hoping to broaden both the selection of courses and range of students featured within the college’s already strong theatre program, College of the Canyons officials have named actor, director and career educator Paul Wickline chair of the college’s theatre department.

In addition to serving as chair of the department, Wickline — who holds a B.A. in education in theatre and English from Western Washington University and an M.A. in Education with an emphasis in theatre from Central Washington University — will also produce the college’s student theatre season.

“I am thrilled to be working with the college’s theatre department and Performing Arts Center staff,” said Wickline. “They have a true passion for theatre and demonstrate daily their commitment and dedication by continually offering students individualized instruction from an outstanding group of faculty.”

Before coming to College of the Canyons Wickline was a program coordinator and adjunct instructor for the extended education and summer school programs at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. 

Prior to that Wickline was director of theatre arts and a theatre instructor and director at Walla Walla Community College in southeastern Washington — where he directed the annual Outdoor Summer Musical at Fort Walla Walla and founded the Walla Walla Summer Acting Camp for high school students. Wickline has also been an adjunct faculty member and lecturer at Central Washington University, Walla Walla University and The Evergreen State College.

In 2003, the Walla Walla Public School District honored Wickline as one of three outstanding district educators with a Staff Achievement Grant. Following that success, in 2005 Wickline was awarded a Meritorious Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his work as the language and text coach for the Walla Walla University production of “Othello.”

“The theatre has been my passion since the seventh grade,” Wickline said. “I had a very influential teacher while I was in middle school, who nurtured my talents and encouraged me. I only hope I can provide that same source of inspiration to my students.”

Wickline’s theatrical training includes study of classical acting with Wesley Vann Tassel, director and author of “Clues to Acting Shakespeare,” as well workshops on the Meisner technique with Larry Silverberg, and Spolin-based improvisations with Paul Sills at the Wisconsin Theater Game Center.

Though passionate about teaching, Wickline has produced and directed more than fifty stage productions in the last fifteen years including: “Cinderella,” The “Foreigner,” “South Pacific,” “Pippin,” “Godspell,” “The Fantasticks,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “Little Shop of Horrors.” In addition Wickline has remained an active performer in professional summer and regional theatre productions.

“Paul is a great addition to the college’s theatre faculty,” said Dr. Floyd Moos, the college’s dean of fine and performing arts. “With his training and professional background he brings a great deal of artistic vision, academic leadership, and management of the artistic process to our department.”

Having already arrived on campus Wickline is enthusiastic about the opportunity to build upon the college’s theatre program, and hopes to see the department grow to become a stopping place for all students, not just those looking to pursue careers in the entertainment industry.

“Theatre courses at the college aren’t just for budding actors,” said Wickline. “Students who take part in theatre classes develop confidence and self-esteem, the ability to think creatively and divergently and to speak clearly. They develop a strong work ethic both individually and collaboratively, and they become better students and better human beings.”

Adding that student recruitment to the department will be high on his list of priorities Wickline commented that he would like to increase the number of theatre courses offered at the college — specifically in the college’s technical theatre program — while also increasing the number of productions and performance projects available to students each semester.

"We have some fabulous students involved in our program, and I hope to go out and find a few more,” Wickline said. “I’d also like to develop a touring theatre project and a sequence of directing courses for students to take. But to do all of this we need even more quality students, who want a quality education they wont be able to get at another two-year program.”

The College of the Canyons theatre department offers courses in both theory and practice. Faculty members are committed to teaching an immediately useful set of theatre skills including acting, script-writing, design, technical production and directing while providing a wide spectrum of production experiences in which to practice them — and placing the art of theatre in its larger historical context.

September 26, 2008

College Students to Present ‘South Pacific’

This October, students from the College of the Canyons theatre, music and dance departments will combine their talents to present the tropical themed musical “South Pacific” on the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at COC main stage.

Considered by many to be one of the greatest musicals ever written, “South Pacific” is set on a tropical island during World War II and tells the sweeping romantic story of two couples — U.S. Navy nurse Nellie Forbush and French plantation owner Emile de Becque and U.S. Marine Joe Cable and young local native girl Liat — and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of the war and by their own prejudices. 

Songs featured in the production include musical theater classics “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Younger than Springtime,” “Bali Ha’i,” “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame,” and “A Wonderful Guy.”

Students involved in the production will perform under the direction of COC adjunct theatre director Andrea Slominski.

“This production features a talented and experienced cast of student and community performers, a creative and dedicated team of directors and designers, a glorious score to sing and a Pulitzer Prize winning script to enact,” said Paul Wickline, COC theatre department chair, who is also producing the show. “‘South Pacific’ will be a terrific start to our theatre season.”

