December 22, 2009
Former Head Coach Lee Smelser Honored with Retirement Ceremony
This month the College of the Canyons men’s basketball team will retire jersey No. 1 in recognition of former longtime head coach Lee Smelser and his more than 30 years of service to the college.
The College of the Canyons Lee Smelser Jersey Retirement Ceremony will take place Saturday, December 27, prior to the team’s 7 p.m. tipoff with visiting Fullerton College in the Cougar’s first round game of the 20th Annual Cougar Holiday Classic basketball tournament.
As part of the celebration the COC Athletics Department invites all of Coach Smelser’s former players, staff members, friends and coaching colleagues to attend the ceremony.
“Coach Smelser is a man of integrity and someone that I have always admired as both a basketball coach and person. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work for and with him and am honored to participate in this ceremony,” said COC men’s basketball head coach Howard Fisher.
Simply put, the name Lee Smelser is synonymous with College of the Canyons basketball.
A member of the COC Athletic Hall of Fame’s 2005 inaugural class, Smelser built the college’s basketball program from the ground up—beginning with the college’s opening in 1969.
In the 31 consecutive years of coaching that followed, Smelser established a thriving, vibrant program that continues to be successful today.
During his tenure at COC, Smelser guided his teams to five conference championships (1977-78, 84-85, 90-91, 91-92 and 93-94) -- producing 73 All-Conference players along the way and earning Conference Coach of the Year honors four times.
Between the 1990-91 and 1993-94 seasons, Coach Smelser’s teams amassed an amazing 80-42 record en route to three consecutive Western State Conference championships.
After the 2000-01 campaign, Smelser retired as head coach of the men’s basketball team, having compiled a career record of 455-512. However, he continued to serve as an assistant on current head coach Howard Fisher’s team for two more seasons.
“His handprint is recognizable in our basketball program even today,” Fisher said. “The number of former players and coaches who remain in contact with Coach Smelser and still support the program speaks volumes about what he has meant to COC basketball and our community, as well as the influence he has had on me as a coach and a person.”
Smelser also worked in a number of other capacities during his 33 years at COC, serving as the college’s athletic director for five years and head golf coach for two seasons. In addition, Smelser launched the college’s softball team in 1984 and served as head coach through the 1985 season.
In 2002, Smelser was inducted into the California Community College Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Admission to the 20th Annual Cougar Holiday Classic basketball tournament and Lee Smelser retirement ceremony is $5. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night of the event. For more information please contact Howard Fisher at (661) 362-3201.
December 16, 2009
SBDC Named ‘Overall Highest Performer’
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by College of the Canyons was recently honored with three ‘highest achievement’ awards at the annual Los Angeles Regional SBDC Award and Recognition Dinner --including the organization’s prestigious ‘Overall Highest Performer’ award.
The awards ceremony, which was sponsored by the SBDC Lead Center at Long Beach City College and attended by members of the Los Angeles District Small Business Administration, recognized four categories of performance among the network of seven Southern California area SBDC locations.
The Overall Highest Performer award is given to the SBDC with the most significant results in helping clients achieve their economic milestones including: job creation, sales increases, capital infusion, new business startups and long term consulting engagements.
“I am honored to receive these awards on behalf of the 15 expert business advisors who accomplish so much for our small business clients. It’s gratifying to see their hard work and success recognized with these awards,” said Steve Tannehill, Director of the SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons.
In addition to being named the network’s ‘Overall Highest Performer,’ the SBDC at College of the Canyons was presented with both the ‘Highest Capital Infusion’ and ‘Highest Extended Engagement Clients’ awards.
“I also want to acknowledge the support we receive from College of the Canyons and the SBDC’s more than 18 local business and municipal sponsors,” added Tannehill. “This year with their support we were able to access increased amounts of matched federal funding, enabling us to deliver roughly 400 hours of additional consulting support to more than 60 additional businesses.”
The ‘Highest Capital Infusion’ award is given to the SBDC that helped clients obtain the largest amount of capital. In 2009, clients of the SBDC at College of the Canyons were able to secure roughly $5.7 million in debt and equity capital.
The ‘Highest Extended Engagement Clients’ award is given to the SBDC with the largest number of clients continuously engaged in long-term intensive consulting agreements with the center. In all, the SBDC at College of the Canyons served nearly 250 such clients in 2009.
