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COC moves forward with Applied Technology Center

School officials expect learning center to be operational by August 2010, will focus on training l

Posted: July 29, 2009 10:14 p.m.
Updated: July 30, 2009 4:30 a.m.

College of the Canyons expects to open its $5 million Applied Technology Center at the Canyon Country campus (pictured) by August 2010.

 
College of the Canyons officials expect to open a $5 million Applied Technology Center on the Canyon Country campus by August 2010 as a way to train the local work force for high-demand careers.

“It’s going to be a work force development facility,” said Dena Maloney, founding dean of the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus.

Since June, construction crews have been grading the future site of the center while bringing in power lines and utility services, Maloney said.

Three of the six programs at the 16,000-square-foot center will be new to College of the Canyons, she said.

The automotive technology program, currently housed at Saugus High School, will move to the Applied Technology Center. The construction management and building inspection programs will also move from the Valencia campus to Canyon Country, she said.

The college is developing new programs that include plumbing, electrical technician and alternative energy, which will focus on solar energy, she said. Solar energy classes will teach students about electronics and solar panel installation and maintenance, she said.

“This building will house programs that will have jobs that will be available,” Maloney said.

The center will be made up of four modular buildings and a 10,000-square-foot space for lab work, she said.

The entire project costs about $5 million and is funded by Measure M, the $160 million bond that local voters approved in 2006.

The six programs will share use of the four buildings of classroom space. Half of the 10,000-square-foot center will house the automotive technology program with the remaining space to be shared by electrical technician, plumbing and alternative energy programs, she said.

The shop marks the first permanent structure at the College of the Canyons Canyon Country campus, which currently operates out of modular buildings.

Maloney anticipates that the center will be well-used and continuously booked.

“We’re going to get a lot of students,” she said.


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