The COC production of “South Pacific” will run for two weekends on the PAC main stage, opening Friday October 17, at 8 p.m. Additional performances will run:

 Saturday October 18, at 8 p.m.
 Sunday October 19, at 2 p.m.
 Friday October 24, at 8 p.m.
 Saturday October 25, at 8 p.m.
 Sunday October 26, at 2 p.m.

September 26, 2008

Broadway Star Teaches, Performs at College

The Arts Center at College of the Canyons (PAC) and the College of the Canyons music department invite community members of all ages to experience the talent of Broadway singer and actress Susan Egan as never before, in a unique master class setting.

This featured master class will provide eight lucky music and theatre department students the opportunity to work and interact with Egan as she discusses the art of the audition, before leading students through the rehearsal of a variety of musical theatre selections. 

The Susan Egan master class will take place Thursday October 2, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the college’s choir room (Pico Canyon Hall, room 219). Family and friends of the student performers and community members are all welcome to attend this event to observe and listen in on Egan’s instruction.

“Our music and theatre students are really looking forward to working with one of their favorite singers and performers. They’ve all been busy preparing their music selections to share with Ms. Egan,” said Julie Lawson, College of the Canyons music instructor. “This master class is a wonderful opportunity for both students and community members to come face to face with a professional who can provide valuable insight into the world of musical theatre.”

Egan — whose talents will also be featured in the PAC’s ‘Cabaret on Stage’ series performance “An Evening with Susan Egan” on October 9 — has excelled in all four areas of the entertainment industry, having made powerful impressions in theatre, film, television and music.

Most recently she was seen in the title role of Broadway’s “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Prior to being cast in that production she won critical acclaim as Broadway’s (longest running) ‘Sally Bowles’ in “Cabaret.” In addition Egan received Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations in the Best Actress category, for her performance as the original ‘Belle,’ in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

Egan’s film credits include  “13 Going on 30” and the Disney Channel’s “Gotta Kick It Up,” as well as countless independent films. In addition Egan has more than 40 recording credits, ranging from Broadway cast albums to film soundtracks, and her five critically praised solo albums. In 2005 Egan won a Vocalist of the Year award from for her solo album “Coffee House.”

“I'm thrilled to not only be opening the Cabaret on Stage series at the PAC, but especially to work with the talented students at College of the Canyons,” said Egan. “I got a sneak peek at what they can do last spring — and wow! Their enthusiasm absolutely fuels and inspires me.”

September 23, 2008

Annual Golf Tournament Raises $90,000 in Support of Students

With a goal to provide more opportunities for students of all ages to attend college and pursue their educational goals, the College of the Canyons Foundation held its 18th annual golf tournament earlier this month — raising more than $90,000 to help fund student programs and provide student scholarships and textbook assistance.

“Education can change lives by creating new opportunities,” said Barry Gribbons, COC assistant-superintendent, vice president of institutional development, technology and online services, who also chaired the event, “and this tournament just opened some more doors for people who need these new opportunities.”

Proudly sponsored by C.A. Rasmussen, Inc. and presented by Calex Engineering Company, the tournament was held on September 8, at the Valencia Country Club, and featured 120 golfers teeing off in support of education.

“We are lucky to have such a great community college in our midst. Over the years many of us have benefited from classes offered at COC,” said Charlie Rasmussen, President, C.A. Rasmussen. “It has been amazing to watch the incredible growth that has taken place at the college, enabling more students to enroll in a wide variety of classes and programs.”  

On average, COC students pay roughly $2,100 per school year for academic fees, textbooks and supplies — making the cost of attending school one of the greatest barriers students will face on their educational journey. 

In response the COC Foundation has continually worked to generate funds — through annual giving, special events and endowment programs — in order to provide more opportunities for an affordable and accessible college education for all those with the desire to succeed.  

Each year the Foundation grants more than $500,000 back to the College in various forms of support. These funds enable the college to strive for the highest levels of excellence in teaching, scholarship, vocational training and innovation. 

“We were delighted with this year’s tournament, it was a great day of golf,” Gribbons said. “But more importantly the generosity of our sponsors and participants was incredible. These funds will enable us to build our student assistance programs and help even more students in need.”

