2010 NEWS ARCHIVE​​​​​​​

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July 23, 2010

UCLA Extension to Offer Fitness Instruction at University Center

Beginning in fall 2010, College of the Canyons will partner with UCLA Extension to offer a certificate program in Fitness Instruction at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center.

Blending theory and practice, UCLA Extension’s one-year fitness instruction program will provide students with the body of knowledge needed to excel in the field of fitness instruction. The program is ideal for personal trainers and coaches who want to achieve elite status in their profession, as well as fitness enthusiasts and professionals looking to change careers.

Earning a certificate in fitness instruction is also a great way for dietitians, nurses, psychologists and other health professionals to expand their skill set and use this new knowledge to help improve their clients’ health.

In addition, a number of courses included in the program can be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements for themaster of science in kinesiology program at California State University, Northridge (CSUN).

“Fitness instruction is a field that offers great opportunities for people interested in a new career,” said Barry Gribbons, COC assistant superintendent, vice president institutional development, technology and online services. “UCLA Extension’s program is one of the best in the state, and another great fit for the University Center and our community.”

The UCLA Extension fitness instruction course offerings are designed to allow completion of the program in one academic year (four quarters). However, students are allowed up to three years to earn the certificate, if necessary.

UCLA Extension Fitness Instruction courses to be offered this fall include:

• Physiological Science X449 -- The Human Body: How It Functions
• Physiological Science X451 -- Introduction to Human Nutrition

Class meeting days and times will be finalized approximately eight weeks prior to the start of the quarter. Additional classes are scheduled to be offered during the 2011 winter, spring and summer quarters.

Cited as the college’s solution to the lack of upper division, graduate school and continuing education programs in the area, the University Center was established with a goal to increase student access to advanced degrees by forging partnerships with surrounding four-year colleges and universities. Those institutions then make their academic programs available to students through courses offered at College of the Canyons.

With the University Center building now entering its second year, college officials expect to be continually adding new courses and programs to the lineup of available educational opportunities.

Community members are invited to attend a Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19. The event will provide prospective students with information about the various programs and degree options offered by the college’s partner institutions.

For more information about the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center or to view a lineup of university partners and degree and certificate programs please visit www.COCUniversityCenter.com​ or call (661) 362-5474.

To learn more about the UCLA Extension Fitness Instruction certificate program please contact Regina Marinas at (310) 206-8456 or rmarinas@uclaextension.edu, or visit www.uclaextension.edu.


July 22, 2010

University Center Establishes Partnership with The American College

Officials have established a new educational partnership with The American College to begin offering a variety of financial planning certificate programs at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center this fall.

Dedicated to providing innovative training and development services for financial services professionals, The American College has served as a valued business partner to banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies and other organizations for more than 83 years.

“We are thrilled to have The American College join the University Center family of partners,” said Barry Gribbons, COC assistant superintendent, vice president institutional development, technology and online services. “They are a nationwide leader in insurance and financial services education and will be a great complement to College of the Canyons’ insurance program. 

“Furthermore, there couldn’t be a better time to offer these programs right here in Santa Clarita, as many people are looking for new training programs that lead to productive careers.”

Programs to be offered by The American College at the University Center this fall include:

• Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®)
• Financial planning certification curriculum. 
• Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®)
• Chartered Advisor for Senior Living® (CASL®)

Additional program offerings yet to be scheduled will include:

• Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®)
• Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF)
• Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS)

“There has never been a better time to become a personal financial advisor. Millions of boomers are expected to retire during the next 10 years and need expert advice in order to achieve financial security. That’s one of the reasons why the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the employment of personal financial advisors will grow much faster than average during the coming decade,” stated Steve Tarr, CLU®, ChFC®, CAP®, CASL®, MSM, senior vice president, The American College.  

“Individuals interested in achieving success in this growing career field would be wise to prepare themselves through educational programs like those offered at The American College and College of the Canyons,” added Tarr.

Cited as the college’s solution to the lack of upper division, graduate school and continuing education programs in the area, the University Center was established with a goal to increase student access to advanced degrees by forging partnerships with surrounding four-year colleges and universities. Those institutions then make their academic programs available to students through courses offered at College of the Canyons.

With the University Center building now entering its second year of existence, college officials expect to be continually adding new courses and programs to the lineup of available educational opportunities.

Community members are invited to attend a Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19. The event will provide prospective students with information about the various programs and degree options offered by the college’s partner institutions.

For more information about the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center or to view a lineup of university partners and degree and certificate programs please visit www.canyons.edu/UniversityCenter ​or call (661) 362-5474.

For more information about The American College please visit www.TheAmericanCollege.edu​.


July 21, 2010

College to Hold ‘First Year Experience’ Orientation Meetings

Incoming College of the Canyons freshmen who have enrolled in the college’s new First Year Experience (FYE) program are invited to attend one of the upcoming FYE orientation sessions being held July 26 to 29, on the COC Valencia campus.

The FYE program is designed to help incoming freshmen make the difficult transition from high school to college by preparing students for success during their first year of attendance at College of the Canyons.

“We’re trying to give students all the tools they need early in their college experience to ensure a positive start to their college career and hopefully encourage students to continue their studies,” said Audrey Green, COC associate vice president of academic affairs.

First Year Experience student orientation sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 26, Tuesday, July 27, Wednesday, July 28, and Thursday, July 29. The parent portion of the event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day.

