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September 29, 2010

Walk-Through Flu Shot Event at Valencia Campus on Oct. 29

The L.A. County Department of Public Health and College of the Canyons along with the L.A. County Sheriff and Fire Departments, will be conducting a community flu immunization Point of Dispensing (POD) on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. This is the fifth consecutive year that such an event will be held, although this year the drive-thru will be replaced by a walk-through model.

The flu-immunization POD will be conducted in the West Physical Education building on the College of the Canyons Valencia campus located off Rockwell Canyon Road. Parking will be in adjacent lots and vaccine will be dispensed from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or as long as the vaccine lasts.
Inoculations against the seasonal flu at the POD are provided free of charge and will be dispensed at this event in anticipation of an active flu season. Anyone seeking flu immunization at the POD are reminded to leave their pets at home (with the exception of guide dogs) since they are not allowed on the College of the Canyons campus and their presence in a location where immunizations are being administered is inappropriate.

While the drive-thru concept proved to be very successful in past years, the main reason the vaccine is administered is to test the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) response during a bioterrorism attack and help prepare for our community’s response to a potential pandemic. The purpose of the CRI plan is to treat an impacted, mass population with medications within a short time period. Under the plan, communities are challenged to develop a variety of models through which vaccines can be distributed to mass populations. These “points of dispensing” can take many forms.

“The Flu POD not only provides a viable way for people to safeguard themselves against the flu season,” said Santa Clarita mayor, Laurene Weste, “but it also gives the community an important opportunity to practice preparedness on many levels.”

Organizers of the local POD, which occurs each year at College of the Canyons, are confident in their ability to handle the drive-thru model and, this year, have decided to go with a “walk-through” model in order to perfect that system. In the case of an actual need to inoculate an entire community, it is likely that both models would be activated in order to inoculate as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time.

The POD is designed to operate under a command structure required by the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which have been established to provide effective management of multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional emergencies in California. Police, fire and other first responder agencies use SEMS/NIMS procedures regularly because the system improves coordination and communications and reduces resource duplication during complex responses. The theory is that with more agencies and volunteers learning the specifics of SEMS/NIMS, the more efficient all complex response activities will become.

Each year, additional volunteers are brought into the organizational structure of the POD to learn the responsibilities of various key positions. As a result, more people are trained each year to assume the various responsibilities within the emergency structure. The hope is to develop a pool of people within the community who can step in and run multiple PODs if a future situation were to warrant that. More than 150 volunteers from the participating agencies help coordinate the event each year.

“It is amazing how creative and dedicated all of the volunteers are in making sure this event runs smoothly and I am impressed with how much we learn every year that is extremely useful,” said Michael Joslin, the college’s dean of student services as well as the POD incident commander for the second consecutive year. “I am interested in seeing how well a walk-through model works and how many people we can serve in a relatively short amount of time.”

“The planning and implementation of the flu POD fosters cooperation and communication between agencies that otherwise don’t often work together,” stressed Joslin, “and who need to be able to coordinate their responses in the event of a large scale emergency.”

The college’s Valencia campus is conveniently located near freeways and major arteries so that, in a real world bioterrorism event, large numbers of people could be inoculated very efficiently.

College of the Canyons nursing students will administer most of the immunizations and students from the EMT program are an important part of the screening process prior to vaccine being administered. Both groups gain valuable, real world experience from the POD.

In addition, nurses from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the college and volunteer nurses are on hand to lend their knowledge and expertise to the POD. Numerous City of Santa Clarita staff, the City’s Community Emergency Response

Team (CERT) volunteers as well as City of Santa Clarita’s Emergency Communication Team volunteers will also participate.

In the event of a large outbreak of disease or a regional terrorist attack, many sites similar to this one in Santa Clarita would be needed to serve the needs of California communities.

According to public health officials, over the last four years the Santa Clarita flu PODs have ranked among the best in all of California.

The number of flu immunizations administered each year depends on the availability of seasonal flu vaccine.


