Month in Review – A reflection on our communities past month’s achievements, community developments, and awesomeness – May 2018

by | Apr 26, 2018 | Community

 

Nursing Program is Accredited for 6 Years

The National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN-CNEA) awarded College of the Canyons (COC) a six-year accreditation for its nursing program. This entity awards accreditation for programs that offer the associate, bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in nursing sciences. Through this accreditation College of the Canyons will continue to provide excellent education at the community college level for their students and our community. Under this new accreditation the curriculum will not change. With an ongoing commitment to excellence COC sought this agency because of the continual quality improvement processes and accountability.

 

Bill Introduced to Connect Youth and Elderly Aid

SCV’s own Assemblyman Dante Acosta established the California Care Corps, a new program that hopes to aid the elderly population by connecting young individuals with this community. The bill that governs this new program is the AB 2101 and it,” empowers young people who give a minimum number of hours to receive training and educational benefits in exchange for serving those in need of respite care,” Acosta said. These services will entail enlisted members assisting elderly who are suffering from diseases or challenges that are age related in the comfort of their home. This program gives a better quality of life for those they serve and incentivizes young people to pursue a career in health care.

 

Walmart’s New AI Technology

Recently the hypermarket giant has launched their new AI (artificial intelligence) shelf-scanning technology. This new robot has the capabilities to complete grueling task that’ are easily repeatable and predictable. For example, this cutting-edge technology can scan shelves for items that are out-of-stock, allowing for an hourly accountability on inventory. What the megastore wants to achieve is a more efficient use of employee’s time to better the customers experience. Adding to that this new device can alert employees on low stock levels, discrepancies with prices, and incorrect or missing labels. Walmart has extended their new devices to four supercenters in the southern California Area to include the Wal-Mart on Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia.

 

 

Are You Prepared For an Emergency?
April was emergency preparedness month and due to Santa Clarita being no stranger to emergencies, Valley Industry Association and the County of Los Angeles created an event to better prepare our community for these challenges. The event was done during the Via luncheon this last April where several keynote speakers came out to share some vital information on how to better prepare your home and families. The speakers included experts on emergency preparedness and each discussed a specific topic. The speakers:
Captain Robert Lewis – LA Sheriff’s Department – What does the Sheriff do during an emergency?
Chief Anderson Mackey – LA County Fire Department – What does the Fire Department do during an emergency?
Maria Grycan – LA County Fire, Community Services Liaison – Emergency Coordination/Evacuation
Donna Nuzzi – City of Santa Clarita, Emergency Services Supervisor – How to get back in business after an emergency
Roger Langford – Princess Cruises, Coordinator, Emergency Preparation and Safety, Building Facilities – Have an emergency plan for your business.
Volunteers Were Recognized
by The City of Santa Clarita
Volunteering is essential in any community, as volunteers dedicate their time and energy to support events and vital programs that benefit their neighbors. In celebration of National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 15-21, 2018, the City of Santa Clarita thanks the 5,124 volunteers who logged a combined 56,886 hours at City events and programs, resulting in cost savings of more than $1.6 million. The City Council issued a proclamation to mark Volunteer Week in Santa Clarita.
City volunteers support a number of programs in Santa Clarita, including at community centers, libraries, City offices, open space properties and in emergency communications. Volunteering is great for families, community groups and individuals wanting to make a difference in Santa Clarita.

Lanes will be impacted due to construction

Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) is conducting road work in front of the Newhall Metrolink Station, along Railroad Avenue (between 8th Street and Market Street) and along Market Street (between Main Street and Railroad Avenue). Construction is expected to last until the first week of May and will take place between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. The last two weeks will require SoCalGas to close down the fast lanes along Railroad Avenue during construction hours, leaving one lane open in each direction. As this portion of Railroad Avenue features multiple transit stops, motorists traveling during construction hours should expect delays in traffic. During non-construction hours, all lanes will be open. Changeable message signs have been placed in the area to alert drivers of the construction work and possible delays to traffic during construction hours. Motorists traveling during the construction hours are advised to avoid the area or take alternative routes.

