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2019 News Releases

Archived news releases from the Public Information Office



Dean Recognized for OER Leadership

December 13, 2019 – James Glapa-Grossklag, dean of learning resources, has received the President’s Award for Excellence at the 2019 Open Education Global Conference.

Date, Venue Announced for Silver Spur Celebration

Note: Event canceled/postponed in light of concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus.

December 9, 2019 – The College of the Canyons Foundation has announced that the Silver Spur Celebration honoring Bruce Fortine will take place Saturday, March 14 at Santa Clarita Studios.

Bond Refunding to Save Taxpayers $8.3 Million

December 3, 2019 – College of the Canyons has refunded $31 million of outstanding general obligation bond debt.

Two New Electronic Systems Classes Offered

December 2, 2019 – The College of the Canyons spring 2020 class schedule will include two new electronic systems classes that will help students interested in the computer sciences find their path.

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Football Game to Honor Saugus HS Victims

November 21, 2019 – All students and staff from the William S. Hart Union High School District and all SCV first responders (with ID) are invited to attend Saturday’s College of the Canyons football playoff game free of charge in light of the tragic events that occurred at Saugus High School on Nov. 14.

$749,760 Award to Provide Company Training

November 19, 2019 – The Employee Training Institute has received $749,760 from the Employment Training Panel to provide local companies with customized training programs.

Runners Invited to Thanksgiving Turkey Trot

November 15, 2019 – The Athletics Department invites community members of all ages to participate in the 11th annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot benefiting the cross country and track & field programs.

Students Win LA Haunt Couture Award

November 13, 2019 – Five College of the Canyons interior design students won the People’s Choice Award at the International Interior Design Association’s LA Haunt Couture show on Thursday, Oct. 24.

College Announces Holiday Season Shows 

November 13, 2019 – With the holiday season just around the corner, the School of Visual and Performing Arts has a lineup of shows sure to delight family and friends of all ages.

Star Party Rescheduled for Nov. 15

November 8, 2019 – After being canceled on account of last month’s Tick Fire, the fall 2019 Star Party at the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus has been rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 15.

Information Nights for Prospective Students

November 7, 2019 – To better assist high school seniors who are curious about making College of the Canyons their next step, the college will be offering information nights on Nov. 12 and 13 at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) and at Canyon High School on Thursday, Nov. 14.

Registration Under Way for Winter Semester

November 4, 2019 – Registration is under way for the College of the Canyons winter semester, which boasts more than 300 class sections.

Molière’s 'Learned Ladies' Opens Nov. 15

November 1, 2019 – The Theatre Department present its production of “Learned Ladies” in the Black Box Theater for a week-long run beginning November.

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Marc Cherry to Teach Theatre Master Class

October 31, 2019 – When College of the Canyons theatre students walk into Susan Hinshaw’s Scene Performance class on Wednesday, Nov. 6, they will find Marc Cherry, creator of the hit television series “Desperate Housewives,” sitting in the director’s chair.

College Recognized for Excellence in Transfer

October 22, 2019 – For the second year in a row, College of the Canyons has been named a Champion of Higher Education for Excellence in Transfer by The Campaign for College Opportunity.

Funding Received for Boykin Renovations

October 15, 2019 – College of the Canyons has received state funding to begin planning much-needed renovations to Boykin Hall, a 44-year-old science laboratory at the Valencia campus.

Canyon Country Campus to Throw Star Party

October 7, 2019 – The fall 2019 Star Party at the Canyon Country campus on Friday, Oct. 25 will be doubly significant as it coincides with the college’s 50th anniversary and Apollo 11’s moon landing.

Big Band Swing Concert Slated for Oct. 18

October 2, 2019 – The award-winning Studio Jazz Ensemble and Lab Bands present their season-opening “Big Band Swing” concert at the Performing Arts Center on Friday, Oct. 18.

Professor Nominated for Latin Grammy Award

October 1, 2019 – Music professor Yalil Guerra has received a Latin Grammy nomination in the Best Classical Album category for his album “Cuba: The Legacy.”

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Fortine to be Honored with Silver Spur Award

Note: Event canceled/postponed in light of concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus.

September 25, 2019 – The College of the Canyons Foundation has named Bruce Fortine the 2020 recipient of the Silver Spur Community Service Award.

Community Invited to Anniversary Homecoming

September 20, 2019 – As part of its 50th anniversary of service to the Santa Clarita Valley, the college welcomes the community to a special homecoming celebration on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Mariachi Arcoiris to Perform on Sept. 25

September 17, 2019 – The Art Gallery presents Mariachi Arcoiris del Los Ángeles as part of the college’s annual LatinX and Hispanic Heritage Cultural Festival.

