N E W S & V I E W S F R O M C O L L E G E O F T H E C A N Y O N S F A L L 2 0 0 9 College of the Canyons Hosts University Center Grand Opening Ceremony Changing roles mark COC’s past C and future elebrating the realization of a dream, Col- been 10 years in the making,” COC Chancellor Dr. lege of the Canyons hosted a grand opening Dianne G. Van Hook said. “We have long sought to W ith the start ceremony for the recently completed Dr. meet the higher education needs of our community of the 2009- Dianne G. Van Hook University Center. beyond the community college level and we are 10 academic Ribbon-cutting festivities took place October 17 now able to do that in a cutting-edge learning facil- year, College of the inside the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Cen- ity.” Canyons also launched ter overlooking the college’s 154-acre Valencia Cited as the college’s solution to the lack of the celebration of its campus. upper division, graduate school and continuing 40th anniversary this “This is the culmination of a dream that has education programs in the area, the University year. While 40 often is See UNIVERSITY CENTER on Page 10 associated with the beginning of middle age, the energy, enthu- siasm and innovation New Season at the Santa Clarita that pervade our cam- puses make me think we’re still in our 20s! Much has changed Performing Arts Center W at College of the ith headlining acts including Three Dog decades following 1969, when the college Canyons over the last Night, Kris Kristofferson and Opening opened,” said Adam Philipson, PAC managing Night performers Pat Benatar and Neil director. 40 years. The develop- Geraldo — whose season opener show on Sept. 11 As part of the Chancellor’s Choice series of ment of our surround- sold out in two hours — the 2009-10 season at the headliners, music songwriting great Kris Kristoffer- ing community drove Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of son will usher in the new year on Jan. 16. A main- many of those changes. the Canyons is sure to be the most legendary yet. stay of the American music songwriting scene, As the Santa Clarita “To mark the college’s 40th anniversary and Kristofferson penned songs for some of the biggest Valley grew, we saw the PAC’s fifth anniversary, this year’s season will names in music including Janis Joplin, Johnny enrollment climb and be filled with the music that defined the five Cash, Willie Nelson and Cher. See NEW SEASON on Page 10 See VAN HOOK on Page 2 W E B E L I E V E I N T E A C H I N G , L E A D I N G A N D S TAY I N G AT T H E F O R E F R O N T O F C H A N G E 2 THE BOTTOM LINE l FA L L 2 0 0 9 counseling to an aspiring entrepreneur mitment to partnerships is the University Van Hook through our Small Business Development Center. Access to higher education beyond FROM PAGE 1 Center, the goal is the same – offer practi- the community college level is limited in we expanded our facilities and academic cal assistance designed to bolster the local Santa Clarita due to the long commutes offerings to meet the increased demand. economy. needed to reach a California State Univer- But within the last decade, a broad As you will read inside this edition of sity or University of California campus. shift in the perception of the roles and the Bottom Line, College of the Canyons The University Center removes that barri- capabilities of community colleges has is home to one of 13 Centers for Applied er. influenced our continued evolution. Competitive Technologies in California. By collaborating with four-year col- For many years, our primary roles The CACT offers local companies tech- leges and universities, we bring selected were twofold. One was to offer lower divi- nology education, manufacturing training, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees sion classes and help students transfer to consulting services, access to advanced and credential to our campus where they four-year colleges and universities. The technology, low- or no-cost services due are accessible to the residents of our com- second was to offer what was called voca- to leveraged public sector funding, and munity. tional education, or equipping students more. More than 1,000 students have already with the skills needed to obtain a trade. In total, College of the Canyons taken advantage of the 20-plus programs We still do those things, and with qual- secured $1.6 million in revenue during offered in the Interim University Center ity that has garnered the respect of our 2008-09 that was used to provide a wide and earned degrees beyond the associate community. variety of services to more than 500 level. But now, we also do so much more. employers and 3,213 employees in the With the University Center complete, Economic development is a prime exam- area. This is just one example of what we we are expanding access and recruiting ple of the expanded role that community bring to the community. new partners to make available an even colleges play not just in the local commu- At the same time, community colleges wider array of offerings. This is an impor- nity, but also throughout the nation. are also expected to build bridges and tant step forward in the continuing eco- That role was highlighted this year by establish partnerships that benefit the nomic development of our community, as President Obama when he announced a community as a whole. Fortunately, the local companies will have access to a bet- $12 billion influx of federal funds into organizations and agencies that exist in ter educated workforce. community colleges over the next 10 Santa Clarita are open to collaboration and What will the next four decades hold years. welcome new opportunities to work for College of the Canyons? Without a The initiative is designed to bolster the together and accomplish far more than we crystal ball, it’s anybody’s guess. But nation’s faltering economy by equipping could by working alone. based on the past 40 years, it’s safe to say workers