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COC starts fall semester with more classes than ever

Posted: August 25, 2014 6:45 p.m.
Updated: August 25, 2014 6:45 p.m.

Cathy Huynh checks the map of the College of the Canyons Valencia campus on the first day of school for the fall semester Monday. Signal photo by Dan Watson

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The College of the Canyons fall semester began Monday with a promise of the largest schedule of classes in school history — 51,000 seats open for students.

And many of the college’s 19,000 students descended on the Valencia campus Monday to claim those seats.

Gabe Sandoval, 18, of Canyon Country was among those students. As he walked past the school’s athletic practice field Monday, he talked about his desire to study film at UCLA or at San Diego State University.

He sees COC as an opportunity to get his general education courses out of the way.

“It’s the same type of classes” a student would get at a university, but the cost to students is lower, said Sandoval, a Valencia High graduate.

Another seat was taken by 27-year-old Austin Enzen of Newhall. Enzen started his third year at COC Monday with the goal of getting into the Exotic Animal Training and Management program at Moorpark College.

Was he as excited for the first day of school now as he was at 10 years old?

“No, not at all,” he said.

Jeanebel Castro, 18, of Northridge sat with her best friend near COC’s tennis courts after her Administration of Justice class. She had heard good things about the college and chose it over one closer to home.

Chris Alexan, 20, of Northridge wants to study business law and transferred to COC because he couldn’t get “half of the classes” he wanted at his previous college, Moorpark.

Additionally, COC offers real estate classes, an interest Alexan wants to pursue on the side.

COC spokesman Eric Harnish said the college seeks to meet all students’ needs. “If it’s a four-year university, we have classes for that. If you’re looking for training needed for high-wage, high-demand jobs,” the college offers that, too, he said.

One thing COC didn’t offer Monday were 19,000 parking spaces. By 10 a.m. spots were hard to come by in Lots 6, 7 and 8. Cars circled the lots stalking any passersby who appeared to be on their way out.

But Harnish said there’s room for more students.

“We still have seats available even though classes (have) started,” Harnish said. “Students can still enroll this week and next; we have a list of open classes on our homepage.”




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