COC Canyon Country Campus Grows Up
New campus continues to add programs to meet high demand.
In a little over one week, College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus will celebrate the start of its second year of operation.
The Canyon Country site had a successful first year, and over the last few months college administrators have been looking at the demand for the site, and adding new programs.
According to Dena Maloney, dean of the Canyon Country Campus, last year the site offered 700 sections with nearly 1,300 full time equivalent students. Of the roughly 1,400 total COC graduates in June, over 460 of them had taken classes at the Canyon Country campus.
Also, she said that a significant percentage of Canyon Country students do not take classes anywhere else. This seems to confirm that the predicted high demand for an east side campus was accurate.
After looking over all the data from last year, College of the Canyons beefed up the Canyon Country campus to include new programs and services that students can use.
One of those new services is called the re-entry program, and it aims to provide support for students who are picking up a collegiate education after an extended absence.
“Many of our students at the Canyon Country campus are returning to college after a period of being away,” Maloney told KHTS. “Sometimes they need additional support to help them be successful in studying for tests, writing papers and those kinds of things.”
An information session detailing the re-entry program is scheduled for Wednesday, August 20th at 6:00 p.m.
Here’s what else students can look forward to this year at COC’s Canyon Country campus:
- 265 classes will be offered;
- An additional paved parking lot was installed, which now provides an abundance of parking for the anticipated enrollment;
- Tutoring lab has doubled in size to provide students with more assistance;
- A full time financial aid advisor is now assigned to the campus;
- A job and career fair has been planned for the campus on October 8th.
While school doesn’t start until August 25th, the campus bookstore will open Monday August 18th for students looking to purchase their class materials and texts early.
As year two begins for the Canyon Country site, administrators are still keeping one eye on the future. A career and technology education building is planned, along with an automotive technology program, “green” construction, added landscape features, and alternative energy management and solar tech training.
With all this in mind, it seems as if COC Canyon Country can no longer be considered just an extension of COC’s Valencia campus.