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College of the Canyons at a Glance

College of the Canyons is part of the California Community College system, which is comprised of 112 colleges serving nearly 2.5 million students throughout the state.  

Better known as COC, the college is located in Santa Clarita, California, about 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, and covers a 367-square-mile service area. It offers nearly 150 associate degree and certificate programs, and serves 31,000 students per year at campuses in Valencia and Canyon Country, as well as online.  

In addition to meeting the academic needs of students seeking transfer and career technical education, the college also plays a key role in developing the economy of its service area. The Economic Development Division generates approximately $3 million per year to provide cutting-edge training more than 4,000 employees at nearly 900 area companies.  

The college participates in several innovative partnerships that have redefined the traditional role of community colleges. It collaborates with nearly every social service agency in the community, with the school districts, with the City, the Chamber of Commerce and with many local businesses.

The College’s unique University Center allows students to earn bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from a collection of public and private universities that offer their programs in the Center, improving access to education by eliminating the need for residents to commute long distances to obtain advanced degrees. More than 40 degree programs are available through the University Center, which has seen approximately 3,000 students earn degrees since 2002.  

Opened in 1969, the college has fostered a reputation for innovation, excellence, partnerships, and student success over its past four-and-a-half decades of service to its community.

Degree and Certificate Programs
  • AA/AS Majors: 76
  • Certificates of Achievement: 36
  • Certificates of Specialization: 30
  • Certificates of Competency (Non-credit): 4
Top Associate Degrees Awarded (2012-13)
  • Social Science
  • Acounting
  • Registered Nurse
  • Psychology
  • Biological & Physical Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Administration of Justice
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Early Childhood Education
Top Certificates of Achievement Awarded (2012-13)
  • Transfer Studies
  • Water Systems Technology
  • Accounting
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Business Management
  • Culinary Arts
  • Construction Management
  • Computer Applications/Administration Assistant
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources Management
Newest Program/New Curricula - Recently Approved Transfer Associate Degrees
  • Communication Studies Associate of Arts - Transfer
  • Computer Science Associate of Science - Transfer
  • Early Childhood Education Associate of Science - Transfer
  • Geology Associate of Science - Transfer
  • Kinesiology Associate of Arts - Transfer 
  • Political Science Associate of Arts - Transfer
  • Studio Arts Associate of Arts - Transfer
Intercollegiate Sports

Men’s Teams
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swim & Dive
  • Track & Field 

Women’s Teams
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swim & Dive
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

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General Information
  • Founded: 1969
  • Service Area: 367 square miles
  • Valencia Campus size: 153.4 acres
  • Valencia Campus Buildings: 793,605 square feet
  • Canyon Country Campus size: 70 acres
  • Canyon Country Campus Buildings: 59,192 square feet
  • Median Class Size: 31
  • Median Age of Students: 21
  • Headcount: 31,134​
Finance
  • 2014/2015 General Fund Budget: $81.3 million
  • Grant Revenue: $6,070,897
  • Foundation Revenue: $1,398,863
Technology
  • Nearly 3,500 networked computers on two campuses
  • 57 computer labs
  • 83 servers and 87 virtual servers
  • 123 smart classrooms
  • Online library catalog hosted on-site and online access to major research databases
Faculty & Staff
  • Full-time Faculty: 181
  • Adjunct Faculty: 546
  • Classified Administrator: 55
  • Educational Administrator: 28
  • Classified Staff: 222
Economic Development Division
  • Revenue: $3.1 million
  • Employers served: 866
  • Employees and participants served: 5,032
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