CANYON COUNTRY — College of the Canyons celebrated the five year anniversary of the Canyon Country campus opening last Saturday.
People who attended got a tour of the campus to see what improvements have been made since its debut in 2007.
The newly opened Applied Technology Center features three state of the art career technical labs, designed specifically to provide paths for degrees in plumbing, automotive technology and solar technology fields.
The campus has grown from having only 42,000 square feet to nearly 60,000 square feet. There are now 15 labs, 297 computers and 29 classrooms.
Student enrollment has skyrocketed in the past five years from only 3,400 students to now having approximately 5,200 students this semester.
Future plans for the campus include all permanent buildings and a science building, an instructional building and a classroom and student resource center.
Enrollment is expected to increase with the First Year Enrollment Program and the Student Outreach Program.
“Our student outreach coordinator works very closely with Hart High School District and goes out to other high school districts to pass out information about frequently asked questions for prospective college student information they might want to know,” said Ryan Theule, Canyon Country Campus Dean.
Not only is College of the Canyons advertising for more students but some school run events bring a lot of publicity.
“Some of our other outreach events that we’ve done here like the Star Party and all that combined is increasing the reach of the campus,” says Theule.
Booths for each department and a large table with information about counseling were set up throughout the school.
“The Canyon Country campus offers many of the same services as the Valencia Campus, but here we have many new and specialized programs coming into play with the Applied Technology Center,” said Julie Visner, a College of the Canyons counselor.
Even with temperatures soaring into the upper 90s many community members, current and future students, volunteers and faculty all made an effort to be present for the days events.
“We did order up cooler weather but it’s a little hotter than what we expected, it is what it is. But the event is going well!” said Theule.
The open house offered different types of entertainment, a raffle drawing filled with high ticket items was run throughout the day, a live DJ and there was a BBQ lunch hosted by the Canyons Café.
“We’re here, its five years on and if you haven’t seen us yet it’s time to come see us,” says Theule.