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COC receives $3M grant

Education: Community college awarded money to establish center dedicated to renewable energy

Posted: September 6, 2010 10:45 p.m.
Updated: September 7, 2010 4:55 a.m.

The National Science Foundation has awarded College of the Canyons a four-year, $3 million grant to establish new academic options for its students.

The grant will be used to establish the California Regional Consortium for Engineering Advances in Technical Education Renewable Energy Regional Center. Most of the grant money will be used to create new curriculum, purchase supplies and equipment, hire new instructors and train current faculty about renewable energy.

“Our goal is to make sure the curricula of all our consortium colleges meet industry needs,” said Kathy Alfano, director of the program in a statement. “And give our students the best preparation possible, so they are well qualified for the emerging renewable careers in our region.”

Funding from the grant will also go to other colleges that partner with the consortium. College of the Canyons, the Santa Clarita Valley’s only community college, and its partner colleges will assess and work to improve their renewable energy classes.

“We are very enthusiastic about taking on this leadership role, as the grant will create unique opportunities for students throughout the state,” said COC Chancellor Dianne Van Hook in a statement. “With the funding, we can move forward in equipping students with the skills and education needed to secure well-paying positions. That, of course, will lead to significant positive economic impacts in those communities where our partner institutions are located.”


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