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arvard Business School professor emeritus Dr. John Kotter recently wrote, “Leadership is about… producing useful change.” As we look at what’s ahead, that is a particularly apt and succinct description for College of the Canyons. In many cases, change is thrust upon us by outside forces such as demographics, technology, demands for service, or fluctuating re-sources. But regardless of the source, we embrace change as an entrepreneurial and strategic effort to be current, relevant, responsive and able to fulfill our mission at the highest levels of excellence. While change is unpredictable, we know it will come to COC this year in the form of the state budget. Governor Jerry Brown put forward his proposed 2013-14 state budget at the beginning of January with a clear message that it will no longer be business as usual See CHANCELLOR on Page 2







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Partnership Helps Local Company Reach New Heights


COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook (fourth from right) joined ADI President John Cave (center) and Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon (right) for the groudbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction of a new ADI facility.

n 1998 College of the Canyons and Aerospace Dynamics International Inc. (ADI) joined forces to form the region’s first Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) inside ADI’s Valencia headquarters. Fifteen years later, this collaborative effort is still thriving, and still helping both organizations reach new milestones. “Over the past 15 years, ADI’s support of the CACT has exceeded $1 million. This partnership has been beneficial to ADI, the college and, to a much greater extent, the hundreds of regional companies whose employees have been trained at the CACT,” said Joe Klocko, College of the Canyons CACT director.

The company’s strong commitment to continuing education and the overall improvement of the manufacturing industry’s workforce has paid big dividends. Originally founded in 1989 with just 14 employees, today ADI operates as a critical Tier 1 supplier of large, highly complex structural airframe components and major sub-assemblies, doing business with virtually every major aircraft manufacturer in the industry. Over the years ADI has experienced significant growth and expansion — even amidst rapid industry change — but has remained able to meet its customers’ manufacturing needs by See ADI on Page 10


A New Chapter - Ribbon Cutting Celebrates TLC/Library Expansion hen the fall semester started at College of the Canyons, students seeking tutoring or a quiet place to study were pleasantly surprised to find the Library had experienced a makeover. The college’s Library now boasts more study space, computer access and it houses The Learning Center (TLC), which offers students free tutoring in English, math, basic skills and many other subjects.

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College employees and community supporters gathered to celebrate the official opening of the Library/TLC.






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for higher education, particularly community colleges. That comes as good news after four years of statewide budget cuts that led to $17 million in funding reductions for our college. The governor’s budget calls for partial restoration of funding cuts, made possible by Proposition 30. It is important to remember that this funding is temporary, and will end in four years, and seven years. The higher sales tax lasts four years, and the income tax increase ends after seven years. Even with a temporary increase in revenue, our funding levels will not be back to where they were five years ago, and our spending power will be diminished. Don’t get me wrong, any restoration of funding – even temporary – is a welcome change. With the funding comes recognition from the governor of the important role community colleges play in the health and vitality of the state’s economy, and a call to do things differently, and produce useful change for the benefit of our entire state. At College of the Canyons, we are not only excited to answer that call, but also prepared to do so! As a college, we envision, we dream, we think, and we do. We have long recognized that creativity and innovation are the critical factors behind our success in meeting the unique needs of our community. Whether we’re designing new programs to boost student completion, or launching initiatives that help keep local companies competitive, College of the Canyons remains committed to meaningful growth and development, especially when partnering with others. In the process, we meet our standards for excellence and are proud to celebrate the achievements of our students, staff, programs and partners whose can-do attitude helps to make what seems impossible for others well within our reach. In recent weeks, we have celebrated several significant accomplishments: • Following its first-ever appearance at Harvard University’s premier Model UN event, our