with the skills needed to obtain Our Performing Arts Center, which our roles, and what the community jobs requiring technical training. kicked off its new season last month with expects of us, will continue to grow. And I Fulfilling the mission of economic a sold-out show by Pat Benetar, is the can say with certainty that we will grow development takes many forms at College result of a partnership effort with the City into those expectorations and fulfill them. of the Canyons. Whether we’re launching of Santa Clarita. Their investment in the We have done that consistently throughout a new program that will prepare students construction of the 900-seat facility our college’s history, and done so with for careers in a wide range of scientific enabled us to double its size and create a quality, commitment, follow-through, and commercial industries which have regional entertainment venue that features energy, enthusiasm, and an optimism embraced the use of advanced technology college performances and community arts about what we can do together to meet our and nanotechnology, or offering advanced groups while also attracting world-class community’s needs. manufacturing training to employees at a entertainers. Dr. Dianne Van Hook is Chancellor of local aerospace company, or providing The boldest demonstration of our com- College of the Canyons. The Bottom Line is published by the College of the Canyons Public Information Office to inform the Phone community of news and events of interest in the Santa Clarita Community College District. (661) 259-7800 Editor Photography Eric Harnish Michele Buttelman/ Internet Vice President, The Signal http://www.canyons.edu District Communication, Stories Jesse Munoz Marketing & External Relations Jesse Munoz Stephanie Corral Mailing Address Sue Bozman Stephanie Corral Nick Pavik College of the Canyons Managing Director, Design/Layout Sue Bozman Santa Clarita Community College District Public Relations and Marketing John Green Jamie Milteer 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road John McElwain Evelyn Cox Santa Clarita, CA 91355 THE BOTTOM LINE l FA L L 2 0 0 9 3 New Director Named at College of the Canyons CACT W ith a strong background in manufacturing technology, new Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) Director Keith Rypka hit the The CACT has launched innovative ground running when he arrived at College of the Canyons. programs designed to address key and Providing workforce-training programs, demonstrations of new manufacturing emerging industry training needs and equipment and technologies and access to federal, state and local resources, the CACT recruit workers to the manufacturing field. at College of the Canyons assists industry partners in achieving greater operational efficiencies, enhanced productivity and increased organizational performance. INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE Since coming aboard, Rypka has worked closely with Bruce Getzan, Dean of Eco- TRAINING BOOT CAMP See NEW DIRECTOR on Page 9 Consisting of 90 hours of training, the boot camp program prepares at-risk youth ages 18-24 for high-paying College Honored For Its Innovative upwardly laddered careers in manufac- turing. The program teaches a basic and Proven Teaching Strategies understanding of operations that keep automated or industrial plants running, C ollege of the Canyons has been recognized by the Hewlett Leaders in Student as well as trouble-shooting skills. Success program as one of three California community colleges honored in 2009 for the use of innovative and proven teaching strategies in the college’s PROCESS VALIDATION TRAINING ‘basic skills’ foundational math and English programs. A grant from the state’s Economic A division of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Hewlett Leaders in Workforce Development (EWD) respon- Student Success program annually recognizes colleges that demonstrate promising sive training fund has launched a sepa- and innovative approaches to student success in basic skills education. rate program to provide process valida- As a Hewlett Leaders honoree, the college will receive a $15,000 instruction grant tion training to employees at Advanced in order to conduct “train the trainer” information sessions at surrounding communi- Bionics, currently located in Sylmar, Calif. ty colleges, allowing College of the Canyons faculty and administrators the opportu- The program, which precedes the nity to share with other schools, the techniques and strategies used to help basic skills company’s move to Santa Clarita over math and English students succeed. the coming year, trains 40 employees to “Students who place into basic skills courses are often deterred from enrolling recalibrate, revalidate and re-qualify because, to them, it seems as if they’ll never be able to reach the transfer-level cours- every piece of machinery after it is es,” Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook said. “At College of the Canyons, we provide moved to a new location and put into opportunities that will not only enhance student success, but promote a spirit of per- place. sistence.” In selecting the grant recipients, Hewlett Leaders program officials reviewed data JUNIOR HIGH SUMMER from more than 100 community colleges that tracked the success of three recent INSTITUTE CLASS cohorts of students in basic skills math and English courses. The CACT offered an exploratory “It’s a tremendous honor for us to receive this recognition,” said Audrey Green, one-week Tech Explorer, 3-D Design and associate vice president of academic affairs at the college. “We plan to begin making Fabrication track at COC’s annual Junior presentations and disseminating our effective teaching program practices at statewide High Summer Institute (JSI). conferences this fall.” Covering the basics of CAD design, Among the initiatives focused on improving foundational student success at Col- using GoogleSketchUp, as well as a