December 14, 2004
INFORMATION: Sue Bozman or John Green, (661) 362-3415 or 3684
State Grants Final Approval for College Center in Canyon Country
The California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) has approved College of the Canyons' plan to establish a permanent education facility in Canyon Country.
The unanimous decision came Tuesday at CPEC's regular meeting in Sacramento. The approval was the final step required before the college could move forward with plans to acquire property and construct the Canyon Country Educational Center.
When built, the facility will replace the college's current offerings at the Canyon Country Library and Golden Valley High School and include classrooms, labs and administrative space. It will serve the eastern portion of the Santa Clarita Valley, where nearly 32 percent of College of the Canyons students reside.
After a site has been purchased and prepared, the Educational Center will be housed in 30,000 square feet of modular buildings purchased from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Funding for site acquisition and development was included in Measure C, the $82.1 million bond measure approved by Santa Clarita Valley voters in 2001.
The center had previously been approved by the state Community College Board of Governors in July. The proposal was then forwarded to CPEC for its review, per state regulations. By securing project approval at the state level, the center will be eligible to compete for future capital-outlay funding that can be used to build permanent facilities.