Chuck Lyon: Re-elect Fortine, Jenkins, strong leaders for COC

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As the interim dean of physical education, athletic director and former head football coach at College of the Canyons, I am asking for your vote to re-elect Bruce Fortine and Michele Jenkins to the Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees.

Throughout their service on the Board of Trustees, Bruce and Michele have displayed exceptional leadership and have been an integral part of the success of the college.

COC is among the top 25 two-year colleges in the nation and top five in the state.  This doesn’t just happen; it takes leadership, experience, knowledge and commitment.

Bruce and Michele have been a part of the game-winning strategy for College of the Canyons and have helped shape the future of the college.

They have been strong advocates for the college and have built relationships at the state and federal levels to bring in millions of dollars in funding to support, expand, and establish needed programs.

Bruce and Michele have been instrumental in athletic expansion, and with their support the college was able to bring back the football program after it was gone for many years, expand athletic programs for both men and women, and provide needed sports facilities including our new soccer field, a second gymnasium and upgrades to the football stadium.

They can both be seen frequently attending COC athletic events, and it is evident that they care about the future of the college for our students and community.

Bruce and Michele’s experience in higher education has given them a first-hand understanding of the needs of students and staff. They have consistently worked to provide us with the tools and support we need to do our jobs.

As trustees and well-known community members, Bruce and Michele are accessible and always willing to reach out and listen to people’s concerns.

As a coach, if I have a winning game strategy I hold on to it and keep refining it.

Any candidate can make promises about what he or she wants to do, but Bruce and Michele have already shown us what they can do and will continue to do to make College of the Canyons an even greater college.  Let’s keep the winning momentum going!

Join me in voting yes for Bruce Fortine in Area 2 and yes for Michele Jenkins in Area 4 for Santa Clarita Community College Board of Trustees.

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