Archival News Releases: June 2009
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. COC-06-29-09-NATEF-JMu
June 29, 2009
 
Automotive Technology Program Receives Industry Certification
The College of the Canyons Automotive Technology program has achieved National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification -- ensuring that the college’s automotive training programs meet or exceed industry-recognized, uniform standards of excellence.
 
Specifically, the college’s program received ASE certification in the areas of brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, and suspension and steering.
 
“The NATEF certification ensures that our curriculum and the students who complete our Automotive Technology program meet the nationally recognized automotive industry standards of excellence,” said Audrey Green, associate vice president of academic affairs at the college. “This will allow our students to be highly competitive in the job market, while assuring potential employers that they have received the proper training and instruction.”
 
Automotive programs earn ASE certification upon the recommendation of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). NATEF was founded in 1983 as an independent, non-profit organization with a mission to develop, encourage and improve automotive technician education.
 
The purpose of the automotive technician training certification program is to improve the quality of training offered at secondary and post-secondary, public and proprietary schools.
NATEF examines the structure and resources of training programs and evaluates them against nationally accepted standards of quality. NATEF’s precise national standards reflect the skills that automotive students must master.
 
As a result of the certification, automotive technology students at College of the Canyons will be assured that the training they receive is current, complete and industry applicable. Likewise, potential employers throughout the automotive industry can continually look to the college to produce a pool of well-trained entry-level technicians.
 
“The opportunity to receive training in an ASE-certified program will be a major asset to our students as they begin looking for jobs throughout the automotive industry," said Gary Sornborger, Automotive Technology Department chair at the college. "This certification puts the college's automotive technology curriculum on the map as a nationally recognized training center. We’re all proud of this accomplishment here at College of the Canyons."
 
The Automotive Technology Program at College of the Canyons is a comprehensive two-year program designed to prepare students with the industry-defined, entry-level skills needed for an automotive technician position in a variety of settings including dealerships, independent automotive repair facilities and city/county agencies.
 
Students may opt to complete an associate in science degree or a certificate of achievement in automotivetechnology. The program provides in-depth training with extensive hands-on experience.
 
In the classroom, students learn the theoretical aspects of automotive diagnosis, repair and service. In the automotive laboratory setting, students practice applying the theory learned in the classroom to real hardware.
 
Upon completion of the course work required for the certificate or major, students achieve competencies in the areas of brakes, suspension, electrical components and wiring, transmissions, engine diagnosis and drivability.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 06-25-09LaunchSC 
June 25, 2009
 
College Introduces New Program to Jump-Start College Careers
Students interested in jumpstarting their college careers and entering the workforce can enroll in the College of the Canyons LAUNCH program beginning July 6.
 
Classes are still available in the pilot bridge program that will help students who tested into English 081 and Math 058 to take a five-week intensive course in those subjects along with a counseling and personal development course for a smoother transition into college life.
 
The summer classes will be held from July 6 to August 7.  
 
Students who successfully complete the program will receive written verification from their instructor to file a pre-requisite challenge and enroll in English 091 and Math 060.
 
“The LAUNCH program will help students move on to transfer-level courses more quickly,” said Denee Pescarmona, an English instructor at the college.
 
“By shortening the pipeline to transfer level classes we are helping to ensure that students will go on to meet their academic and career goals,” added Pescarmona.
 
Free of cost, the classes will be taught by full-time college instructors.
 
Students must take both the Math and English courses and because the courses are accelerated and of short duration, at least 80 percent of attendance is mandatory.
 
For more information about the LAUNCH program, contact Community Education at (661) 362-3330.
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 06-22-09MLTGrantSC
June 25, 2009
 
College Receives $400,000 Grant to Launch New Allied Health Program
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has awarded a two-year $400,000 grant to College of the Canyons that will help fund the college’s Medical Lab Technician (MLT) program. The college was one of 17 colleges to receive an economic stimulus grant in the state.
 
Medical lab technicians work in hospital labs under the supervision of Clinical lab scientists. An MLT assists with collecting and running lab specimens, which quickens the process of getting information back to physicians, nurses and patients.  
 
