Vice President's Message
Fall 2010 marks the fourth year of operation at
the beautiful Canyon Country Campus, with many exciting developments on the
The Canyon Country campus
opened on August 27, 2007 and was developed through the support of
the voters for Measure C, which helped to purchase the site, and
Measure M, which helped develop the interim campus we have today.
The Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees,
the Canyon Country Campus Site Selection Committee, the Measure C
and Measure M Oversight Committees, and Canyon Country Campus
Advisory Committee were instrumental in ensuring the success of
the campus in Canyon Country. Under the leadership of Chancellor
Van Hook, the campus opened with nearly twice the students we
originally expected when we first began planning for the new campus.
In 2009-10 the campus
offered 511 class sections and served a total of 10,288 students
(Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring terms). Of the 1100+ students who
graduated from College of the Canyons in June 2010, 58% took at
least one class at the Canyon Country campus. The Campus is clearly
not a secret anymore! Students who attend classes in Canyon Country
enjoy the easy to navigate campus, the great quality of instruction,
the variety of classes and student support services available, and
the overall majestic setting of the campus.
We are also excited about
the new Anthropology Lab developed on the Campus. The lab houses an
amazing collection of castings which support our terrific
anthropology program. In our PE/Activity Room, we added mirrors to
better support our dance and yoga classes.
We offered two
outstanding Star Parties in the Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater. In
October 2009 the Star Party focused on Jupiter – part of our 40th
Anniversary Celebration as well as the 400th anniversary of
Galileo’s first look at the Jovian moons. In May, we turned our
telescopes to Saturn, learning more about this amazing planet and
its complex system of rings. We were able to see the rings quite
clearly through the telescopes available at the Star Party. You can
expect more Star Parties this year!
The number of degree
programs available at the Canyon Country Campus has grown to
sixteen, with an additional 13 certificate programs. This year, we
will be preparing to offer five more degree programs as part of our
Applied Technology complex on the campus. The new programs which
will be available in Fall 2011 include Plumbing, Automotive
Technology, Electrical/Electronics, and Alternative Energy - Solar
Panel Installation. Relocating from the Valencia Campus to the new
Applied Tech complex will be Construction Management and Building
Located high above
Parking Lot 2, the Applied Technology Building includes four modular
classrooms, office space for faculty, and a 10,000 square foot
workshop for lab activities. We expect the building to be complete
in Spring 2011 so look for a ribbon cutting sometime in April or
We are also pleased to
welcome a new partner to the Canyon Country Campus. Maui Wowi
Coffee will be serving specialty coffee drinks, smoothies and
grab-and-go salads/sandwiches in their new location adjacent to the
Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater. We have created a wonderful shaded
patio area next to the coffee building where students can enjoy
their coffee or smoothie, fire up their laptop using our wireless
technology system, and connect with each other while enjoying the
majestic view of the surrounding hillsides.
Despite these challenging
economic times, College of the Canyons is a leader in developing
innovative ways to get things done. We continually seek out new
opportunities, new partners, and new approaches to the needs of our
students and the community. This innovative spirit is evident when
you step on the Canyon Country Campus.
I continue to be amazed
at the beauty of the Canyon Country Campus. The majestic hillsides
above the campus, coupled with beautiful chaparral terrain
surrounding the campus, makes the new campus feel worlds apart from
the hustle and bustle of Sierra Highway below us. The Canyon
Country campus is indeed a special place, where dreams can take
root, while future opportunities soar.
Dena P. Maloney, Ed.D.
Vice President of College of the Canyons
Dena P. Maloney, Ed.D.
Canyon Country Campus & Economic Development
principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men
and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating
what other generations have done; men and women who are creative,
inventive and discoverers, who can be critical and verify, and not
accept, everything they are offered."