July 15, 2004
INFORMATION: John McElwain or John Green, (661) 362-3494 or 3684
College Gets OK for Permanent Site in Canyon Country
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors gave the go-ahead for College of the Canyons to acquire land in Canyon Country for a permanent, second educational site. The unanimous approval came during a regular board meeting in Sacramento on Monday, July 12.
The decision gives the green light to move forward on the purchase or acquisition of land in the east portion of the Santa Clarita Valley, where nearly 32 percent of COC students reside. Once land is purchased, the college will build the Canyon Country Educational Center, which will include classrooms, labs and administrative spaces.
A college facility in the eastern portion of the Santa Clarita Valley has been part of the College of the Canyons master plan for several years. Rapid growth in the Santa Clarita Valley has made development of a convenient site in the Canyon Country area a priority. Funds to purchase a site in the area were made available through passage of the $82.1 million Measure C bond measure, which is also funding new buildings and renovation on the main campus.
Demand for classes in this part of our valley is significant, said Sue Bozman, dean of district communications, marketing and external relations. We consistently fill up classes that we offer in the Canyon Country ACCESS site at the Canyon Country Library, and well be offering additional classes at a second temporary site -- to be called Golden Valley ACCESS -- by the middle of the colleges fall 2004 semester."
Several sites are currently under consideration for the Canyon Country Educational Center. Once a site has been purchased and prepared, the college plans to place some 30,000 square feet of modular structures that have been acquired from Vandenberg Air Force Base for temporary classroom use.