College to Participate in Apprenticeship Program

September 16, 2019 – College of the Canyons has been selected to collaborate in a federal apprenticeship program that will prepare 5,000 workers for the workforce. 

Gallery 206 Presents Angela Divina’s ‘Salsa!’

September 11, 2019 – Gallery 206 presents the exhibition “Angela Divina: Salsa!” from Sept. 16 to Oct. 24. The solo exhibition of Divina’s most recent paintings and collages celebrates our relationship to food through the marriage of domestic science and studio painting.

College to Host Fall Job Fair on Oct. 4

September 10, 2019 – The Career Center will host its annual fall Job Fair on Friday, Oct. 4. The fair is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon in the West P.E. gymnasium at the Valencia campus.

University Center Open House Sept. 17

September 4, 2019 – Have you been putting off getting the bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree you need to advance in your career? On Tuesday, Sept. 17, an open house will be held at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center to provide prospective students with information.

Football Kicks Off Season Saturday, Sept. 7

Sept. 3, 2019 – The College of the Canyons football program will kick off the 2019 season at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 vs. Saddleback College, in the first of 10 regular-season games.

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College No. 1 for Adult Learners in County

August 30, 2019 – College of the Canyons was ranked among the best U.S. colleges for adult learners in Washington Monthly magazine’s ranking of “Best Two-Year Colleges for Adult Learners.”

Employees Celebrated for Years of Service

August 28, 2019 – Every year, College of the Canyons honors staff, faculty members and administrators who have reached milestones in years of service to the college. This year’s Service Awards were especially significant as the college celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Wilk to Address Business Advocacy

August 27, 2019 – State Sen. Scott Wilk will present two Chancellor’s Circle workshops that will focus on how businesses leaders can influence and affect change with policymakers and legislators.

Auto Dealers Association Donates to College

August 26, 2019 – College of the Canyons has received a $20,000 donation from the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealer Association in support of the automotive technology program. 

Measure E Bond Sale Yields $85 Million

August 14, 2019 – The second bond issuance of Measure E, the Santa Clarita Community College District general obligation bonds, were sold on Aug. 7, yielding $85 million to assist College of the Canyons in building out the Canyon Country campus and upgrading the Valencia campus.

Registration Under Way for Fall Semester

August 14, 2019 – It is not too late to register for one of more than 1,500 classes offered during the College of the Canyons fall 2019 semester. Students and community members can choose from more than 2,000 class sections in a wide range of academic subjects and career education disciplines.

Exhibit Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month

August 14, 2019 – The College of the Canyons Art Gallery presents “Carolyn Castaño: Delineando un Paisaje Femenio – Outlining a Female Landscape” just in time for National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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College to Participate in PLACE Initiative

July 23, 2019 – College of the Canyons is the only community college selected to participate in the Partnerships for Listening and Action by Communities and Educators (PLACE) initiative, a network of academic-community partnerships focused on civic-engagement and public-humanities work.

College Receives Career Education Grant

July 16, 2019 – Thanks to a recent grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, College of the Canyons will be able to offer more online education classes and lower the cost of textbooks by expanding the use of online textbooks. 

New Students Invited to Welcome Day

July 30, 2019 – For many college freshman students, the first day of school can be a daunting and nerve-wracking experience. To better assists its incoming class of freshman students, College of the Canyons will host Welcome Day on Friday, Aug. 9.

‘Meet the Grant Makers’ Slated for July 12

July 3, 2019 – The College of the Canyons Office of Grants Development will host a “Meet the Grant Makers” panel presentation and seminar on Friday, July 12, offering Santa Clarita Valley’s non-profits an opportunity to learn how to improve their fundraising efforts and see their organizations thrive.

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Canyons Promise Serves More Students

June 26, 2019 – Canyons Promise, which waives tuition and fees for new full-time college students during their first year of study, will serve more students than ever when the new cohort enters College of the Canyons in fall 2019.

Cross Country Series Runs July 11 to Aug. 15

June 19, 2019 – Runners of all ages are invited to participate in the 46th Annual Cross Country Summer Series on Thursday evenings from July 11 to Aug. 15.

Partnership Created with Hart District

June 18, 2019 – College of the Canyons and the William S. Hart Union High School District have created a partnership that will offer college classes at high school campuses this fall.

Fire Tech Students Awarded Scholarships

June 4, 2019 – Ten fire technology students have received $1,000 scholarships from Edison International to cover tuition, books and school-related fees.

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2019 Graduating Class is Largest Ever

May 28, 2019 – College of the Canyons will honor its 2019 graduating class – the largest in college history — during its 50th annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 31.