Model UN Team went on to win six awards at conferences in Long Beach, and at University of California, Riverside. • Two of our choirs, “House Blend,” and “Just Jazz,” were selected to perform at the prestigious Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, scheduled for later this spring. • The Speech Team won first place at the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association Spring Champs Speech Tournament. • Students Kathryn Webb, Ryan Arroyo, and Anthony Fernandez were honored by Phi Theta Kappa, the community college honor society, for their outstanding academics, with Associated Student Government President Michael Kramer being selected to the AllCalifornia First Team. • Keri Aaver, director of the WorkSource center, was recognized by the California Awards for Performance Excellence, for continuous improvement at the WorkSource Center. • The North American Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development recognized our Skilled Teacher Certificate program with the 2012 Innovation Award. This issue of The Bottom Line highlights other recent successes, especially those of our partners. We first started working with Aerospace Dynamics International in 1998 by providing training to their employees. That enabled their company to be more competitive in landing new projects. As its orders grew over the years, so did the company, and so did its needs for training. This cycle of growth and training culminated with two milestones for ADI – being named a Supplier of the Year by The Boeing Company, and breaking ground on a new facility needed to satisfy a contract with Airbus. Another partnership effort in which we are making significant strides is our Culinary Arts Capital Campaign. Thanks to the widespread support in the community for this important

effort, we are nearing our fundraising goal. As we seek additional partners to complete the campaign, we are planning to break ground this summer! A significant achievement for our college is the receipt of $1.25 million from the U.S. Department of Education to launch an Upward Bound program at Golden Valley High School. This initiative targets high school students who would be first generation college students, or who have a high risk of academic failure. It not only prepares them to succeed in high school, but to also pursue math, science, or engineering degrees in college, which addresses a national shortfall of students in these majors. Our college continues to achieve useful change in its facilities with the opening of our Library Expansion project. The 52,000-squarefoot addition includes The Learning Center (TLC), a state-of-the-art facility that provides tutoring and other support services designed to improve student success. With more space to serve students, the TLC has expanded its services significantly over the past year. Inperson tutoring is up 23 percent, online tutoring grew by 211 percent and use of the computer lab shot up by 133 percent. The most compelling changes we make are those that occur in the lives of our students. Many of those would not take place without the assistance provided by scholarships. To that end, our Foundation has launched an ambitious effort to bolster the scholarship funds available to our students. I am honored that longtime college supporters Jay and Joyce Rodgers have agreed to serve as our honorary co-chairs for this initiative. They embody the principle of leading by example, as they have generously supported scholarships at College of the Canyons for many years. With more resources, we can change more lives – and that is the most useful change of all. Dr. Dianne Van Hook serves as Chancellor of College of the Canyons.

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Culinary Capital Campaign Continues with a Challenge Grant Opportunity

With approximately $1.5 to $2 million still needing to be raised, organizers behind the college’s Institute for Culinary Education (iCuE) capital campaign are inviting community members to step into the kitchen and see what’s cooking, by getting involved with one of several fund-raising initiatives available through the College of the Canyons Foundation. With final construction plans approved by the Division of the State Architect (DSA), college officials will break ground on the 12,000-square-foot facility this summer. The new facility will be located at the southeast corner of the Valencia campus, near Mentry Hall. In December, longtime college supporters Diana and Gary Cusumano and the college established a $50,000 challenge grant, which will offer a dollar-for-dollar match for every gift to culinary arts raised by the COC Foundation. “Thanks to the generous donation and challenge grant established by Diana and Gary, every new dollar raised for the culinary campaign will now be matched, meaning your contribution will be doubly beneficial,” said Murray Wood, chief development officer for the COC Foundation, In the fall of 2011, the Foundation embarked on a capital campaign designed to raise funds for the construction of a state-of-the-art, on-campus culinary center, which will provide a permanent home for the college’s culinary arts department and greatly expand the number of locally available training opportunities for students pursing employment in this field. Individual elements expected to be part of the facility’s final design include a demonstration show kitchen, a savory kitchen, a sweets kitchen, a banquet kitchen, a wine studies classroom, culinary labs and a variety of instructor office spaces.

COC's Culinary Arts faculty have equipped the program's students to successfully launch careers in restaurants throughout Southern California.

At a total cost of roughly $6.7 million, the project will be entirely district-funded, paid for through a combination of private donations and Measure M bond funds. Also, several opportunities for donor naming are still available. “This is a really exciting campaign, which has kindled the interest of many businesses and individuals that enjoy good food and wine, and savor the opportunity to be a part of a historic educational endeavor here in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said COC Foundation board member and culinary capital campaign co-chair Diana Cusumano. As part of the push to raise the remaining funds, members of the campaign’s leadership committee have also started “minicampaigns” to support and name specific areas of the facility. See CULINARY on Page 11

College of the Canyons Honors Barry and Pati Gump with ‘Silver Spur’


s the driving forces behind the well-known, multi-generational family business Andy Gump Inc., Barry and Pati Gump have always worked to share their professional success to build a stronger community and make a difference in the lives of those most in need. Passionate supporters of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and countless other CF-related projects and charities, the Gumps have also provided resources and support for a wide range of non-profit organizations and events throughout the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys. Their decades of passionate service have earned them a well-deserved reputation for helping others. Because of this, the College of the Canyons Foundation has named Barry and Pati Gump recipients of the college’s Silver Spur Community Service Award for 2013.

