College of the Canyons is part of the California Community College system, which is comprised of 112 colleges serving nearly 2.5 million students throughout the state.
Better known as COC, the college is located in Santa Clarita, California, about 30 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, and covers a 367-square-mile service area. It offers nearly 150 associate degree and certificate programs, and serves 31,000 students per year at campuses in Valencia and Canyon Country, as well as online.
In addition to meeting the academic needs of students seeking transfer and career technical education, the college also plays a key role in developing the economy of its service area. The Economic Development Division generates approximately $3 million per year to provide cutting-edge training more than 4,000 employees at nearly 900 area companies.
The college participates in several innovative partnerships that have redefined the traditional role of community colleges. It collaborates with nearly every social service agency in the community, with the school districts, with the City, the Chamber of Commerce and with many local businesses.
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