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New COC Building To Offer More Than Two Year Programs

College of the canyon can’t offer bachelor degrees. It’s been a question asked of them many times, and unfortunately, as a community college, four year degrees are not in their mission.

That doesn’t mean their hands are tied, though.

Set to break ground in February, is the $36 million University Center, a building that will house a number of outside universities who can, and will offer both bachelors and masters degree programs.  

And not only is the prospect of getting these degrees right here in Santa Clarita on the horizon, it’s actually been here for some time. As of June 2006, 679 students had already graduated from the pilot programs.

Already in place are 28 Bachelor and Masters Programs, from Universities such as CSUN, CSUB University of La Verne and Chapman University.

The University Center will be a big, beautiful building completely dedicated to these accredited universities and others that could include CSU Bakersfield, CSU Fresno and California Lutheran University.

If these schools come on board, that would add at least 21 bachelors programs and additional masters and credential programs.  

So far, the center has raised most of the $36 million, with less than a million to go. This need is most greatly composed of granite and marble that will line the lobby. The lobby will be a grand structure on its own, and will be available to host a range of events including charity balls.

When all is said and done, construction of the building should be complete in September of 2008.

Several parts of the building are still available for naming upon donation, with Providence Holy Cross just having a classroom named after them for their contributions to the project.

Jon Dell
KHTS AM 1220 News

New COC Building To Offer More Than Two Year Programs

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