College of the Canyons ranked No. 29 on Hispanic Outlook top 100 listBrianna Bricker October 19, 2018 0 COMMENTS
College of the Canyons has been ranked No. 29 by the Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine’s top 100 colleges and universities list for graduating Hispanic students.
The magazine’s annual ranking is based on total student enrollment, the percentage of Hispanic students in attendance, two-year schools awarding the most associate degrees to Hispanic students and the percentage of associate degrees awarded to Hispanic students by two-year schools.
The latest United States Census Bureau data estimates that 32.4 percent of Santa Clarita’s population is Hispanic. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, College of the Canyons had a Hispanic population of 9,144 students, totaling 46 percent of overall student enrollment in fall 2016.
College of the Canyons received a grant from the United States Department of Education in 2014 to increase the number of Hispanic students that attend the college from the William S. Hart Union High School District right after graduation, increase the number of transfer students and increase the number of students who receive a degree or certificate.
In addition, the college has several initiatives designed to expand access to education. The It Takes a Barrio program provides first-generation Hispanic students with academic resources and guidance. Launched in 2017, the First-Year Promise program links students with academic mentors and provides them with a tuition-free year of study.
According to the college, there was a 79 percent increase in the number of Hispanic students who were awarded a degree between 2015 and 2017.
“It is a privilege to have a student population that is diverse and inclusive,” College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook said. “Their success inspires us to continue enhancing the programs and services that support their efforts to accomplish their goals.”