Panel of Artist Shared Their Journey:

The community was invited to a free artist panel discussion called “How I Did It: Artists Share Their Journey,” presented as part of the City of Santa Clarita’s New Heights program, it took place on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at The MAIN.  The goal of many artists is to find ways to make a successful living while simultaneously pursuing their passion.  This free panel discussion featured three artists: Laura Wambsgans, JoAnn Peralta, and Toni Haigh, who have successfully been able to accomplish that goal. The artists discussed their art careers and shared strategies on how to achieve success. The City of Santa Clarita is proud to present New Heights, a series of free workshops, panel discussions and lectures designed specifically to engage creative individuals, no matter what level of experience. New Heights is designed to help artists and performers expand their knowledge while learning valuable tools to increase success.

 

College of the Canyons Selected to Participate in ‘Promises That Count’ Initiative

College of the Canyons is one of seven California community colleges selected to participate in the Promises That Count initiative, which aims to support the continuous improvement and development of College Promise programs to help more Los Angeles County students graduate. The three-year initiative — a partnership with the Campaign for College Opportunity, UNITE-LA, and the California College Promise Project at WestEd — will promote countywide sharing of best strategies and practices across programs. “It is an honor to have been selected to be a part of this exciting initiative,” College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook said. “As our innovative First-Year Promise program enters its second year, we look forward to identifying new strategies to help students achieve their goals.”

2018 Cowboy Festival is Back!

The 25th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, presented by Heritage Sierra Medical Group, returned to Old Town Newhall. The 2018 Cowboy Festival, took place at the William S. Hart Park Event Area on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, and drew thousands of visitors to the area. Beginning Friday, April 20, Newhall Avenue, from Market Street to 4th Street, was closed for festival transportation and set up. Parking for the Cowboy Festival was once again offered for free in the dirt lot located at the bend of 13th Street and Arch Street in Newhall. Guests were able to take a free shuttle to and from the parking lot. The City greatly appreciates residents’ cooperation, and worked to make the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival a great time for all.

 

COC Hosts Star Party

As a staff scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Dr. Vanessa Bailey’s job is to capture high-contrast images of exoplanets, which are planets that orbit stars outside of the solar system. This last month, Dr. Bailey discussed her exciting discoveries and line of work at the spring 2018 Star Party at the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus. Dr. Bailey’s presentation “De-twinkling the Stars to Study Exoplanetary Systems” offered attendees an insightful look into exoplanet research and what it can teach us about our own planet. The event included a variety of interactive displays and activities presented by college clubs and organizations. Attendees had the opportunity to gaze at the stars through the multiple telescopes set up by local astronomy groups throughout the evening.

The City’s “cArt aRt” Competition

The competition allowed entrants to transform everyday curbside recycling carts into imaginative art pieces. Residents received a free recycling cart from Waste Management to participate in the contest. Residents provided all materials used in the art project, with the exception of the recycling bin. No containers that once held hazardous waste products were used in the competition, including used containers of paint, oil, pesticides, cleaning products or chemicals.  Participants presented their carts between at the City of Santa Clarita’s Earth Arbor Day event on Saturday, April 28, 2018, in Central Park.

 

 

 

Residents of SCV Flocked to give Blood

 

Blood donations are an ever-present need and just one donation can help save up to three lives. This last month, the City of Santa Clarita partnered with the American Red Cross to provide a community blood drive, and with the City of Hope on a the Be The Match Registry® – a bone marrow donor drive, for a local child diagnosed with a blood cancer. The drive took place in the Century Room at City Hall Residents registered online to save time, however walk-ins were accepted. National statistics from the American Red Cross show that every two seconds someone needs a unit of blood. On donation day, participants went directly to the Century Room on the first floor for evaluation to ensure they were eligible to donate.

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