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Barry and Pati Gump





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Steve Zimmer to Fill Open Seat he Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees has appointed local real estate attorney and former Newhall Land and Farming Co. executive Steven D. Zimmer to fill the recently vacated Board Seat No. 5. The appointment was made Jan. 14, following a special open-session meeting during which 13 local applicants were interviewed by the board’s current members. “The number and quality of candidates who applied for this position were impressive,” said College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook. “It was an honor for our district to have such a field of outstanding community members desire to serve on the board.” Zimmer fills the seat vacated by former board member Scott Wilk, who was elected to the California State Assembly in November. “I personally look forward to the dynamism Mr. Zimmer will bring to the board as we enter an extraordinarily busy and exciting time here at College of the Canyons,” said Dr. Van Hook, “including everything associated with the beginning of a new academic term; the ongoing work on the culinary arts fundraising campaign; continued advocacy on state budget issues; the construction of the college’s new Student Services/Administration Building; the continued growth of the Canyon Country campus -- and whatever new opportunities the future may bring.”

A longtime resident of the Santa Clarita Valley, Zimmer served as an executive at The Newhall Land and Farming Co. from 1999 to 2011, heading several of the company’s major development projects. Zimmer currently operates his own law practice, in addition to serving on the boards of several organizations such as the Child & Family Center and the California Building Steve Zimmer Industry Association. In addition, he and his wife, Doris Marie Zimmer, are longtime members of the College of the Canyons Foundation Board of Directors. Zimmer holds a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a juris doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings.

Out with the Old, In with the New

The "A" Building was demolished earlier this year and construction will soon begin on a 46,370-square-foot, two-story facility that will bring the college's key student services functions together under one roof. The new facility will take about two years to complete. Funding for the project comes from the state, as well as Measure M, the $160 million bond measure approved by local voters in 2006. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in March to mark the start of construction.






Local Companies Get ‘LEAN’ with COC’s Help

ince his arrival at the college in 2011, John Milburn, director of the COC Employee Training Institute (ETI), has witnessed a shift in the landscape of the Santa Clarita Valley’s economically vital aerospace manufacturing industries. “Everyone in industry is still feeling the effects of the recent economic downturn,” Milburn said. “As a result, the manufacturing industry’s prime contractors are adapting the ways they think, and insisting that their suppliers — many of which are located here in Santa Clarita or the surrounding region — be able to do more with less. “Fortunately, at the Employee Training Institute we have the perfect solution for that type of demand, ” added Milburn. “These companies need to go LEAN.” Already well known throughout industry, LEAN is a manufacturing philosophy that attempts to maximize customer value while minimizing waste. “LEAN starts with a philosophy and continues with an implementation of new work practices,” Milburn said, “but ultimately it’s a tool that can help companies eliminate waste and increase productivity, thereby reducing cost and increasing quality. The increase in quality is the key, because when you’re reducing waste and eliminating redundancies, you’re also eliminating a number of quality issues.” See LEAN on Page 8

Bang Printing, Inc. employees Rick MacMurphy (left) and David Ord (right) implement LEAN training provided through COC’s Employee Training Institute.

New Partnership to Enhance

WorkSource Center Services I n its ever-increasing effort to help spur economic development throughout the Santa Clarita Valley, College of the Canyons assumed dayto-day management of the WorkSource Center’s operations, while the City of Santa Clarita will continue to provide funding and financial oversight. The end result will be an enhanced partnership that will allow the WorkSource Center to begin offering a larger variety of services to community members. “We began a partnership between the Economic Development Division and the WorkSource Center over a year ago, and it has been very beneficial to

employers and job seekers alike,” said Pete Bellas, dean of economic development at the college. “Taking over the day-to-day operations of the center has allowed us to expand these synergies greatly, tying in services from many college departments and exposing job seekers to the robust opportunities the college offers.” Located inside the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center on the college’s Valencia campus, the Santa Clarita WorkSource Center’s mission is to help bring local employers and job seekers together. For job seekers who are unemployed, underemployed, re-entering See WORKSOURCE on Page 11