lege of the Canyons are the ‘15 College Success Tips’ program and the Personalized review of the fundamentals of machin- Accelerated Learning program (PAL). ing and fabrication, the course served as The ‘15 College Success Tips’ program is designed to promote one ‘success tip’ a fun and effective outreach tool. each week in participating courses while working to increase awareness levels among Using the Tech Explorer program both students and faculty about specific student success skills. model, students gained hands-on expe- The college’s PAL program offers students a series of back-to-back, short-term rience in the shop, before evaluating classes in math and English designed to accelerate a student’s progression from a their designs — in this case miniature basic skills coursework level to a degree-applicable course of study. catapults — through a series of field College of the Canyons was officially recognized by the Hewlett Leaders in Stu- tests and competitions in the college’s dent Success at the 2009 Strengthening Student Success Conference in San Francisco Honor Grove. on October 8. 4 THE BOTTOM LINE l FA L L 2 0 0 9 Culinary Program Gets New Home C ollege of the Canyons officially the opening of the COC I-CuE, hopefully opened its new Institute for Culi- we have created an opportunity for the nary Education (COC I-CuE) at the next Wolfgang Puck to work in the kitchen Westfield Valencia Town Center — pro- every day, hone their skills and become the viding an ideal location and professional next great chef.” quality kitchen and dining facility for the The arrival of COC I-CuE will also put college to train its culinary arts students. the college in a better position to offer a Mark Henschke As one of the college’s fastest growing wider range of classes for the program’s instructional programs, the culinary arts more than 300 culinary arts, 100 wine stud- department, which ies students and Award-Winning was launched in its interested com- current incarnation munity members Physician in 2006, quickly out- alike. This fall, grew its temporary the culinary arts Ignited His Career at home in the college’s program also College of the Canyons M Student Center cafe- debuted a new teria and kitchen class format that ark Henschke may be practic- area. The opening of offers short-term ing medicine more than 3,000 COC I-CuE — locat- sequential cours- miles from College of the ed at 23400 Town es, allowing stu- Canyons, but the New Hampshire- Center Drive in the dents to complete based physician’s career would be Valencia Town Cen- more classes drastically different had it not been for ter will allow the each semester. To the college. program to accom- begin the fall Henschke, who recently received a modate more stu- 2009 semester, “Patients’ Choice” Award from MDx dents by offering 12 culinary arts Medical, Inc. and was also selected as classes throughout class sections one of “America’s Top Physicians” for the day and during were scheduled the third time by The Consumer’s weekends. In addi- at the COC I- Research Council of America, is a tion, more than one CuE. And for COC alumnus who graduated in 1975 class can be offered community with an associate of science degree in at the same time members who math and science. thanks to the may be interested While Henschke is a graduate of increased size and in broadening California State University, North- layout of the new their kitchen ridge, University of Southern Califor- facility, which skills at the COC nia, University of New England and includes classroom I-CuE, a selec- Carnegie Mellon University, he con- space, a lab facility tion of specialty siders the education he received at Col- and allowing for Cindy Schwanke (left) and Audrey Green (right) courses will be join COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook in lege of the Canyons far superior. greater flexibility cutting the ribbon to open the new COC I-CuE offered during on how such cours- facility on Valencia’s Town Center Drive. the spring 2010 “I still say to this day that College es can be offered. semester. Poten- of the Canyons was, by far, the best “Someone once asked Wolfgang Puck, tial course topics include healthy cooking educational experience I could have ‘What is the best part of your work?’” for two, Southwest cooking, quick breads ever had at a fraction of the cost of the recalled College of the Canyons Chancel- and rolls and barbecue grilling. “Such other universities that I attended sub- lor Dr. Dianne Van Hook, during ribbon courses will provide a chance for the com- sequently,” said Henschke. “It was an cutting ceremonies at the COC I-CuE in munity to get involved with College of the absurdly low fee for the quality of August. “He answered, ‘The opportunity Canyons and explore all that COC I-CuE education for which I doubt I will ever to work in the kitchen every single day.’ has to offer,” said Cindy Schwanke, culi- experience again in my lifetime. It Cutting this ribbon symbolizes the open- nary arts instructor at the college. “That’s provided me an opportunity to ing of a physical door that provides new part of what makes COC I-CuE such a spe- mature, grow and cultivate a wide opportunities,” added Van Hook. “With cial place.” range of interests.” See PHYSICIAN on Page 11 THE BOTTOM LINE l FA L L 2 0 0 9 5 College's Lab Technician Program Embraces New Technologies S tudents interested in pursuing careers in the sciences while To help launch the new program, College of the Canyons learning more about the emerging field of nanotechnology received a two-year California Industry Driven Regional Collab- can now do so through the college’s recently introduced Gen- orative (IDRC) grant totaling nearly $571,000, as well as a $1.38 eral and Emerging Technologies (GET) Lab Technician program. million grant from the Department of Commerce/Economic The College of the Canyons GET Lab Technician program is Development Agency (DOC/EDA) Public Works and Economic designed to