Hard Work Pays Off for Graduating Student

May 24, 2019 – While college is a faraway thought for most junior high students, Mark Gray was not only thinking about college, but he was saving up for it too. 

Student Speeds Toward Auto Tech Career

May 22, 2019 – Zoey White was four classes away from completing her animation degree at College of the Canyons when she decided to switch gears. 

Registration Open for Summer Soccer Camp

May 21, 2019 – The College of the Canyons men's and women’s soccer programs invite boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grade to participate in the 2019 Youth Summer Soccer Camp.

Registration Open for Summer Swim Camp

May 20, 2019 – The College of the Canyons swim & dive program invites swimmers ages 8 to 18 to participate in the 2019 COC Swim Camp, with two sessions running this summer.

Graduating Student Navigates Barriers, Loss

May 19, 2019 – Two years ago, on the day after Thanksgiving, Almira Javier and her family were joking around during breakfast when her grandfather had a heart attack at the table.

Performing Arts Center Announces Season

May 15, 2019 – If the 2019-20 Performing Arts Center season is any indication, there’s no reason to leave the Santa Clarita Valley in search of top-quality entertainment. 

Men's Golf Team Wins State Title

May 14, 2019 – The men's golf team won the 2019 California Community College Athletic Association State Championship by a whopping 18 strokes at the Silverado Resort & Spa.

Four Summer Sessions to be Offered

May 9, 2019 – Students looking to get ahead this summer will benefit from the college’s four summer sessions, which includes an entire online-only session.

School of Visual & Performing Arts May Lineup

May 6, 2019 – Community members are invited to enjoy an exciting lineup of music and dance performances from the College of the Canyons School of Visual and Performing Arts in May.

Eight Alumni Inducted into Hall of Fame

May 1, 2019 – The College of the Canyons Foundation and Alumni Network hosted its annual Alumni Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner on Thursday, April 25.

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Art Gallery Presents Student Art Exhibition

April 23, 2019 – The College of the Canyons Art Gallery presents the 23rd Annual Student Art Exhibition, an eclectic collection of artwork created by the college’s talented student artists.

District Communications Recognized

April 23, 2019 – The District Communications Office won seven awards from the Community College Public Relations Organization and National Council for Marketing & Public Relations.

Chancellor Honored for Leadership

April 22, 2019 – In recognition of her longstanding support of community colleges and the efforts of the District Communications Office, Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook has been named the Community College Public Relations Organization PROmoter of the Year.

Theatre Presents 'Bright Star' Musical

April 22, 2019 – The Theatre Department presents “Bright Star: A New Musical” at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center from April 26 through May 5.

Registration Open for Summer Basketball Camp

April 19, 2019 – The College of the Canyons men's basketball program invites boys and girls in third to eighth grade to participate in the 2019 Howard Fisher’s Cougar Basketball Camp, with two sessions running this summer.

Basic Needs Center Opens for Students

April 15, 2019 – To help meet the needs of housing and food insecure students, the college's food pantry has been expanded into the Basic Needs Center (BaNC) to serve as a one-stop resource.

Art Gallery Presents ‘Budding Artists’

April 12, 2019 – The Art Gallery presents “Budding Artists,” an exhibit featuring artwork created by the children enrolled in the college’s Center for Early Childhood Education.

Canyon Country Campus Star Party on May 3

April 9, 2019 – The spring Star Party is touching down Friday, May 3 at the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus.

First-Year Promise Accepting Applications

April 9, 2019 – The First-Year Promise program, which waives tuition and fees for new full-time college students during their first year of study, is now accepting applications.

16th Annual Children's Play Day on April 13

April 5, 2019 – The Center for Early Childhood Education and the Southern California Valley Committee will host the Valencia campus’ 16th annual “Play Day” as part of the Week of the Young Child.

Registration Open for Summer Institute

April 3, 2019 – Registration is now open for the popular career exploration-themed College of the Canyons Summer Institute, with weekly sessions running July 8 to 12 and July 15 to 19. The institute is open to students entering grades 6 through 8 this fall.

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$3 Million to Upgrade Fuel Cell Technology

March 21, 2019 – The college has been awarded $3 million by the South Coast Air Quality Management District to upgrade its fuel cell technology system.

Presentation to Focus on Generation Z

March 14, 2019 – Dr. Corey Seemiller will present “Who is Generation Z?: Determined. Open-Minded. Compassionate,” at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.

Scholarly Presentation Explores Fashion, Politics

March 11, 2019 – Professors Ruth Rassool and Deems Morrione will deliver the scholarly presentation “Bitchery and the Politics of Fashion” on Thursday, March 28.

