With 18,000 students in attendance at College of the Canyons, the school is in desperate need of funds to build and repair classrooms at both their Valencia and Canyon Country campuses. Measure M, a bond measure on the November 7th ballot, will provide College of the Canyons with $160 million in funding.
The attendance number at the school is staggering, and officials believe that with the recent decrease in tuition prices, that number should increase even more. Current attendance is already five years ahead of projections.
In addition, should the voters pass measure M, the state would contribute an additional $70 million. The cost to the homeowners falls at $9.73 per $100,000 of assessed property value, not market value. On average, proponents of the measure say that the total yearly cost for homeowners will fall at roughly $30 per year.
The issue is being called a critical one for the future of COC. School officials say there is a pressing demand by community businesses for skilled employees and they depend on College of the Canyons to provide the education necessary.