provide a basic understanding of the essential labora- Development Facilities Program. tory technician skills needed to prepare students with the skills for Together, those funds have allowed the college to lay the immediate employment in the biotech, electronics, pharmaceuti- foundation for the program by developing and implementing cal and chemical industries. curriculum, designing appropriate on-campus instructional and Comprised of entry-level chemistry, biology and engineering laboratory facilities, constructing a clean room area and pur- technician courses, lab technician software training and laborato- chasing furniture and state-of-the-art lab tools and equipment ry/clean room safety instruction, the college’s GET Lab program for student use. is designed to develop student understanding of basic science, Included among the tools and equipment purchased for the laboratory and technical workplace skills. program are a scanning electron microscope, atomic force Students will also have the option to complete the explorato- microscope, inverted fluorescent microscope, an ellipsometer ry ‘Introduction to Nanotechnology’ elective course — signaling and profilometer. the first time a nanotechnology course has been offered at College “All of this equipment has been purchased with an eye toward of the Canyons. providing our students with hands-on training,” Instructor Kathy “This program is a perfect example of how our community Flynn said. college works to bolster the local economy,” said College of the Another important goal of the program is to work closely with Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook. “We’re providing the college’s Economic Development Division and Employee individuals the skills they need to land well-paying jobs in high- Training Institute in order to identify and form community part- ly-skilled technical fields and we’re helping to put people back to nerships and provide specialized skills training to local business- work in the midst of an ever-changing and challenging economic es and their employees. environment.” “As local companies start to realize that we have this equip- The skills learned through completion of the GET Lab pro- ment we want to begin offering training in order to get them gram will prepare students for careers in a wide range of both sci- involved with using this technology as well,” Flynn said. entific and commercial industries which have embraced the use of For more information about the college’s General and Emerg- advanced technology and nanotechnology — including computer ing Technologies (GET) Laboratory Technician program please science, cosmetics, dentistry, medicine and medical device manu- contact Dr. Ram Manvi, Dean, mathematics, sciences and engi- facturing, water purification, environmental protection and other neering technologies (MSET), at (661) 362-3135 or visit energy-efficient technologies. www.canyons.edu/Divisions/MathSci/EmergingTech/. New Center for Early Childhood Education Brings Preschoolers to College I n August, College of the Canyons wel- mentally appropriate and culturally sensi- Dean of ECE and Training Programs at the comed the youngest group of students tive learning environment. college. ever to attend the Canyon Country “This Center will enhance the ECE Located in Quad 2 of the college’s Campus as the college opened the new department’s ability and commitment to Canyon Country Campus, the 2,150- Canyon Country Center for Early Child- training quality early childhood educators square-foot facility includes two fully-fur- hood Education (ECE). for our community, while providing ECE nished classrooms, age-appropriate The Center for ECE is committed to students at College of the Canyons with restrooms, a kitchen and observation areas providing a high-quality educational expe- the opportunity for an on-campus to be utilized by parents and students rience for preschool children ages 3 to 4, practicum experience in a state-licensed majoring in ECE at College of the while modeling an exemplary, develop- pre-school setting,” said Diane Stewart, Canyons. See NEW CENTER on Page 7 6 THE BOTTOM LINE l FA L L 2 0 0 9 Gary and Myrna Condie Selected as 2010 Silver Spur Recipients Myrna Condie Named Gary Condie Receives California Mother of the Year Statewide Service Award A mother, grandmother and foster A father, grandfather, influential parent, Myrna Condie has a big heart, leader, and award-winning CPA, at his albeit one that has troubled her since birth. core, Gary Condie is a committed com- Recently named the California Moth- munity volunteer. Recently named the er of the Year by American Mothers, Inc., California Society of CPAs 2009 Public Condie has had two open-heart surgeries Service Award honoree, Condie has and is on her seventh pacemaker. always been dedicated to giving back. “I wouldn’t be here without batteries,” CalCPA presents its Public Service said Condie. “They call me ‘bionic Award to a member with a record of pub- mom.’” lic service through participation in chari- Condie was born with a heart arrhyth- table, governmental or volunteer work. mia so serious that her doctor said she “It was an honor to receive this award wouldn’t live to reach adulthood. from peers,” Condie said. “It was also “I often wondered if I would ever be a special to receive this award on the 100- mother when I was younger,” said year anniversary of the organization.” Condie. The seeds of Condie’s commitment to Condie beat the odds and reached her Gary and Myrna Condie volunteerism were planted early in his twenties, married and had a child, just as 2010 Silver Spur Recipients marriage during a summer spent working T she had hoped. But Condie—who was in Jackson Hole, Wyo. raised in Utah with nine siblings and five he College of the Canyons Founda- Visiting with his new in-laws, cousins—yearned to have a full house tion has selected Gary and Myrna Condie witnessed his father-in-law—who again. Condie as the recipients of the cov- owned