“This is a great opportunity for us to show how stimulus funds can be used effectively to equip people with new skills and help them launch careers in high-demand, high-paying fields,” College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook said. “That’s what sets community colleges apart, and we look forward to helping revitalize the region’s economy.”
Students who complete the two-year program will earn an associate of science degree.
 
“We are very excited about this new program since we recognize the need for medical lab technicians in our region,” said Sue Albert, dean of allied health at the college. “This grant will help fund a full-time instructor and supplies.”
 
The MLT program is expected to start in January.
 
The grant is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Economic Stimulus Program) that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in February to provide federal tax relief and expand unemployment benefits and domestic spending in education, health care and infrastructure.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. COC-06.23.09-ParamedicNurse
June 23, 2009
 
NOTE: This is an updated version of a previous new release that contains updated dates and information.
 
College Introduces Fast-Track Paramedic-to-RN Option
Beginning this summer, paramedics looking to jump into the high-demand field of nursing will be able to quickly make that transition through the new Paramedic-to-RN option at College of the Canyons.
 
Providing yet another potential solution to California’s statewide nursing shortage, the recently introduced Paramedic-to-RN option will fast-track qualified students through the process needed to obtain licensing as a registered nurse in as little as 15 months.
 
Launching in August, the option will allow qualified students the opportunity to challenge out of some academic components and complete the necessary coursework at an accelerated rate.
 
After completing an introductory semester of classes focusing on nursing theory and process and the role of nurses in the health-care industry, students will progress into entry-level courses dealing with pathophysiology, pediatric obstetrics and mental health nursing.
 
Qualified students can then challenge out of the final two semesters of medical surgical training by passing the final exams and clinical practicum demonstrations required for completion of those courses.
 
After completing all coursework and successfully challenging those exams, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN), as required by all U.S. and territorial boards of nursing.
 
“At College of the Canyons, we recognize the great skill and knowledge that trained paramedics bring to the nursing program,” said Sue Albert, dean of allied health at the college. “Our goal is to allow such students the opportunity to utilize their previous training and experience in order to become registered nurses at an accelerated rate.”
 
To be eligible for enrollment into the Paramedic-to-RN option, students must have completed at least four units of prerequisite coursework in the subjects of anatomy, physiology and microbiology (12 units total) and three units in a college transferable English course.
 
In addition, students must have at least a 2.5 GPA in all prerequisite and core nursing coursework and have completed both Psychology 101 and Communication Studies 105 or 123.
 
In order to receive a degree from College of the Canyons, students must also complete coursework to fulfill the college’s intermediate algebra and American Institutions academic requirements.
 
Applications for the Paramedic-to-RN option are available both online and in the college’s allied health office located in Room 311 of Aliso Lab. Applications will be accepted through July 15. All students must follow the application process.
 
Qualified applicants will be asked to take a nursing-related Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, July 24. A student orientation will then take place from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, July 29.
 
Classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 24, pending approval from the Board of Registered Nurses.
 
For more information about the College of the Canyons Paramedic-to-RN program or to fill out an application, please visit www.canyons.edu/departments/NS/ or contact Sue Albert, dean of allied health, at (661) 362-3366 orsue.albert@canyons.edu.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2009
 
Admissions, Counseling, Student Business Office to Move Temporarily
Updated June 25, 2009
 
Admissions & Records, Counseling and the Student Business Office will move temporarily to “The Zone” in Room 203 of Hasley Hall because of renovations to the A Building. The relocation will occur Tuesday, June 23 through Monday, June 29.
 
During this period, the relocated offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.All online services will be available without interruption at My Canyons.
 
The offices are expected to reopen in their original locations on Tuesday, June 30.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. COC-06.18.09-SBDCaward-JMu
June 18, 2009
 
Small Business Development Center Honored for Innovation
The United States Small Business Administration-Los Angeles District Office has awarded the 2009 Service Excellence and Innovation Award to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by College of the Canyons.
 
