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'Last Men in Aleppo' director discusses documentary, filmmaking techniques at Hancock College

'Last Men in Aleppo' director discusses documentary, filmmaking techniques at Hancock College

Original article posted in Santa Maria Times..

Thirty-three-year-old filmmaker Feras Fayyad is a number of different things to a lot of people.

To Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Fayyad is a spy working for the U.S. or European countries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin may consider him more of a propagandist, a position its permanent mission to the U.N. and state-owned news agency have expressed.

But to the 6,687 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Fayyad has a different title: Oscar-nominated documentarian.

On Friday afternoon, Hancock College students, staff and members of the public gathered in a classroom on the Santa Maria campus for a discussion with Fayyad about his film, "Last Men in Aleppo."

The event was organized to discuss filmmaking techniques and learn about ongoing humanitarian efforts in Syria, said Chris Hite, associate professor for film and video.

"The film was made under duress and tense situations we haven't experienced in the U.S.," Hite explained. "He was making film in an area where you can be arrested just for being a filmmaker. We wanted that exposure; we want to show them what we take for granted here ... is not the norm everywhere."

Filmed over the course of a year in the Syrian capital of Aleppo, the documentary chronicles life during the Syrian civil war and follows the day-to-day lifesaving missions of the White Helmets, a volunteer urban search and rescue group that saves individuals following military strikes on the city. The documentary is the first Syrian produced and directed film nominated for an Academy Award.

"The idea of following these citizens ... who stay [in Aleppo] to change their society [came] after I was imprisoned by Assad," Fayyad said, joking that he was charged as a "fake news" maker to justify his arrest. "When I got out, I saw destruction everywhere. I wanted to see how and why people stay in our country."

Hancock’s film and video program will screen "Last Men in Aleppo" at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Fremont Theater, with a Q&A session following.

The event is co-sponsored by Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts. Tickets for Cal Poly and Hancock students are $5 at the door with student ID. General admission is $15.

A percentage of all ticket sales and donations will go toward White Helmets International.

Introducing The Healthcare Technology Specialist Certificate Program

Introducing The Healthcare Technology Specialist Certificate Program

It is with great pride that DSNs Paula Hodge and John Cordova share the exciting news of a new interdisciplinary, industry-recognized national certification: The Healthcare Technology Specialist Certificate Program and digital badge awarded by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The journey that led to its development with involvement from three colleges (College of the Canyons, Santa Barbara City College and Saddleback College) is part of the Industry Drive Regional Collaborative (IDRC) grant funded by the California Community College Chancellors Office.

Dental Hygiene Program Ranked Among Nation's Best

Dental Hygiene Program Ranked Among Nation's Best

Article originally posted on Oxnard College website.

Oxnard College ranks #17 nationally on a 2017 assessment of the Top 50 Dental Hygiene programs in the United States. The report, published this summer by The Best Colleges.org, compiles institutional and student success data from the National Center for Education Statistics. The analysis weighs four criteria in equal measure: Admissions Rate (25 percent), Retention Rate (25 percent), Default Rate (25 percent), and Graduation Rate (25 percent). Oxnard College is one of only three institutions in California to make the Top 50 national list. As the 15th highest scorer, OC places behind Taft College (#6) and Foothill College (#15); New York University’s Dental Hygiene Program ranks first.

Economic Development Committee holds “Pathways to Preparedness” Summit

Economic Development Committee holds “Pathways to Preparedness” Summit

 

Article originally posted on Lompoc Record

Lompoc’s first Pathways to Preparedness Summit was held this past Wednesday at the Dick DeWees Community Center. A year in the making, the Economic Development Committee (EDC) partnered with Hancock College, Lompoc Unified School District, the County of Santa Barbara and the Lompoc Chamber of Commerce to host the summit.

EDC Chairperson Maria Hall welcomed the group of more than 70 business owners, leaders in education, and community members interested in workforce development. She outlined the EDC’s mission and its four priorities for 2017/2018: Broadband connectivity, marketing, workforce and aesthetics. The Workforce subcommittee’s goal is to support local education initiatives and partnerships that enhance development of a highly skilled and qualified workforce. The summit was a result of this goal.

 

Allan Hancock College Receives the 2017 Pacific Region Equity Award from the Association of Community College Trustees

Allan Hancock College Receives the 2017 Pacific Region Equity Award from the Association of Community College Trustees

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) will award Allan Hancock College the 2017 Pacific Region Equity Award during ACCT’s Leadership Congress in Las Vegas, NV, Sept. 25-28, 2017.

“To have our work and effort be recognized by our peers and colleagues is a tremendous honor,” says Allan Hancock College Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D. “The true credit belongs with our board of trustees, faculty, staff and administrators. They are dedicated to changing the odds for our community and ensuring everyone has an opportunity to succeed.”

Cuesta Nursing Program Has 100% Pass Rate For State Nursing Boards 4 Years in a Row

Cuesta Nursing Program Has 100% Pass Rate For State Nursing Boards 4 Years in a Row

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For the fourth year in a row, Cuesta College’s Registered Nursing (RN) graduates scored a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), the state board that allows individuals to practice nursing. The Cuesta College RN graduating classes of 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 achieved a 100 percent first-test pass rate, meaning every student who graduated in the corresponding spring semester and took the NCLEX, passed it the first time they sat for the exam.

According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the average pass rate for the state of California in 2016/17 was 87 percent.

Twenty-Four Recruits Graduate From Hancock's Law Enforcement Training Academy

Twenty-Four Recruits Graduate From Hancock's Law Enforcement Training Academy

Article originally posted on Allan Hancock College website.

The ceremony was held at the Public Safety Training Complex at the Lompoc Valley Center

DECEMBER 8, 2017--Twenty-four recruits saw their sacrifice, hard work and dedication over the last 21 weeks pay off on Friday as they graduated from Allan Hancock College’s Law Enforcement Academy. The college held the graduation ceremony for Class #113 at its state-of-the-art Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc.

“There’s no better training place for first responders in California or the entire West Coast than this facility here,” said Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D., Hancock superintendent/president. “When something goes wrong at your house and someone responds in this area, the nurse or firefighter or EMT or police officer who responds is likely an Allan Hancock College graduate who received the best training possible.”

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