Each orientation session is limited to 75 students and 25 parents, with students/parents only required to attend one session. To be eligible to register for an orientation session students must have previously attended one of the college’s Cougar Day events held during the spring 2010 semester, placed below college level in English and/or math, selected an academic area of emphasis and have a valid COC student ID number.
On the day of the orientation students must also bring a printed copy of their assessment results, as well as the results from the Cougar Day interest inventory.

During the orientation session students will have the chance to meet with faculty, learn about specific majors and academic areas of interest, network with COC peer mentors and become more familiar with the campus and its many operations. The morning segment of the orientation will also include tips and information for parents about how to support an adult student.

“Instead of the traditional online orientation we want the ability to talk with incoming freshmen face-to-face,” Green said. “By educating students and parents about what can be expected in a college classroom and helping them to identify an appropriate academic or career path, it’s our hope that students will go on to be more successful in all that they undertake.”

FYE orientation registration will remain open through Sunday, July 25.

For more information about the College of the Canyons First Year Experience, or to register to attend an FYE orientation date, please visit www.canyons.edu/FYE or contact the COC Instruction Office at (661) 362-5479.


July 12, 2010

Performing Arts Center Single-Event Ticket Sales to Begin July 17

On Saturday, July 17, the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons will begin selling single event tickets for performances included in the 2010-2011 PAC season “COC Presents Series.”

Headlining acts for the 2010-11 PAC season include Grammy Award-winning vocalist Michael Bolton, War, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Pilobolus, Peking Acrobats, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Vicki Lawrence, One Night of Queen, the San Francisco Opera Grand Opera Cinema series and many more.

Individual ticket sales will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 17, and resume during regular PAC Box Office hours (Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.).

Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone, through mail by using the tear out order form included in the PAC season schedule, or in person by visiting the PAC Box Office located at the venue on the COC Valencia campus.

“We have already received a tremendous response for the 2010-11 PAC season and series subscription options, but great single event tickets are still available for all shows,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director. “We anticipate several of our shows to sell out this weekend, so be sure to purchase your tickets early.”

Ticket orders will be mailed to patrons approximately two to three weeks prior to the show date. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

For more information about the 2010-11 PAC season schedule or to view a listing of all scheduled performances please visit www.CanyonsPAC.com​. To contact the PAC Box Office please call (661) 362-5304.


July 8, 2010

Theatre Department Seeks Actors, Singers and Dancers for Fall Production

The theatre and music departments are in need of cowboys, cowgirls, country crooners, dancers and actors, of all ages and abilities, to audition for its fall production of the foot-stomping musical “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”

Written by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson, with music and lyrics by Carol Hall, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” is a happy-go-lucky romp centering on the infamous Chicken Ranch brothel — so named because during the Great Depression poultry was accepted as a form of payment.

“Some audiences may be familiar with the 1982 film of the same title starring Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds, but the stage version of this musical is much funnier, faster-paced and enjoyable for audiences,” said Paul Wickline, COC theatre department chair and director of the production.

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” will run on the main stage of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons, October 15-17 and 22-24.

Auditions will be held 12 p.m. Saturday, August 21, and 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 23, in the PAC Block Box Theatre. Auditions are open to both COC students and community members. Actors are asked to arrive 15 minutes early in order to complete paperwork and sign up for an audition time slot. 

Performers are asked to prepare 16 to 32 bars from a musical theatre or country and western song. Those auditioning for the role of Jewel might choose to audition with a blues song. Audition material should be no more than two to three minutes in length, and should be accompanied by sheet music in the correct key. Music in CD form will not be accepted.

Participants only need to attend one of the preliminary audition dates, but should be prepared to attend a callback audition at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 26.

The directors will be looking to cast between 20 and 25 performers. Actors of all ages, ethnicities and abilities are needed, including actors who don’t sing, singers who don’t dance and dancers who don’t act or sing. However, everyone will still be required to sing for the directors during auditions.

Rehearsals will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 12 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, beginning Friday, August 27.

Those cast in the production should not have a regular evening class and will need to enroll in Theatre 190C: Theatre Production and/or Music 116: Performance Ensembles for Music Theatre.

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” script is available on reserve in the COC library, located on the Valencia campus.

For more information about auditions for the COC production of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” please visit www.canyons.edu/departments/theatre or contact Paul Wickline at paul.wickline@canyons.edu.


July 2, 2010

Community Members Invited to Share, Network and Learn at CareerCampSCV

This month the College of the Canyons Career Center will present the free daylong event CareerCampSCV, designed to assist students and community members who are unemployed, underemployed or recent college graduates, to build the careers they’ve always desired. 

CareerCampSCV will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 10, in the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, Room 258, located on the College of the Canyons Valencia campus.

This event will include guest speakers, ad-hoc presentations and interactive breakout sessions focused on the various aspects of both building and improving one’s professional career — no matter their age, experience or career field.

“CareerCampSCV is different from your typical conference in that it creates itself, based on the interest and involvement of the attendees,” said Anthony Michaelides, director of the COC Career Center. “You can attend to listen and learn, or you may choose to lead a group in your own specialty area, but the ultimate goal is for you to leave with new contacts, information and leads that will help move you to the next step in your career.”

Though CareerCampSCV admission and parking are free, those planning to attend this event must register online, as space is limited.

For more information, including a list of scheduled speakers, or to register please visit CareerCampSCV.wordpress.com​ or contact Mitch Krayton at (661) 310-2435.

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