Presented annually at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards luncheon, the award honors an SBDC Service Center for excellence in providing value to small businesses and advancing program delivery and management through innovative means.
 
The award was officially presented during the Small Business Awards luncheon held Wednesday June 17, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
“This award is of particular pride to me because it speaks to the quality of our highly talented staff and the many services they provide to the small business community,” said Steven Tannehill, director, SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons.
 
“We have an outstanding, client-centered counseling and office staff whose focus is on responding to the needs of our customers while remaining nimble in providing them with help and solutions,” added Tannehill. “This award is an acknowledgement of their talent, dedication and entrepreneurial spirit.”
 
Also honored at the luncheon was Connie Sparks, senior trainer and counselor at the SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons and founder/president of the Wade Institute, who was presented with the Home-Based Business Champion of the Year Award.
 
The award is presented to individuals who have experienced the rewards and difficulties of owning a home-based business and are now working to improve the climate for such businesses.
 
“Connie has helped hundreds of small businesses across our region and is often one of the first counselors our clients talk to and interact with upon visiting the SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons,” Tannehill said. “I love having someone with Connie’s enthusiasm and expertise set the stage for what our clients can expect from the SBDC.”
 
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, 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.
 
For more information about the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by College of the Canyons please visit www.canyons.edu/SBDC.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 06-17-09CentralAmericaSC
June 17, 2009
 
College Students Pack Their Bags for Central America
Study Spanish, biology and tourism. Hand out school supplies to local schoolchildren. Meet with two former presidents. Take a boat ride on the Panama Canal.
 
That is what the itinerary reads like for the 25 College of the Canyons students who will leave later this month for a four-week trip to study abroad in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama.
 
Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of State to promote studying abroad in non-traditional destinations, 22 students received travel scholarships for the trip.
 
“This interdisciplinary program is unique in that it ties academic work with citizenship efforts,” said Claudia Acosta, chair of foreign languages at the college who will teach Spanish during the trip. “It provides students with a natural fusion of local and global perspectives.”
 
The group of students will also have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet President Enrique Bolaños Geyer of Nicaragua (from 2002 to 2007) and President Rodrigo Carazo Odio of Costa Rica (from 1978 to 1982).
 
Known for his commitment to transparency and ethics in Latin America, Bolaños Geyer is an active member of The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation, which operates with the mission to develop educational programs and public awareness campaigns based on the values of solidarity and civic courage.
 
Carazo Odio is the founder of The University for Peace, a United Nations-mandated institution established in 1980 that is focused and dedicated to the study and promotion of world peace.
 
Also traveling with the students are COC instructors Miriam Golbert and Kevin Anthony, who will teach biology and tourism, respectively.
 
The group of students will also provide school supplies that were collected by Associated Student Government and High Intensity Transfer Enrichment students at COC to children at a Granada school in Nicaragua.
 
For more information about studying abroad, visit www.canyons.edu/travel.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 06-15-09SCIrvineGrant 
June 16, 2009
 
College Receives $50,000 Grant to Expand Latino-Oriented Shows
The College of the Canyons Foundation has received a two-year $50,000 grant from The James Irvine Foundation to support an expansion in multicultural programming and outreach efforts to attract Latinos and Spanish-speaking populations in Santa Clarita by offering relevant, multicultural programming at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.
The activities covered by the grant will include a community workshop on bolero music and opera and a workshop reading of "Rappaccini's Daughter," a Spanish chamber opera composed by COC faculty member Daniel Catán.
 
“We are very grateful and excited about this grant from the James Irvine Foundation,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director. “The projects this grant will fund will allow us to build upon the fine work that has begun in partnership with the Newhall Community Center.”
 
Upcoming PAC presentations will include supplemental K-12 outreach programs designed to build new audiences for opera and additional public workshops on ranchera music and opera.
 
The grant will also cover costs to bring an internationally renowned Ballet Folklórico dance group to Santa Clarita in the 2010-11 season with additional outreach opportunities included.
 
