December 2008


Mt. SAC Board Officers Elected

WALNUT, Calif.—At its annual organizational meeting on Dec. 17, the Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees elected Fred Chyr as president, Dr. David K. Hall as vice president, and Judy Chen Haggerty as clerk. They will serve a one-year term.

Chyr has been a Mt. SAC board member since 1995 and is currently serving his fourth term. His election marks the third time he has been board president. A resident of Hacienda Heights, Chyr has more than 25 years of experience in marketing educational institutions and businesses in Southern California. Currently, he is the chief marketing officer for the University of La Verne. He is also a member of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership.

A Mt. SAC board member since 1995, Hall is senior vice president of Hitchcock Automotive Resources in the City of Industry, one of the largest privately owned retail automotive groups in the United States. He serves as finance chairman for the 48th District Agricultural Association’s Schools Involvement Program and as chairman of the Human Resources and Security Management Committee for the Industry Manufacturers Council. He also serves on the board for the San Gabriel Valley Family YMCA. A resident of San Dimas, Hall has received the San Gabriel Valley YWCA’s Community Commitment Award, the Puente Hills Area Chamber of Commerce Silver Service Award, and the American Heart Association’s Exceptional Service Award.

Elected as a trustee in 2001, Chen Haggerty is currently serving her second term on the board. She is a managing director/attorney for the law offices of Edward J. Haggerty, P.C. A 25-year Rowland Heights resident, she is also a law professor at Rio Hondo College and the University of Phoenix. In the community, Chen Haggerty has served on the boards of directors for the Mt. SAC Foundation, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, American Red Cross, the La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program, FORUS Foundation (Rowland Unified School District) and the Rowland Heights Chinese Association.

Registration Continues for Mt. SAC’s Winter and Spring Sessions

WALNUT, Calif.—New, continuing and returning students may now register for Mt. San Antonio College's 2009 Winter Intersession and Spring Semester credit classes online or by telephone. Registration for the winter session ends on Tuesday, Dec. 23. Spring registration continues through Feb. 18

Continuing students who prefer to register online may do so at A student ID number and PIN are required.

Those who wish to register by touch-tone telephone should dial (909) 595-6722 to add classes, drop classes, and make scheduling changes. The service is available from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Students must check their permit for their assigned registration date and time. They will not be allowed to register before their assigned time.

New students are encouraged to submit an admission application online at They may also apply in person at the Admissions & Records Office on campus, located in the Student Services Center. The Admissions Office is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please note that class registration will not be available while the college is closed during the holidays, from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1.

New students must arrange for a mandatory orientation session through the Counseling Department and take the required placement tests through the Assessment Center before registering for classes.

Classes for Mt. SAC’s six-week winter session begin on Monday, Jan. 5. The spring semester starts Monday, Feb. 23.

For more registration information, call the Mt. SAC Admissions & Records Office at (909) 594-4415.


Mt. SAC to Graduate First Phlebotomy Tech Class

WALNUT, Calif.—When the 16 students of Mt. San Antonio College’s phlebotomy technician I program graduate on Dec. 12, they will be not only the college’s first class of phlebotomy technicians to finish the program, but also represent the growing trend of workers seeking retraining in a growing field.

“Some people are looked to be retrained because the industries they were working in have diminished,” said Kathy Killiany, Coordinator for Mt. SAC’s phlebotomy technician program. “Others are looking for a change of career.”

Students in the class range from a former aerospace engineer to a truck driver to stay-at-home moms looking to reenter the workforce.

Phlebotomy technicians draw blood from patients for testing and prepare specimens for clinical lab scientists. They work together with the lab scientists in a clinical setting.

“This is a very diverse and motivated group,” said Killiany.

The fee-based Continuing Education program includes eight weeks of classes and a six-week clinical externship at a hospital. Class size is limited by the number of externships available, and when students finish their classes, they are qualified to take the state exam to become a certified phlebotomy technician I.

“There is a high demand for this very specialized type of work,” said Killiany. “And we have more people interested in the program than we have externships.”

Mt. SAC’s program is a state approved phlebotomy technician I training program.

For more information about the Phlebotomy Technician I Program, call Mt. SAC’s Health Careers Resource Center at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4788.