Vice President's Message


Welcome to College of the Canyons’ Canyon Country Campus. The 2020-21 academic year marks the fourteenth operational year of this impactful campus facility. Opened in August 2007, the Canyon Country Campus (CCC) is situated on a 70-acre hillside high-desert property at 17200 Sierra Highway, 9.8 miles east of the District’s Valencia Campus. The mission of the campus is to provide access to quality instructional programs, supportive student services, and meaningful community partnerships in the Santa Clarita Community College District's sizeable service area.  Although COVID-19 restrictions have limited on-ground instruction to only essential infrastructure disciplines during the start of the Fall 2020 semester, the campus is nonetheless working hard to facilitate instruction and support services that help our students achieve their academic goals.

CCC is a comprehensive campus, providing a full array of services befitting a site that is larger than several small college districts in California. Since 2007, more than 62,000 different students have earned course credit here and more than 7,500 classes have been offered on-site. The campus has expanded access to higher education in the Santa Clarita Valley with approximately eighteen associate degree offerings and thirteen certificate programs that can be completed on site. Additional information is available on the class schedule page.  The campus generally offers more than 100 classes each semester in high-demand evening, weekend, hybrid, or accelerated formats. Campus enrollment is typically more than 4,000 students per semester, with an average of 170 faculty teaching more than 270 total classes in 40 disciplines each semester.  During COVID-19 restrictions, on-ground instruction has been limited to essential infrastructure operations, although the website will provide updated information if/when conditions change.

Campus facilities feature 39 smart classrooms, which includes 11 computer and applied lab spaces along with a 15,000 sq. ft. Applied Technology Education Center. The campus houses many programs and services, including a library, tutoring center, early childhood education, student study lounge, and many student support services such as counseling, financial aid, admissions and records, student business office, student health center, testing center, and food services. It is remarkable how many programs and services are offered in predominantly modular spaces on this campus and it demonstrates the current and future need for growth of this campus.

The District is moving forward with construction projects and facilities planning. A state-of-the-art 55,000 sq. ft. Science Building is currently under construction at CCC, and will feature much-needed science laboratory and classroom space.  A second 55,000 sq. ft. Student Services & Learning Resource Center has also broken ground.  The Educational and Facilities Master Plan for the District includes additional plans for programmatic, facilities, technology, and staffing improvements on campus.  We look forward to the development of additional permanent classrooms and laboratories at CCC.

CCC seeks to provide quality instruction, supportive and personalized student services, and an easy-to-navigate facility. Generally, 2,000 students and more than 100 instructors attend CCC exclusively in a traditional semester. Students benefit from customized and accelerated pathways for academic completion, with courses provided in a wide variety of formats to serve student and community needs. Within the context of guided pathways planning, the Canyon Country Campus will emphasize associate degree and certificate pathways that can be completed on-site, as well as increased accelerated class offerings to serve the needs of working, part-time, and evening students as well as those seeking quicker completion. 

The Canyon Country Campus has a long tradition of hosting popular community events, such as biannual Star Parties, Garden Walks, Movie Nights, Community Mixers, Music/Band concerts, ASG student life events, and a variety of other opportunities to showcase campus offerings and serve the community.  For the latest information about events - including those in a virtual format during current COVID-19 restrictions - check out the events page.

Whether you are a student, an instructor, a staff member, or a community member, the Canyon Country Campus offers an array of services to foster learning and innovation. To learn more about what is available at the Canyon Country Campus, please review our website www.canyons.edu/ccc, email us at canyoncountry@canyons.edu, or call (661) 362-3800 for more information.

The Canyon Country Campus is filled with students, staff, and faculty who exemplify the pioneer spirit that will continue to make this amazing site thrive. With their passion and dedication, we are excited about the many opportunities ahead at the Canyon Country Campus!

Dr. Ryan W. Theule