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Our Mission

Case Statement

The College of the Canyons is a unique institution of higher learning of exceptional quality that each year attracts thousands of students. Here they embark upon the journey of a lifetime. They come to pursue their dreams ? to find their place in society, to transform their lives and the lives of their families and our community. They learn to illuminate the past and discover the future. They represent yesterday's inspiration and the fulfillment of tomorrow's dreams. They give life to big ideas and will surely leave their imprint on the world.

The Foundation's Mission

The College of the Canyons Foundation provides financial support for the Santa Clarita Community College District and its students. This allows College of the Canyons to perform beyond the achievement level that tax dollars alone can support. And it enables the College to strive for the highest levels of excellence in teaching, scholarship, vocational training and innovation. The Foundation believes that public educational institutions and private enterprise must work together to provide an affordable and accessible college education for all who have the desire to succeed.

Making a Difference

Established in 1987, the Foundation is designated to receive gifts for the college from individuals, corporations and foundations. Just as it is with other educational institutions, our college needs charitable gifts and grants to endow scholarships and support educational programs and capital improvements that can mean the difference between ordinary and extraordinary programs and services for student success.

Maintaining Excellence

We believe that it is vital that we maintain our high standard of excellence in education. California's community colleges educate 73 percent of the state's citizens, yet they receive only 11 percent of the per-student state dollars for education. Clearly, your generosity has never been more important. With the help of our contributors and our continued success, College of the Canyons will remain a pillar in the community, educating everyone interested in learning, and supporting programs that enhance the education process.