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I am excited to be a candidate for trustee because I want to continue to be of service in our community.  As a COC alumnus I’m committed to providing a fresh, insightful and balanced perspective.  

Way back in the late 70s, I started at COC as a freshman. 

I was interested in art, music, and poetry. What I was gonna do with that, where that might take me, I really didn’t know. 

That first year at College of the Canyons, I studied Music Theory, Literature, and Philosophy. In time, I realized: I could make the arts—especially music—my profession. 

I came to understand: if I acquired a certain body of knowledge, if I achieved a certain proficiency, then I could make a living doing what I truly love. 

That understanding changed my life for the better. And College of the Canyons is where I first received that understanding, all those years ago. 

That is one of my motivations. That’s why I would like to give something back. 

As a small business owner, I know how to budget and shepherd money. As an educator, I know what it’s like to teach, and how to relate to the students.  

As a former student of COC and Cal Arts, I know the importance of community college and what it’s like to get a quality education.

As an active member of the community, I have a feel for the local culture. Working with people of all ages in my business, I have good knowledge of the hopes and dreams of the students from Santa Clarita and elsewhere.

Like the Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan once said: 

“The times, they are a-changing.”

COC is not the same place it was when I went there, or even a decade ago. Times change. The economy, the culture, the way we see and hear each other, all these things have changed.

And that change is reflected in how most people live and work today. Almost everybody will have to make at least a couple of changes in their career path and profession as they move through life, and community colleges have become an important resource for people seeking to do that, to make that change.

So the college itself is an agent of change, and that’s just one reason why I think forward-thinking, creative leadership is appropriate—and necessary. 

It’s fine to talk about change, but right away, the question becomes: What does that change look like? And how do we bring it about? 

Start with: open mind, open ears. Listen to everyone – the best idea wins. 

That’s how we take the first step.

What’s next? We work together. 

We need to put “Students First,” - but I understand there are lots of stakeholders here.  

There’s the faculty and staff; There’s the Board of Trustees itself. 

And there’s another stakeholder: The Santa Clarita community, the taxpayers and voters who support the College. 

Students. Faculty and staff. Board of Trustees. Our Santa Clarita community. When we work together, we can face change, we can embrace change, we can make our college better.   

In a spirit of gratitude, and motivated by a desire to serve our college and community, I respectfully ask for your endorsement, and your vote.

Thank you. 

Jerry Danielsen




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