Women's Conference Slated for March 23

March 8, 2019 – The annual College of the Canyons Women’s Conference returns Saturday, March 23 with presenters and sessions designed to help attendees find “Purpose, Potential, Passion and Peace.”

College VP to Head Reedley College

March 8, 2019 – After nearly six years of service at College of the Canyons as assistant superintendent/vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Jerry Buckley has been named president of Reedley College.

Spanish for Healthcare Workers Added

March 6, 2019 – The college will offer a new Spanish for healthcare workers certificate program in an effort to meet the growing need for Spanish-speaking healthcare professionals.

MakerSpace Festival Coming March 23

March 5, 2019 – Makers and innovators of all ages are invited to stretch their imaginations and ingenuity at the second annual SoCal MakerSpace Festival.

Short-Term Classes Added for Spring

March 4, 2019 – More than 100 classes are open to students looking to enroll in the spring semester, which includes short-term classes in high-demand subject areas.

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College Hosts Women Who Weld Workshop

February 26, 2019 – “Come closer so you can see,” said Samantha Farr to 20 women as they adjusted their welding helmets at the sold-out Women Who Weld workshop at College of the Canyons on Friday, Feb. 22.

Student's Career Begins to RISE in Design World

February 25, 2019 – The College of the Canyons Resources for Individual Success in Education (RISE) is a program that was created to improve access to higher education for students who are current or former foster youth and homeless youth.

Public Invited to Participate in Survey

February 19, 2019 – College of the Canyons has created a continuing education survey to identify the unique and specific needs of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Classes Still Available for Spring Semester

February 6, 2019 – It’s not too late to register for the spring semester, which will run through Thursday, May 30.

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College Offers Free Lunch to Students Feb. 7

January 30, 2019 – The College of the Canyons Institute for Culinary Education (iCuE) will be offering a free pasta bar to students on Thursday, Feb. 7 to help them fuel up for the spring semester.

College to Offer Google IT Certification Program

January 28, 2019 – College of the Canyons is one of 25 community colleges in the nation to have been selected by Jobs for the Future (JFF), a workforce development organization, to offer a Google Information Technology (IT) certification program.

Students to Participate in NASA Academy

January 28, 2019 – Two College of the Canyons students were selected to participate in the Lucy Student Pipeline Accelerator and Competency Enabler (LSPACE) Virtual Academy, an interactive and team-based student collaboration offered through NASA's Lucy Mission.

Continuing Education Center Holds Grand Opening

January 25, 2019 – A special grand opening event for the new College of the Canyons continuing education center on Soledad Canyon Road will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. The event will allow students and community members the opportunity to learn more about the centers programs and to register for free classes.

Chancellor Appointed to State Funding Committee

January 25, 2019 – College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook has been named to serve on the Community College Student Success Funding Formula Oversight Committee, which will oversee the implementation of Californias funding formula to ensure it meets the needs of the states 2.1 million community college students.  

Art Gallery Presents Multi-Sensory Exhibit

January 25, 2019 – The College of the Canyons Art Gallery is pleased to present an exciting new exhibition, A Better Nectar, by Jessica Rath with Robert Hoehn. This multisensory installation is based on the artists extensive research into co-evolutionary communication between flowering plants and their pollinators.

Committee Affirms Audits of Bond Spending

January 17, 2019 – The college district received the best rating possible in an independent audit of its bond measure expenditures. The Santa Clarita Community College Districts Independent Citizens Oversight Committee accepted the audit results, which showed that for the 16th year in a row, the district has properly accounted for all bond expenditures.

Gallery 206 Presents Chinese Folk Art

January 14, 2019 – Gallery 206’s “Vibrant Bounty: Chinese Folk Art from the Shaanxi Region” will carry visitors away to Shaanxi Province for a broader understanding of another culture.

Information Nights for Prospective Students

January 14, 2019 – To better assist high school seniors with the transition to collegiate life, College of the Canyons will offer information nights on Jan. 15 and 16 at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center and on Thursday, Jan. 17 at Canyon High School.

Second Off-Campus Education Center Opens

January 11, 2019 – In a continued effort to meet the needs of working adults in the Santa Clarita Valley, College of the Canyons has opened a second off-campus education center on Soledad Canyon Road.

College Introduces Mobile Application

January 11, 2019 – College of the Canyons has released a new mobile application designed to improve the COC experience for students, staff and community members alike.

College to Help Local Schools with STEM Learning

January 10, 2019 – College of the Canyons will partner with the Sulphur Springs School District to help support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) / Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) learning experiences for students in grades 4-6 at five elementary schools.

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