The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has awarded College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita two grants valued at nearly $357,000, which will allow the college to develop its plumbing certificate program and establish a new nurse training partnership with Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.

An Industry Driven Regional Collaborative grant will provide nearly $117,000 to help develop curriculum and build a state-of-the-art plumbing technology lab that meets industry standards for students who enroll in the college’s planned 25-unit plumbing certificate program.

“This program will help train students so they can become qualified plumbing technicians,” said Kristin Houser, Dean of Career Technology Education at the college.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for plumbers will grow about 26 percent in the next eight years, faster than the average for all other occupations.

In addition, the college’s nursing program has received a Responsive Training Fund grant valued at nearly $240,000 that will allow licensed vocational nurses (LVN) at the hospital to become registered nurses (RN).

The collaboration will help prevent the dismissal of more than 30 LVNs currently working at the hospital, maintain the facility’s required RN to patient ratio and provide space in the college’s crowded nursing program.

Darlene Ricker