Sponsors of this year’s tournament included: Calex Engineering Company, KBZ Architects, Lundgren Management, Advantage Disposal, Associated Ready Mix Concrete Inc., H & S Electric Inc., Keenan & Associates, Klassen Corporation, Morton Manufacturing, NE Systems and Dell Computers, Pardee Homes, Santa Clarita Concrete, Staples, Stay Green Inc., Vulcan Materials Co., Bellasport, Adams, Swartz & Landau, LLP, Lenovo, Southern California Gas Co., MPC/Gateway, Dr. Barry Gribbons, Carl Ebaugh, Six Flags, Coastline Equipment, CommScope Enterprise Solutions, Enterasys, Valley Power Systems Inc., Valencia Acura, Mercedes-Benz of Valencia, Wilshire Entertainment, RSVP Catering and Black Box.

September 19, 2008

College to host ‘Kids on Sustainability’ Environmental Science Fair

Next month the College of the Canyons Sustainable Development Committee (SDC) will host an Environmental Science Fair featuring projects presented by elementary, junior high and high school aged students from across the Santa Clarita Valley.

Sponsored by the SDC and Whole Foods Market, Valencia, the 2008 Environmental Science Fair will take place Saturday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the college’s Valencia campus student center. The event will also include a variety of vender booths featuring “green” and earth friendly products.

“Environmental awareness has to start early. We can’t afford to wait until students come to college to begin talking about environmental issues,” said Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine, College of the Canyons instructor and SDC co-chair. “By raising awareness in K-12 students we have a better chance of effecting positive changes for a more balanced and environmentally sustainable future for all.”

Operating under the theme “Kids on Sustainability and Solutions,” event organizers are encouraging the submission of both individual and group projects from elementary and junior high students based on one of the following categories: 

●  Transportation
●  Green Building and Design
●  Plastics and Recycling
●  Daily Toxins (in food, air, cleaning products etc.)
●  Food, Composting and Sustainable Gardening
●  ​Clothing and Jewelry

Projects submitted by high school students should be based on “sustainable solutions for our future” and focus on what students think is the most challenging environmental issue(s) facing their generation. Projects should also explore potential solutions and alternatives to their issues of concern.

All winning College of the Canyons Environmental Science Fair projects will receive a prize ribbon and gift certificate award. 

Five local schools are already scheduled to participate and event organizers are encouraging other schools to host their own environmental science fairs in the weeks leading up to this event in order to assist in the selection of student projects.

“This is truly a community event in which we get to see the creative side of our younger generation,” said Cheng-Levine. “Although not all schools will be able to participate in this year’s fair we encourage everyone to come view what our kids have to offer and explore the ways in which they see our environmental future.”

In order to have projects displayed at the event, each student involved with the project must submit a registration/release form to the college’s Sustainable Development Committee by Friday, October 10. Though students submitting projects as a group must each submit a registration/release form, all group members are not required to attend the actual event.

Projects must adhere to a maximum size of 36x48 inches. No flammable materials may be used on the day of the presentation. A very limited number of electrical outlets are available for project demonstrations that require electricity, however stations with outlets will be assigned based on the order that registration/release forms were received.

September 18, 2008

College to Become ‘Smoke Free’ in 2009

The Board of Trustees voted in August to make both the Valencia and Canyon Country campuses “smoke free” beginning with the Spring 2009 semester. Under the new policy, smoking will only be allowed in the parking lots of both campuses — at least 50 feet from any building — and in one designated area near Cougar Stadium on the Valencia campus.  

The Board’s decision modified an existing smoking policy developed in 1999 that defined designated smoking areas on the Valencia campus. The changes to the physical locations of the designated areas caused by construction projects and the development of a totally new campus in Canyon Country prompted a complete review of the policy.

The review process involved a student survey conducted by the Associated Student Government (ASG) in which 69 percent of the respondents favored making the Canyon Country campus smoke free, and 67 percent were in favor of making the Valencia Campus smoke free. The survey also revealed that students were unhappy with the way the existing policy was enforced with 63 percent of respondents calling for better enforcement of the policy. Based on the survey results, the ASG endorsed modifications to the policy.  

“This new policy is straightforward and clear,” said Dr. Michael Wilding, Vice President of Student Services at the college, “and adopts the same kind of policy that dozens of other campuses across the state have in place. It should be simpler for campus visitors and students to determine where they can and can not smoke,” stressed Wilding. “By removing the ambiguity of the previous policy, by reasonably accommodating the strong feelings of both smoking and non-smoking advocates and by adding clear signage on both campuses, smoking controversies should become a thing of the past,” said Wilding.

The new policy and implementing procedures were reviewed and endorsed by the Academic Senate and the College Policy Council.

Understanding that smoking is a sensitive issue to many, the college’s administration has decided to engage in an education effort to advise students of the new changes and not implement them until the start of the Spring 2009 semester that begins on February 9, 2009.