“These awards validate our efforts to influence the economic development of our region by boosting job creation and business retention. Our ability to form partnerships, generate cash and in-kind support for our economic development initiatives continues to be a model throughout the state,” said COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook. “Congratulations to director Steve Tannehill, SBDC assistant director Catherine Grooms and all the business advisors at the SBDC for their hard work on behalf of small businesses throughout northern Los Angeles County.”
The SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons was launched in January 2006 and serves the Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, and San Fernando Valleys. SBDC business advisors assist prospective and existing small business owners start, retain or expand their businesses by providing workshops, free one-on-one consulting, and many other resources to the business community.
The SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons is part of a network of seven Small Business Development Centers serving businesses from Santa Barbara County, Ventura County and Los Angeles County.
Earlier this year the SBDC moved its offices into the new state-of-the-art Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, located on the college’s Valencia campus, in order to provide clients with a broader range of training and counseling facilities.
“The combination of consulting expertise, housed at a college committed to economic development and funded by the federal, state and local sponsors found at our SBDC is proving a powerful resource for small businesses in Northern Los Angeles County,” added Tannehill. “We look forward to growing our program and providing even higher levels of support in 2010.”
For more information about the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by College of the Canyons please call (661) 362-5900 or visit www.cocsbdc.com
December 15, 2009
Valencia Campus to Hold Emergency Response Evacuation Drill
Subject: Emergency planning exercise
Time: 9 a.m. Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Place: College of the Canyons, Valencia Campus
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
Contact: Bruce Battle, 661-362-3432
Event: College of the Canyons administrators will be conducting an evacuation drill and mandatory training exercise on the college's Valencia campus.
The drill will serve to exercise staff knowledge of evacuation procedures, gathering locations for building occupants, emergency radio communication procedures, reporting procedures to a central command post, and a variety of internal actions to be carried out in the event of a real emergency that would require this type of response.
More than a table-top drill, but short of a full-blown emergency response exercise, this is the third exercise of its type on the Valencia campus.
The drill will be carried out largely without students or faculty since the fall 2009 semester final exams are over. However, most full-time staff -- key players in the college's emergency response plans -- will be present and participate.
Regardless of who is on campus that day or what their activities may be, they will be expected to participate in the drill.
Following the evacuation portion of the drill, staff members will gather in the cafeteria for additional, specific emergency response training and discussion.
The event is expected to conclude at about 11 a.m.
December 7, 2009
Nursing Program Students Receive Graduation Pins
Subject: College of the Canyons nursing program graduation and pinning ceremony.
Time: 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 9, 2009.
Place: Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons (PAC)
Contact: Sue Albert, (661) 362-3366; John McElwain, (661) 362-3494
Event: More than 60 College of the Canyons nursing students will take part in a traditional pinning ceremony marking the completion of each nurse’s training.
Celebrating the accomplishments of newly graduated nurses, the pinning ceremony serves as a symbolic welcoming for all those entering the nursing profession.
As part of the ceremony, COC nursing department faculty members will present each graduate with a nursing pin before the group collectively recites the Nightingale Pledge traditionally taken by new nurses.
Since 2000 the College of the Canyons nursing program has worked diligently to address the statewide nursing shortage -- experiencing significant growth in the process.
Each year a minimum of 100 new students are admitted to the program. Currently there are more than 250 nursing students enrolled at College of the Canyons.
December 4, 2009
Nanotechnology Students Can Find Big Opportunities at Winter Session
As the fall semester draws to a close, registration for the College of the Canyons 2010 Winter Session has heated up with students scrambling to secure the last remaining available seats.
However, students interested in the college’s recently introduced General and Emerging Technologies Laboratory Technician (GETLABTECH) program can begin working toward their educational goals with a pair of open Interdisciplinary Studies (INTERD) courses being offered this winter.
The courses INTERD 010-Careers in Technology and INTERD 090-Health and Safety in the Laboratory will both be offered at the college’s Valencia campus, beginning Monday, January 4, 2010 and running through the first week of February.
The course INTERD 010 provides students with the background needed to evaluate a career path working with chemical, biological, and engineering technologies. Including an overview of each of those industries, the course also provides information about how to access and understand both labor market information and individual career goal setting.
