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Julie Jacobson | Psychology

Julie Jacobson, a full-time academic counselor and psychology instructor, literally grew up at College of the Canyons. As a toddler she attended COC’s Early Childhood Education program while her mother worked at the college. A few decades and two college degrees later, Jacobson returned. […]

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Michael Leach | Communications

What turns the shyest kid in the class into an award-winning public speaker and coach? For COC Professor and Speech Team Coach Michael Leach it was a Moorpark Community College professor.

During his first year at Moorpark College, Leach’s speech professor had the college’s speech team perform for the class. That one presentation began the shift that is now the focus of his career. “I thought I wanted to be an attorney,” Leach reflected. That was until he discovered his passion for public speaking and teaching others how to be an effective presenter. […]

Cindy Stephens | Child Development

If there were one word to define how Professor Cindy Stephens approaches her life, it would be “perseverance.” A child development instructor since 1992, Stephens encourages students to push through the challenging times (like the last couple of weeks of the semester) and stay focused on the light at the end of the tunnel (like graduation). […]