Students interested in quitting smoking can find assistance at the Student Health Center located in STCN – 122.

Board Policy 3900 Smoking/Tobacco Usage In and On Campus Facilities

In the interest of promoting health and well being of District students, staff and visitors and maintaining the safety of District facilities, it shall be the policy of the District to limit /or prohibit smoking/tobacco usage in and on campus facilities. 

Administrative Procedure 3900 Smoking/Tobacco Usage In and On Campus Facilities

A. Student, employee, and visitor health is a primary concern of the Santa Clarita Community College District. Because of the clear evidence of the harmful nature of smoke inhalation and air contamination, the District, in accordance with State law, bans smoking/tobacco usage within all campus buildings and in any outdoor area except in designated smoking areas. This policy includes all college-leased and college-occupied buildings. In addition, smoking/tobacco usage shall be prohibited at events held on campus initiated by internal District users or external agencies as defined by the Civic Center Act. Further, smoking/tobacco usage is banned in the swimming pool area, in the Cougar Stadium, and in all College vehicles.

B. Smoking shall be allowed in a designated area near Cougar Stadium. In addition, smoking is allowed in perimeter parking lots away from the central campus.

C. Smoking is not permitted in the parking area directly adjacent to Boykin Hall and the lot adjacent to the Early Childhood Education Center 

D. Following recommendations from the Health and Welfare Committee, other smoking areas may be designated by the Chief Executive Officer of the District.

E. All other tobacco usage in and on District facilities is expressly prohibited. 

F. Violators shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. 

G. Questions regarding this policy shall be directed to the Chief Executive Officer of the District or his/her designee. Any review and decision by the Chief Executive Officer of the District or his/her designee shall be deemed to be final.

September 18, 2008

College Launches K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program

In keeping with the college’s mission to provide relevant academic education and lifelong learning programs for community members of all ages and educational levels, the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons (PAC) is launching a new K-12 arts education outreach program.

The program will seek to use the college’s vast cultural and community resources to expose students to the visual and performing arts — while also collaborating with teachers and administrators in school districts throughout the area to develop an enhanced arts education curriculum and a variety of unique educational opportunities for all students. 

“This is a chance for College of the Canyons to begin communicating a different vision in terms of the college’s participation in arts education throughout our community,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director. “It’s important for the arts to be introduced to younger audiences so they can realize the powerful affect art can have on their lives, and that’s something we are committed to here at the college.”

To kick-start the new program the college has partnered with the Saugus Union School District (SUSD) to host a group of more than 600 elementary school aged students who will visit the PAC October 3, for a special performance and presentation by the comedic acrobatic duo, The Tweaksters.

As an added feature of the day’s events, students will also visit the campus art gallery to view “The Sculpture of Brad Howe” exhibit featuring a selection of Howe’s internationally known colorful steel sculptures, some designed specifically for this exhibition.

“This event is just a peek behind the curtain in terms of what we hope to achieve with this program,” said COC Foundation board member and longtime friend of the college Rita Garasi, who is assisting with the program’s implementation. 

“Utilizing the resources of the college to host these events and expose both students and teachers to the world-class artists who visit the PAC is a natural outreach that represents yet another aspect of the college’s role in serving the community,” added Garasi. “The PAC is not just a theater, it’s a cultural arts center where students will be able to see all that COC has to offer in terms of music, theatre and dance. The college is like a treasure box in that regard.”

Among the many goals of the new program will be the promotion of arts education teaching and learning strategies, which could potentially be passed on from artist to teachers in a variety of different settings — including workshops, artist classroom visits, special presentations, mentor programs and various teaching/learning community partnerships — to help better communicate the arts to their students.

“Exposing students to the arts is one of the Saugus Union School Districts critical areas of focus,” said Michelle Morse, SUSD Director of Childcare and Preschool Programs. “This partnership provides a tremendous opportunity for professionals within the arts community to become involved with our teachers and students in a variety of ways. 

“Partnerships and teamwork make for a stronger community,” commented Morse, “so we’re thankful to College of the Canyons for the opportunity our students will have to experience the world of performing arts.”

Noting that the function of the program will be to augment, not replace, the various arts education programs already helping to meet the needs of students and schools affected by limited resources and state budget constraints, Philipson is confident the program will be a success.

“There are many statistics showing what happens to students when they are versed in the arts and educated in the visual and performing arts standards,” said Philipson. “The interest from the community needed to step up and encourage the arts and make this program a success is out there, and the college is in a position to help bring it all together.”

