2011​ NEWS ARCHIVE​​​​​​​

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April 29, 2011

Calling All Entrepreneurs: Register Now to ‘Dream and Discover’

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Registration is still open for the Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) 2011 Dream and Discover Entrepreneurs Conference, with all current and future small business owners, students and community members invited to attend.

The 2011 Dream and Discover conference will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, located on the College of the Canyons Valencia campus.

Featuring a lineup of inspiring keynote speakers and interactive workshops, the conference will provide tips for business owners and entrepreneurs alike, while informing attendees about the wide range of available SBDC services and programs, including the Young Entrepreneurs Program (YEP).

College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook will open the conference with a welcoming address, before introducing keynote speaker and serial entrepreneur Larry Twersky, former president of 1-800-DENTIST.

Twersky’s presentation will discuss how attendees can be more effective, not just more efficient, by simply feeling good about themselves and striving to do more with their lives.

“Mr. Twersky has more than 25 years of leadership experience and is an industry expert in customer relationship management and office automation,” said Steve Tannehill, SBDC director. “More importantly, from his time at 1-800-DENTIST to his founding of 1-800-SLEEP-MED, he has continually worked to build a successful business model around a product or service that provides a social good.”

Throughout the conference SBDC business advisors will be on hand to lead a series of interactive workshops providing tips for business owners and current/future entrepreneurs alike.

Topics will include how to finance your business, the utilization of marketing tools and key success strategies for entrepreneurs, while also focusing on how the SBDC can help achieve those goals. The success strategies will also include key tactics for attendees involved in the SBDC’s Young Entrepreneur Program (YEP).

Targeting young people between the ages of 14 and 27, YEP offers free business counseling and business training programs to help guide and encourage young people to consider careers in self-employment and small business ownership.

This year’s conference will also serve as a venue to showcase some of the recent accomplishments of YEP students, during the annual Marketing and Business Plan Contest awards.

To conclude the conference, the SBDC will present a networking reception and trade fair designed to allow entrepreneurs to meet and mingle, and discuss business with potential “angel investors.”

“Obtaining the start-up capital to launch a small business can be problematic for many entrepreneurs,” said Nina Grooms-Lee, SBDC senior business advisor and YEP program manager. “Having the opportunity to present your business venture to a group of angel investors could be the beginning of a profitable partnership.”

Key sponsors of the 2011 Young Entrepreneur Program and the Dream and Discover Entrepreneurs Conference include College of the Canyons, the California Community College’s Economic and Workforce Development program (EWD), the Business & Entrepreneurship Center at Cuesta College and AMS Fulfillment.


April 22, 2011

College to Offer More Summer Classes, Despite Budget Cuts

The effects of the global recession are being felt everywhere, and everyone is looking for ways to do more with less. College of the Canyons is no different, and despite ongoing budget cuts to the state’s higher education systems, the college will be offering more than 300 class sections this summer, an increase of approximately 100 class sections from the college’s summer 2010 schedule.

The 300-plus class sections being offered are primarily “core” classes that students need to either graduate, transfer to a four-year school and/or meet course prerequisites associated with their immediate educational plans. All summer session courses have also been selected based on their high demand.

The increase in course offerings comes as a result of a decision the college made late last year to save money by offering a reduced schedule of classes during winter session, so that more sections could instead be offered during the summer.

“We always try to balance our course offerings, so we evaluate every term and look to see where the demand is,” said Audrey Green, associate vice president of academic affairs for the college. “Offering more classes during the summer session, when student demand is much higher, just made sense.”

To provide students with some schedule flexibility, the college is also offering a choice of starting dates and class lengths. The first five-week summer session runs June 6 to July 8, a second eight-week session will run June 13 to Aug. 5, and the final five-week session will run July to Aug. 12.

The college’s summer session schedule is now posted online at www.canyons.edu. A printed schedule of classes will not be offered to students.
Summer session registration for continuing students is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 9. New student registration will begin on Monday, May 23, with a final late registration period scheduled to begin Wednesday, June 1.

However, with several community colleges in the region either not offering a Summer Session, or only offering a limited schedule, classes are expected to fill quickly.

With that in mind, college officials are encouraging students not to wait until the last minute to apply to the college and/or register for summer classes. Below is a list of registration tips all students should keep in mind:

• Make sure the college’s Admissions and Records office has your current email, telephone number and postal addresses so that the college can provide you with up-to-date information regarding your registration time/date.
• Know what classes you really want and sign up for them during your registration period. Once you are registered for a class, only cancel it if you are absolutely sure of your decision.
• Check the online schedule of classes frequently for updated class listings and/or changes.

In addition, students should be reminded that summer 2011 is the last term that they will be charged a $26-per-unit enrollment fee. Beginning in fall 2011, the state has mandated that all California community colleges begin charging a $36-per-unit fee.

For more information about the College of the Canyons 2011 summer session, please contact the Admissions and Record office at (661) 362-3280.


April 18, 2011

Exhibit to Help Launch College’s Student Art Collection

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The Art Gallery will host the 16th Annual COC Student Exhibition from Tuesday, April 19 through Saturday, May 14. The exhibit features a wide array of student work spanning the traditional visual arts categories.

Serving as the semester’s culminating event for many COC art students, the exhibit will also play an important role in gallery Director Larry Hurst’s initiative to form the College of the Canyons Student Art Collection.

Once established, the COC Student Art Collection project would allow students to submit their artwork for competition in the annual “Student Exhibition” held each spring semester — with four winners eventually selected for inclusion in the collection and awarded cash prizes.

The chosen works would then become part of a permanent visual art collection, spanning all disciplines, to be displayed at the college’s Valencia and Canyon Country campuses.

