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Chancellor highlights school’s many programs created to support business

Posted: December 22, 2010 9:35 p.m.
Updated: December 23, 2010 4:30 a.m.

After installing the new VIA board of directors Tuesday at the organization’s monthly luncheon, College of the Canyons’ longtime chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook presented highlights of the many programs COC provides for the benefit of local businesses.

Van Hook outlined the new academic programs that are geared specifically to meet the needs of local businesses, such as the engineering apprentice and laboratory technician programs that allow students to earn an associate’s degree or certificate, respectively.

COC held a symposium earlier this month to identify the labor needs of  local companies by working with businesses to develop customized training programs through COC. Van Hook said that COC designs educational training programs for businesses that have a skilled labor need to fill in the area.

“We only need about two months to get the curriculum written and through our operational process,” Van Hook said. “Most colleges need two years. We commit to respond quickly to you.”

The SBDC office also is making changes in training provided to the business community at large, by offering more intensive Quickbook training and social media classes in 2011. The office also is gearing up to focus on and support the entertainment and the arts industry.

Van Hook described the college’s plan to build a new 5,600-square-foot culinary arts school on the Valencia campus. Construction is already in progress. The projected cost is expected to be $4.7 million. $3 million of that cost is available from savings from the library expansion.

COC’s University Center partners with other colleges and universities to offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in several fields, providing local businesses with an opportunity to allow their employees to pursue additional education without making lengthy commutes outside of the SCV.

The college’s Del Valle Training Center provides state-of-the-art training for the L.A. County fire department using similar computer controlled technology as Universal Studio’s used in its Backdraft show, the industrial fire, on the studio tour.

Also the Applied Technology Center is scheduled to complete construction of a building in the fall of 2011, on the Canyon Country campus, to provide technology training in the fields of automotive, green construction, building inspection, electrical and plumbing trades, and solar-panel technology and training.

Other programs highlighted included the Fast Track Institute which provides short-term intensive skills training, in the manufacturing, professional/managerial, health care and green technology fields.


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