Prior to coming to COC Philipson served as an arts administrator in various positions at Santa Monica College. While at SMC, Philipson was involved in number of community-outreach and arts education programs, including collaborations with the Los Angeles Opera Company and The Museum of Tolerance, to offer an after-school Opera Camp. In addition, Philipson played a role in the development of various K-12 arts education programs and performances in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

With Philipson and Garasi leading the charge, and with the college’s full support, Santa Clarita can look forward to introducing their students to a world of high caliber live performances.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons K-12 Arts Education Outreach Program or to get involved please contact Adam Philipson at (661) 362-5303.

September 12, 2008

Art Gallery Presents Brad Howe Exhibit

The Art Gallery will exhibit the work of Brad Howe, an internationally known sculptor, from Sept. 25 to Oct. 23, 2008. 

“Brad Howe is a tremendously talented artist creating monumental sculpture, mobiles, floor pieces and wall-mounted artwork fabricated from stainless steel, steel, aluminum and painted with highly colorful enamels,” said Larry Hurst, director of the college’s art gallery. “I have seldom met an artist with his enthusiasm and willingness to extend himself. He will be showing existing work as well as kinetic sculpture specially created for this exhibition.”

Howe studied international relations at Stanford University and attended graduate school at the University of Sao Paolo, Brazil before dedicating himself exclusively to his artwork. His work has been exhibited in more than 16 countries and has been included in collections in 32 countries. In addition to creating pieces for the City of Los Angeles and MIT, Howe created a 80-foot mobile for the Georgia International Convention Center and a 18-foot stainless steel sculpture for a corporate client in Bilberach, Germany. Howe recently completed a commission for LARC Ranch in Saugus. 
A reception for the exhibit will be held on Sept. 25 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the College of the Canyons Art Gallery. Howe will speak at the gallery on Oct. 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

The exhibition and all events related to it are free and open to the public. 

The COC Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday (from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings) and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Visitors unable to attend during these hours are welcome to call the gallery at (661) 362-3612 to make an appointment.

September 12, 2008

Foundation Hosts Alumni and Friends Barbecue and Awards Ceremony

The College of the Canyons Alumni & Friends is having a Homecoming Barbecue on Sept. 20, 2008 to honor the year’s Outstanding COC Alumnus, Kevin Holmes, former chair of the Foundation Board of Directors and the Outstanding Friend, Lundgren Management, a construction management company, for its many contributions to the college, specifically for its vital role in the opening of the Canyon Country Campus. Lundgren Management is also overseeing the construction of the college’s 110,000 square foot University Center. 
“This event is a special time set aside each year to thank some very important people,” said Michele Edmonson, assistant director of development of the college’s foundation. “Kevin Holmes and Lundgren Management were selected because of their positive influence on the college and its students. They are very deserving of this award.” 
The barbecue will be held in the Cougar Den at Cougar Stadium at 4:30 p.m., and will be followed by the college’s homecoming football game against Los Angeles Valley College at 7 p.m.
The barbecue — provided by the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge — will also include dessert and beverages. A no-host bar will help raise funds for college scholarships. 
Alumni and Friends member adult tickets are $15 and $10 for children and for non-members, adult tickets are $20 and $12 for children. Tickets will also allow entrance to the game. 
All proceeds will support student and alumni programs. 
To RSVP, call (661) 362-3737 by Sept. 16. 

September 11, 2008

College’s Early Childhood Education Center Receives NAEYC Accreditation

The Center for Early Childhood Education has obtained program reaccreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) — verifying that the program is in full compliance with nationally recognized criteria for high-quality early childhood programs. 

An integral part of the department of Early Childhood Education (ECE), the center, which includes both a laboratory style toddler and pre-school programs, is one of the first centers in the nation to earn reaccreditation status under the NAEYC’s reinvented accreditation system which was instituted in late 2006.

As a result, the NAEYC accreditation validates the college’s ECE center as an outstanding setting for teacher/caregiver training to be modeled by other programs, while also ensuring parents that their children are enrolled in an ECE program of the highest quality.

“We’re proud to again have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Diane Stewart, dean of ECE and training programs. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.” 

To achieve NAEYC Accreditation under the new system, the college’s ECE center volunteered to be measured against the most robust and rigorous national standards on education, health and safety. 

Consisting of an extensive self-study process, which measures the program and its services against the ten new NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards — relationships; curriculum; teaching; assessment of child progress; health; teachers; families; community relationships; physical environment; leadership and management — and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria, the program received accreditation status after an on-site visit by an NAEYC assessor in May.

