COLLEGE TO BUY LAND FOR CENTER BOARD APPROVES PURCHASE OF PARCEL.Byline: Carol Rock Staff Writer
CANYON COUNTRY - The College of the Canyons College of the Canyons is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the state. According to the National Junior College Research Association, College of the Canyons consistently ranks in the top 50 community colleges in the nation. board has approved the purchase of the first of 11 parcels that will make up its planned Canyon Country educational center.
The combined properties, 70 acres in all, with approximately 40 acres usable for classrooms and teaching facilities, will be built on the east side of Sierra Highway Sierra Highway is a road in Southern California, United States. It runs from Tunnel Station near the north limit of the City of Los Angeles, where it intersects with San Fernando Road and Foothill Boulevard, as well as Interstate 5, and continues north to Mojave, mostly paralleling north of Soledad Canyon Soledad Canyon is a long narrow canyon / valley located in Los Angeles County, California between the cities of Palmdale and Santa Clarita. Soledad Canyon contains the localities of Vincent, Acton, Ravenna, and Agua Dulce. Road between the Sunset Heights This is a historic area which existed since the latter part of 1890's. Many wealthy residents have their magnificent houses and mansions built on this hill. Although, some buildings have been renovated to its former glory, but a few have been neglected or deteriorated. neighborhood and Sand Canyon Road.
``This is a wonderful addition to the college,'' board President Joan McGregor said Wednesday after the board's unanimous approval. ``With the rapidity of courses filling at the Canyon Country Access Center near the library and the classrooms at Golden Valley High School, there is a need for facilities on the east side.''
The campus center, a satellite of the Valencia community college The college was founded in 1967 as Valencia Junior College, taking its current name in 1971. It has several campuses in Orlando with additional campuses in Kissimmee and Winter Park. More than 50,000 students enroll each year. , will have classrooms, food service, health and counseling services to assist students, but will not have athletic and performing arts facilities.
``We are happy to eliminate another barrier of distance and traffic for our students,'' the college's president, Dianne Van Hook, said. ``We've got our modular buildings in storage and as soon as grading is complete, we can start moving them. We expect to have 3,000 students as soon as we're up and running.''
There are no environmental issues and no protected oak trees on the property, trustee Ron Gillis said.
``Also, having the bond money ready to help pay for some of this gives us an advantage over other colleges looking to expand.''
Courses offered at the campus will allow students to complete all their associate's degree as·so·ci·ate's degree
An academic degree conferred by a two-year college after the prescribed course of study has been successfully completed. requirements. Specialty classes currently offered at the Valencia campus will not be duplicated, such as welding.
Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252