Registration for COC’s First-Year Promise program now open

New and returning College of the Canyons students can benefit from the wide range of classes that will be offered in subjects such as geology, history, health sciences, math, political science, sociology, psychology, English, business, economics, photography, welding, and water technology.

College of the Canyons is now accepting applications for its First-Year Promise program, inviting the public to learn more about the program at two separate informational sessions being held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday.

The information sessions will occur at Boykin Hall in Room 105 on COC’s Valencia campus, and at Canyon High School, Lecture Hall Room B, according to a news release from the college.

Both sessions will discuss the unique program that waives tuition and fees for new full-time college students during their first year of study.

“Being able to attend college tuition-free for two years can make all the difference to the success of first-time students,” said Jasmine Ruys, an associate vice president of enrollment services at the college. “We are very excited to see how these programs will continue opening doors for students.”

Ruys and fellow school leaders anticipate 600 students will be accepted into the program’s 2019-20 cohort.

To be eligible, a student must be a first-time college student and complete all the required application steps by April 30.

Eligible students will be expected to enroll full time at COC and complete a one-year sequence of courses with priority registration, according to the release. Students must begin the program by attending a half-day counseling workshop between June 17 and July 8, when they will complete career assessments and receive academic guidance.

Students will also attend Welcome Day, where they can expect to learn the skills needed to be a successful college student.

The cohort of students accepted into the program will enjoy the benefits of free Zero Textbook Cost materials, peer mentors and other learning community elements that will help ensure they remain on track.

Additionally, each student will receive a $100 voucher per semester that can be applied toward other supplies and instructional materials, the release stated, adding other benefits include a parking pass or city bus pass and free computer lab printing services.

Notification of acceptance into the program will be sent mid-May, and if students maintain eligibility throughout their first year, they may be eligible to have their second-year tuition and fees waived through Second-Year Promise.

To find more information about First-Year Promise or to apply to the program, visit

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