September 28, 2010

College Participates in Federal Child and Adult Care Food Program

The Santa Clarita Community College District (College of the Canyons) Early Childhood Education Centers participate in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program.

To ensure access to the program by children within our community, we are required to notify the media in our service area of our participation in the program.

The district operates an Early Childhood Education Center on both the College of the Canyons Valencia and Canyon Country campus.

Attached is our public announcement of participation and information about the program’s income eligibility scales.

Thank you for helping inform the community about this important program.

For more information about this program please contact Diane Stewart, dean of the college’s early childhood education and training programs, at (661) 362-3503.

Free Eligibility Scale — Lunch, Breakfast, Milk
Household Size: ​​ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
​Annual​
​$14,079 ​$18,941 ​$23,803 ​$28,665 ​$33,527 ​$38,389 ​$43,251 ​$48,113
​​Monthly
​$1,174 ​$1,579 ​$1,984 ​$2,389 ​$2,794 ​$3,200 ​$3,605 ​$4,010
​​Twice Per Month
​$587 ​$790 ​$992 ​$1,195 ​$1,397 ​$1,600 ​$1,803 ​$2,005
​​Every Two Weeks
​$542 ​$729 ​$916 ​$1,103 ​$1,290 ​$1,477 ​$1,664 ​$1,851
​​Weekly
​$271 ​$365 ​$458 ​$552 ​$645 ​$739 ​$832 ​$926
 
For each additional family member, add:
​Annual​​
​+$4,862
​Monthly​
​+$406
​Twice Per Month​
​+$203
Every Two Weeks​
​+$187
​​Weekly​
​+$94
 

Reduced-Price Eligibility Scale—Lunch, Breakfast
​​Household Size: 1​ 2​ ​3 ​4 5​ ​6 7​ ​8
​​Annual
​$20,036 ​$26,955 ​$33,874 ​$40,793 ​$47,712 ​$54,631 ​$61,550 ​$68,469
​​Monthly​
​$1,670 ​$2,247 ​$2,823 ​$3,400 ​$3,976 ​$4,553 ​$5,130 ​$5,706
​​Twice Per Month​
​$835 ​$1,124 ​$1,412 ​$1,700 ​$1,988 ​$2,277 ​$2,565 ​$2,853
​Every Two Weeks​
​$771 ​$1,037 ​$1,303 ​$1,569 ​$1,836 ​$2,102 ​$2,365 ​$2,634
​​Weekly​
​$386 ​$519 ​$652 ​$785 ​$918 ​$1,051 ​$1,184 ​$1,317
 
For each additional family member, add:
​​Annual​​
+$6,919​​
​Monthly​​
​+$577
​Twice Per Month​​
​+$289
Every Two Weeks​​
​+$267
​​​​Weekly​
​+$134



September 27, 2010

College to Host Third Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Event

In observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness month, the College of the Canyons Social Science and Business Division will host the third annual Domestic Violence Awareness event and donation drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the COC Honor Grove, located on the college’s Valencia campus.

The event will include a performance by the band Women on the Move and a special dramatic performance by the COC theatre department, along with the annual “Everybody is Beautiful” student fashion show and the “Real Beauty” student and faculty art exhibit.

The event will also feature guest speakers throughout the day and several information booths presented by representatives from COC clubs and other SCV organizations with an interest in addressing the issue of domestic violence.

“The day’s activities are intended to empower attendees to stand up against domestic violence and spread awareness in the community about this important issue,” said Connie Tripp, COC history instructor and one of the event’s organizers.

Attendees will be invited to decorate a T-shirt in the name of a victim or survivor of domestic violence to be included as part of a college clothesline display.

Event organizers will also be collecting dry and canned food items, diapers, baby wipes and other toiletries to be donated to the nonprofit humanitarian relief organization Help The Children (HTC).

HTC is dedicated to alleviating the suffering of children and their families throughout the United States and around the world by providing food, clothing, personal care items and medical supplies to families in need.

Cash and gift card donations will also be collected in support of the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita.

