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June 24, 2010

Have New Program, Need Students: MLT Information Meetings Slated

This summer, the College of the Canyons Allied Health Division will host a series of information meetings designed to introduce students and the public to the college’s recently approved Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program and the various employment opportunities available in the high-demand medical and biotechnical lab industries.

The MLT program will begin offering classes in the fall 2010 semester.

Information sessions about the new program will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 1, and 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, in Aliso Lab, Room 321, located at the Valencia campus.

Each information session is expected to last approximately one hour and include information about eligibility requirements, program prerequisites and the application process, as well as potential career paths and employment opportunities related to this degree.

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, public health facilities and other commercial laboratories — where their training and communication and research skills are highly valued.

“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. “As the first community college in the region to offer an MLT program, it’s our goal to help California meet the statewide demand for trained laboratory personnel.”

The California Employment Development Department estimates the need for medical and clinical technicians in the healthcare industry will increase by more than 17 percent between 2006 and 2016.

Additionally, statistics provided by the United States Department of Labor show that an entry level certified MLT technician in the state of California typically earns a median income of more than $38,000 a year, higher in many locations.

Students who complete the two-year MLT program will receive an associate in science degree in MLT and be eligible to sit for the national certification exam needed in order to receive licensing from the California Department of Health Services Laboratory Field Services Branch.

June 10, 2010

Workshop Production of ‘Sing Me a Happy Song’ Debuts at Black Box Theater

A workshop production of the new musical “Sing Me a Happy Song,” will debut at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons Black Box Theater, July 9-10 as part of this summer’s Festival of New American Musicals.

Penned by two of Broadway’s newest voices in Georgia Stitt and David Kirshenbaum, “Sing Me a Happy Song” is a contemporary musical revue about finding your heart in material times. With songs about modern-day relationships, searching for yourself on the Internet, striving to have everything but never having enough, love, family and your gay best friend, this five-character show is at once comic and poignant, smart and silly, emotional and timely.

The workshop production of “Sing Me a Happy Song” is being presented by the PAC and the COC theatre department, with student actors cast from the college’s course Theatre 193: Summer Theatre Workshop.

Performances will take place 8 p.m., Friday, July 9, and 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Saturday, July 10, in the PAC Black Box Theatre. General admission tickets are $15.

“Providing our students with the opportunity to participate in performing arts-based events like the Festival of New American Musicals is definitely one of our missions at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director. “Working with Georgia and David to help shape their piece and debut it in our community is a great honor for us all.”

Running throughout the spring and summer months, the Festival of New American Musicals celebrates the return of the American musical by showcasing full productions, staged readings, concerts, master classes and other performance-based events in conjunction with performance arts organizations in cities across Southern California.

“With a cast of 28 talented singers and actors, the show will have a full and vibrant sound and promises to be one of the most exciting productions to be seen at COC,” said Andrea Slominski, COC adjunct theatre instructor and director of the production. “I encourage anyone who loves musical theatre to buy tickets now, as this show will sell out quickly.”

The PAC/COC theatre department workshop production of “Sing Me a Happy Song” is part of the college’s ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration.

June 8, 2010

First Year Experience Program Hosts Final Cougar Day

Graduating seniors from the William S. Hart Union High School District who have not yet enrolled in the College of the Canyons First Year Experience (FYE) program will have an additional opportunity to do so at the last FYE Cougar Day event, Friday June 18, on the college’s Valencia campus.

The college’s 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.

According to recent studies, only 29 percent of freshmen attending two-year colleges nationally actually complete their degree within three years. However, many will never proceed past their first year of study.

With those statistics in mind, the college has developed the FYE program in an attempt to help reverse that trend.

“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. 

By enrolling in the year-and-half-long FYE program students will have access to helpful pre-entry outreach and orientation services conducted during the summer, a variety of ongoing academic and career exploration opportunities, various skill-building workshops and campus involvement activities, as well as participation in a year-long faculty/student mentor program.

Students enrolled in the program will also have access to a series of FYE designated English and general education courses in the fall semester of their first year. All FYE-designated courses are integrated with additional active learning and collaborative learning techniques used in the classroom, along with other learning techniques that will help students be more successful.

The faculty members assigned to instruct the FYE courses also serve as ongoing mentors to FYE students through the duration of the program.

As the first step to enrolling in the FYE program students should register for and attend the upcoming FYE Cougar Day event from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday June 18.

The FYE program is only open to graduating seniors from the William S. Hart Union High School district, and space is limited.

Students who attend the Cougar Day event June 18, and subsequently enroll in the FYE program will then be invited back for a special FYE summer orientation in July in preparation for the college’s fall 2010 semester.

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. A segment of the orientation will include information and tips 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.”

For more information about the College of the Canyons First Year Experience, or to register to attend the upcoming Cougar Day event June 18, please contact the COC Instruction Office at (661) 362-5479 by 5 p.m., Friday June 11.

June 7, 2010

Athletics Department to Offer Six Summer Youth Camps

As the summer months descend upon the Santa Clarita Valley, College of the Canyons athletics will offer six youth camps, including a new addition from last year – softball. 

Staffed and run by COC coaches and athletes, the youth camps provide an affordable way for kids of all skill levels to learn a new sport or to take their game to a higher level. Held from June to August, the camps offer many different options to fit any child’s schedule.  