A One-Stop Shop

The WorkSource Center excels at connecting job-seekers and employers with a full range of free services. Services for Employers • Post job openings • Identify and pre-screen job candidates • Hold on-site interviews in the center’s conference rooms • Access customized training resources • Gather information about tax incentives Services for Job-Seekers • Search local job listings • Explore new careers • Meet with in-office employment specialists • Prepare resumes • Attend job fairs • Access technical center with computers, high-speed Internet, phone and fax lines, and copy machines.





College Receives Grant to Push Students ‘Upward Bound’


ollege of the Canyons has entered into a partnership with the William S. Hart Union High School District to launch an “Upward Bound” program at the Golden Valley High School (GVHS) campus, designed to increase the number of GVHS students who earn a diploma and move on to pursue their education at a college or university. The partnership is the result of a five-year, roughly $1.25 million grant awarded to the college by the U.S. Department of Education meant to assist high school students who have the academic potential to succeed, but who need enrichment and encouragement to prepare for college and succeed. Serving 60 students at GVHS each year, the COC Upward Bound program will target Golden Opportunities for Academic Learning and Success (GOALS) program students. The first cohort of participating students began the program in the fall 2012 semester. To be eligible, students must: • have completed the eighth grade but not have entered the 12th grade; • have a demonstrated need for academic support; • be a first-generation college student from a low-income household (income that is 150 percent of the povertylevel) or have a high risk of academic failure; and • be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, age 13-19 “We are thrilled to be able to work with our partners at Golden Valley High School and the Hart District to ensure that these students not only graduate from high school, but are prepared to excel when they reach college,” said Dr. Barry Gribbons, the college’s assistant superintendent–vice president, institutional development & technology. “This program is especially meaningful to us since a large majority of these students will be the first generation in their family to attend college.”

Throughout the 2012-13 academic year, students enrolled in the program will be provided with weekly tutoring sessions held at GVHS and led by students from the college’s Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program. Also included will be monthly workshops for students and their parents on topics including: how to form an academic plan; the importance of preparing for a postsecondary education, and how to become financially and economically literate. During the summer months, students will attend a sixweek summer institute that will provide additional instruction in the fields of math, laboratory science, literature, and both Spanish and English composition. In addition, scheduled field trips, guest speakers and group-wide advisement sessions will help students begin to understand how their academic interests can connect to future academic and career training options. Throughout the program, participants will also be introduced to various potential career pathways in math, science, engineering and other emerging technologies, through the use of lab space and equipment available at College of the Canyons. “The college has worked very hard over the last few years to aggressively seek external grant funding that could be used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment in nanotechnology, biotechnology and materials engineering to ensure students experience the use and application of contemporary equipment,” said Omar Torres, dean of mathematics, sciences and engineering at the college. The college’s Office of Institutional Development and Technology will be responsible for providing an annual Upward Bound program evaluation, designed to help follow up with former students and assess the degree to which the program’s objectives are being fulfilled.

The college's Upward Bound program is up and running at Golden Valley High School.

For more information, contact Dean Torres at (661) 362-3135.





