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September 24
1855 - Sanford & Cyrus Lyon establish Lyon's Station (for stagecoaches) near today's Sierra Hwy & Newhall Ave [story]


A Message from the Chairman, Steve Corn
In the United States, local community colleges like College of the Canyons play an extremely critical role in the life of our communities and in the future of American society.
College of the Canyons is one of 113 community colleges in California, which together form the largest system of higher education in the nation, with over 2.6 million students. Every day we provide our students with the knowledge and experience necessary to compete in today’s economy. For our students this means jobs, family and housing. Many of our students are returning U.S. veterans, single parents, or unemployed workers who need new skills to re-enter the workforce. The college offers them educational opportunities in career technical education, basic courses in english and math, and preparation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
 
You help us make this happen. Your support over the past four decades has enabled us to be counted among America’s top community colleges. Plus, it is truly amazing to see the enormous impact the college has had on the lives of our students and the entire Santa Clarita Valley. And we thank you from the very bottom of our hearts.
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Meeting the Challenges of a Changing World… Together!
Chancellor’s Circle is the premiere support group for College of the Canyons! Its mission is to reach out to members of the local community to establish ongoing relationships. The underlying tenet of Chancellor’s Circle is the strong belief that by working together we can empower one another. The exchange of ideas is instrumental in the college’s endeavor to evolve and develop educational and training programs to benefit businesses and individuals in our local community.
Connecting Through the Alumni Network
As you walk through campus you can’t miss the beautiful banners highlighting the diverse success of some of our local alumni. You’ll see the array of accomplishments that distinguish our alumni and show how College of the Canyons can empower others to achieve.
Travel Opportunities!
Visit 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 zipline tour through the rain forest and traverse through beautiful mountainous landscapes to the breathtaking views of the volcanoes. During your downtime relax on the beach, shop, or go to the spa. You’ll visit the picturesque topiary gardens and the lovely town of Grecia.

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Iceland: The Land of Fire and Ice! October 1 – 9, 2017
This nine-day trip covers the mountains, valleys, lagoons and volcanoes of one of the most photographed spots in the world. Highlights include streaming lava fields, massive glaciers, sculpted mountains, valleys, thundering waterfalls, and plunging fjords. This is home to one of the world’s most geographically significant landscapes! Learn more about the island’s culture with a visit to an Icelandic family which continues the 400-year tradition of catching and preserving Greenland shark. Immerse yourself in the history of the world’s youngest continent and enjoy the scenery of Europe’s largest national park.
IN MEMORIAM
Frank Kleeman, Lloyd Sreden, Dave Davis and Robert Drescher
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to four of our foundation board members who passed away this year – Frank Kleeman, Lloyd Sreden, Dave Davis and Robert Drescher. Their contributions to the foundation are significant, and we will forever treasure the memories of our dear friends.
Connecting Students to Donors -One Scholarship at a Time!
The College of the Canyons Foundation’s Annual Donor Scholar Reception is a highly anticipated event. It represents a truly remarkable partnership between our caring donors and our scholarship recipients who are deeply grateful for the support. Donors connect personally with scholarship recipients, and this extremely heartfelt evening confirms that generous gifts make a difference in the lives of our students and their families.

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Old Zinfandel Vines Growing on Campus!
Ami Belli (left) visits the College of the Canyons vineyard to check on the progress. The Old Vine Zinfandel grape vines were originally donated to College of the Canyons by her late husband, Remo Belli. The college established its own vineyard with vines from his award-winning vineyard in Paso Robles. We look forward to enjoying a bottle of College of the Canyons Zin in the near future!

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Honoring Jack Oakie
and Victoria Horne
The Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation Trust has partnered with the College of the Canyons Foundation in support of student scholarships in the area of visual and performing arts. Since 2007, the Oakie Charitable Foundation Trust has donated more than $100,000 toward the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Memorial Scholarship at College of the Canyons.

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A Fond Farewell to
Michele Edmonson
Longtime COC Foundation staff member Michele Edmonson will retire at the end of the year, drawing to a close nearly 20 years of dedicated service. She began working at College of the Canyons by serving as athletic expansion campaign coordinator and worked her way up to become director of development in 2007.

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Jack and Doreen Shine to Receive Their Silver Spurs!
When Jack and Doreen Shine first crossed paths in the real estate world back in 1993, little did they know that their union would lead to a continuous commitment to serve community members of the Santa Clarita Valley. Today, whether they are building homes, contributing to local charities, or advocating on behalf of education and the arts, the Shines continue to work tirelessly to enhance the community of Santa Clarita.

