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February 26, 2010

Admissions and Records Office Announces New Hours

Citing student demand and a desire to better serve student needs, the College of the Canyons Admissions and Records office has announced a new schedule of extended office hours effective Friday, February 26, 2010.

The Valencia campus Admissions and Records office will now be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Canyon Country campus Admissions and Records office will remain open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In an effort to continually advance the level of customer service students receive the college has made a number of significant changes to the Admissions and Records office in recent years.

Prior to the Spring 2010 semester, the office lobby was redesigned to better accommodate student needs with the addition of a check-in table and the presence of lobby staff to help field questions and direct students.

“We take student suggestions seriously and are continuously making modifications to accommodate their needs,” said Jasmine Ruys, director of admissions, records and online services at the college. “The new extended office hours and enhanced line management system will allow staff to better assist students, while providing information about the array of online features available through their ‘My Canyons’ account.” 

February 23, 2010

Experience ‘All that Jazz’ at Annual R.K. Downs Jazz Festival

This weekend, the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons will host more than 200 local musicians during the R.K. Downs Invitational Jazz Festival — providing the ideal venue for local music fans to experience ‘all that jazz.’

After a one-year hiatus in 2009, the annual R.K. Downs Invitational Jazz Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, February 27, on the PAC main stage.

Featuring a collection of the valley’s top high school and college jazz bands, the annual festival serves as prelude to the traditional spring band competition season. 

As an added treat, the festival will be highlighted by a special performance from the legendary College of the Canyons Studio Jazz Ensemble big band, directed by COC music director KC Manji.

“This festival, in honor of former COC music instructor RK Downs, is an excellent opportunity for local jazz ensembles to perform for each other and we are happy to have so many fine musicians participating,” said Manji. “I invite the public to stop by and enjoy some well-played big band jazz.”  

Admission to the R.K. Downs Invitational Jazz Festival’s entire day of performances is free, with seating coming on a first-come, first-served basis.

February 19, 2010

COC Institute for Culinary Education to Vacate Town Center Location

Administrators announced today that the College of the Canyons Institute for Culinary Education (I-CuE), currently located in the building of a former restaurant at 23400 Town Center Drive at the Westfield Valencia Town Center Shopping Mall, will be forced to move by March 31 of this year.  The original agreement for use of the restaurant was crafted by Westfield and subsequently assumed by property manager, CB Richard Ellis (CBRE).  The agreement had been a specialty, or temporary, license rather than a long-term lease

Where the program will relocate is unclear at this time since the college’s curriculum requires a space that has a professional kitchen with ample and appropriate space for food preparation and classroom instruction. The college is actively looking for an alternative site for the program with a minimum of 3,000- square-feet.

“We took a bit of a risk that we’d be able to stay in the Town Center location for a substantial amount of time,” said Mitjl Capet, vice president of instruction for the college, “As a result, we are in a position where we have to move extremely quickly to find another location where we can offer instruction to nearly 400 currently-enrolled students in this very popular, ‘hot’ career field.”

Approximately 130 students have enrolled in additional culinary classes that are scheduled to start in April. Administrators have assured students that these classes will be held in the most suitable facility they can find. 

The rapidly-expanding Culinary Arts program at the college has seen an astronomical increase in growth in a short period of time, having expanded to 19 classes this spring from only nine classes in the spring of 2009. The program has worked with restaurants/food service providers to increase the opportunity for career-ladder employment in the industry.

The college’s Culinary Arts program was created in 2006 but growth was restricted due to the inadequate and crowded on-campus facilities that were shared by the college’s contract food services vendor. 

February 19, 2010

Spend the ‘Summer Semester in Paris’ with College of the Canyons

Students looking for an aesthetic alternative to the traditional summer school experience may want to renew their passport and brush up on their French in preparation of a ‘Summer Semester in Paris’ with the College of the Canyons art and French departments.

Providing students with the opportunity to earn college credit in one of the world’s most culturally unique cities, the 2010 ‘Summer Semester in Paris’ will take place from June 10 to July 10 — with students housed at the famed Cité Internationale at the University of Paris.

With the city of Paris as their classroom students can earn up to six units in the subjects of art and French culture and conversation, while also taking part in day trips to other educational destinations throughout the country.

At a cost of $2,940, students who enroll in the ‘Summer Semester in Paris’ program will receive:

  Dormitory style housing in the Cité Internationale at the University of Paris.
  Use of the ACCENT International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad facilities in Paris.
  Day trips to the Chartres Cathedral, Palace of Versailles, the historic city of Rouen and Claude Monet’s home and gardens in Giverny.
  Use of the Paris bus and subway system for the entire trip.
  Transfers to and from the Paris airport
  An international student identity card.
  Pre-departure orientation program and guided tour of Paris.