These efforts will be combined with an enhanced marketing plan designed to reach out to the Latino community in Santa Clarita.
 
According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2005 American Community Survey, more than 27 percent of Santa Clarita’s population is Hispanic compared to 47% of Los Angeles County and 36% of California’s population.
 
“Our recent free community Son Jarocho festival in Newhall prior to the sold-out, season closing Los Lobos concert at the PAC, was a great launch to our multi-cultural programming and outreach,” said Philipson.
 
The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. The Foundation’s grantmaking focuses on three program areas: Arts, California Democracy and Youth. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided over $1 billion in grants to more than 3,000 nonprofit organizations throughout California. With $1.4 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $78 million in 2008 for the people of California.
For more information about the grant, contact Philipson at (661) 362-5343.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. COC-06.15.09-GETlab-JMu
June 15, 2009
College's Lab Technician Program Embraces New Technologies
This fall, students interested in pursuing careers in the sciences while learning more about the emerging field of nanotechnology will be able to do so through the college’s recently introduced General and Emerging Technologies (GET) Lab Technician program.
 
The College of the Canyons GET Lab Technician program is designed to provide a basic understanding of the essential laboratory technician skills needed to prepare students seeking immediate employment in biotech, electronics, pharmaceutical and chemical industries.
 
Comprised of entry-level chemistry, biology and engineering technician courses, lab technician software training and laboratory/clean room safety instruction, the college’s GET Lab program is committed to developing student understanding of basic science, laboratory and technical workplace skills.
 
Students will also have the option to complete the exploratory ‘Introduction to Nanotechnology’ elective course -- signaling the first time a nanotechnology course has been offered at College of the Canyons.
 
“This program is a perfect example of how community colleges work to bolster the local economy,” said College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook.  “We’re providing students the skills they need to land well-paying jobs in highly-skilled technical fields and we’re helping to put people back to work in the midst of an ever-changing and challenging economic environment.”
 
Nanotechnology joins the fields of biology, physics, chemistry and engineering to study the use of matter on an atomic or molecular scale in order to develop materials within that size for various uses in a number of commercial products and devices with wide ranging applications. A nanometer-sized particle is approximately one billionth of a meter.
 
“Nanotechnology has not yet matured in the sense that everyday we are learning new things and making discoveries about the uses of this technology,” said Kathy Flynn, chemistry professor and emerging technology project director at the college who has been instrumental in launching the new program. “Thankfully, Chancellor Dianne Van Hook and the college’s instruction office share a vision to open the door and embrace nanotechnology and other emerging technologies at College of the Canyons.”
 
The skills learned through completion of the GET Lab program will prepare students for careers in a wide range of both scientific and commercial industries which have embraced the use of advanced technology and nanotechnology -- including computer science, cosmetics, dentistry, medicine and medical device manufacturing, water purification, environmental protection and other energy efficient technologies.
 
“The popularity of nanotechnology presents a way to get students interested in the sciences. Our students, community members and local business and industry partners all want to learn more about this technology and hopefully that will draw them to the GET lab program,” said Flynn. “We’ve tried to make the curriculum approachable for everyone, not just science and engineering students.”
 
To help launch the new program College of the Canyons received a two-year California Industry Driven Regional Collaborative (IDRC) grant totaling nearly $571,000 as well as a $1.38 million grant from the Department of Commerce/Economic Development Agency (DOC/EDA) Public Works and Economic Development Facilities Program.
 
Together those funds have allowed the college to lay the foundation for the program by developing and implementing curriculum, designing appropriate on-campus instructional and laboratory facilities, constructing a clean room area and purchasing furniture and state of the art lab tools and equipment for student use.
 
The GET lab program and equipment will be housed in Aliso Lab, the college’s 32,000 square foot science laboratory facility. The program’s clean room is scheduled for completion in summer 2009, with classes slated to start in the fall.
 
Included among the tools and equipment purchased for the program are a scanning electron microscope, atomic force microscope, inverted fluorescent microscope, an ellipsometer and profilometer.
 
