College of the Canyons launched its “First-Year Promise” program this fall, and to ensure the future of the FYP program, which offers full-time freshman students waived tuition and fees during their first year of study, the COC Foundation has committed to fundraising $500,000 over the next two years.
“Our commitment to student success is exemplified by the launch of the First-Year Promise program,” said COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook. “We are very inspired by the early success of the program’s rollout and look forward to expanding the program’s reach and longevity with the help of the community.”
The COC Foundation’s goal is off to a good start, thanks to two lead gifts of $50,000, which together will create a $100,000 match opportunity.
“We are extremely grateful for these lead gifts, which have set our fundraising goal on track,” said Murray Wood, chief development officer of the college’s Foundation. “We know that with Santa Clarita’s generosity we will meet this challenge and raise the other $100,000 in matching funds.”
In addition to receiving free tuition, FYP students enroll in a one-year sequence of courses with priority registration, preceded by summer orientation to learn about majors and receive academic guidance. FYP courses are offered with the benefits of OER textbooks and other learning community elements.
Ongoing counseling and student support are also offered to participating students to help them reach their academic goals. Each student also receives a $100 voucher per semester that can be applied toward other supplies and instructional materials.
“The success of the First-Year Promise program would not be possible were it not for the support of the community,” said Steve Corn, board chairman of the college’s Foundation. “The future of this innovative program looks brighter than ever.”
The FYP program at College of the Canyons was launched through a grant from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Out of 51 community college districts that applied, COC was one of only 14 colleges awarded a CCCCO grant through the California College Promise Innovation Grant Program.
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