College of the Canyons is part of the California Community College system, which is comprised of 114 colleges serving nearly 2.1 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 170 associate degree and certificate programs, and serves 32,000 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 $4 million per year to provide cutting-edge training more than 3,600 employees at nearly 1,000 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.