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Doing Business in California
Don’t miss the 5th annual business-based Breakfast Briefing presented by Brian Koegle, attorney and partner from Poole and Shaffery, LLP. Brian, an employment law legal expert, will present his annual Employment Law Update with a review of new federal and state regulations that impact doing business in California.

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Become a Patron Today!
Patrons of the Arts plays a key role in helping College of the Canyons achieve its artistic and educational mission through annual memberships. By joining Patrons, you enjoy special benefits and opportunities such as:
  • Invitations to special pre-show and Art Gallery events
  • Opportunities to meet performers
  • Private behind-the-scenes tours of the Performing Arts Center
  • Member and organization recognition…and much more!

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LOCAL COLLEGE HEADLINES
Friday, Sep 22, 2017
College of the Canyons launched its First-Year Promise program this fall, and to ensure the future of the FYP program, which offers full-time freshman students waived tuition and fees during their first year of study, the COC Foundation has committed to fundraising $500,000 over the next two years.
Thursday, Sep 21, 2017
Beginning October 1, all 23 California State University (CSU) campuses will accept applications for admission to the fall 2018 term.
Thursday, Sep 21, 2017
College of the Canyons launched its First-Year Promise (FYP) program this fall, and to ensure the future of the FYP program, which offers full-time freshman students waived tuition and fees during their first year of study, the COC Foundation has committed to fundraising $500,000 over the next two years
Thursday, Sep 21, 2017
California State University, Northridge’s Friends of the Oviatt Library welcomes members of the community to nominate their favorite stories about the San Fernando Valley for consideration of the San Fernando Valley Award for Non-Fiction.
Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017
Public notification that the Santa Clarita Community College District (College of the Canyons) Early Childhood Education Center on the Valencia campus is participating in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program.
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1855 - Sanford & Cyrus Lyon establish Lyon's Station (for stagecoaches) near today's Sierra Hwy & Newhall Ave [story]
1948 - Agua Dulce Women's Club organized [timeline]
The governing boards of College of the Canyons and the William S. Hart Union School District are scheduled to discuss plans for a new Academy of the Canyons-style campus at the future Castaic High School when they sit down for their annual joint meeting Sept. 27.
COC, Hart Planning ‘North Academy’ at Castaic High School
The League of California Cities, with representatives from cities statewide including Santa Clarita, is calling for Gov. Jerry Brown to veto SB 649, which if enacted would allow the wireless industry to install new 5G equipment with little input from local jurisdictions.
League of California Cities Urges Governor to Veto 5G Wireless Equipment Bill
Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, an off-duty LAPD officer and Canyon Country resident, died Thursday evening after a collision in Porter Ranch. Plus, check out all the exciting events happening this weekend. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
SCV NewsBreak for Friday, September 22, 2017
The new pedestrian bridge crossing McBean Parkway is expected to be open in time for weekend foot traffic.
New Pedestrian Bridge on McBean Parkway Set to Reopen Saturday
The Child and Family Center will begin providing outpatient substance use treatment services for adolescents and young adults with primary substance use disorders under the California Drug MediCal Program starting Tuesday, October 3.
Oct. 3: Child and Family Center Begins Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment
College of the Canyons and the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center will host a caregivers' workshop at the Senior Center in Newhall on Saturday, September 30 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 30: COC, Senior Center Host Caregiver Workshop
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is strongly opposing the proposed Graham-Cassidy healthcare legislation, saying it would undermine the well-being of the county’s most vulnerable populations and burden taxpayers with heavier costs for years to come.
Supes Say Graham-Cassidy Bill Threatens Health of Millions of LA County Residents
The intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Bouquet Canyon Road will be under construction from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Friday night, September 29 and Saturday morning, September 30.
Sept. 29-30: Soledad and Bouquet Canyon Repaving
College of the Canyons launched its First-Year Promise program this fall, and to ensure the future of the FYP program, which offers full-time freshman students waived tuition and fees during their first year of study, the COC Foundation has committed to fundraising $500,000 over the next two years.
COC Foundation Launches ‘First-Year Promise’ Fundraising Campaign
Road rehab on major arterial roads and intersections in the city of Santa Clarita continues into October.
Santa Clarita Road Rehab Drives into October
More than 60 Air Force senior leaders convened on Friday to discuss the Air Force’s aircrew crisis, which has left the service more than 1,500 pilots short of its requirements.
