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Upcoming Chancellor’s Circle Breakfast Briefing  
 Friday, December 2, 2016


Education is power! Come learn about the new laws which will affect your business and employees, and discuss the steps you can take to help ensure compliance and avoid costly fines or litigation.  Presenting: Brian Koegle, Attorney at Law, Poole & Shaffery, LLP and COC
Foundation Board member.  To RSVP or for more information please email cindy.biehahn@canyons.edu. Learn more


Help the College of the Canyons Foundation kick off the season of giving!
Day of Giving
Tuesday, December 6th
9:00am – 6:00pm
COC Foundation – Canyons Hall Rm 160
Your GIFT will support the Foundation’s purpose to provide education and programs that EMPOWER our students to be successful!



Tropical Costa Rica!  April 20 – 28, 2017


Join us for an all-inclusive trip to the lush forests of this tropical paradise!  See exotic wildlife, stunning waterfalls and endless coastlines!  Explore the beaches, take a cruise, travel into the secluded Monteverde Cloud Forest, take nature walks through this spectacular ecosystem, and encounter the region’s incredible flora and fauna up-close.  Dare to take a zip-line tour through the rain forest and traverse through beautiful mountainous landscapes to the breathtaking views of the volcanos.  During your down time relax on the beach, shop, go to the spa.  You’ll visit the picturesque topiary gardens and the lovely town of Grecia.  An information meeting is scheduled on Thursday, October 6 at 4:30 pm in University Center Room 301.  To RSVP to attend this meeting, contact Cathy Ritz at cathy.ritz@canyons.edu.
Partnership Accomplishments
During March and April of 2016, the Foundation’s Circle of Friends worked with the COC’s Center for Early Childhood Education to raise funds and secure grants for $350,000 from “First-Five L.A. and the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation to construct an innovative and unique Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom Site. The Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom Program is part of a national movement that recognizes schools that have made a commitment to providing outdoor classrooms and comprehensive programing to help children understand nature as an integral part of learning.  At COC, it will also serve as a demonstration site for the Center for Early Childhood Education academic students majoring in Psychology, Sociology, Nursing, American Sign Language, Biology, the Sustainability Center, Santa Clarita Environmental Education Consortium and various student clubs including Student Nutrition & Wellness Advocates, Hands on Earth, Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) projects, as well as a field trip site for early care educational programs from the local K-12 schools community. Learn More about the Early Childhood Education Program at COC.
Over the last year the Veteran Resource Center at College of the Canyons (COC) served nearly 1,100 student veterans and their families. The Center does an excellent job of providing education services to include VA Education and Vocational Benefits. However, there are many students that start this process, but do not make it to successful completion. While some veterans may need additional military transitional services to be successful, many of those services are not readily available in the Santa Clarita Valley.  For the last several months, Chancellor’s Circle volunteers, Elliott and Judy Wolfe, have worked to form a partnership with USC’s Graduate School of Social Work veterans and military families program to bring graduate social work fieldwork students to COC’s Veterans Resource Center to offer social services, therapy and information and referral services to assist our veteran students. As part of this project, the Foundation has played a leadership effort in the formation of a community collaborative or coalition of Individuals, corporations, and non-profit organizations who are willing to exchange ideas, and offer whatever assistance is within their province, such as jobs, training, and housing for veterans.  Learn More about the Veteran’s Services at COC.
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