College of the Canyons

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College of the Canyons
College of the Canyons logo.svg
MottoStart here. Go anywhere.
TypePublic community college
Parent institution
Santa Clarita Community College District
ChancellorDianne G. Van Hook
PresidentDianne G. Van Hook
Academic staff
358 (as of 2016) [1]
Students17,148 (as of 2016)[2]
26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
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United States

34°24′16″N 118°34′05″W / 34.40444°N 118.56806°W / 34.40444; -118.56806Coordinates: 34°24′16″N 118°34′05″W / 34.40444°N 118.56806°W / 34.40444; -118.56806
CampusSuburban, 153.4 acres (62.1 ha)
ColorsBlue and Gold   
Sporting affiliations
SCFA (football)
College of the Canyons is located in Santa Clarita
College of the Canyons
Location in Santa Clarita
College of the Canyons is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
College of the Canyons
College of the Canyons (the Los Angeles metropolitan area)
College of the Canyons is located in California
College of the Canyons
College of the Canyons (California)

College of the Canyons (COC) is a public community college in Santa Clarita, California. It comprises the Santa Clarita Community College District. The college is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has campus locations in Valencia and Canyon Country.


Local voters approved the formation of the college in 1967. It officially opened in 1969, operating in temporary quarters on the campus of William S. Hart High School in Newhall. In 1970, the college purchased a permanent campus site along the east side of Interstate 5, south of Valencia Boulevard and north of McBean Parkway. The college relocated to a collection of modular buildings on the site in 1970 as permanent facilities were being built.


Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center, College of the Canyons

The college is located on 153.4 acres (62.1 ha) of rolling, tree-dotted hills in the neighborhood of Valencia in the city of Santa Clarita in northern Los Angeles County, California.

In 2007, the college opened its Canyon Country campus on a 70-acre (28 ha) site located at 17200 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita, CA 91351. The campus had an enrollment of 3,845 in the fall of 2009. Its first permanent building, the Applied Technology Education Center, was scheduled to open in 2011 to provide education and training in a variety of high-demand "green" technology fields. The campus is composed primarily of modular buildings that are situated to accommodate planned permanent buildings as they are built. The campus has an outdoor venue, the Carl A. Rasmussen Amphitheater.

In 2021, the college opened a 55,000 square foot science and laboratory facility at the Canyon Country campus. The facility is called the Don Takeda Science Center after a retired biology professor.[3]


With 191 full-time faculty members (as of fall 2009), the college offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees in 69 academic programs, as well as credentials in 82 certificate programs. Academy of the Canyons, a middle college high school operated by the William S. Hart Union High School District, opened on the College of the Canyons campus in 2002 allowing promising high school students to attend high school and college concurrently. The college also oversees the University Center, a collection of public and private universities that offer advanced degree programs on the college's campus, eliminating the need for residents to commute long distances to earn their degrees.

Also operating at the college are the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies, the Employee Training Institute, the Small Business Development Center and the i3 Advanced Technology Center.

Student life[edit]

Fall Demographics of student body
Ethnic Breakdown 2018[4]
Hispanic and Latino American 48%
African American 6%
Asian American 11%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
White 30%
Multiracial Americans 2%
International students 1%
Unknown 2%
Female 46%
Male 54%

Since 1994, the COC Speech Team has been recognized nationally at six consecutive Phi Rho Pi National Tournaments for all three major areas of speech competition. Most recently, the team left the 2013 Phi Rho Pi National Tournament with five medals including, one gold, one silver and three bronze medals.


The college athletics teams are nicknamed the Cougars and competes as a member of the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) in the Western State Conference (WSC) for all sports except football, which competes in Southern California Football Association (SCFA).[5] The college currently fields eight men's and nine women's varsity teams; including baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming, women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and women's volleyball.

The men's golf team has won nine state championships 1991 and 8 since 2000 (2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2015,2017 and 2019) women's golf won the state championship in fall of 2001,2007 and back to back championships in 2018 and 2019. This is the third time that the women's and men's team have won back to back state championships in the same academic year (Fall 2001, Spring 2002, Fall 2007, Spring 2008 and in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019) The men's football team won the national championship in 2004. The men's ice hockey club won the ACHA Division III National Title in 2011. The men's baseball team has also won three state championships 1981, 1983 and 1986.

As of 2017, COC has won 179 conference titles, 31 state titles, and 1 national title. Of the conference titles, baseball holds 23, men's basketball holds 8, women's basketball holds 15, men's cross country holds 4, football holds 11, men's golf holds 23, women's golf holds 8, women's soccer holds 10, softball holds 14, men's swim holds 8 individual titles, women's swim holds 1 individual title, women's dive holds 2, men's track and field holds 2 team titles and 27 individual titles, women's track and field holds 1 team title and 17 individual titles, and women's volleyball holds 5.[6] The 31 state titles are held by 7 teams: baseball (3), men's track and field (7), women's track and field (2), men's golf (10), woman's golf (4), football (1), and men's cross country (4).[7] The one national championship was won by COC football in 2004.[8]

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Notable alumni[edit]

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  1. ^ "College of the Canyons Profile (2018-19) | Valencia, CA".
  2. ^ "College of the Canyons Profile (2018-19) | Valencia, CA".
  3. ^ Martinez, Victor. "COC Opens New Don Takeda Science Center". The Signal. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  4. ^ "2018 USNEWS: College of the Canyons Overview".
  5. ^ "2019-20 CCCAA Directory" (PDF). California Community College Athletic Association. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  6. ^ "College of the Canyons Conference Championships - College of the Canyons". Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  7. ^ "College of the Canyons State Championships - College of the Canyons". Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  8. ^ "College of the Canyons". Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  9. ^ Rebecca Kendall, UCLA Bruin Marching Band sets musical pace for globe-spanning race Archived 2014-02-28 at the Wayback Machine, UCLA Today, February 18, 2014
  10. ^ "Back in the Saddle" Season 24 Premiere, CBS, February 2014
  11. ^ "Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986)". IMDb.
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  15. ^ The Newsroom - Jeff Daniels Answers "Why Is America The Greatest Country?". YouTube. 6 November 2014. Archived from the original on 2021-12-12.
  16. ^ "Weeds".
  17. ^ Office Ladies Podcast Episode 131: The Chump.
  18. ^ "Brian Vranesh". PGATour. Archived from the original on 2012-10-26. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  19. ^ "Christy Smith elected as 38th District's next Assemblywoman". The Santa Clarita Valley Proclaimer. November 16, 2018.

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