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COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne Van Hook Appointed To County Economic Resiliency Task Force

College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook has been appointed by the County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors Economic Resiliency Task Force, officials said Tuesday,

Van Hook was appointed to the Education Sector Work Team, which is set to focus on creating a framework for the reopening of colleges and universities in the County, according to the college.

Van Hook was appointed to the 19-person team of education administrators by L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents the Fifth Supervisorial District.

“I am honored to have been invited by the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors to create a plan for the safe reopening of our colleges and universities,” said Van Hook. “I look forward to working alongside other innovative educational leaders who share my commitment to the success and safety of students, faculty, and the communities we serve. Besides ensuring that our students can continue and complete their courses of study, this work is essential to our focus on creating safe educational and training environments that will enable people who are unemployed or underemployed to obtain the skills they need so they can enter and move forward in the workforce.”

The Education Sector Work Team will report to the L.A. County Economic Resiliency Task Force their rationale for campus reopenings and make recommendations that prioritize safety and health precautions.

Besides the reopening of college campuses, the team also plans to focus on safety and health, disease prevention and response capability, as well as economic restoration.

The Economic Resiliency Task Force serves to develop actionable recommendations for the County to improve the economy, create jobs and return to full employment, according to Barger’s office.

The most recent task force meeting addressed the current civil unrest occurring in parts of Los Angeles County, acknowledging the need to protect our at-risk populations and support regional recovery and resiliency.

“It is our vulnerable communities who are experiencing the most severe health and economic impacts created by COVID-19,” said Barger. “Reports have highlighted minority communities have been disproportionately represented in unemployment claims due to COVID-19. In addition, small family-owned businesses have the lowest margins to financially recover. While we work toward rebuilding our community, we must take responsibility for the most vulnerable populations we are responsible for protecting.”

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