Short by 1,500 Pilots, Air Force Leaders Address Aircrew Crisis
The Santa Clarita Valley has five major industry clusters and the SCV Economic Development Corporation targets its economic development efforts to support and expand them.
Five Growing Industry Clusters in the Santa Clarita Valley
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Veterans Affairs Department VA announced Friday that it continues to provide vital health care and other support to displaced Veterans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
VA Aids Veterans in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands After Hurricanes Irma and Maria
Gatorade made misleading “anti-water statements” while pushing the benefits of its sports drinks in a video game marketed to teenagers, according to a settlement announced Thursday by California’s attorney general.
California Fines Gatorade $300K for ‘Anti-Water’ Ad Campaign
John Gasparyan, an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer and Canyon Country resident, died when his motorcycle crashed in Porter Ranch around 6:50 p.m. Thursday.
LAPD Officer from Canyon Country Dead in Motorcycle Crash
A former Los Angeles County probation officer was sentenced after pleading guilty to inappropriately touching two girls at a youth camp, the county District Attorney’s Office has announced.
Ex-Probation Officer Gets 364 Days for Sexual Assault
1969 - College of the Canyons opens with first class of students in temporary quarters at Hart High School [story]
The most prestigious recognition for government assessment agencies has been awarded to the Office of the Assessor in Los Angeles County.
County Awarded Prestigious Government Assessment Award
The Dodgers, who have clinched a postseason berth for the fifth consecutive year, return home tomorrow to open their final homestand of the regular season against the San Francisco Giants (Sept. 22-24) and San Diego Padres (Sept. 25-27).
Dodgers Back Home Friday; Last Homestand of 2017 Season
Auditions for the the upcoming Canyon Theater Guild's production of A Christmas Story are just around the corner.
Sept. 30-Oct. 1: Christmas Story Auditions at CTG
Now that the formerly great state of California is a sanctuary, I’ve got to compare that action with the actions in the early 1860s of the Confederate States of America. They decided what laws they wanted to follow and what ones they didn’t.
No Home for Me | Commentary by Darryl Manzer
Santa Clarita Valley residents have known the family-owned Italian restaurant, Sisley Kitchen, since 1993 when their doors first opened at the top of Valencia Town Center Drive in Westfield Valencia.
Renovations Complete at Sisley Kitchen
The Women's Soccer team will be finishing up their non-conference matches this weekend.
Sept. 22-24: CSUN Athletics Roundup
David Wolfram will demonstrate pastel-over-watercolor painting at the Santa Clarita Artists Association (SCAA) meeting on Monday evening, Nov. 20 at 6:30 pm. This event is free, open to the public and meets at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd.
Nov. 20: Pastel-Over-Watercolor Demonstration at SCAA Meeting
Beginning October 1, all 23 California State University (CSU) campuses will accept applications for admission to the fall 2018 term.
Oct. 1: CSU Accepting Fall 2018 Applications
College of the Canyons launched its First-Year Promise (FYP) program this fall, and to ensure the future of the FYP program, which offers full-time freshman students waived tuition and fees during their first year of study, the COC Foundation has committed to fundraising $500,000 over the next two years
COC First-Year Promise Fundraising Campaign Underway
The city of Santa Clarita is inviting our younger residents to take part in the 30th anniversary celebration.
City Launches ’30 Things for 30 Years’ Contest; Students Invited to Take Part
California State University, Northridge’s Friends of the Oviatt Library welcomes members of the community to nominate their favorite stories about the San Fernando Valley for consideration of the San Fernando Valley Award for Non-Fiction.
CSUN Library Group Invites Community to Nominate Favorite San Fernando Valley Story
The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced sellouts for all seven potential postseason home games in the Division Series and League Championship Series just hours after tickets went on sale to the public at 10:00 a.m. It’s believed to be the quickest that the club has sold out of postseason tickets in Dodger Stadium history.
Dodgers NLDS, NLCS Tickets Already Sold Out
Sales of existing single-family homes increased 7.4 percent throughout Santa Clarita during August while the median price of homes that changed owners rose 6.6 percent, the Southland Regional Association of REALTORS® reported today.
Increase in SCV August Home Sales, Prices
Mountainview Elementary School parents were greeted with a voicemail Thursday morning informing them of a break-in on campus believed to have occurred the night before.
Vandals Trash Library, Computers, Classrooms at Mountainview
Hans' family did not know too much about his childhood or the country he had grown up in. About all the family knew was that Hans and his wife were born in Germany but had lived in this small Minnesota town for the last 60 years or more.
Lesson from History | Commentary by John Windsor
A gang sweep targeting Newhall 13, a well known Santa Clarita criminal organization, netted three arrests Thursday.
Three Arrests Made in Newhall 13 Gang Sweep