Nicole De Stefano

I am the strong nurse I am today because of my time at COC

– Nicole De Stefano

“I attribute the Nursing Program as the foundation to my whole career. The instructors really cared about your success, and pushed you in the best of ways. I am the strong nurse I am today because of my time at COC.”



Circe Denyer 

COC taught me to be disciplined in studies

– Circe Denyer

“COC taught me to be disciplined in studies. I took more classes online where discipline is very important to success.”



Samantha Severyn

This experience I believe forever changed the outcome of my life

– Samantha Severyn

“Once I enrolled at COC and I was finally challenged at the educational level that I was supposed to be challenged at I flourished immediately. I received all As and a few Bs, graduating with honors. This experience I believe forever changed the outcome of my life.”



Thomas Iland

I consider COC a 'launching pad' in helping me take my professional self to the next level

– Thomas Iland

“I consider COC a ‘launching pad’ in helping me take my professional self to the next level and putting me on the path towards discovering who I really am and who I am meant to be.”



Laura Chesler

The support I received from my counselor and professors as a returning adult student was incredible

– Laura Chesler

“The support I received from my counselor and professors as a returning adult student was incredible. They were my cheerleaders when I wanted to give up, and gave me the resources I needed to help me realize my dream of finally earning my degree.”



Alicia Harris

The professors were excellent

– Alicia Harris

"The professors were excellent. The classes were interesting, informative and interactive."



Rodney Grimes

Thanks so much to so many!

– Rodney Grimes

• What is your best memory of your time at COC?
The small temporary classrooms and intimate atmosphere. The Bonelli Center was still under construction. Travel to Lone Pine & Bishop for a Rocks & Minerals class "Dig". I was fortunate to be the Chairman of the Black Student Union with a seat on the Student Council. At graduation, I also received a Certificate of Appreciation for support of the College.

• What are you doing now?
After retiring from a successful 36-year career in the pharmaceutical industry in San Francisco, Chicago and Phoenix, I am currently a freelance photojournalist and amateur cultural historian in my hometown of Phoenix, Ariz.

• How did COC help prepare you for your future?
The recognition and realization that hard work and dedication to achieve a goal will pay off.

• What achievement(s) are you most proud of?
Graduation. Making the Deans' List.

• Is there anything else you'd like to mention?
I will always be indebted to my Sociology Instructor Dr. Dale Smith. Dr. Smith, with great understanding and monumental patience, instilled in me the passion for hard work and academic success. I also fondly remember and appreciate the Counselor, Mrs. Fran Wakefield for her guidance on financial aid assistance. I also greatly appreciate the understanding and support of the Nursing Instructors Mrs. Hazel Carter and Sherwood Holland for reminding me to view the larger picture when it appeared the immediate struggle was too great. Thanks so much to so many!



Tiffany Franklin

College of the Canyons helped me find myself after high school

– Tiffany Franklin

“College of the Canyons helped me find myself after high school. I grew a lot over the years and COC was always there to teach me and help me discover who I am and what I love learning and doing most.”



Joseph Evinger

Helped me get the education I needed to transfer to a 4-year university

– Joseph Evinger

• What is your best memory of your time at COC?
Playing on the football team and transferring to a Division 1 university on a full-ride scholarship.

 What are you doing now?
Probation Officer with the adult felony division in Floyd County, Indiana.

 How did COC help prepare you for your future?
Helped me get the education I needed to transfer to a 4-year university.

 What achievement(s) are you most proud of?
Scholarship, degree, and current employment.



Robert Lopez

College of the Canyons helped me prepare for my future with the internship program

– Robert Lopez

"College of the Canyons helped me prepare for my future with the internship program offered to students. I was able to spend time with the Building Inspectors from the city of Santa Clarita in order to learn firsthand about Building Safety and Fire Protection."