2020 News Releases

Archived news releases from the Public Information Office



College Hosts International Youth Forum

October 30, 2020 – For the second year in a row, College of the Canyons will host an International Forum on Youth from Nov. 16 to 19 that will highlight the challenges faced by today’s young people through lectures, scholarly presentations and other virtual events.

Public Artist Talk for 'Out in the Blue'

October 29, 2020 – The College of the Canyons Art Gallery will present a public artist talk with Brooke Sauer to accompany her solo virtual exhibition “Out in the Blue” at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9.

Free Drive-Through Flu Shots for Students

October 28, 2020 – Free flu vaccinations will be available in a drive-through format for all currently enrolled College of the Canyons students on Friday, Nov. 6.

Virtual Artist Talk with Eric Whitacre

October 23, 2020 – College of the Canyons proudly welcomes Eric Whitacre as the first featured guest in the School of Visual & Performing Arts Industry Insight Series on Monday, Oct. 26.

University Center Offers Open House

October 22, 2020 – The Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center will host a virtual open house event on Friday, Oct. 30 for prospective students interested in earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree through the center’s partner institutions.

Star Party Scheduled for October 23

October 14, 2020 – Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the College of the Canyons Canyon Country Campus will host its fall 2020 star party virtually from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. 

College to Host Green STEM Summit

October 12, 2020 – College of the Canyons and the Santa Clarita Environmental Education Consortium (SCEEC) will virtually host the 2020 Green STEM Summit on Saturday, Oct. 24 with the purpose of introducing students to green careers.

Cultural Festival Goes Virtual

October 9, 2020 – Since pandemic restrictions prohibit in-person gatherings, a number of College of the Canyons departments collaborated to organize and host the virtual 2020 Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Cultural Festival to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Virtual Job Fair Begins October 27

October 8, 2020 – The College of the Canyons Career Center has reformatted its annual fall Job Fair to an online three-day event to connect qualified candidates with companies looking to expand their workforce.

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Spring 2021 Remote Instruction

September 14, 2020 – College of the Canyons will continue with distance education through the end of the Spring 2021 semester, Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook announced in a message to the campus community. 

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Remote Services to Support Students

August 25, 2020 – With campuses largely closed to students and the public for the fall 2020 semester, a wide range of student services are available remotely to support learning. 

Free Classes Offered this Fall

August 21, 2020 – The School of Personal and Professional Learning will offer a tuition-free personal trainer certificate program and new math support classes this fall.

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CARES Act Grants Still Available

July 30, 2020 – Emergency grants through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act are still available for College of the Canyons students.

Remembering Baseball Coach Gillespie

July 30, 2020 – Legendary baseball coach Mike Gillespie, who led the baseball program at College of the Canyons to three state titles before winning an NCAA National Championship with USC and later reestablishing the baseball program at UC Irvine, died July 29. He was 80.

Chancellor Named to 'Valley 200' List

July 28, 2020 – College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook has been named to the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s “Valley 200” list.

Theatre Department Goes Virtual

July 21, 2020 – As the coronavirus pandemic has shuttered playhouses and theaters across the country, the College of the Canyons Theatre Department has found a way for the show to go on. 

Registration Under Way for Fall Semester

July 20, 2020 – College of the Canyons has moved most of its courses to online and distance learning for the fall 2020 semester, ensuring students can access the classes they need.

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Proposed State Budget to Protect Funding

June 24, 2020 – Governor Newsom and state legislative leaders reached an agreement on an amended state budget that prevents specific cuts to California community colleges.

Chancellor Joins Education Sector Work Team

June 9, 2020 – Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook has been appointed to L.A. County's Education Sector Work Team, which create a framework for reopening of colleges and universities.

Physics Student Finds Path at College

June 3, 2020 – If Leonardo Martinez were to trace his journey from graduating from Saugus High School to his College of the Canyons graduation on June 5, the line would be anything but linear. 

Nursing Student Overcomes Setbacks

June 3, 2020 – Lianne McMahon will be become the first person in her family to graduate college when she receives her associate degree in nursing on June 3. 

Honoring the Class of 2020

June 1, 2020 – The College of the Canyons Class of 2020 is truly unlike any other in the college’s 50-year history.

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From Graduation to the Frontline

May 29, 2020 – For the 60 graduates of the College of the Canyons Registered Nurse Class of 2020, entry into the world of nursing will be baptism by fire.

Fall Semester to Be Delivered Remotely

May 20, 2020 – To provide as little of a disruption as possible for students faculty and staff, College of the Canyons has announced that the fall 2020 semester will be primarily remote and online.

Virtual Graduation Announced

May 14, 2020 – In light of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, College of the Canyons will be holding a virtual commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 on Friday, June 5.

Summer Registration Under Way

May 12, 2020 – College of the Canyons will offer a robust schedule of four summer sessions to help students reach their goals during this unprecedented time. Classes start June 8.

District Communications Recognized

May 8, 2020 – The College of the Canyons District Communications Office has won three Paragon Awards from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations. 

