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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.

Students head to class between the Honor Grove and a construction site on the College of the Canyons Valencia campus Monday, the first day of classes for the fall semester. 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.”




Nitsho: Posted: August 25, 2014 10:22 p.m.

Yea it did. I noticed all the cars on summit place and del monte to avoid parking at COC.

NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: August 26, 2014 10:40 a.m.

It's gotten completely out of hand, and COC should be REQUIRED to build parking structures. When will the City step in and do something about this?

LStaedtler: Posted: August 26, 2014 11:18 a.m.

The City does not have jurisdiction over COC since it is a public education facility. All approvals come from the Division of the State Architect since public educational facilities have stricter requirements and building codes. This also applies to all local public schools as well.

NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: August 26, 2014 11:52 a.m.

If the City were to address the topic....send a letter - SOMETHING - I'm sure the appropriate offices would respond. Squeaky wheel gets the oil.

Nitsho: Posted: August 26, 2014 12:39 p.m.

If they can't or won't build parking structures, at least they should hire a trash service to come every night and clean up the mess they leave...daily.

shenanigans: Posted: August 26, 2014 1:31 p.m.

They have an insane amount of art and business classes still with open seats, yet us science majors can't get classes if our lives depended on it. It took me 3 semesters just to be able to get a seat in one of the biology classes I needed. I wish they'd look at the waitlist numbers for us bio/chem majors and get rid of some of the business/art classes that still have 20 seats open.

mizmary: Posted: August 26, 2014 2:09 p.m.

Because the parking is difficult during the first few weeks of fall and spring semesters, students, staff, and faculty consider green alternatives, such as bicycling, carpooling, and taking one of the bus lines that come to COC's doorstep. I'm proud of the students who walk or bike the long shadeless sidewalk on Rockwell Canyon. Let's plant drought-resistant trees there and add a sidewalk to the east side of the road.

Nitsho: Posted: August 26, 2014 2:21 p.m.

Mizmary...I doubt that. I'm surprised you didn't say they ride unicorns to school. If that was the case, then why are the lots full and the neighbor streets are flooded with cars.

Drive down summit place right now...

bobforte: Posted: August 26, 2014 3:43 p.m.

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17trillion: Posted: August 26, 2014 3:51 p.m.

Perhaps Bob the campus was smaller when they purchased, as in fact it was!

timothymyers02: Posted: August 26, 2014 7:08 p.m.

As a non-native to California I soon learned that "inadequate parking" means no parking ten steps from the front door of where I am going. There is PLENTY of parking in the upper lots near the University Center, but people park in the adjoining "hood" because they don't want to splash out for the parking pass.

TWgolf: Posted: August 26, 2014 8:05 p.m.

Lol, the junk classes are always open.

If you need a Calculus class, Chem class, or Accounting class, good luck.

They need to really make their drop policy more strict as well. People take up spots, nobody can get in, and at the end of the year the class has 10 people left.

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