“Through the self-study process, we were able to step back and examine all aspects of the program which allowed us to see where we implement best practices and where we can improve,” said Wendy Ruiz, ECE Center toddler director.

Results of the accreditation site visit showed that the college’s ECE center program standards exceeded the criteria threshold mandated for NAEYC accreditation in all 10 areas — with nine of the 10 assessed categories receiving a score of better than 90 percent, and six categories scoring in the 100 percentile. Programs are accredited by NAEYC for a five-year period.

“We are very proud of our high scores. Every staff member works hard to meet the mark of program excellence,” said Monica Marshall, ECE Center preschool director. “Evaluation and reflection help set a framework for a plan of action to be put into place for continuous improvements and professional development opportunities.”

The NAEYC Accreditation system was created in 1985 to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs.   

In the 20 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 11,000 programs, serving one million young children, are currently accredited by NAEYC — approximately eight percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs.

The NAEYC’s revised program standards and criteria have introduced a new level of quality, accountability, and service for parents and children in child care programs — reflecting the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development.  

The College of the Canyons Center for Early Childhood Education is committed to providing quality care and education for infants, toddlers and preschool children, while modeling an exemplary developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive learning/lab environment.

Located on the COC campus, the Center for ECE program includes a laboratory style Toddler and Preschool, which features a developmentally appropriate environment, including a variety of educational and creative material designed to stimulate both learning and social interaction. The primary focus of the program is to promote feelings of competence and self worth, which will serve as a strong foundation in the child’s future growth and education.

September 10, 2008

College and Hart District Host Santa Clarita Valley College Day

More than 60 colleges and universities will be in attendance at College of the Canyons on Saturday, October 11, for Santa Clarita Valley College Day 2008. 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. at College of the Canyons’ Valencia Campus. 

Sponsored by College of the Canyons and the William S. Hart Union School District, the day will feature a mall-like area where students can stop and speak with representatives of the schools. Workshops and presentations are also scheduled that will provide in-depth discussions of admissions procedures, financial aid processes, insights into the UC, CSU, and community college systems and much more.
“This is a one-of-a-kind, local opportunity for students and their families to talk with representatives of colleges and universities across the nation in a one-stop-shopping environment,” said Jasmine Ruys, director of admissions at College of the Canyons.  “It also provides very specific information about the UC and CSU admissions process from people who are directly involved in those offices that will answer many questions that students and their parents may have,” stressed Ruys.

This is the fifth year that College Day has been held on the COC campus and event attendance has continued to grow.  
“We are very pleased to partner with the Hart District on this event,” said Sue Bozman, Vice President of Communications, Marketing and External Relations for the college district, “because it gives community members an unprecedented opportunity to talk to college representatives and to shop and compare a wide variety of universities and their programs. We also know that, historically, nearly 60 percent of Hart District students will choose College of the Canyons to begin their higher education journey,” stressed Bozman, “and this event also gives parents and students a chance to explore our Valencia campus and talk with instructors and counselors.”
Participation in workshops and interaction with college and university representatives will help students be prepared when applying to the four-year institutions. College Day is also an opportunity for parents and students to get acquainted with the COC campus. For parents and students interested in finding out more about what College of the Canyons has to offer, several departments will have representatives on hand to share information about their various majors.

Admission to the event is free, as is parking in designated COC student lots. Additional information is available by calling the Office of Outreach and School Relations at (661) 362-5891. 

Partial list of event participants:

​​​Azusa Pacific University
Brooks Institute of Photography
California College of the Arts
California Lutheran University
California State Polytechnic University,
San Luis Obispo
California State University, Bakersfield
(University Extended Services)
California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, East Bay
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Monterey Bay
California State University, Northridge
Chapman University
Charles R. Drew University
Columbia College Hollywood
Design Institute of San Diego​
DeVry University
​ESL Language Centers
Fashion Intitute of Design & Merchandising
Harvey Mudd College
Hawaii Pacific University
Hope International University
Humboldt State University
John Paul the Great Catholic University
Marietta College
Mount St. Mary’s College
Musicians Institute
National University
Northern Michigan University
Northwestern University
Otis College of Art & Design
Pennsylvania State University
Scripps College
Sonoma State University
Stanford University
​The Master’s College
Trinity Int’l University - Trinity Law School
U.S. Coast Gaurd Academy
U.S. Military Academy
U.S. Naval Academy
University of Arizona
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Merced
University of California, Riverside
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September 10, 2008