“All of this equipment has been purchased with an eye toward providing our students with hands on training,” Flynn said. “A lot of times equipment is so high end that it can only be accessed on the university level. But this technology has reached a point where students can be trained on it, they can understand it and they then take those skills out into the work place.”
 
Another important goal of the program is to work closely with the college’s Economic Development Division and Employee Training Institute in order to identify and form community partnerships and provide specialized skills training to local businesses and their employees.
 
“The college’s Economic Development Division will be invaluable in helping to alert the department about trends in the industrial community and how this program and partnership might help serve their needs,” Flynn said. “As local companies start to realize that we have this equipment we want to begin offering training in order to get them involved with using this technology as well.”
 
For more information about the College of the Canyons General and Emerging Technologies (GET) Laboratory Technician program please contact Kathy Flynn at (661) 362-3998.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. COC-06.10.09-VeganEarthDay-JMu
June 10, 2009
 
College of the Canyons to Host Vegan Earth Day Celebration
Vegans, vegetarians, environmentalists and interested community members are invited to a celebration designed to kick-start the summer -- and possibly a vegan lifestyle -- at the campus’ first Vegan Earth Day event.
 
Co-presented by the College of the Canyons Classified Senate, Sustainable Development Committee and Students for Sustainability campus group, the Vegan Earth Day celebration take place from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday, June 22 at the college’s Valencia campus.
 
The event will address a number of green awareness, sustainability, environmental impact and personal lifestyle issues associated with a vegan lifestyle while recognizing the very first Vegan Earth Day, as well as this month’s World Oceans Day global celebration.
 
Vegan Earth Day was created to bring mass awareness to environmentalists, media members, government representatives and concerned citizens around the world about the potentially devastating impact of meat consumption on our environment.
 
Event organizers are calling on global participants to ‘go vegan’ on June 21, 2009 for at least one day -- but preferably longer -- in an effort to save the earth and help reverse global warming.
 
Veganism is a diet and lifestyle choice that seeks to exclude the use of animals and animal products for food, clothing or any other purpose. The lifestyle choice is often due to one’s personal moral convictions or ethical commitments concerning animal rights, the environment and/or human health.
 
The concept for World Oceans Day was proposed in 1992 by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and has been unofficially celebrated on June 8, every year since then. World Oceans Day provides an opportunity each year to celebrate the world’s oceans and society’s personal connection to the sea.
 
“I’ve been a vegetarian for 40 years, and with the advent of new cheese food products will soon be completely vegan,” said Dennis Lettau, president, College of the Canyons Classified Senate. “As a long time environmentalist, I’m also very active in issues that affect our planet.”
 
“Our hope is to combine Vegan Earth Day and World Oceans Day into one campus event,” added Lettau “that brings attention to and informs our students and community members about some of these important environmental issues.”
 
Including a vegan style barbeque beginning at 11 a.m. in front of Seco Hall and a special 1 p.m. film presentation in Mentry Hall-318, the event will also feature an in-depth panel discussion on issues ranging from the environmental impact and health implications of a vegan diet, to the connection between environmental sustainability and animal agriculture, and the controversy surrounding ‘green business’ practices by some major corporations around the world.
 
“Given society’s increasing awareness about the connection between the foods we eat and the harmful environmental side effects, the event organizers hope to provide valuable and practical information about the impact of our daily dietary choices,” said Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine, co-chair of the college’s Sustainable Development Committee. “We’ll also try to show people a positive and healthy alternative to a diet and lifestyle laden with animal products in what should be a fun and delicious event.”
 
For more information about the 2009 Vegan Earth Day celebration at College of the Canyons please contact Dennis Lettau at (661) 362-3211.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. COC-06.04.08-AUTOgrad
June 4, 2009
 
Auto-Tech Graduate Moves Out of Classroom, Into Career
autograd060409In the roughly three years since College of the Canyons introduced its Automotive Technology curriculum, the program has grown in both breadth and enrollment, gained industry acknowledgement and support -- and most recently produced its first graduate.
 
