COC students create, share Holocaust Survivor stories


Members of the Santa Clarita Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees, which oversees College of the Canyons (COC), will watch two animated documentaries about Holocaust survivors created by COC students during their regular meeting Wednesday.

During the board’s joint meeting the Associated Student Government (ASG), they will hear from Samara Huttman from the “Remember Us” Project, Masha Vasilkovsky, Ruah Edelstein and Jeff Baker.

The group of individuals will present the animated documentaries of “When Man Is Man To A Wolf” and “C’est Normal” which tell the stories of Holocaust survivors Lidia Budgor, Marie Kaufman and Leon Malmed.

The films were created by students in COC’s animation program who recorded the survivors’ stories and created the animated stories using charcoal on paper and ink on glass.

During the presentation, the filmmakers and Baker will also provide a brief overview of the educational goals the project will bring to students.

Board members will also be given information about the college’s new First Year Promise program, which will allow 300 first-time, full-time students to attend COC tuition free and fee free for their first year.

The first two years of the program is being funded by the California College Promise Innovation Grant awarded to COC earlier this month.

According to the agenda item, the First Year Promise program was designed using the First Year Experience model.

With this model, students must complete an application, orientation, summer orientation, advisement and assessment and placement.

As participants in the program, students will be required to participate in supplemental learning and tutoring activities, Associated Student Government (ASG) sponsored programs and clubs, and student success teams that meet with faculty and student mentors.

In return, students will receive priority registration, will not have to pay enrollment, local or parking fees, and will receive book vouchers and Open Educational Resources (OER).

After the first two years, the college is planning on funding the program through the College of the Canyons Foundation and through state and local governmental agencies.

Members of the board of trustees are also scheduled to have a discussion about immigration at residency at COC.

This discussion will include information about how the college makes residency determinations, who can attend COC, what the residency and immigration statuses among students are, what records are kept and student privacy.

The board will also share local and statewide Chancellor’s statements related to immigration issues and community colleges.

Additional Agenda Items

  • Hear presentation from Associated Student Government (ASG) about ways it supports students and projects it is working on to extend its student support services
  • Approval of new and modified courses: four new courses, nine course modification, seven program modifications
  • Approval of Use of Los Angeles Community College District Master Procurement Agreement for the Purchase of Pianos and Piano-Related Instruments
  • Approval of board policies: Debt Issuance and Management; Faculty Interns; Catastrophic Leave
  • Conduct first reading of modifications to board policies Student Grievance and College Assistants and second reading of modifications to board policies Withholding of Records and Child Abuse Reporting

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