Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center at College of the Canyons to hold
September 2014 Open House
September, 2014 - Issue #119
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Have you been putting off getting the bachelor's or master's degree you need to advance in your career? Come to an Open House at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center located on the College of the Canyons Valencia campus and find out just how doable getting your degree really is!

Held from 4pm to 7pm on Tuesday, September 16, the Open House will provide prospective students with information about the more-than-40 bachelor's and master's degree programs offered through the Center by partner institutions, including from CSU Bakersfield, CSU Northridge, University of La Verne, Brandman University and National University.

Attendees will be able to talk to university representatives, learn about financial aid programs, meet with counselors and fill out admissions applications. In addition, attendees can learn about some of the new programs to be offered in the center.

Scheduled to debut at the University Center in future semesters are:

BS Social Work (Brandman University)

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (Brandman University)

"These advanced degree programs are introduced in response to demands from students and the community's need for qualified professionals in the fields of social work and nursing," said Cathy Ritz, Director of the University Center.

Since it opened its doors in 2002, the University Center strives to offer students the opportunity to earn an advanced degree without leaving the Santa Clarita Valley. More than 2,100 students have graduated from the University Center with advanced degrees from Brandman University, CSU Bakersfield, CSU Northridge, National University and the University of La Verne.

The current 110,000-square-foot facility - which opened in 2009 - continues to offer bachelor's, master's and credential/certificate programs from various public and private universities, all of which have received approval and accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Cited as the college's solution to the lack of upper division, graduate school and continuing education programs in the area, the University Center was established with a goal to increase student access to advanced degrees by forging partnerships with surrounding four-year colleges and universities. Those institutions then make their academic programs available to students through courses offered at College of the Canyons.

The University Center is best accessed via University Center Drive, the southernmost campus entrance on Rockwell Canyon Road. Parking in the campus parking lots 13, 14 and 15 is free for this event.

For more information about the College of the Canyons University Center open house event and programs visit their website at,
e-mail or give them a call. 362-5150
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