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COC schedules power outage/closure during spring break

Posted: April 1, 2009 6:51 p.m.
Updated: April 1, 2009 4:43 p.m.
When College of the Canyons students are off enjoying their well-deserved spring break between April 6 and 11, the business part of the college will remain open at both the Valencia and Canyon Country campuses most of those days.

One notable exception is Tuesday, April 7, when the Valencia campus must close its doors completely to accommodate a major upgrade in its electrical service.

The practical impact of this closure is that no campus services will be available to the public on the Valencia campus on the 7th and since the main computer servers for both campuses are located in Valencia, limited services will be available on the Canyon Country campus.

Admissions and Records offices, counseling, financial aid, bookstores, and the campus' Internet service will be affected for most of that day on both campuses.

"We try to schedule these kinds of high-impact projects when students are not on campus," said Jim Schrage, Vice President, Facilities Planning, Operations and Construction for the college. "Those times are few and far between at this busy college," admitted Schrage, "and it puts a lot of pressure on us to get a lot of work done in one day. So while others are enjoying a break, I'll have my staff here working with the contractors to get the job done on time."

Since students are not on campus, most of the faculty won't be on campus either. And, in order to make the most out of the day for the remaining staff, a professional development day has been scheduled at an off-campus location.

That means fewer people will be on campus, allowing Schrage's crews the unfettered access they need to get the electrical work done.

Both campuses will be open again for business on Wednesday, April 8 through 10, although they will be in spring break mode through - with staff working hard on the remainder of the spring semester and preparing for the upcoming summer sessions that begin on June 15. With students returning to college as a result of the economic downturn, record enrollments are expected for this summer.


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