and managed several business at But the risks of having another child eted “Silver Spur” Community Service the time —come home from work, were too many. “The doctors said ‘no’ to Award for 2010. The award ceremony will change clothes and head out to a commu- any more children,” said Condie. “They be held at the Autry National Center on nity event. said it could mean my life.” Saturday, March 6, 2010. “As if sensing a teaching moment, my That’s when Condie decided to become Known for their passion, enthusiasm, father-in-law looked back at me and said, a foster parent. With the help of her hus- dedication and generosity to many local ‘That’s what you do when you live in a band, Gary, she has cared for more than 15 non-profit organizations and causes, the community. You get involved and give foster children along with her daughter, couple’s distinguished record of communi- back,’” recalled Condie during a recent Heather. ty service spans over their 42 years of mar- interview. And then, as if for emphasis, Because of her involvement in foster riage. Condie’s father-in-law said, “These things care, Condie was nominated as the 2009 The founder and president/CEO of don’t take care of themselves.” California Mother of the Year and attend- Condie & Wood, CPAs, Gary is an active “Those words had a lot of meaning to ed the National Mother of the Year con- supporter of the Boys and Girls Club of me,” Condie said. vention held in Portland, Ore. in April. Santa Clarita, the Boy Scouts of America, A founding member of the Santa As far as parenting advice, Condie the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hos- Clarita Valley Facilities Foundation, stresses the importance of love and under- Condie has also served as a member of the pital Foundation, the College of the standing. “Children have feelings,” she William S. Hart Union High School Dis- Canyons Foundation, and the SCV Facili- said. “Their opinions are important.” trict Advisory Committee, was the found- ties Foundation. Condie loves being a grandmother to three ing Chairman of the Board of the Henry grandsons. “It’s so much easier and more “It’s an honor to be chosen by the col- Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foun- fun,” said Condie. “I don’t have to worry lege as Silver Spur honorees,” said Gary dation, and has a long-standing commit- about the day-to-day things.” Condie. “When you look over the list of ment to the Boys & Girls Club. American Mothers Inc. is an inter- prior honorees, you see how important “The thing that has kept me there for faith, non-political, non-profit organiza- these people have been to the college and so long has been getting involved with tion for women and men who identify with to the community.” the kids,” said Condie. “Volunteers who the purpose of strengthening the moral “It’s humbling to be asked by the col- limit their service to board duties usually and spiritual foundations of the family lege to be a part of the 2010 Silver Spur don’t stay as long as those who get and the home. celebration,” said Myrna Condie, who is involved with an organization from the See SILVER SPUR on Page 11 ground up.” THE BOTTOM LINE l FA L L 2 0 0 9 7 COC Sociology Professor Receives Fellowship I t was more than 65 years ago when Anne Frank penned her Houston first became interested in the Holocaust while doing diary while hiding from the Nazis in an Amsterdam building. doctoral field research in 2000 after she examined how the experi- But Jaye Houston, an adjunct sociology professor at ences of female survivors affected the Jewish identity College of the Canyons, insists the “world still has much of their granddaughters in the 21st century. to learn about the atrocity” that was the Holocaust. “Jewish women always asked me, ‘Why would you “I think we must reflect on the implications of Holo- want to know what happened to the Jews? Why do you caust denial,” said Houston, who received a fellowship want to study us? You are not Jewish,’” recalls Hous- from the Center of Advanced Holocaust Studies at the ton, whose interest in understanding the complexities United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washing- of human hatred toward other individuals and the ton, D.C. destructive effects of prejudice has remained intense. “It is important to explore the role religion played Attending the seminar has “expanded the depth and during the Holocaust because, while it was not caused by breadth” of what Houston teaches in the classroom. religion, religion played a central role,” said Houston. “I find that students at College of the Canyons who Houston, who also teaches about the Holocaust and enroll in my classes are interested in learning about Jaye Houston genocide at Mount St. Mary’s College, recently partici- the complexity of human interactions and atrocity on pated in the museum’s seminar “Holocaust and Other a global scale,” she said. Genocides: Historical Contexts, Legal Issues and Ethical Dilem- There are many current challenges that need to be addressed, mas.” Houston said, such as ending the genocide in Darfur and identify- “Attending the seminar also heightened my interests in under- ing the multitude of genocidal causes before another begins. standing the ways humans lose sight of the pricelessness of life,” “Teaching these issues to our current generation of students is said Houston. extremely valuable,” she said. NEW CENTER FROM PAGE 5 “With the opening of the college calendar for holidays Early Childhood Education and campus closures. The 2009 Center, the campus is taking a pilot class has 16 children (aged momentous step toward realiz- 3-4) and adheres to a certified ing its full potential,” said COC teacher-to-child ratio of 1:8. Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van The Center is licensed by Hook. the California Department of “This Center is an important Social Services, Community resource for our community,” Care Division. All staff mem- said Dr. Dena Maloney, found- bers — including a site super- ing dean of the Canyon Country visor, master teacher, associate Campus. My children were teacher and teacher’s aide — students in the Early Childhood hold child development per- Education program at the mits from the state commis- Valencia campus, so I’m sion on teacher credentialing. extremely proud to be a part of In addition to certified creating this lab in Canyon staff, COC students studying Country.” ECE will frequently be Parents and students celebrate the opening of the Early Childhood Featuring a learning environ- Education Center at the Canyon Country Campus. assigned lab hours to be con- ment and preschool program ducted inside the Center under structured around the state’s recommended The primary focus of the program is to the direct supervision of a master teacher, preschool learning foundations, the Center promote feelings of competence and self- allowing students to gain valuable hands- provides children with a variety of creative worth that will serve as a strong foundation on experience. materials needed to stimulate learning and for students’ future growth and education- Classes at the Canyon Country Center social interaction, and curriculum designed al development. for ECE officially began August 19, and to develop and support language arts, The center offers half-day, morning a special ribbon cutting ceremony and math/science, dramatic play, music, move- preschool sessions Monday through Friday opening celebration was held at the Center ment, social/emotional and creativity skills. from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and will follow the September 17. 8 THE BOTTOM LINE l FA L L 2 0 0 9 Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook Named Betty Ferguson Foundation Woman of Honor The Signal The Signal More than 250 people gathered at TPC Valencia to celebrate with COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook as she received the 2009 Woman of Honor Award from the Betty Ferguson Foundation. (Top row, from left) Dianne Van Hook, Rita and Lou Garasi. Beverly O’Neill. Moe and Linda Hafizi. Shannon and Jason Munoz. (Middle row, from left) Roger Van Hook. Donna Picard and Dianne Van Hook. Bill Kennedy, Jacquie and Harold Petersen. (Bottom row, from left) Karen and Floyd Moos. Jane Bettencourt-Soto, Dianne Van Hook and Marjanne Priest. Yasser Issa, Christina Chung, Miriam Golbert and Amy Foote. THE BOTTOM LINE l FA L L 2 0 0 9 9 CWEE Program Helps 1,000 Students T he College of the Canyons Cooper- programming language and how to execute time employment with their internship ative Work Experience Education a large-scale Web project,” said Diaz. employers. (CWEE) program has reached a Working on this part of the college’s “The CWEE program at College of the significant milestone: the program has website “also helped me network with Canyons deserves our congratulations for helped more than 1,000 students acquire people on campus and employers, which achieving the milestone of assisting 1,000 internships. is a key skill for a business owner,” said students,” said Congressman Howard P. Since the creation and launch of its Diaz, who is now the owner of Artifice “Buck” McKeon. “My office and con- website in 2002, the college’s CWEE pro- Studios, a Santa Clarita-based web design stituents have personally benefited from gram has allowed students to receive acad- studio. CWEE placements, as several students emic credit and real-life work experience “Internships are where theory meets from COC have worked as interns in my through internships. reality and where the community becomes office.” One of those students is Antonio Diaz, the classroom,” said Stan Wright, director The program got its start in response to who interned for the department while he of the college’s CWEE program. “Intern- inquiries from local businesses that were studied graphic design at the college. ships are rapidly becoming prerequisites working with the College of the Canyons As an intern, Diaz helped revamp the for quality jobs.” Foundation and wanted to know how they CWEE program’s website, making it more Many organizations will hire success- could recruit the college’s students for user-friendly for students to search for ful interns over candidates they don’t internships. internship opportunities. He also designed know at all, added Wright. “In many cases, While most are unpaid, internships flyers and helped update the program’s an internship is an extended interview.” provide students with many valuable course handbook. According to the National Association resources such as work experience, net- “Aside from working with amazing of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Expe- working, mentoring and references, which people that understand the transition from riential Education Survey, 58 percent in turn make them competitive job appli- college to employment, I also learned a new of internship students were offered full- cants. See CWEE on Page 11 NEW DIRECTOR FROM PAGE 3 nomic Development at the college, to pro- In addition, Rypka previously worked vide leadership, direction and managerial at the City College of San Francisco oversight of the CACT and its operations, CACT as a program coordinator, where he while coordinating and monitoring educa- played a key role in implementing the cen- tion and training programs and technical ter’s 3-D printing services and Solid Works assistance and technology transfer computer-aided design (CAD) software services offered by the CACT to other col- training program. leges and employers in the south coast Rypka has a strong knowledge of, and region (Northern Los Angeles County and background in, a variety of aspects of the Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis manufacturing technology industry — Obispo counties). including high volume stamping, computer Rypka took over the position vacated numerical controlled (CNC) machining, 3- by former CACT Director Pete Bellas in D CAD design, programmable