COC Foundation Launches New Student Scholarship Campaign


he College of the Canyons Foundation recently launched a new, three-year fundraising initiative designed to generate $300,000 in student scholarship funds before July 1, 2014. “Now more than ever, during these challenging economic times, our students need additional financial support in order to be able to pursue their education and follow their dreams,” said Michele Edmonson, COC Foundation director of development. “We’ve tried to identify the student populations that are most in need of this support, and this campaign will directly benefit those students.” Included in this group are veterans returning home from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, single parents and adult reentry students looking to complete their education goals and jump-start new careers, students enrolled in Career Technical Education (CTE) training programs, students pursuing degrees in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field, as well as other students who demonstrate a financial need, but may not necessarily qualify for other forms of student aid. In August, the COC Foundation hosted its 22nd Annual Golf Joyce and Jay Rodgers (center), honorary co-chairs of the foundation's Tournament at Valencia Country Club, which officially launched Student Scholarship Campaign, celebrate with winners of their scholarship the start of the scholarship campaign. The event attracted more than (from left) Seann Nicols, Heather Frame, Michelle Poor, and Brandon Aguayo. 100 local golfers who enjoyed a day away from “I strongly believe that a good education “Each has a unique the office by teeing off in support of student is the foundation for success in life and that scholarships. everyone deserves that opportunity,” said and inspiring story, During the post-tournament award Tamara Gurney, founding CEO of Mission ceremony, longtime College of the Canyons and we are happy to Valley Bank and co-chair of the COC supporters Jay and Joyce Rodgers — who were Foundation’s Scholarship Campaign. be able to help these “Mission among the first community members to Valley Bank got involved with this establish a scholarship endowment with the scholarship campaign to make a difference individuals reach Foundation — were formally introduced as in students’ lives and help turn their dreams honorary co-chairs of the COC foundation’s their full potential into reality.” student scholarship campaign. Individuals and organizations interested and achieve their “Just knowing that the endowment we set in getting involved with the scholarship up continues to help a number of students each educational goals.” campaign can do so in a number of ways, year means a lot to us,” said Jay Rodgers. “Over including one-time, annual and endowed the years receiving letters from some of these students has been gifts. And with the campaign running through July 1, 2014, extremely gratifying for Joyce and me. We’ve been able to meet donors may also elect to spread their giving out over the and learn more about the students who have received these campaign period. scholarships. Each has a unique and inspiring story, and we are “As a product of a community college, I know firsthand the happy to be able to help these individuals reach their full importance of establishing a firm educational foundation,” said potential and achieve their educational goals. Julie Sturgeon, member of the COC Foundation’s Board of “We are very excited about the opportunity to support the Directors and co-chair of the Scholarship Campaign. “College of COC Foundation with this scholarship campaign,” added the Canyons provides tremendous opportunities for its students. Rodgers, “and look forward to increasing the number of But when finances become a stumbling block, it can limit that educational opportunities available to local students.” student’s ability to realize their full potential. In the months that have followed, the Foundation’s Board of “This Scholarship Campaign will help remove some of those Directors and scholarship campaign co-chairs have been obstacles,” added Sturgeon, “and provide countless students the involved in a number of strategic efforts meant to help raise opportunity to continue their quest for education.” awareness about the need for scholarship funds at COC and build For more information about the COC Foundation’s student support for the campaign among various community groups and scholarship campaign, please contact Michele Edmonson at non-profit organizations. (661) 362-3435 or visit






To mark the completion of the 52,435square-foot Library expansion, a ribboncutting ceremony was held in October. “The Library expansion is a true milestone for College of the Canyons,” said COC Librarian Leslie Bretall. “For many college students, the Library becomes their second home. We are very excited to offer our students the space and tools they need to achieve their academic goals.” Thanks to the 10,000-square-foot expansion of the Library’s second floor, students have more computer access and workspace to help them study and prepare

for exams. A large “information commons” area is devoted entirely to computer access with individual and group workstations that are laptop-friendly. Surrounding the information commons area is a lineup of study rooms, which are available on a firstcome, first-served basis for students to study, view media and meet with classmates in a quiet setting. The new special collections space is dedicated to the display of the college’s historical archives and other rare books and objects donated by the community. “We are very happy with our new

A much-needed expansion of The Learning Center (TLC) provides students with increased access to tutoring and other support services designed to help them achieve their academic goals.

space,” said Mojdeh Mahn, director of the TLC. “The TLC’s proximity to the Library is the ideal location to better meet the needs of students. A lot of students didn’t know we had a TLC before, or they knew we had it but couldn’t find it.” College officials began planning a Library expansion as it became evident that the Library and TLC were struggling to meet the needs of the ever-growing student population. The need for space was especially palpable in the 5,000-squarefoot TLC, previously located in Bonelli Hall, as the demand for tutoring services grew over the years. The TLC provided approximately 85,000 hours of tutoring and supplemental learning services to students at the Valencia campus during the 2009-10 school year. That number jumped to 91,500 hours during the 2010-11 school year, an increase of more than 11 percent. The new 41,000-square-foot TLC was the largest portion of the expansion. The TLC’s new features include large groupstudy areas, each equipped with touchscreen whiteboards. Instructors can also record lectures and class activities using the audio/visual “class capture” technology found in some of the new lab areas. Construction for the expansion began in November 2010. It was funded through a combination of state resources and proceeds from Measure M bonds, which Santa Clarita voters approved in 2006.



