Center will offer advanced degrees on COC campus.
Dignitaries came out in force to celebrate the ground breaking of College of the Canyon’s innovative new building that will house multiple universities where students can get bachelors, masters, and even doctorate degrees.
Of course College of the Canyons itself cannot offer those programs, but outside schools like Chapman University, Fresno State and University of La Verne can. And they will do just that, housed under one roof in a new, state of the art building at COC.
In all, nearly thirty credential and advanced degree programs are already in session, as the program has been around for a few years. Now, however, construction has begun on its new home.
The guest list for the ceremony included the likes of Senator George Runner and Congressman Buck McKeon, in addition to representatives from Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich.
Tom Lee and Lou Garasi, the background movers and shakers of the project, were also praised for all their hard work.
COC president Dr. Diane Van Hook spoke on the Center, which was her brainchild nearly 20 years ago.
There she said she takes “extreme pride in a dream achieved.”
Congressman McKeon was able to negotiate 2.3 million in federal funds for the project, and proponents of the Center even managed to fight for 29 million in state money.
But what may be the most thrilling example of how much people believe in this project is the fact that 99.6% of COC staff and faculty personally contributed to the project.