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Rebecca Ann Fox: Dealing with COC can be infuriating

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Posted: August 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Frustration. We can all relate. Everyone has experienced rejection. I would just like to share my story in hopes of something worthy coming from all my sweat and tears.

I have attended College of the Canyons on and off since 1994. My goal is to attain a nursing degree.

In 1994, I decided on attending the community college close to my home. A very beautiful campus, and at that time, not too crowded. I started a complex journey on getting my general-education classes under way. I say “complex” because we all know school is just one of the things on our never-ending list of daily life tasks. We all try to cram into two years.

Let me just say that from 1994 until this current day, I finally finished my prerequisites for the registered-nursing program.

To those who have attended COC, along with other community colleges, they will change the requirements you will need for your degree if you miss a semester. You might come back to find you now need to take not one class, but two or three, depending on the time you missed.

To my dismay, this happened to me. Finishing my prerequisites took a very long time. I will also add that I have a needy child.

Ha, who doesn’t? But in my situation, my child had hydrocephalus at 8 months. This was a huge strain, but well worth what I have. She is a beautiful, caring child. A little something we could all learn from. I am blessed to have her and I love her dearly.

With all the interesting things happening around me, I was determined to get to the point where I could at least apply to the program.

I made it. And on Aug. 1, I walked my paperwork over to the department and turned in my application. Three days later, I received news that one piece of paper was missing.

Let me describe this paper I was told I was missing: The paper contained my name, address, driver’s license number, phone number, email address and colleges I attended, which was solely College of the Canyons — pure dedication on my part. Oh, and one last piece of information, the fact that I was applying for the R.N. program. Duh!

This is critical. I called and was shocked at what the nursing department told me. First of all, before handing over my packet of a total of five papers, I asked if it could be looked over; they refused. They stated this is policy. I made sure the papers were all in order and placed them neatly in an envelope, keeping two copies for my records.

Now, I could understand if I had waited until the deadline on Aug. 31 to turn my application in. I turned my application in on Aug. 1, leaving the entire month open to run down an extra copy of this paper to them.

I begged and was shot down on the spot by a department member and by the director.

Compassion and care are not something I encountered with them. Why should anyone give a starving student the benefit of doubt and allow them to succeed and become a better person in our society?

I consider myself a good person. A person with feelings for others. I worked as an EMT for two years with a local company and treated patients with respect and care. I have been in health care my entire life, and I understand that there are some downright cruel people out there. I really hoped it would be compassion and care that I encountered when I applied for the R.N. program.

I still believe there are good people out there who will help you succeed and not turn their backs on you when you need them the most.

I was not given this opportunity — not the chance to run down a ridiculous piece of paper. They said “no” and “no” again. I even asked if I could apply for the LUN program. Guess what they said. No. And I am eligible, but they said it’s policy.

Wow, who would think that by spending all of your hard-earned money on all of their required textbooks and dealing with parking issues, etc., that the college would allow you a chance to succeed and move on with your life?

If I didn’t know any better, it most definitely seems to me that, No. 1, the R.N. program was full, and the college will keep you coming back with ridiculous requests of taking more classes and spending more money. Let’s face it, those salaries must be paid, and those buildings must be nice, mustn’t they? I wonder which one I own, haha.

Sorry, COC. I’m all about helping people reach their goals, not holding them back. How hard is it to pick up the phone and say they misplaced my paperwork and ask me for a copy.

Come on, Cougars. Hear me roar.

Rebecca Ann Fox is a Castaic resident.


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