This week, College of the Canyons student Chuck Hanifan, 21, will walk the aisle clad in cap and gown to receive the first Automotive Technology associate in science degree awarded by the college.
 
“It’s a great program and it was a really good experience,” said Hanifan. “I came to the first class knowing almost nothing about cars and engines and am leaving with a pretty good knowledge about how all the parts work, how to troubleshoot if something goes wrong and how to diagnose and fix a potential problem.”
 
But Hanifan’s automotive education won’t end with Friday’s commencement ceremony. Instead, the recent graduate will continue to develop his skills and receive hands-on-training -- all while launching his career -- at Teague Custom Marine Inc. in Valencia, Calif.
 
Teague Custom Marine specializes in engineering and manufacturing high performance boat engines, rigging parts and custom fabrications while providing top-notch design consultation and industry expertise to both high performance boaters and prominent boat builders nationwide.
 
In addition to a large showroom, Teague Custom Marine features complete engine building and machining facilities, custom rigging bays, fabrication departments, a stern drive shop, machine shop, parts warehouse and shipping department.
 
For the past year Hanifan has worked part time at Teague Custom Marine as a mechanic’s assistant while studying to complete his automotive degree at College of the Canyons.
Working closely with Teague Custom Marine’s team of engine builders, Hanifan has gained valuable shop experience handling a majority of the pre-assembly duties required before an engine can be built, repaired or enhanced -- and even doing some actual engine block work at times.
 
“Chuck is a great worker and has a real strong work ethic, plus it’s always nice to be able to hire someone with the training needed to work in this industry,” said Cherilyn Teague, administrator at Teague Custom marine. “The longer Chuck is here the more skills he will gain and the more his duties will expand, so it’s definitely a position where there is room for growth.”
 
“We look to College of the Canyons as a valuable resource,” added Teague. “We had an excellent experience hiring some of our employees that came out of the college’s welding program and we were very excited to hear about the arrival of the college’s Automotive Technology program.”
 
The Automotive Technology program is a comprehensive two-year program designed to prepare students with the industry defined entry-level skills needed for an automotive technician position in a variety of settings including dealerships, independent automotive repair facilities or city/county agencies.
 
Students may opt to complete an associate in science degree or a certificate of achievement in Automotive Technology. The program provides in-depth training with extensive hands-on experiences.
 
In the classroom, students learn the theoretical aspects of automotive diagnosis, repair and service. In the automotive laboratory setting, students practice applying the theory learned in the classroom to real hardware.
 
Upon completion of the course work required for the certificate or major, students achieve competencies in the areas of brakes, suspension, electrical components and wiring, transmissions, engine diagnosis and drivability.
 
“I definitely learned a lot, and I’m still learning a lot here at Teague Custom Marine,” Hanifan said. “In this industry you never stop learning.”
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 06-04-09SC
June 4, 2009
 
College's Land Surveying Program Graduates Its First Student
As an engineering student at Ventura College, Joey Waltz didn’t like the idea of working indoors. Fortunately, when a professor mentioned surveying as a career option during a civil engineering lecture, Waltz was paying attention.
 
“It sounded like a good major for me because it combines working outdoors with the technical challenges of engineering,” said Waltz.
 
The 27-year-old Ventura resident quickly transferred to College of the Canyons the next semester and enrolled in the college’s new land surveying program.
 
“I enjoyed the field exercises of the program the most,” said Waltz. “We got a ton of hands-on time with the instruments and I learned a lot from them.”
 
On June 5, Waltz will be the first to graduate from the program with an associate of science degree.
 
“It feels great to be the program's first graduate,” said Waltz, who has noticed the lack of land surveying programs.
 
“There are only two four-year schools that offer a bachelor's degree and not very many junior colleges that offer a certificate or associate's degree. The program at COC is needed in this industry, and I hope that I am the first of many graduates.”
 
The land surveying program, which started in the fall semester of 2006, was created in response to the community's need for trained professionals necessary to catch up with growth in the Santa Clarita Valley.
 