Currently, the ETI is delivering LEAN manufacturing training programs to a number of local companies, including West Coast book manufacturing giant Bang Printing, which recently relocated much of its Southern California operation from the City of Commerce to its Valencia facility (previously Delta Printing Solutions). Beginning with a thorough assessment of the manufacturing floor, and all associated time and motion processes, the ETI’s LEAN training modules also include a combination of classroomstyle workshops and hands-on training sessions, in which employees are asked to look for new ways to help the company go LEAN. “LEAN concepts are starting to become the industry norm. There are even companies that implemented LEAN philosophies a few years back that are now coming back to ETI to receive additional forms of training,” said Milburn, pointing to the fact

that it may take a full three to five years after implementation for a company to be able to fully realize the benefits. “And that's because the industry’s prime contractors are demanding a higher quality product, for less money. With LEAN manufacturing philosophies growing in popularity, the ETI has also started to develop a LEAN training module that can be applied to biomedical device manufacturing. Plans are also in the works to develop a “LEAN Office” training program for companies looking to improve those processes. “Our mission is to help our clients be more successful,” said Milburn. “This is definitely the wave of the present and the future, so right now there’s no reason for businesses not to go LEAN.” For more information about the College of the Canyons Employee Training Institute (ETI) or the LEAN manufacturing training program, please contact John Milburn at (661) 362-3245 or visit






THE SPIRIT OF SERVICE “Barry and Pati embody the spirit of service that is unique to our community. They work quietly behind the scenes to support entities throughout Santa Clarita, and make a profound difference in the many lives they touch,” said College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook. “Their dedicated service stems from their genuine interest in the welfare of others, and a heartfelt generosity that is rarely seen today. They are most deserving of the Silver Spur Award, and we appreciate this opportunity to honor their service.” For nearly 25 years Barry and Pati Gump have been active supporters of several key projects and programs at College of the Canyons, helping to sponsor a variety of fund-raising events and initiatives — including the college’s University Center capital campaign — and donating sanitation and fencing services for the college’s various athletics facilities and ongoing construction projects. “We are particularly grateful for their support at College of the Canyons,” added Van Hook. “Barry and Pati played an integral role in making the dream of the University Center a reality. Because of their investment, they have opened the doors of opportunity for those who want to pursue their educational goals closer to home in the Santa Clarita Valley.”

BATTLING CYSTIC FIBROSIS The couple’s commitment to advancing the science and treatment of cystic fibrosis has been driven by the dream that, unlike them, no parent will have to lose their child to this ugly disease. They lost their daughter, Cherilyn, to CF in 1970. For the last 30 years Barry has served as a national trustee for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) National Board of Trustees, annually lobbying before the U.S. Congress and delivering speeches in an effort to raise funds to find a cure. He is also a former president of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Southern California Chapter, and continues to serve on the board. In 1980, Barry and Pati joined forces with other CFF supporters and local Dodgers fans to start the Los Angeles Dodgers 65 Roses Sports Club (the name “65 Roses” stems from the way many children with CF pronounce the disease). The project allowed fans of the Dodgers to get involved with CF fund-raising efforts by pledging to donate $10 for every home run the team hit. The Dodgers 65 Roses Sports Club soon grew to become one of the leading clubs in the nation, raising significant dollars for CF care and research, and attracting the involvement of many well-known sports figures. Barry and Pati have also worked with the national sorority Beta Sigma Phi to raise nearly $2.6 million for the CFF, and are annual participants in the CFF’s Great Strides national walk event. In 1985, they were presented the CFF’s Breath of Life Award, recognizing the couple’s significant volunteerism and fund-raising efforts.

Barry and Patti Gump receive the College of the Canyons Foundation 2013 Silver Spur award at Universal Studios’ Globe Theater on March 2.

A CELEBRATION OF SERVICE At the same time, the Gumps have remained dedicated to serving their community, supporting local non-profit organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley, the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation and Child & Family Center. In honor of their efforts that have touched so many lives, the Gumps were presented with the Silver Spur Award at Universal Studios Hollywood's Globe Theater on March 2. The college’s annual Silver Spur Celebration is traditionally held at a historic museum, club or well-known Los Angeles landmark each spring — and is considered one of the community’s most popular and elegant events.