Foundation Hosts Alumni and Friends Barbecue and Awards Ceremony

Subject: Homecoming Alumni & Friends Barbecue and Awards Ceremony 

Time: 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008

Place: College of the Canyons, Cougar Den at Cougar Stadium 

Event: An event honoring the 2008 Outstanding COC Alumni, Kevin Holmes, former chair of the Foundation Board of Directors and the year’s Outstanding Friend, Lundgren Management, for its many contributions to the college, specifically for its vital role in the opening of the Canyon Country campus. The barbecue will be followed by the college’s homecoming football game against Los Angeles Valley College at 7 p.m. 
The barbecue, provided by the Santa Clarita Elks Lodge, will also include dessert and beverages. 
Alumni and Friends member adult tickets are $15 and $10 for children and for non-members, adult tickets are $20 and $12 for children. Tickets will also allow entrance to the game. 

All proceeds will support student and alumni programs. 

September 9, 2008

Advisory About Solicitors

College of the Canyons officials have received notice from local residents that door-to-door solicitors, representing themselves as COC students, have been attempting to fraudulently solicit donations in support of a non-existent campus newspaper.

According to one resident’s report, last week two young men were seen and heard going door to door in the Valencia Northbridge neighborhood identifying themselves as “poor COC students,” before asking residents to subscribe to a “new COC Sunday newspaper.”

The solicitors claimed that the proceeds would go toward helping students purchase new books and school supplies.

COC officials want community members to know that College of the Canyons never raises funds through door-to-door sales or solicitation.

“Somebody is trying to take advantage of the good reputation the college has built, and that’s something we can’t accept,” said John McElwain, COC managing director of public relations and marketing. “These people are not agents of the college in any way. This is not the way the college raises funds on any level.”

"This is the second consecutive year that we have received reports of door-to-door solicitations,” said McElwain, “and residents need to know that these activities are not college sponsored.”

Residents who have, or may, come into contact with these solicitors are asked to contact the SCV Sheriff’s Office and file a report on the incident.

​September 8, 2008

Ribbon-Cutting Event for Physical Education Building and Tennis Courts

Subject: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Time: 10 a.m., Thursday, September 11, 2008 

Place: College of the Canyons, outdoors, Physical Education Building Main Entrance

Event: A ribbon cutting ceremony for the 21,543 square foot, $10 million, East PE and tennis court project. The building is being funded through a split of money from the State of California and local Measure C funds.

The new facility will add badly needed offices for full-time instructors, add new locker rooms to alleviate overcrowding in current locker rooms, and provide additional storage space for equipment. More importantly, it will create more physical education classroom space in the form of sports courts that will create opportunities for new curriculum and the potential for new intercollegiate sports such as tennis and men’s volleyball. Six tennis courts were included in the project.

When the original Physical Education facilities opened their doors at College of the Canyons more than 30 years ago, they were part of a campus originally designed to serve 5,000 students. Enrollment recently surpassed 22,000.  

Speaking at the event will be Ernie Tichenor, President of the college’s Board of Trustees; Mr. Len Mohney, Division Dean, Physical Education and Athletics; and Dr. Dianne Van Hook, Chancellor.

September 5, 2008

College, Saugus School District Join Forces to Offer Free ESL Classes

The local community can now take free, noncredit English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at convenient locations throughout the Saugus Union School District through a partnership with College of the Canyons. 

Similar to the ESL partnerships created last February with the Even Start Family Literacy and the Community-Based English Tutoring (CBET) programs at the Newhall and Sulphur Springs school districts, respectively, the Saugus partnership aims to help non-native English speakers learn the language, which will enable them to help their school-age children. 

“With funding from the CBET program, this gives us a great opportunity to partner with local school districts and reach out to students throughout the community,” said Jennifer Brezina, interim dean of noncredit division and community extension at the college. “I’m particularly pleased that we were able to expand our offerings in Canyon Country and are now able to offer class locations in the North Valencia area.”
The seven classes, with options spanning three different levels of competency, will be offered at the following elementary schools: Cedarcreek, Skyblue Mesa, Rio Vista, Bridgeport and Tesoro Del Valle. 
“This partnership will allow more than 120 parents to take ESL classes at five local school sites,” said Donna Smith, director of categorical programs for the Saugus School District. “Learning English will increase their access to their child’s school environment and the adult educational community.”
Instruction is free or subsidized by the CBET program for parents who agree to tutor children in English skills.  
All three ESL partnerships provide students with books and free childcare. 
“By working together, we’re able to meet the needs of students in a way that none of us could if we were working alone,” added Brezina. 
For more information about the ESL noncredit classes, contact the college’s community education program at (661) 362-3300. 