For an additional $420, students can also participate in an optional three-day excursion through the Normandy and Brittany regions of France, including transportation, guided tours and two nights lodging and accommodations in the town of Saint-Malo, located on the English Channel.

“What makes this educational travel opportunity truly unique,” said Pierre Etienne, COC French instructor and trip organizer, “is that rather than spending a day or two in one location and then heading to the next one, students will stay an entire month in Paris — allowing time to discover the many layers that compose this great capital.

“What’s more, they’ll be able to do so under the guidance of two professors, an artist and a French cultural historian, who know the city intimately,” added Etienne.

The ‘Summer Semester in Paris’ program is open to any enrolled student who will be at least 18 by June 9, 2010. However, the trip will be limited to just 30 students.

An information meeting for interested students will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, February 25, in the College of the Canyons library, room 206, located on the Valencia campus.

February 16, 2010

SBDC Offers Free Workshop to Businesses Affected by Sayre Fire

The Small Business Development Center hosted by College of the Canyons (SBDC) is reaching out to offer assistance to business owners affected by the 2008 Sayre Fire.

The SBDC is offering a free workshop entitled ‘The Small Business Toolbox’ from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 23, in the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, room 107, located on the COC Valencia campus.

Providing small business owners access to the tools needed to take their business to the next level, the workshop will be hosted by SBDC business advisors Tora Brown and Connie Sparks and focus on topics including determining business needs, attracting new clients and accessing capital.

“We understand the severe devastation that this fire caused to businesses in our service area, and we are here to help,” said Steve Tannehill, Director of the SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons. 

The SBDC system is the Small Business Administration's largest service program, providing high-quality business and economic development assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs. 

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 in starting, retaining or expanding their businesses by providing workshops, one-on-one consulting, and many other resources to the business community. 

February 16, 2010

Silver Spur Award to Honor Gary and Myrna Condie’s Community Service

The Foundation’s Silver Spur Award for community service is one of the Santa Clarita Valley’s most prestigious honors and the annual Silver Spur dinner event itself has achieved “must attend” status for many community-minded individuals.

Each year, a selection committee pours over the resumes of dozens of deserving candidates in the difficult quest to select the year’s honoree. This year, Gary and Myrna Condie have been selected as the award winners and will be feted at the Silver Spur Award dinner on Saturday, March 6, 2010. This year marks the award’s 20th Anniversary. 

The Condies are members of the College of the Canyons Foundation Board of Directors and support a number of charitable organizations and events in the community including the Boys and Girls Club, the Boy Scouts of America and the Festival of Trees among many others. 

The 2010 Silver Spur Celebration will return to Autry National Center in Los Angeles where it began in 1989. Guests will be able to view one of the Centers most prestigious exhibitions of the year, the “Masters of the American West” during the cocktail hour beginning at 6 pm. Dinner and the celebration will begin at 7 pm. 

The evening includes a dinner, live auction and a tribute video to the honorees. 

Tickets are still available and all proceeds will benefit the College of the Canyons Foundation and support its ability to assist students in these difficult economic times.

For sponsorship information or to purchase tickets for the event, please call the College of the Canyons Foundation at (661) 362-3737 or (661) 362-3435.

February 10, 2009

Paralegal Studies Program Receives American Bar Association Approval

This week, the American Bar Association’s (ABA) House of Delegates took action to award full approval to the College of the Canyons Paralegal Studies program.

With the House of Delegates’ decision, the COC Paralegal Studies program becomes the only ABA approved program of its kind in the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valleys — and one of approximately 30 such programs in the state.

“College of the Canyons is pleased to offer another career training option at a time when many people are looking to upgrade their skills and be equipped for success in a new field,” said COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook.  “This program is another example of our ongoing commitment to create more options for students to help them achieve their goals and secure well-paying jobs that will lead to further career advancement.”

The principal objective of the ABA paralegal education program approval process is to foster a high quality of paralegal education and training standards. 

The approval process consists of several stages including the preparation of a self-evaluation report and supporting documents, review by educational consultants, an onsite evaluation of all program operations to verify that they operate in compliance with ABA guidelines and consideration by the Standing Committee on Paralegals & Approval Commission.

Once a program is approved it is required to submit ongoing interim reports to ensure that it continues to comply with ABA guidelines. Paralegal programs that successfully complete the evaluation process are approved for a period of seven years, before having to reapply.

“The ABA only approves of programs that are dedicated to the highest quality of education and which provide graduates with the tools to become successful paralegals,” said Nicole Lucy, chair of the COC Paralegal Studies department. “We are honored to be recognized as being worthy of ABA approval and excited to know that our graduates will now enjoy even greater employment opportunities as a result of completing an ABA approved program.”

The College of the Canyons Paralegal Studies program prepares students for positions as paralegals, while operating with a broader goal to improve the accessibility, quality and affordability of legal services throughout the community.