CACT Receives a New

continually improving its capabilities and facilities through the acquisition of the most technically advanced equipment the industry has to offer. A longtime partner of College of the Canyons, ADI was awarded the prestigious Boeing Supplier of the Year Award, in recognition of the company’s exceptional performance and important contributions to the overall success of Boeing in 2011. The Boeing Supplier of the Year awards are based on quality, on-time delivery, post-delivery support, and cost and demonstrated ability to anticipate and respond to changing industry requirements. ADI was one of only 14 companies and two universities to be recognized with a Supplier of the Year award. “These supplier-partners excelled in delivering results, performance and customer satisfaction in 2011, and they play a key role in enabling Boeing to be a global leader in technology and innovation,” said Jim McNerney, Boeing's chairman, president and CEO, said in a statement. “We are grateful to have them as key members of our team.” “We are very humbled and excited to be recognized by The Boeing Company as Supplier of the Year for 2011,” said John Cave, president of Aerospace Dynamics. “We share a unique team spirit and commitment to deliver the best product possible, and I am proud of our entire team and appreciate all of their hard work.” The coming year promises to be even bigger as ADI plans for a major expansion. The company recently broke ground on a new manufacturing facility to accommodate orders from Airbus, Europe’s leading aircraft manufacturer. The Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) are an initiative of the California Community Colleges’ Economic and Workforce Development (CCCEWD) program. As one of six centers located across California, the College of the Canyons CACT assists industry partners in achieving greater operational efficiencies, enhanced productivity and increased organizational performance. For more information about the College of the Canyons CACT, please visit

Equipment Donation


The Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) at College of the Canyons expanded the types of training opportunities available to local manufacturers, thanks to a generous equipment donation from Haas Automation of Oxnard. In August, the CACT took delivery of a new Haas VF-4 computer numerical control (CNC) vertical machining center (VMC) with five-axis capability, at its location inside Aerospace Dynamics International Inc. (ADI). Haas Automation provided the machine — valued at approximately $142,000 — at no cost to the college as part of an entrustment agreement. It will greatly enhance the training capabilities of the center. “Haas is a world-class machine tool manufacturer which serves a worldwide customer base,” said CACT Director Joe Klocko. “We are very excited that they have chosen to partner with College of the Canyons to provide the CACT with this sophisticated machine tool.” Because of the sheer size of the machine — at 13 feet wide, 10-feet tall and weighs nearly 14,000 pounds — installation crews spent nearly six hours unloading, performing final assembly and commissioning the machining center. In the weeks that followed, personnel from ADI were called upon to connect the machine to the facility’s electric and compressed-air lines, before Haas returned to finalize the installation and commission the VMC by performing several functionality tests to ensure the machine was fully operational and operating at its highest efficiency. “Combined with the CACT’s modern three-axis CNC equipment, this new machine will allow us to launch an enhanced series of trainings designed for local manufacturers, which will integrate computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and five-axis CNC machining,” said Klocko.

COC CACT Director Joe Klocko and Mike Steinbock, district manager for Haas Automation, discuss a new vertical machining center on loan from Haas that will be used to teach advanced manufacturing skills.






This past summer, Diana Cusumano also launched an online fund-raising effort dedicated to raising $150,000 for the facility’s sweets kitchen/laboratory area. Local businesses and community members interested in getting involved with this aspect of the campaign are being asked for a one-time donation of $1,500 — payable over a two-year period — which will help complete this all-important area of the building. The sweets kitchen is expected to be the first classroom area seen by students and visitors, and will be among the most showcased areas of the new facility. By pledging to take part in this specific naming opportunity now, donors will receive a variety of perks upon the building’s opening, such as inclusion on the naming plaque outside the sweets kitchen and invitations to other culinary-related events and activities held at the facility. Potential donors interested in supporting the facility’s wine studies classroom will also have an opportunity to get involved with the project by participating in the mini-campaign initiated by COC Foundation board members Steve Chegwin and Julie Sturgeon.