logic con- 2008. Prior to assuming the director posi- troller (PLC) control systems, laser weld- tion, Rypka served as the CACT’s interim ing, vacuum forming, injection molding director. CACT Director Keith Rypka and hydraulic and pneumatic systems. “Working at College of the Canyons “Having served both with the CACT at has been a fantastic experience since the University of California at Santa Barbara San Francisco City College and as the inter- first day. There is more energy and enthu- and is in the process of obtaining a master im director at the College of the Canyons siasm in this college than any place I had of arts in industrial design from San Fran- CACT, Keith combines his industry experi- worked prior to coming here,” Rypka said. cisco State University. ence in California with strong practical man- “The CACT program at COC has a great His career began as a mechanical engi- agement skills ideal for working in an acad- reputation within the statewide CACT sys- neer in the hard disk supplier chain industry. emic setting,” Getzan said. “His enthusiasm tem and I’ve been eager to continue to He went on to spend three years as a prod- for working on new projects with industry build upon that tradition from the day I uct engineer in the medical device field at partners, students, faculty and a variety of arrived.” St. Jude Medical working on manufacturing regional and statewide partners will be a Rypka holds a bachelor of science process development and improvement, as great asset as we move forward in these dif- degree in mechanical engineering from the well as new product design. ficult economic times.” 10 THE BOTTOM LINE l FA L L 2 0 0 9 NEW SEASON FROM PAGE 1 The ballroom dance craze comes to will bring to life the sounds Santa Clarita as Champions of the Dance, and movements of East Africa featuring stars from ABC’s “Dancing with when they perform at the PAC on the Stars” and international ballroom and Feb. 6. Latin dance champions, take the PAC “We are also excited to add a new stage on Nov. 14. Also part of the In grant-funded Stimulus Series of free Motion series will be a performance on concerts for the community with members April 30 from the Lula Washington Dance of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Theatre, an African American dance com- and the Santa Clarita Symphony,” said pany founded in 1980 with a $25 loan and Philipson. a dream. The season will close with a perfor- The McDonald’s of Santa Clarita mance by the legendary rock band Three (Schutz Organization) Almost Free Fam- Dog Night on June 5. From 1969 to 1974, ily series offers affordable family-friend- no other group achieved more top 10 hits, ly entertainment. Spend the afternoon on including the No. 1 singles “Mama Told May 1 with “Max and Ruby,” Rosemary Me (Not to Come),” “Joy to the World” Wells’ beloved bunny siblings who and “Black and White.” The Grammy- encounter some trouble putting on a play nominated band has toured the globe for for their grandmother. the past four decades, and their music With seven critically acclaimed releases from the past decade alone have albums and standing-room only concerts sold more than 1 million copies. around the world, the traditional Irish Also part of the season are perfor- group Danú will usher in the holiday sea- mances from the college’s outstanding son — and the Great Performance series performing arts departments, including — on Dec. 4 with a high-energy, moving dance, chorale recitals and music from the holiday experience of ancient and con- Symphony of the Canyons. The college’s temporary Irish music with members of Theatre Department will stage productions the college’s very own Chorale programs. of “Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock The holiday season will continue with Musical,” “Keely and Du” and Shake- For com- country star Phil Vassar when the Go speare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” plete season Country 105 FM acoustic holiday show Community favorites such as the Santa details, go to the returns on Dec. 6. Clarita Regional Theatre, the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Spirit of Uganda, a group of 22 chil- Master Chorale and the Santa Clarita Bal- Center Website at: dren — ranging in age from 6 to 18 — let will also return to the PAC. www.canyonsPAC.com. UNIVERSITY CENTER FROM PAGE 1 Center was created with a goal to increase Though such academic opportunities ing Institute, Employee Training Institute student access to advanced degrees by forg- have been available at the college’s Interim and the Small Business Development Center ing partnerships with surrounding four-year University Center since 2002, the new facil- will all move into the University Center. colleges and universities which then make ity will allow the college to both expand and During the University Center opening their academic programs available to stu- create new partnerships with surrounding celebration, visitors had the opportunity to dents at College of the Canyons. institutions. tour the state-of-the-art facility while learn- With already established partnerships In all, the University Center will house ing more about the University Center’s part- with University of La Verne, Chapman Uni- up to 10 partner institutions and offer more ner institutions and lineup of academic pro- versity, UCLA Extension, National Univer- than 50 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral grams. sity, California State University (CSU) Bak- degrees and credential programs. “We’re pleased to welcome those with a ersfield and CSU Northridge, college offi- In addition, the college’s Foundation, desire to succeed,” Dr. Van Hook said. cials began holding classes in the new facil- Human Resources office, Professional “And we’re proud that we can help them ity at the start of the fall semester. Development program, Teaching and Learn- achieve their goals.” THE BOTTOM LINE l F A L L 2 0 0 9 11 CWEE FROM PAGE 9 “Our