Baseball: Join players from the 2009 Western State Conference champion and 2010 baseball team in the third annual summer youth baseball camp. Head coach Chris Cota and his coaches and players will cover defense, hitting, pitching and much more in this four-day camp for boys and girls ages 7-14. The camp will run from July 6-9. The cost to register is $195.

Basketball: Men's basketball coach Howard Fisher's basketball camp will stress fundamental skills such as defense, dribbling, passing, shooting and rebounding. There will also be skills competitions, guest speakers and full-court games. Individual instruction and written evaluations are given to each player. The basketball camp has two sessions. Session One runs from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. on June 21-24 and Session 2 runs from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. on June 28-July 1. The cost to register for either session is $200. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 6-14.

Football: Join Cougar head coach Garett Tujague and other coaches and players from the seven-time conference champion Cougar football program in a thrilling three-day long, non-contact football skills summer camp. This camp will help players increase their skills in every area of football, including: offense and defense, passing, rushing, catching, blocking, kicking and much more. The camp runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 6-8. The cost is $80.

Soccer: The Canyons School of Excellence Summer Soccer Academy offers curriculum for both beginning and advanced players. The academy will be staffed by players and coaches of the men’s and women’s soccer teams, who will offer instruction and personal attention. The camp is for male and female players ages 5-15 and will run from July 12-15 from 5-8 p.m. The cost to register is $125, or $100 if registered before June 15. Discounts are also available for families and teams.

Softball: The College of the Canyons softball team will conduct its first summer youth camp. Staffed by the members of the back-to-back conference champion team and coaches, the camp will focus on hitting, pitching and fielding. Dates, times and costs are still being finalized, but should be updated shortly on the COC athletics website. 

Volleyball: Learn the basic or advanced skills of volleyball in two fantastic four-day camps designed for boys and girls of all skill levels, ages 9-14. This camp will cover everything from basic serving, blocking and setting to advanced concepts like the jump serve, the quick attack and offensive and defensive concepts, all in an individualized setting. There are two sessions. The first session will take place on July 26-29 from 8:30 to 12:30 p.m. The second session will run from Aug. 2-5 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost for the camp is $125 if paid by July 1 and $150 after.

June 1, 2010

Employee Training Institute to Provide Training at Boston Scientific

The Employee Training Institute (ETI) has received a $150,000 grant from the state Chancellor’s Economic and Workforce Development program to provide training services to more than 100 Boston Scientific employees in the company’s economically burgeoning neuromodulation division. 

Through this project the college’s ETI will deliver a series of short-term responsive training sessions designed to help Boston Scientific reduce product development time, cut costs and increase productivity — while providing a boost to the local economy.

“The college has a long and successful track record of advancing the economic development mission of the California Community College system,” said Kristin Houser, ETI director. “With this grant we will be able to help Boston Scientific meet their corporate goals of developing and launching new products, while opening the door for potential job growth and economic expansion in the local and regional manufacturing industries.”

Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices that have significantly advanced the practice of less-invasive medicine. The company’s neuromodulation division, Boston Scientific Neuromodulation (BSN), is based in Santa Clarita, and is a leading developer of microelectronic devices that modulate nerve activity in order to treat disabling disorders, including chronic pain.

In late 2008, BSN received FDA approval on its 180,000 square foot manufacturing plant located in the Santa Clarita industrial center, which employs roughly 900 people.

“Boston Scientific is excited to partner with the College of the Canyons Employee Training Institute,” said Lorraine Munoz, BSN director of training and development. “This partnership will enable us to deliver high quality training to our employees that is focused on developing and enhancing the skills necessary to achieve our company’s mission. That mission is to benefit patients by improving current neuromodulation therapies and bringing disruptive new technologies to market.”

According to the research firm GlobalData, demand for implantable medical devices in the United States is projected to grow by eight percent per year through 2015. In Los Angeles alone, the industry employs approximately 39,000 workers and is the number one employment market for the industry in the nation, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics.

Growth in the neuromoduloation market is projected to be nearly triple that of implantable devices, as the size of the potential treatment population continues to expand.

The program will be delivered by the college’s ETI and consist of intensive training in project management skills, medical device software testing, electrotechnical quality standards, and computer aided product design. Training will be conducted at the Boston Scientific facility and at the college’s Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT).

Training services are scheduled to begin in fall 2010, pending passage of a state budget.

“It’s our goal to be a valued partner to businesses throughout the SCV,” said Houser. “Just as our client businesses have had to adapt to these challenging new economic times, ETI is also flexing and developing new training formats and topics in response to our clients’ many needs.” 

June 1, 2010

Invitation to Cover Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony

Subject: College of the Canyons nursing program graduation and pinning ceremony.

Time: 3 p.m., Thursday, June 3, 2010.

Place: Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons (PAC)

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.

“This event represents the culmination of a nursing student’s hard work and dedication, as well as the beginning of a new career in this caring profession,” said Diane Morey, interim director of the COC nursing program. “We are proud to have the opportunity to honor our graduating RNs in the presence of their family, friends and peers.”

In addition, Larry Kidd, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital vice president and chief nursing officer of patient care services, will be on hand to present a check to officials from the college’s nursing department for the continued funding of a full time nursing instructor at the college.

“With this donation, the funding for the college’s nursing collaborative and the donation of the facilities for the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital/College of the Canyons Education Center, the hospital has donated more than $1 million to the college’s nursing department since 2002,” said Sue Albert, COC dean of Allied Health.

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 260 nursing students enrolled at College of the Canyons.

This event is part of the college’s ongoing 40th Anniversary celebration.