“The program serves a need for the industry in our community and the students and faculty are passionate about the program and its success,” said Audrey Green, associate vice-president of academic affairs.
 
“I am thrilled to have our first graduate from the Land Surveying program,” added Green. “It is highly unusual to have a graduate within two years of a new program being launched.”
 
Waltz flourished in the program under the guidance of his two mentors and instructors Ron Koester and Regina Blasberg, chair of the surveying program.
 
“They both helped instill in me a deep appreciation for the history and breadth of the career,” said Waltz.
 
“Joey was a great student and a delight to have in class,” said Blasberg. “He is intelligent, inquisitive, innovative and motivated. Without a doubt, he will have a very fulfilling and successful career as a surveyor.”
 
Waltz -- who currently works for the City of Ventura as a survey crew chainman -- plans to find a full-time job with a surveying firm.
 
“I have sent out my resume to a few companies and have had multiple interviews already,” he said.
 
Land surveyors measure and record property boundaries and the topography of the land covered by construction and engineering projects. Surveys are used to establish legal boundaries, prepare maps and exhibits, and are the basis for written descriptions of land tracts that satisfy legal requirements. Surveyors use mathematical reasoning ability to visualize objects, measure distances, sizes, and other abstract forms. They must be precise and accurate in their work because mistakes can be costly.
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No. COC-06.03.09-Golf-JMu
June 3, 2009
 
Golfers Invited to Trade ‘Birdies for Books’ at Annual Golf Tourney
Golfers with a soft spot in their swings for education are invited to participate in the College of the Canyons Foundation’s 19th annual ‘Birdies for Books’ charity golf tournament.
Sponsored by C.A. Rasmussen Inc., the ‘Birdies for Books’ tournament will take place Monday, September 14, at the Valencia Country Club.
 
Proceeds from the event will support the College of the Canyons Foundation’s ongoing efforts to provide increased educational opportunities for students and community members of all ages.
 
“It’s a pleasure to sponsor College of the Canyon’s annual golf tournament and it’s a great way to spend the day while helping the young minds enrolled at the college,” said Charlie Rasmussen, President of C.A. Rasmussen, Inc.
 
“Our community is fortunate to have such a progressive and accessible educational facility right in our own backyard,” Rasmussen added, “and we encourage our employees, their families and our neighbors to support College of the Canyons by addressing their educational goals through the programs and services offered at the college.”
 
On average, College of the Canyons 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 Foundation has continually worked to generate funds -- through annual giving, special events and endowment programs -- to provide more opportunities for an affordable and accessible college education for all those with the desire to succeed.
 
“With state budgets continually being cut despite increased education and training needs, we are delighted to have the support of a great company like C.A. Rasmussen,” said Barry Gribbons, assistant superintendent/vice president, institutional development, technology and online services at the college. “Events like this enable us to open access to students and community members who need those opportunities now more than ever.”
 
Single player tournament sponsorship opportunities begin at $450, with each player receiving a continental breakfast, cart and greens fees, driving range privileges, a player’s gift bag, lunch and beverages on the course and participation in the post tournament awards reception.
 
For a $1,000 sponsorship, players will receive all tournament benefits, a sponsor sign display and entry into the hole-in-one, beat the pro, long drive and closest to the pin contests.
Tournament participants may also sponsor three-person teams and fill the final spot in the foursome with a current or former member of College of the Canyons’ championship golf team.
 
Last year’s tournament featured more than 120 golfers teeing off in the name of education.
 
Additional sponsorship opportunities include:
Birdie Sponsor -- $2,500
  • One team made up of three players, plus a COC championship player.
  • Named as sponsor in publicity and tournament publications.
  • Tee sign.
Eagle Sponsor -- $5,000
  • Two teams of three players, plus a COC championship player added to each team.
  • Named as sponsor in publicity and tournament publications.
  • Tee sign.
Presenting Sponsor -- $10,000
  • Three teams of three players, plus a COC championship player added to each team.
  • Named as presenting sponsor in all publicity and publications.
  • Corporate banner.
  • Tee sign.
For more information about the College of the Canyons Foundation’s 19th annual ‘Birdies for Books’ charity golf tournament or to become a sponsor/participant, please contact the Foundation office at (661) 362-3737.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 06-03-09 Commencement.2009.JMc
June 3, 2009
 
College to Hold Commencement Ceremony on June 5
The College of the Canyons class of 2009 will celebrate commencement at 9:30 am Friday, June 5 in a beautiful outdoor setting on the Valencia campus.
 