City successfully utilized the free lege’s Valencia campus, CWEE received seamless transition from college careers,” online internship development and place- the Outstanding Program Award from the said Wright. “Internships also help ment program and subsequently offered California Cooperative Education and employers lower their hiring costs, part-time paid internships to College of the Internship Association in recognition of decrease turnover and ensure employer Canyons students,” said Ken Striplin, “one of the best internship development and employee fit.” assistant city manager for the City of Santa and placement programs in the state of To learn more about CWEE, visit the Clarita. California.” program’s Website at www.canyons.edu/ Located in the Student Center at the col- “Internships help students make a offices/CWEE. SILVER SPUR FROM PAGE 6 also involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita, the grateful for the many ways they have supported College of the Boy Scouts of America and is a College of the Canyons Founda- Canyons and created exciting opportunities for us to better serve tion board member. “Next year will mark the 40th anniversary for our students and meet the needs of this community.” the college and the 20th anniversary for Silver Spur. It will be fun The Silver Spur Celebration was originally the brainchild of to return to the Gene Autry Museum where it all began.” LaVerne Rosa Harris, a member of the COC Foundation Board of Since 1999, the couple’s generous support for College of the Directors who became the 1996 Silver Spur honoree. The very first Canyons has revolved around several projects at the college, includ- gala was held at the Gene Autry Museum in 1989, with Cliffie ing the Performing Arts Center Endowment, the Early Childhood Stone as the recipient. The Foundation Board of Directors at the Education Center, the Foundation’s Silver Spur event and the Boys time wanted to create a signature event for the COC Foundation and and Girls Club At Risk Scholarship. For the past three years, Gary also to reflect the western heritage of the Santa Clarita Valley. and Myrna have served as co-chairs of the Silver Spur committee. “Gary and Myrna Condie, our honorees for the 2010 Silver “It is a privilege to recognize the Condies as our Silver Spur Spur, are models and examples of how community leaders can honorees for 2010 and thank them for their many years of selfless enhance the quality for all people in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said service, support and friendship,” said COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne Murray Wood, the Foundation’s chief development officer. “Their Van Hook. “Their record of service is uniquely impressive, as they efforts in the community have truly made a difference.” invest so much of themselves in what they undertake for the bene- For more information about the COC Foundation, visit fit of the community through their principled leadership. We are so www.canyonsfoundation.org. PHYSICIAN FROM PAGE 4 Henschke says his instructors at COC Because of professors like Takeda and ple to feel secure that I will do everything in “were more approachable, attentive and Boykin, Henschke now “teaches con- my power to maintain their health because interested” than the professors he had at stantly” because “those who dare to teach without health you have nothing.” other colleges. “You are not passed off to a may never cease to learn.” He is an The Consumer’s Research Council of teacher’s assistant and the instructors show adjunct clinical faculty member in the America is an independent research com- a genuine capacity to teach as a primary physician assistant program at the Massa- pany based in Washington, D.C. that eval- activity rather than research first and teach- chusetts College of Pharmacy and is a vis- uates professional services throughout ing second,” he said. iting clinical lecturer in the Osteopathic America based on a point value system Out of all of Henschke’s professors at medicine program at the University of that awards points to physicians for educa- COC, Don Takeda and the late James New England. tion, years in practice, affiliations with Boykin had the most profound influence. “It’s one of the best rewards in teaching professional associations and medical “They were like prize fighters with a -- knowing when a student exceeds the board certifications. one-two punch,” said Henschke. “When I instructors’ knowledge and makes a positive In order to be selected for the “Patient’s look back, I actually called it the ‘educa- contribution to society,” said Takeda, who Choice” Award from MDx Medical, Inc., tional brainwash.’ Those two guys as a team continues to teach biological and physical physicians must have near perfect scores could convince anyone that they could do sciences at the college. from the exceptionally high praise of whatever they wanted as long as they When it comes to his patients, Henschke patients based on online feedback. Of the worked hard. They were instrumental in believes in respect. nation’s 720,000 active physicians, less than getting me on course and understanding my “I try to treat everyone like I would like 5 percent were given perfect scores by their eventual potential.” to be treated myself,” he said. “I want peo- patients in 2008. Santa Clarita Community College District 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road Santa Clarita, CA 91355 BoarD of TruSTeeS Bruce D. Fortine Michele R. Jenkins Joan W. MacGregor Ernest L. Tichenor Scott Thomas Wilk Nicolas Cardenas, Student Trustee Moving Forward with Mentry Hall College of the Canyons celebrated the expansion of Mentry Hall with a groundbreaking ceremony on September 10. The 32,000-square-foot addition will provide 16 new classrooms for students studying Animation, Radio/Television/Film, Photography, Graphic Multimedia Design, Art and Interior Design.
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