College Receives Arts Integration Grant

May 8, 2020 – College of the Canyons has received a $4,750 grant from the California Arts Council to fund an arts integration program.

CARES Act Emergency Grants Available

May 7, 2020 – College of the Canyons has been allocated approximately $3.1 million in CARES Act Emergency Grants for students with needs related to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. 

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Easter Meal for First Responders

April 13, 2020 – On Sunday, April 12, College of the Canyons classified staff members provided 70 Easter lunches for first responders at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and the L.A. County Fire Department COVID-19 testing site in Santa Clarita.

Additional COVID-19 Cases Reported

April 6, 2020 – Two more members of the College of the Canyons community have been diagnosed with coronavirus. These are the second and third cases connected to the college.

Registration Under Way for Free Classes

April 6, 2020 – Registration is under way for more than 40 free classes offered through the School of Personal and Professional Learning at College of the Canyons.

Short-Term Classes Still Available

April 3, 2020 – More than 100 short-term classes are still open to students looking to enroll in the College of the Canyons spring 2020 semester.

College Reports First COVID-19 Case

April 3, 2020 – A member of the College of the Canyons community has tested positive for coronavirus. This is the first confirmed case with a connection to the college.

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Instruction and Services Resume Remotely

March 23, 2020 – After a weeklong pause for most classes and services, College of the Canyons resumed instruction and the delivery of student services in remote formats. 

Chancellor Granted Emergency Authority

March 19, 2020 – The College of the Canyons Board of Trustees held a special meeting on Thursday, March 18 to discuss the rapid developments in the college’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Student Services Transition to Remote Delivery

March 18, 2020 – To protect the health and safety of its campus community, College of the Canyons is converting in-person college services to remote delivery, a process expected to be completed by March 20.

In-Person Instruction Suspended Effective March 16

March 13, 2020 – In an effort to reduce exposure to coronavirus, College of the Canyons will suspend in-person instruction effective Monday, March 16. 

Events Canceled During March and April

March 13, 2020 – In compliance with the state’s ban on large gatherings to curb the spread of coronavirus, College of the Canyons has canceled events that were scheduled during the months of March and April.

Classes Canceled March 18 and 19

March 12, 2020 – Classes will not be held on Wednesday and Thursday, March 18 and 19 as College of the Canyons prepares for the transitioning of in-person spring semester classes to remote learning formats. The move was made in light of concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus.

Promise Information Sessions Scheduled for March

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

March 6, 2020 – College of the Canyons will offer five information sessions to students, parents and community members interested in learning more about the Canyons Promise program on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

College Among Top 25 for Hispanics

March 4, 2020 – College of the Canyons has been ranked nationally No. 22 and 25 in The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine for enrolling the largest number of Hispanic students and granting the most degrees, respectively.

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College Designated as Official L.A. County Vote Center

February 20, 2020 – For 11 straight days, College of the Canyons will operate an official Los Angeles County Vote Center for the upcoming Presidential Primary.

Free Financial Aid Workshops Scheduled

February 20, 2020 – The College of the Canyons Financial Aid Office has scheduled free financial aid application workshops throughout the Spring 2020 semester for students at the Valencia and Canyon Country campuses.

College Receives $400,000 Mental Health Grant

February 19, 2020 – The Santa Clarita Community College District has received a $400,000 grant from the California Community College Chancellor’s Office to expand and enhance mental health services and awareness to students and the campus community.

Audit Confirms Bond Measures' Compliance

February 10, 2020 – The Bond Oversight Committee has accepted the results of an audit confirming that, for the 12th year in a row, the college has properly accounted for all bond expenditures.

Women's Conference Slated for March 21

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

February 6, 2020 – The annual College of the Canyons Women’s Conference returns Saturday, March 21 with an exciting lineup of presenters and breakout sessions.

Board of Trustees Names Officers for 2020

February 3, 2020 – The Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees has named its officers and confirmed its 2020 meeting schedule.

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Art Gallery Features Jessica Wimbley Exhibit

January 30, 2020 – The Art Gallery will feature the mixed media work of artist Jessica Wimbley in her solo exhibition “Belle Jet and Cabinet Cards.”

Registration Under Way for Spring Semester

January 29, 2020 – Registration for the spring semester is in full swing, with more than 1,800 class sections offered in a variety of formats.

Students Provide Free Tax Preparation Services

January 22, 2020 – You may qualify to have your income tax returns filed for free by College of the Canyons business accounting students who are certified with the Internal Revenue Service.

Canyons Promise Accepting Sign-ups

January 21, 2020 – The Canyons Promise program is now accepting sign-ups for the 2020-21 year.

Free Human Trafficking Prevention Courses

January 16, 2020 – In observance of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, College of the Canyons will be offering two free courses in human trafficking prevention.

Football Players Earn All-American Honors

January 9, 2020 – Two College of the Canyons football players have been named to the 2019 California Community College Football Coaches Association All-America Team.

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Updated Nov. 23, 2020