The scene of many graduations and other college ceremonies and events, the college’s Honor Grove is located in the center of the campus and will be outfitted with a stage for the presentation of diplomas and certificates as well as seating for the graduates and the proud families and friends who are sure to be in attendance.
 
Some interesting facts about the Class of 2009 are:
• Number of graduates: 1,096.
• Numbers of majors represented: 43.
• Number of female graduates: 708 (65%)
• Number of male graduates: 388 (35%)
• Average age of the graduates: 26 years old.
• 466 ethnic minorities are part of the graduating class.
• The youngest graduate is 16 years old (we actually have two 16-year-olds).
• The eldest graduate is 71 years old.
• 12 students will be graduating with 4.0 GPAs.
• 190 students will graduate with honors.
• 28 graduates are International Students from a wide variety of countries including: Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
• The average class GPA is 3.03.
• Graduates who are Armed Forces Veterans: 24.
• Students who completed their degrees at the Canyon Country Campus combining on-ground and online classes: 2
• Graduates who took some of their classes at the Canyon Country campus: 523
• Leading Majors:
Transfer Studies: 399 graduates
Nursing: 156 graduates
Biological & Phys. Science: 79 graduates
Accounting: 63 graduates
Social Science: 48 graduates
Business: 36 graduates
Admin of Justice: 33 graduates
English: 29 graduates
General Education: 31 graduates
Early Childhood Education: 29 graduates
Fire Technology: 21 graduates
History: 20 graduates
Mathematics: 15 graduates
Guests should arrive by 9:15 a.m.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. COC-06.02.09-ParamedicNurse
June 2, 2009
 
College Introduces Fast-Track Paramedic-to-RN Program
Paramedics looking to jump into the high demand field of nursing will be able to quickly make that transition through College of the Canyons’ new ‘paramedic to RN’ program.
Providing yet another potential solution to California’s statewide nursing shortage, the recently introduced ‘paramedic to RN’ program will fast track qualified students through the process needed to obtain licensing as a registered nurse -- in as little as 15 months.
 
Expected to launch in January 2010, the program will offer students an intense package of accelerated course offerings designed to accommodate working adults who are unable to attend school full time.
 
After completing an introductory semester of classes focusing on nursing theory and process and the role of nurses in the Healthcare industry, students will progress into entry level courses dealing with pathophysiology, pediatric obstetrics and mental health nursing.
 
Qualified students can then challenge out of the final two semesters of medical surgical training by passing the final exams and clinical practicum demonstrations required for completion of those courses.
 
After completing all coursework and successfully challenging those exams, students will be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination-RN (NCLEX-RN), as required by all United States and territorial Boards of Nursing.
 
“At College of the Canyons we recognize the great skill and knowledge that trained paramedics bring to the nursing program,” said Sue Albert, dean of Allied Health at the college. “Our goal is to allow students the opportunity to utilize their previous training and experience in order to become registered nurses at an accelerated rate.”
 
To be eligible for enrollment into the program, students must have completed at least four units of prerequisite coursework in anatomy, physiology and microbiology and three units in a college transferable English course.
 
In addition, students must have at least a 2.5 GPA in all prerequisite and core nursing coursework and complete both Psychology 101 and Communication Studies 105 or 123.
 
Applications for the ‘paramedic to RN’ program can be submitted now through July 15. A series of orientation seminars will then be held in November, with classes expected to begin in January 2010.
 
For more information about the College of the Canyons ‘Paramedic to RN’ program please contact Sue Albert, Dean, Allied Health at (661) 362-3366 or sue.albert@canyons.edu.
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