Students who complete the 30 units needed to obtain an associate degree in paralegal studies from COC will receive:

  A broad-based understanding of the American legal system and the practice of law in California.
  The skills and knowledge needed to work as a paralegal in civil litigation law firms.
  An understanding of and appreciation for the ethical rules and regulations applicable to paralegal and other legal professions.
  A balanced education based on the integration of legal theory and practical course work. 
  Strong written and oral communication skills and the tools necessary to begin a career in the highly respected and well-paid paralegal industry. 
  The opportunity to gain real-world paralegal work experience in a variety of potential employment settings through the college’s Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) department.

The College of the Canyons Paralegal Studies program is designed for students who are working professionals, with classes primarily offered in the evenings at both the Valencia and Canyon Country campuses.

“With the industry need expected to continue to grow in the coming years, now is the perfect time to begin thinking about a career as a paralegal,” Lucy said.

February 9, 2010

SCV Youth Orchestra Receives Grant to Establish Music Library

The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra (SCVYO) Foundation and the College of the Canyons student orchestras have been awarded a $9,000 challenge grant from the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation (HMNF) to establish a musical library on the COC Valencia campus.

Expected to house music for all levels of orchestra from beginner through young professional, when established, the library will lend music and materials to SCV area schools, youth organizations and both private and public musical ensembles.

Early plans call for the library to include a professional-quality music storage system, cataloging software, computers to maintain the collection and more than 300 individual pieces of classical music spanning all levels of performance and instruction.

“For far too long, local music students have been without a library to call their own,” said Peggy Cannistraci, president of the SCVYO Foundation. “By providing students and other community organizations access to a continually updated catalog of performance music, the Foundation hopes to promote musical education to young people of all ages and ability levels.”

The SCVYO Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports three student instrumental performing groups at College of the Canyons: the Prelude Strings, Intermediate Orchestra and the Symphony of the Canyons.

One of the few orchestral music programs available to youth in the Los Angeles area, the SCVYO Foundation supports the college’s instrumental music education program for students eight years old and above, regardless of ability to pay.

As a condition of the grant, the SCVYO has been ‘challenged’ to raise an additional $9,000 in order to receive the grant money and move forward with its music library project. To help reach that goal, SCVYO leaders have been focusing their efforts on securing additional funding for the project through private donations and supplemental grants.

“Music programs at elementary schools all the way through the college level are suffering as a result of statewide budget cuts to the public education system,” said Paul Sherman, director of the COC orchestras. “By creating this library, we can help improve both the quality of music instruction local students receive and the overall level at which they will perform for years to come.”

The HMNF is a non-profit organization that supports charitable, cultural and agricultural programs in specific areas of California. The Foundation's purpose is to fund projects that exemplify the life and goals of Henry Mayo Newhall.

Since its inception, the HMNF has awarded grants to more than 100 organizations in communities where Mr. Newhall originally established his businesses, or where those enterprises are active today.  

February 5, 2010

Donation Allows SBDC to Expand Antelope Valley Operations 

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by College of the Canyons has received a $10,000 donation from Wells Fargo to help fund the SBDC’s lineup of business consulting and training services offered to small business owners throughout the Antelope Valley.
As a result of the donation, SBDC officials have been able to draw upon an additional $10,000 in matched federal funding that will allow the SBDC to continue to expand its services in the area.
“We are very pleased to receive this financial sponsorship from Wells Fargo,” said Steve Tannehill, Director of the SBDC hosted by College of the Canyons. “This partnership — which brings together the resources of the nation’s number one small business lender and Los Angeles county’s top-performing team of SBDC business advisors — will help hundreds of Antelope Valley’s small business owners receive the assistance they need to meet the challenge’s of today’s business environment.”

Based on the notion that local economies thrive when small businesses thrive, in 2009 a partnership was established between the SBDC, Wells Fargo, the Antelope Valley Board of Trade (AVBOT) and the City of Lancaster to bring increased consulting and training services to entrepreneurs throughout Antelope Valley.

Through these partnerships, the SBDC serves as the core source of workshop trainers and business advisors, while Wells Fargo and the AVBOT provide the use of their facilities to host the SBDC’s lineup of low-cost workshops and no-cost counseling services. 
“In the Antelope Valley we want to be known for outstanding service and sound financial advice, satisfying all of our customers’ financial needs,” said Kathie Voss, Vice President and District Manager of Wells Fargo Antelope Valley. “We are excited to partner with the SBDC, AVBOT and the City of Lancaster to promote the economic advancement of everyone in our community.”
As part of the partnership SBDC business advisors regularly host workshops and seminars with topics including:
  Business start-up and expansion
  Business plan development
  How to obtain financing for your business
  Increasing sales for existing businesses

SBDC business training workshops are conducted at the Lancaster Wells Fargo branch training facilities located at Wells Fargo Training Room, 802 West Lancaster Blvd., in Lancaster. Business consulting sessions are held at the AVBOT offices located at 548 West Lancaster Blvd., Suite 103, in Lancaster.
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 in starting, retaining or expanding their businesses by providing workshops, one-on-one consulting, and many other resources to the business community. 

