College of the Canyons has received three grants — totaling more than $1 million — from the state to purchase equipment and develop curriculum for manufacturing, biotechnology and welding programs. . .
The three grants from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office included $525,903 for a digital manufacturing project, $311,078 for a biotechnology project and $179,139 for a pipe welding project.
Dena Maloney, dean of economic development, said the money would be used to create the infrastructure for the three programs, which have the potential to serve about 200 students a year.
“We are excited to have received the grants,” Maloney said. “It has been a tight budget year and any time state money is brought in, it is very helpful.”
COC applied for the state grants in September. The college was one of a handful of community colleges to receive $6 million worth of funds from the state.
In manufacturing, California Alliance for Digital Manufacturing project, a partnership between COC, Riverside Community College and Saddleback College, is designed to support manufacturing in an eight-county region of Southern California.
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