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December 13, 2005

KB Home Commits $75,000 to College

Thanks to KB Home, College of the Canyons is another step closer to building its University Center. The nationwide homebuilder announced a $50,000 contribution to establish a construction technology classroom in the new University Center building that is scheduled to begin construction in 2006. In addition, KB Home is contributing $25,000 to the college’s athletic programs, bringing its total contribution to College of the Canyons to $75,000.

“KB Home prides itself on being a good corporate citizen and involved in the communities where we build,” said Tom DiPrima, president of the LA-Ventura Division of KB Home. “We believe that education is of vital importance, and the new University Center will serve as a hub for learning in the Santa Clarita Valley.”

The announcement came at a luncheon held Friday at College of the Canyons to update supporters of the University Center about the project. “This is a tremendous boost to our campaign, and we are pleased to have the support of an outstanding community partner like KB Home,” said Dr. Dianne Van Hook, superintendent-president. “Their willingness to step up to the plate will give us the momentum we need to conclude our fund-raising campaign and begin building this much-needed facility.”

The University Center is a unique concept that makes education more accessible to local residents. Partnering colleges and universities offer their degree programs on the College of the Canyons campus, giving students an opportunity to pursue higher education beyond the associate degree level without having to commute outside of the Santa Clarita Valley.

The center itself will be located in a 110,000-square-foot building on the south end of the College of the Canyons campus. It will house 8 to 10 partnering institutions and offer upwards of 70 degree programs. The College of the Canyons Foundation is in the final stages of a $10 million capital campaign to help fund construction of the center.

College of the Canyons currently operates an Interim University Center on its campus. Opened in 2002, it offers 30 degrees from seven college and university partners. More than 500 people have graduated from those institutions, earning a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as credentials.

Building homes for nearly half a century, KB Home is one of America’s premier homebuilders with domestic operating divisions in some of the fastest-growing regions and states: West Coast-California; Southwest-Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico; Central-Colorado, Illinois, Indiana and Texas; and Southeast-Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Kaufman & Broad S.A., the company's publicly traded French subsidiary, is one of the largest homebuilders in France. In fiscal 2004, the company delivered homes to 31,646 families in the United States and France. KB Home also offers complete mortgage services through Countrywide KB Home Loans, a joint venture with Countrywide Financial Corp. Founded in 1957, and winner of the 2004 American Business Award for Best Overall Company, KB Home is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “KBH.”

December 5, 2005

Groundbreaking for Canyon Country Education Center

Time: 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 6, 2005 (The event should take about 45 minutes)

Place: The groundbreaking site is located on the east side of Sierra Highway, just past Linda Vista and the old “Honey House.” Signs will direct you where to park.

Event: A groundbreaking ceremony for a new College of the Canyons Education Center (a second campus) on Sierra Highway in Canyon Country.
Speaking at the event will be Joan MacGregor, President of the college’s Board of Trustees; Dianne G. Van Hook, Superintendent-President; Mr. Bob Kellar, Councilmember, City of Santa Clarita; Dr. Carole Long, Interim Vice President, Instruction and Community Extension; and Mr. Ryan Manning, College of the Canyons student.

Located on a 70-acre site along Sierra Highway, the Canyon Country Educational Center will be open for classes in 24,000 square feet of modular buildings in the 2006-07 school year, and is expected to draw 3,000 students from the eastern Santa Clarita Valley.

The first permanent building on campus could start construction as early as 2007. The State of California has approved an $18 million allocation in capital outlay funds for a 50,000-square-foot building.