September 4, 2008

College Names New Recreational Management Director

With a goal to bolster the program with new curriculum and increased opportunities for students, College of the Canyons has named former Santa Monica College athletic director Dr. Rhonda Hyatt director of the college’s Recreation Management program.

As the program’s sole faculty member, Hyatt will be responsible for the development and organization of new recreation management courses and curriculum; the articulation of more program transfer agreements with surrounding four-year colleges and universities; the carrying out of various student outreach and recruitment efforts; and the development of community partnerships that will in turn foster increased recreational programs and educational opportunities.

“Having lived in the Santa Clarita Valley for a number of years, I’ve been able to follow the tremendous progress, growth and innovation that has gone on here at College of the Canyons,” Hyatt said. “So I’m looking forward to joining the team and working to develop an enhanced mission and vision for the college’s recreation management program that will fit the needs of both this campus and the surrounding community.

“It will be a challenge, but that’s the fun and exciting part of my job,” added Hyatt.

Dr. Hyatt comes to College of the Canyons after spending the last four years as the athletic director at Santa Monica College. Prior to that Hyatt spent one year as the Senior Associate Athletic Director at California State University, Northridge — preceded by four years as the Assistant/Associate Athletic Director there. Before moving into an administrative position, Hyatt was the Head Athletic Trainer and an adjunct faculty member at CSUN.

Having earned an Ed.D. from UCLA, Hyatt also holds an M.S. degree in Physical Education from the University of Arizona and a B.S. in Education with an emphasis in Athletic Training from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

“Dr. Hyatt’s vast knowledge and extensive professional experience will make her an important asset to the continued development and success of the college’s Recreational Management classes and programs,” said Len Mohney, COC Dean of Physical Education. “Under her guidance, College of the Canyons will be able to better equip students with the skills and training needed to pursue careers in a variety of sports and recreation related industries.”

Introduced in 2006, the 23-unit recreation management program at COC involves a mix of classes and field experiences in the areas of recreation and leisure for all age groups — and is designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year recreation management program. 

Coursework includes classes in recreation and leisure in contemporary society, facilities management, recreation and the environment, planning programs and events for recreational purposes, and therapeutic recreation with special populations, as well as courses in sociology and psychology.  

In addition to the ongoing development of more recreation management courses at COC, a number of the college’s current Kinesiology Physical Education-Activity (KPEA) classes will soon be cross-listed for inclusion under the recreation management major.

Professional recreation managers are generally responsible for assisting and planning a variety of programs and overseeing the daily operations of one or more recreational facilities for an agency (i.e. city, county, state, or federal) including community service related programs and activities.

“Recreational management is one of those emerging professions in which a lot of the necessary certifications and accreditations require work-related experiences gained from internships, volunteerism and observation of professionals in the field,” Hyatt said. “So we need to create and then expose those opportunities to our students, because we have many of them right here in our own community.” 

September 3, 2008

College to Host First Non-Profit Fair

The desire to help others and to contribute to a greater good are especially strong amongst the college-aged. But while thinking big is admirable, sometimes it is best to start small — and not too far from home.  

More than 30 local non-profit groups and organizations will attend the College of the Canyons Non-Profit Fair on Sept. 17 to reach out to students and community members to explain how they can help further their non-profit causes. 

“Non-profits are notoriously understaffed and underfunded, so this gives them a great opportunity to reach out and show all of us how we can get involved in our community and give of our time and talents,” said Jennifer Hauss, director of the college’s service learning program, which is sponsoring the event. 

The Service Learning program allows students to apply the concepts and theories they learn in the classroom to real life situations and challenges through volunteering in their community. 

“Education becomes more relevant,” said Hauss about the program’s benefits. “Students are able to network and explore career options – all while enhancing their grades and giving back to our community.” 

Some organizations that have already signed-on to attend are Ahead with Horses, City of Santa Clarita, Domestic Violence Center of SCV, Habitat for Humanity, Heads Up Therapy on Horseback, LETMESAIL, Hunger Defense Fund, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Special Olympics of the Santa Clarita Valley. 

Although the fair is specifically meant for service-learning students, it will also be a great opportunity for all students, faculty, staff and community members to learn about our community-based, non-profit organizations’ missions and volunteer opportunities.

“At this point in the semester, students are choosing organizations with which to do their academic service-learning projects,” said Hauss. “This will give them the opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives from these organizations, learn more about them, and ask questions.” 
The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the outdoor area between the college’s Administration building and the Student Center on the Valencia campus. 

Admission is free and open to the public.