Golfers have a good time while helping college community grow.
With a goal to provide more opportunities for students of
all ages to attend college and pursue their educational goals, the College of
the Canyons Foundation held its 18th annual golf tournament earlier this month
— raising more than $90,000 to help fund student programs and provide student
scholarships and textbook assistance.
“Education can change lives by creating new opportunities,” said Barry
Gribbons, COC assistant-superintendent, vice president of institutional
development, technology and online services, who also chaired the event, “and
this tournament just opened some more doors for people who need these new
Proudly sponsored by C.A. Rasmussen, Inc. and presented by Calex Engineering
Company, the tournament was held on September 8, at the Valencia Country Club,
and featured 120 golfers teeing off in support of education.
“We are lucky to have such a great community college in our midst. Over the years
many of us have benefited from classes offered at COC,” said Charlie Rasmussen,
President, C.A. Rasmussen. “It has been amazing to watch the incredible growth
that has taken place at the college, enabling more students to enroll in a wide
variety of classes and programs.”
On average, COC students pay roughly $2,100 per school year for academic fees,
textbooks and supplies — making the cost of attending school one of the
greatest barriers students will face on their educational journey.
In response the COC Foundation has continually worked to generate funds —
through annual giving, special events and endowment programs — in order to
provide more opportunities for an affordable and accessible college education
for all those with the desire to succeed.
Each year the Foundation grants more than $500,000 back to the College in
various forms of support. These funds enable the college to strive for the
highest levels of excellence in teaching, scholarship, vocational training and
“We were delighted with this year’s tournament, it was a great day of golf,”
Gribbons said. “But more importantly the generosity of our sponsors and
participants was incredible. These funds will enable us to build our student
assistance programs and help even more students in need.”
Sponsors of this year’s tournament included: Calex Engineering Company,
KBZ Architects, Lundgren Management, Advantage Disposal, Associated Ready Mix
Concrete Inc., H & S Electric Inc., Keenan & Associates, Klassen
Corporation, Morton Manufacturing, NE Systems and Dell Computers, Pardee Homes,
Santa Clarita Concrete, Staples, Stay Green Inc., Vulcan Materials Co.,
Bellasport, Adams, Swartz & Landau, LLP, Lenovo, Southern California Gas
Co., MPC/Gateway, Dr. Barry Gribbons, Carl Ebaugh, Six Flags, Coastline
Equipment, CommScope Enterprise Solutions, Enterasys, Valley Power Systems
Inc., Valencia Acura, Mercedes-Benz of Valencia, Wilshire Entertainment, RSVP
Catering and Black Box.
Charlie Rasmussen, President of C.A. Rasmussen, Inc. (center
front), stands with golfing teammates (left to right) Tom Charon, Jesus Garcia
and John Spalione, during the 18th Annual COC Foundation Golf Tournament at
Valencia Country Club.