For more information about the College of the Canyons Domestic Violence Awareness event please contact Connie Tripp at (661) 362-5931.


September 23, 2010

Scholarly Presentation to Focus on ‘Mysteries of Open Ocean’

The College of the Canyons scholarly presentation “Mysteries of the Open Ocean” will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, on the main stage of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons.

Presented by COC biology instructor Amy Foote, this all-ages event will take audiences on a voyage to the darkest depths of a unique and biologically diverse underwater world that is sure to illuminate the imagination.

“Since the surface of the Earth is approximately 71 percent water and mainly made up of our oceans, I feel it’s very important to educate the community on the many important features of this vast entity,” Foote said.

“Only a few scientists have ventured to the mid depths of the ocean,” added Foote. “Through this presentation I will share some of their findings that will absolutely amaze you.”

The presentation will begin by providing audience members with some background about the physical and chemical characteristics of the open ocean, and the many different types of creatures and organisms that live in the open ocean communities.

However, the main focus of the presentation will be a discussion about how these features change — and how the organisms adapt — as the depth of the ocean increases.

“Past the 500 to 1000 meter mark the ocean is dark, because light cannot travel that deep,” Foote said. “But have you ever wondered how this affects the organisms that live at those levels? How do they eat? How do they communicate? How do they reproduce, especially if they cannot see each other? Again, the answer’s will amaze you!”

The presentation will also address the daily human affects on the world’s oceans, including last summer’s BP oil spill and the threat that disaster continues to pose to the various animals and organisms included in the ocean’s massive food web.

“As humans we do many things that affect our oceans, but probably the largest is the lack of education out there about our oceans,” Foote said. “It takes education and information for people to understand that when the water is polluted there are consequences.”

Foote joined the College of the Canyons biology department in 1999 and has taught a multitude of biology courses and labs ranging from organismal and environmental biology and human genetics, to oceanography and marine biology.

She holds a bachelor of science in marine biology, as well as a master of science in biology with a marine emphasis from California State University, Northridge.

“I was brought up around the ocean and on boats my entire life,” Foote said. “One semester in college I decided to take a marine biology course. From there it was just a question of where I wanted to study marine biology.

“Now I get to teach and share information about the largest and most dynamic natural phenomena on earth,” Foote exclaimed.

The scholarly presentation “Mysteries of the Open Ocean” is being presented by the College of the Canyons Foundation.

Admission to the event is free, however seating may be limited.

A pre-presentation reception sponsored by the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees will be held in the PAC lobby beginning at 6 p.m. the day of the event.

For more information about the College of the Canyons Scholarly Presentation “Mysteries of the Open Ocean,” please contact the College of the Canyons Foundation at (661) 362-3434.


September 23, 2010

Canyon Country Campus Star Party to Focus on Jupiter

If the planet Jupiter could talk, you might hear it brag, “Hey, other planets, don’t mess with me. I’m larger than all the rest of you put together!” Or it might complain, “Man, I’ve got this giant, irritated, red spot that just won’t go away!” Or maybe we’d hear it sing, “Planet Jupiter has a moon, I-o, I-o, Oooo!”

Okay. We’re all thankful it can’t talk — or sing! But it sure is an interesting planet. It is, in fact, the largest planet in our solar system; it does have a giant red spot and Io is one of its more than 63 moons.

Community members will have the opportunity to learn more about our fifth planet from the sun and view it through telescopes at the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus’ fall Star Party to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15.

This free, family event will be held at the Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater on the Canyon Country campus, which is located at 17200 Sierra Highway in Canyon Country.

College faculty members and astronomers will be on hand with lots of information and a number of telescopes so that visitors can get an up close and personal view of a planet that has intrigued people for centuries.

Star Party attendees are encouraged to come early with picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a festive atmosphere as the sun sets in the west and Jupiter comes into view.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase at the event through campus food vendor Maui Wowi. A portion of the concession sales from the Star Party will be donated to the Dr. Ram Manvi Memorial scholarship fund, to benefit students who are majoring in the fields of mathematics, science or engineering technology.