Local businesses and community members now have the opportunity to join the newly formed COC Vintners Club. Since its establishment, the group has primarily been dedicated to the funding of a wine studies classroom in the Culinary Arts Center at the iCuE facility, along with the continued development of the college’s wine studies curriculum. Groups and individuals interested in making a contribution by joining the COC Vintners Club are being asked for a one-time donation of $5,000, which is payable over a two-year period. All club members will be recognized on the classroom’s donor wall and be in line to receive additional benefits upon the center’s opening. “We would certainly like to hear from any businesses and individuals interested in becoming a part of these fund-raising efforts,” said Cusumano. “Both of these endeavors will provide tremendous benefits to the college, our community and, most importantly, the students who will one day call the college’s Culinary Arts Center home.” For more information about the College of the Canyons Culinary Arts Capital Campaign, or to get involved with the campaign as a donor or volunteer, please contact Murray Wood at (661) 362-3433.


the workforce, changing careers or looking to enter the workforce for the first time, the WorkSource Center provides a truly “one-stop shopping” experience. Visitors are able to search local job listings, explore new careers, meet with in-office employment specialists, prepare resumes and connect with potential employers by using the center’s full-service technical center — complete with computers, high-speed Internet, phone and fax lines, and copy machines. The WorkSource Center also hosts regular job fairs, as well as ongoing workshops and training courses in areas designed to boost an individual’s chance for new employment. The WorkSource Center partnered with new local eatery Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que —which opened at the Valencia Town Center last year — to host a daylong job-recruitment event to fill more than 100 positions. Potential applicants were invited to bring along resumes and all necessary employment information directly to the event, with some attendees even invited to participate in an on-site interview process. In addition to hosting events like these, local businesses can also utilize the WorkSource Center to post job openings, identify and pre-screen potential job candidates, hold on-site interviews in the center’s conference rooms and access various forms of customized training resources through the college’s Economic Development Division.

The WorkSource Center partnered recently with a number of local employers to help identify qualified candidates and fill more than 350 open positions in the local distribution/fulfillment (shipping and receiving), office and manufacturing industries. Available positions ranged from entry-level to advancedskill labor and upper management, with most jobs located in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys. The WorkSource Center’s knowledgeable staff is also available to provide local companies with information about how they can take advantage of various tax-incentive and money-saving programs available to businesses located in the recently expanded Santa Clarita Enterprise Zone. The best part is that all of the WorkSource Center’s services are offered at no cost through the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) and the City of Santa Clarita in partnership with California’s Employment Development Department (EDD), the County of Los Angeles Community and Senior Services, and College of the Canyons. The Santa Clarita WorkSource Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information or to schedule an appointment with a job services representative, please call (661) 799-WORK or visit

Santa Clarita Community College District 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road Santa Clarita, CA 91355 BOARD OF TRUSTEES Michael D. Berger Bruce D. Fortine

Michele R. Jenkins

Joan W. MacGregor Steven D. Zimmer


COC Athletics Unveils New Trophy Case

upporters of College of the Canyons Athletics have even more to cheer about with the opening of the new COC Athletic Hall of Fame trophy case located in the foyer of the college’s West Physical Education building. The new facility — which is open to the public for viewing during regular college business hours, and before/after COC sporting events —provides a permanent home for the college’s four decades of trophies, plaques, awards and accolades. And, a new Hall of Fame wall features photo plaques of the college’s inductees. “I think this enhanced trophy case area is going to be a fun place for current and former players, coaches, staff members and community supporters to come check out and reflect on Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook (center) cuts the ceremonial ribbon marking the opening of the new Athletic Hall of Fame wall and trophy cases with athletic staff and hall of fame members. before and after games, or whenever they visit In fact, the project has been entirely paid for with privately campus,” said COC Dean of Physical Education Len Mohney. “To have something permanent like this installed on our campus raised funds stemming from the bi-annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and ongoing support from the COC is great for the history of COC Athletics.” The renovation of the college’s trophy area has been a goal that Cougar Club. The Hall of Fame honors former student-athletes and teams dates back almost a decade. However, with induction of the COC who achieve excellence through competition, along with Athletics Hall of Fame’s first class of honorees in 2005, the need coaches, administrators and other athletic staff who have made a for an expanded, state-of-the-art trophy area to showcase the college’s many athletic achievements and star student-athletes difference in the lives of their student-athletes and/or otherwise supported the college’s athletic programs. quickly became more apparent.


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