February 5, 2010

PAC Presentation of ‘Frog and Toad’ a Success with SCV Families 

Nearly 800 local students, families and community members filled the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons in January for the second installment of the PAC’s Almost Free Family Series, sponsored by McDonald’s of Santa Clarita. 
Featuring a performance of the Tony Award nominated musical “A Year with Frog and Toad” — based on the beloved literary characters created by Arnold Lobel — the day’s events also included pre-show fine arts activities for elementary students and the opportunity for audience members to meet and interact with the show’s performers.
As an added treat, McDonald’s of Santa Clarita Schutz Organization — which serves as the primary sponsor of the series — arranged for a surprise visit by Ronald McDonald, who was on hand to greet students as they entered the PAC.
“The performance of ‘A Year with Frog and Toad’ was an amazing success,” said Mark Schutz, owner of McDonald’s Santa Clarita Schutz Organization. “Adam Philipson and the entire PAC staff have done so much to help bring the arts to families in our community and McDonald’s is honored to be a part of that effort.”

The Almost Free Family Series is a collection of family-focused and educationally relevant performances that have been priced for the entire family to enjoy. Though most Family Series performances are held on weekends, local teachers and community organizations interested in bringing a student group to the PAC may be eligible to receive discounted tickets and supplemental arts educational classroom materials.
The next installment of the McDonald’s of Santa Clarita Almost Free Family Series will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 1, and include a performance of the musical “Max and Ruby,” which follows the escapades of the two bunny siblings created by author Rosemary Wells.

February 5, 2010 

College Art Gallery Presents ‘Life After Life’

The Art Gallery opens the spring season February 16, with an exhibition titled ‘Life After Life.’

In a collaborative effort with the COC English department, this show combines the work of 19 professional visual artists along with the work of six of the college’s English department faculty members.

The concept for the exhibition was to ask the artists and writers to submit a work, or works, that in some way represent a “contemplation of the unknown,” or more bluntly, death.

“Whatever your spiritual belief, each individual comes to his or her own conclusions about the subject of death. We all experience loss and also must confront our own mortality. This show is not meant to be somber, rather to provoke a conversation on the impact of death on how we live our lives,” said Larry Hurst, Art Gallery director.

“Through the works featured in this exhibit, we can engage with a universal — and difficult — theme in new ways, and come away enriched by others’ experiences and perspectives,” said English professor, Kim Gurnee.​ “I’m looking forward not only to the exhibit, but also to the discussion between the artists and writers who have contributed to the show.”

The exhibition will be highlighted by an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 16 and a ‘conversation with the artists’ that will take place at 6 p.m. the same evening.

A special reading of the written entries that accompany the art will take place in the gallery at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 4.

The COC Art Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors unable to visit the gallery during these hours are welcome to call (661) 362-3612 to make a viewing appointment.

February 3, 2010

Cougars Sign with Four-Year Schools on National Signing Day

Nine College of the Canyons football players signed national letters of intent today, capitalizing on their opportunities to play at the next level. 

“I am very excited for these young men,” said College of the Canyons head football coach Garett Tujague. “Every single one of these players has persevered through the struggles of being a student athlete, and today is the day that all that hard work comes to fruition. The coaches and myself wish them many successes at the next level.”

As of this date, four Cougars from the 2008 and 2009 squads have signed with Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) universities. 

Two Cougars will be taking their talent to the Southeastern Conference. Safety Josh Gibbs already transferred to the University of Kentucky while tight end Mychal Rivera decided to spend his final two years with the new coaching staff at the University of Tennessee.

Second-Team All-Conference honoree and outside linebacker Evan Harrington elected to transfer to the University of Colorado, while offensive lineman Louiszell Alexander will head to the East Coast to join Syracuse University. 

After sitting out the 2009 season, Marquis Jackson, the 2008 National Division, Northern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, is still weighing is options and has yet to sign a letter of intent. 

As the academic year continues, Tujague expects more COC football players to commit to four-year schools. 

Players Who Signed:
Louiszell Alexander, Syracuse, Div I FBS
CJ Atkins, Montana, Div I FCS
Karim Barton, Morgan State, Div I FCS
Arron Fisher, Texas A&M, Kingsville, Div II
Josh Gibbs, Kentucky, Div I FBS
Evan Harrington, Colorado, Div I FBS
Mychal Rivera, Tennessee, Div I FBS
Stephen London, University of Sioux Falls, NAIA
Eric Ivarsson, University of Sioux Falls, NAIA