“This is the second time we’ve looked at Jupiter,” said Dr. Dena Maloney, vice president of the Canyon Countrycampus and Economic Development. “We had such strong feedback about that first event and, given Jupiter’s visibility at this time of year, we’ve decided to focus on it again.

“Jupiter is a fascinating planet,” stressed Maloney, “and there is still a lot we can learn about it.”

To begin the evening, NASA astronomer Dr. David Ciardi and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) science system engineer Dr. Kevin Grazier will present a short orientation lecture to familiarize audiences with the fifth planet from the sun.

Grazier joined NASA’s JPL in 1995, and has worked as science system engineer on the Cassini Equinox Mission’s study of Saturn, and also served as investigation scientist for the Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem.

Ciardi is an astronomer at the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute located at Caltech and a current member of the science teams for the French exoplanet mission CoRoT and the NASA mission Kepler. Both missions are dedicated to discovering and studying planets around other stars. 
Did you know?

• Jupiter is the fastest spinning planet in the Solar System. Its day is only 10 hours long.
• Jupiter is a gas planet held together by a massive gravity field.
• Jupiter is essentially a sun, but without the nuclear reaction at its core required to produce light.
• Jupiter has been visited seven times by spacecraft from Earth.

Want to know more about Jupiter or astronomy or the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus? Then bring your friends and family to this unique, educational and fun event!

For more information about the College of the Canyons Star Party, please call the college’s Canyon Country campus at (661) 362-3801.


September 14, 2010

New Works Festival Puts Out Call for Submissions

College of the Canyons is asking local playwrights to roll up their sleeves, dust off their manuscripts and give their creative works a chance to be performed live on stage by submitting their new and original play scripts to be included at the 11th annual New Works Festival (NWF).

A collaboration between the college’s theatre and English departments, the NWF gives aspiring writers the opportunity to see their work transmitted from the page to the stage through a unique workshop experience that focuses on the writer’s work -- and helps bring it to the next level.

Works that are selected for inclusion in the festival will be produced and performed live on stage at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) Black Box Theatre during the spring 2011 semester.

“In most theatre it is the play that comes first,” said David Stears, NWF director and COC theatre faculty member. “Our workshop focuses on supporting the playwrights in discovering the essence of their work and giving voice to their pieces during the writing process.”

Submissions must be received by noon Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, in the College of the Canyons TLC lab located in Bonelli Hall, Room 209, on the college’s Valencia campus.

Festival organizers will accept all forms of work for consideration -- including monologues, scenes, 10-minute plays, single acts and full-length two-act plays. Writers do not need to be COC students.

All submissions must be previously unproduced, unpublished, and solely the original work of the playwright. Adaptations will not be accepted. Signed waivers from all associated creators must accompany all musical pieces submitted to the festival.

There are no content restrictions, however, consideration is given to pieces that are reasonably producible.

Scripts will be reviewed and selected by members of the COC theatre and English departments.

For more information about the New Works Festival or how to submit materials please contact Kim Gurnee at (661) 362-3073 or visit www.canyons.edu/newworksfestival.


September 10, 2010

Theatre Department to Hold Special Auditions for Spring Production

Next week, the College of the Canyons theatre department will hold special auditions for the roles of Willy Loman and Linda Loman in the college’s spring 2011 production of “Death of a Salesman.”

One of the most important plays in modern theatre, Arthur Miller’s 1949 classic, “Death of a Salesman” tells the story of Willy Loman, a down-on-his-luck, middle-aged salesman, unable to comprehend how or why he never achieved the success and fortune he dreamed of.

Faced with the realization that his life is a failure, Willy becomes further and further estranged from his family, and begins to lose contact with reality.

Powerful, disturbing and relevant, “Death of a Salesman” is a modern tragedy, seen as a caustic attack on the American dream, and society’s obsession with material wealth and the trappings of success.

Auditions for the roles of Willy and Linda Loman will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, in Pico Canyon Hall, Room 101.