The course INTERD 090 provides students with an orientation to laboratory safety while reviewing safety information and safe behavior practices appropriate to a laboratory setting.
Both are required courses for students working toward the GETLABTECH program certificate of specialization.
Neither course will be offered during the spring 2010 semester.
The Emerging Technologies Institute at College of the Canyons was established to provide students interested in pursuing careers in the sciences a basic understanding of nanotechnologies, practical exposure to some typical tools used for their applications and an understanding of the many possible employment opportunities across a wide range of industries.
Interested students are encouraged to register for classes online or in person at the College of the Canyons Admissions and Records office as soon as possible.
Please see pertinent course information listed below.
For more information about the College of the Canyons 2010 Winter Session and spring semester, or to view a full schedule of classes please visit www.canyons.edu
For more information about the College of the Canyons Emerging Technologies Institute or the new GETLABTECH program please contact Dr. Ram Manvi at (661) 362-3135 or firstname.lastname@example.org
December 3, 2009
College to Introduce Medical Laboratory Technology Program
In the Spring 2010 semester the College of the Canyons Allied Health Division will introduce its new Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program designed to prepare students for high-demand jobs in the medical and biotechnical lab industries.
MLT professionals play critical roles in collecting the data and information needed to provide care to patients and/or perform research used in the scientific exploration of many areas throughout the larger medical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
Certified MLT professionals often find employment in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, public health facilities and other commercial laboratories -- where their training and communication and research skills are highly valued.
According to statistics provided by the United States Department of Labor, a certified MLT technician in the state of California typically earns a median income of more than $38,000 a year.
“Currently, as with all health care occupations, there is a shortage of personnel qualified to work in hospital and biotechnical labs,” said Sue Albert, dean of Allied Health at the college. “The Medical Lab Technician program will help to meet that need for laboratory personnel. Thanks to the support of the local hospitals and biotechnical labs in the area, COC is the first community college in the region to offer such a program.”
Integrating a mixture of classroom lectures, laboratory work and clinical training, the college’s MLT program fosters development of the technical, analytical and problem-solving skills required of this profession.
Students who complete the two-year program will receive an associate in science degree in MLT and be eligible to sit for the national certification exam.
This program will be offered pending approval by the California Community College System Chancellor’s Office and the California Department of Health Services Laboratory Field Services unit.
To be eligible for enrollment into the MLT program students must have completed English 101 or an equivalent course and at least four units of prerequisite coursework in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, preparatory general chemistry and at least 4.5 units of coursework in phlebotomy.
Applications for spring semester enrollment into the MLT program can be picked up in the college’s Allied Health office (Aliso Lab room 311) on the Valencia campus.
Applications can be submitted to the Allied Health office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or mailed to:
In addition, applications submitted to the Allied Health office during non-business hours can be left at the campus switchboard located in the college’s administration building.
All applications should include official sealed copies of transcripts from all colleges attended and a copy of a high school transcript, diploma or GED certificate.
The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 5, 2010.
*The college will close for the winter break Wednesday, December 23, and reopen Monday, January 4, 2010.
For more information about the College of the Canyons Medical Laboratory Technology program or how to apply please contact the Allied Health office at (661) 362-3287.
December 2, 2009
Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair to be Held at College of the Canyons
College of the Canyons will hold its 20th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, Saturday and Sunday, December 5, and 6. As in past years, the event will be held in COC’s parking lot 8, near Cougar Stadium off Valencia Boulevard.
The Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, December 5, and in conjunction with the Farmer’s Market, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, December 6, 2009.
More than 40 vendors, representing a wide variety of craft products, will be on hand offering their wares and providing attendees the opportunity to purchase some very unique holiday gifts.
Items will include watercolor paintings and limited edition prints; hand made jewelry; clothing; home made shortbread and other baked goods; holiday cards and decorations; customized gifts and much, much more.
“This is a fantastic pre-holiday shopping experience,” said Seher Awan, the event’s coordinator, “and is well known locally for being the place to find that one-of-a-kind, surprise-your-family experience when gifts are opened.”
Parking is free and plentiful. This annual event is a fundraiser for COC’s Classified Senate and this year half of the proceeds will be donated to the SCV Domestic Violence Center.
For more information about the College of the Canyons 20th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair please contact Seher Awan at (661) 362-3015.