University description (as per official university website)
A History of Vision and Innovation
In the span of 40 years, College of the Canyons has been transformed from a small community college serving several hundred students into one of the nationís fastest-growing, large community colleges (those with 10,000-plus students).
Change and significant progress have occurred throughout the Santa Clarita Valley over the years, and College of the Canyons has been propelled forward by a combination of the communityís growth and an unwavering vision to transform this place into the best community college in the country.
Projections indicate enrollment will continue to rise. Nearly 25,000 students enrolled for classes this past year, surpassing enrollment projections well ahead of schedule. This sort of growth has demanded flexibility and innovation. It also has created demands for new academic, occupational and athletic programs, training partnerships with business and industry -- and the facilities to house them.
If one looks around the campus today, he or she will see a significant amount of construction activity. These projects, as well as the ongoing construction of the new Canyon Country campus, signify the highest level of construction and preparation for the future since the original campus was built in the early 1970s. In fact, most of the collegeís square footage has been added during the tenure of Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook, who has led the college since 1988. She has radically changed this campus not only to keep up with the communityís demands, but to anticipate the educational and training programs that will be in demand in the future.
When Dr. Van Hook arrived in 1988, she quickly got down to business and spearheaded a major update of the collegeís master plan. The result was a seemingly non-stop series of construction projects that continues today -- and that has dramatically changed the collegeís face and character. The college was housed in eight major buildings in 1988, including Cougar Stadium; by 2008, another 10 major structures had been built, among them the 926-seat Performing Arts Center, the Library, Mentry Hall, the Family Studies & Early Childhood Education Center, Aliso Hall, Aliso Lab, Pico Canyon Hall, Hasley Hall and an entirely new campus in Canyon Country.
During this period, academic and occupational offerings were vastly expanded. The college offered associate in arts and science degrees in 61 academic programs, as well as credentials in 69 certificate programs. Academic programs ranged from Animation to Television, Film and Video Production, from Audio/Radio Production to Video Game Animation, from Biotechnology to Theatre Arts, from Child Development to Paralegal Studies, and from Dance to Industrial Manufacturing.
College of the Canyonsí institutional philosophy is to educate both the body and the mind. Sixteen intercollegiate athletic programs -- divided equally between menís and womenís sports -- provide outstanding opportunities. Notable achievements include the football teamís state and national championships in 2004, the menís golf teamís four state championships since 2000, and womenís golfís state championships in 2001 and 2007.
Helping meet studentsí needs has been a historically supportive and generous community, which has always approved requests for bond funding for capital construction projects. The most recent bond measure, Measure M, was approved by voters in 2006, providing $160 million in general-obligation bond funding to pay for the next big wave of expansion and modernization projects. The measure -- the fourth in the collegeís history -- allows the Santa Clarita Community College District to add more classrooms and labs, build permanent facilities and equip classrooms at the new Canyon Country campus, upgrade technology to expand instruction in public-safety and other high-demand professions, and improve earthquake, security and fire safety. The locally generated funds also will help the district secure as much as $80 million in additional state matching funds.
About Financial Aid
The purpose of student financial aid services at College of the Canyons is to assist YOU in attaining your college education. The Financial Aid Office offers a complete array of financial support services which are designed to help YOU with the educational related expenses involved in obtaining your educational goal.
Enrollment fee waivers, grants, scholarships, workstudy and student loan opportunities are available to College of the Canyons students who establish financial need by completing the financial aid process and meet all program eligibility criteria. Eligible students are awarded financial aid through a variety of types of programs on a first-come, first-serve basis as funding is available. Eligible applicants will be expected to adhere to standards of satisfactory academic progress for continued eligibility for financial aid. It is also critical to meet the College of the Canyons May 29th priority deadline in order to receive a fully funded award package and award notification prior to the beginning of the upcoming school year.
Additional information and criteria for College of the Canyons student financial aid programs can be obtained from this web site. Printed consumer information, such as financial aid applications, forms, petitions and brochures are available by clicking here or by visiting the Financial Aid Office, located in Seco Hall, 1st Floor, Room 110. You may also contact us by phone (661) 362-3215 to request materials or by e-mail at email@example.com.