Interested actors are asked to arrive at noon to complete paperwork and sign up for an audition slot. Auditioning actors will have the opportunity to perform a prepared monologue and/or read scenes from the play.

Auditions for all other roles will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 8 and 9, 2011 in the college’s Black Box theatre.

“Casting the right actors for these two roles is crucial to the success of this production,” said Paul Wickline, COC theatre department chair. “We felt it would be best to hold early auditions to give the director plenty of time to select the best actors to play Willy and Linda. This will allow time for special rehearsals with these actors before full rehearsals begin in February.”

For more information about auditions for the COC production of “Death of a Salesman” please visit www.canyons.edu/departments/theatre.


September 8, 2010

College2Career Event Allows Students to Explore Career Options

With a goal to help students make the connection between their educational aspirations and the multitude of career options potentially available to them, in October College of the Canyons will host its first College2Career Day.

Featuring workshops, hands on activities and interactive demonstrations by COC faculty members about various academic and career technical education (CTE) opportunities, along with representatives from four-year colleges and universities, this free event will focus on exploring career paths that a college education can help students prepare for.

The College of the Canyons College2Career Day will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, on the College of the Canyons Valencia campus.

Taking the place of the annual SCV College Day held at College of the Canyons in previous years, event organizers hope College2Career Day will provide additional focus on one of today’s most relevant student questions: “What will I do with my education and with my life?”

“Many students enter college, whether here at College of the Canyons or at a four-year university, not knowing quite why they are there except for the fact that they know they need education beyond high school,” said Audrey Green, COC associate vice president of academic affairs. “Most students have not had a great deal of exposure to the world of work and the vast opportunities available to them. Our goal is to help students connect education to a career and plan for their future.”

College of the Canyons departments scheduled to participate in the event include: welding, land surveying, computer networking, electronics, EMT, fire technology, culinary arts, hotel restaurant management, water systems technology, photography, animation, paralegal and many more.

Highlighting the event will be a workshop created for high school students and their parents entitled “Many Ways to Win,” which focuses on the three major areas of life after high school: identifying a career, getting a job and earning a living.

Also included in the workshop will be discussions about success in the emerging world and how technology has changed the face of the American workforce, making much of the career advice that applied to past generations a moot point for today’s student population.

Including five key tips which every parent needs to know, this pro-CTE and pro-college presentation will help parents and students learn what employers will be looking for and how to use the realities of the current/future labor market to their advantage.


September 3, 2010

Mentry Hall Expansion Ribbon-Cutting on Sept. 8

Subject: Ribbon-cutting ceremony

Time: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010

Place: College of the Canyons Art Gallery (Mentry Hall)

Event: A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 32,040-square-foot, $10.7 million Mentry Hall Expansion Project. The expansion project has being funded by Measure M, a general-obligation bond passed by local voters in November 2006.

The expansion project added two computer labs, a large lecture room, 11 classrooms, a 2-D drawing classroom, a life/drawing classroom, two conference rooms and 12 offices. It increased the overall size of Mentry Hall to 76,339 square feet. The expanded Mentry Hall opened for classes on Aug. 23, the start of the fall 2010 semester.

Klassen Construction Management was both architect and contractor for the project.

Mentry Hall houses the following College of the Canyons programs and activities:
• Media Entertainment Arts (Formerly RTVF)
• Animation
• Architectural Drafting and Technology
• Interior Design
• Visual Art and Art History
• Photography
• Graphic and Multimedia Design
• Art Gallery

Speaking at the event will be Mr. Scott Wilk, president of the college’s Board of Trustees; Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook, Chancellor of College of the Canyons, and Dr. Floyd Moos, division dean, fine and performing arts.


September 3, 2010

PAC to Present San Francisco Opera’s ‘Madama Butterfly’

“Madama Butterfly”
​Community members will have a chance to see and experience the world-class San Francisco Opera as part of the 2010-11 season at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons.