“This is an exciting year for the Art Gallery as we begin to build our permanent student art collection,” Hurst said. “Students seem eager to participate in this project, so we expect this exhibition to offer some very high-quality pieces to choose from.”

An artist’s reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. opening night in the college’s Art Gallery, located on the Valencia campus.

In addition, the college will host the first annual Student Art Collection Awards from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the Art Gallery.

The College of the Canyons Art Gallery is open 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Visitors unable to visit the gallery during these hours are welcome to call (661) 362-3612 to make a viewing appointment. All gallery exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the College of the Canyons Art Gallery or the Student Art Collection, visit www.canyons.edu/artgallery/.


April 8, 2011

‘Dream and Discover’ Conference Encourages Entrepreneurship

SBDC Dream & Discover 2011 Entrepreneurs Conference
​The Small Business Development Center at College of the Canyons (SBDC) is encouraging current and future small business owners, students and community members to think entrepreneurially and embrace their dreams, at the 2011 Dream and Discover Entrepreneurs Conference.

Featuring a lineup of inspiring keynote speakers and interactive workshops, the Dream and Discover conference will provide tips for business owners and entrepreneurs alike, while informing attendees about the wide range of available SBDC services and programs, highlighted by the Young Entrepreneurs Program (YEP).

“This year’s Dream and Discover conference will again provide attendees with access to the critical resources that aspiring and successful local business owners need to thrive in today’s economic climate, along with the chance to meet with other successful entrepreneurs and listen to a panel of outstanding speakers who will inspire them to reach new heights,” said Steve Tannehill, SBDC director.

The 2011 Dream and Discover conference will take place from 1:30 to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, located on the College of the Canyons Valencia campus.

Dr. Dena Maloney, vice president of economic development and the college’s Canyon Country campus, will open the conference with a welcoming address.

Highlighting the day will be a keynote presentation by serial entrepreneur and former president of 1-800-DENTIST, Larry Twersky, who will discuss how attendees can be more effective, not just more efficient, by simply feeling good about themselves and striving to do more with their lives.

“Mr. Twersky has more than 25 years of leadership experience and is an industry expert in customer relationship management and office automation,” Tannehill said. “More importantly, from his time at 1-800-DENTIST to his founding of 1-800 SLEEP-MED, he has continually worked to build a successful business model around a product or service that provides a social good.”

Throughout the day SBDC business advisors will also be on hand to lead a series of interactive workshops providing tips for business owners and current/future entrepreneurs alike.

Topics will include how to finance your business, the utilization of marketing tools and key success strategies for entrepreneurs, while also focusing on how the SBDC can help achieve those goals. The success strategies will also include key tactics for attendees involved in the SBDC’s Young Entrepreneur Program (YEP).

Targeting young people between the ages of 14 and 27, YEP offers free business counseling and business training programs delivered through a variety of outreach and delivery methods, including websites, blogs, social networking sites, virtual reality games, youth-oriented trainers and business simulation products.

The goal of the program is to guide and encourage young people to consider careers in self-employment and small business ownership.

“This the second time that the Dream and Discover Conference will incorporate speakers and workshops that address the challenges that entrepreneurs, and young entrepreneurs in particular, face,” said conference organizer Nina Grooms Lee, SBDC senior business advisor and YEP program manager. “We’ll also showcase the impressive accomplishments of our young entrepreneurs via our Marketing and Business Plan Contest awards.

“We think that this will bring an important, and enlightening, perspective to the conference that all attendees will enjoy,” added Grooms Lee.
To conclude the conference, the SBDC will present a networking reception and trade fair designed to allow aspiring and successful entrepreneurs meet, mingle, trade business tips and promote their companies or business ventures.

Key sponsors of the 2011 Young Entrepreneur Program and the Dream and Discover Entrepreneurs Conference include College of the Canyons, the California Community College’s Economic and Workforce Development program (EWD) and the Business & Entrepreneurship Center at Cuesta College.

For more information about the 2011 Dream and Discover conference, please call (661) 362-5900 or visit www.cocsbdc.org. To register, visit tinyurl.com/3dubap6.


April 7, 2011

College’s Allied Health Division to Host MLT Information Meeting

The Allied Health Division will host an information meeting designed to introduce potential students to the college’s Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program and the various employment opportunities available in the high-demand medical and biotechnical lab industries.

The next in a series of information sessions about the MLT program will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 14, in Towsley Hall, Room 102, located on the college’s Valencia campus.

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

“There is an increasing demand for medical lab technicians in healthcare facilities and laboratories across the nation,” said Hanzel Salva Cruz, director of the college’s MLT program. “For professionals considering a career shift or students still exploring their academic options, the College of the Canyons MLT program might be a good fit.”

With roughly 80 percent of medical diagnoses requiring laboratory testing to confirm them, medical lab technicians are vital to any healthcare team. Often working behind the scenes to provide the information doctors and nurses rely on to provide care to patients, medical lab technicians perform laboratory procedures on blood, tissue and other bodily fluids.

They also play an important role 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 medical lab technicians 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. However, the shortage of medical laboratory personnel is greater than that of nurses and physicians.

According to a recent survey, nearly 90 percent of hospitals in California intend to hire medical lab technicians to help staff their laboratories. In addition, the employment of clinical laboratory workers was expected to grow by 14 percent between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“This is the type of career in which students will be able grow and advance, and maintain their mobility,” Salva Cruz said. “There is a demand for trained MLTs across the nation.”

Students who complete the two-year MLT program at College of the Canyons 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.

For more information about the College of the Canyons MLT program or the upcoming information session please contact the Allied Health office at (661) 362-3287 or visit www.canyons.edu/departments/MLT
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