As the debut of the San Francisco Opera’s Grand Cinema Series at the PAC, a theater-style HD screening of the company’s acclaimed production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” will be presented on the PAC main stage at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28.

One of the world’s most beloved and dramatic operas, “Madama Butterfly” is a classic tale of colliding hearts and cultures set in 19th-century Japan.

It tells the story of a geisha tragically torn between two worlds and forced to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to retain her honor.


Recorded live in high definition at San Francisco’s historic War Memorial Opera House, the screening will include English subtitles and a brief intermission featuring behind the scenes interviews with the production’s cast and crew — along with some of Puccini’s most popular music.

General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for COC students and senior citizens.

Prior to the evening’s performance, at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the PAC lobby, local opera aficionado Jack Shine will lead a free hour-long lecture and discussion designed to prepare audience members for the evening and deepen their understanding of this amazing art form.

“This event will be a fabulous way to learn more about opera or satisfy your craving by seeing world-class opera in an informal setting,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing director. “The PAC has been bringing opera to Santa Clarita for years, and we hope this series will continue to build an appreciation for the art form in our valley.”

The second installment of the San Francisco Opera’s Grand Cinema Series at the PAC will take place 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, and feature a screening of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”

For more information about the San Francisco Opera Grand Opera Cinema Series or to purchase tickets please contact the PAC Box Office at (661) 362-5304 or visit www.CanyonsPAC.com.


​September 2, 2010

Walk-Through Flu Shot Event Planned Oct. 29

The L.A. County Department of Public Health and College of the Canyons along with the L.A. County Sheriff and Fire Departments, will be conducting a community flu immunization Point of Dispensing (POD) on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. This is the fifth consecutive year that such an event will be held — although this year the drive-thru will be replaced by a walk-through model.

The flu-immunization POD will be conducted in the West Physical Education building on the College of the Canyons Valencia campus located off Rockwell Canyon Road. Parking will be in adjacent lots and vaccine will be dispensed from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or as long as the vaccine lasts.

Inoculations against the seasonal flu at the POD are provided free of charge and will be dispensed at this event in anticipation of an active flu season. Anyone seeking flu immunization at the POD are reminded to leave their pets at home (with the exception of guide dogs) since they are not allowed on the College of the Canyons campus and their presence in a location where immunizations are being administered is inappropriate.

While the drive-thru concept proved to be very successful in past years, the main reason the vaccine is administered is to test the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) response during a bioterrorism attack and help prepare for our community’s response to a potential pandemic. The purpose of the CRI plan is to treat an impacted, mass population with medications within a short time period. Under the plan, communities are challenged to develop a variety of models through which vaccines can be distributed to mass populations. These “points of dispensing” can take many forms.

“The Flu POD not only provides a viable way for people to safeguard themselves against the flu season,” said Santa Clarita mayor, Laurene Weste, “but it also gives the community an important opportunity to practice preparedness on many levels.”

Organizers of the local POD, which occurs each year at College of the Canyons, are confident in their ability to handle the drive-thru model and, this year, have decided to go with a “walk-through” model in order to perfect that system. In the case of an actual need to inoculate an entire community, it is likely that both models would be activated in order to inoculate as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time.

The POD is designed to operate under a command structure required by the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS), which have been established to provide effective management of multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional emergencies in California. Police, fire and other first responder agencies use SEMS/NIMS procedures regularly because the system improves coordination and communications and reduces resource duplication during complex responses. The theory is that with more agencies and volunteers learning the specifics of SEMS/NIMS, the more efficient all complex response activities will become.

Each year, additional volunteers are brought into the organizational structure of the POD to learn the responsibilities of various key positions. As a result, more people are trained each year to assume the various responsibilities within the emergency structure. The hope is to develop a pool of people within the community who can step in and run multiple PODs if a future situation were to warrant that. More than 150 volunteers from the participating agencies help coordinate the event each year.

“It is amazing how creative and dedicated all of the volunteers are in making sure this event runs smoothly and I am impressed with how much we learn every year that is extremely useful,” said Michael Joslin, the college’s dean of student services as well as the POD incident commander for the second consecutive year. “I am interested in seeing how well a walk-through model works and how many people we can serve in a relatively short amount of time.”

“The planning and implementation of the flu POD fosters cooperation and communication between agencies that otherwise don’t often work together,” stressed Joslin, “and who need to be able to coordinate their responses in the event of a large scale emergency.”

The college’s Valencia campus is conveniently located near freeways and major arteries so that, in a real world bioterrorism event, large numbers of people could be inoculated very efficiently.

College of the Canyons nursing students administer most of the immunizations and students from the EMT program are an important part of the screening process prior to vaccine being administered. Both groups gain valuable, real world experience from the POD.

In addition, nurses from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the college and volunteer nurses are on hand to lend their knowledge and expertise to the POD. Numerous City of Santa Clarita staff, the City’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers, as well as City of Santa Clarita’s Emergency Communication Team volunteers will also participate.

In the event of a large outbreak of disease or a regional terrorist attack, many sites similar to this one in Santa Clarita would be needed to serve the needs of California communities.

According to public health officials, over the last four years the Santa Clarita flu PODs have ranked among the best in all of California.
The number of flu immunizations administered each year depends on the availability of seasonal flu vaccine.


September 2, 2010

SBDC, ATI to Provide Businesses with Health Insurance Options

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) hosted by College of the Canyons and the i3 Advanced Technology Incubator (ATI) will host the free conference, Health Insurance Solutions, for the first time this September. The main goal of the conference is for attendees to learn about the myriad of health insurance solutions available to small business owners. It will also provide an overview of the various ways small business owners may benefit from and/or be impacted by the recently enacted healthcare reform legislation.

It is part of an overall effort by the SBDC and ATI to provide current and future small business owners with all the tools and resources needed to be successful in today’s economic climate.

The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 17, in the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, Room 258, located on the College of the Canyons Valencia campus.

“This conference is being organized in response to the numerous requests the SBDC and ATI have received from small business owners seeking help in demystifying this extremely complex topic,” said Steve Tannehill, SBDC director. “The ability for small business owners to provide health insurance for themselves, their families and their employees can be a critical component to their success.”

Featuring insights from small business owners and representatives from the healthcare, accounting and health insurance industries, the conference will be highlighted by a presentation from keynote speaker Bill Gil, president and CEO of the Facey Medical Foundation.

The event will also include a special informational presentation by the non-partisan organization Small Business Majority about the recently enacted Federal healthcare reform legislation.

Founded by small business owners, the Small Business Majority is based in the San Francisco Bay area and works to present an impartial view of the many issues that impact small businesses. In addition to working on strategies that promote entrepreneurship and small business growth, the organization’s recent focus has been dedicated to finding a solution to the skyrocketing health insurance costs small businesses have faced in recent years.

“We believe that by working with key partners like the Small Business Majority on this conference it will make for a more comprehensive event and help small business owners understand how to best take advantage of the many health insurance solutions available not only today, but going forward,” said Nina Grooms Lee, ATI interim director.

Following each presentation there will be a brief question and answer period designed to let attendees ask questions that might not have been addressed.

Admission to the conference is free, however attendees must register in order to attend. A light breakfast will be served.

Parking for this event is $2 and can be purchased on the day of the event from one of the automated kiosks located in the college’s parking lots 13, 14 and 15.

The SBDC/ATI conference Health Insurance Solutions is one of the many interactive workshops and conferences the SBDC offers each year in order to provide current and future small business owners, students and community members with access to the tools and resources needed to be successful in business.

This event is being hosted with assistance from SBDC business support partners including: Facey Medical Group, TriNet, the SCV Chamber of Commerce, the City of Santa Clarita, the Valley Industrial Association (VIA), L.A. Economic Development Corporation and the new SCV Economic Development Corporation.

For more information about the SBDC/ATI conference Health Insurance Solutions please call (661) 362-5900 or visit www.cocsbdc.org.
 
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